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Giving up all nukes suicidal

July 19, 2012
Salem News

Learning to fight new kinds of wars is imperative, as Americans have learned during the past several years. But that does not mean abandoning weapons that are provably effective in deterring some enemies.

President Barack Obama and his aides, no doubt including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are preparing for a new round of nuclear weapons reduction talks with Russia.

The "New Start" treaty already agreed upon would require both countries to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in our arsenals, to 1,550 each. Moscow already has met the requirement, with a cut to 1,492 nuclear weapons. The United States, with 1,737 warheads, has some work to do.

Obama isn't satisfied, however. Reportedly, the White House may be considering a proposal that would eliminate even more weapons, taking the U.S. nuclear arsenal down to as few as 1,000 warheads.

That is only part of the president's long-term goal, however. He hopes that one day, the United States will scrap all its nuclear weapons.

No treaty even leading up to such action should be approved by the Senate.

Nuclear war is a terrible prospect. No one in his right mind wants it. But giving up our nuclear weapons even as rogue nations and terrorist groups are trying to build their own would be suicidal.

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Now that it is official that the national health care law involves a gigantic new tax, the Internal Revenue Service must prepare to collect it. In addition the agency will have to process an estimated $80 billion a year in tax credits to families judged by the government to be in need of help paying insurance premiums.

IRS officials already have begun hiring new employees and upgrading computer systems. Through next year, the agency is expected to hire more than 2,700 new workers solely to handle health care law responsibilities. During the same period the IRS has projected it will spend $881 million on the task.

But most of the law's provisions do not go into effect until 2014. That is when the heavy lifting starts for the IRS. How many more workers and how much more money will it spend then?

The IRS isn't saying - not publicly, at least. That has some members of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee upset. They are accusing the agency of attempting to conceal the true cost of "Obamacare."

Lawmakers should demand a detailed accounting from the IRS of what it plans to spend. President Barack Obama's administration isn't being candid about the law's true costs - and that needs to end.

 
 

 

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