Friday, November 30, 2012

instaPoll: Given China’s growing military capabilities, do you consider China….

Congressman Randy Forbes



Last weekend, China's Defense Ministry released video and pictures of a Chinese J-15 fighter jet taking off and landing from its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.

The news marks a significant milestone for China 14 years after it acquired the unfinished carrier from the Ukraine, 18 months after its first sea trials and two months after its commissioning into the People's Liberation Army Navy. Though significant work lies ahead to make the Liaoning combat operational,  the commencement of carrier-based, fixed-wing flight operations puts China in elite company, with only five other nations with these current capabilities – The U.S., Russia, France, India and Brazil.  

This comes during a time of increasing concern among China's neighbors in the Pacific, many of which remain embroiled in territorial disputes with China over the long-term regional intentions of the People's Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party.  This week, Congressman Forbes moderated an important discussion at the Foreign Policy Initiative entitled, "All Eyes on Asia: Perspectives From Our Allies" between representatives of several nations in the region on their security concerns and the re-rise of China.

Additionally, click here to read about Congressman Forbes' work as Chairman and founder of the Congressional China Caucus, whose primary mission is to investigate and educate its members on the emergence of China's global reach and the consequences of its growing international, economic, and political influence on U.S. interests.

Question of the week: Given China's growing military capabilities, do you consider China….

( ) a partner of the United States
( ) friendly, but not a partner of the United States
( ) a competitor to the United States
( ) an adversary to the United States
( ) I don't know
( ) Other

Take the poll here.

Find out the results of last week's instapoll here.

Find out the results of my instapoll about the "Fiscal Cliff" here.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

An Up-Close Look at America’s Fiscal Cliff

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Dear Friend,

The term "fiscal cliff" was coined by Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, in early 2012, when he testified before Congress saying, "Under current law, on January 1st, 2013, there is going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases."  The phrase quickly gained popularity as a useful catch-all to describe a combination of year-end policy events including significant impending tax increases, sharp sequestration budget cuts, and the expiration of several stop-gap provisions ranging from doctor reimbursements to unemployment benefits.

Today, the term "fiscal cliff" dominates the local headlines, national news, and blogosphere.  But what exactly is the fiscal cliff and how does it impact you? I have put together this primer to break down the fiscal cliff, to share facts on how these policies might impact you and your job, and to offer my views on how we can avert our nation's most pressing and significant challenge.

Please share this primer with others that might find it informative.  Then, weigh in on my blog, take my instapoll, join the discussion on Facebook or e-mail me.  Your voice is important.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Service,


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Saturday, November 10, 2012

KUHNER: Obama's America - Washington Times

KUHNER: Obama's America - Washington Times:

Path is clear for socialism’s triumph

 "President Obama has succeeded in transforming America. The constitutional republic is dead. A socialist empire has been born. This is the true meaning — and historical significance — of Tuesday’s election."

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