June 6, 2012 10:45:11 AM
In Sunday's paper, Jay Lacken had an op-ed comparing flying an Air Force jet to being president of the USA. As a former pilot myself, although just qualified to fly light, single-engine, fixed-gear, low-power general-aviation aircraft, I would like to comment on his column.
An inexperienced trainee pilot is coming in low, slow, and dirty with the nose up. That is a recipe for a crash. Lighting the afterburner, shoveling on the coals, fire-walling the throttle, however you describe it, one thing is undeniable: You gotta have fuel to spare in the tank. If your tanks are about dry, you're in trouble. No fuel to spare? OK, plan No. 2. Milk the flaps up while gently lowering the nose and adding a little power. If you're not too bad off, you can abort and avoid the crash, instead of guaranteeing it.
A rookie pilot, who has never even trained in a Cessna 150 or seen a simulator, not to mention even ever soloed, has no business trying to fly an expensive, powerful, dangerous craft like an AF fighter, or, for that matter, run a country.
The best answer to our country's economic troubles, as well as the rest of the world's, is first to reduce spending. A lot of waste is found in government "entitlements" that are nothing but a blatant move to buy votes from the "poor" by giving them money they don't deserve. (I'm gonna catch hell for that, but if the truth hurts, so be it.) It has been proven over and over that when taxes are lowered, government revenue increases.
Unfortunately the Liberals see more money coming in, and instead of paying down on bills and debts, they say, "Let's spend more now that we have more money coming in!"
We need somebody with governing experience in the White House, not some community organizer who doesn't know his posterior from a hole in the ground when it comes to governing.
We desperately need a person with morals and ideals in the White House, not some pot-smoking, coke-snorting, Commie-sympathizing, non-natural-born-citizen whose loyalties do not lie with America or Christianity.
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