On the morning December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona was moored in Pearl Harbor’s “Battleship Row” when Japanese carrier aircraft attacked. She was hit by several bombs; one penetrated her forecastle and detonated her forward ammunition magazines. The resulting explosion totally wrecked the ship’s forward hull and collapsed the forward superstructure causing her to sink, with the loss of over 1100 of her crewmen.
The wrecked battleship’s hull remained where she sank, a tomb for many of those lost with her. In the early 1960s a handsome memorial structure was constructed over her midships hull and is operated today by the National Park Service as a permanent shrine to those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The only battleship able to get underway on that fateful day was the USS Nevada. It was the object of intense attacks by Japanese aircraft and at the end of the day, she had received one torpedo and several bomb hits. The ship was left burning on a beach near Hospital Point.
Vigorous salvage work and temporary repairs enabled her to steam to the U.S. west coast in April 1942 where she was refitted with the latest technology of the day, including a greatly enhanced anti-aircraft gun battery.
The USS Nevada returned to combat in May of 1943 and her 14″ and 5″ guns were actively employed during the Normandy Invasion in June 1944. The 27,500-ton battleship was the only ship that was present at both Pearl Harbor and Normandy. It went from beached and burning to one of the most effective and modernized battleships in the fleet. The rescued became the rescuer.
The State of the Union
Obama’s State of the Union address rehashed many familiar themes, calling on Congress to act on various issues and vowing to take unilateral executive action if they don’t address his priorities. Obama denounced the looming sequester cuts, voiced support for “modest” Medicare reforms, called for another stimulus, resurrected cap and trade, pushed comprehensive immigration reform, backed another hike in the minimum wage, announced another major troop draw-down in Afghanistan, and insisted that Congress allow up-or-down votes on a series of gun-control measures.
He said “nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime,” and continued his proclamations that ObamaCare was “budget neutral.”
“Since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let’s declare that, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty — and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.”
Though raising the minimum wage sounds compassionate and pro-worker, it is government price control which leads to fewer jobs as corporations turn full-time employees to part-time status or lay them off all together as they try to make a buck.
From Rescued to Rescuer
The United States has been headed in a wrong direction for decades. Though Obama didn’t begin the process, he has us under assault on almost every front. I’m not sure we can save the United States from the consequences of decades of poor decisions, but we can save ourselves and create a safer path for our children and grandchildren.
The years ahead will be a battle for the financial survival of the middle class. You may be beached and burning in the wake of Obamanomics, but help is on the way. I am currently restructuring, fortifying and adding the best technology available to launch my version of the USS Nevada.
Throughout my career I have established and taught my Ruffonomics Principles to my faithful subscribers. I am currently having a terrific time gathering experts and organizing the details for Membership in RuffonomicsU. It will be a one-stop learning center to teach you to govern life for yourself and your family as you come to understand, believe and live by the those Ruffonomic Principles.
I’m inviting people to join this program who might feel beached and burning, with their lives turning into shambles and their spirits losing hope. Many of you who have been subscribers for years understand the Ruffonomic principles and can become part of the rescue mission for others. We are weeks away from setting sale on Ruff’s RuffonomicsU rescue mission.
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