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By Rev. Ted Pike
6 Oct 09

Pres. Obama has warned Congress since spring that if it adds too much military "pork" to the 2010 military appropriations bill, including billions more for development of alternative F-35 jet fighter engines, he will veto the defense bill.

That means the federal hate crimes bill, attached as an amendment, would also be vetoed, probably destroying its chances in this Congress.

Today's CQ Politics article (entitled "Defense Conferees Defy Obama on Warplane Engines") says, "In a snub of President Obama, negotiators on the defense authorization bill plan to back continued development of a second engine for the F-35 warplane, according to aides familiar with the deliberations. At stake is potentially $100 billion worth of jet-engine business."

For the past ten years, the contract to produce F-35 engines belonged to Pratt & Whitney.  Yet, critics say, such monopoly has resulted in staggering cost increases, along with dubious quality.  The engine wouldn't even start in several trial runs.  Result: An increasing number of members of Congress favor competition from General Electric-Rolls Royce in order to produce thousands of better engines at lower cost.

Pres. Obama, like his predecessor George Bush, remains convinced Pratt & Whitney's engine is sufficient without an extra $100 billion outlay.

Last week I discussed this conflict with an expert in the House Appropriations Committee.  He said a majority of Democrats and Republicans in both houses of Congress believe competition is now imperative and that GE-Rolls Royce ought to be given a contract.  That unanimity was reflected in the overwhelming May House vote in favor of alternative engine production.

Yet, he was baffled as to why the Senate, originally in overwhelming support of alternative engine production, suddenly voted to strip it off their final defense authorization bill.  I had to tell him why: "The Democrats have been trying to pass their federal hate crimes bill for the past ten years.  At last, they are very close to accomplishing this and are not going to tempt a veto of the hate bill by Obama merely because of the need to strengthen national defense!"

Seize the Opportunity!

What can lovers of freedom do to insure that Congress continues in the direction of provoking a defense/hate bill veto from Obama -- especially since resolution of this issue is moving quickly forward?

Do exactly what the National Prayer Network has recommended all summer:

  1. Call NOW to your two Senators and the House member from your district at 1-877-851-6437 toll free.  Tell them: "Please support development of extra engines for the F-35 jets." (If asked why you take this stand, just say you are concerned that we have the strongest possible military.)
  2. Write Pres. Obama and tell him to please veto any arms bill that includes an extra $100 billion for extra F-35 engines.  White House phones and faxes remain very busy, so write the President at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
  3. In a separate letter, tell Pres. Obama that if he signs the federal hate crimes bill you will do your best to defeat Democrats in the midterm election and him next time around.
  4. Also, print out and distribute widely this summer's flyer "Obama Could Veto Hate Bill!" on the Action Page at www.truthtellers.org.  Let everyone know of this tremendous opportunity.  We now have proof positive that a veto is not just a dream.  A veto would destroy the hate bill and insure at least a few more years of free speech.

But, also vitally important, out of a repentant humble heart, pray as you have never prayed before that God will have mercy on America and cause even greater, irreconcilable conflict between Obama and the Democrats over this issue.

God and the people may already have destroyed two outrageous ADL hate bills, the cyberbullying bill and AWARE.  If we can rally to destroy the federal hate bill, as well as ENDA, we will have devastated the Democrat hate crimes agenda for this Congress -- just as we did in the last.

God is ever watchful over our republic -- a nation He played the deciding role in founding.  Take action NOW! 

You'll be fighting with God and the angels.


Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.

TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this subject. Call (503) 631-3808.

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