Daily Archives: January 6, 2011

>Why Wasn’t Fort Monmouth Considered?: Utah’s $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way

>Here is a bit of news that should blow the minds of all those that have attempted to keep Fort Monmouth in Eatontown alive and operational.

According to an article that appears in today’s edtion of the SLC Deseret News, sent to me by my unlce out in Utah, a groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Agency data center is scheduled for Thursday at Camp Williams Utah.

According to the article, Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch (R,Utah) said that “This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and development phase,Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees.”

Further more the article goes on to state that:

Officially named the Utah Data Center, the facility’s role in aggregating and verifying dizzying volumes of data for the intelligence community has already earned it the nickname “Spy Center.” Its really long moniker is the Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center — the first in the nation’s intelligence community.

A White House document identifies the Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative as addressing “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, but one that we as a government or as a country are not adequately prepared to counter.” The document details a number of technology-related countermeasures to the security threat.

Hatch said Utah was chosen for the project over 37 other locations. He characterized the cyber-security center as the “largest military construction project in recent memory.”

Hatch said he promoted Utah’s favorable energy costs, Internet infrastructure, thriving software industry and proximity to the Salt Lake City International Airport in the bid process that ended up with Camp Williams earning the data center.

My question here is why was Fort Monmouth in the running for this project and if so why wasn’t it chosen? I would think that much of the infrastructure for this project is already in place at the Fort and the cost of the project would be anywhere near the $1.5 billion dollar price tag that it will cost to get Camp Williams up and running.

I hate to say it by I think our US Senators Bob Menendez (D,NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D,NJ) alone with Monmouth County’s Congressional team of Chris Smith (R,4th), Frank Pallone(D, 6th) and Rush Holt (D, 12th) dropped the ball on this one.

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>FYI – Middletown’s Committee Meeting Moved To Thursday The 13th This Month

>Here’s an FYI for anyone who may be interested in attending this month’s Township Committee meeting in Middletown this next week.

The regular meeting was scheduled for Monday night January 17th but because of a conflict with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on that date it was moved to the following day, Tuesday 18th.
Now comes word that the meeting has once again been rescheduled.
The next scheduled meeting of the Middletown Township Committee is Thursday of next week, the 13th.
There has been no word as of yet for reason behind the rescheduling. Below is the notice ethat is posted on the Township’s website:
01/05/2011
January 18, 2011 Township Committee Meeting Rescheduled to Jan. 13, 2011
Notice is hereby given that an “Open Public Meeting” of the Township Committee of the Township of Middletown is CANCELLED for:

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Time 7:00 PM Executive Session (Closed to the public)
8:00 PM Regular Meeting (Open to the public)
Place: Main Meeting Room
One Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748

MEETING IS RESCHEDULED TO:

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Time 7:00 PM Executive Session (Closed to the public)
8:00 PM Regular Meeting (Open to the public)
Place: Main Meeting Room
One Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748


Please plan accordingly if you wish to attend.

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>How Far Does an Education Take You?

>Because I somehow found myself on the mailing list of American’s For Limited Government(www.getliberty.org) I receive all kinds of right-wing press releases and articles, many of which I disagree with but read to stay informed.

In yesterday’s email I received a link to a blog posting by Rebekah Rast who is a contributing editor to the Americans for Limited Government (ALG) News Bureau, her blog post was titled “How far does an education take you ?” and for the first time in a long time, I was reading something from ALG that I can say I truly agree with, but not necessarily for the same reasons.
I agree with the principal that the cost of a college education is much to high and it is a fact that people who are graduating from college today often have debt of over $40,000 as a result upon graduation. I also agree that colleges today do a poor job of preparing students for life after graduation.
According to Rast, there are far to many colleges and far to many more who graduate them
with degrees that are practically worthless in the real world, especially today when college graduates are fighting for jobs alongside those who have more experience and better skills who have been unemployed because of the recession and changing economy, which I agree with also.
I disagree however with her solution, which is to end college subsidies and government funded student loan programs that cost the federal government billions of dollars a year and contribute to the federal deficit, in order to thin the ranks of those going to school just because it is the “American Dream” that families think they need to provide for there children in order to better themselves.
I believe that more emphasis should be put towards steering kids in the direction of 2 year trade schools or apprenticeships, which would save taxpayers and parents a ton of money.
It is becoming more and more difficult to find skilled trade labor today than at any point in history and many trades are dying because people believe that the only road to the good life starts behind a desk in some office complex.
Once parents and government bureaucrats understand this the better everyone will be. After all, not everyone is cut out for or entitled to a college education. I know just as many people that never made it through college that earn near $100,000 a year as tradesman as I do college graduates that earn less that $100,000 year.
Below is a portion of Rebekah Rast column, it is interesting and thought provoking. Even though I disagree with her reasoning, I think this is an issue that need to be addressed for everyone’s sake now and in the future.
It is engrained in the heads of the youth that you must go to college to get a good job.

While overall that is good advice, some graduates are finding their $100,000 educations haven’t provided them with the necessary skills for the modern work world.

College is more expensive than ever forcing students to pay more than 400 percent more for a college education today than 30 years ago. And as a result of increased tuition costs, students are carrying mountains of debt and aren’t finding the high-paying, coveted jobs promised to them upon graduation.

In fact, an article by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) highlighted the trend of useless college degrees and cited a study that showed “60 percent of the increase in the number of college graduates from 1992 to 2008 worked in jobs that the (Bureau of Labor Statistics) considers relatively low skilled — occupations where many participants have only high school diplomas and often even less.”

The article went on to say, “Of the nearly 50 million U.S. college graduates, 17.4 million are holding jobs for which college training is regarded as unnecessary. The number of waiters and waitresses with college degrees more than doubled in the years 1992-2008, from 119,000 to 338,000, and cashiers with college degrees rose from 132,000 to 365,000.”

What happened to the American Dream for the youth of America?

It’s simple. Because of the push for American youngsters to get college degrees through government subsidies, a four-year degree is becoming less valuable in the working world. Therefore, students graduating with a bachelor’s degree are finding it necessary to get a master’s degree or even a Ph.D to set themselves apart from the masses in order to find a relatively good job that requires their degree.

This new reality, coupled with rising tuition costs, leaves students with a mountain of debt. How are the “5,057 janitors in the U.S. with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees” ever supposed to pay off all that accrued school debt?

The Project on Student Debt estimates that 206,000 Americans graduated from college with more than $40,000 in student loan debt during 2008. Also shocking is a statistic printed in the Business Insider stating that, “Americans now owe more than $875 billion on student loans, which is more than the total amount that Americans owe on their credit cards.”…

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