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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Washinton Times Sees Thru Candy Kaine's Tax Plan

Lt. Governor Tim Kaine is running for governor. I read with amusement his tax cut proposal. So did the folks at the Washington Times.

Tim Kaine for lower taxes?

Whatever else one can say about Virginia Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, even his harshest detractors will have to acknowledge that he has a great sense of humor and a lot of political chutzpah. How else can one explain his current effort -- after nearly four years of working in tandem with Gov. Mark Warner to increase taxes -- to run for governor as a champion of tax relief, while depicting Attorney General Jerry Kilgore -- the likely Republican nominee and an anti-tax stalwart -- as the fiscally irresponsible candidate and foe of the taxpayer? (link)

This ploy worked well for President Clinton you may remember. And Mark Warner himself was darn good at expressing concern about the tax burden the people of this state bear - until he got himself elected and only then determined that a massive tax increase was imperative.

The jury is still out on how adept candidate Kaine (was I the first to give him the moniker, Candy Kaine?) is at hoodwinking the people. But his is going to be a tough row to hoe.
In 2002, for example, Mr. Kaine supported Mr. Warner's unsuccessful campaigns in favor of tax-increase referenda for transportation in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Last year, he joined the governor and Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Chichester in ramming a $1.38 billion tax increase through the General Assembly, and this year he joined Messrs. Warner and Chichester in fending off the efforts led by Republicans in the House of Delegates to phase out the car tax.
Good luck, old buddy. I think you're going to need it.

Then Do Something About It

President Bush has expressed concern over the fact that there are some six million illegal immigrants in this country.

But he's downright mad that the American people are doing something about it.
Bush decries border project

WACO, Texas — President Bush yesterday said he opposes a civilian project to monitor illegal aliens crossing the border, characterizing them as "vigilantes."

He said he would pressure Congress to further loosen immigration law.

More than 1,000 people — including 30 pilots and their private planes — have volunteered for the Minuteman Project, beginning next month along the Arizona-Mexico border. Civilians will monitor the movement of illegal aliens for the month of April and report them to the Border Patrol.

Mr. Bush said after yesterday's continental summit, with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at Baylor University, that he finds such actions unacceptable.

"I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America," Mr. Bush said at a joint press conference. "I'm for enforcing the law in a rational way." (link)
The president's "rational" approach to securing our porous borders was to add a whopping 210 border agents to the ranks. To patrol hundreds of thousands of square miles of border area.

Yeah. That'll work.

I've always been amazed at how resilient and innovative the American people can be. Especially in the absence of any government involvement. The invention, growth, and ubiquity of the internet comes to mind.

This is another instance. Either the United States government gets serious about the thousands of illegals crossing our borders each day or the citizens of the United States will. It's called We The People.

As it has been. As it always shall be.

Day Six

I listened to Terri Schiavo's sister describe Terri's condition yesterday as rapidly deteriorating. The sister said Terri is starting to look like one of Nazi Germany's victims found at the end of World War II in the Auschwitz death camp. Her features are sunken. Her skin has turned pale and has dried. The analogy should not be lost on anyone.

In the meantime, the court system maintained its ranks yesterday by turning down another appeal from the Schindler family to save their daughter from the cruelest of deaths.
Schiavo's Parents Appeal to the Supreme Court on Feeding Tube

CLEARWATER, Fla., March 23 - After a series of legal and legislative setbacks to efforts to resume the feeding of Terri Schiavo, Gov. Jeb Bush succeeded on Wednesday in getting a state court to hear new motions in her case, presenting an affidavit from a neurologist who said Ms. Schiavo's brain damage appeared less severe than previously thought.

On yet another day of rapid-fire maneuvers in the politically charged case, Mrs. Schiavo's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court shortly before 11 p.m., asking for an emergency order to restore the feeding tube.

Their request will first be considered by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the justice who oversees the 11th Circuit. Justice Kennedy is expected to refer the matter to the full court, as he did the last time he received an emergency request in this case.

There was no immediate indication when the court might rule. (link)
There is a certain amount of irony in this maneuver. It was Anthony Kennedy, after all, that found - just this month - a right of seventeen-year old murderers to be spared the death sentence, overturning laws in 20 states. It was Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, that found some national concensus building that cried out for the abolition of youth executions.

I wonder what he'll find the national concensus in Terri's case to be. She is being slowly executed as well. Perhaps he'll order her feeding tube to be reinserted and require a vote of the people.

Actually I don't wonder at all.

It's time to say a little prayer for Terri Schiavo.