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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Uhhm. No.

Did you ever read the first sentence of an article in a newspaper and decide - immediately - that it was going to be a waste of precious moments to read further?

Here's how someone started his letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times this morning:

The chaos that is descending on the residents of New Orleans will finally put to rest all the rosy predictions for what is happening in Baghdad by the Bush administration. (link)

I have maybe thirty years left on this earth before the drooling and flatulence begin and my caretaker starts buying Depends by the case. At 42,075,904 beats per year, I have somewhere around 1,262,277,120 beats of my heart remaining. That's ten or twenty shy of where I'd like that number to be.

Just how many of those precious bu-bumps do you think I'm going to devote to a deep thinker like this?


Update: Make that 1,262,277,072 ... and counting.

Russ Potts Has a Plan

The Roanoke Times this morning has high praise for "Republican" state senator - and gubernatorial candidate - Russ Potts' plan to fix the state's roads.
Potts gets serious about transportation

The independent offered a plan to tackle Virginia's infrastructure problems, which is more than his opponents can say.
The Roanoke Times

Only one gubernatorial candidate has had something convincingly intelligent to say about Virginia's decaying transportation infrastructure, but he has not been welcomed onto the stage with his two mainstream opponents.

Russ Potts, the Republican state senator running for governor as an independent, on Monday officially unveiled plans to spend at least $2 billion annually on roads and rails. (link)
Neato. Count me in. I'm a big believer in roads.

This portrayal of Potts' plan is factually correct. Potts intends, if a meteor glides past the earth, the cooties from which turn all living human beings except the really smart ones like Potts and the folks at the Times into snarling, bloodlusting zombies who proceed to eat each other in wild orgy-like bacchanalia, and he is elected by voice vote, to solve the transportation problems plaguing the state of Virginia.

That, of course, is the only way this goof is going to be elected.

Regardless. What the Times editorialists mysteriously fail to mention is how old Russ plans on paying for his big idea. Anyone versed in liberal politics could venture a fair guess. Mr. Potts plans on taxing the living hell out of anything that moves, smells, squeaks, quivers, bleats, crunches, flies, crawls, quacks, slithers, barks, bounces .....

Did I leave anything out, Russ?

In a news item on Sunday, a reporter for the Times sort of filled in the editorial page blanks. I caution you, you'll want to hold onto your wallets if you read any further.

OK. I warned you. Here's Russ's plan (unique in the annals of Democratic Party solutions to problems):

Potts ... proposes creating a new fund specifically for transportation revenues ...

To generate the $2 billion annually, Potts proposes a mix of options:

- A 1 percent sales tax increase;

- A 1 percent state sales tax on the sale of new cars;

- Tolls on major interstate highways;

- A tobacco tax of $1 per pack of cigarettes;

- An increased state income tax for people with adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more;

- A special levy on vehicles that achieve less than 15 miles per gallon in city driving;
- An eventual increase in the fuel tax after the petroleum industry recovers from the production and refining damage it suffered in the Gulf of Mexico and the Deep South from Hurricane Katrina (link) (link)

What a wonderful idea. As ever more companies in Southwest Virginia close their doors forever and ship their jobs overseas - because the cost of doing business here is too high to sustain their viability - Russ Potts and the Roanoke Times editorial staff tout higher costs.

We're all doomed. That meteor may not be a bad thing after all ......

Quote Of The Day

America's always fast-flowing river of race-obsessing has overflowed its banks, and last Sunday on "This Week" Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois' freshman Democrat, applied to the expression of old banalities a fluency that would be beguiling were it without content. Unfortunately, it included the requisite lament about the president's inadequate "empathy" and an amazing criticism of the government's "historic indifference" and its "passive indifference" that "is as bad as active malice." The senator, 44, is just 30 months older than the "war on poverty" that President Johnson declared in January 1964. Since then the indifference that is as bad as active malice has been expressed in more than $6.6 trillion of antipoverty spending, strictly defined.

The senator is called a "new kind of Democrat," which often means one with new ways of ignoring evidence discordant with old liberal orthodoxies about using cash — much of it spent through liberalism's "caring professions" — to cope with cultural collapse. He might, however, care to note three not-at-all recondite rules for avoiding poverty: Graduate from high school, don't have a baby until you are married, don't marry while you are a teenager. Among people who obey those rules, poverty is minimal.

In 1960, John Kennedy of Choate, Harvard and Palm Beach campaigned in West Virginia's primary and American liberalism experienced one of its regularly recurring rediscoveries of poor people, an epiphany abetted three years later by Michael Harrington's book "The Other America" receiving a 50-page review where liberals would notice it, amidst The New Yorker magazine's advertisements for luxury goods. Between such rediscoveries, the poor are work for liberalism's constituencies among the "caregiving" professions.
George Will, "A Flood of Posturing," The Washington Post, September 13, 2005