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Thursday, February 02, 2006

On Special Interests and Alito

Bill Quick on the behind-the-scenes machinations revolving around the Alito hearings:

The Bleak, Black Soul of the Democratic Party

Republicans Were Masters In the Race to Paint Alito

Neas, 59, had devoted almost his entire career to trying to affect the Supreme Court, and he had at his fingertips a deep network of liberal advocacy groups ready to oppose anyone Bush nominated.

This WaPo writer simply tosses this off as an observational aside, but think for a moment what it really means.

A high powered Democratic strategist was preparing to defeat anybody George Bush nominated to the Supreme Court. Anybody. No matter what the qualifications, background, knowledge, history, skills, or talents. Anybody.

This is blind, stupid, rage, and it, more than anything else, characterizes the sickening, despicable, dangerous state of today's Democratic party. I wouldn't let any of these people near the levers of power at the city dog pound, let alone in any meaningful position of authority. (link)

My thoughts exactly.

To Coin A Phrase: 'There Is a Better Way'

Norm caught my attention this morning with this:
Here, we witness a battle between a man of ideas (Rob Whitney) and the breathtakingly ignorant scrap of Fish Wrap (aka the Roanoke Times). Note to Rob: the RT wouldn't understand the basics of the free market if it were set to music and sung by Barnie the Dinosaur. (link)
" ... breathtakingly ignorant scrap of Fish Wrap ... " I just about tossed up my morning coffee when I read that. Is that a great line or what? Of all the bloggers in the commonwealth of Virginia, Norm is the most gifted - and my favorite daily read.

More importantly, he has something to say with regard to taxation, and points us in the direction of another blog, run by Americans For Prosperity - Virginia (AFP) entitled "VACostCutting," and this:

a recent editorial by the Roanoke Times has asked some questions in regards to our tax campaign that are relavent [sic] to the work we are trying to accomplish with the Cost Cutting Caucus.The piece begins by mentioning a "gargantuan shortfall" in regards to the cost of fully funding our transportation needs. They point out that under the current system we should expect a $108 billion shortfall in transportation funding over the next 20 years. Wow! The piece then went on to close out with this little line in response to AFP's radio ads and comments by Lt Gov Bolling:

Rousing anti-tax sentiment is easy. Making vague recommendations for cutting "unnecessary" spending is easy.

Governing responsibly and facing the monumental challenge of a $108 billion transportation shortfall over the next 20 years is hard.

I would disagree with much of the premise of these comments. The truly hard work of government is not making the knee-jerk reaction to simply take money away from citizens when Richmond has broken the bank. The immediate desire always seems to be to "raise revenues" [versus] reforming how we spend our current dollars. Reform -- that is the truly "hard work". (link)

Read the whole thing.

If you buy into the preposterous notion that we need to spend $108 billion to fix our roads and that the state is hard-pressed for the cash needed to accomplish the task, you're probably of the "fish wrap" community. If, on the other hand, you're of the belief that giving Richmond an additional mountain of tax revenue, over and above that which our political leadership is unable to spend as quickly as it's coming in (the pesky billion dollar surplus), then you should be outraged at what is transpiring - and with what the Roanoke Times editorial team is hoping to foist upon an otherwise yet-to-be-fully-informed public.

Let the word - the truth - go forth for all the people to see and hear: There is no need for a tax increase. There'll be no tax increase. We've given these people enough of our hard-earned income. They will henceforth live within their means. Or we'll replace them with people who can.

Thanks, Norman.

Freedom of the Press, French Style

Jacques Lefranc, managing editor of France Soir, decided to stand up for press freedom. He was fired for it. C'est La Vie.

The story:
French editor fired after publication of drawings of Prophet Muhammad
By Angela Charlton, Associated Press Writer

PARIS (AP) -- The managing editor of a French newspaper was fired after it republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked fresh anger among Muslims, employees at the paper said Thursday.

The drawings, which first ran in a Danish paper in September, were reprinted Wednesday in France Soir and several other European papers rallying to defend freedom of expression.

The managing editor of France Soir, Jacques Lefranc, was fired after the publication by owner Raymond Lakah, an Egyptian magnate, employees said. No official reason was immediately announced. (link)

There'll be no upsetting sensibilities of the Muslim world. Can't have none of that.

Quote Of The Day

Social Security is the single most iconic Democratic Party issue of the past hundred years — the Democrats created Social Security in 1935 and have won countless elections since then by beating up Republicans for allegedly not supporting it. It was the Democratic Party's sacred virgin. They would lie for it, die for it, steal for it, demagogue for it — but never cheer its demise or harm, even sarcastically. Their collective decision to cheer [during the State of the Union address] the failure of the body politic to provide for sufficient revenues to pay the benefits was an act of historic shame for the Democratic Party.

Tony Blankley, "State of the Democratic Party," New York Post, February 2, 2006 (link)

Another View Of Kaine's Performance

I received a review via email of Governor Kaine's performance the other night in his debut attempt at being a badass Democrat of national stature:
I watched it all the way through, but turned the sound toward the end. He wasn't saying anything to counter the President. He actually didn't sound any different than any of the National Democrats, except that he wasn't foaming at the mouth.

He mentioned that Virginia is the best managed state in the country....but forgot to mention the tax increase that Warner foisted upon us. Also didn't mention the list of tax increases he proposed his first week in office. And of course he didn't mention that he promised not to raise taxes in the campaign.

But the most important thing was that the nation was introduced to the Eyebrow. The national radio shows that commented on it (that I heard) were Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Mark Levine and the Rushmeister.

It was really kind of a strange backdrop. He was in the Governor's Mansion, standing near a wall that had a fire going in the fireplace. It kind of had that "Perry Como Christmas Special" look.

It had to be disappointing not having the foaming mouth. But that may just be my personal preference ....

Thanks, Phil.