People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Welcome to From On High.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Gov Kaine Coming To Hasten Our Demise

If you accept the notion, one I consider incontrovertible, that dozens of Southwest Virginia small to medium-sized companies have ceased operations and thrown thousands of local citizens out of work in recent years because the costs of doing business became too great, then how do you defend Governor Tim Kaine's scheduled trip to Hillsville and Bristol - two of the hardest hit towns in all of Southwest Virginia - to campaign for those costs to be increased? You'll have your chance.

The taxman cometh:
Kaine Set for a Tour to Promote Higher Taxes for Transportation
By Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writer

RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine plans to barnstorm this week on behalf of higher taxes for roads and transit, holding town hall meetings in southwest Virginia even as lawmakers remain deadlocked on the state's budget.

Back from a week-long trip to visit National Guard troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kaine (D) will stump for his $1 billion-a-year transportation plan in Bristol and Hillsville at the beginning of the week. (link)

Is he that clueless?

Tim Kaine will be making a pitch in Hillsville to raise taxes and then will get in his car, drive over to Galax, and declare the town to be in economic crisis, a circumstance brought about by all the business failures in the area and subsequent (massive) worker layoffs, every one of which can be directly attributable to - among other costs - high taxes.

Will Kaine, while he's in Galax, declare the area a tax-free zone until the crisis is averted? Will he call for Southwest Virginia to be allowed enterprise zone status and forego any or all state taxes (and costly regulations) until the area gets back on its feet? Will he do something - anything - to reduce our employers' cost of doing business?

No. After handing out some welfare checks and a pat on the head to laid-off workers in Galax (I can see him right now practicing the "I feel your pain" look in front of the mirror), Kaine will get back in his car and drive to Bristol - where he'll again talk about raising taxes - the result of which, if he's not stopped, will be the closing of more area businesses.

I'll not be in the fawning crowd when Governor Kaine brings his dog-and-pony show to town. I'm afraid I'd not be able to control my urge to interrupt his scripted photo op and ask him the questions that no newspaper reporter, editor, or columnist in all of Southwest Virginia seems inclined to ask. Beginning with a few from Econ 101:
  • Governor Kaine, will raising taxes to pay for road improvements up north increase the cost of doing business here in the economic crisis zone?
  • If so, would the inverse - lowering taxes - bring economic vitality and jobs to this troubled region?
  • Which again do you favor?

I'll not be at Kaine's rally. I already know his answers.

As If They Have Leprosy

Non-smokers want to be able to go into a restaurant or to work and not be subjected to foul-smelling and potentially harmful cigarette fumes. A reasonable concern. Many of them legitimately fear second-hand smoke afflictions and turn to their government for protection.

So, in an attempt to accommodate the fearful, lawmakers have banished smokers in many communities to satisfying their habit out-of-doors, even if out-of-doors it's 5 degrees below zero with a 20 mile an hour wind with a blinding snow storm. That's the way it is.

Or was:
Smoking Ban Takes Effect, Indoors and Out
By John M. Broder, The New York Times

CALABASAS, Calif., March 17 — One of the toughest antismoking laws in the nation took effect here Friday ...

The smoking ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the five-member Calabasas City Council last month, prohibits smoking in all public places, indoor or outdoor, where anyone might be exposed to secondhand smoke. The ban includes outdoor cafes, bus stops, soccer fields, condominium pool decks, parks and sidewalks. Smoking in one's car is allowed, unless the windows are open and someone nearby might be affected. (
There was apparently no opposition mounted against the ordinance by the city's smokers. Having been made more of a scourge than are Calabasas' dope smokers, they resigned themselves to the latest mean-spirited cruelty and went on about their business.

Don't think for a minute that cruelty isn't a part of this. Along with a bit of snide "You deserve it, you bastard" superciliousness:

Calabasas wants to "push the envelope," [Barry] Groveman [who is described as being an "earnest environmental lawyer"] said, adding, "This is clearly a groundbreaking public health law."

"This is the right time and the right place to take this step," he said. "We hope it will be the way things are done all over the country and all around the world."

Barry is concerned about the health and well-being of villagers in Zimbabwe too, you see.

This goes well beyond discussions of the potential hazards of second-hand smoke. The zeal exhibited by these people as they find new ways to punish smokers reminds me of a scene in the Charlton Heston movie "Ben Hur," in which he finds that his mother and sister had been banished by the Barry Grovemans of the day to the Valley of the Lepers, there to live out the remainder of their lives in shame and abject squallor.

You folks in Calabasas are almost there. You have the attitude; all you need is a valley.

The World In Which We Live

Today's lesson for boys: If you want to be a father someday, you need to sign up. Or run the risk of losing your child to adoption. The bizarre state of affairs in this our USA:
Unwed Fathers Fight for Babies Placed for Adoption by Mothers
By Tamar Lewin, The New York Times

Jeremiah Clayton Jones discovered that his former fiancée was pregnant just three weeks before the baby was due, when an adoption-agency lawyer called and asked if he would consent to have his baby adopted.

"I said absolutely not," said Mr. Jones, a 23-year-old Arizona man who met his ex-fiancée at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. "It was an awkward moment, hearing for the first time that I would be a father, and then right away being told, 'We want to take your kid away.' But I knew that if I was having a baby, I wanted that baby."

Mr. Jones has never seen his son, now 18 months old. Instead, he lost his parental rights because of his failure to file with a state registry for unwed fathers — something he learned of only after it was too late. (link)

In our relentless crusade to provide absolute abortion rights to young mothers, we do this to young willing fathers. It's so wrong.

Read the whole thing.