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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

It Ain't Over

While (Virginia) state employees breathe a sigh of relief and the Washington Post carps about those "fundamentalist anti-tax ideologues" in the House of Delegates who held up the budget agreement for 97 days until Senate Republicans came to their senses, I see no upside in the agreement hammered out by the two sides and I'm hard-pressed to find a winner in the end-product. Other than government. We'll be getting lots more government.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The new budget weighs in at $74 billion -- almost 20 percent more than the previous biennial budget of $62 billion.

... lawmakers will return this summer or fall to consider yet more spending -- and, undoubtedly, more demands for more taxes -- for transportation.

In the meantime, a Democratic Governor who waited all of six days before breaking his no-tax pledge won popularity points for promising not to let widows and orphans starve if the do-nothing Republicans in the legislature couldn't get their act together.

The negotiators have agreed to a 20-percent spending hike and a promise to come back later for another bite at the apple. If this constitutes a victory for fiscal conservatism, imagine what profligacy must look like. (
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Let's see a show of hands. How many of you had a 20% increase in your personal income in the last two years?

Lest you all forget, this bunch works for you.

Why The Guest Worker Program Is a Farce

President Bush has a plan. He wants to create a guest worker program for Mexican laborers. They could then legally enter the United States and seek temporary work. After their work is completed, they would return home.

Sounds so ... good. The illegal immigration problem is solved.

Except for this untidy bit of current history:
Many illegals entered U.S. with visas
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times


Nearly half of the 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States entered the country legally, but never left.


Carrying visas and U.S.-approved border crossing cards, they were inspected by immigration officers at 300 sea, air and land ports of entry and many -- according to a year-old U.S. Customs and Border Protection policy -- were told to "Have a nice day."

Ultimately, they became what the government refers to as "overstayers," hiding in plain sight, working, sending their children to school and using health care services. (
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John McCain and Ted Kennedy put forth an immigration proposal that is a carbon copy of one that is already on the books - and is ignored by federal law enforcement, and the President proposes a guest worker program that is no different from our current visa program and will have the same result.

Is it any wonder America sees this whole exercise as one big farce?

Democrats Should Never Be Put In Charge

New Orleans is once again sinking into chaos:
National Guard Ordered to New Orleans
By The Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco ordered National Guardsmen to help police patrol the city for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, following a bloody weekend that brought fears of crime disrupting the city's delicate reconstruction.

At Mayor Ray Nagin's request, Blanco ordered 100 troops -- and committed to send 200 more soon -- and 60 state police troopers to head to the city Tuesday to support the Police Department. Six people were killed over the weekend, including five teenagers in one incident.

''The situation is urgent,'' Blanco said. ''Things like this should never happen, and I am going to do all I can to stop it.'' (
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Democratic Mayor Nagin and his cronies are unable to stop common criminals from running rampant through the streets. Democratic Governor Blanco responds to Nagin's call for help by going into a panic and launching a military assault.

And hurricane season is upon us once again.

You folks in Louisiana would do well by making your way to the nearest exit - now.

Why Are The Pews Empty?

Two headlines in this morning's paper give a hint as to why liberal churches in America are being abandoned in droves:

First this:
Presbyterians to Decide on Gay Clergy
By The Associated Press


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- It is a debate that could change the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) forever: whether to allow leeway on the ordination of gay clergy and lay elders and deacons. (
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And then this:
Episcopalians Debate Over Gay Bishops
By The Associated Press


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With only two days remaining, the Episcopal General Convention is far from deciding whether they should bar gays from serving as bishops for now.

Delegates are considering a moratorium to appease fellow Anglicans angry about the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop -- V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. (
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And while Rome burns (excuse the pun):
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA). The PC(USA) has lost almost 2 million members since 1965 representing a decline of 40 percent.

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (USA). This liberal denomination has lost almost a million members since 1965 representing a decline of 26%. (
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While liberal churches in America anguish over pressing social issues like homosexuality, Jesus and His flock can now be found on Sunday morning down the street celebrating with the Baptists.

The liberal clergy seem perfectly happy with this arrangement. It allows for smaller gatherings of like-minded parishioners. Avoids controversy. No noise. No annoying children running the halls. No need to remember names ...

Why Kyoto Was a Farce

America takes a lot of abuse from enemies foreign and domestic over the fact that President Bush rejected the Kyoto global warming treaty that most every other country on the planet signed into ... accord. Our President tossed it because it was unrealistic. Foreign leaders (and Al Gore) were outraged. Wounded. Kyoto - if you listened to them - was our last best hope of saving the earth.

Such comedians:
Europe's Green Image Clashes With Reliance on Coal
By Mark Lnadler, The New York Times


SCHWARZE PUMPE, Germany — In the shadow of two hulking boilers, which spew 10 million tons of carbon dioxide a year into the air, the Swedish owners of this coal-fired power station recently broke ground on what is to be the world's first carbon-free plant fueled by coal. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, presided over the ceremony.

"We accept the problem of climate change," said Reinhardt Hassa, a senior executive at Vattenfall, which operates the plant. "If we want a future for coal, we have to adopt new technologies. It is not enough just to make incremental improvements."

But the new plant, which will be just a demonstration model, pales next to the eight coal-fired power stations Germany plans to build for commercial use between from now to 2011 — none of them carbon-free. (
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So you know, Germany is one of the leading proponents of the treaty it has completely ignored.

Kerry Changes His Mind ... Again

Just a few days ago Senator John Kerry released a plan calling for American troops to be withdrawn from Iraq over the next six months. He was so committed to this proposal - so resolute - so steeled - that he abandoned it yesterday and came up with a new one:
Senate Democrats Urge Beginning of an Iraq Pullout This Year, but Avoid a Firm Schedule
By Kate Zernike and Carl Hulse, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, June 19 — Trying to bridge party divisions on the eve of a Senate debate, leading Democrats called Monday for American troops to begin pulling out of Iraq this year. They avoided setting a firm timetable for withdrawal but argued that the Bush administration's open-ended commitment to the war would only prevent Iraqis from moving forward on their own.

The resolution was cobbled together by moderate Democrats trying to smooth over differences within the party. The minority leadership has tried to distance itself from a proposal by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts setting a mandatory deadline for American combat troops to be out of Iraq by the end of this year ...

... the resolution failed to satisfy Mr. Kerry. Late last week he said he was withholding his amendment in hopes that Democrats could find a "broad consensus." But on Monday he altered his proposal just slightly, to set the pullout for July 2007 instead of Dec. 31, 2006. (
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This would be the 2004 Democratic nominee for President. A man with ideas. Lots and lots of ideas. Lots and lots and lots ...