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Friday, August 25, 2006

State Finances In Complete Disarray

It's no wonder Democrats in Richmond wanted a massive tax increase to be levied on an already overtaxed Virginia populace. They were clueless as to how much revenue they had so they wanted to pad the account. The shocking story:
Budget mistake brings rebuke
Report chides Warner administration for not alerting Kaine
By Michael Hardy, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Top fiscal officials in the Warner administration knew about a major budget mistake involving schools funding for seven months before Gov. Timothy M. Kaine independently learned about the $137 million error.

The crux of the original problem was that tax and finance analysts overestimated the amount of cash available for distribution to school districts in each year of the two-year budget because they did not take into account the speeded-up reduction of the sales tax on groceries. (
That Bluto Blutarsky and his Delta House pals running things in Richmond didn't know how much cash they had on hand is one thing, to keep it a secret is another one. A much bigger one. A go-directly-to-jail-do-not-stop-at-GO one.

So how do our government watchdogs react? Like your 14-year old bassett hound:
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recently investigated what some lawmakers described as the embarrassing mistakes. It concluded that greater scrutiny is required to avoid a repetition of the fiscal foul-up.
No shit.

We got to do something ...You know what we are gonna do? Toga party!

I have a better idea. How about you recommend that a few of our paid employees do a perp walk to a state lockup nearest you? How about somebody gets fired? How about we ask a few questions of Mark Warner (between stints on morning network talk shows)? What did you know and when did you know it? How about someone demand - some day - exacting government accountablility for our hard-earned money?

And these guys demand a tax hike. Not in this life, pal.

Like I Said

I had to bitchslap Senator George Allen yesterday for playing into the hands of those in the Democratic party and in the media who are out to destroy him politically and personally. It appears I'm not alone in my revulsion toward the senator's wienie whiny approach to problem solving:
Another Day, Another Dozen Apologies From Sen. Allen
By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post

HARRISONBURG, Va., Aug. 24 Sorry, but will Sen. George Allen please stop apologizing?

Since calling an Indian American man a type of monkey earlier this month, the Virginia Republican has apologized in two speeches, on Sean Hannity's radio show, in a phone call to the young man himself, in at least seven media interviews and in several statements from his campaign showing varying levels of contrition. (
Allen's handlers are learning a valuable lesson in media politics. Give an inch, they still want the rest of your genitals.

It Depends On Your Point Of View

A headline in this morning's New York Times:
In Poll, G.O.P. Slips as a Friend of Religion
A headline in this morning's Washington Times:
Few see Democrats as friendly to religion

The accompanying articles refer to the same Pew poll. Both headlines, though seeming to support opposite conclusions, are accurate (or are, at least, backed up by the research).

It's all a matter of perspective (and being selective in your choice of statistics).

Playing Politics With Women's Lives

So it turns out that the only legacy this "compassionate conservative" president of ours will leave when it comes to the contentious abortion debate that continues to rage throughout the land is to approve a contraceptive drug that "in rare circumstances" aborts a fertilized egg:
F.D.A. Approves Broader Access to Next-Day Pill
By Gardiner Harris, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved over-the-counter sales of the morning-after contraceptive pill to women 18 and older, resolving one of the most contentious issues in the agency’s 100-year history.

Nationwide over-the-counter sales of the drug, Plan B, are expected to start by the end of the year. It will be sold in pharmacies and health clinics only, and buyers must show proof of age. Anyone under age 18 will still need a prescription. Men may also buy Plan B for a partner. (
President Bush's decision to give Plan B over-the-counter status was a blatant political move that may, in the end, result in harm to women. Even the New York Times editorial page, while chortling with glee this morning about how safe and effective the pills are, has these weasel words:
Since virtually all the scientific evidence shows that the pills are safe, no self-respecting F.D.A. commissioner could reject over-the-counter sales without looking foolish and craven. [my emphasis] (link)
What that may mean, since the evidence is not completely conclusive, is that virtually all women - and girls; don't be fooled - will survive the use of Plan B.

A wonderful legacy there, Mr. Conservative.

Prayers Are In Order

My niece Chandra (my sister's daughter) had to undergo surgery Tuesday and Wednesday at Methodist Hospital over in Louisville to have a large tumor removed from behind one of her eyes. Without going into great detail, the work required both neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons. They apparently had to remove a good bit of her skull to get to it and replaced that portion of the skull with a synthetic replacement of some sort.

The surgeries reportedly went very well (unfortunately she is in great pain now) but I received word this morning that a complication with fluid in the lungs has arisen and the doctors are concerned about infection setting in.

Chances are still excellent that she's going to be fine in the end but a prayer would be helpful about now.