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Monday, November 20, 2006

When We Put Amateurs In Charge

Memo to James Webb: Where were you when we transferred 4 trillion "Great Society" dollars to the poor between 1968 and 1993 and ... made them poorer for having done it? You had to have been asleep, drunk, or both because you missed out on a valuable lesson. Confiscating wealth from some Americans and handing it over to others does nothing to alleviate poverty.

But it looks like you want to take the country down that road again anyway:

Inequality concerns Webb
Va.'s senator-elect signals he wants to shrink gap between United States' rich and poor
By Jeff E. Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Iraq may have been the marquee issue in the Virginia race, but U.S. Sen.-elect Jim Webb says his top concern is closing the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Appearing yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Webb said economic disparity is the "most important issue facing our country."

"America's top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the past 25 years."

"They own most of our stocks, making the stock market an unreliable indicator of the economic health of working people. The top 1 percent now takes in an astonishing 16 percent of national income, up from 8 percent in 1980. The tax codes protect them, just as they protect corporate America, through a vast system of loopholes." (link)

Actually Webb is being slippery - or he's confused - on both counts. Fully two thirds of Americans now participate, directly or indirectly, in the stock market (through their 401-k's, etc.), and the top 10% of America's taxpayers, because they have amassed great wealth, now contribute fully 90% of the nation's tax revenue.

But it doesn't take a genius to figure out what's going on here. Webb and the Democrats are now in charge and America's middle-class taxpayers are soon to find out that they too are wealthy - at least in the eyes of those whose only solution to any problem is to raise taxes.

Get out your wallet. The Democrats are in control.

Uh. Now What?

I read the following headline in the Roanoke Times this morning and I let out a cheer:
Webb and a plan to end the war
Then I read the next line:
Neither the freshman senator nor the new Democratic Congress knows just what to do, but at least they know what isn't working.
It is as we've been saying all along. Webb and his ilk know how to complain (and get elected by doing so, to the orgasmic satisfaction of the Washington Post and Roanoke Times), but when it comes to offering solutions to the nation's problems, they are clueless.

But you wanted 'em. Now you got 'em.

Yeah. It Worked Well Here.

Sometimes, they stretch mightily to make a point:
New Tactic In Fighting Marriage Initiatives
Opponents Cite Effects On Straight Couples
By Sonya Geis, Washington Post Staff Writer

... this month Al Breznay, 79, and Maxine Piatt, 75, were pivotal in defeating an Arizona initiative that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman -- the only one of 28 such state measures ever to fail.
Breznay, a retired mechanic who still does odd jobs to bring in extra cash, and Piatt, a former bank teller, are at the forefront of a strategy to defeat a tide of same-sex marriage bans by talking about straight people.

Of those 28 state marriage initiatives, 17 have included language outlawing domestic partnerships. Gay rights advocates see this as an opening to highlight for heterosexual voters the impact such initiatives may have on them ... (link)

The only problem with this premise is that the same tactic was tried here in Virginia (and elsewhere) in recent months and it failed - miserably.

As for Arizona, where the gay marriage ban amendment lost by only 51 percent to 49, the ploy worked because of the skewed proportionality of retirees there, including many elderly heterosexuals who game the Social Security, Medicare and private pension systems by avoiding marriage, signing on to domestic partnerships instead, and keeping their retiree benefits to a maximum.

So you people put your reporters on planes and send them all the way across the continent to make a point that is built on a foundation of Arizona sand. It won't work elsewhere. It hasn't worked elsewhere.

Nice try though.

The Inmates Take Charge

You may not have been aware at the time but there was a rumor running rampant in 2004 within the looney leftosphere that if George W. Bush were to be re-elected that year, he was going to reinstate the draft. This despite Bush's unwavering rejection of the idea. He was (thank God) re-elected and ... whew ... no draft movement ever came about.

Now the Democrats are in charge. And lo and behold:

House Democrat Wants Draft Reinstated
By The Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 under a bill the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says he will introduce next year.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars. (link)

How exactly a draft is going to deter war isn't clear. After all, it didn't deter the Civil War, either World War, Korea, or Vietnam.

But then these twits have never been known to be clear in their thought processes. Take Cindy Sheehan and Barbra Streisand for example ...