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Monday, March 05, 2007

McCain Is Too Smart For Us Conservatives

This, from "John Fund On The Trail," is funny:

Searching for Mr. Right
Neither Giuliani nor Romney closed the deal at CPAC, and McCain didn't even show up.

CPAC organizers are convinced Sen. McCain did not speak because he didn't want TV footage to show him "pandering" to the GOP's conservative base. Instead, his aides tried to book a room at the Sheraton to host a reception where their man could mingle with attendees behind closed doors. But no such room was available. "It was too cute by half and made people wonder why he campaigns as a conservative but doesn't want to be seen in public with them," American Conservative Union president David Keene told me. (link)


Actually we don't wonder at all. McCain has made it abundantly clear that he doesn't want conservatives in that "large tent" of his.

That very large, very empty tent.

More On The Giuliani Phenomenon

News from last weekend's (staunchly) Conservative Political Action Conference (again from "John Fund On The Trail"):
Mr. Giuliani can view CPAC as a success. With few volunteers present, he managed to attract 17% support in the straw poll, second only to Mr. Romney's 21%. (Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas won 15%, Mr. Gingrich 14% and Mr. McCain 12%). A surprising number of CPAC veterans are open to his candidacy. "He has exhibited toughness, and I think he would be the leader our [global] adversaries feared the most in the White House," Kathleen Teague, a former director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, told me. Several people told me they were struck by Mr. Giuliani's line "someone who agrees with me 80% of the time isn't my 20% enemy." (link)
Pro-abortion. Pro-gun control. Pro-gay. And the man is winning over grassroots conservatives. Who'da thunk it.

They Would Never Do That

I'll bet this didn't come out of their (our) precious general fund either:

Unmarked
Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial

Members of Congress treat the federal budget like a trough. They load national spending plans with earmarks (a euphemism for what most people call "pork") that stretch the U.S. Treasury beyond its reasonable means -- thereby passing the bill to future generations.

Members of the Virginia General Assembly do not behave much better with the commonwealth's budget. The good news is that some delegates and senators understand fiscal prudence.

Three senators requested no earmarks -- among them Ken Cuccinelli and Jay O'Brien. The surprise on the senatorial list is the ever free-spending John Chichester -- although as Senate Finance Committee chairman he did allow $14.7 million in earmarks to win final approval. (link)

Isn't that the same John Chichester who has been whining about fiscal ruin if we don't raise taxes again, and has been protecting his general fund like it was his 16-year-old virgin great-granddaughter?

$14.7 million in wasteful earmarks.

Where exactly did it come from again?

No. No Political Motive Here.

A pair of Episcopalians is going to be walking and praying for peace in Iraq.

But there'll be nothing political about it. They simply want Americans to consider the consequences of oil-driven economies, the use of American power, and the human cost of the war ...

A pilgrimage of prayer for peace in Iraq
By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist


The Rev. Natasha Brubaker, distressed about death and suffering in Iraq, was seeking a response rooted in her faith.

"It came to me around Thanksgiving," she said. "What if I just walked and prayed?"

Brubaker, assistant rector at Christ Church Episcopal in Glen Allen, kicked the idea around before telling a friend, the Rev. Margaret Watson, rector at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, during a New Year's Day dinner.

"The minute she said it, it opened up an avenue I had been searching for, which was a way to faithfully respond," Watson recalled on Friday.

Today, Brubaker, 35, and Watson, 50, will embark on a trek slated to end Saturday at Washington National Cathedral -- a pilgrimage in witness to the suffering and death caused by the war in Iraq.

Though Brubaker says the Gospel is political, "what we're trying not to do is be politicized." (link)


Oh, and one of the two Episcopalians has a dream: "My dream is to wake up tomorrow and say, 'No one else is going to die -- no more Iraqis, no more Kurds, no more Americans -- in this place.'"

No. Nothing political in that.

And there probably isn't in this either, at least in their warped worldview:
Their walk is about prayer, not protest. But they hope their action will lead people to take a more contextual view of events in Iraq and inspire them to consider the consequences of oil-driven economies, the use of American power, and most of all, the human cost of the war.
There's no mention in the column, by the way, as to whether these two Episcopalians with a lot of time on their hands ever shed tears over the plight of the Iraqi people being slaughtered before the U.S. intervened. But I'm sure they were marching and praying then too. After all, there's nothing political in their motives or actions.

No. Nothing political.

Aliens Have Taken Charleston

The invasion of the bodysnatchers has begun. In Charleston, WV. In the editorial room of the Charleston Gazette of all places.

How else to explain this startling revelation coming from the rabidly liberal - and rarely coherent - editorial staff there?

Tax reform
editorial

Some economists contend that taxes on businesses are an illusion, because each firm must pass tax costs directly to customers. Out of necessity, every corporation must raise its product prices high enough to cover taxes as well as all other costs. No company can operate at a loss and survive.

Therefore, a tax on a retail store is a tax on its shoppers. And a tax on a chemical plant is a tax on chemical users. And a tax on a car dealership is a tax on car buyers. Etc.

Maybe this awareness is a motive in the commendable business tax reform crusade being led by Gov. Manchin and top legislators.

One way or another — either from the Senate’s bold action or from a subsequent compromise — we hope the governor and Legislature keep pursuing tax reform until West Virginia’s business taxes sensibly match the rates of most other states. A level playing field is good for business, and for the jobs brought by successful businesses. (link)


Will wonders never cease.

If only we could get some of those alien beings to head on down I-64 to Richmond ...

There Isn't Enough Money In Heaven Or In Hell

If there is one subject about which I have lost confidence, because of which I sometimes fear for my country, it is the subject of nationalized health care. The politicians in Washington (as well as in many state capitals), Democrats AND Republicans alike, are huddling in smoke-filled rooms, across this land, trying to figure out how best to control the finest health care delivery system on the planet.

For that reason alone, we're doomed.

Providing impetus to the self-immolation is the mainstream press, with off-the-wall stories like this:

Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile
By Robert Pear, The New York Times


Salisbury, N.C. — Vicki H. Readling vividly remembers the start of 2006.

“Everybody was saying, ‘Happy new year,’ ” Ms. Readling recalled. “But I remember going straight to bed and lying down scared to death because I knew that at that very minute, after midnight, I was without insurance. I was kissing away a bad year of cancer. But I was getting ready to open up to a door of hell.”

Ms. Readling, a 50-year-old real estate agent, is one of nearly 47 million people in America with no health insurance.

Increasingly, the problem affects middle-class people like Ms. Readling, who said ... (link)
1) Never mentioned is the fact that Ms. Reading needs to change jobs; find an employer who will provide health care benefits. (Before you make mention of her cancer, most large corporations - like mine - don't ask anymore about pre-existing conditions when hiring).

2) Never mentioned is the fact that insurance coverage in this country has gotten extremely expensive because governments have gotten involved in its administration and application. If a new - and expensive - wonder drug comes on the market, the bureaucrats and politicians - with the careful oversight of the New York Times - will mandate that the drug be made available as part of our health insurance plans. The same holds true with regard to new procedures, new tests, new surgeries, new equipment, etc.

An analogy: The company I work for provides many of us company cars. Another company benefit like health care. What would happen to the company's profit and loss structure if the government stepped in and demanded that we all drive Lexuses? And that those who work in the office get a Lexus. And our children get a Lexus. And our "life partners."

I'll tell you what would happen. Our costs would rise. We'd have to charge outlandish prices for our products (or let the Chinese take over that market segment along with all the others, and go out of business).

That's where we are headed. And there's not a conservative in Washington who is prepared to stop the madness and say to those who are hell bent on government control of health care that they are about to destroy it.

One of three things - probably all three things - is/are about to happen. Without doubt. There is no alternative.

1) Just as in Canada and Britain, where government took control of health care coverage long ago, our health care will be rationed. Because there isn't enough money on Earth to pay for all the wondrous innovations in medicine we've developed - Lexuses - for every man, woman, and child in the USA. Waiting lines. Fewer MRI's. Fewer doctors.

2) R&D will come to a grinding halt. Make it difficult to impossible for a pharmaceutical company to make a profit and that's the first thing that will go. Tylenol and its generic knockoffs will do well though - forever.

3) Services will be curtailed and equipment will become hard to find. Your son falls on the soccer field and sprains his ankle? Six months from now they'll be able to get him in for an MRI - if you don't mind driving him to Kansas City. That's where one of America's twelve remaining machines will be located - by government decree.

Oh, and (4) the cost of your health care will not go down.

What's tragic about all this is that it is inevitable. This is our future.

Just as the baby boom generation is heading into its twilight years and will need that level of care that the greatest generation came to expect, and to take for granted, the system is about to be plundered. Destructed. Ruined. The greatest health care delivery system ever known to man.

Because we have idiots wandering our streets who think the government should mandate that there be a Lexus in every garage.

There ain't enough money in Heaven or in hell ...

From The 'Lexus In Every Garage' Crowd

Who said, "When it seems to good to be true, it is?"

I read the following headline on the Roanoke Times editorial page this morning and my immediate reaction was, "When it seems ..."


Then I perused the details and quickly discovered that I was right, that college, in fact, is going to become far less affordable for the individual who will be picking up the tab - some poor schmuck named Virginia:
Four-year college degrees are about to become more affordable, thanks mostly to an organization of college students who put their civics lessons into practice.

Virginia21, an organization of college students that raises issues of importance to younger Virginians, sought this year to convince lawmakers that the commonwealth would benefit if it helped community college students continue beyond their associate degrees.

The group lobbied for Virginia to pick up the difference in tuition costs (about $2,200 a year) for students who demonstrated both academic achievement and financial need. Senators were willing, but House delegates wanted to scale it back a bit.

They agreed to give transfer students with 3.0 grade point averages annual $1,000 grants. An additional $1,000 in grants will be available for students studying ... (link)
So students and their parents will be paying less for their college education (or so they're being told) and some twit named Virginia is kicking in the difference.

Sweet.

I just hope Virginia, whoever she is, has learned to grow money on trees.

Oh, by the way, as was stated in the previous post, the cost of a college education, even after this bit of taxpayer largesse by government decree, will not go down. Virginia's colleges and universities will see it as an opportunity to grow their institutions - at a rate even greater than currently being experienced. And grow they will.

Thanks to you, Virginia.

Perhaps We Could Simply Not Pay It

By the way, the same Roanoke Times that sees great good in the taxpayers of Virginia shouldering an even greater burden when it comes to higher education come out in favor of lawlessness.

What say we give that bit of advice some consideration before we pay this new tax?