Kaine gets feedback on bill
Western Virginia officials do not want to see the general fund depleted to pay for transportation.
By Ray Reed, The Roanoke Times
Local government officials in Western Virginia don't want to pay for roads and transportation out of the state's general fund, its main pool of revenue from income taxes and similar levies.
The general fund, however, is the primary source of money for roads in Western Virginia under the transportation bill approved by the General Assembly and awaiting action by Gov. Tim Kaine.
Local officials would rather see highways financed by an increase in the gasoline tax, many of them told Kaine in Roanoke on Thursday during the second of three transportation meetings he's holding with local officials around the state.
Roanoke Mayor Nelson Harris, who was in the meeting, said, "Whether you were from Rockbridge County, Roanoke or Wytheville, everyone was concerned about this depletion of the general fund."
Salem Mayor Howard Packett said the transportation bill's choice to tap the general fund "makes us a little squeamish at the local level." (link)
Friday, March 09, 2007
Candidate Clinton, Embracing the Trite and the True
By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
Are you in it to win? Would you regard civil rights as the gift that keeps on giving? Do you believe in the American Dream, stupid?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you might consider supporting Hillary Clinton, the person to send to the White House when you care enough to send the very best. More than any other candidate, Clinton has brought the sensibility of Hallmark greeting cards to the 2008 presidential race.
Yesterday, the Democratic front-runner took a number of provocative stands as she spoke about soldiers and veterans at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank:
"If you serve your country, your country should serve you."
"I'm here to say that the buck does stop with this president."
"Let us work . . . to take care of those who are taking care of us."
The controversy didn't end there. (link)
She's just not going to be able to catch a break.
Bill Clinton will go down in history as the greatest orator of our time ... who never said anything anyone can remember.
Hillary isn't even going to be afforded that distinction.
What's in a lieHollywood sings Joe Wilson's praises. But then Hollywood lauded the life achievements of Anna Nicole Smith too.
By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., writing in The Washington Times
I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Richard Cheney's former chief of staff, has been found guilty of lying and faces many years in prison. Joseph C. Wilson IV, his tormentor, has been found guilty of lying, and out in Hollywood they are going to make a movie of his life. He is Hollywood's idea of a hero. (link)
And things are falling into place. I now have, based on a news report released this morning, good reason to go to the polls with especial impetus - to vote, with a great deal of joy, against this miserable excuse for a Republican:
His anti-American views aside, Hagel, outside Washington Democrat circles, where he is considered something of an intellectual giant, is seen as something of a mental midget. And a rather small one at that.
Hagel expected to declare '08 bid
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times
Nebraska's Chuck Hagel, the Senate Republican most outspoken in opposition to President Bush's March 2003 decision to invade Iraq, is expected to announce Monday that he will make a bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
Mr. Hagel's candidacy could refocus the presidential contest debate ... (link)
Chuck Hagels' reputation for being a goof, coupled with his longstanding and well-known disdain for our troops in the field, will make for a potent reason to get up early and stand in line at the polls.
Hillary and Hagel. It don't get better than this.
Sad thing is, they know as little about the plan they are rallying around, it appears, as they do about Iraq:
Party baffled by its own war plan?Democrats. They couldn't superintend a toilet flush if they all got together in special session in the men's room, but they want to micromanage the war in Iraq.
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times
For all the fanfare surrounding the announcement of the House Democrats' Iraq war plan, few members seem to understand the specifics in the bill or when it would actually bring troops home.
The confusion added a layer of comic relief to a tense debate between factions of the Democratic Party as groups held dueling press conferences yesterday.
Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, of the Out of Iraq Caucus could hardly keep the details straight as she attempted to excoriate the plan proposed by her Democratic leaders.
"What they say is, if in fact there is no progress that we will pull out, if they can't certify by October, by December, but if there is progress, if they are doing well, we will stay," she said. "This would eventually get us out perhaps by March. The latest we would get out I guess with another progress report, or certification, by August of 1980."
Come again? (link)
I fear for my country.
Europe Divided on How to Fight Global Warming
By Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times
Brussels, March 8 — Divisions over how to fight global warming threatened Thursday to overshadow a summit meeting aimed at making the European Union the world leader in the battle against climate change.
European leaders are expected to approve plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 as part of an effort to reduce the bloc’s dependency on oil and gas exports. But governments of the union’s 27 member countries are at odds over other issues, including whether renewable energy targets should be binding and whether nuclear energy should be supported. (link)
20%! How noble.
Funny thing is, these same European leaders set reduction targets of only 8% by 2012 (from 1990 levels) when they signed on to the Kyoto Protocols, and failed to meet that, miserably in some cases. So now they decide to raise the bar by establishing an even tougher standard that none of them intend to ever actually try to meet. 20%. Why not 120%, fellas? 1200%?
Those silly Europeans. They crack me up.