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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Get Rid Of That Goofy Universal Pre-School Proposal

Governor Kaine, being a Democrat, thinks pre-school will do for our children what twelve years of grade school and high school haven't been able to do - teach them how to read and count. Thus he has put forward a proposal that is both wasteful and ill-considered. He wants the state of Virginia (that's you, folks) to pay for universal pre-school.

Well, if the fact that it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars wasn't reason enough to shoot the proposal down, the lack of taxpayer dollars on hand should. Which apparently is now the case:
$300 million deficit looming for state
The revenue shortfall could affect the governor's ability to launch new initiatives.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times


Richmond -- Virginia will end this fiscal year with a revenue shortfall as great as $300 million, a scenario that could require spending cuts in the current two-year budget and affect Gov. Tim Kaine's ability to launch new initiatives in the second half of his term.

Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner told the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday that tax collections are almost certain to fall short of the state's revenue forecast for the fiscal year that ends June 30. (link)
Before we go talking about tax increases again, we should take a good hard look at new spending initiatives. Especially those that are doomed to failure.

And speaking of universal pre-school ...

Blogus Interruptus

Have you ever done this?

One of my employees just called, interrupting my valuable blog time, to tell me he sent me an email.

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Quote Of The Day

Like I wrote the other day, in response to a boneheaded Ricnmond Times-Dispatch editorial that praised the virtues of compromise (as it relates to the immigration issue), for no other reason than that it brings about needed change, with the assumption that change is inherently good, George Will this morning takes "compromise" on that same issue to task:

A Bill That Earned Its Doubters
By George F. Will, The Washington Post


Compromise is incessantly praised, and it has produced the proposed immigration legislation. But compromise is the mother of complexity, which, regarding immigration, virtually guarantees -- as the public understands -- weak enforcement and noncompliance.

Although the compromise was announced the day the Census Bureau reported that there now are 100 million nonwhites in America, Americans are skeptical about the legislation, but not because they have suddenly succumbed to nativism. Rather, the public has slowly come to the conclusion that the government cannot be trusted to mean what it says about immigration. (link)


" ... the government cannot be trusted to mean what it says about immigration."

How do you compromise from that starting point?

Honestly, I Don't Care

Yeah, it's discriminatory as hell. But that's fine by me:
Marriott in Michigan sets women-only floor
By Bryce Baschuk, The Washington Times


One hotel in Michigan has a come up with a revolutionary concept aimed at business travelers: no boys allowed.

At least not on the 19th floor of the new J.W. Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich.

When the 24-story, 340-room hotel opens this September female guests can pay an extra $25 to $30 to stay on the single-sex specialty floor.

The rooms on the proposed floor will offer amenities that aren't available in other rooms such as bath products, ionic hair dryers, chenille throws and a stool in the shower for leg shaving. (link)
Wait. Now that I read the fine print, I've changed my mind. I want my room to have a shower stool for leg shaving. And I want a chenille throw too! Whatever that is.

It Takes a Poll ...

Obviously the blood-curdling screams of outrage haven't gotten through to this bunch. Maybe a poll will work:
Divisive bill stokes GOP anger; base rejects path to citizenship
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times


The bipartisan immigration bill being pushed by the White House and Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, is fracturing rather than "saving" the Republican Party nationally, according to angry party leaders and new poll findings.

Arizona Republican Party officials have received "hundreds and hundreds of calls, e-mails and letters from Republicans angry about the bill," state party Chairman Randy Pullen told The Washington Times.

"They were saying, 'I am going to register independent and not give you any more money' -- and that's the base of our party saying that," Mr. Pullen said.

Republican officials also criticized Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican, as being out of touch for his weekend remark on CNN that the immigration bill "could be the saving of the Republican Party."

Chuck Laudner, the Iowa Republican Party executive director, told The Times that Mr. Martinez is "dead wrong because the bill doesn't save the Republican Party -- it drives a wedge right through it." (link)
How the Washington elite could be so far removed from the party's base is a complete mystery. But if they let this go through, in any form, it will do grievous damage that the GOP will take years to overcome.

Take it to the bank. And you don't need to conduct another poll.

How To Win Through Surrender?

What France can teach us

And He'll Have No Father

Which doesn't matter one whit to these self-absorbed lesbians:
The Reliable Source
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, The Washington Post


Mary Cheney gave birth yesterday to perhaps the most anticipated baby in contemporary U.S. politics -- her first child, Samuel David Cheney , whom she will raise with her longtime partner, Heather Poe.

The 8-pound 6-ounce boy is the sixth grandchild for Dick Cheney. (link)
Starting out in life with all the advantages. And one huge disadvantage.

But we don't care. These are loving "parents." That's all that matters.

You Really Want To Lower Prices?

This is so like Washington politicians:

House OKs bill to curb gas gouging
By Patrice Hill, The Washington Times


The House yesterday passed a bill that would make price gouging by gas stations and oil companies a federal crime as prices at the pump surpassed a 1981 record reached at the height of the Iranian oil crisis. The White House, which has threatened to veto the bill, warned the legislation amounts to price controls and would lead to gas shortages and lines like in the 1970s. (link)


This kind of legislation is absolutely meaningless. It serves no purpose and won't be enforced.

If the Democratic leadership in Congress wanted to really do something about high gas prices, it could call for a repeal of the 18.4¢ federal gas tax. Today. The price at the pump would plummet overnight. Like that'll ever happen.

Instead, they play games with those evil price-gougers out there.

Gimme a break.

Learning To Trust The Journalists

Someone here is wrong.

News as reported by the Washington Times this morning:

Lott urges Bush to wield veto threat
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times


The Senate's No. 2 Republican yesterday said he has told President Bush to be prepared to save their party from a bad immigration bill through his veto pen.

The comments from Minority Whip Trent Lott of Mississippi came minutes before (link)
The same news as reported in the New York Times:

No. 2 Senate Republican Calls for Passage of Immigration Bill
By Robert Pear, The New York Times


Washington, May 23 — The No. 2 Republican in the Senate made an all-out pitch for support of a comprehensive immigration bill on Wednesday as the Senate voted to reduce the size of a proposed guest worker program, infuriating employers.

The Republican, Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, was not part of the bipartisan group of 12 senators who negotiated the “grand bargain” on immigration with the White House. But on Wednesday Mr. Lott defended the deal, which has come under heavy fire from the right and the left. (link)
It's fair to say the Times story is right. But which Times is the question.

This is not a confidence builder, fellas.

Now They Want Scooter Libby Protected

Well, no. Scooter was a Bush appointee so he can rot in prison. The New York Times just wants all the other whistle-blowers protected:
Be Kind to Our Whistle-Blower Friends
editorial

The most endangered species inside the Washington Beltway is the federal worker who dares to disclose waste and mismanagement by government superiors.

The House has approved an overdue remedy that would strengthen whistle-blower protection and the penalties for retaliators.

Whistle-blowers honor government service. It is time to strike back at their tormentors. (link)
They don't really mean it, but it sure sounds good.

No Duh

Who was it said, "Don't ever enter into a political fight you can't win"?

No matter. The Democrats wouldn't have listened anyway. Even though they were repeatedly warned.

The result:

On War Funds, Democrats Saw No Option but to Cede Ground to Bush
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


Washington, May 23 — Congressional contortions over the Iraq spending bill could end up with most House Democrats momentarily occupying the position they were so desperate to vacate: the minority.

The decision by the Democratic majority to strip the measure of a timetable for troop withdrawal has raised the prospect that it could be approved mainly by Republicans with scattered Democrat support. The idea that many Democrats would be left on the losing side in a consequential vote has exposed a sharp divide within the party, drawn scorn from antiwar groups, confused the public and frustrated the party rank and file. (link)


These guys didn't get where they got by having lousy political instincts. Problem is, they are letting all the noise coming from their left drown their traditional decision-making process out. They are letting MoveOn.org dictate their positions. It's one thing to try to appease those loons but another to alienate the rest of America in the process.

Cutting off funds to troops locked in battle was a losing proposition (not to mention the fact that it was a moumental blunder) from the git-go.

It's taken the Democrats this long, so many wasted weeks, to figure this out.

Pathetic.

History Comes Alive

For those of you who want to ask that age-old question, "What did you do in the war, Daddy?" there's now a way to obtain an answer that doesn't require that you pester your daddy:
Ancestry.com Puts 90M War Records Online
By The Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- For every generation in this country there has been a war. And with wars come millions of records that can shed light on family history, detailing everything from the color of soldiers' eyes to what their neighbors may have said about them.


On Thursday, Ancestry.com unveils more than 90 million U.S. war records from the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 through the Vietnam War's end in 1975. The site also has the names of 3.5 million U.S. soldiers killed in action, including 2,000 who died in Iraq. (link)
Those of you who served in the military might want to check the site out as well. You know that old adage, "What's done in Bankok, stays in Bankok?" Well, now it's out there for all the world to see. Check it out. Give yourself some time to come up with a different excuse for that disease you came home with.