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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hear Hear!

The boys in the editorial room at the Roanoke Times are coming around to my way of thinking, if ever so slowly - at least on one issue. Wasteful pork spending:
Editorial: Salem's museum of pork

Expanding the Salem Museum is a great idea, but all of Virginia needn't pay for it.

Virginia faces an $861 million budget hole, and conservatives are loathe to dip into the state's rainy day fund to fill it. Maybe they should give up some pork instead.

They could start with the $440,000 going to the Salem Museum and Historical Society, which just happens to be in House Majority Leader and staunch anti-government ideologue Morgan Griffith's district. (link)
You guys in the GOP deserved this. There is no reasonable justification for this expenditure - unless Mr. Griffith wants to argue that it is a make-work project for the building trades. A weak argument, by any taxpayer's standards.

Of course the kids who write for the Times just can't leave well enough alone. They have to pull a hair and try to split it in order to weasel out of past pork cheerleading (that, oddly, wasn't sponsored by Republicans ...):
It is one thing for the General Assembly to support regional centers of the arts and education. Roanoke's Center in the Square and Transportation Museum, for example, are large-scale facilities that serve the community beyond the city limits. State assistance for such economic and tourism engines makes sense.

The Salem Museum is small and narrowly focused. As nice as it is, it does not share the broad reach of other facilities in the Roanoke Valley. State taxpayers should not have to subsidize what is ultimately a local project with strictly local benefits. Salem would get along just fine without expanding its museum.
Yeah, people from around the globe are flocking to that transportation museum. Thus it is worthwhile to shovel pork at it.

In fact, few people who live up the street from it even know it's there. Fewer still have ever been inside. Has the roof ever been replaced since that storm hit a few years ago?

Still ...

The point is valid. Pork is a political evil that needs to be called out wherever it raises its ugly head. And that head needs to be lopped off.

Here's to the Roanoke Times.


Rodney Dangerfield has nothing on Charles Poindexter, candidate for delegate in Virginia's 9th House District, who must feel like chopped liver after looking at this photo w/ captions that appeared in this morning's Roanoke Times.

Read carefully ...

You'll need to click on the image and enlarge it in order to be able to read the subtitles.

Update - On-line version correction made. Reputation rehabilitated.

Photo courtesy of the Roanoke Times.

We Pay Them To Avoid Getting Rich

All the really smart people around the country have written off tobacco farming. It's a dying industry. Markets are drying up. Consumers are turning away from the smelly, addictive, cancer-causing product.

Or not:

U.S. Farmers Rediscover The Allure of Tobacco
By Lauren Etter, The Wall Street Journal

Carmi, Ill. -- Tobacco is back in the American farm belt.

Three years after the federal government stopped subsidizing it, the leafy crop is gaining new popularity among U.S. farmers. Cheaper U.S. tobacco has become competitive as an export, and China, Russia and Mexico, where cigarette sales continue to grow, are eager to buy. Since 2005, U.S. tobacco acreage has risen 20%. Fields are now filled with it in places like southern Illinois, which hasn't grown any substantial amounts since the end of World War I.

Even factoring in higher labor and other costs, [Illinois farmer Martin Ray Barbre] is netting up to $1,800 an acre from his 150 acres of tobacco, compared with $250 an acre from his corn. He credits tobacco with boosting his annual income by about 35% since he started planting the crop three years ago. (link)

This is bringing about a screwy set of circumstances that only a Big-Government type like Hillary Clinton could love. Here in Virginia politicians have set up a commission - and supplied it with hundreds of millions of dollars - that will "will greatly reduce the risks to farm families" as they work their way out of the tobacco business by supplying them with wads of cash so they can start growing tomatoes - or some such. Meanwhile farm families that stay in the tobacco business are getting rich.

We want to pay them to get out why?

This all makes my head hurt.

And this bunch is about to seize control of my health care plan.

May God have mercy.

Why I'd Make a Lousy Democrat

The Roanoke Times reports on a get-to-know-the-candidate session that was held over in Blacksburg yesterday ("Candidates face off on abortion, smoking, budget") that included the two contenders - Democrat Michael Breiner and Republican Ralph Smith - for the 22nd District Senate seat soon to be vacated by Brandon Bell. In the course of the get together, the obligatory question relating to the abortion controversy came up.

The question asked had to do with how each would vote "if a future repeal of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision led to a Virginia challenge to abortion rights."

Check out the level of candor revealed by the two candidates.

The Republican Smith:

"I am pro-life, and I would support that position in making decisions regarding all laws in Virginia. I do believe that Roe versus Wade should be overturned. I think it's a bad law. I think it caused the murder of millions of unborn citizens of the United States."

Now try to figure out where the Democrat Breiner stands on the issue:
Breiner, a physician, cited his Roman Catholic faith and said, "This is a difficult issue for me."

He said he, too, was "pro-life," but, "I really don't think it's the government's responsibility to legislate morality. That should be done in a our synagogues, our churches and at home."

His line drew some of the day's loudest applause, but when asked after the event how he would actually vote on state abortion restrictions if they were proposed should Roe v. Wade be overturned, Breiner said he "can't answer that" without having reviewed the specifics of a proposal.
Somewhere in there is buried an answer to the question. Good luck on finding it.

Michael Breiner obviously has a bright future in the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton taught him well.

His ever holding elective office here in Southwest Virginia however, where the citizens would prefer that their elected officials speak English, is a different matter.

On HillaryCare 2.0

The Wall Street Journal has reviewed Hillary's health care proposal (HillaryCare II) and found it to be much like HillaryCare I, with one exception:
What's striking about ... this is how little new thinking there is. Like the other Democratic proposals, HillaryCare II would mark another major government intrusion into health care. It would keep all of the system's current problems, most of them created by government policies, and entrench and expand them. The creativity is all in the political repackaging.
Political repackaging. That in itself may make it successful.

And we will pay for it dearly over the next several decades.

Because It Was a Goofy Idea

Leave it to Congress to come up with a bizarre solution to a simple problem.

The people of Washington D.C. feel they deserve the right to vote for congressional representation. And rightly so.

But rather than roll the district into the state that virtually surrounds it (see map below), and allow the people of the nation's capital to vote as Marylanders - as George Will and I have advocated - Congress, led by northern Virginia Representative Tom Davis, tried to push through legislation in the Senate to add two new congresspersons to the existing 435 - one of which would go to D.C.

That effort went down in flames yesterday, as it should have:

D.C. voting dies in Senate 57-42
By Gary Emerling, The Washington Times

Senate lawmakers yesterday refused to advance a bill granting the District congressional voting rights, crippling the city's chances of gaining a long-sought vote in the House of Representatives.

Senators voted 57-42 in favor of a procedural measure that required 60 votes to move the bill forward.

The District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act was crafted as a political compromise and would grant the predominantly Democratic District a seat in the House, while also adding an additional House seat for Utah, which is largely Republican. (link)
Earth to Congress: It was a nutty idea. It deserved to die.

Why make yourselves look like morons? Do as Mr. Will and I say and cut out the nonsense.



The Washington Post is palpably disappointed.

Click on the map to enlarge it.

An Epitaph For The Now-Defunct GOP Majorities

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, on the Bush administration: "I'm just very disappointed. Smaller government, lower spending, lower taxes, less regulation -- they had the resources to do it, they had the knowledge to do it, they had the political majorities to do it. And they didn't."
"Enough Said," September 19, 2007

Hey, Maryland Must Have a Democrat Governor Now

O'Malley eyes increase in sales, income taxes

Murtha Runs From His Disgraceful Past

How proud the Democrats must be of the man who indicted the entire Marine Corps and maliciously besmirched the good names and reputations of several of America's finest, charging months ago that they had killed innocent Iraqi civilians "in cold blood," because a terrorist had said it was so.

Will he apologize? He had the chance. He decided to run instead.

On tape, for all the world to see:

John Murtha - posterboy for the anti-America left - is a disgrace. Running from the camera as he does in this video only proves that he too knows it.

May he quickly become a bad memory.

Hat tip to Hot Air


A related story in this morning's Washington Post: "Marine Corps Exonerates Captain in Iraq Killings"

A Defining Moment

Looks like the madness that grips the northeast stops at the Mason-Dixon line. But I think we knew that.
Maryland High Court Upholds Marriage As A Man-Woman Thing

Maryland's highest court Tuesday upheld a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, ending a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples who claimed they were being denied equal protection under the law.

A divided Court of Appeals ruled that Maryland's 1973 ban on gay marriage does not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any fundamental rights, and that the state has a legitimate interest in promoting opposite-sex marriage. (link)
Yes. Yes. And yes.

When Hillary Gains Power

You won't be allowed to work if you refuse to comply with her health care rules:
AP Interview: Clinton on health care
By Beth Fouhy, Associated Press Writer

Washington - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that a mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance was the only way to achieve universal health care but she rejected the notion of punitive measures to force individuals into the health care system.

She said she could envision a day when "you have to show proof to your employer that you're insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination," but said such details would be worked out through negotiations with Congress. (link)
This isn't the America I know and love.

It's time we revisited this video that captures the political climate that Hillary is going to promote when she takes charge.

God help us.