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Sunday, September 30, 2007

On The Road To Socialized Medicine

I read the other day in the Wall Street Journal that if the Democrats' plan to expand SCHIP (the State Children's Health Insurance Program), the federal plan that was designed to provide assistance to children whose parents don't qualify for Medicaid and can't afford private health insurance, were to be enacted and fully implimented by the states, that 71% of America's children would qualify for government aid.

71%.

I also read a Heritage Foundation publication ("Expanding SCHIP into AMT Territory: SCHIP Plan Would Extend Welfare to Wealthy Families") that reveals the fact that 70,000 of America's wealthy families will be required to pay what's called the AMT (alternative minimum tax), a special assessment "created to force extremely wealthy taxpayers to pay income tax by limiting their credits and deductions," but will be, according to SCHIP standards, poor enough to qualify for government welfare.

70,000.

As the accompanying chart shows:

Screwy, no?

If your head is about to explode as your brain tries to process this bizarre set of events, it would do you well to read Congressman Eric Cantor's essay in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch ("
Expansion Is Bad for America, But Even Worse for Virginia") on the subject, and how it will affect the average Virginian.

This is nothing more than HillaryCare at its worst.

These people must be stopped.

Chart courtesy of the Center For Data Analysis, Heritage Foundation

Virginia Tech Helping Southwest Virginia ...

... one high-tech start-up at a time:
VT KnowledgeWorks helps companies succeed
In three years, VT KnowledgeWorks has worked with more than 30 new technology businesses.
By Angela Manese-Lee, The Roanoke Times


Blacksburg -- Walk down a VT KnowledgeWorks hallway and you're likely to find a variety of small businesses brewing.

Opened three years ago to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful companies, KnowledgeWorks is now home to 34 businesses representing a range of technology, from water purification to online study help.

Of those, [KnowledgeWorks Director Jim ] Flowers said most -- 20 of 34 -- are in the preparation phase, meaning they have yet to launch.

"In an area our size, just from a sheer population numbers standpoint, we don't have nearly as many people writing business plans or even conceiving businesses," Flowers said. So "what we do is open up the door to people who are just thinking about opening a business and help them from the very beginning ..." (link)
There's a good reason why Blacksburg is ranked number one in the country (among small cities) in high tech industrial development. It's called Virginia Tech.

Keep up the good work, fellas. We need ya.

If She Were White ...

... this hate-monger wouldn't be invited to participate in the Maryland Humanities Council's speaker series. Nor would she be feted by the Washington Post, as poet and Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni is this morning in an article entitled "Professor Laments Wall Of Privacy's Rigidity."

But she's not white. So her racial hatred is perfectly acceptable.

Then There's This Moron ...

... the Roanoke resident who thinks he's a badass nazi.

It's Payback Time

The Virginia GOP is going to be pounding this theme round the clock to Election Day.

"Make no mistake about it, Mark Warner is a politician who can't be trusted to keep his promises to voters."

As well they should.

In today's news:

GOP site challenges Warner
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times


Two weeks into Democrat Mark Warner's U.S. Senate bid, national Republicans have started a Web site challenging his record as Virginia's governor.

"Make no mistake about it, Mark Warner is a politician who can't be trusted to keep his promises to voters," said Rebecca Fisher, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The party is not expected to decide for several months on a candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Warner, but officials already have gone online with the site challenging the former governor on the $1.38 billion tax package he ushered through the General Assembly in 2004 after vowing in 2001 not to increase taxes.

A Web site administered by the NRSC at www.dontmarkwarner.com reads, "Mark Warner PROMISED 'I Will Not Raise Taxes' — But he broke that promise. How many more promises will he break?" (link)

Mark Warner said "'I Will Not Raise Taxes." Then immediately raised our taxes.

Any thing this prevaricator now says should be judged accordingly.

Maureen Dowd Is An Idiot XVIII

Nepotism
Noun: nepotism néppə tìzzəm
1. Favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)
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From "The Nepotism Tango," by Maureen Dowd, New York Times columnist:

"Without nepotism, Hillary would be running for the president of Vassar. But then, without nepotism, W. would be pumping gas in Midland — and not out of the ground."

It's pure torture to read this woman's attempt at humor.

But beyond that, what favoritism was shown to George W. Bush by his brother or father when he was elected Governor and President (twice)? And, except for that temporary appointment as health care czarina, what special favors did Hillary get from Bill?

The columnist is trying to make the case for coattails, not nepotism. But she doesn't understand the meaning of the words she writes.

Maureen Dowd works for what was once the leading newspaper in the country.

How embarrassing.

This Reminds Me Of Virginia's Rainy Day Fund

Much to its residents' surprise, a Vermont town has built up a massive revenue surplus.

But the taxpayers there are not being overtaxed, according to the town manager.

Huh?

Town Watched Wallet, but Maybe Too Well
By Katie Zezima, The New York Times


Fair Haven, Vt., Sept. 26 — This town of about 3,000 has a problem that most municipalities would envy: a budget surplus of nearly $1 million, or about two-thirds as much as it spends annually. But many residents are not pleased with the news. They say the town mishandled their money or overtaxed them, and some want the town to issue each resident a reimbursement check.

“I’m not happy they have all that money,” said a resident, Neil Belden. “I’m pinching pennies. I’d appreciate a check.”

It appears the surplus, which has accrued since 1994, came about because each year the town did not spend the full amount allotted for projects like road paving. Rather than apply the money to the following year’s budget, the town treasurer invested the extra money in interest-bearing certificates of deposit and bank accounts, and a new budget was created from scratch.

The town manager, Serena Williams, and the treasurer, Suzanne Dechame, say the surplus has always been public knowledge, listed on the town budget as “unreserved funds.”

“No one is being overtaxed,” Ms. Williams said. (link)

Don't you just love government bureaucrats? The taxpayers aren't being overtaxed. The local government is simply bringing in more money than it has projects to invest in.

That's somewhat the same philosophy that supports Virginia's "rainy day fund." Money is extracted at the point of a gun and goes into an account to be used at some unspecified point in time in the future. The government takes money out of your savings to build up its own. It's called fiscal responsibility ...

Neat trick. And they get away with it.

Keeping This Country Safe

The war claims so many of our best and brightest. A war that they entered into willingly. Because they understood the mounting dangers at hand.

Here's to 2nd Lt. John Wroblewski.



"We implore the Congress to show the same courage that our son had."

A Strange Defense Argument

Washington D.C. residents are allowed to own hatchets. Therefore they have their 2nd Amendment protections. That's one of the arguments (in so many words) now being put forth by the city in Parker v. District of Columbia, the gun ban case that is making its way to the Supreme Court.

That's according to one of the plaintiffs' attorneys anyway.

It Was Never About Iraq

Despite what you hear from the whining left about the Iraq War being lost (they, after all, can't see past their buried-in-the-sand noses), our invasion was never about Saddam Hussein, or even about Iraq. It was about the rising menace of global Islamist terror (how many times have I written that in recent years?).

As a part of that larger war, Iraq has proven to be a tough nut to crack, to be sure. But it had to be cracked. And reports of late are finally showing that to be the case.

There and in other corners of the world, we appear to be turning the tide:

A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing
By Ray Robison, The American Thinker

There are signs that the global Islamic jihad movement is splitting apart, in what would be a tremendous achievement for American strategy. The center of the action is in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the very territory which is thought to harbor Usama, and from which Al Qaeda was able to launch 9/11. Capitalizing on existing splits, a trap was set and closed, and the benefits have only begun to be evident.

The Bush Administration, most likely through the CIA and DIA, has pulled off a fantastic maneuver to split the global Islamic jihad movement at its base. This is the kind of stuff we may not hear about in detail for another fifty years. Congratulations to our President and our brave soldiers and intelligence assets for making this happen.

Al Qaeda is losing in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The fact is now inescapable that they have lost the ability to impose their political will on the West, although this does not mean they still can't hurt us.

Those politicians, Democrats or Republicans, who are calling for disengagement now are severely misinformed. (link)


The severely misinformed, of course, would include our own Senators Webb and Warner. You might want to remember that.

As for the analysis, read the whole thing.
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In a related story, read "Taliban Debating Peace, Karzai Says."

Murtha Called To Account

Jack Murtha inches closer to being in big trouble. The following is only the first of many incidents in which the Congressman's fat ass will be hauled into court. Unfortunately it isn't because of his ABSCAM dealings or his ongoing - and shady - earmark quid pro quo arrangements. It's for his slandering an innocent Marine:

Murtha Must Testify in Defamation Case
By The Associated Press


Washington (AP) -- A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition in the case.

A Marine Corps sergeant is suing the 18-term congressman for alleging ''cold-blooded murder and war crimes'' by unnamed soldiers in connection with the deaths of Iraqi
civilians in the town of Haditha.


The deaths became prominent in May 2006 when Murtha, who opposes the Iraq war, said at a Capitol Hill news conference that a Pentagon war crimes investigation will show Marines killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians in the town in 2005. (link)

Sadly, because this is a civil action, Murtha won't be sent to prison when he's found guilty. But a hefty fine might ease some of the pain. He has the funds to cover it to be sure.

Just another earmark ...