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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

If Only They Were Consistent

The Roanoke Times this morning lashes out at those Virginia politicians (which included ... ahem ... the Governor) who supported the "abusive driver fees" initiative in an attempt to fund transportation expenditure needs:
Editorial: Easy fees instead of hard decisions

Abusive driver fees are the type of leadership voters can continue to expect from a Republican majority.

Candidates hope voters remain hopping mad over abusive driver fees and will vote against those who enacted them. Trouble is both Democrats and Republicans blame the other. Who's really to blame? The people who think it's good public policy to pay for roads this way, that's who.

House Republicans first came up with the idea of abusive driver fees. It wasn't a terribly horrible idea to think of ways to heap an extra dose of punishment on aggressive drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws and endanger the lives of others.

But those reasons pale in comparison with the greater outrage: This is how the majority party believes fundamental government services should be funded.

"It was an attempt to pave roads with gimmicks and it got figured out," said House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong. (link)
The kind of gimmick, so you know, that this same bunch is totally supportive of when it comes to government-funded middle-class health care coverage. Somehow advocating in favor of increasing the cigarette tax on the poor (while decrying the manufacture, sale, and use of cigarettes) to pay for the expansion of a federal program is just swell but finding a compromise that involved an increase in driver fees is a really bad thing.

Such principled individuals ...

No, We Meant Afghanistan

All hope is lost. The war is a complete and utter failure. The terrorists are winning in Iraq Afghanistan.
Foreign Fighters of Harsher Bent Bolster Taliban
By David Rohde, The New York Times

Foreign fighters are coming from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, various Arab countries and perhaps also Turkey and western China, Afghan and American officials say.

Their growing numbers point to the worsening problem of lawlessness in Pakistan’s tribal areas, which they use as a base to train alongside militants from Al Qaeda who have carried out terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Europe, according to Western diplomats.

They are also helping to change the face of the Taliban from a movement of hard-line Afghan religious students into a loose network that now includes a growing number of foreign militants as well as disgruntled Afghans and drug traffickers. (link)
You thought the war was all about Iraq? You were wrong. The REAL problem is Afghanistan.

That's our story and we're sticking to it.

That Elusive Global Warming Evidence

Glenn Reynolds on the latest global warming news:
THE LOWEST LEVEL OF HURRICANE ACTIVITY IN THIRTY YEARS. But I thought that global warming was going to produce an ever-growing number of hurricanes like Katrina . . . .

Now, however, it's going to produce an ever-growing number of wildfires like in California. So we should be safe from those for a few years . . . . (link)
Well, we still have those vanishing polar bears. Right?

Where's Big Al? We need another wild scenario, quick!

Mitt Gets It Right

Governor Romney appearing on Hannity & Colmes touches on Hillary's "experience" for the job:
Excerpts From Romney’s “Hannity & Colmes” Interview

I think the greatest drawback beyond the direction she’d take us is that she’s never run anything. She’s never had the occasion of being in the private sector, running a business, or, for that matter, running a state or a city. She hasn’t run anything, and the government of the United States is not a place for a president to be an intern. You need to have experience actually leading and running things.

I’d suggest it makes her uniquely unqualified in that she is one of the few that really has not had experience in leading in a significant way an enterprise of some kind, to know how you bring teams together, how you work on key challenges, how you’re able to bring together public support and pull the organization in a direction that allows it to be successful. (link)
Call me wrongheaded but it seems like the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military force in the history of the planet and the leader of the free world should have something on her résumé besides "Blindly loyal wife to an habitually cheating spouse."

And yet millions will be voting for her. It's frightening.

As That Audacious Hope Fades ...

Rich Lowry on Barack Obama's flameout:
Obama: Navel-Gazer-In-Chief

October 30, 2007 -- When it comes to self- reflection, Barack Obama is an overa chiever. At 46, he's already written two memoirs when most people in public life (sometime at the end of their career) will be lucky to write one.

So far, what Obama seems set to get out of his presidential campaign is yet another memoir - this one an agonized, personal account of how his campaign went nowhere despite all the media hoopla, crowds and fund-raising. It turns out that voters aren't as interested in Barack Obama as Barack Obama is. (link)
Yesterday we received the delightful news that no one in America cares about Jimmy Carter's compelling life story. Today Obama.

Can Hillary's house of cards be far behind?

Rudy Gets It Right

About this, I have no doubt:
Giuliani: Dems Will Change Minds on Iraq
By Holly Ramer, Associated Press

Londonderry, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Monday that two of the Democratic candidates will change their minds again about the Iraq war and agree that it was the right decision.

Asked at a town-hall meeting to characterize the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, Giuliani said they have done an admirable job.

"Do I think the mission overall in Iraq is the correct one, I think without a doubt it is," the former New York mayor said at Insight Technologies, which makes tactical weapon lights and laser systems for the military.

"And I think the Democrats are going to change their minds about it again," Giuliani said, noting that Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards voted as senators for the initial invasion in 2003. (link)
Expect Hillary to come out in favor of the noble cause. It was the manner in which the war was fought that she'll say she opposed all along the way.

And the mainstream media will buy it and move on ...

Roscoe Reynolds: Warrior For The People?

Delegate Bill Carrico has something to say about that.

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