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Friday, December 14, 2007

Hook Line & Sinker

Yesterday we were treated to the news that Governor Tim Kaine wants to do something to help the one million residents of Virginia who are without health insurance.

Today the Richmond Times-Dispatch is singing his praises:
Healthy Start
editorial

Gov. Tim Kaine is steadily building his legacy as a truly moderate Virginia Democrat. The latest example is his modest and sensible plan to start expanding health-care coverage to those who lack insurance. If he keeps his pledge not to raise taxes to pay for the proposal, it wins our solid support. In fact, the governor promises no tax increases at all in his 2008-10 budget -- and says he will pay for the $25-million health package by making cuts elsewhere. It's hard to think of a more responsible approach. (
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A responsible approach? What's missing in this responsible approach? How about some simple math? How about some logic? How about some history?

$25,000,000 health package / 1,000,000 citizens without insurance = $25 per uninsured.


25 bucks? Kaine is going to solve the uninsured problem by offering each "victim" a bottle of Tylenol and a packet of Viagra?

Here's the other shoe that's in the process of dropping:
Anyone familiar with the scope and complexity of the health-coverage challenge recognizes that $25 million won't solve the problem in Virginia. But Kaine's proposal represents a good step in the right direction -- and one that won't break the bank if it doesn't meet expectations.
This makes Kaine (the man who broke another pledge just last week; were the folks at the TD asleep when the man tossed this "promise" under the bus?) a moderate. He says he won't raise taxes. Haven't we been down this road before? Do the editorialists at the Times-Dispatch have that short a memory? Do they not read the newspapers?

"A good step in the right direction." A direction into which our neighbors to the southwest turned a few short years ago, and turned away from just as quickly.

If the Times-Dispatch chooses to accept the government's complete takeover of the finest health care system in the history of Planet Earth in "moderate" increments, with that government turning it over to the DMV for administration, let them.

Sane Virginians will have no part of it.

How Hard Did They Have To Look?

Just these two?

Rove, Bolten Found in Contempt of Congress

At least half the voting age population of the USA fits into that category.

Quote Of The Day

From James Taranto, reacting to the news that one of Hillary's campaign managers had attacked - obliquely - her opponent Barack Obama and his past drug use:

"If we thought Mrs. Clinton and her people would be this vicious to America's enemies, we'd almost be inclined to vote for her."

Best of the Web Today, December 13, 2007

A 110th Congress Epitaph

From the Wall Street Journal:
Say what you will about Tom DeLay, at least he knew how to run the joint. Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid are letting their left-wing troops and interest groups run all over them, with the result that their signal achievement this year is a higher minimum wage. Considering most of their policy goals, this failure is good for the country. But the dysfunction amply shows that Democrats are attempting to govern with an agenda that is too far left even for many in their own party, never mind the country.
"The Delta House Congress," December 14, 2007

I'm Not Sure Why I'm Surprised By This

From Michelle Malkin:

From the office of GOP Rep. Steve King:

Congressman Steve King reacted this morning to the nine “NO” votes on his resolution to honor Christmas and the Christian faith. The vote shocked Capitol Hill observers because votes on similar resolutions honoring the holidays of Islam and Hinduism passed without any NO votes.

Appearing this morning on the Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, King said, “The [nine] naysayers didn’t make it to the floor to debate. I would like to know how they could vote Yes on Islam, Yes on the Indian Religions and No on Christianity when the foundation of this nation and our American culture is Christianity…I think there’s an assault on Christianity in America.”

The nine Members voting NO were Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) (FL), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). None of the nine voted against resolutions honoring the Islamic holiday of Ramadan and the Hindu holiday of Diwali. [my emphasis]
"Scrooges on the Hill: Saying no to Christmas resolution," December 12, 2007
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Kilo has a link to Representative Bobby Scott's (D-Richmond) website, where he gives probably the lamest excuse I've ever read. Is Scott a contemptible pawn or an abject fool? You decide.

Everything Is Relative

On the day that former Senator George Mitchell released his long-awaited report on drug use in major league baseball, bringing denunciations raining down on dozens of professional ball players accused of having used performance-enhancing drugs in the past, the man who brought to America's attention the fact that presidential candidate Barack Obama had used hard core drugs in the past, found denunciations raining down on HIMSELF, and was fired.

There are good druggies and there are bad druggies. It does one well to know the difference.

Kinda makes your head hurt, doesn't it.

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Screen print courtesy of The New York Post.