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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Another Voice

So you boys over at the Roanoke Times know, those of us who are pro-immigration are in support of Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter's (R-Woodbridge) English-only legislation too. That fact should be taken into account when dealing with the subject. Though I doubt it ever will be. Making opponents out to be xenophobic bigots is so much more fun and effective:

Don't they understand English?
English is already the official language of the commonwealth. One anti-immigration bill strips agencies of the ability to communicate otherwise.

Virginia decided some years ago to make English the commonwealth's official language. But that doesn't go far enough for the anti-immigrant factions.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, a Woodbridge Republican, wants to censor state agencies' and local governments' ability to produce documents in any other language.

Lingamfelter and his allies would make a bold statement that Virginia doesn't look kindly upon Spanish-speaking illegal aliens. But in their zeal, they forget not every foreign-language speaker is here illegally. (link)
Here's the point, from a person who advocates a pronounced increase in legal immigration, whether we are here legally or not, we should all be expected to enter the Department of Motor Vehicles with a workable understanding of the English language.

I'd feel a bit more comfortable if that person taking the driving test understood the English meaning of this word:
Call me a racist ...

Looking Out For The Little People

Someone needs to explain this to me:
Menino decries clinics in retailers
Urges health council to bar infirmaries from opening in city
By Stephen Smith, Boston Globe Staff

Mayor Thomas M. Menino embarked on a highly public campaign yesterday to block CVS Corp. and other retailers from opening medical clinics inside their stores, an effort that exposed a rift between Menino and the state's public health commissioner, a longtime ally.

Menino blasted state regulators for paving the way Wednesday for the in-store clinics, which are designed to provide treatment for sore throats, poison ivy, and other minor illnesses.

The decision by the state Public Health Council, "jeopardizes patient safety," Menino said in a written statement. "Limited service medical clinics run by merchants in for-profit corporations will seriously compromise quality of care and hygiene. Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong." (
So what does this Democrat offer his constituents as an alternative to these clinics? Well, nothing, it appears:
Members of the Public Health Commission acknowledged many of the mayor's concerns yesterday, but they also said a solution needs to be found for patients who can't get easy access to primary-care doctors or who spend hours waiting to have routine illnesses treated in emergency rooms.

Commission member Hortensia Amaro, a Northeastern University professor, said her own experience trying to make an appointment illustrates the crisis.

"It's almost impossible to get a primary-care doctor in Boston," she said. "I've waited nine months to get an appointment, and I have great insurance."
Coming to a state near you ...

Seems So Right

I read a few days ago a New York Times editorial denouncing the idea that Americans be allowed to carry firearms in our national forests. My reaction was: Why? I can't think of a better place to shoot and have fun.

Well, there was a reason for their (half-hearted) effort. A movement is afoot:
Senators Push For Guns In National Parks
Lawmakers Write Letter Seeking To Lift Restrictions


Nearly half the Senate is pushing the Bush administration to let gun owners carry handguns and other firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges.

Forty-seven lawmakers have signed a letter asking Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to lift Reagan-era restrictions that prevent citizens from carrying readily accessible firearms onto lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Current regulations, developed in the early 1980s, "infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry firearms on or across these lands," the senators wrote. (link)
As we've come to expect, neither senator from Virginia signed the letter in support of this long-overdue change in policy.

John Warner ... James Webb ...

Quote Of The Day

From Larry Kudlow:

Peace and prosperity are age-old winning campaign issues. Reduced marginal tax rates have stood the test of time. They are an effective economic stimulant, creating permanent incentives to work and invest and sufficient fire power to expand the economy’s long-run potential to grow.

And yet the estimable David Brooks, writing in today’s New York Times, says the Republicans need a new economic model. He writes, “Supply-side economics had a good run, but continual tax cuts can no longer be the centerpiece of Republican economic policy.”

With respect, I do not agree.
"Are We All Democrats Now?" The Corner, January 11, 2008

This Could Be Big ...

... if the New York Conservative Party had more than twelve members:

NY Conservative Party To Endorse Thompson, Not Un-Conservative Rudy
By Elizabeth Benjamin, New York Daily News

In an interview to air this Sunday, state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long tells WNBC's Gabe Pressman the party is likely to give an early nod to Fred Thompson if he manages to "break through" in South Carolina.

"As a Conservative, as the chairman of the New York state Conservative Party, my favorite candidate, naturally, is Fred Thompson," Long said.

This shouldn't come as any huge surprise, given that Long has been lukewarm on hometown Republican Rudy Giuliani, (something to do with those long-ago Liberal Party endorsements, perhaps?) ... (link)
Conservatives, I think, are coming together. Behind Fred Thompson.

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Include on that growing list of Thompson endorsements Human Events.

That 'Compassionate Conservatism' Raises Its Ugly Head

What in God's name are George Bush and those in his Department of Justice thinking?

Government files amicus -- on DC's side!
Posted by David Hardy, Of Arms and the Law

Quick read: Gov't says, yes, it's an individual right. BUT we join with DC in asking Court to reverse the DC Circuit, because it applied strict scrutiny to the DC law. It should only have applied an intermediate standard. That is, the legal position of the US is that DC CIrcuit was wrong, a complete ban on handguns is NOT per se unconstitutional, it all depends on how good a reason DC can prove for it.

As I read this, the (Bush) Dept of Justice is asking that the Court hold it to be an individual right, but not strike the DC gun law, instead sending it back down to the trial court to take evidence on everything from how much the District needs the law to whether people can defend themselves without pistols and just what the DC trigger lock law means. THEN maybe it can begin another four year trek to the Supremes. That is, the DoJ REJECTS the DC Circuit position that an absolute, flat, ban on handguns violates the Second Amendment, and contends that it might just be justified, it all depends on the evidence.

There was a saying during my years in DC that the GOP operated on two principles: screw your friends and appease your enemies. Yup. (link)

Unfortunately, yup.

And The Democrats Only Want To Make It Worse

For those of you who have bought into the notion that money grows on trees, and that a comfortable level of income and premium health care should be provided to every man, woman, and child in America, you may not want to read this. It may burst your bubble:

US's triple-A credit rating 'under threat'
By Francesco Guerrera, Financial Times

The US is at risk of losing its top-notch triple-A credit rating within a decade unless it takes radical action to curb soaring healthcare and social security spending, Moody's, the credit rating agency, said yesterday.

The warning over the future of the triple-A rating - granted to US government debt since it was first assessed in 1917 - reflects growing concerns over the country's ability to retain its financial and economic supremacy.

In its annual report on the US, Moody's signalled increased concern that rapid rises in Medicare and Medicaid - the government-funded healthcare programmes for the old and the poor - would "cause major fiscal pressures" in years to come. (link requires subscription)

This isn't news. The impending calamity has been forecasted for years.

It's just that we prefer to listen to those politicians who still claim that we can have it all without paying for it.

We're about to learn, the hard way, that it's not possible.

The Big Tent Becomes Little Tents

Even I have been taken aback lately by the comments that have come out of the mouths of Bill and Hillary Clinton with regard to Obama, Martin Luther King, and the general subject of race. Thus, this comes as no surprise:

Racial tensions roil Democratic race
By Ben Smith, The Politico

A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.

The comments, which ranged from the New York senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement — an aide later said she misspoke — to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama’s image in the media as a “fairy tale” — generated outrage on black radio, black blogs and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.

“A cross-section of voters are alarmed at the tenor of some of these statements,” said Obama spokeswoman Candice Tolliver, who said that Clinton would have to decide whether she owed anyone an apology. (link)

The wounds, of course, will heal once the primaries run their course. Some operative will put together a TV ad depicting the GOP opponent to whichever Democrat wins as being a KKK member who once advocated the lynching of black children and dragging them behind pickup trucks, bound in chains, through the streets of Jena, Mississippi, and the black constituency will return to the fold. As it always does.

Yeah, those racist Republicans.

Promises, Promises

"Personally, myself, I'd get rid of all of them. None of them is worth the skepticism, the cynicism the public has... and the fiscal irresponsibility of it." -- Nancy Pelosi on earmarks

The skepticism, the cynicism, the fiscal irresponsibility be damned. The Democrats are in charge and the earmarks now flow as freely as before: