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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It Must Be Tuesday

The Bristol Herald-Courier is calling for an increase in taxes on the poor. Again.

Don't Try To Make Sense Of It

The Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"Barack Obama bills himself an agent of change. Yesterday he received the endorsement of Edward Kennedy, the Senate's leading liberal dinosaur."

In Brief," January 29, 2008

The Light Comes On?

George Will on the Democrats' (seeming) awakening to that which the rest of us knew to be the case many years ago:
The week before South Carolina voted was the week when, at last, even some Democrats noticed. Noticed, that is, the distinctive cloud of coarseness that hovers over the Clintons, seeping acid rain.

That cloud has been a constant accouterment of their careers and has been influencing the nation's political weather for 16 years. But by the time Bill Clinton brought the Democratic Party in from the wilderness in 1992, the party had lost five of the previous six, and seven of the previous 10, presidential elections. Democrats were so grateful to him, and so determined not to resume wandering in the wilderness, that they averted their gazes to avoid seeing, and hummed show tunes to avoid hearing, the Clintons' routine mendacities.
"Staying The Coarse," The Washington Post, January 29, 2008

Leave It To The New York Times

You know, if we left the news reporting to the "news" people, I somehow think we'd get something less than the news.

To illustrate, let me post four headlines that appear in this morning's New York Times. They as a whole speak for themselves:

For Democrats, a Gleeful State of the Union

Camelot ’08 Overshadows Bush Speech

Acrimony Reigns in G.O.P. on Eve of Florida Vote

High Enthusiasm Propels Democratic Voters

Nope. No bias to be seen here ...

On McCain's Illegal Immigration Conversion

From Mickey Kaus:
[John] McCain seems to have conned a lot of Republicans into thinking he's transformed his position on immigration -- for example, Victor Davis Hanson, author of "Mexifornia," who now writes about "McCain's won't-make-that-mistake-again changed views on closing the border." This even though it's obvious to anyone paying attention that McCain hasn't altered his support for legalization of illegals (once he's declared the border "secure"). One reason we know this is because he's said it--he said it again on Meet the Press yesterday, when asked if he'd sign the McCain-Kennedy "comprehensive" immigration bill as president if it came to his desk. Answer: "Yeah."
KausFiles, Slate.com, January 28, 2008

The Truth About the 'Jena 6'

The truth is we may never know the truth.

Outrage! I Love It.

You can just bet, the Republicans - and Bush - are going to be blamed in the end ...
NY NOW: "Betrayal!"
By Ben Smith, Politico.com

Whoa. The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women attacked Ted Kennedy for his endorsement today with some real heat.. The Times Union reported it first (writing, "'Scathing' feels inadequate here."), and I confirmed its authenticity with the president of the organization, Marcia Pappas.

I started to pick out the most eyebrow-raising passages but, that proved kind of hard, so here's the whole thing [or not]:

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, but women are always waiting in the wings.

"And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment!" (link)
Seems odd that this bunch of wrinkled old hags didn't have a problem with Bill Clinton sexually assaulting his female employees or with his alleged rape of a young woman in Arkansas. But let a black man try to get all uppity and stand in the way of what they perceive to be political progress, and all hell will rain down.

And we haven't even gotten to the general election yet. How will a Republican nominee top this?

It Fits The Pattern

This seems to be the way things work in this day and age. Liberals - in today's case, Arnold Schwarzenegger - introduce wildly irrational and completely unsupportable health care proposals, meant to provide assistance to ... well, everyone, and, upon thorough study, get their proposals shot down by those who actually have their heads screwed on properly. (Or in this instance, by those who actually dreamt the mess up in the first place.)

The news:
Schwarzenegger's Health Care Plan Rejected
by John Boitnott, Web Producer, NBC11.com

The [California] Senate Health Committee on Monday rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious effort to reform the state's health care system, voting it down 7-1. Only one of the committee's seven Democrats supported the bill. All four Republicans opposed [it].

Even Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, a co-author of the bill, came out against it.

The Democrats who voted against the bill or failed to vote said they were afraid the cost of the program would be too great, especially as California faces a $14.5 billion budget shortfall. (link)
You'd think these guys would have learned from Tennessee's TennCare debacle. Or from Hillary's attempt at nationalizing the USA's health care delivery system. Or even from the recent episode in Washington with trying to provide assistance to those who can well afford their own insurance (SCHIP).

But no.

And, in the end, it doesn't matter. It's the thought that counts. They fail but they tried, and all that.

A complete waste of time? You bet.

Am I complaining? Not one bit.