Take my Congressman for instance. They don't get more detached from reality. Our reality.
What's the biggest - and fastest growing - concern that people here in Southwest Virginia have these days? The mortgage crisis? Not really. It has its devastating effects, but only on a small minority of citizens. The recession? Uhn uh. There isn't one. How you're going to unload that 5.7-liter V8 Toyota Tundra now that resale values on big vehicles have plummeted? You're getting close.
$4.00 a gallon.
Projected to go to $5.00.
And this is rural Virginia where many of us have to drive 20 miles to buy a lightbulb.
So what is our Congressman's response to this very serious concern? You might guess:
Residents should take advantage of area’s beautyI'll not copy the whole text. It essentially goes on with a withering amount of blah blah blah. But the detachment, the insularity, that is on display here is breathtaking. The man doesn't get it.
By Rick Boucher, writing in The Dickenson Star
Every year, the first Saturday in June is designated as National Trails Day, an ideal time to take advantage of the outdoors and enjoy the scenery of Southwest Virginia.
Our region possesses the Commonwealth of Virginia's best outdoor experience, with the highest mountains, most interesting rivers and superb hunting, fishing, camping, biking, backpacking and hiking opportunities. With these rare treasures of Virginia's natural heritage, National Trails Day represents a special opportunity for Southwest Virginia residents to take advantage of the beauty of our region.
The goals of National Trails Day are to promote public awareness and appreciation for America's trails and to build partnerships among trail users, businesses and public land managers. Southwest Virginia's Trails are an excellent of example of what can be accomplished when local residents, businesses and officials at the federal, state and local levels work together in aid of a common purpose. (link requires paid subscription)
People are worried. Parents here in Southwest Virginia are concerned that, for the first time in American history, unless things change, they'll not be able to deliver The Dream to their children, and Boucher (or one of his paid underlings) sends off a letter to The Dickenson Star encouraging everyone to take time out and hug a tree. On "National Trails Day."
I'll bet this sort of horse shit plays well over at the club. Boucher's club. Up in Washington D.C. Far, far away.
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A commenter the other day informed us of news I'd not read - that the Republicans will not offer a challenger to Boucher's reelection effort in November. I don't know who's more pathetic.
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"British pensioners who cannot afford to heat their homes. European hauliers and fishermen whose livelihoods are under threat. Palestinians forced to fill up their cars with olive oil. Americans asked to go down to a four-day week.
All around the world, in a multitude of ways, the soaring price of oil is hurting rich and poor alike. For the lucky ones, it is simply a matter of changing their lifestyle. But those most vulnerable to the price of oil have been driven on to the streets in angry protests, which raise a fundamental question: what can we do to survive in a world where a barrel of oil costs $127 (£64)?" (source)
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AAA: Va. families will pay $246 more for gas this summer
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Appalachian Power wants 23% increase
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Protests Over Skyrocketing Fuel Prices Spread to More Countries in Europe
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To show that Boucher's not alone in his land of delusion: "Federal grant to help build wetlands trail in Roanoke Co." That grant comes to us via Bob Goodlatte, Congressional representative for one of the poorest metropolitan statistical areas in the country in terms of Gross Domestic Product output.