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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Who's Being The 'Conservative' Now?

It's interesting that the Republicans here in Virginia have put forth a proposal that will not only bring the price of oil down - considerably - but that will also solve the transportation "crisis" that legislators have been grappling with over the last several years.

It's also interesting that the Democrats have rejected it out of hand.

A press release from Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling's office:


Richmond - Earlier today, Democrats in the Senate of Virginia rejected two Republican proposals to create a special fund for revenue derived from the potential off shore development of energy resources and dedicate a significant portion of these revenues to highway construction and maintenance in Virginia. In response to this action, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling issued the following statement:

“By rejecting this commonsense legislation, Senate Democrats have dealt a double blow to the people of Virginia,” Lieutenant Governor Bolling said. “First, they have shown that they are unwilling to move forward with the development of significant domestic energy sources to help reduce our dependency on foreign sources of energy. Second, they have shown that they are unwilling to address Virginia’s transportation needs through the use of existing revenue sources or future revenue sources, insisting instead that the only way to address Virginia’s transportation needs is through new and higher taxes. They are wrong on both counts.”

SB6011, as introduced by Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), would have created the Virginia Offshore Energy Revenue Fund and directed that any royalties and other moneys paid by the federal government as a result of the development of offshore energy resources be deposited in the Fund. Forty percent of all money transferred to the Fund would have been allocated to the Transportation Trust Fund and used to address highway maintenance and construction needs in Virginia. An additional 40% would have been used to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and other impaired waters.

Similar legislation, introduced by Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) would have transferred 100% of all royalty payments related to offshore energy development to the Transportation Trust Fund.

“One of the most important issues facing our country today is the development of additional domestic energy sources. Likewise, one of the most important issues facing our state is the need to secure additional resources for highway construction and maintenance. By rejecting this legislation, Senate Democrats have turned a deaf ear to each of these issues and shown once again how out of touch they are with the people of Virginia,” Lieutenant Governor Bolling said.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

We Were Right. Again.

We said the increase in minimum wage that the Democrats were so hell-bent on passing last year would have negative consequences on those it was intended to help. The Democrats passed the measure anyway.

Lo and behold:

Summertime blues for local teens seeking jobs
By Erinn Hutkin, The Roanoke Times

At a time when many adults are struggling financially, the summer job market also has been rough on teens. The Department of Labor reported that May's unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds spiked to 18.7 percent. Eight years ago, the rate was 12.7 percent. The Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University indicates the number of unemployed teens this summer will be the highest since 1948, the year the government began tracking work for young adults.

As a result, many teens are still job hunting, going without work or taking whatever is offered, even it's less than ideal. (link)

Yes, the sluggish economy has to be factored into this. But the fact that part-time summer jobs have dried up after employers were forced - at the point of a gun - to raise salaries for their workers was as predictable as the sunrise. They have only X number of dollars to allocate to payroll, and the first employees to go, when those dollars have to reallocated, are those of least value.

To all you do-gooders out there, I'm sure the college students who are sitting at home this summer unemployed are grateful that the minimum wage went up. You did them a mighty service.

It's not like you weren't warned either.

They Gave Their All ...

... We can at least do this.

Building Specially Adapted Homes For Our Injured Veterans

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*All services provided by Homes for Our Troops are at no cost to the veterans we serve.

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Homes for Our Troops Named Top Rated Charity by American Institute of Philanthropy

American Institute of Philanthropy, one of the country’s premier charity watchdog organizations, has included Homes for Our Troops in their “Top-Rated Veterans & Military Charities” listing. Only 5 of the 32 Veterans charities rated by AIP are included in the Top-Rated Category.
Learn more about this organization here.

Catch the video. Be proud of your country and of those who serve valiantly. They deserve our respect. And so much more.

Your assistance is requested.

Things Are Looking Up

It appears that John McCain might have a chance after all:

Bill Clinton offers to help Obama, role uncertain
By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) — Former President Clinton on Tuesday offered to help Barack Obama win the White House, although what work he'll do for his wife's former rival remained uncertain.

The Obama campaign is still smarting over some of Bill Clinton's criticism in the primary race, while the last Democratic president remains a popular political draw. But before the two can work together, they have to speak. (
It's generally accepted that Ol' Bill's involvement was a major factor contributing to Hillary's surprising loss. With a little effort on his part, he might be able to produce the same result for Obama.

Off With Their Heads

It turns out, the Democrats are as corrupt today as the Republicans were when they were in control:
The ol' Favor Game pops up in Congress
Santa Fe New Mexican

The editorial "we" have often shaken our heads at Republican corruption, remarking that it's, well, behavior you might expect from Democrats.

But during the GOP heyday in the White House and on Capitol Hill, the country watched one elephant after another exposed for selling sacred honor for mere money — usually in denominations far greater than those the donkeys got when they had the chance.

Now, with Democrats holding only the slightest majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives, but with high hopes of increasing those margins, we're treated to a bipartisan mini-spectacle of ill-disguised groveling for money.

North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, it turns out, got a nice discount on interest when he refinanced his beach house not far from Washington, then another $10,000 off his loan feeds for an apartment building back home.

And who was so nice as to grant that fine Democrat financial favors ordinary families can't get? The head man at Countrywide Financial.

So here's a member of the Senate Finance Committee, who should have been helping draft rules against Countrywide's fast-and-loose playing with "subprime" home loans — behavior contributing to the housing-mortgage crisis — owing favors to the company's boss.

[M]aybe not much will come of this coziness. But politics' fragrance becomes all the more repulsive. (link)
To provide the coup de grĂ¢ce, Mr. Conrad and Chris Dodd of Connecticut - both powerful Democrats - saw to it that Countrywide got its massive bailout moved through the Senate yesterday.

Crooks. They're all crooks.

My House Is Free?

I guess this means I don't have to pay my monthly mortgage payments any more:
Housing rescue plan passes key Senate test
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, AP

Washington (AP) - A massive foreclosure rescue bill cleared a key Senate test Tuesday by an overwhelming margin, with Democrats and Republicans both eager to claim election-year credit for helping hard-pressed homeowners.

The mortgage aid plan would let the Federal Housing Administration back $300 billion in new, cheaper home loans for an estimated 400,000 distressed borrowers who otherwise would be considered too financially risky to qualify for government-insured, fixed-rate loans.

An 83-9 vote put the plan on track for Senate passage as early as Wednesday, but President Bush is threatening a veto, and Democrats are fighting each other over key details. Those challenges will probably delay any final deal until mid-July. (link)
Once again, those who play by the rules get it in the shorts from the U.S. government. Now our taxes - and mortgage payments - will go up in order to compensate the people who made stupid decisions.

When will this nightmare end?