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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Rake It In, Barry

Let it be duly noted that I have no problem with the mountain of money that Barack Obama has received in the way of campaign contributions. Hundreds of thousands of people - including some very wealthy supporters want to see him elected and have donated generously to make that happen. I'm good with it.

I bring this topic up now because it allows me to show that I'm consistent on the issue, no matter whose winning the contribution race, and that when I attacked McCain-Feingold in principle, I meant it. I also bring it up because of this:
Campaign Finance Gets New Scrutiny
By Matthew Mosk, Washington Post Staff Writer

Sen. Barack Obama's record-breaking $150 million fundraising performance in September has for the first time prompted questions about whether presidential candidates should be permitted to collect huge sums of money through faceless credit card transactions over the Internet.

Lawyers for both the Republican and Democratic parties have asked the Federal Election Commission to examine the issue, pointing to dozens of examples of what they say are lax screening procedures by the presidential campaigns that permitted donors using false names or stolen credit cards to make contributions.

"There is so much money coming in and yet very little ability to say with certainty that you know who is giving it," said Sean Cairncross, the Republican National Committee's chief counsel. (link)
You may recall, McCain-Feingold was passed with the intention of "taking money out of politics." Some of us considered that a ludicrous proposition from the git-go. And, with Obama skirting federal regulations and bringing in an eye-popping $150 million in one month, our skepticism has proven to be vindicated.

So now Washington do-gooders will go back to the drawing board and revise all those provisions, this time ... taking the money out of politics ... for good.

Sigh ...

Roanoke Times Endorses Mark Warner

Read it here.

No mention made of the fact that he lied to us to get elected last time 'round, and is lying through his teeth again.

I guess that's only a bad thing if the politician is a Republican president and you are overcome with hatred by the mere mention of his name.

SW Virginia Is For Palin!

It was just a week ago that Barack Obama, America's Savior, came to Southwest Virginia and ... couldn't get enough people to come hear him speak at the Roanoke Civic Center to fill the seats.

Sarah Palin comes to town and ... whoa! We need to find a bigger venue!
Organizers move Palin's rally to Salem Stadium
By Amanda Codispoti, The Roanoke Times

Sarah Palin's rally in Salem on Monday has been moved to a larger venue, McCain-Palin campaign officials said Saturday.

Officials decided to move the event from the Salem Civic Center to the nearby Salem Stadium because of an overwhelming interest in the Republican vice presidential candidate's visit, campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said.

She would not say how many tickets have been issued, but said it was thousands more than they had anticipated. Carey Harveycutter, director of civic facilities in Salem, isn't sure how many people the campaign is expecting at the rally, but he said it was more than the civic center's capacity of 8,000. The stadium can hold more than 20,000 people, he said. (link)
20,000 seats won't be enough either, Carey. You'd do well to host the next vice president's appearance at Lane Stadium. Of course, seating capacity there is only 66,233. That may not be enough either.

This while Obama could have held his much-ballyhooed, extensively covered, exhaustively hyped rally in a phone booth just a week before.

Southwest Virginians, you guys rock!

Now There's a Shock

James Taranto on the Washington Post's effort to fact-check a statement made by John McCain that hinges on the word "just":
Here's one of the most hilariously hair-splitting "fact checks" we've seen so far this campaign.

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Clearly McCain's point of contention is not whether Obama used the word "just" but whether there was more to his relationship with Ayers than he claimed. The Post seems to believe that there was not, but solely on the basis of Obama's say-so. That's not fact-checking, it's campaigning for Obama.
"Fact-Check Follies," The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

From George Will:
"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production" and "there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." So the New York Times was told in August by Barack Obama, who, no stickler for consistency, said in 2003, "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan." As an earlier occupant of the Senate seat Obama occupies -- Everett Dirksen -- said: "I live by my principles, and one of my principles is flexibility."
"Stopping Dr. Statism, The Washington Post, October 26, 2008

The Alternative

For those of you who think it's a neat idea that Obama is going to punish those corporations that send jobs overseas (see the comments to this post yesterday), here's the only alternative America's employers have in this anti-business climate we've created for ourselves in the good ol' USA:

General Motors, Driven to the Brink

America's corporations are being punished - for their bad decisions, for their labor woes, for their being evil corporations not worthy of concern - on a daily basis. And some in this country find it rewarding, gratifying, pleasing that they're closing their doors. Those anyway who are too stupid or too short-sighted to see the consequences that the circumstance necessarily brings.

You don't want employers in this country? Are you nuts?

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And the problems extend to individual states that have in recent years decided to "punish" corporations with higher taxes. Employers have few options, but one is to pack up and move. Just ask the folks in Rhode Island:
Rhode Island, Leading Pack in Job Losses, Struggles On
By Pam Belluck, The New York Times

Rhode Island now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the first time the state has held that distinction in the three decades since such records have been kept. With unemployment at 8.8 percent, Rhode Island has edged past Michigan, and every month seems to bring fresh reports of companies cutting workers, shutting divisions, closing altogether.

There are several reasons Rhode Island has fared so poorly in the economic crisis gripping the country.

For one thing, said Sandra M. Powell, director of the state’s Department of Labor and Training, the economy here “has been traditionally strong in the manufacturing sector,” which has “shed jobs quite a bit over the last several years.”

Rhode Island also has few big companies — more than 80 percent of businesses employ fewer than 20 employees — and small employers have less reserves to withstand economic turmoil, Ms. Powell said.

Many economic analysts and state officials say Rhode Island has long had a high tax burden for businesses, discouraging them from moving here. (link)
As I wrote just the other day, capital goes where it's wanted. Rhode Islanders decided they didn't need or want it, not thinking that jobs are attached to it. They now learn the brutal truth. Too bad it's taking such a harsh lesson plan to get the point across: Corporations provide jobs. We need jobs. We therefore need those corporations that we - on a daily basis - feel the need to castigate.

Obama too will learn that lesson. Some day. Unfortunately for him - and us - the lesson may come too late. Read all about "Obama's war on capital" in today's Investor's Business Daily.

Ah, The Fickle Narrative

You've heard all the talk of late about McCain and his volatile and erratic temperament. See the latest attempt at spinning the tale in today's New York Times - "John McCain, Flexible Aggression." Shoot, it's even the stuff that magazine lead stories are about these days:

But how is the subject handled when a Democrat is involved? One who has the reputation of being just this side of psychotic?

Aggression? What aggression? It's just not that important. And ...
Franken leads Coleman in Senate poll
October 23, 2008

Minneapolis (AP) — A new poll in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race shows Democrat Al Franken with a 6-point lead over Republican Norm Coleman, just outside the poll's margin of error. (link)
Make no mistake. The mainstream press still decides how candidates are viewed by the public. Like it or not.

Hollywood Strikes Out Again

Looks like Oliver Stone's latest epic - this one intended to portray President Bush as a buffoon - has gone into the tank. Where it belongs:

From Deadline Hollywood Daily:
There's been tremendous interest by the public in the box office fate of Oliver Stone's W. for its second weekend in release. Well, it ran out of steam. QED International/Lionsgate's Bush biopic sank 58% to No. 8 with $1.5 million Friday from 2,050 dates for what will probably be a $5.2M weekend. The $30M negative cost film should end up with $23M domestic box office gross by the end of its North American run. That means, with a $25M P&A investment and Lionsgate's distribution fees, the film won't recoup.
I'm not sure what that "tremendous interest by the public" comment is all about, unless it's targeting people like me who want Oliver Stone to fail because he represents everything wrong with Hollywood.

Anyway, for those interested, W. is a stinker. It's a good day.

Why The Press Gives Obama a Pass

Well, it's actually because the members thereof love the guy, but there is an underlying reason:

Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden

Say something bad about (or toward) Obama and his boy and there'll be no cookie before bedtime.

Thus ...

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Here's the related WFTV footage for your viewing pleasure:



Wonder what'll happen when these guys get tough talk from Akhmadinajad and not from some local news anchor.