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Monday, November 03, 2008

Like Scared Rabbits

You know that Rick Boucher is loading his pants about now, what with the hurried explanation, feckless as it was, that he's slapped together for Barack Obama's clear and unequivocal declaration that he intends to "bankrupt" America's coal companies.

Seems Ol' Rick finds himself putting a lotta lipstick on that pig lately.

From a lengthy and rambling Boucher press release that went out to the public this morning:
Coal is an underpinning of Southwest Virginia's economy and accounts for thousands of jobs in our coal producing counties. It is, therefore, important that we fully understand the positions of both presidential candidates on the future of coal and coal use in our economy.

Achieving that full understanding requires a bit of context. Three key points need to be made:

[blah blah blah]

The quote about utilities going bankrupt, to which Senator McCain referred in his brief airport stop in Tennessee this morning, was made in reference to the need for utilities building new coal-fired power plants to use carbon capture and sequestration technologies as a matter of economic necessity after carbon dioxide controls become law.

In no way did that quote suggested [sic] that Senator Obama is anti-coal. The quote is taken completely out of context.
Do I need to post the audio again, Rick? That wasn't McCain talking. It was your pal, Barack Obama, saying:
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there. I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
Do we need "context" to understand the man's intentions? If a crook thrusts a gun in your face and snarls, "I'm going to kill you," do you need to place that threat in "context"? Obama begins by telling us that he's describing his "overall policy." That policy is intended to bankrupt the industry. There's no mistaking that.

And there'll be no distorting that. Not anymore.

Barack Obama is an enemy of coal. Pure and simple.

And Rick Boucher whoring for him demeans all of us here in Southwest Virginia.

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*Special note To Rick Boucher: Lies don't win arguments in the end either. Obama wasn't the lead sponsor of that coal-to-liquid Senate bill. Jeff Bingamon of New Mexico was.

Galloping Into The Darkness

The Wall Street Journal sums it all up on this the day before election day:
Leap of Hope
editorial

Every vote for a nonincumbent Presidential candidate is in some sense a risk, given the power and complications of the job. But in both his lack of experience and the contradictions between his rhetoric and his agenda, Barack Obama presents a particular leap of hope. It is a sign of how fed up Americans are with Republicans that millions are ready to take that leap even in dangerous times.

Perhaps this is the kind of leadership the American people want after the Presidential certitudes of the Bush years. Americans certainly are eager for fresh start, and it is typical of periods of economic panic that they may even be willing to reach for the kind of alluring but untested appeal that so marks Mr. Obama. Sometimes these gambles pay off, and sometimes they don't. (link)
I'd be a little less charitable about that "gamble" that millions of Americans are prepared to make tomorrow. It's a gamble, too, for one to plunge his hand into an active hornet's nest in September. A foolish, foolish gamble.

But it's not the first time Americans have been stung. It won't be the last.

Roanoke Times Calls For 'Unity'

Such magnanimity:

Unity

So where were these guys when we were fighting desperately to win a war?

Giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Promoting disunity.

Sorry, fellas. Take it somewhere else. That bridge burned long ago.

They Ask. I Answer.

A question posed by this morning's New York Times:

What Happens to Public Financing, When Obama Thrived Without It?

The answer: Kill it. It was a boneheaded idea from the start. Let the people of the United States of America donate cash to political causes all they want. As many times as they want. As much as they want.

As history is now proving, and as many of us have predicted all along, they're going to anyway.

* And send McCain-Feingold to the trash heap along with it.

So Where Was The Media ...

... when Obama made the comments in January about destroying the jobs of Virginia's coal miners and sending energy prices into the stratosphere? Well, I guess we can't blame the press if the San Francisco Chronicle, in its print version of the interview, never made Obama's potentially incendiary comments public.

Unless we consider the San Francisco Chronicle to be part of the mainstream press that is - need I write this again? - in the tank for Barack Obama:

Here's the full text of the interview that came out in the Jan. 18, 2008 issue of the paper.

Not one word about Obama's intention to bankrupt the coal industry.

Not. One. Word.

SF Chronicle Reacts

So what do Obama's supporters at the San Francisco Chronicle have to say about their having buried Obama's declaration of war on the coal industry? Well, despite the fact that the words spoken were never reproduced in the paper - ever ...

... we did have the audio up on our web site since January.

And when Obama came to Southwest Virginia and tried to convince a wary coal mining populace that he was going to be their best friend, did the San Francisco Chronicle make reference to that audio that was posted on its web site?

No. Not. One. Word.

But it was posted, so shut up ...

Reaction Comes In ...

... to Obama's duplicitous stances on the coal industry and the future of energy availability:
Coal official calls Obama comments 'unbelievable'
By Chris Dickerson, Statehouse Bureau, West Virginia Record

Charleston - At least one state coal industry leader said he was shocked by comments Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made earlier this year concerning his plan to aggressively charge polluters for carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama's comments "unbelievable."

"His comments are unfortunate," Chris Hamilton said Sunday, "and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally." (link)
That's putting it politely.

Profiles In Courage

So how did Governor Kaine react to Obama's proclamation that he is going to bankrupt the coal industry?

Not. One. Word.

So how did Mark Warner react to Obama's proclamation that he is going to bankrupt the coal industry?

Not. One. Word.

So how did Congressman Rick Boucher react to Obama's proclamation that he is going to bankrupt the coal industry?

You guessed it.

Shoot, the election is tomorrow. Let's just pretend this never happened ...