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Sunday, November 09, 2008

We're Tired Of 'Safety Nets,' Mr. Trejbal

Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal is completely lost when it comes to Southwest Virginians and their concerns. Don't we understand that Barack Obama and his government will be providing all kinds of government relief to the area? Are we stupid for voting against our own best interests?
Old Virginny survives in the New River Valley
By Christian Trejbal

"Old Virginny is dead," Gov. Tim Kaine declared last week. "We are a new and dynamic and exciting commonwealth."

Take a closer look, though, and one finds that some parts of the commonwealth have changed more than others. Northern Virginia -- lots of change. Southwest Virginia -- not so much.

On taxes, health care and other pocketbook issues, Obama's policies will help far more than McCain's would have. Laid-off workers and down-on-their-luck farmers will land in a Democratic social safety net. (link)
That's the problem, pal. We have all the safety nets imaginable here in Southwest Virginia. Enough to choke a horse. We don't need another one.

What we don't have are jobs. Employers. The very people whom you and Obama despise.

Want to know what draws the largest crowd here in Bland each year, Christian? I know you really don't; you prefer your elitist worldview and nothing needs interfere. But I'm going to tell you anyway:

It's not the Festival of Leaves. It's not Sunday service at the United Methodist Church. Or the Presbyterian Church. It's not race day at the dirt track over in Wytheville.

It's the charitable giveaway of food, clothing, and - this time of year - Christmas gifts for the kids. Southwest Virginians swallow what remains of their pride and line up by the hundreds over at the Bland Ministry to receive a portion of that safety net. And the same scenario plays out every week throughout the year throughout the region. Safety nets? We got safety nets, man. Social services? If we could sell 'em all, we'd be rich.

Safety net? We here vote solidly against it because we want the day to come when we no longer need it. When we no longer need Democrat politicians to make the obligatory trip down here to offer another version of it.

Obama was the latest in a long line of many. But I've got news for you: His promising more of the same ain't going to bring about ... shall I say it? ... the kind of CHANGE that Southwest Virginia is screaming for.

We want employers. Opportunity. A future. JOBS. Dare I say it - WEALTH.

News flash: Bobby Kennedy came down this way, briefly, hugged a poor kid here in Appalachia (with cameras snapping), and promised us a way out exactly 40 years ago. The theme that came from that whirlwind visit? You're not going to believe it:

"The value of hope."

40 goddam years ago.

That safety net that you cling to as our best hope for the future resulted.

So now you and Obama bring us ... hope. And "change." And the promise of another safety net.

You wonder why we vote for the other side?

It's the result of years of experience, my friend. From years of hearing your kind tell us that Santy Claus is on the way with all kinds of handouts, and to be appreciative when he shows up.

It's a repudiation of a policy that has been 40 years in process.

The bottom line: We are worse off than we were when Bobby Kennedy came a'slummin'.

So take your "help" somewhere else. We're up to our ankles in it around here and, no matter how hard we try to wipe it off, the stink just won't go away.

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* For those of you not familiar with Southwest Virginian Christian Trejbal and his efforts at the Roanoke Times, this is the guy who also penned "Southwest Virginia is for Haters." For perspective, it's a must read.

Now's The Time To Invest In Enron

That's the conclusion one must reach after listening to America's really smart Washington legislators talk in recent weeks about their next payouts of bailouts.

Those mortgage holders who failed to meet their contractual obligations?

No problem. Reward them for their failures. Give them cash.

Those Detroit automakers who failed to manufacture cars that were competitive with Japanese and German car companies?

No problem. Reward them for their failures. Give them cash.

Fannie Mae? Freddie Mac? No problem there. They've already been rewarded for their failures. They got piles of cash.

So, if I were Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron, I'd be getting in line to receive my reward for my accomplishments too.

Failure seems to be that which we are promoting these days.

America, 2008.

And I've Got Stock In Enron I'll Sell Ya

I want some of whatever it is that these guys are smoking:

Obama term expected to be post-racial

Just as the recent presidential campaign was post-racial.

For the love of God.

Let me Cut Through The Palaver

The New York Times, still running interference for Obama, has this for us this morning:
Obama Team Weighs What to Take On in First Months
By Peter Baker

Washington — With the economy in disarray and the nation’s treasury draining, President-elect Barack Obama and his advisers are trying to figure out which of his expansive campaign promises to push in the opening months of his tenure and which to put on a slower track.

The debate between a big-bang strategy of pressing aggressively on multiple fronts versus a more pragmatic, step-by-step approach has flavored the discussion among Mr. Obama’s transition advisers for months, even before his election. The tension between these strategies has been a recurring theme in the memorandums prepared for him on various issues, advisers said.

Much of the issue may be out of Mr. Obama’s hands. (link)
Fair questions to ask at this point are: I thought he had all this figured out already? We thought he had a plan to turn things around and bring prosperity to this tortured land. What's with the hurried meetings AFTER he gets elected?

I think we all know the answers to those questions.

Barack Obama still doesn't have a clue as to what needs to be done to improve the plight of the average American. And his willy-nilly, contradictory, pie-in-the-sky, Lexus-in-every-garage promises that were made each day leading up to his win last Tuesday - even he knows - will never see the light of day. None of them.

So now our next president is scrambling to come up with a plan.

For the love of God.

And Expect a Lot More Of This

Odd. Up until Tuesday of last week we were deluged with gloom and doom stories about America being on the brink of economic disaster. Especially from the New York Times.

Now, just a few short days later, we are entertained with this:
39 Reasons to Go to the Caribbean This Year
By Austin Considine, The New York Times

[W[ith new hotels continuing to open, high-end resorts raising the bar on amenities, family-oriented getaways expanding their offerings and talented chefs starting restaurants that are transforming the region’s culinary scene, there are plenty of reasons for vacationers to seek some solace in the sand and surf of the Caribbean this winter.

Thirty-nine of them, in fact. (link)
Economic problems? What economic problems?

Leave It To the Japanese ...

... to come up with eye-catching innovations. This is a fountain in the middle of a mall in Tokyo:

This goes in the "How did they do that?" category.