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Monday, November 10, 2008

The Democrats Brought Change?

Is that first trillion dollar deficit looming when Obama takes office? Does anyone in Washington care?

Sure seems they don't. At all:
Pay As You Go Is Gone
Wall Street Journal editorial

As Congress gears up to pass another spending "stimulus" bill, there's one political silver lining: Democrats are being forced to abandon the pretense of fiscal conservatism known as "pay as you go" budgeting.

Democrats ran on "paygo" in 2006, promising to offset any new spending increases or tax cuts with comparable tax increases or spending cuts. Once in charge on Capitol Hill they quickly made exceptions, waiving paygo no fewer than 12 times to accommodate some $398 billion in new deficit spending -- not that the press corps bothered to notice. That didn't stop Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from announcing in May that "We're absolutely committed to paygo. Speaker [Nancy Pelosi] is committed to paygo. I'm very committed to paygo. Our caucus is committed to paygo."

Paygo was always a big con designed not to reduce spending but to stop tax cuts. It was invented to stop the GOP Congress and then a Republican President, but it is inconvenient when Democrats run the show. With the recession available as an excuse for just about anything, get ready for the first $1 trillion federal budget deficit. (link)
Is there no such thing as fiscal restraint? Has everyone in Washington gone mad? A $1,000,000,000,000 deficit in one year?

Yeah, That Must Be It

Why did West Virginia go for McCain last Tuesday? The answer comes from the ever-sententious Charleston Gazette:
Why did Democrat-dominated West Virginia remain a Republican "red state" for the third straight presidential election? Marshall University professor Marybeth Beller told West Virginia Public Radio it might be because less-educated, white, blue-collar families in southern coal counties were leery of the unfamiliar "otherness" of Barack Obama, a mixed-race intellectual raised unusually in Hawaii, Indonesia and elsewhere. She noted that better-educated, more cosmopolitan voters in Morgantown and the Eastern Panhandle gave higher support to Obama.
So why did every Democrat in West Virginia who was running for statewide and congressional office win last Tuesday?

It must be because less-educated, white, blue-collar families in southern coal counties were leery of the unfamiliar "otherness" of Republicans, a group from mixed-socio-economic circumstances, most of whom were rumored to be native West Virginians, and that better-educated, more cosmopolitan voters in Morgantown and the Eastern Panhandle were just as wise the people of West Virginia are really smart.

What Difference Does It Make?

To those of us who thought Tim Kaine's decision to convene a panel of experts and concerned citizens to investigate the causes of, and actions taken during, the Virginia Tech Massacre was a waste of time, a reconvening comes across as being preposterous. But such a reconvening some are now calling for. See the Roanoke Times's "Correct the report on the Tech shootings."

Apparently the original report issued by the panel contained "factual errors." None of which bear on the fact that a deranged gunman - who was known for the longest time to be completely out of his mind and wandered the campus with impunity - murdered 32 innocent men and women on April 16, 2007.

Anything beyond that is an act of futility. A waste of time.

Expect Kaine to acquiesce.

Socialism Gains Favor

At least they're coming out in the open now that Obama's been elected.

Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, who writes for the Washington Post, argues this morning that it is Christian tradition for the government to seize the private property of some and hand it to others. It's in the Bible. So shut up:
Catholic Socialism

I was driving home when I heard on my car radio a minister say that "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was a Looney-tune idea. I don't make a habit of speaking back to the radio, but I couldn't help but scream, "It's in the Bible!" Acts 2: 44-45 reads: "And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need." The dying gasp of the McCain-Palin campaign tried to make 'sharing the wealth' into Obama socialism, apparently without any more awareness than the radio preacher that socialized wealth is in the bible (sic).

I think U.S. Catholic social teaching will become a valuable resource for evaluating the reasons for and against massive intervention in both private industry and social programs. Socialism is not a dirty word to Catholics. (link)
I'm looking in my handy King James version of the Bible for that passage where it calls on government to seize at the point of a gun one's goat and lamb and hand them over to someone else because that "needy person" had previously given a calf to said politician so that said politician could be reelected.

Jesus was a big-government Guy. What a screwed-up view of Christianity.

Some people need to read their Bible more often. Whatever version they possess.

GOP Still Lost In The Wilderness

Taxes and expanded government are the stuff Democrat orgasms are made of. Not Republicans. So, as long as there are "Republicans" out there who think it their duty to emulate Democrats and constantly raise taxes, the GOP will remain (an ever shrinking) minority. Why vote Republican when you can get the real deal?

Here's the problem(s), in a nutshell. The GOP's two most powerful politicians (now that Bush is a fading memory):
Putting Gov't First
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Two prominent "Republicans" are using the financial crisis as cover to raise taxes. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must not escape blame.

The Ego That Ate New York is joining forces with the Tax-inator to give the post-election Republican Party a bad name.

Both Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger risk devastation of the already beleaguered economies under their care by enacting massive new taxes. It comes at a time when the ill effects of such measures might well end up being falsely blamed on outside forces — rather than on these two shameless tax hikers. (link)
It's not arguable that in the recent presidential election we had a choice between a man who routinely opposed tax cuts, supports the growth of government, and favored massive regulation of American society and a man who routinely opposed tax cuts, supports the growth of government, and favored massive regulation of American society.

I - and every other conservative - got out of bed early last Tuesday and went to the polls why?

Obama and the Washington Democrats will now look to a host of tax increases they can foist on a tortured American economy because ... that's what they do.

Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg, the two most prominent members of The Grand Old Party, are doing the same.

I'll get out of bed early and go to the polls next November why?

It Was That Simple

One election and the left now talks of love of country and love for one's enemies and love of life itself. Even love of our up-until-a-week-ago horrid economic circumstances.

You can't make this crap up:

Emptying Pandora’s Box

My favorite line from this New York Times op/ed:

"Hope won’t feed an empty stomach. But it’s potent."

God have mercy.

Yeah, That'll Work

Here are some headlines over the years that tell a story:

1993:

Quietly, Kmart makes environmental push

2002:

Kmart Files Chapter 11

April, 2008:

Financial Crisis Spreads to Retailers

November, 2008:

Green Plans in Blueprints of Retailers

2009?

Knowing When You Need A Bankruptcy Attorney

Earth to retailers: Keep your eyes on the prize.

So There's Hope For Us After All

Well, we were all racists before the election. But then we weren't, it turns out. The reason? According to the New York Times:

Tolerance Over Race Can Spread, Studies Find

Whatever.

It Begins Again

So Obama is going to bring change to Washington. Bill Clinton must be getting a chuckle out of that one. Look who's being considered for the post of Attorney General. The one person in all of Clinton's government who made 9/11 possible. The one woman who is up to her neck in the Fannie/Freddie scandal:
The New Team
Jamie Gorelick
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times

As he prepares to take office, President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a small team of advisers who will lead his transition operation and help choose the members of a new Obama administration. Following is part of a series of profiles of potential members of the administration.

Name: Jamie Gorelick

Being considered for: Attorney general

Would bring to the job: A wide-ranging Washington résumé that spans corporate, legal and national security affairs. Ms. Gorelick (pronounced Guh-REH-lick) was the No. 2 official at the Justice Department in the Clinton administration, from 1994 to 1997, and if chosen would be the second woman to be named attorney general, following her former boss, Janet Reno. Ms. Gorelick would also bring corporate experience to an Obama administration at a time of financial crisis. (link)
Here's the part that makes one look upon her nomination with angst. It's the Clinton Crowd redux:
Carries as baggage: Her work at Fannie Mae, which had to be bailed out by the government in September as part of a $200 billion deal. Ms. Gorelick left the company just as it was coming under attack for huge accounting failures. She has also drawn criticism for her role at the Justice Department, in which she allegedly created an intelligence “wall” that hindered counterterrorism agents in the years before the Sept. 11 attacks. Conservatives called for her removal from the Sept. 11 commission, but her fellow members rallied around her and said critics were distorting her record.
There's no "alleged" to it, pal. Even Gorelick referred to her policy of separating the sharing of information between the CIA and the FBI as "a wall." A wall that precluded the two investigative agencies from letting each other in on what they knew about those foreign terrorists who were operating here in the USA and who eventually flew commercial airliners into the Pentagon and the Twin Towers.

Not only is Bill Clinton smiling at the thought of Gorelick being nominated, so is Osama bin Ladin.

Yeah, nominate her, Barack. Bring that "change."

Obama's Next Gig

Since the only accomplishment in his entire life that he can rightfully claim is running for office (and writing books), it seems perfectly understandable that he begin immediately to run again. This time for ...

... Emperor of the Planet.

And there are those who'd go for it:
UK's Brown: Now is the time to build global society
Reuters

London (Reuters) - The international financial crisis has given world leaders a unique opportunity to create a truly global society, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown will say in a keynote foreign policy speech on Monday.

In his annual speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, Brown -- who has spearheaded calls for the reform of international financial institutions -- will say Britain, the United States and Europe are key to forging a new world order. (link)

Brown, so you know, is up to his eyeballs in problems there in Britain so, why not change the subject?

But it does seem appropriate that we elevate Obama to the position of Leader of this "new world order." I'm not sure how long it would satisfy him though.

I Gotta Get Me One Of These

It's said that those black SUV's that follow the president around are equipped with this bad boy. If so, I think I'll keep my distance:



That's got to provide some hurt.