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Monday, November 24, 2008

Headline of the Day

From this morning's Roanoke Times:

Marijuana as economic stimulant

The accompanying piece was written by a Virginia Tech political science major. Which explains a lot. A future in the Obama administration most certainly awaits.

Campaign Promises?

They aren't worth the powder it would take to blow them up.

That's why, in response to those who argued in recent months that we shouldn't be concentrating on Obama's character and his personal relationships, but on policy positions, my response has always been: You mean the contradictory ones that are always changing during the campaign and are completely ignored after the candidate is elected?

(For a lesson on how preposterous a notion it is to pay attention to campaign promises, sit down and read Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign tome, "Putting People First: How We Can All Change America." I'll lend you my copy. Then compare his proposals BEFORE he got elected to those AFTER he became President, and compare that to his actual accomplishments over his eight years in office. You'll get the idea. Or I can save you the time. He did nothing that he said he was going to do.)

I bring this up now because Obama is, as each day goes by, renouncing every proposal that he advocated just one month ago. With the eager help of the mainstream press. Today's course change? His Education promises:

Obama Faces Fierce Fight to Keep Education Promises

This is nothing more than an effort to excuse Obama's failure to reform "education" before he actually fails to do so. The excuse-making has begun before he even takes office.

But it doesn't really matter. Obama never intended to do anything about the mess that government has made. Not really. He wanted to get elected. His work is done.

And as for the content of his character, the issue that we were forbidden to explore during the campaign? I guess Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will - finally - give us a briefing on that concern soon enough, when both sit down with him and start pushing him into a corner.

Sad to say, by then, there's no going back ...

It Worked So Well For Bush Last Year ...

... why not do it again? Maybe we can force the country into COMPLETE COLLAPSE this time:

Democrats' Stimulus Plan May Reach $700 Billion

And from whom are the Democrats going to get that $700 billion that they are going to give to the taxpayers? That's what I want to know.

GM, Ford Feel Our Pain

What do the Big Three auto makers have in common with businesses - and former businesses - here in Southwest Virginia?

Foreign competition.

And a government that has done all it could to destroy us:
Unfair Competition From Overseas Deadly For American Car Industry*
By Patrick J. Buchanan, writing in Investor's Business Daily

Who killed the U.S. auto industry?

To hear the media tell it, arrogant corporate chiefs failed to foresee the demand for small, fuel-efficient cars and made gas-guzzling road-hog SUVs no one wanted, while the clever, far-sighted Japanese, Germans and Koreans prepared and built for the future.

I dissent. What killed Detroit was Washington, the government of the United States, politicians, journalists and muckrakers who have long harbored a deep animus against the manufacturing class that ran the smokestack industries that won World War II.

Washington imposed a minimum wage higher than the average wage in war-devastated Germany and Japan. The Feds ordered that U.S. plants be made the healthiest and safest worksites in the world, creating OSHA to see to it.

It enacted civil rights laws to ensure the labor force reflected our diversity. Environmental laws came next, to ensure U.S. factories became the most pollution-free on earth. It then clamped fuel-efficiency standards on the entire U.S. car fleet.

Next, Washington imposed a corporate tax rate of 35%, raking off another 15% of autoworkers' wages in Social Security payroll taxes. State governments imposed income and sales taxes, and local governments property taxes to subsidize services and schools.

Now there is nothing wrong with making U.S. plants the cleanest and safest on earth or having U.S. autoworkers the highest-paid wage earners.

Outside the United States, however, there was and is no equality of standards or taxes. Thus when America was thrust into the Global Economy, GM and Ford had to compete with cars made overseas in factories in postwar Japan and Germany, then Korea, where health and safety standards were much lower, wages were a fraction of those paid U.S. workers, and taxes were and are often forgiven on exports to the United States. (link)

It's not mentioned here but I think Buchanan would prefer that government - - the government that he excoriates - "level the playing field" by imposing stiff tariffs (again) on foreign imports. But that will only result in our auto manufacturers going the way of our TV manufacturers and our computer manufacturers and our ship manufacturers. (Where are those, you ask? That's my point.)

No, the government that has brought devastation to the manufacturing sector that it has traditionally hated with a passion can right things only by scrapping its Alice-in-Wonderland approach to running America's businesses and then by getting out of the way.

Until then, see more of the same follow closely on more of the same.

Ask those 2.4 million textiles workers here who are, this morning, showing up at McDonald's for work. They thought they could have it all too.

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* "Unfair" competition? Are we a nation of whiners now?

I Wonder ...

... since Barack Obama seems intent on filling cabinet positions with Clinton people, including Hillary herself, if the voters who chose him over her are wondering why they didn't vote for her in the first place.

I wonder ...

Well, I Wasn't Expecting This

But, what the heck? The government has all this money and nothing to do with it, soooo ...
Needed: Network bailout?
By Michael Schneider, Variety

It's D-Day for the broadcast networks.

[W]ith the economy in a tailspin -- and the Big Three auto manufacturers, some of TV's best advertisers, near ruin -- the biz may finally have to pull the emergency cord.

Already smarting from a writers strike-impacted season, the networks haven't had much more to celebrate this fall. Collectively, the Big Five (including the CW) are down 13% among adults 18-49 vs. last year.

How low can they go? And at what point can the networks no longer monetize ratings that don't look much better than cable? (link)
I may be like most folks these days. 90% of my TV viewing time is spent on cable channels. CSI and House are the only (occasional) network shows I ever watch. And never the network news shows. So, would the last person watching CBS, NBC, and ABC please turn off the box?

Your Days Are Numbered, Junior

Only a few more weeks and Mr. Hope & Change is going to have to get down off the soapbox that he's become so comfortable with and actually DO SOMETHING for the first time in his life. Making wild boasts about what he's going to do in the future is going to get mighty old mighty quickly.

In the meantime, he keeps at it. Today's bullshit commitment to the American people?

He's going to create 2.5 million new jobs.

Ah, the campaign continues:
Obama: 'Millions of jobs' in danger next year

Washington - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said on Saturday that he was crafting an aggressive, two-year stimulus plan to revive the troubled economy, warning that swift action was needed to prevent a deep slump and a spiral of falling prices.

The economic recovery plan being developed by his staff aims to create 2.5 million jobs by January 2011, and he wants to get it through Congress quickly and sign it soon after taking office. (link)

Another day, another empty promise. Just one of how many?