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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ward Armstrong: 'They Made Me Do It'

This doesn't speak well for Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County). He cast the deciding vote yesterday in the Virginia State Crime Commission's decision to make no recommendations on that silly "gun show loophole" legislation that misguided citizens - supported by a host of the usual nitwits - are trying to ram through the Virginia legislature. And he complained about being forced to sit on the panel in the first place. Or something.

Does this (from "Panel's vote shows depth of divide over gun show checks") pass your smell test?

Tuesday's vote also made for an uncomfortable debut on the crime commission for House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, D-Henry County. Armstrong was appointed to the panel late last week by House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford County, and his opposition to the measure was critical to the panel's 6-6 vote. Three other Democratic legislators on the commission supported the measure.

Armstrong complained that the timing of his appointment was politically motivated. He replaced former Del. Brian Moran, D-Alexandria, who resigned from the legislature last month to run for governor. Moran favors the gun show legislation, as does Gov. Tim Kaine. An aide to Howell said Armstrong was tapped because of his seniority on the House Courts of Justice Committee. [link] [my emphasis]

So why did you accept the appointment, ya numbskull? Did someone twist your arm? Threaten your family? Hold your puppy hostage?

"'I don't duck votes, and at the end of the day, I'm going to vote with my district,' Armstrong said." As he complained that he wasn't able to duck this vote ...

Ward Armstrong. Profile in courage.

You Wanted 'Em. You Got 'Em.

The mad mullahs of Iran are fomenting jihad across the planet. Hamas, at Iran's urging and with Iran's support, is waging war on Israel. And Iran, despite the efforts of the entire Western World to talk Ahmadinejad out of it, is pressing ahead with its construction of a nuclear weapons arsenal.

So what is Obama going to do about it?

He and his new Secretary of State are going to take the Jimmy Carter approach to problem-solving. Kiss their asses and play nice in the hope that the Iranians will see the error of their ways.

For the love of God:
At Confirmation Hearing, Clinton Talks of Engagement With Iran
By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Staff Writer

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that the incoming Obama administration will seek to engage directly with Iran in an effort to persuade it to abandon its nuclear program and become "a constructive regional actor," underscoring a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy from the Bush administration.

"I don't get up every morning thinking only about the threats and dangers we face," Clinton said. "With every challenge comes an opportunity to find promise and possibility in the face of adversity and complexity." [link]
"With every challenge comes an opportunity to find promise and possibility ..." Jimmy Carter? How about Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

We're doomed. Dig a hole. Save your loved ones. It's everyone for himself.

The Chickens Come Home To Roost

If there was one main reason for my not jumping on the Mitt Romney For President bandwagon last summer, it had to be due to the man's inexplicable endorsement of - yea, cheerleading for - socialized health care in his home state of Massachusetts. Up to that point, I considered the man to be a good conservative. But this conservative ran like crazy when Romney introduced his mandatory health care proposal, never to look back.

So how's that universal health care program going, Mitt?
Universal coverage? First, look at the disaster in Massachusetts
D.C. Examiner editorial

To much fanfare from both right and left in 2006, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to require all residents to buy health insurance. A new state health insurance clearinghouse was created, with taxpayers subsidizing those who couldn’t afford to buy coverage. Then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, promised that “every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts will soon have affordable health insurance.” Yet just two years later, Romney’s much-heralded “solution” — touted by many as the model for a national program — has become an embarrassing flop.

Just a year after the universal coverage law passed, The New York Times reported, state insurers were already jacking up rates to twice the national average. According to Dr. Paul Hsieh, a physician and founding member of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine, 43 mandatory benefits — including those that many people did not want or need, such as invitro fertilization — raised the costs of coverage for Massachusetts residents by as much as 56 percent, depending upon an individual’s income status. So much for “affordable” health care.

The irony is that Massachusetts officials reluctantly admitted that, despite increased enrollment, the state is still far from universal coverage — the original goal of the landmark law. To make matters worse, Massachusetts is grappling with a multibillion-dollar deficit while Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick desperately tries to slow down those still-spiraling health care costs, which he said last week were “not sustainable.”

If this sounds just like Canadian-style socialized medicine, that’s because it is. Massachusetts residents now pay more for less access to health care, yet their state still has an uninsured problem! [link]
Obama is going to bring the same failed program to your doorstep. And there is now nothing you can do about it.

The Chickens Come Home To Roost II

For how many years have conservatives been trying to warn America about the looming train wreck that bears the name "entitlements"? Social Security. Medicare. Medicaid.

Now, with those warnings having been completely ignored by too many Republicans and all Democrats in Washington for years, and with Obama planning to push the federal deficit well beyond the trillion dollar a year figure to "stimulate" the economy (with, as he has now admitted, "trillion-dollar deficits for years to come"), and with that economy imploding around them, the problem with entitlements can no longer be swept under the rug.

It's crunch time, at the worst possible time:
Waiting for God-only-knows-what
The Economist

On January 7th the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan outfit, released projections that show the financial crash and the resulting recession are already wreaking havoc with America’s finances. It reckons that the budget deficit will soar from $455 billion in fiscal 2008 (which ended last September 30th) to an astonishing $1.2 trillion in the current year. At 8.3% that would be the most as a share of gross domestic product since the second world war.

But the underlying picture is worse for several reasons. First, it does not include any estimate of the cost of Mr Obama’s planned fiscal stimulus ...

But the real problem is that the first baby-boomers retired last year. In coming decades spending on entitlements—the three main ones being Social Security (pensions), Medicare (health care for the elderly) and Medicaid (health care for the poor)—will drive deficits and so debt up sharply.

For his part, Mr Obama has acknowledged the urgency of addressing entitlements, but said more specifics would have to await his draft budget proposal, due for submission in mid-February. He has aimed his anti-deficit rhetoric, both before the election and since, principally at waste and earmarks, the pet projects legislators insert into spending bills. But as Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a watchdog group, notes, such spending is at most $30 billion a year, or 1% of total expenditures. By contrast, entitlements amount to $1.2 trillion, or 41% of the whole; and, left unreformed, will grow to 60% by 2030. [link]
Just as it took a Democrat (Clinton) to rein in welfare spending, it will take a Democrat to muster the necessary fortitude - and votes - to do something about entitlements. Is Obama the kind of guy who can do that? Does he even think seriously about stopping the fiscal train wreck?

In his entire life, Barack Obama has never been challenged. We don't know.

Which means, to me anyway, that you can expect him to open the switch, hit the green light, and send that train on down the tracks. To certain doom.

Quote of the Day

Investor's Business Daily:

"On Jan. 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan welcomed the return of American hostages in victory. On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama will welcome the closing of Guantanamo in appeasement. Yes, change has come."

"Gitmo Gone," January 13, 2009

Obama Intends To Open The Doors ...

... and set the Gitmo terrorists free.

Free to kill Americans again:
Pentagon: Gitmo detainees returning to battlefield
By Lara Jakes, The Associated Press

Washington – Terror suspects who have been held but released from Guantanamo Bay are increasingly returning to the fight against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Sixty-one detainees who have been released from the U.S. Navy base prison in Cuba are believed to have rejoined the fight, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. That's up from 37 previously, Morrell said.

The new figures come as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to issue an executive order during his first week in office to close the controversial prison. It's unlikely, however, that the Guantanamo detention facility will be closed anytime soon as Obama weighs what to do with the estimated 250 al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighter suspects who remain there. [link]
It's now starting to feel like we are indeed losing the war.

Good God.

Like I Said

Michelle Malkin on Obama's (and Kaine's) effort to tax the poorest among us:
O's Healthy Plan To Tax The Poor
The Washington Times

"Everybody's going to have to give," President-elect Barack Obama warned last weekend.

And some people will have to give more than others - starting with low-income smokers.

Democrats are rushing this week to impose tax hikes of at least 61 cents on every cigarette pack sold in America, in addition to increases on other tobacco products. The money will fund a federal expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Yes, this is Dr. Big Nanny's prescription for recession: punitive tax increases on the poor to feed a universal health-care Trojan horse. [link]

Worst of all, I'd bet a sizable majority of Americans are just fine with this. Cigarettes!

And when that same government comes after your Oreo cookies, maybe the poor will be just as magnanimous.

Obama Brings Change To The White House

We can now call it the Vito Corleone family estate:

Treasury pick failed to pay self-employment taxes

AP: Clinton acted on concerns of husband's donors

My, my. This is not what I was expecting from The Messiah.