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Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Rest Of The Story

This reads so much like a press release, I had to check out the source. A letter to the editor in this morning's Bristol Herald Courier:
Hanson Mistaken; Boucher An Advocate
By Kay Saul, Abingdon

John Hanson of Bristol obviously doesn’t know much about Rick Boucher if he thinks that our congressman is not a good representative for our region.

Rick works tirelessly to grow the economy of our region and he is particularly active in promoting the growth of tourist visitation to Southwest Virginia. I have often heard Rick talk about how our beautiful mountains, rivers and rich culture attract visitors to our region and how we can take steps to accelerate that growth.

Rick is reflecting the views of Southwest Virginians who want more jobs and more varied employment opportunities. That is by far the leading concern in our region, and Rick’s work is making a big difference.

A recent economic impact study showed ... [blah blah blah][link]
A letter from a sympathetic constituent? Yes.

Is there more to the story? I think so.

This comes from another Bristol Herald Courier article from a week ago:, a piece dealing with area residents who were making plans on going to the Obama inaugural, including one Kay Saul:

Abingdon resident Kay Saul is staying with Susie Burgess – a woman she has never met, a friend of a co-worker who lives in a Maryland suburb north of Baltimore.

Saul, a longtime Democratic activist and state party delegate, has been a secretary at the Washington County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for 24 years. A colleague put her in touch with Burgess, and Saturday, she planned to take off for her third inaugural experience.

Saul first encountered Obama two years ago at a Richmond fundraiser when he was still an obscure, if appealing, face in the U.S. Senate. She recalls being struck by his “charisma and intellect,” and when he stumped at Virginia High School in June, Saul recalls commenting to Boucher, “Rick, he’s going to be president.”

“I’m excited about the history of it,” she said in a recent interview, and the Obama paraphernalia she laid out on a table seemed to bolster her point: Obama buttons; a baseball cap with his campaign insignia; a watch with the president-elect’s likeness on the face; and an Obama doll that credibly reproduces the real Obama’s voice with his catchphrase, “Yes we can!”

Saul has planned for the occasion. She has picked out her inaugural outfit: wool coat, two to three pairs of socks, earmuffs and a scarf.

She has mapped out an itinerary: tour Baltimore on Saturday; take in entertainment on the National Mall on Sunday; attend Boucher’s constituent reception Monday; and make it to the swearing-in Tuesday. Then she’ll turn around and make a mad dash for Abingdon to be at work Wednesday. [my emphasis]

Does this make her opinions less valid? No. Worth publishing? Absolutely.

Do this political insider's ties to our congressman (" “Rick, he’s going to be ...”) distract? Give her letter about "Rick's" virtues a different spin?

I think so.

The Herald Courier didn't deem this important. I do. A good reason to read this weblog after finishing the local "news" papers.

Let Me Translate

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's senator-appointee who will replace Hillary Clinton, is, in a few ways, a conservative. She's a firm supporter of gun rights and she opposes those egregious earmarks that Congress is infamous for (though her opposition will be of little consequence when she moves from the House). And she apparently voted against the original stimulus bill that proved to be a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.

So how does that go over with the blindly liberal New York Times? As you might imagine:
Adventures in New York Politics
editorial

As she moves from representing a conservative upstate district into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office, Ms. Gillibrand needs to move beyond some narrower views suited to her old constituents and embrace her role as a senator of a powerful, diverse and complicated state.

Ms. Gillibrand certainly seems to have the capacity to make that large political leap. She comes from ...[link]
Translated:
Ms. Gillibrand needs to give up her neanderthal Upstate New York views and adopt Manhattan views, where a "diverse" constituency made up exclusively of rich, liberal white males and females (the diverse part) expect her to kowtow like every other politician in her state.
Ya gotta love the chutzpah.

Not In My State Either

With one exception*, I'm adding my state to this list:
Guantánamo Detainees? Not in My State
By Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane, The New York Times

Washington — Is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed coming to a prison near you?

One day after President Obama ordered that the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be shuttered, lawmakers in Washington wrestled with the implications of bringing dozens of the 245 remaining inmates onto American soil.

Republican lawmakers, who oppose Mr. Obama’s plan, found a talking point with political appeal. They said closing Guantánamo could allow dangerous terrorists to get off on legal technicalities and be released into quiet neighborhoods across the United States. If the detainees were convicted, the Republicans continued, American prisons housing terrorism suspects could become magnets for attacks. [link]
Here's the hilarious part:

"Meanwhile, none of the Democrats who on Thursday hailed the closing of the detention camp were stepping forward to offer prisons in their districts or states to receive the prisoners."

* That exception? If Obama is willing to place the Islamist terrorists in a safe house next door to Congressman Jim Moran's home in Alexandria, I'd be okay with it. Why? See "Yes Virginia, your Congressman is an idiot.

Alas, there are no prisons in Alexandria. There are only liberal do-gooders who are willing to relocate terrorists TO MY BACKYARD (where most of Virginia's prisons are).

Uh, no, Jim. Not today. Not ever. You want 'em? Take 'em. And good luck.

Where's Code Pink?

Obama continues the war in Afghanistan on Pakistan with a vengeance and nary a peep comes from all those anti-war leftists out there.

Were they all anti-war after all? Or just anti-Bush?

"Well, but Obama has loftier goals. He's willing to sit down with our enemies."

Gimme a break.

Maybe He Should Listen To Them

President Obama has effectively told the Republican members of Congress to butt out (see related post). He has a plan and he's sticking to it.

"I won," he bluntly told them. So take the complaints elsewhere.

Perhaps, though, this winning rookie who was voting on dog licenses a few short years ago should listen to his betters. They're trying to give him valuable advice. His plan sucks.

Jennifer Rubin:
The problem is not just the Democrats’ high-handed process that shuts out Republicans. The issue is that the bill itself is objectively awful. If you think tax cuts and defense spending are better ways to “jump start” the economy, there is precious little to like. But even if you accept the Democrats’ premise that we should have a bunch of “shovel ready” projects and immediate infusions of spending into the economy, the bill doesn’t do that either. The Congressional Budget Office tells us: “For example, of $30 billion in highway spending, less than $4 billion would occur over the next two years. Of $18.5 billion proposed for renewable energy, less than $3 billion would be spent by 2011. And of $14 billion for school construction, less than $7 billion would be spent in the first two years.”

I suspect that all that sweet talk about bipartisanship is going to be thrown overboard and this will be rammed through on essentially a party-line vote. The President met today with House Republicans, reminding them “I won.” It doesn’t sound like he is actually in the mood to alter the bill’s substance, although he will go through the motions of meeting with them again next week. Meanwhile, the House bill is moving swiftly along.

Now the process may have annoyed Republicans, but the content has appalled them. They are now on firm ideological grounds to oppose it en masse.

A one trillion dollar waste of taxpayers' money.

May God help us.

As Expected

His first day in office he makes life grand for the terrorists at Gitmo. On his second day, he does what he can to bring about more abortions. You wanted him ...
Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding
By Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles, Reuters

Washington, Jan 23 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.

The Democratic president's decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other. [link]
Coddling terrorists. Promoting abortion. Hope and change is looking a whole lot like same old and same old.

Why Did He Even Invite Them?

President Obama went through the kind of ritual yesterday that the media people enjoy, he invited members of both parties from Congress to sit down and discuss his plan for economic stimulus (which may very well accelerate our economic ruin).

Key words being HIS PLAN.

They were allowed to give him their views. He told them to shut up:
Prez Zings GOP In a Stimulating Talk
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

Washington -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."

That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans today.

In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president shot back: "I won," according to aides briefed on the meeting.

"I will trump you on that."[link]

"I won. We're doing it my way. Thank you for your valuable input. There's the door."

Bipartisanship. Don't you love it?