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Monday, March 02, 2009

Where's Boucher?

Remember not long ago when Barack Obama was caught on tape outlining his plan to bankrupt the coal industry? See "Obama: Energy Prices Will Skyrocket Under My Cap and Trade Plan."

See also "Obama brags his 'Cap and Trade' plan will 'bankrupt' coal plant builders."

And remember when he sent out his judas goat, Congressman Rick Boucher, to silence the uproar and allay fears of the folks over in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia? See "Rep. Boucher says Obama is a friend of coal."

See also "Obama Supports Coal Industry," by Rick Boucher.

Well, Obama's plans for bankrupting the coal industry are coming together. See "Obama wants to raise money via pollution caps: reports."

See also "Obama calls for cap-and-trade program."

And "Obama's $646 Billion Cap-And-Trade Green Tax."

If passed and signed into law, this will - without doubt - bankrupt the coal industry.

So where's Boucher now?

Where is Boucher?

Nowhere to be found. As usual.

It All Becomes Clear

A Roanoke Times reader - and op/ed contributor - is to be commended for denouncing the Kaine administration for persecuting smokers:
Virginia's shortfall didn't occur overnight, and Kaine's idea of singling out smokers and tobacco products to bear the brunt of the state's fiscal shortfall and fill the empty coffers looks like a controversial ploy intended to deflect attention away from his lack of commitment as Virginia's top executive officer, clearly shown by all his gallivanting around the country, campaigning for others and politicking for National Democratic Party chairman. It appears Kaine's "part-time job" prevented him from recognizing our commonwealth was in trouble until too late. Now he attempts to hide his failure behind his smoke-screen bills, hoping no one will notice.
She thinks our governor has unfairly singled out smokers for punishment. Good for her.

Her solution?

Tax fat people too:
Since obesity creates a whole litany of health issues, including childhood onset of adult diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint and muscular issues, perhaps a fat tax on specific, non-essential food or drink products, 30 cents tax per can of soda, may, in fact, reduce our health care costs by encouraging some obese to quit. While we're taxing nonessential food items, add chips and other snacks.
Did you ever wonder how it could possibly be that Obama won Virginia in 2008?

Wonder no longer.

Of All The Lame-brained Ideas

Leave it to the Roanoke Times to come up with the silliest proposal to bring voting rights to the put-upon people of Washington D.C. Nobody in his right mind - and I mean nobody - has recommended this:
Make D.C. the 51st state
editorial

After years of blocking voting rights legislation, the Senate last week passed a bill to give D.C. a full member of the House. Because D.C. is overwhelmingly Democratic, the bill also would give another representative to Utah, which is overwhelmingly Republican. That seat would be apportioned normally after the 2010 Census.

It's a good move toward equality, but it's not enough. The Supreme Court might revoke the seat because D.C. is not a state entitled to representation. Even if it does not, the district would still lack representation in the Senate.

The ideal solution, then, is simple: Make D.C. a state. That would avoid any constitutional challenges and give full House and Senate representation to residents. [link]
The city should become a state. A city. A state. Pardon me while I try to control my laughter.

And why wouldn't it make more sense to simply incorporate the city into the state of Maryland (where it will have full voting rights, congressional representation, and two senators)?

"Virginia and Maryland would almost certainly refuse to absorb more than 500,000 new residents, as some propose."

Yeah. Solidly Democratic Maryland would refuse to take in hundreds of thousands of solidly Democratic voters. Please.

Get used to this fact, fellas: Mine is the only viable (constitutional) solution anyone has proposed. Anything else is simply fodder for Saturday Night Live.

Change You Can Believe In

One of the few things that Obama got right in the campaign was his call to ban earmarks. Not that I believed him for one second. But it was a promise made. Well, kiss that promise goodbye, along with all the other empty blather that came out of his mouth leading up to the coronation.

"Change," my ass:
White House Defends Approval of Pet Projects
By Ginger Thompson, New York Times

Washington — White House officials said Sunday that President Obama would sign a $410 billion spending bill that includes thousands of pet projects, known as earmarks, despite campaign promises to put an end to the practice.

Officials estimate that the omnibus spending bill, meant to pay for government operations through Sept. 30, contains nearly 9,000 provisions added by legislators to use public money to pay for projects in their home districts. The legislation, approved in the House last week, is expected to pass in the Senate this week.

The earmarks account for at least $3.8 billion of the total spending in the package, according to estimates, including $1 million to control Mormon crickets in Utah, $162,000 to control rodents in Hawaii, and money for the presidential libraries of three Democrats: Franklin D. Roosevelt ($17.5 million), John F. Kennedy ($22 million) and Lyndon B. Johnson ($2 million). [link]
Crisis? What crisis?

Promise? What promise?

This slimy politician was going to "change the way we do business in Washington." And you believed him.

Fool.

Obama Gets 2nd Chance To Ruin Our Health

For Obama Pick, 2nd Chance for Progress on Health

Hope They Brought Their Insulated Underwear

Today is the day that all the freaks are gathering in Washington to protest "global warming." Why a Monday, I'm not sure. they have a much better chance of making CSPAN live on Sunday. But then the geniuses who picked the day also picked the month. First the exciting news:
March 2 Protest Planned at D.C. Power Plant
Environmental Protection

A national coalition of more than 40 environmental, public health, labor, social justice, faith-based, and other advocacy groups on Feb. 3 announced plans to engage in civil disobedience at the Capitol Power Plant in Washington D.C. on the afternoon of March 2. The Capitol Climate Action (CCA), the largest mass mobilization on global warming in the country's history, reflects the growing public demand for bold action to address the climate and energy crises.

"The Capitol Climate Action comes not a moment too soon. For more than 30 years, scientists, environmentalists and people from all walks of life have urged ... [blah blah blah] [link]
And in related news ...

The National Weather Service has issued the following URGENT warning ("warming" aficionados might want to take cover):
Valid Until: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 03:15:00 PST

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-FREDERICK MD ...

1013 PM EST SUN MAR 1 2009 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST MONDAY... LOW PRESSURE OFF THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST WILL DEEPEN AS IT MOVES UP THE MID ATLANTIC COAST OVERNIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING SNOW TO THE MID ATLANTIC REGION. ONE AREA OF SNOW WILL MOVE ACROSS MUCH OF MARYLAND...NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LATE THIS EVENING AND DURING THE WEE HOURS OF THE MONDAY MORNING. A SECOND AREA OF SNOW ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE WARNING AREA DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOUR. THE HIGHEST TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RUN ALONG AND TO THE EAST OF INTERSTATE 95. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 6 TO 9 INCHES IN THIS AREA...WITH THE HIGHER END OF THE RANGE MOST LIKELY OCCURRING ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND INTO VIRGINIA NEAR THE FREDERICKSBURG AREA. TO THE WEST OF INTERSTATE 95...A TIGHTER GRADIENT OF SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR. A RANGE OF 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED WEST OF INTERSTATE 95...WITH LOCATIONS NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE FAVORING THE LOWER END OF THE SNOWFALL RANGE. GUSTY WINDS WILL ALSO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT INTO MONDAY. WIND GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW. A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. [link]
I get a special rush of schadenfreude over that "travel very hazardous or impossible" part. All these global warming warriors might have to be rescued from the bitter MARCH cold and driven home by a contingent of the National Guard. It doesn't get better than this.

If there's any reporting done on this girl scout venture, you can be sure I'll have the details tomorrow.

Global warming. If these jokers weren't so dangerous, they could make for great fun.

It Isn't Working

You'd think AIG would have hit bottom by now.

You'd think wrong:
U.S. Is Said to Offer $30 Billion More to Help A.I.G.
By Andrew Ross Sorkin and Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times

The federal government agreed Sunday night to provide an additional $30 billion in taxpayer money to the American International Group and loosen the terms of its huge loan to the insurer, which is preparing to report a $62 billion loss on Monday, the biggest quarterly loss in history, people involved in the discussions said.

The intervention would be the fourth time that the United States has had to step in to help A.I.G., the giant insurer, avert bankruptcy. The government already owns nearly 80 percent of the insurer’s holding company as a result of the earlier interventions, which included a $60 billion loan, a $40 billion purchase of preferred shares and $50 billion to soak up the company’s toxic assets. [link]
Bankruptcy would have been the simple thing to do. Many months ago. And it would have been the proper thing to do.

But when does the government ever do anything simple or proper?

So we have our fourth taxpayer bailout of AIG. With a fifth certain to follow.

For the love of God.

Where's Obama?

L.A. budget gap could hit $1 billion