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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Good News

From an NRA press release on Friday:

On Wednesday, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, 65 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressman Mike Ross (D-Ark.), expressed their opposition to the reinstatement of the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines. These congressmen cited numerous studies that proved the 1994 ban was ineffective, and they strongly urged Attorney General Holder to stop his effort and instead focus on the enforcement of existing gun laws.

NRA-ILA would like to thank Congressman Ross for his leadership on this effort. We will continue to work with Members of Congress from both parties on this important issue. [link]

To his credit, Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) signed the letter and is now on record as being opposed to the reintroduction of that silly "assault weapons" ban.A copy of the letter, with his signature affixed thereto, can be found here.

Our profound thanks go out to Mr. Boucher for working to protect our freedoms in this era when those freedoms we hold most dear are under constant assault by an ever more intrusive government.

I Wonder ...

... if they'd support a ban on cigarettes:
Easing up on pot busts
Roanoke Times editorial

Attorney General Eric Holder has signaled an end to the former Bush administration's raids on distributors of medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Let's hope this is a first step toward developing a reasoned national drug policy, well-grounded in science.

The Obama administration should explore taking the change further.

[It] should knock down federal roadblocks to research. Congress and the FDA should be willing to go where science, rather than politics, leads. [link]
As best I can tell, the boys over at the Times are limiting the discussion to medical uses of marijuana and the science that might make it of some value to "patients" in need. And that's fine (though the science provides some ominous study results).

But on the larger point - one that really drives the marijuana debate, rather than the tangential argument over medicinal uses of dope - does the Times support relaxation of marijuana laws at the same time it is advocating ever stricter tobacco laws?

Just asking.

Quote of the Day

From the New York Times's Maureen Dowd:

"The tableau of Michelle Obama hoisting a pitchfork on Friday with her sinewy arms and warning that the commander in chief would be commandeered into yard work left me wondering if the wrong Obama is in the Oval."

Hoisting a pitchfork? Bossing her husband around? Those are qualifications to be president?

Oh, wait. On second thought, that does make her more qualified than the twit we have running things now.

Quote of the Day II

From Investor's Business Daily:

"Democrats who routinely bashed President Bush for his supposed breaches of the law now show shockingly little respect for it themselves."

It appears in a story about "Mob Rule In D.C."

Congressmen Who Don't Live In Their Districts?

This story has to do with tax avoidance. As you might have guessed.

There are actually three people mentioned. All are Democrats. As you might have guessed.

I wonder where each stands on the issue of tax increases?

Need we guess?

Uh Oh

This is exactly what the Chinese - who maintain vast holdings of U.S. debt - are worried would happen:
Dollar Declines Most Since 1985 Plaza Accord on Fed Bond Buying
By Ye Xie, Bloomberg News

March 21 (Bloomberg) -- The dollar dropped the most against the currencies of six major U.S. trading partners since the Plaza Accord almost a quarter-century ago as the Federal Reserve’s plan to purchase Treasuries spurred speculation that it’s debasing the greenback.

The U.S. currency weakened beyond $1.37 per euro this week for the first time since January as the central bank’s decision to increase its balance sheet by $1.15 trillion lowered yields, making American assets less attractive.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped the most since January 1962 on the day of the Fed’s announcement and fell 0.26 percentage point this week in its biggest decrease since December. [link] [my emphasis]
The Chinese are concerned that their investments in U.S. Treasuries would become worthless as the dollar achieves the value of toilet paper. We are trying mightily to turn their worries into outright panic.

When they pull out, who's going to buy Obama's debt?


Only in my weaker moments have I been willing to call Obama a socialist, but this takes him into a whole different galaxy:
Administration Seeks Increase in Oversight of Executive Pay
By Stephen Labaton, New York Times

Washington — The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, government officials said.

The outlines of the plan are expected to be unveiled this week in preparation for President Obama’s first foreign summit meeting in early April.

The officials said that the administration was still debating the details of its plan, including how broadly it should be applied and how far it could go beyond simple reporting requirements. Depending on the outcome of the discussions, the administration could seek to put the changes into effect through regulations rather than through legislation. [link]
"Regulations rather than through legislation." Why? Obama can then control business by bypassing the democratic process.

This is still America, right?

Someone, at some point, is going to have to educate this remarkably dangerous person that the relationship that exists between corporate executives and the owners and directors of America's companies is none of his business. And tell him to butt out.

This goes beyond federal meddling. This is control. And that's never been allowed.