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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

'A Revolution Is Brewing'

Hey, you can't make the tea party protest being held in either Roanoke or Abingdon next month? How about joining those who are going to peaceably assemble over in Rocky Mount on the 15th?
Taxed Enough Already! TEA PARTY
On April 15, be part of the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party rally in your community
By the Franklin County Tea Party

On the day you pay your taxes, Wednesday, April 15, join others across the country and in your hometown who will be participating in TEA party rallies in front of their city halls. The TEA party rally will begin at 12 noon.

* Are you fed up with a Congress and a president who:
* vote for a $500 billion tax bill without even reading it?
* are spending trillions of borrowed dollars, leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying?
* consistently give special interest groups billions of dollars in earmarks to help get themselves re-elected?
* want to take your wealth and redistribute it to others?
* punish those who practice responsible financial behavior and reward those who do not?
* admit to using the financial hurt of millions as an opportunity to push their political agenda?
* run up trillions of dollars of debt and then sell that debt to countries such as China?
* want government controlled health care?
* want to take away the right to vote with a secret ballot in union elections?
* refuse to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants into our country?
* appoint a defender of child pornography to the Number 2 position in the Justice Department?
* want to force doctors and other medical workers to perform abortions against their will?
* want to impose a carbon tax on your electricity, gas and home heating fuels?
* want to reduce your tax deductibility for charitable gifts?
* take money from your family budget to pay for their federal budget?

If so, participate in the TEA party rally, the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party.

Bring your cell phone and call Congress and the president while attending the TEA party rally (Representative and Senators, 202-224-3121; President, 202-456-1414). Tell Every American about this effort by forwarding this invitation to your friends. Together we can make a difference.
Yes! Together we can make a difference!

Does Boucher Still Support Fascist Tactics?

He did in 2007.

Does our congressman still intend to vote for that union-contrived "card check" worker intimidation bill that only a brownshirt could love?

The citizens of the 9th want to know.

Surely the honeymoon's over by now, Rick. Come back to work. Talk to us.

It Ain't The Holiday Inn

Boo ... freaking ... hoo:
End price-gouging on inmate calls
By Ronald Fraser, writing in the Roanoke Times

Prison inmates who use the telephone to maintain strong family ties will be better prepared to rebuild their lives upon returning home. Why, then, do Virginia elected officials allow price-gouging phone companies to drive prison telephone rates sky high, isolating state inmates from the outside world?

For a 15-minute call, including per-call and usage charges, the [Campaign to Promote Equitable Telephone Charges] calculates that inmate families in Virginia pay 40 cents per minute for intrastate long-distance collect calls, and a whopping 59 cents per minute for interstate collect calls. A similar interstate call using a debit, or prepaid, card costs 56 cents per minute. [link]
Look on the bright side. They're not kept in chains. They're not beaten with metal bars. They're not subjected to electric shock. As some would advocate.

Higher telephone charges? Heart wrenching it ain't.

They Have Minds Of Their Own

A headline in today's Roanoke Times:

Sneaky signs confound plant opponents

The rascals ...

'This Is Not Sustainable'

This is what Senator Judd Gregg was referring to when he said the other day that Obama's budget, as proposed, would bankrupt the country:

From Investor's Business Daily:
Taking Debt To The Next Frontier

In his budget message, the president says "the time has come to usher in a new era of responsibility." But a new report shows the only thing his budget delivers is an unprecedented era of deficits and debt.

Late Friday, the Congressional Budget Office issued its review of the Obama budget. It's a standard exercise for the CBO, except this time the results were stunning.

According to the CBO, the Obama administration lowballed its deficit forecast by $482 billion over the next four years and $2.3 trillion over the next 10. In other words, the CBO says that 10-year deficits will be 33% higher than the president claims, should his plans get enacted.

This makes Obama's budget one of the worst accounting jobs ever put forward in modern times by a new administration.

Over the next decade, Obama's plan will produce annual deficits averaging 5.3% of the economy — compared with a post-war average of 2%. Even Obama's own budget director says that's unsustainable. Meanwhile, the national debt will hit 82.4% of GDP in 2019 under Obama's plan, according to the CBO, more than double the post-war average.

Worse, none of this includes Obama's pledge to expand health coverage.

Worse still, Obama would pile on all this debt just before the baby boomers start retiring in earnest, putting intense new pressures on federal deficits. [link]
This reminds me of the 8-year-old who goes to the candy store, picks out an armload of goodies, takes them to the cashier and, when he's told he owes $23.49, he says "I owe what?"

Except in this case, it's our children and grandchildren who will have to pay up for Obama's goody bag.

Let's hope mature heads prevail. Otherwise this country is in big trouble.

Graph courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office and Investor's Business Daily.

How Do We Get a $2 Trillion Deficit?

By following the Washington Post's reasoning:

"There are no guarantees, but what [Geithner's] come up with to deal with banks' toxic assets is worth a try."

How much money has been lost at the roulette table in Vegas by really smart people harboring the same philosophy?

Wait a Minute

Few rational Americans want this embarrassment of a bill of attainder to pass but wouldn't it be nice if our senators - Webb and Warner - had to go on the record and let their constituents know where they stand on using the tax code to punish otherwise law-abiding citizens?

We may never know:
Senate Will Delay Action on Punitive Tax on Bonuses
By Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane, Washington Post Staff Writers

Jarred by a cool reception from the White House and fears of unintended consequences across the financial world, Senate leaders are likely to delay until late next month legislation to punitively tax bonuses at banks and investment firms that receive federal aid.

[S]enators in both parties voiced increasing skepticism about the tax approach taken by the House, echoing President Obama's admonition Sunday night on CBS News's "60 Minutes" against using the tax code "to punish people." [link]
My guess is, Mark Warner, what with his tenuous connections to Wall Street, would have been opposed to this awful, awful bill. But I'd also guess that James Webb, with his sometimes screwy populist beliefs, would have voted to single out a handful of Americans for punishment.

But do they want me to guess?

How about putting their reputations on the record?

Quote of the Day

From George Will:

When the Congressional Budget Office announced that the president's budget underestimates by $2.3 trillion the likely deficits over the next decade, his budget director, Peter Orszag, said: All long-range budget forecasts are notoriously unreliable — so rely on ours.

This is but a partial list of recent lawlessness, situational constitutionalism and institutional derangement. Such political malfeasance is pertinent to the financial meltdown as the administration, desperately seeking confidence, tries to stabilize the economy by vastly enlarging government's role in it.

"The Toxic Assets We Elected" Washington Post, March 24, 2009

Say It, Brutha

Michael Goodwin on our political leadership in Washington:
Class-warfare crazed government mob is running amok

Everybody makes mistakes, and I made a beaut the other day. I was wrong to call members of Congress blow-hards and buffoons and declare them worse than useless.

I was too kind.

I should have said our representatives are gangsters in pinstripes and pearls. They are petty tyrants and the more power they grab, the more at risk we are. Homeland Security should flash Code Red any time this Congress is in session.

It is twilight in America now. The House vote to use the tax code to retroactively punish bonus babies was an act of sheer madness. What started as phony outrage at AIG has crossed the line into insane policy. It is stunning that the vote was lopsided and bipartisan.

The Senate is itchy to go along, and President Obama says he's ready to tighten the thumbscrews on the banks. Is there no adult who will bring a straitjacket?

We should all be very afraid. Class warfare is mere predicate for a witch hunt that, once unleashed, will not stop with misbegotten wealth. It will punish success and stifle innovation. Dissent will invite dishonor.
Yes to all that. And more.