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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shameful Beyond Words

Boucher Sellout!

Turns His Back On Coalfields

Chooses Washington Friends Over Loyal Mine Workers

Never To Be Trusted

Environmentalist Idiocy Trumps Southwest Virginia Jobs

Electric Bills To Skyrocket

Region's Unemployment To Worsen

The following was made possible by Congressman Rick Boucher's treacherous actions:
Chairmen Waxman and Markey Introduce “The American Clean Energy and Security Act”
From the House Energy & Commerce Committee

Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced "H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act." The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin markup of the bill on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and will complete consideration before the Memorial Day recess.

"The legislation will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, promote America's energy independence and security, and cut global warming pollution," said Chairman Waxman. "In support of these goals, this legislation ensures that consumers and industries in all regions of the country are protected. I look forward to working with all members of the Committee to approve this legislation to make America the world leader in new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies." [link]
That's all a lie, of course. Millions of new clean energy jobs? Energy independence? Save hundreds of billions in energy costs? Those are the most deceitful words ever written. In fact, this legislation will have the opposite effect.

You're laboring under the weight of a monthly utility bill that is more than you can bear? Expect it to double.

New jobs? They'll number in the thousands. While job losses will reach into the millions.

Energy independence? How? Oil? No? Gas? No? Nuclear? No?

Windmills? Solar? Are you serious?

Again, this was all made possible by our congressman, Rick Boucher, when he caved to the environmental extremists in his party. Entirely.

Despite his weasel words, this bill will wreak destruction on Southwest Virginia the likes of which we've never seen before. Your taxes too high? Bend over, sweetheart.

I'm so mad I could spit.

What's Really Behind Boucher's Deceit

From Canada's National Post:
The cap-and-trade con game
editorial

The closer the United States gets to adopting a cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gas emissions, the more frightening it gets.

Not because the plan now under debate in the U.S. Congress would complicate the lives of energy producers, or impose new costs on consumers. Those drawbacks might be bearable if the system was truly designed to reduce emissions, and if the expense was reasonable. The alarm results from increasing evidence that emissions have become a secondary concern of a plan whose main purpose is to serve the partisan interests of the Democratic Party.

The U.S. plan would similarly boost Democrat fortunes by providing a multi-billion-dollar windfall to power producers largely clustered in states loyal to the party. As outlined by National Post columnist David Frum this week, the bill would include a system in which carbon emitters could buy the right to continue emitting by purchasing credits from cleaner companies. This is a key feature of cap-and-trade plans, but Democrats have stacked the deck by proposing to award allotments of emission credits, free of charge, to “clean” firms, which could then earn billions by selling them to big emitters.

The companies that would benefit from these freebies are clustered in the Northeast and the West Coast — areas which tend to vote Democrat. Those forced to buy the credits, mainly states dependent on coal-burning power plants, tend to be located in middle America, in states that favour Republicans. [link]
And areas that increasingly favor Republicans - like Southwest Virginia.

Don't believe a word of what Boucher is spewing. He's simply trying to cover his ass.

This is a sellout of the American people. A shameful payoff to the environmentalist lobby. And a stab in the back to every citizen of Southwest Virginia. All to stop a warming of the planet that isn't warming.

The fraud is breathtaking.

More Details On Boucher's 'Compromise'

You think I'm exaggerating the impact that the "climate control"/wealth transfer bill that Congressman Boucher has caved on is going to have on the U.S. economy? Read and weep:

Perpetual Recession
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Reps. Henry Waxman and Ed Markey have modified their cap-and-trade global warming bill, but that's not good news. The new legislation will increase U.S. economic losses by $2 trillion.

Though the Democrats pulled back a bit on proposed restrictions of carbon dioxide emissions, the GDP cost of their new cap-and-trade regime jumps from $7.4 trillion from 2012 through 2035 to $9.6 trillion.

The costs, figured by the Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, reflect the difference between the economic growth that is projected to occur without a cap-and-trade regime and the growth projected with the scheme in place.

The average loss exceeds $380 billion per year. During the worst years, GDP losses will exceed $700 billion annually.

GDP losses are inevitable because, as the Heritage Foundation's latest report says, the economy will respond to a cap-and-trade scheme as it would to an energy crisis. Caps on emissions will force energy use to fall, which will cause the price of energy for consumers and producers to soar. Gasoline prices are expected to jump by 74%, natural gas by 55% and electricity by 90%.

As energy prices rise, income and employment will fall. Because families will spend larger portions of their incomes on energy — as much as $1,500 a year for a typical family of four — they will have less to spend on basic needs, less to invest, less to buy luxury items. [link]
That reduction in income and employment will be felt most painfully in areas of the country that depend on coal for power plants, which is a double whammy for Southwest Virginia because we mine it and we burn it.

So, while Boucher shrugs, tells us the legislation was inevitable, and goes back to watching the Brady Bunch on TV, the region wakes up this morning to the prospect that the change that Obama promised* is in fact crashing down upon us like a tsunami.

These people must be stopped before it's too late.

* A Barack Obama campaign promise: "[I]f somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them, and electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket."

** Chart courtesy of Investor's Busienss Daily and the Heritage Foundation

*** Click on the image to enlarge it.

More Proof

Even the Congressional Budget Office says Boucher's global warming bill will be destructive, raising taxes dramatically, sending utility bills through the roof, and placing burdens on America's businesses that will dampen income and force more layoffs.

Whose side is this guy on?

It Must Be Tuesday

The Washington Post editorialists call this morning for another tax increase. This time on health care insurance.

May God have mercy.

Your Doctor's Office In a Few Years

2009? Wishful Thinking, Perhaps, as Backlog Mounts
Copyright Office Bogged Down by New System

Roanoke Times Denounces ACORN!

Oops. My mistake. The Times doesn't care about the illegal and unethical relationship that exists between the Obama administration and Obama's government-funded grassroots volunteer get-out-the-vote-for-Obama organization.

It's upset with Eric Cantor.

Well, I thought for a moment there'd be some consistency there. Alas ...

The Business Model Seems Flawed

Young, college-age hikers, if you haven't heard, are the target demographic that will turn Southwest Virginia's economic fortunes around. As dozens of factories have downsized or closed their doors forever, dozens of hiking trails and walking paths have been carved into the area's pristine forests in order to lure them, and their cash, to the area. And we're all to prosper for it.

But what exactly should we expect from these hikers? How much disposable income do they bring to Southwest Virginia when they don their packs and head to the forest?

An article in today's Bristol Herald Courier might give an insight:
Hikers Return to Wilderness as Festival Wraps Up
By Debra McCown

Damascus, Va. – A few hikers still lingered in Damascus on Monday, savoring the last of the Appalachian Trail Days festival experience before returning to the hike.

David Evans, 29, said he hopes to catch up with his hiking group after taking an extra day to “sober up and dry out.”

Evans, who goes by the trail name Tibetan and hails from Indianapolis, said people have been Dumpster-diving at the campground since yesterday, hoping to find gear discarded by through-hikers wanting to lighten their packs.

“People have been out here digging through that Dumpster [sic] most of the day,” Evans said. “Somebody yesterday pulled out a brand new tent.” [link]
The ticket to our salvation - dumpster divers.

Now I don't want to be labeled a skeptic here but ...

* For those not familiar with the term, "dumpster divers" are people - usually homeless derelicts - who pick through garbage looking to find a meal or increase their personal wealth.

The Sad & Painful Truth

On Notre Dame and the abortion issue, David Freddoso:
“This is not a Democrat and Republican thing,” said [Bishop John Michael] D’Arcy. “It’s not so much about the president, really. The president was elected. He’s going to do what he’s going to do, some of which I think is probably very good. But on this issue, he’s doing what he promised, which is sad. . . . This is about giving an honor to someone whose position on this, not just as president, but even before that, is so antithetical to everything we believe in. . . . It’s a deep wound for Notre Dame.”

In his speech at commencement, Father Jenkins said that America is depending upon Notre Dame to produce graduates “grounded in deeply held moral values . . . who can help solve the world’s toughest problems.”

Notre Dame sent another clear message to its new graduates by honoring a politician who has spent his entire career resisting even the smallest legal protection for the unborn. To tomorrow’s Catholic leaders, Notre Dame has said that the direct and deliberate taking of innocent human life through abortion is just one issue among many, and nothing worth getting too upset about.
"A Little Battle For Notre Dame," May 18 2009

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Headline of the Day:

Obama at Notre Dame: Hey, let’s be open-minded about child murder

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. headline Mideast peace rally

And there will be dozens who will attend in blind but blissful ignorance.

Bluster

Does anyone think Obama is serious about this?
Obama Tells Netanyahu He Has an Iran Timetable
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times

Washington — President Obama said Monday that he expected to know by the end of the year whether Iran was making “a good-faith effort to resolve differences” in talks aimed at ending its nuclear program, signaling to Israel as well as Iran that his willingness to engage in diplomacy over the issue has its limits.

“We’re not going to have talks forever,” Mr. Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel after a two-hour session in the Oval Office.

The president added that he did not intend to foreclose “a range of steps” if Iran did not cooperate. [link]
"A range of steps." Steps that range from talking to the Iranians till they turn blue to discussions with the Iranians that never end.

He's bluffing. Poorly.

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* A side note: I found this sentence to be rather curious:

"The meeting between the leaders, both new to their jobs but with very different political styles and outlooks, comes at a delicate time in the relationship between their countries, especially over the issue of Iran."

Benjamin Netanyahu, in fact, has three years of experience as Israeli prime minister.

Maybe I'm reading it wrong.