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Monday, June 01, 2009

Just The Ticket

Yeah, it would have been nice if the Virginia GOP had allowed its rank-and-file to vote in a primary . But getting past that annoyance, they chose their party leadership well:
Va. GOP ticket: McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli
By Jeff E. Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Virginia Republicans completed their 2009 ticket in Richmond this afternoon, teaming gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell with Bill Bolling for lieutenant governor and Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general.

Bolling, the current lieutenant governor and a Hanover County insurance executive, faced nominal opposition from Patrick Muldoon, a lawyer and farmer from Southwest Virginia who said Bolling isn't sufficiently conservative.

Cuccinelli, a state senator from Fairfax County, turned back two others for the third spot on the ticket. In the only real contest of the day, Cuccinelli defeated former federal prosecutor John Brownlee of Roanoke and Arlington County lawyer Dave Foster.

Republicans met at the Richmond Coliseum at a convention that drew more than 7,000 delegates. The GOP fields its ticket about a week ahead of Democrats, who decide nominations for governor and lieutenant governor in a June 9 primary. [link]
It don't get better than this. And there's no Friends of Bill in the bunch either. A real plus.

Independence Day!

This seems, under the circumstances, to be the perfect thing to do on the Fourth of July:

From Roanoke Tea Party:

TEA PARTY DATE: July 4, 2009
TEA PARTY TIME: 5pm to 7pm
TEA PARTY LOCATION: Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke


The Roanoke Tea Party event needs to be big to be effective. Therefore, we need volunteers to help advertise this event and to bring people in. We need volunteers from the following areas:

Franklin County
Floyd County
Botetourt
Salem
Radford/Pulaski
Blacksburg/Christiansburg
Bedford
Lynchburg
Vinton
Tazewell
Wytheville
Lexington

If you'd like to volunteer, please email us here.

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For more information, go to their website here.

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The Unthinkable

GM Files for Bankruptcy Protection

My God.

The Crux Of GM's Problem

With General Motors filing for bankruptcy as I write this (the company is supposed to be filing electronically at 8 am), thoughts turn to fixing the now-wrecked company.

But here's the problem: The government is involved.

That alone spells doom for the world's once-greatest automaker.

Why?

The New York Times reveals the dagger that is poised to plunge into GM's heart:
Owning G.M.
editorial

The government is about to own a controlling stake in one of the largest car companies in the world, if, as is virtually certain, General Motors files for bankruptcy protection on Monday. If all goes according to plan, the American and Canadian governments will own nearly 75 percent of the company that emerges from the process — and could end up holding their stake for several years.

President Obama owes American taxpayers and voters a candid and detailed explanation of the government’s goals and the levers it intends to use to achieve them. He should make clear that the overarching objectives are to create a profitable company that makes cars that people want to buy, and that are more fuel-efficient. [link] [my emphasis]
Had these economics experts left it at "making cars that people want to buy" they would have blundered into the secret to GM's (and every other company's on earth) success. To make stuff that people might wish to purchase.

But that can't be enough now for GM, can it? The government (and the Times) have other priorities for the doomed manufacturer as well. The cars must be fuel-efficient.

So. If GM's cars and trucks are (a) well received and (b) fuel-efficient, then all is well. But what if (a) doesn't cohabit well with (b)? What if people like me still want that 260 horsepower Ford F150 pickup truck (the most popular vehicle in America) or a nice Chevy Silverado full-size truck (second most popular)*?

With the government calling the shots, does anyone doubt which of (a) and (b) will win out?

And with GM being ordered by its new political owners to make little cars and trucks (little trucks ...), does anyone actually think GM will survive?

If so, I've got some GM stock I'll sell ya.

* Hybrids and electric cars didn't make the list.
** Not mentioned is the government's only other priority for GM - keeping the UAW happy.

Always Trying To Run From Themselves

Jerry's first rule of public discourse: If you say it (or write it), stand by it. If you're not going to stand by it, keep your mouth shut.

Which brings us to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor:
Sotomayor's Deliberate Choice of Words
By Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

Nice try, Mr. President, but I’m not buying the poor-choice-of-words defense for Sonia Sotomayor. “I’m sure she would have restated it,” President Obama told NBC News about his Supreme Court nominee’s now-famous 32 words: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, "I think she'd say that her word choice in 2001 was poor.”

You spin the speech that’s dealt you. But it seems clear to me that Sotomayor, to quote that great jurist Dr. Seuss, meant what she said and said what she meant. This was no throwaway line or off-the-cuff linguistic stumble along the lines of the judge’s other controversial comment about appeals courts making policy.

Rather, Sotomayor was deliberately and directly disputing remarks by then-Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that a wise old woman and a wise old man would eventually reach the same conclusion in a case. “I am…not so sure that I agree with the statement,” Sotomayor said. [link]
This towering example of liberal rectitude meant it when she was addressing like-minded fellow travelers but now takes it back (well, Obama is trying to take it back for her) when it goes before a different group - the American people.

It is said that we should focus on the judicial record to determine her viability for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, but at what point are we allowed to judge her character? Or, if she comes out and tells us that she didn't actually mean what she wrote in her speech, her complete lack of character?

Accident?

On the left (with little pal), Carl Fredricksen from the new sure-to-be-a-smash-hit Disney movie, UP.

On the right, legendary actor Spencer Tracy.

Hmm.

Photos courtesy of Disney.com and picsearch.com

Abortionist Shot

Killed.

Laugher Of The Day

This from the people who are going to double the country's national debt:
Geithner to Reassure China U.S. Will Control Deficits
By Rebecca Christie, Bloomberg.com

June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrived in Beijing with a pledge that the Obama administration will control its borrowing as he sought to reassure China its holdings of U.S. government debt are safe.

“No one is going to be more concerned about future deficits than we are,” Geithner told reporters on the way to two days of meetings that start today in China’s capital.

For the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, the deficit is projected to reach a record $1.75 trillion from last year’s $455 billion shortfall, according to the Congressional Budget Office. [link]
I don't get the feeling that these guys even know what's brought about this crisis.

Not encouraging.