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Friday, September 04, 2009

Let More Mature Heads Prevail

And speaking of Congressman Bob Goodlatte:
Goodlatte touts 'targeted changes' in health care reform
By Mason Adams, Roanoke Times

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, supports health care reform.

But to the relief of a vast majority of the nearly 600 people who attended his town hall meeting on the issue Thursday, he said he's opposed to all of the plans currently making their way through Congress.

Goodlatte's town hall, which took place at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County, came late in Congress' summer recess, as legislators are scheduled to return to Washington next week. President Obama is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress on health care during a prime time address on Wednesday.

Goodlatte's town hall was just as emotionally charged as those that were hosted by his two congressional neighbors -- U.S. Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, and Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle County. But where their crowds were at times marked by antipathy toward the congressmen, Goodlatte's audience was largely supportive, giving him a standing ovation when he first appeared.

"I think most people agree that we need to have health care reform in this country," Goodlatte said in his opening remarks. "However, let me say that the proposal that has worked its way through the House of Representatives, right now is one that I simply cannot support."

Goodlatte said he's most worried that an attempt to address 10 million uninsured Americans will adversely affect the policies of 250 million others who are insured.

Goodlatte [cited] some of the "targeted changes in our laws" that he'd like to see:

· Leveling the tax playing field to offer the same incentives for individuals that are now offered to large corporations.

· Tort reform that would reduce operating costs for doctors, as well as "defensive medicine" that results in unneeded tests and procedures.

· More transparency of health care information and costs.

· Expansion of pooled coverage that would allow individuals and small businesses to band together and take advantage of economies of scale, even across state lines. [link]
I agree with Goodlatte. We need health care reform.

But we don't need any part of ObamaCare.

Here's to Bob and his proposals.

Come Election Day

Here's the quote of the day from Karl Rove:
Presidents always encounter rough patches. What is unusual is how soon Mr. Obama has hit his. He has used up almost all his goodwill in less than nine months, with the hardest work still ahead. At the year's start, Democrats were cocky. At summer's end, concern is giving way to despair. A perfect political storm is amassing, and heading straight for Democrats.
"Obama and the Perfect Political Storm," the Wall Street Journal, September 2, 2009

Lord Have Mercy

A Democratic congressman (who happens to be my mother's congressman) tells his constituency at a town hall meeting why they - his employers - won't be telling him how to do his job.

Democrat Baron Hill to voters of Indiana's 9th Congressional District: "This is my town hall meeting. And you're not going to tell me how to run my congressional office."

Voters to Baron Hill: Come election Day, pal ...

A Question For Congressman Boucher

What the hell were you thinking?
Wrong Warming RX
By Michael Fumento, New York Post

The global-warming bill moving through Congress would cost the nation nearly $10 trillion -- while doing virtually nothing to stop warming.

The Waxman-Markey "cap and trade" bill passed the House in late June [with Congressman Boucher's enthusiastic endorsement]; the Senate's due to take it up late this month. Its biggest problem (among many) is that it relies on the myth that we understand exactly what causes warming and what to do about it -- that the only issue is finding the political will.

Yet a major new study published in the American Geophysical Union's official publication, the Journal of Geophysical Research, indicates that most warming isn't man-made.

The party line is that manmade "greenhouse gas" emissions are clearly the greatest contributor to warming, with the major culprit being carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels that heat and cool our homes and power our vehicles.

But that assumption appears false. "We have shown that internal global-climate-system variability accounts for at least 80 percent of the observed global-climate variation over the past half-century," says study co-author Christopher de Freitas.

De Freitas, a climatologist at New Zealand's Auckland University and former editor of the prestigious international journal Climate Research, performed the study with his colleagues Robert Carter (an environmental scientist at two Australian universities) and John Mc- Lean (a climate consultant in Victoria, Australia). They found that the major cause of increased global surface temperatures since 1950 are El Niño and La Niña -- the abnormal Pacific surface-water heating and cooling phenomena.

Even the remaining 20 percent of observed warming isn't necessarily related to greenhouse-gas emissions, the researchers say. They point to other natural conditions, such as an increase in solar radiation that's part of the sun's normal cycle, called solar variation. [link]

$10,000,000,000,000 to fix something that we didn't cause and can't fix.

That's just swell. Thanks, Congress, for spending our hard-earned income wisely.

I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

The problem with electric cars as they exist today, as I see it, is this: America is a big place ("from sea to shining sea"). With the average household owning two vehicles (one for ma and the other for pa), the need to get from sea to sea - we call it vacation - we call it business travel - we call it the trip to grandma's house - doesn't work well for the electric car business model. It's range is little more than what you can bicycle in a day. It's strictly a commuter car.

Which is fine.

But it then requires that the average household somehow be able to afford the payments on three cars, if one is inclined to have something for commuting that doesn't pollute the planet, waste precious resources, spew fossil fuel emissions, yada ... yada ... yada. One for ma, one for pa, and one to hang on the wall to impress the neighbors.

In this age of shrinking middle-class purchase power, who can afford that?

The answer: "Enlightened" "intellectual elite" "idiots." That's who.
Audi President: Chevy Volt Is a “Car for Idiots… the Intellectual Elite Who Want to Show What Enlightened Souls They Are.”
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Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen dismissed GM’s upcoming plug-in hybrid,* the Chevrolet Volt as “a car for idiots.” More specifically, he said that few consumers will be willing to pay $40,000 base price for a car that competes with $25,000 hybrids.

“No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla,” he said. “So there are not enough idiots who will buy it.” “They’re for the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are,” he said.

In addition, he noted, the Volt is not a luxury car whose green-technology costs will be excused because it also delivers prestige or performance.

The Audi of America president ended with a bold prediction: The Volt will fall flat. And the federal government, having publicly forced GM to develop electric cars, will subsidize the Volt to save face and boost sales. [link]
In my estimation, that prediction is only half valid. Mr. de Nysschen is forgetting the role that the media will play. The media that are so fond of those expensive little dog houses on wheels that will take you a maximum of 40 miles at low speed before you get stranded on the side of the highway. Sales on the Volt will be miniscule, but the mainstream press will tout the waiting lists where they exist, its strong consumer demand as they'll define the term, and the wondrous satisfaction level of its owners (those enlightened intellectual elite idiots who will be orgasmic even if the Volt proves to only gets seven miles per charge). So it's destined to be deemed a success, regardless.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Americans will continue to purchase - in real numbers - full-size trucks to haul their workloads, and full-size SUV's to get their kiddies to the soccer games, and full-size passenger cars to fulfill their all-round transportation needs. Big vehicles. Big polluters. That meet the big needs of the average consumer.

Few of us can afford $40,000 trophies that we can set in the driveway for the neighbors to envy.

Few of us can make the electric car fit into our daily routine.

Few of us will be buying the things.

The few being the enlightened intellectual elite ...

* Note: The Chevy Volt is a plug-in electric car (E-REV), not a hybrid.

Headline Of The Day

From Glenn Reynolds:
MOVEON.ORG: Our regrets on that finger-biting thing, but you know, under Obama’s plan you could get it sewed back on for free! Oh, wait, you’re already on Medicare? Never mind . . . .
You have to go to the link. And you still won't believe this one.

What was that again about crazy Tea Party fanatics?

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I laughed out loud when I saw this on Hot Air:


To Each His Own

If you had asked me, I would have told you that the 1984 movie "Children of the Corn" ranks as one of the worst films ever made. Preposterous plot. Silly story line. Awful acting. Boring to tears. And I wonder: Shouldn't a movie make some kind of sense?

But it seems to others that "Children of the Corn" fits the definition of "cult classic."


Say What?

Get the idea that the world's climate "experts" haven't the first clue as to what they're talking about?

Global Warming Could Forestall Ice Age

Global warming could ... forestall ... what?

Here's how this plays out: Over the next century the planet will neither warm nor cool (beyond the norm). And the experts will say: See? One cancelled out the other.

For the love of God.

Calm Down

I decided I'd take time out to investigate this story about Obama trying to indoctrinate our schoolchildren by broadcasting a speech into America's classrooms next week. And, now that I'm up to speed, I have to tell you, I'm a bit surprised that Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, and Glenn Beck have made such a big deal out of it.

The man is our president, folks.

No, I don't think he was/is right for the job, being way over his head. And yes, I disagree with everything he stands for and is trying to push down our throats.

But he is our president.

If this speech of his is nothing more than a civics lesson, then I think it's a pretty good idea.

If, by the same token, Obama tries to lure young minds into a life of degenerative liberalism, well, then we'll talk.

But get a grip on yourself until he gives his speech.

And learn to pick your fights.


Quote of the day, from Representative Charles Rangel:
"Some Americans have not gotten over the fact that Obama is President of the United States. They go to sleep wondering, 'how did this happen?'

"Why do black people have to bargain for what is theirs? Why do we have to wait for the right to vote? Why can't we get what God has given us? And that is the right to live as human beings and not negotiate with white southerners and not court the votes. Just do the right thing."