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Friday, September 18, 2009

Deeds Diddles

Nobody on this planet can explain what Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is trying to say in this impromptu press conference that took place after his debate in Tyson's Corner with Republican Bob McDonnell. That "nobody" includes Deeds himself:

For those of you who choose not to watch the video (I don't blame you; it's painful), here's one take on it:
Creigh Deeds Explains His Position on Tax Hikes With Kerryesque Clarity
By Jim Geraghty, Hot Air

I can't believe this guy might be my next governor. Creigh Deeds, explaining his position on taxes, says at one point, "I'm not going to raise taxes, but I'm going to sign a transportation plan that raises new revenue." Then in the post-debate press conference, he says, within milliseconds of each other, "I have no plans to raise taxes" followed by "everything is on the table."

Somewhere, John Kerry is watching this and saying, "See? It's not just me!" [link]
As best I can tell, here's Deeds's plan: He's not going to raise taxes that would in any way impact Virginia's general fund but might possibly raise gas taxes the revenue from which will go into the general fund.


Maybe it's time to go back to more substantive issues like McDonnell's quarter-century-old college thesis.

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Even the Democratic Party's house organ - the Washington Post - is without words of support on this one. See "Deeds in a Bit of a Bind on Taxes, Transportation." Yeah, a bit of a bind. Like Captain Edward Smith was in a bit of a bind when the Titanic was taking on water.

Well, Okay

I pride myself on being a student of language. Words. Communication. Written and verbal interaction.

With that in mind, you'll understand why I admire the work of Charles Krauthammer:

"Obama doesn't lie. He merely elides, gliding from one dubious assertion to another."

"Obama doesn't lie. He implies, he misdirects, he misleads -- so fluidly and incessantly that he risks transmuting eloquence into mere slickness."

I like Joe Wilson's approach. "You lie!" can be grasped like a ball peen hammer. But I can, at the same time, admire the smooth, gentle, lilting, graceful garroting by a Charles Krauthammer too.

Here's to you, Chuck. Take no prisoners.

The Past Comes Alive

"The first Jewish service broadcast on Nazi soil. For soldiers of the advancing Allied armies. A Jewish service, held near the site of a destroyed synagogue. Broadcast to all of America."

Most people alive today have no concept of how significant this event that took place on October 26, 1944 was in the history of the human race.

European Judaism rose from the ashes (literal ashes) that day and celebrated its rebirth in what had been - to that point - a dark, forbidding, cataclysmic land.

"They have failed in their real purpose. Nazi Germany was never really able to crush the heart of man." Not that it didn't come close. And not that the Nazis didn't try.

If you do nothing else today, watch this video. Wonderful stuff.

Well, That Explains That

Much was made after Obama's "You Lie!" speech about the fact that he suddenly dropped the figure of 46 million (or 47 million) when he referred to the number of uninsured in this country. It abruptly became 30 million. It was generally assumed that he was dropping the illegal aliens off his list of those who would receive coverage under his "plan."

Turns out, though, that that wasn't the case. Obama didn't intend to bar illegals from coverage. He wants to make illegality legal. And then cover those who broke our laws when they entered the USA without permission.

For the love of God:
Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care
By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.

He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.

Mr. Obama added, "If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all." [link]
So the illegals, if Obama gets his way, become legal. All twelve million of them. And we get to pay for their health care.

I vote no.

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Note: Obama has promised to not raise our taxes. He's also promised that his health care plan - which doesn't really exist - will not increase the annual deficit or national debt. How's he planning on paying for all those Mexicans' health care?

The answer can be found in the dialogue in my favorite movie of all time, Shakespeare in Love:
Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.
How is Obama going to pay for the health care coverage of millions of illegals? For an answer to that question we turn to Obama economic adviser Philip Henslowe ...

That Was Then

To renew American leadership in the world, I intend to rebuild the alliances, partnerships, and
institutions necessary to confront common threats and enhance common security."
-- Presidential candidate Barack Obama, August, 2007

"Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk confirmed today that he declined last night to take a call from the U.S. informing him of the decision to scrap planned missile-defense bases in his country."

Out of the Mouths of Babes

The first warning issued by conservatives about Obama's health care proposal back when he rolled it out long, long ago has finally sunk into the thick skulls of the ever-so-quick-thinkers at the Washington Post:

Affordability Is Major Challenge for Reform

No shit.

'It's Never Happened Before'

If you don't include anything that has ever occurred in the past.

Boy, it must not take much in the way of intellect to be a newspaper columnist these days.

I write that after having read Mary Mitchell's Chicago Sun-Times column about those two now-famous words - "You Lie."
White president would never hear 'You lie!'
Jimmy Carter is right: Racism behind the attacks on Obama

Say what you will, but former president Jimmy Carter is too old to lie. At 85, he's seen the best and worst of human nature.

So, when he says the "You lie!" shouted at President Obama during his address to Congress last week was "based on racism," he is speaking with wisdom.

The heckler, Rep. Joe Wilson, has apologized to the president, and the South Carolina Republican was formally rebuked by the U.S. House on Tuesday.

However, Carter's comments echoed what a lot of African Americans are thinking.

Would Wilson have heckled a Reagan, or a Bush or a Clinton while these white men were delivering a speech before Congress?

President George Bush was so wrong about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, he should have been impeached.

Thousands of young lives were at stake, and not one elected official ever got angry enough to call Bush a liar during a public speech. [link]
"Not one elected official ever got angry enough to call Bush a liar during a public speech." Unless you count those who did call Bush a liar during a public speech.

In one of the more memorable incidents, Mary, here's California Congressman (and all-around nitwit) Fortney Stark in a speech before the House of Representatives:
The Republicans are worried that we can't pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don't care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where you going to get that money. You gonna tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war. You don't have enough money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement...

...But the President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress.
Care to see the video, Mary?

That's just one of thousands of incidents that took place in which Bush was called a liar. Probably tens of thousands.

No, Stark didn't make an asshole out of himself in a joint session of Congress. But if you want to split that hair, be my guest. And no, President Bush wasn't in the chamber at the time. But so what? Obama has a better jump shot. So what?

Both presidents were called liars. One certainly is one.

You don't like what happened to your guy, Mary. Why don't you stick to writing that and quit annoying us with drivel that isn't close to being true.

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* There will be those who will respond by saying Ms. Mitchell, when she wrote "not one elected official ever got angry enough to call Bush a liar during a public speech" was referring to the president delivering a public speech, not a congressperson like Stark. But I'll not let her get away with those weasel words. She's wrong and she's hereby admonished for it.

** Hat tip to Gateway Pundit for the blast from the past.

Michael Moore, Hypocrite

I love this:
Strange bedfellows: Michael Moore and John Malone
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

He's been called a bully and a monopolist. Al Gore once labeled him "Darth Vader." The Wall Street Journal described him as "ruthless" and alleged "self-dealing" in a maze of complicated business transactions.He is a master of the tax-free deal, completely disdains government and most federal regulations, and has expressed a fondness for Rush Limbaugh. This summer he was slapped with a $1.4-million fine by the Justice Department for illegal stock purchases.

Sounds like the perfect target for a hard-hitting Michael Moore documentary, no? But no, we're talking about Moore's latest sugar daddy: cable mogul John Malone.

That's right, Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" is being co-financed and distributed domestically by Overture Films, which is a unit of Malone's Liberty Media. Moore, who has been railing against Big Media during press junkets promoting the movie, is in bed with the Goldman Sachs of the media world.

Obviously there is a little something ironic about Moore's screed against capitalism being backed in part by one of the country's richest and most avowed capitalists. [link]
I suppose, in Michael Moore's IQ-deficient thought processes, John Malone isn't a capitalist. He's a socialist who prefers to do it on his own rather than ask the government for assistance. Or something.

Whatever the case, here's to Michael Moore, Capitalist. If he can deceive the weak-of-mind out there and get them to make him a multi-millionaire by doing so, more power to him.

They Were Wrong. Still.

It looks complicated but it really isn't. The pinkish trend line(s) in the graph below show the atmospheric temperature computer model predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a leading proponent of global warming theory, and the red lines show actual temperature anomalies (deviations from the normal) from 2003 to the present.

Clearly the globe is in a cooling trend.

But more importantly, the data producing this graph clearly show the computer models used by the IPCC (and by Al Gore's loony gang of wild-eyed clowns) continue to be critically dead-wrong. The predictions are that the temperature will climb. The actual temperatures are falling.

Yet governments across the planet continue to push regulations (mostly in the form of taxes) that are intended to meet the above threat ... that doesn't exist.

At what point will they be called out for this?

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Graph courtesy of the Energy Tribune.

The Numbers Just Don't Work

I miss the good old days. Twelve months ago. Remember? It was so much more fun when Obama simply made promises to us each day. Health care. Jobs. Security. Clean air ... water ... cars.

It's such a downer to try to put a price tag to it all, isn't it?
Bredesen criticizes Obama's health care plan
By Jeff Woods, Nashville City Paper

[Tennessee] Gov. Phil Bredesen is taking the lead among the nation’s governors in warning Congress against forcing states to pay a significant chunk of the cost of health care reform.

Bredesen, co-chair for health care policy for the National Governor’s Association, is objecting to a provision in House and Senate bills to expand Medicaid to cover anyone with incomes less than 133 percent of the poverty level, or $29,327 for a family of four.

Since states pay roughly one third of Medicaid, the provision could add billions of dollars in costs to state governments. Bredesen calls it “the mother of all unfunded mandates,” and he’s been making his case to reporters for weeks now at every opportunity.

“We can’t print money,” he says. “We can’t borrow money. A lot of staffers in Congress really don’t understand this idea of a balanced budget.” [link]
Can we just go back to the heady days of hope and change? They were so much more ... hopeful.