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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We Need More Prisons

And we need to fill them with people like these:
Program provides little help for soldiers
By Joseph Neff, Raleigh News and Observer

In 2004, U.S. Rep. David Price inserted a $10 million program into the federal budget, sending the money to UNC-Chapel Hill for a new effort to help deployed soldiers of the National Guard and Army Reserves.

Five years later, the Citizen Soldier Support Program has spent $7.3 million, but the money has accomplished little for the people it was supposed to help. One-quarter of the money has gone to the university for overhead, and a large part of the rest has been spent on well-paid consultants, six-figure salaries and travel.

Half of the eight full-time employees are paid more than $100,000 a year, including a deputy director who has been reimbursed $76,000 for food, travel and lodging when she commutes from her home in northern Virginia to North Carolina. [link]
Money provided to help the families of soldiers deployed to the war front goes instead to maintain fundraisers' lifestyles.

My God.

Global Warming Fraud?

Well, this would lead one to believe that the best known study on the subject - one that Al Gore relied on extensively to make his case - is heavily steeped in statistical manipulation.

Not a confidence builder, fellas.

In The Battle Of Political Ads ...

... whose is more effective?

Three points:

1) Views held a quarter century ago on social issues are a talking point, not the cornerstone of a campaign.

2) Taxes are now. Taxes bite (most) everyone.

3) "Pictures speak a thousand words."  Deeds looks "Dazed and Confused."  McDonnell looks intense.  Surely there's a photo out there of him picking his nose or something.

What genius is running the Deeds campaign?

Headline Of The Day

Iran smolders, Afghanistan burns, and Obama heads to...Denmark

Headline Of The Day - Runner Up

Celebrities, diplomats unite behind convicted child-raping degenerate

Quote of the Day

From a stripper at Club Velvet in Richmond, which is under attack for hanging a banner outside its establishment that depicts Barack Obama as "The Joker":

"Mr. Moore would like to say that anyone who believes that his banner is racist is an ignoramus." 


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For more on the controversy, go here.

The People Have Decided

They've gotten the facts (despite what the TV talking heads want to believe) and have decided that the Democrats' solutions to our health care woes are worse than the woes:
Support for Health Care Plan Hits New Low
Rasmussen Reports

Just 41% of voters nationwide now favor the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and the lowest level of support yet measured.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% are opposed to the plan.

Senior citizens are less supportive of the plan than younger voters. In the latest survey, just 33% of seniors favor the plan while 59% are opposed. The intensity gap among seniors is significant. Only 16% of the over-65 crowd Strongly Favors the legislation while 46% are Strongly Opposed. [link]
I'm surprised that there are still that many elderly people in this country who support Obama's proposal.  They, after all, are the ones who will be sacrificing their care in order to achieve his "universal coverage" goals.

There's still time, though, for the president to lose them too.  The more he talks, the more they walks.

Egos Run Amok

It would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that their efforts will kill people:
An Exercise in Ego Gratification
By Robert J. Samuelson, Real Clear Politics

Washington -- What's driving the great health debate of 2009 is not a popular clamor for universal insurance. The underlying driver is politicians' psychological quest for glory.

"My colleagues, this is our opportunity to make history," implored Chairman Max Baucus as the Senate Finance Committee last week opened consideration of his bill. Politicians, in their most self-important moments, see themselves as instruments of national destiny. They yearn to be remembered as the architects and agents of great social and economic transformations. They want to be at the signing ceremony; they want a pen.

Ordinary Americans are rightly suspicious of this exercise in collective ego gratification, which has gripped Obama and many of his congressional allies. Even when the goals are worthy -- as they are here -- the temptation to exaggerate, simplify and sugarcoat often proves irresistible.

Americans worried about this legislation may not know its details or may even be misinformed. Still, their skepticism is justified. Grandiose rhetoric obscures unflattering reality. The proposals don't force the major structural changes in the delivery system that might curb uncontrolled health spending, which is the central problem. The bills Congress is now considering might marginally improve Americans' health but would worsen the federal budget outlook and squeeze other public and private spending. Whatever bragging rights result will quickly erode in the face of the health system's continuing problems. [link]
In other words, it won't work.

All the effort.  All the speeches.  All the charges and recriminations.

And, in the end, they will only make matters worse.

For the love of God.