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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Are You Willing To Risk Your Children's Future?

Dr. Steve Running, co-author of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change studies, on the U.S. going it alone:
If the US passed a cap and trade and other countries did not, it wouldn’t work. It would ruin the US economy and it wouldn’t save the climate either. So this is a global issue, the global climate statistics are global in nature, global carbon emissions are global in nature, and we really have to have an international consensus of what to do. That is going to stretch our international diplomacy to its limit, there’s no doubt about that.
Oh, there's this too: Despite the fact that this global warming proponent feels that it could ruin our economy, he's in favor of us passing cap-and-trade anyway.

The Law Of Unintended Consequences

The Democrat-controlled government might pass an employer mandate to pay for health care.  The Democrat-controlled government might pass a cap-and-trade bill that might be a major burden on business large and small.  The Democrat-controlled government might pass legislation that raises the fuel costs of America's businesses.  Environmental legislation.  Taxing "the rich."  Repeal of Bush's tax cuts.  Taxing health care benefits.  Card Check.  Fuel efficiency mandates.  Highway tolls.  Pressuring lenders.  Consumer "protection."  Smoot-Hawley II.  On and on and on and ...

Should this news surprise anyone?
Political Uncertainty Puts Freeze on Small Businesses
By Gary Fields, writing in the Wall Street Journal

W. Michael Brown has scaled back hiring plans in his Virginia auto-parts stores. Carl Redman halted an expansion project at his Oregon contracting business. Bill Hammack is preparing layoffs at his road-construction company in Georgia.

The economy remains unsteady 22 months after the recession began, with banks restricting credit and consumers hunkering down. For these small businesses, and many others across the country, there's an additional dark cloud: uncertainty created by Washington's bid to reorganize a wide swath of the U.S. economy.

Many companies say they have responded by freezing hiring, cutting benefits and delaying expansion plans. With at least 60% of job growth historically coming out of the small-business sector, according to the government's Small Business Administration, that kind of inertia could impede an economic recovery.

Already, 7.2 million jobs have been lost during the recession, and forecasts show little or no job growth expected for the rest of the year. [link]
When you suspect that a tornado is approaching, you find a safe place to crawl into and hide.  That's what America's small-business owners are doing.  Expecting the impending storm.  Battening down the hatches.

There are those who buy into Obama's spiel about "change."  What those geniuses fail to comprehend - or are incapable of comprehending - are the unintended consequences that are sure to come from such chatter.

With the tornado thundering toward your community are you going to set the picnic table?  Or are you going to find a hole in the ground?

Welcome to American small business, 2009.

We're Not Asking For a Freaking Ph.D Dissertation, Barry

Just a decision that either brings victory for our troops in the field or an evacuation of Afghanistan so that no more lives are sacrificed.

This is beyond annoying:


For the love of God.

They Blame Rush

But since when did they start taking Rush's advice on anything?

Matt Latimer:
As an eyewitness to the final days of the Bush administration, I can report with assurance that the absolutely last people the powers that be listened to were conservative activists on radio and TV. If Chief of Staff Josh Bolten happened to catch Rush or Laura, it likely was only on his way to finding NPR. And Condi Rice wouldn’t take her marching orders from Glenn Beck if he renamed his program The Glenn and Condi Variety Hour and let her play piano concertos between segments.

Nonetheless, top Republican strategists in Washington are now testing out the "Rush is the problem" line. Fresh from managing two mammoth back-to-back election losses for their party, these gurus recently postulated in the influential D.C. publication Politico—our version of Variety—that “angry” conservatives riled up by Rush and Glenn and other “flamboyant” talk-show hosts were the true source of the party’s woes. Ed Gillespie, one of President Bush’s top aides, bemoans the very same talk-radio crowd his White House massaged and threatened for espousing “the kind of harsh rhetoric that the left used against former President Bush.” Pete Wehner, another Bushie, blasts Glenn Beck as “a rolling mix of fear, resentment, and anger.” Yet Beck and Rush (and Savage and Levin and Laura) had virtually nothing to do with the party’s collapse. It’s like a producer blaming the disaster that was The Astronaut’s Wife on Roger Ebert and Michael Medved (although that tactic may, in fact, have been tried).
If only the Republicans had paid attention to Rush and me.

But no.  They continued to believe in "electability."

Which worked out great for Mr. Electability himself, John McCain.

Good grief.

'May No Soldier Go Unloved'

Go to the 2009 Soldiers' Angels Valour-IT fundraiser and make a donation.  The effort is to bring laptops to those wounded in battle.

A worthy cause indeed.

Quote of the Day

From The Anchoress:
It takes no courage for an rich, unbelieving “artist” to piss on Christ. After all, that’s been done before. And Jesus voluntarily submitted himself to much worse, which means nothing an “artist” does to any image of Christ can do anything but reflect on the spiritual poverty of the “artist,” himself. For an “artist” to use Jesus for a cheap joke is about as “courageous” and “bold” as making a joke about George W. Bush before an audience of like-thinkers; it takes no courage at all.

But for an “artist” to make an identical satirical “joke” on Obama and his adorers? That would take great courage. That would be bold, and daring. And it would speak reassuring volumes about free speech in America.[link]
If asked, I'm sure this worm would say he most assuredly would piss on the image of Obama to get a laugh.  But it takes no courage to say such things.  Actions speak louder than empty words.

Economics 101

Obamanomics - or The Coming Conflagration - as viewed by Victor Davis Hanson:
When Obama talks of a trillion here for health care, a trillion there for cap-and-trade, it has a chilling effect. Does he include the cost of interest? Where will the money came from? Who will pay the interest? Has he ever experienced the wages of such borrowing in his own life? Did he cut back and save for his college or law school tuition, with part-time jobs? Did he ever run a business and see how hard it was to be $200 ahead at day’s end?

What destroys individuals, ruins families, and fells nations is debt—or rather the inability to service debt, and the cultural ramifications that follow. When farming, I used to see the futility in haggling over diesel prices, trying to buy fertilizer in bulk, or using used vineyard wire—when each day we were paying hundreds in dollars in interest on a “cut-rate” 14% crop loan.

The difference between the 5th century BC and late 4th century BC at Athens is debt–and not caused just by military expenditures or war; the claims on Athenian entitlements grew by the 350s, even as forced liturgies on the productive classes increased, even as the treasury emptied. At Rome by the mid-3rd century AD  the state was essentially bribing its own citizens to behave by expanding the bread and circuses dole, while tax avoidance became an art form, while the Roman state tried everything from price controls to inflating the coinage to meet services and pay public debts.

Integral to public debt are two eternal truths: a public demands of the state ever more subsidies, and those who pay for them shrink in number as they seek to avoid the increased burden. [link]
Oh, stop.  You're just trying to distract us from more important issues like health care for all and bank bailouts and auto company bailouts and mortgage-holder bailouts and airports in Murthaland and ...

The money will be there.  The money will be there.

* Hanson rightly faults "conservative" Republicans in Washington for going along with the madness.

It's That Time of Year

It's amazing what some fruit, a carving knife, and a few beers will fashion:


Click on the image to enlarge it.

Happy Halloween.

P.S. Don't drink and drive, er ... carve.

In the Race for the 6th District

ProjectVirginia has a profile of Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark posted to its website.  For those of you from this area, I thought you might be interested:
Candidate Spotlight: Anne Crockett-Stark (VA-6)
Chris Walling, ProjectVirginia’s Social Media Coordinator

Anne Crockett-Stark (VA-6) is one of Virginia’s pioneering women in politics. In 1978, Anne was the first female elected to the Wytheville Town Council, serving until 1982. She then served on the Wythe County Board of Supervisors from 2000-2006 and in 2003 became the first female chairperson of the board.In 2005, Anne was elected to the House of Delegates in the 6th district. As a delegate, Crockett-Stark has used her vast amount of government experience and understanding of the education system – she was a school teacher for thirty-two years – to help bring economic development and increased funding for education in Virginia. Delegate Anne Crockett-Stark understands the concerns of her constituents and knows what it takes to bring home results. For more information on Anne and her re-election bid visit: http://www.annebcrockett-stark.org/Home.html [link]
If experience means anything ...