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Saturday, December 26, 2009

What's To Be Said About Mark Warner?

According to Amy Gardner, Washington Post reporter, Virginia Senator Mark Warner's first year in office was a waste of time (he "has found himself mainly on the sidelines"), but he's doing his best to pull his liberal Democrat colleagues back toward the "center" of American politics.

Say what?

See "Senator Warner grapples with freshman status."

This is standard pablum that the Post has put out there about our "hugely popular former governor" even in the days when he wasn't all that popular.  Warner's a centrist pulled to the left only because of circumstances.  It's not his fault.

In the day, as governor, Warner raised taxes and mushroomed spending.  But it wasn't his fault.  He was forced to do it.  Don't blame him.  Circumstances.  Circumstances.

Now, as senator, Warner:

• Voted for the government takeover of the American health care system, but felt bad about doing it.

• Voted in favor of that $446 billion omnibus spending bill a few weeks ago, money that the government doesn't have, an expenditure that goes right into the exploding national debt, within which there were 5,224 pet earmarks.  But Warner's arm was twisted; he had no choice.


• Voted to raise the nation's debt ceiling to a staggering $12,000,000,000,000.  But felt bad about doing it.

• Voted in favor of extending federal health care welfare to the middle class.  But, shoot, he had no other choice.  Necessity called.

•  Voted to make Washington D.C. a de facto state and give its residents voting privileges specifically denied them in the Constitution.  But, hey, it was only fair.

• Voted against requiring reinforced border fencing to keep illegal activity from occurring along our southern borders.  But that was a Bush idea, so ...

• Voted, in fact, in favor of every Obama appropriations bill that has been set before him, despite the fact that the country is broke, the deficit has soared, and the passage of each risks the complete collapse of the dollar and the onset of inflation the likes of which this country has never seen before.

The devil, according to the Post reporter, has made him do all of it:
Warner entered the Senate in January with big plans to show Democrats a middle path, taking to the national stage the blend of fiscal conservatism and business know-how that had helped him win over Virginia independents and Republicans. But the freshman senator has found himself mainly on the sidelines as Congress and President Obama have pushed health-care reform, spending and energy measures without much attention to creating a center-based coalition.
Pay no attention to what he does.  Look only at what he says he wants to - but has failed to - do. Look at his words, not his deeds.

For the love of God.

Thus far, this chicanery has worked.

Not a bad ploy if you can get away with it.

The Lesson To Be Learned?

Al Gore says the planet is warming and is bringing about "a man-made natural disaster."

A professor of physics says we're in for "Five Decades Of Cooling Ahead."

Who's right?

Maybe both.  Maybe neither.  Nobody knows.

Until the experts decide what's actually going on, what say we shelve the talk about climate taxes and reordering society.

We don't have a clue.

'Who but the Mindless ...'

A question that is often asked these days: What kind of rational person could possibly listen to the pronouncements coming out of Washington and believe a word of it?

Dan Freeman, writing in Big Government, asks in detail:
• Who but the mindless can believe that government run health care will reduce costs and improve care while covering more people?

• Who but the mindless can believe that this President is now serious about reducing the deficit after shattering spending records during his first year?

• Who but the mindless can take seriously the sham “jobs summit” held by a President whose every policy is a lesson in job destruction?

• Who but the mindless can believe Obama’s lie that “Cash for Clunkers” which cost taxpayers $24,000 per car was successful?

• Who but the mindless would not outraged that our government has reneged on its promise pay back the unused TARP fund to taxpayers?

• Who but the mindless would not question the morality that the world’s finest health care, which has extended and improved human life in unimaginable ways—conceived and produced by countless unsung heroes in the private sector—should magically be transformed by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi into a “human right”, taken over by the state and rationed out as they please?

The assault on reason by our President and Congress goes on ad infinitum. It is mindlessness that elected “hope and change” and mindlessness that sustains it.
Yet the mindless rule.

Frightening.

They're Still Out There

And they're still plotting:
Terror attempt on Detroit plane
By Harry Siegel & Carol E. Lee, Politico

The passenger detained on an airplane in Detroit Christmas morning said he was acting on behalf of Al Qaeda when he attempted but failed to detonate an incendiary or explosive device, U.S. officials said Friday evening.

A White House official confirmed that the incident ... was indeed an attempted act of terrorism. It’s not yet known if the suspect in custody, 23-year-old Nigerian Abdul Mudallad, was in fact working with Al Qaeda, or if he identified with the group but was acting independently of it.

“The subject is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used,” according to a federal situational bulletin. [link]
The war goes on.