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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dan, You're an Idiot

In a Roanoke Times editorial (see "No-new-tax pledges butt against reality"), editorial page editor Dan Radmacher tries to convince us that if Governor Bob has his way, and doesn't raise taxes, we'll become ...

... Somalia:
You can't increase taxes in good times because state coffers are flush (even if the tax in question is a gas tax that would replenish a transportation fund that could barely keep up with maintenance). You can't increase taxes in bad times because people are already hurting (even though massive layoffs from state and local government will increase unemployment and make a recovery more difficult).

You can't even investigate whether tax exemptions for certain products and services continue to make sense because eliminating those exemptions would be a de facto tax increase.

No, the only direction taxes can be allowed to go is down. Forever and ever. Maybe when we get to zero, some people -- though not all -- will be satisfied that our government, like Somalia's, is operating as leanly as possible.

Wait, you say? Somalia doesn't have a functioning government?

Right, Dan.  Somalia's problems stem from ...


... low taxation.

For the love of God.  Who gave this guy a keyboard?

Photos courtesy of National Geographic.

There Is An Alternative

The Roanoke Times wants certain lenders banned:

See "Stand up to loan sharks."

My suggestion? Don't borrow from them.

But ... but ... but ... desperate people will still take out loans because they have nowhere else to go!


And No One In The Press Has Blamed The President

Maybe Katrina was never about the government's relief efforts in New Orleans - or lack thereof - after all.

For what it's worth, the Washington Post article blames desperate citizens, lawless gangs, and a collapsed infrastructure for the chaos that is Haiti.

Odd how the narrative changed.  Last time a natural disaster struck the Western Hemisphere, it was all George Bush's fault.

Earth To New York Times:

"Climate change" was so last century.

Give it up.  You're starting to look foolish.

Quote of the Day

From Tim Blair:

"A Republican senator from Massachusetts? Well, Obama did promise change."

And he should get all the credit for it.

Massachusetts Pushes Back

Jules Crittenden:
Then there was the part where, on his deathbed, Ted Kennedy implored the Massachusetts Legislature to reverse the Senate succession law he had asked them to revise in 2004, when there was the risk that Republican Romney might be able to appoint a successor to a President-elect John Kerry. That didn’t turn out to be a problem, but in 2009, Kennedy suddenly felt it was important for the governor to have the power to put an interim in place again. He needed Democrat Deval Patrick to name someone who could vote on that health care thing after his demise, in the critical five months it would take for Massachusetts voters to elect someone to carry on his legacy.

No need to wallow in any irony on that score, beyond maybe the observation that sainted Ted must be smiling down on this evidence of how vigorous a thing democracy remains in this jaded age.

All that taken into consideration, however, chances are now that a certain pent-up sense of annoyance and exasperation, a desire for a check or an urge to fire a shot across the bow, is in large part what is motivating a lot of Massachusetts voters in the United States Senate race, as much as any reaction to Coakley’s arrogance and ineptitude on the campaign trail, or Obama’s agenda, arrogance and ineptitude in DC.
"A Perfect Storm," January 18, 2010

Reaping The Whirlwind

"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste."
-- White House Chief of Staff Rahn Emanuel --

A Wall Street Journal editorial:
The Message of Massachusetts
A crisis is a terrible thing to exploit.

It is the combination of all of these and other policies that has ignited the political revolt we are now seeing in Massachusetts, and first saw last November in Virginia and New Jersey. Had Democrats modified their agenda to nurture a fragile economy and financial system, they could now claim their policies worked and build on them later.

Instead, their frenetic agenda has frightened voters and businesses about the vast expansion of government power and enormous tax increases to come. The resulting uncertainty and the anticipation of higher costs for labor, taxes and energy have undermined what ought to be a more robust pace of job creation and overall recovery.

The lesson of Mr. Obama's lost first year is that an economic crisis is a terrible thing to exploit. As they have each time in the last 40 years that they have had total control of Washington, Democrats are proving again that America can't be successfully governed from the left. If that is the lesson Mr. Obama learns from Massachusetts, he might still salvage his Presidency. [link]
Rather than learning from it, Obama appears to be digging in, with the intention of fighting it out.  With a growing majority of the American people being his opposition.

Someone needs to sit him down and explain the facts of life. 

Too Bad the Message Falls On Deaf Ears

Mark Steyn tries to lay out the meaning of Massachusetts to our beloved Democrats:
At the start of this campaign, the issues were health care and the economy. After "Ted Kennedy's seat" and "Curt Schilling the Yankees fan" and "only the little people campaign at Fenway", the genius Dems succeeded in making their own assumptions about one-party rule a very potent secondary issue. Very foolishly, Obama both underlined the regal hauteur of the Massachusetts machine - and simultaneously nationalized the election by portraying it as a referendum on the Hopeychange. If Martha now loses, he can't plead it's nothing to do with him.
"The Scott Heard Round The World," National Review, January 18, 2010