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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Out Of Both Sides Of Their Mouths

The Roanoke Times editorialists on raising the gas tax:

"Granted, any increase will pinch all consumers, and its regressive nature would hurt lower-income drivers more.

It still deserves support ..."

The Roanoke Times editorialists on the power company raising rates:

"Appalachian Power couldn't have chosen a worse time to implement a double-digit interim rate increase. The 12.5 percent raise comes when electric customers are confronting bills for a frigid winter snap that caused furnaces to run nonstop.

"Appalachian might appease both lawmaker and constituent by rescinding the interim raise at least until this cold winter passes."

 Aren't those electricity customers the same people who buy gasoline?

My hair hurts.

Well, As Long As The Gov't Had Good Intentions

After all, it's only money:
Minnesota wind turbines won’t work in cold weather
By Ed Morrissey

Minnesota invested itself in alternative energy sources years ago, and so the revelation that the state spent $3.3 million on eleven wind turbines hardly qualifies as news. However, the fact that they don’t work in cold weather does. KSTP reports that none of the wind turbines work, prompting the Twin Cities ABC affiliate to dub them “no-spin zones.” [link]
It turns out that fault lies with the "green" technology company that produced the turbines and guaranteed their effectiveness.

But if you've been following this saga about "green technology" and "green jobs," you've come to the understanding that it's not about technology or jobs at all.  It's about environmentalists feeling good about themselves.  They built windmills!  Eleven of 'em!  And three people were given jobs!  And the planet is saved!  And the project only cost 3 million!

So what if the damn things don't work.

Which brings us to those curlicue light bulbs that don't light well ...

Remember, These Are Scientists

Or are they?

This fits into the same category with Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Both make you shake your head in wonder and ask, "What in God's name were these people thinking?"

As I've Said Before ...

The biggest problem with our current health insurance "crisis"?  The government is involved. 
Mental Health Parity for Insurance
By Megan McArdle, The Atlantic

Apparently, the administration has issued rules requiring parity for mental health treatment with other illnesses. They'll take effect July 1st. If you want to know why health insurance costs keep marching upward seemingly uncontrolled, this is why: mandating new benefits is always popular, and the government doesn't have to pay for them. [link]
Try to imagine government mandated car insurance. Lexuses are nice.  Everyone should have one.  Therefore the government, being everyone's best friend when it comes to giving away other peoples' cash, mandates that everyone get a Lexus and the insurance companies pay for them.  Do you suppose the price of insurance would go up?

That's the state of our health insurance industry.  So many ailments, illnesses, diseases, treatments, procedures, counseling, etc. that the government wants covered.  And cover them all the insurance industry will.  At a price.  Until employers and policyholders can no longer afford the insurance.

Welcome to America, 2010.

How Quickly Things Have Changed

Just a year ago Democrats were falling all over themselves in eager anticipation of being seen in the same room with Mr. Messiah.

Today?  "Uh, that wasn't me you saw in that photo.  That was my evil twin."

Unfortunately, they can run but they can't hide:
GOP to tie Obama to Dem candidates
By Jonathan Martin, Politico

Honolulu – As buoyant Republicans devise their game plan for the 2010 campaign, party officials are counting on a boost from an unlikely source – President Obama.

A tactic that would have seemed far-fetched a year ago, when the new president was sworn in with a 67 percent job approval rating, is now emerging as a key component of the GOP strategy: Tie Democratic opponents to Obama and make them answer for some of the unpopular policies associated with the chief executive.

GOP strategists gathered here for the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting believe that now that he's fallen below 50 percent in the venerable Gallup poll, Obama will be an asset to GOP candidates, particularly in conservative or swing states. [link]
Those GOP strategists might want to start here in Southwest Virginia:


Rick Boucher voted for Obama's anti-coal bill.

Rick Boucher voted for Obama's anti-coal bill.

Rick Boucher voted for Obama's anti-coal bill.

Rick Boucher voted for Obama's anti-coal bill.

Rick Boucher voted for Obama's anti-coal bill.