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Friday, February 19, 2010

Boucher Reaps The Whirlwind

He decided to go with his buddies up in Washington rather than with the folks back home here in Southwest Virginia.  His decision.

Now he is going to live with it:
Losing Coal Country
By Jennifer Rubin, Commentary

This report suggests that the Democrats are in for some trouble in Virginia and other conservative congressional districts that had been voting Democratic of late:

"The anger at Washington that is seeping across the country registered a while back in the high ridges of Appalachia, a once-indomitable Democratic stronghold where voters turned away from President Obama in 2008 just as overwhelmingly as they embraced him most everywhere else.

"Voters in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District are mad that the government has spent hundreds of billions to fix an economy that seems only to deteriorate around them. They’re fearful of a federal takeover of health care. They’re petrified that proposed emissions limits would destroy the coal industry that provides most of the region’s jobs. And they want no part of a president they view as elitist and unlike them."

The politician who is going to feel the brunt of this is a 14-term (yes, 14) congressman, Rick Boucher, who made the error of voting for cap-and-trade while representing a district in coal country. They’re angry with him but furious with Obama:

"Residents talk often of their “pridefulness” and independence. But they feel like criminals when politicians try to take their guns away, like children when they’re told they need health care and like villains when coal is blamed for destroying the environment although it provides most of the region’s jobs and half of the nation’s power. They assume that Obama doesn’t get any of this — or doesn’t care."

Boucher is, however, going to have to explain his embrace of Obama’s agenda, and that’s trickier. On cap-and-trade, he’ll have to do better than “there is real misunderstanding on my role and what the bill was designed to do.” [link]
Rick Boucher has done everything from championing his position to explaining what his position really is to actually denouncing the position that he had held.  All of which makes him look like ... a Washington politician.

It's time for him to go to that lavish retirement community for washed-up politicians.  He's no longer wanted around here.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

"So let's hear it for hypocrisy."

"How I was not Al Gored Into Submission":

Great stuff.

Things To Consider

On Obama's plunging popularity and any comparison to Ronaldus Maxus, Glenn Reynolds:

"I think it’s more than just the usual end-of-honeymoon thing, personally. People note that Reagan’s popularity fell a lot in his first year — but Reagan got generally hostile media treatment, while Obama has enjoyed friendlier press than any President in history, and has still plummeted in the polls."

They hated Reagan even more than they hated Bush.  By contrast, the stories of the press's fawning, look-the-other-way coverage of Obama are legion.  And his popularity has still plummeted.

How can that be?

The internet, baby.

Truth now prevails.

The Worst Of Both Worlds

Let me get this out first - I blame Bush:
Jobless Claims, Inflation Jump as Economy Wobbles
By Reuters

The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly surged last week, while producer prices increased sharply in January, raising potential hurdles for the economic recovery. [link]
Where's Obama?  Pelosi?  We need more government.

Calling It Anything Other Than What It Was

The feds are so afraid to call terrorism by its name.  Why?

Was this not an act of terrorism?
Pilot Crashes Into Texas Building in Apparent Anti-IRS Suicide
Fox News

A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane into an Austin, Texas, office building where nearly 200 federal tax employees work on Thursday, igniting a raging fire that sent massive plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the seven-story structure.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the incident was a single act by a sole individual, who appeared to be targeting the federal building. He refused to classify it as terrorism.

"I call it a cowardly, criminal act and there was no excuse for it," Acevedo said at a news conference.

Texas Republican Congressman Michael McCaul told reported the incident was, "not tied to overseas terror organizations."

The Department of Homeland Security said it did not believe the crash was an act of terrorism. President Obama was briefed on the incident. [link] [emphasis mine]
No, this wasn't terrorism.  This was an act of revenge, they say.

Oh, wait.

But He Promised ...

He would not raise taxes on the middle class.

Was he lying to us?
The VAT Commission
Wall Street Journal editorial

A couple of trillion dollars in new deficit spending later, President Obama yesterday signed an executive order creating a Bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Yes, that's really what he called it. And you wonder why Americans are cynical about politics?

Having proposed peacetime records for spending as a share of the economy—more than 25% of GDP this year and next—Mr. Obama now promises to make "the tough choices necessary to solve our fiscal problems." And what might those choices be? "Everything's on the table. That's how this thing's going to work," Mr. Obama said.

By "everything," Mr. Obama means in particular tax increases. The President vowed in 2008 that he wouldn't raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 a year, but that's looking to be as forlorn a hope as peace in Palestine.

Mr. Obama's own recent budget proposal estimates that deficits will exceed $8.5 trillion over the next decade—even including revenues from the huge tax increases scheduled for next year and other new levies that aren't likely to pass. So the President and Democrats are desperately seeking political, and especially Republican, cover to go where the big money is by taxing the middle class. The commission is a bid for that cover. [link]
I know it's not fair to compare the business world with that of government, but if I hired someone to do a job and he tells me to wait until he forms a committee that will decide how he is to proceed, I'd fire him and find me someone who can both make decisions and get the job done.  We hired Obama to do a job and now he's as much as saying he doesn't know what to do and needs help.  And we're supposed to put up with it.

Either he doesn't know what to do or he's about to break his promise, as is being surmised above.

You decide which is worse.

Giving Islam Its Reputation

In today's news:
Five Muslim soldiers arrested over Fort Jackson poison probe: report
New York Post

Five individuals were arrested amid a probe into food poisoning at Fort Jackson U.S. military base, Fox News reported on Thursday (EST).

Sources told Fox the five men were detained in December over allegations that they attempted to poison the food supply at the South Carolina base.

They were all part of the base's Arabic translation training program, referred to in the Army as "Lima 09".

"Each of them uses Arabic as his first language," one source told Fox News.

In an earlier report, before the arrests emerged, a military source told Fox News the suspects were Muslims.

CBN News reported that the five arrested men were Islamic and cited a source who said they may have been in contact with five Washington, DC Muslims, who were arrested in December after authorities uncovered their plans to travel to Pakistan to wage jihad against the U.S. [link]
I'm reminding myself that these Muslims are innocent until proven guilty.