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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Doing Boucher's Job For Him

"We have urgency for Congress to act on greenhouse gases.  Steps have to be taken. The Supreme Court in 2007 ruled that carbon dioxide is a pollutant within the meaning of the 1972 Clean Air Act. As a result, the EPA is in effect under mandate to regulate CO2 emissions. The debate is over."

No, Rick.  The debate has just begun.  Too bad you've taken yourself out of it:
Jay says EPA can't regulate industry
Charleston Daily Mail

Washington - Eight Democratic senators from industrial states are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate pollution blamed for global warming.

In a letter written by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the lawmakers said the agency lacks the power to restrict greenhouse gases from stationary sources such as power plants, factories and mines. The lawmakers said Congress - not the EPA - should address an issue with big implications for thousands of U.S. jobs and businesses.

Opposition to EPA regulations by Democrats could pose a serious blow to the Obama administration's effort to restrict heat-trapping greenhouse gases. While the administration is still pushing for Congress to pass a comprehensive climate bill this year, officials have not ruled out controlling greenhouse gases through regulation. [link]
I'll not make more of this than is there.  These are Democrats leading the charge, so they still believe human-generated greenhouse gases cause global warming, and they think Congress can somehow control them.  A fool's game, to be sure.

But the point is, there are members of Congress who are standing up to the Supreme Court and are saying, "The legislative branch of government makes law, not the EPA."  Unfortunately, one of those members is not the man we pay to protect our interests here in Southwest Virginia - Representative Rick Boucher.  He's taken himself out of the debate by ceding it to his radical environmentalist buddies.

So we're now rooting for a West Virginia senator to save the Virginia coalfields from Obama depredation.  How wrong is that?

You're All a Bunch Of Racists

So says your congressman. And a clueless Washington Post reporter.

I get so tired of this.

From "Va. Democrat from Appalachia hopes to quell anger among voters," reporter Amy Gardner sees wickedly nefarious attitudes lurking behind every criticism that might come Barack Obama's way from voters down here in hilljack country. Regarding Rick Boucher's fading chances for reelection, she writes:

"Race is also a factor. Sometimes it's subtle, such as when Obama is described as un-Christian or un-American. Other times, slurs directed at Obama are part of the normal conversation."

I defy anyone, including this pinhead, to make a connection - "subtle" or otherwise - between Obama's skin color and criticism of him for being "un-Christian or un-American." Heck, nearly everyone here in Southwest Virginia considers every Washington Democrat to be un-Christian and un-American. Even the white ones. How is that racist, you ditze?

Then there's Boucher. He agrees with the Washington reporter:
Race adds another challenge for Boucher, who enthusiastically endorsed Obama early in the 2008 Democratic primary. In a year when defining himself apart from Washington is crucial to his survival, Boucher has chosen to align himself with a president whom some of his constituents will never support.

"Candidly, yes, I think some people are motivated by these more traditional attitudes," Boucher said. "It's unfortunate, but it's a fact."
"Candidly, yes, I think some people are motivated by these more traditional attitudes.  It's unfortunate, but it's a fact."

Candidly, yes, Boucher thinks some of you are  racists.  

That's your elected representative talking about you. You the people who have kept him in his marvelously swanky gig up in D.C. all these years.

Boucher's been living in Washington way too long.  He's now one of them.  It's high time he packed it in and left us - racists - alone.

For the love of god, do these people even have a clue?

And While We're Talking About Boucher & the Press ...

... why doesn't our congressman simply email his weasel words directly to us rather than waste valuable trees and have his statements quoted verbatim - ad nauseam - unchallenged - in the local paper?

This ("Boucher defends position on cap and trade"), appearing in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, is embarrassing.

A few quotes, as they appear:
Boucher said ... He said that ...

He said the ... Boucher said the ... 

He said ...

... Boucher said. He said ... 

He cited ... He said ... 

Boucher said ...

Boucher said ...

Boucher said 

Boucher said ...

He denied ...

He said ...

He said  ... ... Boucher said.

Boucher also expressed ... ... he said.

He said ...

Boucher said ... He said ... 

Boucher said ... ... Boucher said. 

Boucher said ... 

...and Boucher said ... He said ...
Good God.  For this we don't need reporters.  We simply need fax machines that Boucher can send his propaganda to directly.

The Citizenry Speaks Up

Because Rick Boucher won't.

It appears our congressman got an earful over in Tazewell the other day.  And not over ObamaCare.  He had to answer for his deplorable support for that reprehensible global warming legislation that will certainly, if it becomes law, bring ruin to the area's coal industry.

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
Coal fires passions
Crowd presses Boucher on cap and trade vote
By Charles Owens

Richlands, Va. — A large crowd — including some who were upset with U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., for his support of the federal cap and trade legislation — demanded answers Tuesday from the veteran lawmaker during a town hall meeting on coal and energy.

“To place an entire economic system at risk for an unproven theory seems a little bit risky to me,” said David Moore of North Tazewell, who questioned the concept of global warming and climate change during the town hall forum held on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College.

“I’m definitely against cap and trade,” Bobby May of Hurley, who brought an anti cap and trade sign to Monday’s meeting, said. “I think you made a big mistake not voting against it. You sir are the only representative from a coal community to vote for cap and trade. Please explain to me sir what made you so smart, and made all of those other representatives dumb.” May said U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., voted against the same measure in neighboring West Virginia.

Seth White, chairman of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, said voters can take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency if Boucher and other Democrats are unwilling. “I want to state today — there is something we do about the EPA,” White, one of about 150 people who attended the town hall meeting, said. “If the folks we have in the House and Senate won’t do anything we can elect new representatives who can.”

White also criticized Boucher for his support of President Barack Obama. “I will say today when you support a president who vehemently hates coal, and hates Southwest Virginia, you didn’t do what is right for your district,” White added. [link]
I love you guys.

It is so uplifting to see the common man make the point that I - another commoner - keep making.  One that Boucher should have been making but is woefully incapable of.  He should be defying the EPA, not supplicating himself to it.  The way of life for everyone in the coalfields depends on his protecting them against forces that are plotting to throw them out of work, and he hangs his head and says he's powerless to stop it.

And maybe he is.

But his replacement, come November, won't be.  As Seth White put it: “If the folks we have in the House and Senate won’t do anything, we can elect new representatives who can.”

It's that time.  It's the only way.

- - -

* I keep wondering, when Boucher voted for Obama's anti-coal global warming bill, if he actually thought he could talk his way out of it.  If so, he's a bigger fool than I thought he was.

** Boucher's defense of Obama is laughably pathetic.  In response to Seth White's charge that our president "hates coal,"  our congressman, with decades of political experience, responded:

First of all he doesn’t hate coal.  He doesn’t hate Southwest Virginia. He’s been to Russell County. He’s been to Bristol. He’s been to Roanoke. He understands the importance of coal.”

What does that even mean?!  Coal in Bristol?  Coal in Roanoke?  What's that?

You can believe that - if you can understand it - or you can believe Barack Obama when he laid out his plan to bankrupt the coal industry.

Boucher: Trails Bring Happiness

Well, they bring him happiness anyway.  They make for a campaign issue that the local media seem to enjoy. And they bring him reelection. Even though there has never been any real evidence (the cheerleaders at the Virginia Tourism Corporation don't count; they get paid to come up with fantastic tourism numbers) that all those hiking trails and bike paths that he's funded over the years have brought squat to Southwest Virginia.  But he keeps making the contention.  And the media keep printing it for him.

The latest bit o' blarney:
Boucher: Trails can mean dollars
By Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer

The Virginia Creeper Trail generates more revenue than personal property taxes and, according to U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, a similar project in Patrick County has the same potential.

The Abingdon Democrat, whose 9th District includes Patrick County and part of Henry County, is a proponent of building trails along abandoned rail lines as a way to boost the economy in rural areas.

The concept has brought dividends in other areas and does not drain resources, Boucher said.

In Abingdon, the 35-mile “fabulous terrain” of the Virginia Creeper Trail attracts about 300,000 people to the region each year, Boucher said.

Although there are other attractions, such as the Barter Theatre, restaurants and shops, Boucher said the Creeper Trail “is the major draw.”

Two localities — Abingdon and Damascus — consider it a major part of the local economy, he said.

The town of Abingdon in particular receives an economic boost from the trail because tourists also eat in local restaurants, shop at local businesses and stay in local accommodations, Boucher said.

“Abingdon collects more revenues from meals and lodging” that it collects in property taxes, he said. “That is all because of tourism.” [link]
Nonsense.  It's absolute nonsense.

That last point that Boucher made, that all the revenue generated in Abingdon from meals and lodging come from tourism, doesn't even pass the smell test.  For those of you not familiar with the area, let me make it short and sweet for you - there are no hotels or restaurants anywhere near that trail.  They're all over along the interstate.  And unlike what the Virginia Tourism Corp. would have you believe, most of those "tourists" are actually interstate highway travelers on their way north and south.

You can read all about the flimflammery that is the Virginia Tourism Corp. here.  But I'll resurrect two points I made regarding the VTC's report on Southwest Virginia "tourism":

(1) A resident of Big Stone Gap is a tourist, by definition, if he travels to the Kmart in Abingdon to buy a quart of motor oil.  By definition.

(2) Revenue generated in eating establishments and convenience stores along I-81, including McDonald's and BP, is considered tourism revenue.  You're local to Abingdon?  Every time you buy gas over at the Citgo you're considered a tourist.

Which makes this whole thing smell to high heaven.

I should add one more point: Boucher's figure of 300,000 "visitors" to the Creeper Trail includes dozens and dozens of busloads of kids bused in each month from area schools to walk the trail. A nice time had by all, I'm sure, but it ain't tourism.

And while we're dealing with the smell test, go down to Damascus (the epicenter of the Creeper Trail) on a nice spring or summer day and count the number of hikers going through town on the trail.  On one hand.  300,00 a year my ass.

Finally, we now have bike paths and hiking trails - funded all or in part by Mr. Boucher - crisscrossing Southwest Virginia.  If they were such the draw, why is the area so depressed?  And where are the jobs?  Beyond the canoe livery and the bike repair shop, where are the jobs?

This whole subject continues to ... smell.

When is some mainstream media type going to actually start asking the right questions of this snake oil salesman?

Boucher To Be Challenged

Griffith officially running for Congress?
By Julian Walker, Virginian Pilot

It sure sounds like it from the tone of a statement House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith's office released Tuesday featuring testimonials from fellow legislators about his apparent congressional candidacy.

Our Roanoke Times colleague Mike Sluss last weekend reported that Griffith, R-Salem, is lining up support to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep Rick Boucher in the 9th Congressional District.

Not surprisingly, some of the support announced today comes from Griffith's colleagues in the House of Delegates.

And though Griffith clearly is positioning himself to run this November, he appears to be hedging his bets ever so slightly in the release which refers to his "possible candidacy." [link]
There won't come a better time for it.  Boucher is wounded (see cap-and-trade; see Obama agenda).  It will be a tough slog, but it is doable.

A helpful suggestion to Mr. Griffith: When you announce your candidacy, Boucher is going to welcome you to the arena and announce his intention to make it a clean and friendly campaign.  Bullshit.  Go for the jugular.  The electorate is unnerved by what's going on in this country.  Playing this as a fraternity competition will get you nowhere.  Bring thunder.  Throw hand grenades.  Or lose.

Well, That Didn't Take Long

Less than three weeks after being sworn in, and after becoming the darling of the conservative movement, Scott Brown defies his Republican Party and gets a favorable write-up in the New York Times to boot. 

I guess he's expecting a lot of help from the liberal left when he runs for reelection in two short years.

If he keeps this up, he's going to need it.

A Good Line

Michelle Malkin:

"Jon Stewart mocks CPAC as a "festival of whites." And I’m sure the studio audience and demographic breakdowns for his nightly shows are a veritable rainbow of fruit flavors."