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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Is Boucher Going To Cut & Run?

With the release of this news item, speculation is rife that Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) may be looking past a tough reelection bid and is angling for a federal appointment to a lofty government gig in his home base of Washington D.C.:
Obama Looks to Undecided Dems on Health Bill

Washinton -- A small number of House Democrats who opposed health overhaul legislation on the first go-round may be President Barack Obama's most important constituency when he unveils a revised proposal on Wednesday.

At least nine of the 39 Democrats who voted "nay" when the House passed sweeping overhaul legislation 220-215 in November are now undecided or withholding judgment until they see Obama's final product, according to an Associated Press survey.

Some of the top targets may be the nine lawmakers who told The Associated Press directly or through spokesmen that they're undecided or undeclared. Three are retiring and don't have to worry about getting punished by voters, and five others are freshmen, mostly in competitive districts -- lawmakers whom Pelosi will give a pass on tough votes when she can, but might call on when a major piece of legislation hangs in the balance.

The ninth is Rick Boucher of Virginia. [link]
So.  After voting against ObamaCare just a few short months ago, Boucher is now "undecided"?  Can he be about to flip?  People in the 9th District are wondering - and have a right to know - what prompted this potentially career-ending change of heart?  The offer of a judgeship perhaps?  Ambassadorship to Lower Schlepovia?

After having cast a principled vote, one for which I offered praise, Boucher may now reverse himself, flush principle down the crapper, and sell us out?

Voters wonder.  What did it take to buy him off?

We'll let you know in due time.  He'll try to run but he won't hide.

With Friends Like These ...

Does she think this is how we should treat allies?

I can only assume that Ms. Bumblebutt considers Argentine relations to be more critical to our national security than those with our closest ally and compatriot in the War on Terror, Britain.

What an idiot.

Doing Boucher's Work For Him

Congressman Rick Boucher represents a district that includes thousands of coal miners who will be affected in a very adverse way if the United States Environmental Protection Agency - with Obama at its head - begins regulating carbon dioxide as a "pollutant."  Boucher's response has essentially been one of capitulation - boasting of a pathetic effort to mitigate any negative impact EPA actions might have on the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, and an effort to extend unemployment insurance to those who will find themselves permanently out of work.  In so many words: Yeah, they'll bleed out but I'll have a bucket to keep the blood from spilling onto the nice, clean carpet.

What a guy.  What a protector.

Other congresspersons aren't so supplicating.  So surrendering.  So cowardly.  They aren't taking the destruction of American livelihoods by a detached, messianic, out-of-control federal bureaucracy lying down.  They are preparing to fight:
Helter-Skelton: Key Lawmaker Reverses On Climate Action
By Sean Higgins, Investor's Business Daily

Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., has signed on to legislation that would block the EPA from implementing its proposed greenhouse gas regulations. That’s a pretty clear sign that House Democrats are feeling the heat on climate change.

Skelton, 78, has been in Congress for 33 years and is chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee. But in 2010 he may face a tough re-election fight.

Last June, Skelton voted with his party leadership for a cap-and-trade bill. The measure passed the House 219-212.

Republicans, the Chamber of Commerce and now Democrats like House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., are pushing legislation to prevent that.

Skelton has signed on to Peterson’s bill, which would reverse the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are a pollutant. [link]
What a stratagem.  Block the EPA from implementing its draconian rules and regulations.

That was my advice to Rick Boucher (who also voted for the criminally destructive cap-and-trade bill) from the outset: Don't try to reduce the misery that EPA will inflict.  STOP THE EPA FROM DOING GRIEVOUS HARM.  STOP ITThe legislative body of our government has that power.

Boucher continues to this day to weasel his words on the subject, trying to paint his actions as an effort to get the best deal - under the circumstances - that he could get for those poor miserable schmucks over in Buchanan, Wise, Dickenson, Russell, Lee, and Tazewell Counties who will be thrown out of work when the coal mines are shut down by EPA decree.

It's heartwarming to see politicians (especially Democrats) who are willing to fight.

Too bad one of those is neither willing nor able.  Our elected representative here in the ... don't laugh  ... Fightin' 9th.


This is how its done.  Tom Maguire:

"All of this will come as a shock to [New York Times reporter Kate] Zernike, no doubt.  Maybe the Times could use my subscription dollars to buy their reporters a subscription to Google."

That one had to sting.

A Window Unto Their World

We have the bizarre spectacle being aired on the news 'round the clock of a lone United States senator asking that Congress come up with the cash to pay for a new spending program it is wanting to launch - to simply pay for the thing - and a firestorm erupts.  I can understand why Jim Bunning is retiring.  He's wanting out of the zoo we used to call government as quickly as possible.

Here's the story out of the Wall Street Journal:
Jim Bunning's Finest Hour
The Senator is vilified for following Obama's pay-as-you-go rules.

Mr. Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky who is retiring after this year, is throwing a political brush back in the Senate on behalf of fiscal responsibility.

And all hell has broken loose. Mr. Bunning has dared to put a hold on a $10 billion spending bill to extend jobless insurance and fund transportation projects. Mr. Bunning says he won't yield until the Senate finds a way to pay for the new spending with cuts somewhere else in the $3.5 trillion budget. For this perfectly reasonable stance, Mr. Bunning has become the Beltway and media villain of the hour. We'd call it his finest hour.

The faux indignation has been something to behold. "It is simply unfair for one Senator to attempt to hold the Senate hostage," said Senator Richard Durbin. "Unfair," cried Jay Rockefeller. The Obama Administration has attacked Mr. Bunning for playing "political games" and forcing a furlough of 2,000 government workers. (The horror!)

Mr. Bunning is merely asking the Senate to live by the rules that President Obama said it should when he signed an executive order requiring "pay-as-you-go" budgeting. "Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else," he said, only three weeks ago. But instead of backing Mr. Bunning's stand that new spending must be "paid for," the White House is attacking him.

The real story here is that Mr. Bunning is exposing pay-go as a fraud.
I mentioned the other day that the pay-go rule was actually broken by those who voted for it within a matter of hours of the rule being instituted.  So much for self-discipline.  So much for honesty and decency.

And liberals scratch their heads trying to figure out why the American people - in record numbers - disapprove of Washington's actions.  Well, look no further.

All Bunning is asking is for Congress to account for its spending.  That's all.  And he's reviled with every name in the book.

For the love of God.

Are They Stupid or Suicidal?

The Wall Street Journal on Obama's decision to ram his despised health care program through Congress by breaking all the rules:
The goal is to permanently expand the American entitlement state with a vast apparatus of subsidies and regulations while the political window is still (barely) open, regardless of the consequences or the overwhelming popular condemnation. As Mr. Obama fatalistically said after his health summit, if voters don't like it, "then that's what elections are for."

In other words, he's volunteering Democrats in Congress to march into the fixed bayonets so he can claim an LBJ-level legacy like the Great Society that will be nearly impossible to repeal. This would be an unprecedented act of partisan arrogance that would further mark Democrats as the party of liberal extremism. If they think political passions are bitter now, wait until they pass ObamaCare. 
I can understand Pelosi being willing to follow this to its bitter end.  She's from socialist San Francisco.  She'll have no difficulty getting reelected.

What I don't understand is why dozens and dozens of other Democrats around the country - especially those who have denounced the misuse of this reconciliation procedure in the past - especially those who are sure to lose their seat in Congress if they vote for ObamaCare, like Democrat Tom Perriello of Virginia's 5th District - are willing to commit political suicide to get Obama's monstrosity - one that is opposed by an overwhelming majority of the American people - through.

I vote for stupid.  But I wouldn't rule out suicidal.

I Should Have Known Better

When I flippantly remarked the other day that the global warming zanies would start migrating from crying hurricanes! hurricanes! to earthquakes! earthquakes! now that (a) there have been no hurricanes to speak of  in recent years and (b) there have been major earthquakes erupting in Haiti and Chile, I was made aware by an astute reader of this:

They'll never give up.

By the way, volcanoes?  Does this guy know something we don't?  Or is he just covering all the bases?