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Monday, March 29, 2010

Fear The 60-Year Old Granny Tea Partier!

For a good look at the template mainstream media smear attempt of the Tea Party movement - and, by association, the Republican Party - read "The Politics of Rage" in yesterday's Roanoke Times. It's so twisted and desperate in its effort to make mud stick on the wall that it comes across as being laughable ("They whipped up fear" ... "despicable tactics" ... "hysterical accusations and pseudo-information" ... "their incendiary efforts" ..."reaching feverish and dangerous levels" ... on and on).

I thought I was reading about the destruction of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw in 1943 by the Nazi SS.

Only this was worse:

"They are, in fact, reaching feverish and dangerous levels.

"How dangerous? After Lynchburg Tea Party members posted the home address of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother -- in the mistaken belief it was Perriello's address -- a line between a propane tank and a grill was found severed at the house inside a screened porch."


Assassinations midnight arrests torture abductions gulags lynchings A barbecue grill not belonging to Tom Perriello located on a porch not belonging to Tom Perriello at an address that is not known to be Tom Perriello's had the hose allegedly going to its propane tank allegedly "severed."  And Tom Perriello now lives in fear.  Allegedly.

Oh, the humanity.

The implications of this act of terrorism are absolutely ... frightening?

Which explains why the Roanoke Times is the laughingstock of all Southwest Virginia.  And ...
Most Say Tea Party Has Better Understanding of Issues than Congress
Rasmussen Reports

In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

When it comes to those issues, 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of Congress. On this point, 26% feel closer to Congress.

Finally, 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the average member of Congress is more ethical. [link]
Of course the average member of Congress, and the average editorialist at the Roanoke Times, think the average American is stupid, so none of this matters.

But read that editorial.  Then get your arms around the Rasmussen survey.

And laugh with me.

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To the hysterics at the Roanoke Times: What do you make of this?

Will you write an editorial tomorrow about your earlier editorial having brought about this real act of violence?

"They whipped up fear" ... "despicable tactics" ... "hysterical accusations and pseudo-information" ... "their incendiary efforts" ..."reaching feverish and dangerous levels."

Two can play at the implication game.

Greenspan Agrees With Me

When a man who is famous for measuring his every word starts talking about being "very concerned" about our "huge" federal debt, the size and proportions of which "we have never seen before," it's time to get really worried:
Greenspan Calls Treasury Yields ‘Canary in the Mine’
By Joshua Zumbrun and Craig Torres, Bloomberg

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the recent rise in Treasury yields represents a “canary in the mine” that may signal further gains in interest rates.

Higher yields reflect investor concerns over “this huge overhang of federal debt which we have never seen before,” Greenspan said in an interview today on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt.”

“I’m very much concerned about the fiscal situation,” said Greenspan, 84, who headed the central bank from 1987 to 2006. An increase in long-term interest rates “will make the housing recovery very difficult to implement and put a dampening on capital investment as well.” [link]
Yet Obama pushes on, oblivious to the implications, spending money that disappeared long ago, driving up our debt like there's ... no tomorrow ...

Something I guess we all need to get used to.  No tomorrow.

My God.

Bristol Passes Judgement

I think we get a good understanding of Congressman Rick Boucher's vote against ObamaCare earlier this month.  There would be no downside and every upside:
The health care bill: Supporters are hard to find in Bristol area
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol, Va. – At an assortment of stores and coffee shops Monday, it was hard to find any supporters of the health care overhaul passed by Congress Sunday night.

Most asked about the controversial plan said they are against it, don’t understand it, or oppose it because they don’t understand it.

In hours of soliciting opinions from folks shopping and snacking in the Exit 7 area of Bristol, only four people who favor the measure could be found. Two were from Canada, one was from California and the fourth, a transplant from Florida, prefaced his statement with the disclaimer that he knows he doesn’t agree with anyone else in Southwest Virginia. [link]
There's a joke lurking somewhere in that last sentence: Two Canadian socialists, a hippie, and a commie transplant from Cuba were sitting at the bar, talking about the wonderful country America is soon to become ...

A Fatal Flaw In The ObamaCare Strategy?

In order for the Democrats in Congress to get a favorable report from the CBO on the damage that their health care bill might do to the federal deficit, they had to pull off an unprecedented stunt - they voted to raise taxes (by nearly a trillion dollars), effective immediately, but have most all the benefits delayed for several years.  And the ploy worked.  CBO gave ObamaCare a passing grade on the debt front.

That's good for the Democrats as far as it went.

But there's a downside to this scheme as well.  The benefits won't be realized for years to come.  Which means, between now and then, opponents can pick the legislation apart, link the taxes taxes taxes to the awful economy, and demand repeal, without the classic pocketbook incentives that made other federal giveaway programs so attractive.

For four years it'll be all pain and no gain.

Which opens the door ...
An Electorate Receptive to “Repeal and Replace”
By Jennifer Rubin, Commentary

Although there are some small benefits scheduled this year to entice voters to embrace ObamaCare (e.g., ban on dropping those already insured for pre-existing conditions, requirements to keep twenty-somethings on their parents’ insurance), these are limited and in some cases duplicate existing state regulations. (Moreover, those who already have insurance — some 80 percent of the population — surely are among the most likely voters.) Meanwhile, employers are taking a hit and informing their shareholders and employees of the perils of ObamaCare, and the cost problem that was the rationale for the bill worsens:

"Rather than reducing costs, Obamacare will increase national health expenditures by more than $200 billion, according to the Obama administration’s own HHS actuary. Premiums in the individual market will increase by more than 10 percent very quickly, and middle-class families in the new exchanges (where large numbers of Americans who now receive coverage through their employers will find themselves dumped) will be forced to choose from a very limited menu of government-approved plans, the cheapest of which, CBO estimates, will cost more than $12,000."

Throw in a plethora of new taxes and perverse incentives for employers to drop their employees from coverage, and you can see why it is an “unmitigated disaster — for our health care system, for our fiscal future, and for any notion of limited government.” But there is time to rip it up and start again.

The unfolding debate also comes within a certain context, one the Obama administration chooses to ignore. The public has not, contrary to the Left’s expectations, become enamored of big government in the wake of the financial meltdown. To the contrary, the bailouts and stimulus plan have engendered suspicion and contempt. The “Trust us, it’s working!” rhetoric has contributed to the public’s growing unease with governing elites. And the mound of debt has reinforced the public’s suspicion that the White House and Congress are unserious and ill-equipped to address our fiscal train wreck. In other words, the “Repeal and Replace” contingent will be making its case to an electorate already predisposed to accept much of its argument. [link]
Make that "Repeal, replace, and throw the bums out who did this to us."

By the way, did you hear that Obama raised taxes by nearly a trillion dollars?  Are you better off now because of it than you were two years ago?

A Good Laugh To Get You Started

After decades of this stuff, it becomes a joke.  The Middle East "peace process."  The longest running joke of modern times.

The latest in that ongoing ... process:
Arabs to unite against Israel at annual summit

Arab leaders open their annual summit on Saturday determined to send a clear message to Israel that any plan to "Judaise" Jerusalem would spell doom for the Middle East peace process.

The summit is expected to adopt a resolution on the terms for a resumption of peace talks ... [link]
A resolution!  The 10,413th of its kind!  Progress!

Does anyone outside Washington give two squirts about Arab "summits" these days?

Since The New Media Have Taken Control ...

... it seems appropriate that the old media would spend its time ...

... playing basketball with Obama:
CBS' Harry Smith to Shoot Interview, Hoops with Pres. Obama
By Chris Ariens, Media Bistro

This Thursday, CBS "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith will go one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama in a court-side interview.

Smith's interview and clips from the game will air on The Early Show Friday. [link
My guess is that Harry Smith, who is as dull as dirt, will be as good at playing games with the president as he is at being a journalist.  So why not?