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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Imprison All Party Spokesmen

This should give you a chuckle.  In a Roanoke Times piece on Morgan Griffith's effort to raise campaign donations and defeat 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher in November (see "Griffith reaping GOP support"), we learn this:
Griffith took in more than $104,000 in his first two weeks of fundraising last month, including $5,000 in contributions from political action committees controlled by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Henrico County and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Griffith received a total of $25,500 from political action committees controlled by Republican officeholders.

The contributions are detailed in a report Griffith will file with the Federal Election Commission. Candidates have until April 15 to file finance reports for the three-month period ending March 31. Griffith, the majority leader in the House of Delegates, did not begin raising money until after the March 14 conclusion of the General Assembly session.

Griffith said the contributions from GOP leadership committees reflect "a real commitment to defeating Boucher and to my candidacy."

State Democratic Party spokesman Jared Leopold took a different view, saying Griffith has been "propped up by special interests in Washington and not the families of Southwest Virginia."
Take another look at that last sentence.  Morgan Griffith is "propped up by special interests."

And Rick Boucher isn't?

Tell you what, Jared, let's look at Boucher's top twenty campaign contributors in this election cycle and see how many of them are "families in Southwest Virginia."  They are:

If you take out the unions, trial lawyers, Washington PAC's, and corporations wishing to keep in Boucher's good graces and on the receiving end of his government largesse, which, in toto, is every one of the names on the list, you're left with exactly zero "families in Southwest Virginia."

So what's this Jared Leopold - Democratic spokesman - babbling about?

Who knows.  Who cares.  He's a spokesman, which means nothing he says is true.

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You might wonder why a company you've never heard of tops the list of Boucher donors.  Your sense of wonder may be heightened by the fact that Edison International is primarily a southern California utility company.

Say what?

Why would an L.A. power company be donating heavily to Rick Boucher's reelection campaign?

Here's why:

Remember that global warming legislation that our congressman supported (and kinda still supports, depending on who he's talking to) (support despite the fact that the legislation will, by all credible accounts, destroy jobs in the coalfields of his district)?  Guess who else is a big supporter?

Edison International.

Why?

Because it serves the company's purpose.

And in order to bring its purpose - "clean coal technology" - to the marketplace, the company is getting - and needs - a whole lot of your tax dollars.

See "SCE [Southern California Edison, the primary subsidiary of Edison International] to Conduct Commercial-Scale Advanced Coal Technology Study."

Who better to see to it that Edison gets more federal grants than Boucher?

Thus the campaign contributions.

Edison International simply wants our congressman to keep the cash flowing.

Seems perfectly understandable, yet someone should ask Jared Leopold how this relationship has anything to do with "families in Southwest Virginia."

This Probably Should Have Taught Him Something

An amusing story that looks into our past.  From "The world’s worst cars (and how the Yugo topped the list)":
The first time Tony Ciminera, vice president of Yugo America, actually drove a Yugo, it almost killed him. The steering went out and he stopped just short of plowing into a tree. During another test drive, the seat broke as he was approaching a train crossing, and he suddenly found himself lying on his back, steering with his knees.

Ciminera was in charge of production and engineering as the Yugo was prepared for the US market. He prudently concluded that it was not ready for prime-time.
And yet it was introduced into the U.S. market anyway, where 141,511 suckers eventually plunged into Ciminera's nightmare.

But, as each of them would tell you, the price was right.

The fact that the hunk of junk was unreliable and unsafe to drive was of secondary concern.

Preposterous

Liberals can be such boneheads.

Did you know that there is a raging battle going on in which "neo-Confederates" are refighting the Civil War?  And did you know that it's being fought right here in ol' Virginie?  Newsweek editor Jon Meacham says its a fact.

His evidence?

Well, he doesn't have any.  It's what we might call a liberal perception of the facts.

Which means he's delusional.

And what in God's name is a neo-Confederate anyway?

Idiots.  They're all idiots.

Ah, Yes. Obama.

I read with a tiny bit of interest the other day the news that the Obama administration is now going after companies that hire interns with no intention of paying them for the services they render. I filed it as yet another attempt by the labor unions, our young president's closest constituency, to boost business for themselves.

But I'd forgotten this aspect of the story:
Obama: Interns for me but not for thee
By Kerry Pickett, Washington Times

At a time when the unemployed are concerned about not only money but also loss of job skills, the Obama administration's top law enforcement officer at the Labor Department, M. Patricia Smith, is looking to come down on companies who give unpaid internships to young individuals.

The New York Times reported that Nancy J. Leppink, the acting director of the department’s wage and hour division said, “If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law.”

It is amusing to see the Obama administration creating the image of poorly treated unpaid interns, when Mr. Obama's Organizing for America offered internships to help elect the president during his presidential campaign and are still offering up unpaid internships today.

Apparently, the administration's campaign arm knows the reciprocal benefits of offering unpaid internships, so why take that option away from private businesses? Such arrogance is reminiscent of the health care mandates that will exempt select Congressional staffers who work for committees or leadership offices. This shows yet another blatant example of a "do as I say not as I do" policy position of the Obama administration and hitting businesses like this will win him no further fans from the struggling private sector.  [link]
Well, we all know the difference is in the fact that corporations are bad and Obama is sweetness and light.  So he's allowed to do that which he tells others not to do.


I have that right, right?