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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New York To Seize Control of East Rutherford, NJ?

How else to explain this bizarre story coming out of the New York Post?
Apple fans all feeling Super
By Bart Hubbuch and Laurie Kamens

The NFL sent its regards to Broadway yesterday, awarding New York the right to host the 2014 Super Bowl in the new Giants-Jets Meadowlands stadium.

The league's owners made history and a big statement in voting to let the Big Apple host its first-ever Super Bowl -- it will be the first time the game is played outdoors in a cold-weather city. [link]
From that you'd get the unmistakable impression that New York is going to host the game.

Only one problem.

The Meadowlands stadium isn't in New York.

It's in New Jersey.

At least for now.

Keep an eye out for the call-up of the Fightin' 69th.  Then expect all hell to break loose.

Why We Need Employers

I've been writing here for years that Southwest Virginia needs employers, not Boucher welfare checks that bring us more hiking trails and bike paths and really nice - but empty - industrial complexes.

It seems so basic, right?

Instead we've gotten more Boucher largesse in the form of federal earmarks.  And more taxes to pay for it.  And fewer and fewer employers to cover the cost.

And Southwest Virginia slowly empties out.

Well, not so slowly in Martinsville.  Will the last person leaving there please turn out the lights?

Yet we continue down the same ... path.

Fewer paychecks.  More handouts.

Here's the worse part.  The tragedy that has been unfolding in Southwest Virginia is spreading, like a disease, to the rest of the country.  Private employers are imploding - and vanishing.  Taking with them the payrolls we so desperately need.

And the government keeps printing money and pumping it out to prop up a crumbling workplace.

The government swells.  Private business vanishes.

This imbalance will certainly bring ruin:
Private pay shrinks to historic lows as gov't payouts rise
By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.

The trend is not sustainable, says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. Reason: The federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expensive programs. [link]
Call it the "hiking trail to prosperity" plan.  The government confiscates more and more money to bring about an economic turnaround from fewer and fewer employers and employees.  The economic turnaround never comes because of the ever-decreasing consumer/taxpayer pool.  So the government confiscates more and ...

May God help us in years to come.

That's His Strategy?

Bobby Jindal and the citizens of Louisiana are working overtime, exhausting themselves in an effort to minimize the damage the Gulf oil spill is going to have on the marshes along their coast.  And getting absolutely no help from the federal government in doing it.

So far, the Obama administration response to the Gulf disaster has been this quote from Barack Obama himself:

"Plug the Damn Hole."

That's as far as any federal plan goes.

Looks like the people of Louisiana are on their own.

There Is No Strategy

In lieu of a fix the Obama administration turns to finger-pointing and threats.  That'll sure make the problem go away:
Of Politics and Oil
Wall Street Journal editorial

In the month since the drilling-rig explosion that led to a catastrophic failure in a BP well, the Obama Administration and Congress have wasted no opportunity to berate BP for not plugging the leak and cleaning up the damage. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who wouldn't know an oil drill from a dental drill, once again rolled out his charming "boot on the neck" of BP metaphor to deflect blame. As if BP wants the leak to continue so it can keep getting trashed by the likes of Mr. Salazar and sued by more trial lawyers.

This oil spill is a reminder—unpleasant for a public raised on fabulous technological advancement, and for an Administration engaged in taking over U.S. health-care and Wall Street—that government is not the Wizard of Oz able to solve every problem. It is closer, this time as in most cases, to the Wizard of Id.

Unwilling to admit this reality to the American public, the White House has instead scrambled to appear to know more than it does, most recently unleashing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to order BP to cease using a "toxic" chemical dispersant that breaks down oil. The frantic Ms. Jackson was quickly obliged to acknowledge that she didn't really know what the toxicity of the dispersant was and had no better ideas, and so she backed down.

This Obama finger-pointing has, if anything, backfired politically. The oil spill was an opportunity for Mr. Obama—who campaigned as someone who likes to wrap his mind around "complex" problems—to remind the country that energy exploration and engineering are not error-free disciplines. The U.S. oil industry has a remarkable safety record, even as it has moved into deeper and deeper water to provide the U.S. with affordable oil. But no industry is accident free, and Mr. Obama could have served the public better by explaining the technical challenges of fixing this deep water leak. His decision to pound on BP for not performing immediate miracles has instead fed the public's expectations that this is like plugging a hole in a swimming pool.

We suppose it is too much to expect today's political class to withhold its game of panic and blame until industry plugs the leak and we learn what really happened and why. But the American people, watching this spectacle while the disaster unfolds, are being given one more reason to doubt the capacities and candor of its political leaders. [link]
"Plug the damn hole."

Why do I get the impression that that ... strategy ... for stopping the disaster in the Gulf from getting worse is the same directive that Obama will soon be giving to surgeons in ObamaCare operating rooms around the country before too long.

Alas, it's all he has.