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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gov't Churning Out Buggy Whips?

This doesn't speak well for Barack Obama's massive investment in his pet industry:
Obama's 'battery story' has yet to put a charge in the American public
By Anne E. Kornblut and Steven Mufson, Washington Post

After struggling to connect with voters on the economy over the last 17 months, President Obama is casting an unlikely hero as the new star of his narrative of redemption and recovery: the battery.

Obama's grand vision for the battery -- specifically, the advanced batteries that power plug-in hybrid and electric cars and trucks -- is that it can become a new industry that both weans the United States off oil and provides a new manufacturing backbone.

The problem, however, is that the battery story has yet to occur, and might never. For now, it is just a promise. Skeptics argue that there will be insufficient demand for advanced batteries to sustain the U.S. factories now being built, and that such batteries are already being expertly produced abroad.

"The battery story is highly questionable," said Menahem Anderman, founder and chief executive of Total Battery Consulting, who estimates that the global capacity to build car batteries in 2014 will be three times greater than the demand that year. "Basically, there's really no proven market, neither electric vehicle nor plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. And there's really no battery company in the United States that has a verified product."

"The stimulus money was supposed to support something on order of 300,000 plug-in hybrid batteries a year by 2013," Anderman said. "If GM can hold to its number, the market in the United States will be in the 40,000 range. And most of [the batteries for] it will come from an LG Chemical factory in Korea.

"I'm in the industry and want to see the industry succeed," Anderman added. "There was just a lack of synchronization between the status of the technology and the rushing out to build plants. " He said he fears that the drive could ultimately boomerang politically if many of the plants fail. [link]
But can Obama's battery companies fail if he continues to provide massive subsidies in perpetuity?

No.

But the prospect of success or failure is of secondary importance in his world.  "Stimulus" and "green" stuff reign supreme.

So we'll be churning out batteries that have no destination.

If only the buggy whip industry had had such enlightened backing in 1908.

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Related: One of my weblog posts from 2005:
The Soviets always tried to perfect a comprehensive, progressive agenda in the old USSR but they failed miserably ...

What such phraseology reminds me of whenever I read it (admittedly less and less as time goes by and these old fossils and their ideas die off) is a system that the Russians created for themselves to bring prosperity to the people. The Soviet bureaucrats mandated that massive bread factories be built; the capacity of which was intended to feed every hungry child in the land. Now that's comprehensive. The factories were built and the bread was manufactured. The output was wondrous. Tons and tons of bread produced each day. To be stacked up to rot away on the shipping docks because those bureaucrats who were in charge of bread weren't in charge of trucks to transport the bread to the marketplace. A different set of bureaucrats was supposed to be handling that agenda but nobody at the bread bureaucracy bothered to tell the transportation bureaucracy that trucks would be needed. The latter was instead cranking out trollies so that the people of Moscow could make their way to the grocery bureaucracy and stand in line for bread that too often never materialized. The riot police bureaucracy was a mainstay in the "comprehensive, progressive agenda," as you might imagine.

But the bureaucrats accomplished what they were instructed to do. The agendums became ever more grandiose - and comprehensive - and the people starved.
The Soviets and bread.  Obama and his batteries.  In their world, the effort is what matters.

It All Becomes Clear

"Likely voters in the upcoming congressional elections, regardless of political allegiances, are fixated on one central issue, and it isn't health care reform -- despite Republican efforts to keep beating that dead horse."
-- Roanoke Times editorial, "It's Still The Economy, Stupid," July 7, 2010 --

Now I know why the liberals at the Times want the discussion redirected.  Folks out here in voter land are not as dead horsey on the issue as some would want them to be.  Not dead horsey at all:
Perceptions Of Overhaul Still Divided Along Partisan Lines
By Jason Dick, Congressional Connection

If President Obama and Democrats were hoping the public would come around on the healthcare overhaul passed in March, they might want to step up their outreach efforts. Just a few months after passage, perception of the law is deeply divided along partisan lines, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, conducted with the Pew Research Center.

Overall, 47 percent disapproved of the law, while 35 percent approved. Seventeen percent couldn't answer the question. Along party lines, the perception is stark: 82 percent of Republicans disapprove, while only 17 percent of Democrats disapprove. Independents track closer to the overall sample: 52 percent disapproved of the law, while 30 percent approve. [link]
Note in the following bar graph the attitudes of "independents":
Based on these numbers, a Republican candidate with some guts would be on solid ground if he or she demanded outright repeal of the government takeover of America's once-great health care system.  That takeover forevermore being known as Obamacare.

Repeal.  Before it's too late.  America demands it.

Click on the graph to enlarge it.
Graph courtesy of Congressional Connection, National Journal, and the Pew Research Center.

Guns Today, Abortion Tomorrow

I've always said, the way to win the abortion debate is not by electing anti-abortion candidates to office, but by touching the hearts and changing the minds of America's citizenry.  Legislation - and legislators - will follow (as will the Supreme Court eventually) the will of the people.

Take the gun debate as a primer on how it will be done. Now that the profound transformation in public attitudes towards the 2nd Amendment has taken place, politics follows on:
In key contests, Democrats championing gun rights
By Susan Milligan, Boston Globe

Manchester, N.H. — Democratic candidates in key states are embracing gun owners’ rights, winning favor from the National Rifle Association, a lobby that has long been the target of disdain from the party faithful.

“I think there’s been a change in the country as a whole,’’ said Jon Delano, an independent political analyst associated with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “Unless you’re from an urban area, where gun violence is so intense that there’s a feeling you need to control these weapons, the vast majority across the country do not support gun control.’’

Democratic candidates, Delano said, are simply following that trend. [link]
It's no accident that the Supreme Court - after flirting with the adoption of the notion that "the right of the people" actually meant "the right of the militia"  - is now foursquare behind the principle set forth in the Bill of Rights outlining (among other rights of "the people") an individual right of the people to keep and bear arms.  No accident.  Because the American people now demand it.

The issue of abortion will be resolved in the same way.  Not by seeing fossils like Ruth Bader Ginsburg suddenly finding Jesus (okay, she's Jewish; bad proposition on my part) but by the American people - in overwhelming numbers - coming to terms with the fact that abortion slaughterhouses in this country are stopping beating hearts by the millions each year.

Simple terms.  "The right of the people."  "Abortion stops a beating heart."  Powerful messages both.

It's inevitable.  We rule.

'Servants of the People' Become Masters of the Universe

I'm having real difficulty understanding how we got to a point where those working for us make far more in income than we do.  Is this even possible?

A clear sign that our world is turned upside down:
According to a new Regional Income Earnings Index developed by the Martin Prosperity Institute, Greater Washington, D.C. is the nation's metropolitan region with the highest income. The index measures income trends across all 342 of America’s metro regions.
While America is mired in a protracted - and severe - jobs recession, life is good in D.C..  Really good.

We have ourselves to thank for that.

Hope they're enjoying our hard-earned income.

More Lies

"We've been able to come up with an agreement to respect the sanctity of life on health care reform. There will be no public funding for abortion in this legislation. We've all stood on principle."
-- Democratic Representative Bart Stupak, March 21, 2010 --

"You've heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true. These are all fabrications ..."
-- Barack Obama, August, 2009 --
Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) - If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

"The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers."

President Obama pledged that under his health care plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” [link]
Don't ever trust anything these people say.

Headline Of The Day

From Matt Drudge:


I refuse to click on the link. I refuse to click on the link ...

Climategate Won't Go Away

In fact, the scandal that rocked the scientific world only worsens with the efforts of those too eager to exonerate the perpetrators.

Clive Crook, writing in The Atlantic:
I had hoped, not very confidently, that the various Climategate inquiries would be severe. This would have been a first step towards restoring confidence in the scientific consensus. But no, the reports make things worse. At best they are mealy-mouthed apologies; at worst they are patently incompetent and even wilfully wrong. The climate-science establishment, of which these inquiries have chosen to make themselves a part, seems entirely incapable of understanding, let alone repairing, the harm it has done to its own cause.

The Penn State inquiry exonerating Michael Mann -- the paleoclimatologist who came up with "the hockey stick" -- would be difficult to parody. Three of four allegations are dismissed out of hand at the outset: the inquiry announces that, for "lack of credible evidence", it will not even investigate them. (At this, MIT's Richard Lindzen tells the committee, "It's thoroughly amazing. I mean these issues are explicitly stated in the emails. I'm wondering what's going on?" The report continues: "The Investigatory Committee did not respond to Dr Lindzen's statement. Instead, [his] attention was directed to the fourth allegation.") Moving on, the report then says, in effect, that Mann is a distinguished scholar, a successful raiser of research funding, a man admired by his peers -- so any allegation of academic impropriety must be false.

You think I exaggerate?

"This level of success in proposing research, and obtaining funding to conduct it, clearly places Dr. Mann among the most respected scientists in his field. Such success would not have been possible had he not met or exceeded the highest standards of his profession for proposing research...


"Had Dr. Mann's conduct of his research been outside the range of accepted practices, it would have been impossible for him to receive so many awards and recognitions, which typically involve intense scrutiny from scientists who may or may not agree with his scientific conclusions...


"Clearly, Dr. Mann's reporting of his research has been successful and judged to be outstanding by his peers. This would have been impossible had his activities in reporting his work been outside of accepted practices in his field."

In short, the case for the prosecution is never heard. Mann is asked if the allegations (well, one of them) are true, and says no. His record is swooned over. Verdict: case dismissed, with apologies that Mann has been put to such trouble. [link]
Did these "investigators" think they could make the scandal go away by pulling this kind of stunt?

One begins to wonder if all scientists are inept and not to be trusted.

One begins to wonder ...

Quote of the Day

From Tunku Varadarajan:
So here we have the Tea Party, one of the nation’s most organic, Athenian, democratic movements, being attacked by a political organization—the NAACP—that is among the most sclerotic, dinosaurian, and cadaverous of America’s political groupings. When race is in play, there is vulnerability all around. The NAACP, and President Obama, will learn that in the months ahead.
"The Tea Party Isn't Racist," The Daily Beast, July 14, 2010

On The NAACP's Desperate Racism Resolution

James Taranto:
Is anyone who is not a partisan of the liberal-left greeting the NAACP's "condemnation" with anything other than laughter, eye rolls or shoulder shrugs? Is there any reason to think the NAACP itself is less anachronistic than the term for which "CP" in its name stands? The group is basing its condemnation largely on two congressmen's uncorroborated and largely discredited accusations that protesters yelled racial slurs at them in March.

The failure of that charge to stick suggests the diminishing power of "white guilt," the phenomenon [Shelby] Steele brilliantly described in his 2006 book of the same name. Maybe white people, having elected a black president, are getting time off for good behavior. [link]
And maybe many of us have made the conscious decision to move beyond race.

A frame of mind that absolutely infuriates those who make a comfortable living off of the notion.

That reminds me, what's Al Sharpton up to these days?

Oh, yeah. He's out there talking about whitey.  Still.

Lies, Deceit Met By Laughter, Dismay.

One must wonder, why do they persist in shoveling this bullshit out there when everyone ridicules them when they do?

Three Million Imaginary Jobs
The White House says the stimulus worked beyond even its hopes. Seriously.
Wall Street Journal editorial

It may be that the last people in America who believe that the $862 billion economic stimulus of February 2009 created millions of net new jobs are Vice President Joe Biden and the staff economists in the White House. Yesterday, President Obama's chief economist announced that the plan had "created or saved" between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs and raised GDP by 2.7% to 3.2% through June 30. Don't you feel better already?

Christina Romer went so far as to claim that the 3.5 million new jobs that she promised while the stimulus was being debated in Congress will arrive "two quarters earlier than anticipated." Yup, the official White House line is that the plan is working better than even they had hoped.

We almost feel sorry for Ms. Romer having to make this argument given that since February 2009 the U.S. economy has lost a net 2.35 million jobs. Using the White House "created or saved" measure means that even if there were only three million Americans left with jobs today, the White House could claim that every one was saved by the stimulus. [link]
Beyond belief.

Why do they continue to do this to themselves?

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez. 

Not a Bad Start

From a press release:
Griffith Raises $259K in Quarter; $402K Raised Overall

(Christiansburg, VA) - The Griffith for Congress campaign announced today that it has raised a total of $259,790.96 for the second quarter, bringing its overall total to $402,957.16 as of June 30th.

As Majority Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, Griffith's campaign started in March after the General Assembly session concluded. After a strong spring, the campaigns begins the summer with a healthy Cash-on-Hand total of $297,228.33.

"The support I am receiving is a clear signal that Virginians are tired of the mess in Washington and want a real change," said Morgan Griffith. "Rick Boucher went too far when he voted for Cap & trade, the Wall Street bailout and the radical agenda of the Obama White House."

Virginia's 9th Congressional District is consistently rated among the most competitive in the nation. Real Clear Politics rates the race as a toss-up, while Congressional Quarterly recently downgraded incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher's re-election chances.
He's going to need a whole lot more cash if he's going to get the word out and whip Rick Boucher. Still, a quarter million in donations means there are a whole lot of people out there who take Morgan Griffith's candidacy very seriously.

As they should.