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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Does Boucher Have An Evil Twin?

He must.  How else to explain his pro-illegal-immigration voting record, on the one hand, and this on the other:
If elected or re-elected to the US Congress, I will oppose any form of Amnesty or path to citizenship for illegal aliens, including Comprehensive Immigration Reform which would turn millions of illegal immigrants into voters thus destroying future borders of America. I will use the full power of my office, including impeachment if necessary, to insure the Executive Branch secures America's border immediately and begins to adequately enforce the existing immigration and border laws of the United States, which were enacted by Congress at the behest of America's citizenry. I understand that the failure of the Executive Branch to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws is depriving all Americans of a Republican form of government and depriving our states of protection from invasion as mandated by the US Constitution. I intend to use the power of Congress to immediately remedy this problem that is costing many Americans their jobs, wages, taxpayer resources, property, security, and sometimes their very lives.

So help me God,

Rick Boucher


Does he think we haven't been paying attention all these years?  Does he think we're imbeciles?

"I will use the full power of my office ... to insure the Executive Branch secures America's border immediately."

Will he?  Has he?

That power consists mainly in voting yea or nay on legislation that comes before him.  So has Rick Boucher used that power to secure the border?

Would this be the border that he's voted time and again to leave open to illegal activity?

H R 2638, 2007: Provide full funding for the border fence. Rick Boucher voted NO.


Let's go through that again.

"I will use the full power of my office ... to insure the Executive Branch secures America's border immediately."

The Truth, based on his actions, not his campaign pledges:

I will use the full power of my office ... to block all efforts to secure America's border.


"I intend to use the power of Congress to immediately remedy this problem that is costing many Americans their jobs, wages ..."

But when he had the chance to do just that ...

An amendment to H R 3161 in 2007 to ensure that federal funds aren't used to employ illegal immigrants:

Rick Boucher voted NO.

H R 4437, 2005, An amendment offered to set penalties for firms that employ illegal immigrants:

Rick Boucher voted NO.

"I intend to use the power of Congress to immediately remedy this problem that is costing many Americans their jobs, wages ..."

H R 4567, 2004, An amendment to cut off funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement:

Rick Boucher voted NO.

And the most shameful part of it all:

"So help me God,

"Rick Boucher"

Poor Rick Boucher

We're treated this morning to an article in the Washington Post that outlines the tragic circumstances that have been brought upon the nation's Democrats as a result of their having gone along with the radical environmental wing of their Party - and with their just-as-radical president - in voting for "climate" legislation.

Well, not all Democrats.

The article focuses only on "Rust Belt" Democrats, whose future political tenure can now be measured in days:
Among House Democrats in Rust Belt, a sense of abandonment over energy bill
By Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Staff Writer

13 months after that tough vote, ... House Democrats along the Rust Belt are not at all happy with the way things have turned out. The White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had assured reluctant members that the Senate would take up the measure. Although Senate passage wasn't a sure thing, House Democrats hoped to go back home to voters with a great story to tell -- about reducing dependence on foreign oil, slowing climate change and creating jobs.

That didn't happen. Senate leaders, sensing political danger, repeatedly put off energy legislation, and the White House didn't lean on them very hard to make it a priority. In the aftermath of the gulf oil spill, the Senate is set to take up a stripped-down bill next week, but the controversial carbon-emissions cap is conspicuously missing.

This has left some House Democrats feeling badly served by their leaders. Although lawmakers are reluctant to say so publicly, their aides and campaign advisers privately complain that the speaker and the president left Democrats exposed on an unpopular issue that has little hope of being signed into law. [link]
Rust Belt Democrats are highlighted here because they represent states that are heavily dependent on coal-fired plants for their power.  Which is fair enough.

But a better example of a man left hanging in the wind would be our own Rick Boucher - Democrat, 9th District.  A man who represents a region where the rubber - er, coal - meets the road.  The coalfields of Southwest Virginia.  Where incomes are directly affected by legislation meant to hurt their way of life.

Good old Party-faithful Rick defied his constituents and ignored the admonitions of every one of his fellow coal district Democratic representatives from West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky and went along with Pelosi and Obama on their cap-and-trade ride.

And now for nothing.  Nothing.

If Rick Boucher, who's been in Congress for a quarter century, gets bounced in November, it will be because of this one vote, more than any other.

That which he has potentially sacrificed his career for has been wadded up and thrown away like a Kleenex full of boogers.

He should have known better.

He deserves his fate.

As to the Washington Post article and those Rust Belt Democrats, I'm reminded of that ham and eggs/involvement vs. commitment analogy.  Your standard fare breakfast of ham and eggs is like this circumstance.  The chicken that laid those eggs - like Rust Belt Democrats and their relationship to coal - find themselves involved in this saga.  But coal country Democrats - Rick Boucher - like the pig that provided the ham, are totally committed.

Take that analogy to its final conclusion.

Toast with that breakfast anyone?

A Detachment From Reality

I find myself amused - and bemused as well - by all the hand-wringing that's going on right now over the demise of "climate legislation."  See Paul Krugman's column yesterday - "Who Cooked the Planet?" - as a good, uproarious example.  In a nutshell the nuts who believe we are all going to die because the planet is ... cooking ... now lament the assured destruction of civilization as we know it because John Kerry's cap-and-trade bill went down to (... blazing) defeat.

Here's the puzzlement in all this.  Krugman knows, as does every other global warming enthusiast, that experts have declared the effort to control greenhouse gases as being inherently doomed to failure.  Nothing the United States Congress can do will affect atmospheric temperatures in any measurable way.  Nothing.  No debate.  Not one percent of one degree centigrade.

Yet they persist.


Is it merely a matter of Washington going through the motions of doing something that's important to these people?  That's my only guess.

I coined a word a while back for people like this: Legislationists.

I've used it to describe John McCain on more than one occasion.  It distinguishes those - like McCain and his fanciful effort to keep money out of politics (insert chuckle here) - who cling to the notion that legislation, no matter how ill-conceived or doomed to failure, is a good thing.  In and of itself. Pass a law and all will be good.

How to explain this?  Beats me.

It is entertaining though.  In a destructive sort of way.

NY Times Loses Hope

It wasn't that long ago - 2008 - that the New York Times editorial page was calling for then-President Bush to get out of Iraq so that the United States "can finish the fight in Afghanistan."

Now, it appears, the Times wants us out of Afghanistan too, finished war or no.  From "Pakistan’s Double Game":
It has been only seven months since Mr. Obama announced his new strategy for Afghanistan, and a few weeks since General Petraeus took command. But Americans are increasingly weary of this costly war. If Mr. Obama cannot persuade Islamabad to cut its ties to, and then aggressively fight, the extremists in Pakistan, there is no hope of defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan. 
There is ample reason for one to oppose our existence in Afghanistan (I'm reluctant to call it a war these days since Obama won't).  The primary reason being Obama.

But to advocate cutting and running simply because the going is tough smacks of cowardice.

It also smacks of insincerity.  Much as John Murtha advocated a plan to have our armies transferred, at the height of the Iraq mess, to Okinawa, where there was no risk of anyone getting hurt, the New York Times talked tough about our needing to leave Iraq, where many brave Americans were indeed getting hurt, and shifting focus to the less heated conflict in Afghanistan.  But now that that focus is being applied, and the heat is on, the deep-thinkers want us out of there too.  And on to Okinawa, one might surmise.

The lesson?  Don't trust a thing these guys advocate.  They don't mean it.

Global Warming Theory Crumbles

"There's a lot of political noise about global warming, but the science is clear and unequivocal: The globe is warming, and that warming is most likely caused by human activity."
-- Roanoke Times editorial, "Cuccinelli vs. Science," July 18, 2010

One could make a blog post out of the construction of that sentence.  The science is unequivocally most likely ...?  Look, it's either unequivocal or most likely, but it can't be both.

But that's beside the point.  The bigger issue?  What do a growing number of scientists say about the unequivocalness of global warming theory?  The latest to defect:
Left-wing Env. Scientist Bails Out Of Global Warming Movement: Declares it a 'corrupt social phenomenon...strictly an imaginary problem of the 1st World middleclass'
By Marc Morano, Climate Depot

Physicist Dr. Denis Rancourt, a former professor and environmental science researcher at the University of Ottawa, has officially bailed out of the man-made global warming movement.

In a hard-hitting and exclusive new exclusive [sic] video just released by Climate Depot, Dr. Rancourt declares that the entire man-made global warming movement is nothing more than a “corrupt social phenomenon.” “It is as much psychological and social phenomenon as anything else,” Rancourt, who has published peer-reviewed research, explained in a June 8, 2010 essay

“I argue that by far the most destructive force on the planet is power-driven financiers and profit-driven corporations and their cartels backed by military might; and that the global warming myth is a red herring that contributes to hiding this truth. In my opinion, activists who, using any justification, feed the global warming myth have effectively been co-opted, or at best neutralized,” Rancourt said.

“Global warming is strictly an imaginary problem of the First World middleclass [sic],” he stated. [link]
My only criticism might be in suggesting that "activists" are sometimes neither co-opted nor neutralized.  They're simply greedy.  And global warming theory pays handsomely.

But let this sink in, Roanoke Times people.  There are a whole lot of learned individuals - including Professor Rancourt - finding themselves equivocating these days over your "unequivocal" theory.

We Haven't Heard The Last Of This

Remember last week when I wrote the following in response to Senator James Webb's stunning denunciation of diversity programs in the Wall Street Journal?

"Our until-now liberal Senator James Webb is going to lose some of his Washington friends with this one."

While I have no doubt my statement will prove to be accurate, I forgot about another group of friends (or former friends).  Those here at home.  Like the still-influential Douglas Wilder.  He is not a big Webb fan right now.  His response to Webb's musing:
If it's not for the civil rights movement and diversity programs, he would not be a United States senator today.

Things are tough enough without having people you thought were friends do things like this.
I have no idea how the civil rights movement and diversity programs, per se, brought Webb victory in 2006, but that's beside the point.* Black leaders in this country don't take kindly to criticism of their favorite quota programs, fought for and fairly won on the battlefield of Washington politics.

I can't see Webb gaining any new friends with his weird foray into the minefield we call "diversity."  But he can sure make a lot of former friends.  Doug Wilder may just be one of them.

And as Douglas Wilder's opinion goes, so goes that of the diversity crowd.

* In fact, I'll argue till the end of time that it was the Washington Post that single-handedly brought Webb his victory.

Boucher Can't Be Bothered

It seems like the Virginia Tech campus would be home turf for our congressman.  A safe haven to protect him from harm should the miners in Virginia's coalfields decide to "have a talk" with him about that which he and Obama are trying to do to their way of life.  A shelter in the storm.

For some reason, though, Rick Boucher has decided not to meet his election challenger there this summer to debate the issues that most concern us.  That's the supposition anyway.  In fact he hasn't been heard from.  Neither hide nor hair.

Could one of you fellas in the Party give him a call and straighten him out?  We don't demand much from the little guy, but we at least ask that he show up and show us what he's got.

His opponent is certainly willing.

This comes from the Morgan Griffith for Congress team:
Griffith Accepts 2 More Debates; Boucher Fails to Respond

(Christiansburg, VA) - Congressional Candidate Morgan Griffith agreed to participate in a joint appearance of 9th Congressional District Candidates this fall hosted by Virginia Tech's Student Government Association and as wells as a candidate forum hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

"Virginia Tech is one of the premier Universities and research institutions in America," said Griffith. "It's an important economic engine of southwestern Virginia, bring businesses to the area and creating jobs.

Neither the Washington County Chamber of Commerce nor the Virginia Tech's Student Government Association have heard back from Congressman Boucher.

"Everywhere I go, people are asking me about Cap and Trade, and how that will affect their job. Voters deserve answers to these questions, and a chance to compare the candidates side-by-side. I wish Rick Boucher could find time in his schedule for both Washington County and Virginia Tech."

The Virginia Tech joint appearance has yet to be scheduled. The Washington County Chamber of Commerce candidate forum will be on Monday, August 30th.

Morgan Griffith recently challenged the incumbent Congressman to debate in every county and city in the 9th Congressional District. Rick Boucher has only accepted one debate.
Voters deserve answers.

But not from Rick Boucher. Guess he doesn't like being bothered.

I'd Almost Like To Find Out ...

... how this nitwit puts the slaughter of six million innocent men, women, and children in concentration camps in a context that would somehow prove favorable to the most evil man in human history:

I shudder to think what he has in mind.