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Monday, August 02, 2010

A Few Questions For The Roanoke Times

Does your copy editor ever sit down and talk to your editorial page editor?  Should a header for an editorial relate in more than a small way to the context of that editorial?  Should a copy editor's bias toward conservatives be allowed to skew his or her work?

When one entitles a piece "The fringe takes over," should the content of that piece actually have something to do with said "fringe" actually taking over?

From the editorial (having to do with topics the Times editorial staff wants to be kept off-limits - Obama's place of birth and the New Black Panther Party polling place intimidation scandal*):
"For instance, several prominent Republican officeholders and candidates have been sympathetic to ..."

"And now several respected Republican members of the..."
Several Republicans? Of the Party's 60,000,000 members?    Several?  That's taking over?

Just another sign that this bunch is embarrassingly  incompetent and poorly led.

Does anyone who is responsible for this rag actually read it?

* We can save this for another day but the biggest scandal in the New Black Panther intimidation incident has to do with the Justice Department barring its staff from investigating occurrences of illegal race bias if the victim isn't black. No small matter.

Things Are Heating Up

Congressman Rick Boucher says there's no issue here.  So let's move on.  He'd rather talk about important stuff like that which was in his last TV commercial:

"I'm Rick Boucher and Southwest Virginia means everything to me.  I grew up in Abingdon ..."

That's what we've come to expect in the way of meaningful campaigning from our representative in Washington.  Straightforward discussion of the issues most important to the people of his District.  Where he was born.

But let's go beyond his nonsense and get to real issues.  Morgan Griffith:
Boucher Created this Issue & Should Refund Taxpayers

(Christiansburg, VA) -- Congressional Candidate Morgan Griffith responded to Congressman Rick Boucher's claim that Griffith "create[d] issues when issues just don't exist" over Congressman Boucher's two votes against funding the fence along America's border with Mexico.

"Rick Boucher created this issue when he voted against giving Arizona the ability to enforce immigration law. Boucher voted with Nancy Pelosi against giving states more authority, but suddenly is favoring the idea now that his job is in jeopardy," said Griffith. "Had the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 become law, Arizona would have the clear authority to enforce immigration law today."

The roll call vote can be found here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll468.xml

Details of the bill can be found here: http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=8107&can_id=27119

Despite having voted against giving states the power to enforce federal immigration law in 2006, Rick Boucher sent out franked mail to constituents claiming support for Arizona's illegal immigration law.


"Rick Boucher needs to reimburse the American taxpayers immediately," said Griffith. "These letters weren't a response to any constituent inquiry, but an attempt to pander a few months before Election Day. Taxpayers paid for this political propaganda and they should get their money back."

Earlier this year, research by the Bristol Herald Courier revealed that Congressman Rick Boucher had the 7th highest franked mail budget in Congress. The Franking Privilege allows for member of Congress to send out mail at taxpayer expense for "official business."

"Illegal immigration is a complicated issue," added Griffith. "It would be a great service to the voters if we could publicly debate Mr. Boucher's votes related to funding a border fence and the Arizona law."
On the topic of Boucher sending out campaign literature (and having us pay for it whether we like it or not), I received his professionally built tri-fold brochure the other day that showcased all the neat things he's done for the area. My thought, when I pulled it out of the mailbox, was that Democrats like him do their best - through "campaign finance reform" - to keep everyone else out of the debate at election time so that incumbents like him can have an uncluttered arena to work. And they have us pay for it.

Anyway, there are the issues. Decide for yourself if there is anything to them.

Don't take Boucher's word for it.

Walk The Walk, Babe

I don't know.  Should we take investment advice from Bernie Madoff?

Should we listen to Lindsay Lohan when she gives a lecture on self-discipline?

Al Gore or John Edwards on fidelity?

I don't know.

But one thing I do know, we don't need a lecture on obesity from this gal:


See "A Food Bill We Need" by Michelle Obama.

What, You Took Him Seriously?

It was stupid when he said it.  But apparently there are some out there who believed him.  Like the sycophants at the New York Times:
Hurdles Deter Obama’s Pledge to Double Exports
By Sewell Chan

Washington — When President Obama announced at his State of the Union address in January a goal of doubling American exports over five years, business owners applauded, envisioning a flood of goods moving into new markets in the Asian and Latin American countries that are leading the global recovery. [link]
"Business owners applauded."  Give me a moment to chuckle.

In fact business owners, after shaking their heads in mild irritation at the thought that a politician could actually think he has that capability, went back to work and never gave it another thought.  They simply ignored the bluster.  They reacted as I did:  "Obama's going to double exports in five years.  Bullshit."

But that ain't the end of it.  From the Times article:
But now, as officials complete a plan of action due in September, the hurdles before Mr. Obama’s ambitious goal are getting clear.  Opening access to foreign markets, especially the fast-growing developing countries in Asia and South America, remains a politically touchy matter that will require the cooperation of Congress. 
The president can't double exports in five years.  He'll need Congress's help.

Bullshit.

Government, be it a president (in war time) or a Congress, can do a lot to restrict the free flow of goods to foreign markets (and restrict the flow of foreign goods into the marketplace here, which Congress is really good at).  But, flipping that coin over, it can do virtually nothing to open those markets to American products.  Markets that are being flooded with Chinese manufactures at more than competitive prices.  Virtually nothing.

Sure, Obama can provide tax dollars to a battery maker to get him going.  But if there is no demand, the effort will necessarily be a waste of taxpayer dollars (as it most assuredly will).  Or he can dump billions on General Motors in order to make its cars more competitive.  But even that will only help marginally.

What gets a product overseas is the product itself.  Quality.  Packaging.  Price.  Promotion. Timing.  Support. And there is nothing governments can do to affect that equation.  Try as they might.

So a New York Times reporter is disappointed that Barack Obama can't wave his magic wand and double exports in five years.  Says a lot about New York Times reporters.

When You Have Nothing To Champion ...

... go to the fall-back plan and hope no one cares:


For the love of God.

We've Lost Our Way

The average American, worried about the electric bill and coming up with this month's Master Card payment, finds his tax dollars going toward helping better-off-than-average Americans buy expensive new cars.

It ain't right.  And it can't continue.