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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Same Picture, Different Views

The Washington Post this morning looks at the now-annual occurrence in which 2,347 Southwest Virginians lined up over in Wise County to get free dental service as pointing to a glaring need for government assistance for the poor.

I see 2,347 human beings who need to be given the opportunity to prosper.  2,347 souls who need employers in a region that finds, with each passing day, fewer and fewer companies on hand to offer them jobs.  Companies that have been driven under - or driven out - by a government - supported with great enthusiasm by the Washington Post - whose only solutions to our problems are higher corporate taxes, mountains of costly regulations, and more welfare spending.*

Create conditions such that this natural resources-rich part of the United States of America can thrive!  The good people of Wise can then tend to their own teeth.  And the limousine liberals at the Washington Post can take their crocodile tears and butt out.

* Call ObamaCare whatever you will.  It is, in fact, welfare.  Nothing more.

Food For Thought

Did you know that the top 1% of income earners in this country pay more in taxes than the bottom 95%?

Did you know that Obama thinks the top 1% are not paying their fair share?

At what point do liberals like Obama get honest with us - and themselves - and admit they want the rich to simply suffer and die?

How, you ask, will impoverishing (or killing) the rich help the bottom 95%?

It won't.  It'll simply make them feel better knowing that everyone out there is as poor as them.

I'm reminded of a song from the 70's, some of the lyrics of which go like this:

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
'Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below.

On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone,
And the valley-people swore
They'd have it for their very own.

So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they'd kill.

Came an answer from the kingdom,
"With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there."

Now the valley cried with anger,
"Mount your horses! Draw your sword!"
And they killed the mountain-people,
So they won their just reward.

Now they stood beside the treasure,
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
"Peace on Earth" was all it said.

When the rich are driven from this land those who did their damnest to drive them out will denounce them for having caused sweeping poverty to engulf the country.

And those stupid, stupid people will deserve the just reward they won.

Take a Look Around

Obama.  Pelosi.  Reid.

Not a gonad between them.

Then there's the weiner who is my Congressional representative.

These are the people who "lead" America today.

And we wonder why the world laughs.  And why America anguishes.

Contrast that thought with the image portrayed in the following video.  Retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West is running for Congress in Florida.  A quote to remember:

"If it's about the safety and lives of my men, I would go through hell with a gasoline can."




West: "Let me be perfectly clear - as a Battalion Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, my number one priority was the safety and lives of my men. I am proud to have sacrificed my military career in order to carry out that solemn promise to each of them and their families."

Can you imagine Pelosi or Reid or Obama or Rick Boucher offering to sacrifice their careers for us?  Even offering to sacrifice a lunch break?

But ... But ... But ...

As only the incomparable James Taranto can do it, a spanking administered:
Two Papers in One!--I

"After weeks of labor tension and 12 hours of suspenseful voting, members of the Newspaper Guild at The Boston Globe narrowly rejected a proposed package of wage and compensation cuts. As a result, the newspaper's owner, The New York Times Company, said it would proceed with its threat to unilaterally impose a 23 percent salary cut."--news story, New York Times, June 9, 2009

"The treatment of workers by American corporations has been worse--far more treacherous--than most of the population realizes. There was no need for so many men and women to be forced out of their jobs in the downturn known as the great recession. Many of those workers were cashiered for no reason other than outright greed by corporate managers. And that cruel, irresponsible, shortsighted policy has resulted in widespread human suffering and is doing great harm to the economy."--Bob Herbert column, New York Times, July 31, 2010
I'll bet Bob Herbert doesn't even realize he works for (and is paid handsomely by) one of those "cruel, irresponsible, shortsighted" - "treacherous" even - corporations.

Too funny. In a reprehensible sort of way.

As Different As Night & Day

We can argue another day about whether Arizona's controversial law that requires law enforcement officers to check the residency status of those brought in for other crimes is a good thing or a bad thing.

What can't be argued against is this: What Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli opined with regard to illegal immigration is nothing like what's going on in Arizona. Fox News just gets it flat wrong:
Virginia Attorney General Rules Police Can Check Immigration Status
Fox News

In a decision that could lay the groundwork for an Arizona-style immigration policy, Virginia's attorney general said state law enforcement officers are allowed to check the immigration status of anyone "stopped or arrested."

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the legal opinion Friday extending that authority to Virginia police in response to an inquiry over whether his state could mirror the policies passed into law in Arizona.

"It is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested," he wrote. [link]
The big difference between the Arizona law and Cuccinelli's opinion?  Arizona, until a federal judge temporarily blocked the effort before it started, required that all law enforcement officers check the status of those picked up for other crimes.  Cuccinelli says Virginia law enforcement may.  Huge difference.

Fox News is trying to make something of this that isn't there.  To its discredit.