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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Politicians Falling All Over Themselves

A memo to Bob McDonnell, Mark Warner, and Jim Webb:

The American people are in a surly mood right now.  They see their wages plummeting.  They see their neighbors out of work.  They stand by helpless as their elected representatives spend money that they don't have sending the country they love to hell in a handbasket.  And they know that the only areas of the country that are prospering in these awful times are those propped up by the federal government.  Including Washington D.C. (Ground Zero for the rich on the public dole) and Virginia Beach (Ground Zero Once Removed for lucrative civilian jobs supporting the military).

So when you argue that what seems on its face to be a legitimate effort to scale back government spending and streamline the command structure in the military is wrong because it will cause the loss of (government and government financed) jobs, your argument falls on a lot of deaf ears.  If we are to be spending unnecessary money in Norfolk on a military facility that the head of the military says is not needed, your argument becomes one of saving the welfare system, not saving jobs.  We should maintain the facility only because its closure would stop checks from flowing to its employees?

Send 'em a check and call it welfare.  Which is what you're suggesting.

The Roanoke Times gets it right:
Defense spending must be rational

Predictably, Virginia politicians began hyperventilating when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced a plan Monday to close the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk.

Gov. Bob McDonnell called the decision "outrageous" and immediately announced plans to form a commission "to find ways to preserve the tremendous federal investment in our military and security infrastructure" in Virginia.

Virginia's congressional delegation, including Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb, also weighed in with condemnations of the decision, almost all focusing on the tremendous loss of jobs and investment.

Gates knows, though, that the spending increases that have sent unending waves of money coursing through the Pentagon since 9/11 are unsustainable. As the deficit becomes more of an issue, defense spending will have to be examined.

It is not the Pentagon's responsibility to provide jobs for Virginia, or any other state.

Gates makes a convincing argument that JFCOM has outlived its purpose, and that the vital functions it does continue to serve could be most effectively and efficiently handled by other commands.

There is still a need for joint training and exercises, but "they do not necessarily require a separate four-star combatant command," he said. [link]
1) We start with the premise that JFCOM is superfluous.  A duplication of effort.  Is that true?  Beats me.  But some really smart and knowledgeable experts claim it is.  And politicians tell us it isn't.  Who ya gonna trust?

It's sad when we make decisions that force people out of work.  Believe me, I've been there and done that more times than you can imagine.  But if we didn't force our government to make these hard decisions, half the country would be on the receiving end of welfare checks and be in the business of making buggy whips.

Get your arms around this: The last time government tried to be the exclusive employer to its entire population, the Soviets launched Министерство атомной энергетики и промышленности.  How's that working out?

2) Will the government actually realize some kind of savings from this closure?  Do pigs fly?

3) The only important question as far as I'm concerned: Will the military retain its fighting effectiveness with the closure?

I'm for leaving it to the experts.

If not, we might as well open up Fort Monroe once again and pay people to watch it gather moss.  A whole host of welfare recipients to watch the moss grow.

Thank God For The Minimum Wage

If this trend continues - "Average Personal Income Fell 1.8% in 2009" - at least wages will hit bottom at $7.25 an hour and can't go down further.

For those still employed, that is.

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Oh, and yes, it was all Bush's fault.

An Idea Gaining Momentum

Instapundit on the effort to open a Muslim gay bar next door to that controversial mosque near Ground Zero:

" Do you need a liquor license for an Islamic gay bar? I mean, they’re not supposed to drink alcohol. Of course, they’re not supposed to be gay, either. . . ."

An in-your-face approach to dealing with a religion stuck in the ninth century.  I wonder what the "tolerant" among us will say about that.

Gone But Not Forgotten

From the classifieds in Confederate Veteran magazine, June, 1894:
"E.T. Tollison, of Belton, S.C., wishes information of T.M. Tollison, of Company E, Hampton's Legion, who served in Jenkins' Brigade, from South Carolina.  He has been missing since the battle of Sharpsburg [Antietam], September 16, 1862."
Missing for 32 years.  Questions still unanswered.

Always Be Skeptical of the Narrative

Remember when Virginia Senator George Allen assaulted a Democratic Party videographer over in Dickenson County back in 2006?  Remember what that "assault" consisted of?  If not, a nudge to your memory banks:  Allen attacked the individual ... savagely ... by singling him out in the crowd and referring to him as "macaca, or whatever his name is."  Try to recall, too, that prior to that moment, the word "macaca" wasn't even a word.  At least not anywhere outside north Africa, where nomadic tribes used it locally.  At that very moment, though, the "word" became a racial epithet akin to the word "nigger."  Somehow.

Well, actually we all know how.  The Washington Post made it so.

The rest is history.  George Allen was deemed a racist for uttering a word that wasn't a word, intending harm that was never intended.  And he was run out of office in the next election and Weird James Webb - the Democrat darling of the Washington Post -became our United States senator.

So what reaction does the same media have when an assault - an actual physical assault - on a Party videographer - in this case a Republican - takes place involving the mayor pro tem in Kansas City - a Democrat?

A brief write-up in the Kansas City Star.

And that's the end of that.

If only the Democrat had uttered the "word" "macaca" rather than calling the young man "boy" and threatening to knock the shit out of him just as the Democrat was aggressively shoving the videographer. It might all have been handled differently by the press.

Sure it would ...

Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.

Does She Walk The Walk?

World renowned ditze - and New York Times columnist - Maureen Dowd is chagrined this morning to learn of a trend on campus in which college students are going on line to select roommates with whom they feel they might be compatible.  See "Don't Send In The Clones."  In it she laments:
Choosing roommates who are mirror images may fit with our narcissistic and microtargeted society, but it retards creativity and social growth. This reluctance to mix it up also has been reflected in the lack of full-throated political and cultural debates on campuses (as opposed to ersatz debates on cable TV), replaced by a quiet P.C. acceptance of differing views or an obnoxious stereotyping of anyone different.

As you leave behind high school to redefine and even reinvent yourself as adult, you need exposure to an array of different ideas, backgrounds and perspectives — not a cordon of clones.
A few things worth noting: This genius is a flaming liberal. She works for the most liberal newspaper in the country. A liberal newspaper with an all-liberal staff. A liberal newspaper with an all-liberal staff headquartered in the most liberal city on the planet. A city so liberal that sightings of conservatives are about as rare as those of common sense. Meaning very rare indeed.

Maureen Dowd says: "You need exposure to an array of different ideas, backgrounds and perspectives — not a cordon of clones." Any bets on how many non-clones she's rubbed elbows with in the last decade?

Why The Tea Party Grows In Strength

Nile Gardiner nails it:
What the great French historian Alexis de Tocqueville would make of today’s Obama administration were he alive today is anyone’s guess. But I would wager that the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity.

It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette. As The Telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.

The timing of this lavish European vacation could not have come at a worse moment, when unemployment in America stands at 10 percent, and large numbers of Americans are fighting to survive financially in the wake of the global economic downturn. It sends a message of indifference, even contempt, for the millions of Americans who are struggling just to feed their families on a daily basis and pay the mortgage, while the size of the national debt balloons to Greek-style proportions.
Obama and the mainstream press can't figure out why we aren't more appreciative of that which they have done for us (much like Marie Antoinette - right up to the day her head was separated from her shoulders - couldn't understand why her husband, Louis XVI, wasn't revered for the paternalistic attitude that he maintained toward the unwashed paysannes out there), and why we have a problem with the wife of the president wasting our hard-earned income on luxurious vacations.  They think we should appreciate the limitless ATM that we've been afforded.  Instead we are indignant.  And hostile.  Why?

Because we love our country and are smart enough to see the irreversible damage being done to it.  The United States government - contrary to what Obama and his ilk believe - is not a boundless ATM.  It is fast running out of money. As is the source of that money.  Us.

We should be thankful?  We should look upon this bunch as royalty?

Not in my lifetime, sweetheart.  They crap in the same pot as the rest of us.  They - and only they - think their shit is sublime.

As the Chant Fades

I was thinking yesterday about Obama's favorite line he used repeatedly during his presidential campaign:

And I was wondering: Yes we can when?

He delivered a slew of promises.

Along with a shameful array of false hopes.

How is it that YES WE CAN! morphed into IT'S STILL BUSH'S FAULT?

This video pretty much sums up the roller coaster ride we took from hope and change to despair and agony:

Worst of all, the ride has no end in sight.

Only In America

I see a Reality TV show looming:

If he's gay, homeless, and has a drug problem, I see a Hollywood movie in the making.

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Update: He's almost there with the fat contract.  He has a boyfriend.