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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Boucher's Lies Are Getting Tiresome

Did you see the latest TV spot that our congressman tossed out?  In it, he's touting his vote in favor of Obama's stimulus plan ... uh ... his support for Obama's cap-and-trade jobs killer ... uh ... his opposition to a balanced budget amendment ... uh ... his support of Obama's acquiring General Motors ... uh ... his vote in favor of Obama's Cash for Clunkers program his effort to create jobs in Southwest Virginia?  One can only laugh at the chutzpah.  Laughter, of course, being a healthier response than rage.

You can view his ad here (courtesy of that loyal Democrat puppy dog, Brian Patton).

Here's what should chap everyone's backside.  Boucher makes the following statement in his 32 second fantasy piece:

"And today there are 41,000 more jobs in the district than when my work began."

Does that even pass the smell test?

Does Southwest Virginia look to you like its brimming with new jobs?

If we are prospering (because of this joker's efforts to bring employers to the region), how does he explain this?

Region may lose seats when legislative districts' lines are redrawn
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- The boundaries of three congressional districts that cover parts of Western Virginia will change and the region's General Assembly representation could shrink after state lawmakers draw new legislative districts next year.

The region could lose at least one seat in the 100-member House of Delegates when the General Assembly draws new districts to account for a decade's worth of population shifts.

The boundaries of three congressional districts in the region could change dramatically. The 9th District represented by Democrat Rick Boucher of Abingdon, which already stretches from the coalfields to the Alleghany Highlands, is about 67,000 people short of ideal size. State Del. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, is challenging Boucher this year, fully expecting that his home will be in the 9th District by next year. [link]
Ask yourself: If Boucher's doing such a swell job of bringing jobs to Southwest Virginia ("41,000 more than when my work began ..."), why is the 9th District emptying out?

Only a fool would believe his claim.

And only a cynical Washington politician would have the temerity to make it.

For every entry-level-paying call center job that Rick Boucher has brought to his district, ten quality jobs have been lost.  For every Echostar or Cingular, there's a Mack Truck and an Ethan Allen and a Celanese Acetate and a Johnson & Johnson and a Lear Corp. and a Dan River and a Tultex and a Spring Ford Industries and a National Textiles and a Buster Brown and a Natalie Knitting Mills and an American of Martinsville and a Virginia Glove and a Virginia House Furniture and a Lea Industries and an  ArvinMerito and an Alcoa Wheels and a Rowe Furniture and a VF Knitwear and a Vaughan Furniture and a Webb Furniture and a Burlington Industries and a Renfro and a Hooker Furniture and a Bristol Compressors and a Stanley Furniture and a Dana Corporation and a Thomasville Furniture and a Sara Lee Branded Apparel and a Bassett Furniture Industries and a Pulaski Furniture ...

... and tomorrow brings the prospect of only more misery.

So quit jerking us around, Rick.  If jobs are your highest priority, you've failed.

It's time to let someone else try to turn things around.

Where Was This Guy Last Winter?

Recall this weblog post from March 1st in which I detailed the starvation of a deer on my property as the direct result of the horrific winter we had just experienced.  In fact, when the spring thaw finally came and the snow receded, I found, in all, three deer carcasses on my property.  From their appearances I would suggest that all three died of exposure to the weather.  None had been brought down by a predator (their skeletal remains were pretty much in tact) and chances were good that none had been shot by a hunter the previous season as all three were just yearlings.

Three deer killed off on my little 22 acres.  22 acres that border the massive Jefferson National Forest.  How many might there have been in total?

I bring this up for a reason.  An article I came upon in the Wytheville Enterprise last night (that doesn't appear to be in its on-line edition but can be found here) got me to wondering if the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries needs to find itself some new "deer project coordinators."   From "Feeding Deer Illegal"):

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VD-GIF) Deer Project Coordinators Matt Knox and Nelson Lafon noted when the regulation [prohibiting the feeding of deer under certain circumstances and depending on the locale] first took effect in 2006 that, for more than 20 years, the practice of feeding deer had expanded across the eastern United States among both deer hunters and the non-hunting general public.  The most common reason for feeding deer is to improve their nutrition and to supplement their habitat's ability to support more deer; in other words, to increase the carrying capacity for deer.

According to Knox, many people feed deer because they believe it will keep them from starving, but this is not a legitimate reason to feed deer in Virginia.  In Virginia deer die-offs due to winter starvation have been almost non-existent.  As a case in point, this past winter's harsh snowstorms apparently caused little deer mortality. [emphasis mine]
The only response I have to that is this: Maybe these "deer project coordinators" need to get out in deer country more often.  As mentioned above, three deer died last winter on my tiny piece of wilderness property alone.  Extrapolate from that the possible number of deer that succumbed across Virginia's mountain region to the terrible winter we had and you get an idea as to how bad the die-off was.

Besides, here in Bland (I live with the deer every day) the birthrate this summer was way down from past years (I regularly see only three fawns whereas in years past there would be at least a dozen roaming the countryside).  I can only attribute that to there being far fewer does to repopulate.

We can quibble over whether this deer, found just below my barn in February, died of exposure to the extreme cold or to starvation because of a lack of forage because of there being a foot of snow on the ground for weeks on end.  But there is no doubt in my mind that she died from causes that were directly related to the weather.

My suggestion?  These "experts" need to get out more.

So Typical

Ever wonder why it is that America's unions (except for those dealing with government employees) are vanishing from this earth?  The main reason, it appears, is that their leaders aren't all that bright.  Get this (from a Morgan Griffith for Congress press release yesterday):
GOP candidate denied entry to union picnic

Coeburn _ Union organizers of an event in deep southwest Virginia today turned away several Republicans, despite inviting them a month ago. The group denied entry included the candidate for the Ninth Congressional seat, Morgan Griffith.

In a letter dated August 3, the Southwest Virginia Branch of the Western Virginia Labor Federation extended the invitation for Griffith and other delegates from southwest Virginia to the Coeburn picnic for their union membership. The Central Labor Council is made up of members from Associated Postal Workers Union, Communication Workers of America, National Coalition of Public Safety Officers, United Autoworkers, United Food Workers, United Steel Workers, and United Mine Workers of America.

The Ninth Congressional candidate was even invited to speak at the event for approximately 20 minutes by Valeria Castle-Stanley who is listed as the union group's District 9 Congressional Coordinator.

Griffith campaign officials had not received word that they had been denied access. Mick Bransfield, campaign manager for Griffith, says he had been in contact by phone but was never told not to show up. "We thought the picnic was open to us, and made an effort to drive from an appearance in Scott County and was hoping for an equal, fair opportunity like any other official."

James Gibbs, International At-Large VP of the United Mine Workers, and Mike Kennedy, the vice president of Local 2204 of the Communications Workers of America, both met Griffith at the gate. Kennedy has been outspoken in the past that President Obama is a friend of coal here in southwest Virginia.*

"I am very disappointed in their decision not to allow me an opportunity to speak to the group. We are at a very important time in the history in this country when dealing with the proposed Cap and Trade legislation of Obama and Pelosi. The bill will negatively affect coal production here in southwest Virginia," says Griffith.

What is ironic here, according to the Republican, is the fact that his opponent - the incumbent Democratic Congressman, Rick Boucher - was also invited and expected to attend. "He voted for and even helped write Cap and Trade - thus affecting these same people that turned us away today."

"The Congressman," says Griffith, "should welcome a friendly debate of issues especially when he is trying to distance himself from the D.C. group of Obama and Pelosi."

May God have mercy.

* Kennedy can say Obama is a friend of coal.  He's in the Communications Workers of America union.  It's not his employer that the president has threatened to bankrupt.