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Friday, September 10, 2010

Perriello Is Hopelessly Lost

This is getting painful to watch:
Virginia congressman admits: ‘If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing.’
By: Barbara Hollingsworth, Washington Examiner

Here’s what a major mid-term correction looks like:

On March 16, when confronted by members of the Jefferson Area Tea Party, Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., made a startling confession:

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned up here (in Washington) and I didn’t really need to come up here to learn it, is the only way to get Congress to balance the budget is to give them no choice, and the only way to keep them out of the cookie jar is to give them no choice, which is why – whether it’s balanced budget acts or pay as you go legislation or any of that – is the only thing. If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing”

Incumbents running for reelection are expected to posture, inflate their accomplishments and embellish the truth. But the Yale-educated Democrat’s attempt to placate angry Tea Partiers by telling them that “If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing” is shockingly, even brutally honest.

Perriello unwittingly gives voters in the Fifth District the most compelling reason to throw him – and the rest of his fellow Democrats, who have been in charge of Congress since 2006 – out of office in November. [link]
His is the kind of lament one might expect from a demented murderer - Stop me before I kill again! But an inability to stop spending his constituents' hard-earned income?  He is an adult, right?

This is pathetic.

And more than a little bit weird.

When Will They Give It Up?

Whenever someone brings up the subject of gender pay inequity, I always offer the same challenge:  Which companies are discriminating against women?  Name names.

Which companies are breaking federal law by paying women who have the same experience, background, and length of service in the same job as their male counterparts?  Who are these lawbreakers?

I never get a response.

Because no laws are being broken.

Because women who have the same experience, background, and length of service in the same job as their male counterparts are being paid equally.

That being the case, I still see liberals bring the subject up.  To score points with that aging block of activists who call themselves feminists.

Speaking of which, in comes the Roanoke Times:
The lag in women's pay

Studies routinely show that women make less money than men in the same occupation, but accounting for the gender gap is devilishly difficult.

Women can fall behind by choice -- jumping on the Mommy Track, switching jobs to advance a spouse's career, becoming a family caretaker, any number of personal reasons -- or because of differences in education and skill levels.

Or because of simple, insidious pay discrimination.

A study by the progressive Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, released last week in advance of Labor Day, suggests Virginia might have some work to do regarding the latter. The findings bear further investigation. [link]
Yeah, beat that dead horse.

As long as I'm not paying for it, knock yourself out.

"Insidious pay discrimination" is a serious charge.  Can anyone in this "progressive" (alarm bells should be going off) Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis tell us, after having done its exhaustive study, which companies are insidiously discriminating?

Of course not.

The leadership thereof is playing the same tired games they've always played. Level a charge. Keep it vague. Denounce, denounce, denounce.

Want the truth?

The truth:

Hiding the Truth About the Pay Gap Between Men and Women
A study on the gender wage gap has been removed from the website of the Labor Department — and the timing is suspicious.
By Michael J. Eastman

Paying someone less because of their sex is illegal and two federal laws, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, provide the framework whereby victims of pay discrimination can seek redress. However, some argue that these two laws are not effective at eradicating pay discrimination and that the laws must be changed. Central to their argument is the so-called “pay gap,” the difference between the average earnings of men and women.

The argument that the pay gap must be closed rests on the assumption that the pay gap is largely attributable to employer discrimination. However, if the pay gap is to be used to justify such significant changes in the law, it seems entirely appropriate to examine the pay gap itself. Does it really measure employer discrimination? Do other factors play a greater or lesser role?

Economists who have studied the pay gap have observed that numerous factors other than discrimination contribute to the wage gap, such as hours worked, experience, and education. For example, Professor June O’Neil has written extensively about how time out of the workforce, or years spent working part-time, can reduce future pay. Likewise, economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth, in her book Women’s Figures, has written about the decisions that women are more likely to make to choose flexibility, a friendly workplace environment, and other nonmonetary factors as compared to men.

Recognizing the importance of unbiased research on the pay gap, the Labor Department recently contracted with CONSAD Research Corporation for a review of more than 50 existing studies as well as a new economic and statistical analysis of the pay gap. CONSAD’s Report, which was finalized on January 12, 2009, found that the vast majority of the pay gap is due to several identifiable factors and that the remainder may be due to other specific factors they were not able to measure.

CONSAD found that controlling for career interruption and other factors reduced the pay gap from about 20 percent to about 5 percent. Data limitations prevented it from considering many other factors. For example, the data did not permit an examination of total compensation, which would examine health insurance and other benefits, and instead focused solely on wages paid. The data were also limited with respect to work experience, job tenure, and other factors.

The Labor Department’s conclusion was that the gender pay gap was the result of a multitude of factors and that the “raw wage gap should not be used as the basis for [legislative] correction. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”

The Labor Department’s new report is clearly an important contribution to the debate over pay equity. But where is it? Although it was posted on the Labor Department’s web site just days after it was finalized, it was apparently removed as the transition in power was occurring between former President Bush and President Obama. We don’t know why the report was taken down, but certainly the timing is suspicious.

If the debate over pay equity is to be at the forefront of the Congressional agenda, then the Labor Department and the new administration need to acknowledge that the overwhelming evidence is that the pay gap is not based primarily on employer discrimination. Disclosure of the Labor Department’s report would be a good first step. [link]
I'd venture a guess and assert that if all factors could be considered (other than discrimination), that pay gap would be reduced from the original twenty percent to five percent to zero.


There is no there there.  There hasn't been for decades.  Yet the "progressive" (read imbecilic) left persists in claiming that women are being discriminated against in the workplace.

Again I challenge them:  Name names.  Name names.

Speaks Volumes

Ya gotta love liberals.

Although I'll be darned if I can understand the mindset that drives them to embarrass themselves unknowingly.

Maybe they're just as one-dimensional as they appear.

Case in point - Islam and America's attitude toward it.  As addressed in two recent editorials in our beloved Roanoke Times.

First we had a Muslim wanting to exercise his freedom of religion by building a mosque near Ground Zero.  WE are denounced by the Times for being bigoted toward Muslims.

Then a Christian wants to exercise his freedom of religion by burning a Koran and ...

WE are denounced by the Times for being bigoted toward Muslims.

Whether it's a matter of a Muslim offending us or us offending a Muslim, We get blamed by the Times.


In their eyes, perfectly.

- - -

By the way, I'm trying to remember what the Times editorial had to say about this incident that occurred in a Muslim nation a while back:

Any bets on whether WE were blamed for disrespecting the Muslims' faith and inciting violence?

The Democrats Have Created The Country They Desired

Even in their wildest dreams, I don't think the Ted Kennedys and Ruth Bader Ginsburgs of the world ever imagined that commies in Red China would have more property rights than we have here in the Peoples Republic of America.  Guess their actions exceeded their dreams.

The commies in Red China have more property rights than we do:

Hell.  Hand basket.

A Good Line

This seems right:

"A law degree confers about as much romantic value to a single woman as a meth habit and a hidden penis."

You'll have to read the whole thing.

You Were Warned

The second shoe (the decline of our health care system's ability to delivery quality care) is soon to fall, but the first shoe just dropped.  ObamaCare is making our health care more expensive.

Got that?

ObamaCare is making our health care system more expensive.

The (not really startling) news:
ObamaCare bends the cost curve … upward
By Ed Morrissey

Remember when Barack Obama promised that his health-care overhaul would “bend the cost curve downward” and arrest rapid increases in costs?  The Wall Street Journal has an advance look at a report from the federal government that shows no slowing in costs to the government as a result of the ObamaCare bill.  In fact, the analysis will show that the bill’s passage actually results in an increase in outlays over what had been projected for the next decade ... [link]
There were morons in this country - mostly in the media - who bought Obama's line that he could add millions of poor people to the free health care roles, improve coverage for everyone, and reduce costs.  There were sane people who knew that that was an absolute impossibility.

Well, now ObamaCare is law.  And we're stuck with it.  Costs are rising.

How on earth did we get in a position that allowed this fool to do this to us?

Build The Mosque ... Or Else

James Taranto tells us that the Muslim "peacemaker" who is trying to build that 9/11 Victory Mosque near Ground Zero may very well be the Islamist his critics say he is:
The man behind the Ground Zero mosque plan has finally surfaced after an overseas tour "building bridges" with the Muslim world on the American taxpayer's dime. ABC News reports on an interview he gave last night:

"If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse," Rauf told CNN. "The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.

"There is a certain anger here [in America], no doubt," he said later in the interview. "But if we don't do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world. If we don't do things correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis [over images depicting the Prophet Mohammed], which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world. And we have a much bigger footprint in the Muslim world."

What was initially marketed as a gesture of conciliation has turned into a protection racket: Give Rauf what he wants, he tells us, or there's no telling what those angry Muslim extremists might do. Rauf's outrageous comments ought to erase all doubt that the construction of the Ground Zero mosque would be a victory for terrorism.
If we don't let him build it, the Muslim world will come after us with a vengeance. The same threat that's being directed at us by Muslims around the world if a Koran is burned by a certain Christian pastor in Florida.

At some point, Americans are going to stand up to the threats and tell these badasses to bring it on.  That our patience with their antics has run out.

Some day ...


While we all wait patiently for those "green" jobs that Barack Obama keeps talking about to arrive, real jobs are springing up in more traditional channels. And congressional candidate Morgan Griffith is there to celebrate. From a press release:
Griffith tours Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

St. Paul - Today, Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District, visited Dominion Virginia Power's Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.

The clean-coal power construction site is employing over 1,800 workers and is an economic boost to Wise County and the surrounding counties in the coalfields of the 9th District.

"I was very pleased today to be able to tour this amazing construction project that is over 70 percent complete and has employed so many men and women of the 9th District," says Griffith. "In the year that Congressman Boucher is trying to pass Cap and Trade in Congress, it's important that Southwest Virginians can still count on coal as being an important tool in the nation's energy mix."

Virginia City will be one of the cleanest power stations of its kind. The circulating fluidized bed unit will use coal and up to 20 percent biomass for its fuel.

A Virginia Tech economic impact study concluded that the station will generate about $440 million a year in tax revenues and other benefits for Wise County. When operating, the facility will consume 2 million tons of coal annually from local mines.

"If Boucher and his friends, Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Waxman and Congressman Frank, are successful in passing Cap and Trade - we will have to give up on building more clean-coal plants such as the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center," says Griffith.

The company says the site will be fully functional by the summer of 2012.

I saw where Rick Boucher was bragging in one of his sleepy campaign ads that he'd brought some company to Southwest Virginia that has "promised" the creation of 60 jobs. Well, here's a fossil fuel-powered plant that he had nothing to do with that has brought 1,800. Using a fuel - coal - from an industry that he and Nancy Pelosi are doing their best to kill off.  More employment in the mines, despite their nefarious efforts.

Here's to Morgan Griffith and the boys and girls at Dominion Power.