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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Boucher's Losing It

This is so misguided that I paused a moment to see if it might be a forgery.  But it looks to be the real deal.

Congressman Rick Boucher has written a letter to the parent company of WKPT in the Tri-Cities, asking the station owners to cease broadcasting an ad that he says is unfair to his record.  Like the management there is going to accede to his wishes because he says the facts aired don't agree with his.

This is too much.

But since he has raised the issue, let's look at it.

First, you too can read his letter.  HERE.

And here's the crux of his complaint:

"The commercial claims that my votes align with those of the Democratic Speaker 96% of the time.  The statement can never be supported since the Speaker almost never votes and has no complete record against which my votes can be compared."

Can you say WHINE?

Here's some free advice to this former lawyer: When you level an allegation claiming that your words or deeds have been distorted, don't distort the charges being made against you.

According to Boucher, the commercial provides a "statement" that makes "the claim" that his votes align with those of the Democratic Speaker 96% of the time.  Watch the ad yourself.  Here:





Here's exactly what it says:

"After nearly thirty years in Congress, career politician Rick Boucher supports Nancy Pelosi 96% of the time."

See anything about votes in there? Either his or Pelosi's?

Boucher's charge that the ad is factually inaccurate is factually inaccurate.

But what about that 96% figure? Is it false, as Boucher claims?

Well, if so, he needs to send off another letter, this one to his soul mates at the very liberal Democrat mouthpiece, the  Washington Post, because - guess where that figure originated?

Oh, wait.  The Post didn't put the figure at 96%.  According to its ongoing investigation of Congressional voting, Rick Boucher "has voted with the majority of his Democratic colleagues [lead by Pelosi] 96.4% of the time."

Make that 96.4%.

But don't take my word for it.  Go to the Washington Post and see for yourself.

If that's not damaging enough, Boucher has released a new ad of his own.  You can see it here.  In it he pleads for us to:

"SEE THE FACTS: WWW.OPENCONGRESS.ORG."

The "facts"?

Here's what WWW.OPENCONGRESS.ORG says:

"Votes with party 96%."

But don't take my word for it.  See it for yourself.  HERE.

What, he thought I wouldn't do as he asked and look?

This, folks, is what you call full campaign meltdown.  Blunders the likes of which you don't see unless panic has set in and second-guessing, incriminations, internal finger-pointing, leadership turmoil, and abject fright have seized the daily operation.

It's also what you call pathetic.

Expect Boucher to run another ad tomorrow asking voters to not look where he asked us to look today.  That information is ... false ... too, you see.

This is so not pretty.

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Rick Boucher's Republican challenger, Morgan Griffith, released a brief statement in response to this circus:

"Congressman Boucher's record speaks for itself."

And, it might be added, it is speaking a whole lot more clearly about the man than Boucher himself is these days.

This Goes Out To The Roanoke Times ...

... in response to all those editorials it has thrust upon us that decried the fact that the Virginia Department of Transportation is starved for funds:
Va. Transportation Dept. audit uncovers hundreds of millions in unspent funds
By Anita Kumar, Washington Post

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is expected to announce Thursday the findings of a new audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation, which sources said has uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent funds spread across several accounts.

Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell (R), declined to comment Wednesday. But two sources familiar with the audit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to preempt the governor's announcement, said the accounts could total $500 million.

The money is significant because the state has struggled for years to find road and transit funds. [link]
DOT has struggled for years to find funds.  That's a hoot.  Maybe DOT should have looked a little harder in that massive vault.

And as for those who whimper about the Department of Transportation not having the necessary cash to make road improvements and upgrades - S.h.u.t U.P.

Obama Shames The Troops

"If you ask a man to lay down his life for his country, the least you can do is tell him that he has the right to win." 
-- Ronald Reagan, 1965 --

"This needs to be a plan about how we're going to hand it on and get out of Afghanistan.  Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint."
-- Barack Obama, 2010-- 

"Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure."
-- George W. Bush, 2004 --

"Obama told Woodward in the July interview that he didn't think about the Afghan war in the 'classic' terms of the United States winning or losing. 'I think about it more in terms of: Do you successfully prosecute a strategy that results in the country being stronger rather than weaker at the end?' he said."
-- Steve Luxenberg, 2010 -- 

Commanding. Confident. Assuring.

None of us has a horse in this race but I wanted to show off this political ad for Republican California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina.  Watch her demeanor closely.  This gal's in charge:




The kind of solid leadership we could use more of, if you ask me.

Well, That'll Win Them Over

As if the Democrats in Ohio don't have enough problems:


Nothing like alienating 61% of the voting public.

Slick move, there, head of the Ohio Democratic Party.

* Make that 83% of independents.  Brilliant.

What, You Thought ObamaCare Was a Good Thing?

As you were warned many times, the grim reaper is upon us:

How Seniors Will Pay for ObamaCare
By John C. Goodman, Wall Street Journal

Today marks the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, widely known as ObamaCare. It is a day when the first significant round of benefits kicks in, and the Obama administration is taking every opportunity to tout them to the American public.

Insurers, we are being told, will no longer be able to impose annual limits or lifetime caps on benefits, and they will face a higher standard before than can drop anyone's coverage. Children will be guaranteed access to insurance, regardless of health condition. And there is more to come in the future.

Yet the administration is strangely silent about who will bear the cost of these benefits. Search the government's own health-reform website and you'll get the idea that the whole thing is one big free lunch.

The reality is that the cost of ObamaCare will be quite high for some people. By 2017, thousands of people in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will be paying more than $5,000 a year in lost health-care benefits to make ObamaCare possible, according to a study published this month by Robert Book at the Heritage Foundation and James Capretta at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. For some New York City dwellers, the figure will exceed $6,000 a year. Unfortunate residents of Ascension, La., will pay more than $9,000 in lost benefits.

Who are these people? Are they the rich and the comfortable—the folks presidential candidate Barack Obama told us could afford to pay for health reform? Are they people who have excessively profited during a recession that's caused hardships for so many? Are they the ones who gained the most from the Bush tax cuts?

None of the above. According to the Book/Capretta study, the people getting hit with these very expensive tabs live in predominately low-income households. They are disproportionately minorities. They have trouble paying their own medical bills.

These are the enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans, health plans operated by private insurers (Cigna, Aetna, United Health, etc.) that provide extra benefits to the elderly and the disabled on top of standard Medicare coverage. [link]
In other words, the people damaged most by ObamaCare are our parents and grandparents.

To the tune of thousands and thousands of dollars.  That none of them have.

That's hope and change?

Obama and his ilk - to be charitable - didn't know what they were doing when they created this monster.  Repeal it.  Before it's too late.  The elderly don't deserve this.