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Friday, September 24, 2010

It's Worse Than We Thought

This goes beyond mismanagement.

From the Republican Party of Virginia:
Surprise! VDOT Audit, Resisted for Years by Democrats, Finds $877 million in Unspent Money

-- Democrats fought audit tooth and nail, insisting taxpayers send even more money to Richmond to pay for roads--

The VDOT audit findings announced by Governor McDonnell are shocking. At a time when Democrats are screaming for a gas tax increase — and bashing a plan to get out of the liquor business and bring $500 million to roads — an ossified state transportation bureaucracy has been sitting on nearly $1 billion.

Governor McDonnell has been fighting for an outside audit of the agency since the early days of his term as Attorney General. But Democrats have until now blocked every GOP effort.

All the while, Democrats continued to bleat for more and more cash out of taxpayers pockets. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine closed rest stops along Interstates around the Commonwealth, creating a safety hazard and inconveniencing travelers, for want of $9 million — and a gas tax hike.

Maybe, just maybe, VDOT has more money that we've been led to believe... just a thought.

Now, Governor McDonnell can start re-building the agency into one that will make wise, efficient, and prompt use of taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.

Well, I Was Wrong

I wrote the other day that no self-respecting news organization would take down an ad simply because a politician disagreed with its political content.  Little did I know there were cowards out there in the profession:
Campaign notebook: Boucher asks stations to pull ad against him
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, has asked television stations that reach into his Southwest Virginia district to take down an attack ad sponsored by an independent group, saying it contains information "that is obviously false."

One station, WSET (Channel 13) in Lynchburg, has informed Boucher that it will stop airing the ad funded by a group called Americans for Job Security. The 30-second spot depicts Boucher as a virtual rubber stamp for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and singles out his vote last year for legislation that would establish a cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Lawyers for Americans for Job Security asked WSET on Wednesday to reconsider its decision and accused the station of trying to help Boucher "shut out opposing viewpoints about him."

The statistical claim in the ad against Boucher is based on a survey compiled by opencongress.org showing that the Democrat votes with his party 96 percent of the time. Americans for Job Security says its claim is valid because Pelosi sets the agenda in the House. Griffith cites the same figure on the campaign trail and said Wednesday that Boucher's record "speaks for itself." [link]
I may have gone a little overboard in calling the station managers at WSET cowards.  They may simply be willing accomplices.  Whichever, this is not to their credit.

For details on the controversy, go here.

Will Wonders Never Cease

The Roanoke Times on Congressman Boucher's effort to stifle the free exercise of the press.  From "Sifting through the ads":
Misrepresentation of "facts" isn't new. Nor is it a tactic that should have escaped Rep. Rick Boucher's attention in previous campaigns. Which makes it all the more perplexing that Boucher would ask TV stations to pull an ad he claims "is obviously false." The ad by shadowy-funded Americans for Job Security (whoever that is) assigns flawed percentages in implying Boucher's ardent support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda. But it's no more "obviously false" than most of the mud-slinging masquerading as political rhetoric these days.

That Boucher, a Democrat, votes for many Democratic-sponsored bills is about as dog-bites-man shocking as his opponent, Republican state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, voting for Republican-sponsored bills. This is news?

Boucher didn't just ask TV stations to yank the opposition ad, he answered with his own ad. He explains he voted against his party's leadership when the interests of his district differed from the interest of his party. That is a fact that voters can verify.
For verification - or non-verification of Boucher's claims - go here.

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"JON STEWART ON OBAMA: 'I thought he’d do a better job.' You did, huh? Based on what, his extensive experience? Rube."

It's not like these Obama supporters weren't warned.  Over and over and over again.

It Begins

"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."
-- Nancy Pelosi --
Obamacare is even worse than critics thought
Examiner Editorial

Six months ago, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling American public. Half a year removed from the unprecedented legislative chicanery and backroom dealing that characterized the bill's passage, we know much more about the bill than we did then. A few of the revelations:

* Obamacare won't decrease health care costs for the government. According to Medicare's actuary, it will increase costs. The same is likely to happen for privately funded health care.

* As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama's promise that it wouldn't. This means that tax dollars will be used to pay for a procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral. Supposedly, the Department of Health and Human Services will bar abortion coverage with new regulations but these will likely be tied up for years in litigation, and in the end may not survive the court challenge.

* Obamacare won't allow employees or most small businesses to keep the coverage they have and like. By Obama's estimates, as many as 69 percent of employees, 80 percent of small businesses, and 64 percent of large businesses will be forced to change coverage, probably to more expensive plans.

* Obamacare will increase insurance premiums -- in some places, it already has. Insurers, suddenly forced to cover clients' children until age 26, have little choice but to raise premiums, and they attribute to Obamacare's mandates a 1 to 9 percent increase. Obama's only method of preventing massive rate increases so far has been to threaten insurers.

* Obamacare will force seasonal employers -- especially the ski and amusement park industries -- to pay huge fines, cut hours, or lay off employees.

* Obamacare forces states to guarantee not only payment but also treatment for indigent Medicaid patients. With many doctors now refusing to take Medicaid (because they lose money doing so), cash-strapped states could be sued and ordered to increase reimbursement rates beyond their means.

* Obamacare imposes a huge nonmedical tax compliance burden on small business. It will require them to mail IRS 1099 tax forms to every vendor from whom they make purchases of more than $600 in a year, with duplicate forms going to the Internal Revenue Service. Like so much else in the 2,500-page bill, our senators and representatives were apparently unaware of this when they passed the measure.

* Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure Americans stay in line.

If you wonder why so many American voters are angry, and no longer give Obama the benefit of the doubt on a variety of issues, you need look no further than Obamacare, whose birthday gift to America might just be a GOP congressional majority.
Angry is the word.

We're Tired Of Being On the Bottom Rung

It wasn't supposed to be like this.