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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Boucher Vacations On FatCat Money

You know all about Congressman Rick Boucher's nice new SUV that "his campaign" is paying for him to drive.  To the tune of 29,000 smackers.  You also know that his campaign earns no money.  That all its cash comes from his Washington lobbyist buddies, with the dough funneled through his campaign treasury.

You may also remember me making mention of the fact last month that at the same time he was turning down requests from interested parties in Southwest Virginia for him to come and debate his Republican challenger, ostensibly because he was too busy doing the people's business, he was reported to have been seen dining at a restaurant in the luxuriant city of Telluride, Colorado.

Remember this?

That arose out of this?

Try as I might, I never got a response from the Boucher campaign as to whether or not it was him living la vita loca out in Colorado when he should have been here answering to the people of Southwest Virginia for his liberal voting record in Congress.

Perhaps silence is an answer in itself.

And maybe there are other indicators that he'd just as soon we not know.

But that we always find.

Ever heard of the Committee for Southwest Virginia?

This from OpenSecrets.org should tell you most of what you need to know.  Click it to enlarge it:

It's a political action committee (or PAC) "affiliated" with "Rick Boucher (D-VA)."

Scroll down the page and you'll see who the treasurer is for this PAC.

Amy Boucher.

Rick's wife.

Anything illegal about any of that?


All out in the open?



You decide.

But remember that sighting in Colorado last month?  In a city that you and I could never afford to visit, let alone dine in?

Take a look at these expenditures from that Committee for Southwest Virginia (also provided by OpenSecrets.org):

Boucher's "committee," it seems, meets regularly in the land of the beautiful people.

Here's a photo, so you know, of his "meeting place" - the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Colorado

For the purpose of comparison, here's a shot of a once-bustling hostelry in Rick Boucher's backyard in Abingdon, down on Lee Highway:

My, my, Rick Boucher's livin' large.

On somebody's dime.

While Southwest Virginia crumbles.

I'm thinkin' it's time for ol' Rick to plan another vacation at the Westin.  A long one.  We here in Southwest Virginia are even willing to pay for it.

Money Down The Rathole

Hey, let's keep doing everything that has brought ruin to Southwest Virginia's manufacturing base!  What say?

"The federal government will provide $1.5 million to revive Southwest Virginia's transportation-equipment manufacturing, an industry that lost 30 percent of its jobs during the past three years."

$1.5 million that came from the tax base that includes manufacturing that has lost 30% of its jobs in the last three years in Southwest Virginia because the federal government has taxed it (and regulated it) to the point where those jobs now reside in China.

Toss 'em a few more lifelines.

Tax 'em some more.

Send the remainder of those jobs to China.

Toss 'em some more ...

A Question To Which We'll Get No Answer

Montgomery County's Republican Party secretary asks of Congressman Rick Boucher:

If only he could do for us what he's done for China ...

Perriello Hasn't Moved The Needle

Maybe it was the actress in the latest Perriello TV spot who asked his challenger, Robert Hurt, "Why did you vote against funding our schools?"  Or maybe, just as uproariously insane, it was the NRA's much publicized (soon-to-be) decision to endorse the liberal Democrat despite there being a complete dearth of information out there regarding his positions on the gun issues of our day.

Whatever it was, Boy Wonder over in Southside finds his poll numbers to continue to be in the toilet.

The latest:

Poll: Republican Robert Hurt leads Congressman Tom Perriello by 23 points
That's nearly identical to a poll we conducted a month ago in the 5th Congressional District.

With five weeks to Election Day, Republican Robert Hurt continues to sail toward an upset.

According to a News7 SurveyUSA poll, Hurt has a 23 point lead over incumbent Congressman Tom Perriello.

That's nearly identical to a poll we conducted a month ago in the 5th Congressional District. Independent Jeff Clark trails with four percent support.

The Perriello campaign contends there are other, more reliable polls that show the contest is a statistical dead heat. [link]
"More reliable polls ... show the contest is a statistical dead heat."  Sure they do, Tom.  And with the injestion of enough of that wacky tabacky they grow over there around Charlottesville, we might believe little men from Mars are invading the planet.

Lay off the weed, dude.  Finish out the race.  Then be gone.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

The Roanoke Times went orgasmic over ObamaCare this past Sunday:
Seniors swept up in the summertime scare over their health care options under Obamacare should take note: Medicare Advantage premiums will go down next year.

Also, insurers will add benefits that the new health care law requires, such as lower out-of-pocket costs for preventive care.

Despite widespread predictions that reform would cause premiums to rise for the roughly one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries who pay for private Medicare Advantage plans, the opposite occurred, for one reason.

The new law gives Medicare officials more power to negotiate with insurers on behalf of beneficiaries.
Sweet deal.  Except for one thing.  What if there are no insurers out there willing to accept the "negotiation" offered up by those holding the gun to their heads and they simply get out of the Medicare Advantage business all together?

Can't happen?

Welcome to the real world, fools:
Harvard Pilgrim cancels Medicare Advantage plan
By Robert Weisman, Boston Globe Staff

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to seek alternative supplemental coverage.

The decision by Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim, the state’s second-largest health insurer, was prompted by a freeze in federal reimbursements and a new requirement that insurers offering the kind of product sold by Harvard Pilgrim — a Medicare Advantage private fee for service plan — form a contracted network of doctors who agree to participate for a negotiated amount of money. Under current rules, patients can seek care from any doctor.

“We became concerned by the long-term viability of Medicare Advantage programs in general," said Lynn Bowman, vice president of customer service at Harvard Pilgrim’s office in Quincy. "We know that cuts in Medicare are being used to fund national health care reform. And we also had concerns about our ability to build a network of health care providers that would meet the needs of our seniors." [link]
Key takeaway: 

"We became concerned by the long-term viability [jf: or lack thereof] of Medicare Advantage programs."

The title of the Roanoke Times editorial?

Advantage: Seniors

It should have been:

Advantage: Graveyard


Griffith's Not Taking It Lying Down

I actually burst out laughing when I saw Rick Boucher's latest ad on TV.  Is he grasping or what?  Has panic set in or what?

In response to his flailing, our House of Delegates leadership here in Southwest Virginia comes out swinging.  As showcased by the Republican Party of Virginia:
Southwest Virginia Delegates Skewer New Boucher Attack Ad
Ad riddled with false claims shows Rick Boucher doesn't know much about the place he claims to represent

Dels. Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, Anne Crockett-Stark, R-Wytheville, and Bill Carrico, R-Galax, issued the following statement regarding Rick Boucher's new attack on 9th District GOP Candidate Morgan Griffith:

"Rick Boucher's new attack ad is just sad. Rick knows that when people learn the truth about his record, that he votes for tax increases and wasteful programs we can't pay for, he loses.

Southwest Virginia schools have no better friend that Morgan Griffith. During Morgan's time as majority leader, the General Assembly has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding to Virginia schools. And when times got tight, Morgan worked with Governor McDonnell, Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly to balance the budget without raising taxes - all while protecting schools.

Attacking Morgan Griffith on power rates shows just how desperate Rick Boucher is, and just how little he actually knows about Southwest Virginia. If Rick had been paying attention, he'd know that Morgan was one of the major forces behind a bill that gave the 9th District an immediate 12 percent reduction in their power bills. Morgan worked with Republicans and Democrats to find the best, long term solution to the problem. When Rick talks about 'blocking reform,' he's referring to a bit of last-minute grandstanding by Minority Leader Ward Armstrong. Even Armstrong's fellow Democrats recognized that Armstrong's theatrics were designed for his own statewide office run in 2013.

Rick Boucher can't talk about his record, because he votes with Democrats 96.4 percent of the time. Morgan Griffith, on the other hand, has been fighting for Southwest Virginia since he was elected. Unlike Boucher, Morgan doesn't have to play Federal Santa Claus ever two years - sweeping into the district, handing out taxpayer dollars all over the place to hide the fact that he voted for Obama's stimulus, the GM bailout, the bank bailout, $1 trillion deficits, and hiring IRS agents to enforce ObamaCare.

Morgan Griffith is a proud Republican who stands with Governor McDonnell. Rick Boucher is scared to tell people he's a Democrat who votes with his party 96.4% of the time. Morgan is proud of his record, Rick hides from his. The difference couldn't be more clear."
A question for Rick Boucher:  If, as you claim in your TV ad, that it's factually inaccurate that you have voted with your party 96.4% of the time, what is the factual percentage?  92?  90?  We're to feel more comfortable with that?

If You're In The Neighborhood

Morgan Griffith is going to be in Wytheville on Thursday:

From a media advisory:
Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the Ninth Congressional seat, will be campaigning with former Sen. George Allen in Wytheville on Thursday, September 30. The two will be at the Wythe County Livestock Market, 3561 Stoney Fork Road, Wytheville.
Hey, you can buy you some fresh beef and shake the hand of the next congressman at the same time. How 'bout that?

* Actually, unless something has changed, there's no auction scheduled on the 30th.  But I'm sure it's my mistake ...

Battle Lines Are Drawn

See "GOP Senators Lash Out at Jim Demint."  In it you'll find a few startling facts.

1) The GOP establishment (at least a portion thereof that's willing to speak on the record) is coming to the defense of its decision to give support to a write-in candidate for the Senate in Alaska over the Republican who was chosen by the people there in a Republican primary.

2) Those speaking out are all old.

3)  They all - with the exception of John Thune - allowed the party to be dragged by the Democrats to the point of crisis we now face here in the United States.  They didn't preside over an opposition party.  They commanded a party that ... professed reluctance and misgivings ... before agreeing to the entire progressive agenda, year after blessed year, decade after decade, rejoicing when the Democrats would throw them a few crumbs.  They were - and still are - to use my term, Democrats.  Or little Democrats.

So now Demint, and the Tea Party, and a majority of the American people demand change.  Before it's too late.  And the hangers-on aren't liking it.  To them, it was so much easier to go along.  With a measure of reluctance and expressed misgivings.

Speaks volumes.

Here's what these fossils need to get their arms around, and fast:

And the numbers will continue to grow ...

ObamaCare Kicks In

When you call 911 who is going to respond?

You may laugh now ...

Click on the image to enlarge it.

A Question I've Been Asking Since I Entered Adulthood

Quote of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal editorial board:
Making the case for left-wing voters to show up in November, Mr. Obama told Rolling Stone that he is presiding over "the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward."

We'd agree, but his problem is that most Americans don't like that agenda and millions of voters in both parties wanted him to oversee an economic expansion instead.

"Blaming the Voters," September 29, 2010

Does Lucifer Control The State Department?

Take a look at this photo that's up on Drudge. ("HILLARY HORROR: 'DEMON' PHOTO MOVED ON WIRE...")