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Thursday, September 30, 2010

That's Not Good Enough, Babe

I'm getting really annoyed with those Democrats (ahem*) here in Southwest Virginia who want to make us think that Congressman Boucher did us proud by cutting a deal with his buddies in Washington over the cap-and-trade bill that he ended up voting for.

Here's the latest attempt - from a Democratic Party operative (ahem*) in Buchanan County - to call white black.  In the letters section of today's Roanoke Times:
Rick Boucher is being criticized unfairly in the 9th District race for Congress.

As the third-ranking member of the House Energy Committee, he was able to delay Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would harm the coal industry. While he couldn't stop the American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade), he was successful in amending it to delay implementation of harmful regulations. With the full knowledge and support of the coal industry, Boucher was able to get the best deal he could.

Boucher continues to work to protect our coal industry and coal jobs. He is working to keep the demand for coal strong, giving coal industry workers job security and helping to ... [blah blah blah]
Here's what you need to get your arms around, sweetheart: Yes, Rick Boucher cut a deal with the devil, otherwise known as the environmentalist movement.  But for that he's to be praised?

I'll use your own words to destroy your argument:

"While he couldn't stop the American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade), he was successful in amending ..."

The problem with that?  Rick Boucher didn't stop the act from becoming law but the American people, led most ardently by the coal miners of Virginia's coalfields did.  It's history.  It went down to defeat in the Senate.  It will never raise its ugly head again.

And no thanks to Rick Boucher.  He turned tail and ran like the coward that he is. 

"Boucher was able to get the best deal he could."

We can all now agree on that.  That's the best your man is capable of.

After he cut his deal, the rest of us fought the effort of Washington Democrats to destroy the coal industry and crushed them.

"The best he could."

His best wasn't good enough by a damn sight, woman.

Not when thousands of miners' jobs were at stake.

We defeated the forces that were arrayed to destroy Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Lee, Tazewell, and Wise Counties. Without any assistance from our own congressman.  Nothing could be more shameful.

So sell it somewhere else. We're full up on bullshit here in Southwest Virginia.

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* Ahem - The Roanoke Times: "Owens lives in Oakwood."  Not mentioned: Owens is an active member of Boucher's Democratic Party.  You'd think it would be worth pointing out.

We Got Us A Contest!

Is it any wonder that Congressman Boucher seems a little shrill these days?

As it turns out, his once-commanding lead over upstart Morgan Griffith has shrunk to less than three points!

From Jim Geraghty at National Review:
There’s a new batch of polls in Virginia’s four most interesting House races.

“On Monday, September 27, ccAdvertising completed surveys to voters in four key Congressional districts in Virginia. These surveys focused on the competitive Congressional races as well as current national issues. The surveys were conducted to both landline phones and mobile phones.”

In Virginia’s 9th District, 42.6 percent of survey respondents support the incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher while 39.7 percent support challenger Morgan Griffith and 17.6 percent of voters are undecided. [link]
That gap may be no larger than the normal margin of error.*  Which means this is going down to the wire!  With momentum working against Mr. Boucher.

And that figure of 17.6% of the voters being undecided looms large.  Everyone here knows Boucher.  And everyone knows how he's been voting in Washington.  With Griffith reaching out to them each day, letting them know who he is and what he stands for, now to election, with all other aspects of the race remaining constant, watch for most of those "undecideds" to break his way.

This is a dream come true.

* I can't find the details of the survey to know.
** Hat tip to RBrandt.

Send Cards & Letters To Rick Boucher

Remember a few weeks ago when Rick Boucher announced that he would not be in favor of raising taxes in January?

Your taxes are going up in January.

Rick Boucher cast the deciding vote to make it happen.

For the love of God:
Rep. Boucher (D-VA 9th) casts deciding U.S. House vote to adjourn
By Lynn R. Mitchell, Washington Examiner

All eyes in Virginia and the nation have been on the 9th Congressional District race in southwest Virginia's coal country that had been represented for 28 years by long-time incumbent Rick Boucher. For the past three months, however, Republican Delegate Morgan Griffith has been chipping away at Boucher's lead.

Wednesday's news from Capital Hill may turn more constituents in the 9th District against their 14-term representative. The close vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on whether to adjourn Congress, that saw many Democrats voting with the Republicans to stay in session, came down to a single vote that was cast by Rick Boucher.

In a 210-209 squeaker, the deciding vote by Boucher kept his 96.4% voting record, with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, intact. Perhaps he was feeling safe in his district. He may not be as safe as he thinks.

The vote was reported at The Hill:

"Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against adjournment after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged opposition to the motion in a floor speech that said it would be irresponsible for Congress to leave without providing certainty on the tax issue. Dozens of Democrats in tough races voted against adjourning.

"'Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress a chance to vote on extending tax rates,' Boehner said."

With five weeks until election day, and possible voter backlash over Wednesday's vote, will Griffith pull out this dark horse race? [link]

Rick Boucher, just two weeks ago:

“The nation is struggling to recover from the deepest recession that we have experienced since the Great Depression.  At a time like that, we should not be raising taxes on anyone. We need to be keeping the tax rate as it is so as to stimulate the economy.”

Guess Nancy Pelosi changed his mind.

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A related headline from Michelle Malkin:

Boehner: “A Vote to Adjourn is a Vote to Raise Taxes;” 
Update: Adjourned

I Agree With a Socialist

If the Republicans are going to win 100 Democrat seats in the House on November 2, Obama is going to have to take Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders' advice and politic even further to the left.

After all, let's be frank.  The GOP wouldn't have gotten this far along that path had our president not tried to implement that which the Europeans learned the hard way will never work - socialism.

Here's to Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama.  Keep diggin', fellas.

Drilling For Oil In Gulf Begins

By the Cubans.

We are lead by the best and brightest ...

Kindred Spirits

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, writing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Federal Policies Could Create Another Recession

President Obama will be visiting Richmond tomorrow to talk about his plans to get America's economy moving again. If the president is really serious about creating jobs, he should start by abandoning the anti-business policies his administration has promoted over the past 18 months.

As Virginia's chief jobs creation officer, I have probably met with more CEOs over the past eight months than anyone in our state. Almost every CEO I have met with has told me the same thing -- they are ready to invest and they are ready to hire but they are afraid to do so because of the anti-business policies being promoted in Washington, D.C.

If someone had sat down 18 months ago and devised a plan to destroy American business, it would look much like the policies currently being promoted in Washington. I'm not suggesting that anyone has pursued these anti-business policies intentionally, but their effect is to create an anti-business environment that could drive our economy back into recession.
Trust me, there is no trust in Washington right now. There is only apprehension, as business leaders sit on their hands, waiting to see what the next costly agenda item to arise out of the Obama administration is. Not a way to run a business, but fear for one's livelihood will have that effect.

The Law Can Be Confusing

This strike you as odd?
Man faces indecent liberties charge
By Shawna Morrison, Roanoke Times

A Blacksburg man was charged Tuesday with taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a supervisory custodial relationship, police said. Police aren't naming the 41-year-old man to avoid identifying the girl, Blacksburg police Sgt. Nathan O'Dell said. The girl was a juvenile when the incidents are alleged to have taken place but she isn't now, he said.

Police wouldn't say how old the girl was, what her relationship was with the man or when the offenses are alleged to have occurred. [link]
The police refused to name the girl woman because she was - but isn't - a juvenile?  Weren't we all once juveniles?

I really don't get this.

This Goes Out To The Roanoke Times

I know you guys are in favor of "single payer."  And therefore probably see ObamaCare as being just a stopover on the way to the complete government takeover of our once-great health care system.  If so you should be pleased as punch about the latest news coming out of Ronald McDonald Land.  30,000 workers may soon lose their health coverage:

McDonald's May Drop Health Plan
By Janet Adamy, Wall Street Journal

McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.

The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers' health plans as the law ripples through the real world.

Trade groups representing restaurants and retailers say low-wage employers might halt their coverage if the government doesn't loosen a requirement for "mini-med" plans, which offer limited benefits to some 1.4 million Americans.

While many restaurants don't offer health coverage, McDonald's provides mini-med plans for workers at 10,500 U.S. locations, most of them franchised. A single worker can pay $14 a week for a plan that caps annual benefits at $2,000, or about $32 a week to get coverage up to $10,000 a year.

Last week, a senior McDonald's official informed the Department of Health and Human Services that the restaurant chain's insurer won't meet a 2011 requirement to spend at least 80% to 85% of its premium revenue on medical care. [link]
Alas, it is as it was foretold ...

It Took a Lot of Hard Work

How did we go from this ...

... to this ...

... so quickly?

I Understand It. But I'm Not Comfortable With It.

There is something disquieting about watching public opinion force the removal of a statue at a museum site.  But remove it it has:

Future of Stalin bust still uncertain in Bedford
By Rex Bowman, Roanoke Times

Bedford -- A bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin will be temporarily taken down but will remain at the National D-Day Memorial despite widespread opposition, memorial President Robin Reed announced Tuesday. He said the Stalin bust and several others are being taken down until a better spot can be found for them at the memorial.

The decision, which Reed said he and the memorial's governing board reached earlier this month after weeks of discussion, is unlikely to mollify veterans and others who have protested the Stalin bust since it went on display in June. Opponents of the bust say it honors the brutal dictator.

"The intention of the change today is not to make anything die down. The intention is to make the interpretation stronger," Reed said. "I can take the heat for that." [link]
This dude can say what he wants about taking the heat and moving the statue to "a better spot."

Truth is: It's history.

Which is unfortunate.

Is a museum supposed to portray only the happy side of our past?  Perhaps.  That would explain why the Museum of the Confederacy is being destroyed.

But shouldn't a museum (or memorial; same difference) be a depository for collecting and displaying objects - happy or sad, good or evil - having scientific or historical or artistic value, as my dictionary says it should?

I understand the feelings about Joseph Stalin.  And I know more about his genocides than most everyone who has an opinion on the subject.  I'm even accepting of the will of the people.

But it still makes me uncomfortable.  Like, what, he didn't exist if we erase all relics representing his brief time on this earth?

And if we erase all vestiges of Joseph Stalin, how far removed are we from the mentality that shaped Joseph Stalin?

What Does It Say About Me ...

... when I find "the song most likely to make grown men cry," "Everybody Hurts," to be both monotonous and annoying to the point where I just want to hurt someone?

Maybe it says I've had too much coffee already.