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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Part of the Problem

A pop quiz:

Who's the highest paid public servant in Southwest Virginia?

First this from Roanoke Times reporter Tonia Moxley just two days ago:
Some of Virginia Tech's neediest students will see another avenue of financial support curtailed or cut completely because of reduced federal funding and increased demand.

Some of the 1,228 students employed under Tech's work study program have already seen their benefits end, while others have seen their awards cut nearly in half.
Hard times have come crashing down upon Virginia Tech.

Or not.

This comes from Roanoke Times reporter Tonia Moxley this morning:
According to state and university records, [Virginia Tech President Charles] Steger's base salary -- state funding of $176,113 and a private supplement of $280,927 -- is $457,040.

His total annual compensation, including deferred compensation, automobile allowance and performance bonus is currently $755,764.

That's up from a reported $732,000 in July 2009.
Three quarters of a million dollars a year.

Times are indeed tough.

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* For what it's worth, the last census showed per capita income in Lee County (the taxpayers from which paid into Mr. Steger's salary and perks), was $13,625 a year.

Why The Global Warmists Lost

On a daily basis they made complete asses of themselves.

Steven Goddard:


Oftentimes mockery and derision can inflict more harm than a hatchet can.

And having science on our side always helps too.

The Chicago Climate Exchange Is Dead

An unwavering truth:  The markets always right themselves.

Of course, they may be manipulated by misguided, boneheaded, cynical, devious, and/or felonious individuals before they finally reach that inevitable conclusion.

So you know, one or all of the above spawned the Chicago Climate Exchange, "the first US voluntary pilot program for trading of greenhouse gases."

The CCX has collapsed and is now all but defunct.

That market has now righted itself.  Here's a graph showing its trading history over time:

For those of you who got your business & investment education from "ER," "Grey's Anatomy," or "House," you'll recognize that cardiac reading as having "flatlined."

A metaphor for what's happened to the "global warming" movement and its practitioners.

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You'll note two "blips" on the chart above.  The first, and by far the largest, occurred in 2008, a time leading up to and after Obama's successful presidential election.  The second, and smaller, came when Rick Boucher voted for the Waxman-Markey global warming bill that ultimately got him bounced from Congress.  When the legislation stalled in the Senate (and after Climategate had completely exposed the global warming gang for who they were), the CCX market crumbled.

I guess we have Congressman Boucher to thank for doing his part to make this happen.

Graph courtesy of CCX.

They Just Don't Get It

The New York Times editorial board this morning laments the fact that the political process (think democracy) swallowed up three state Supreme Court justices in Iowa.  Darn that whole voter thing!

See "A Blow to the Courts."

Oddly, the same geniuses at the New York Times don't seem to grasp how three judges who made themselves into politicians by legislating a right to gay marriage shouldn't have been viewed as being politicians first and shouldn't, therefore, have been judged accordingly.

So you know, the three judges politicians were up for reelection.  All three were sent packing.

Oh.  Woe.

Democrats Will Never Learn

-- Democrat Rick Boucher (D-VA9) --

What's with these fools who think they have the ability to create private sector jobs out of thin air?

Speaking of which (from "Obama acknowledges decline of US dominance"):
Obama's remarks at the town hall meeting exposed his tremendous anxiety over the failure of his policies to spur the US economy fast enough and create jobs for Americans facing nearly 10% unemployment rate.

Obama, who just lost control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans, unabashedly said the objective of his visit was to find jobs for his voters. "I want to make sure we are here because this will create jobs in the US," he said, but stressed he was for a kind of relationship which will create jobs in India as well. As he put it: "A win-win proposition."
I guarantee you this: Even the best politician - which Obama ain't - will never "find jobs" overseas. Nor should they try.

What they need to do - and what's always worked best - is for those politicians to create conditions in this country such that investors - foreign and domestic - find it advantageous to create jobs here. A business-friendly, low-tax, carefully regulated environment will achieve that goal rather easily.

But Obama, with hat in hand, goes overseas and tells the world's investors that yes, we have the second highest corporate tax rate on the planet and rival the world's totalitarian regimes in punitive regulation of business in the USA, and he thinks jobs will come pouring into this country?

Would you invest your money in the United States of America right now?

Would you invest your money in the United States of America right now?

It's going to take more than razzle-dazzle and a lot of palaver to convince those who hold the purse strings around the globe to bring jobs here. It's going to require a wholesale change in the way we do business. A change that I see few in Washington willing to augment.

"I Know How to Create Jobs." Keep that attitude and watch America decline.

A Gathering Storm

Approaching, but still on the distant horizon, comes a dilemma that will test everyone's adherence to principle.  When James Webb switches parties and becomes a Republican before he tosses his hat into the ring and runs for reelection, can we conservatives support the man after all he's put us through?

If he runs again - if he runs again - chances are real good we'll be facing that decision.

A hint of things to come.  Prepare:
Jim Webb: Why Reagan Dems Still Matter
By David Paul Kuhn, Real Clear Politics

"I've been warning them," Webb says, sighing, resting his chin on his hand. "I've been having discussions with our leadership ever since I've been up here. I decided to run as a Democrat because I happen to strongly believe in Jacksonian democracy. There needs to be one party that very clearly represents the interests of working people ... I'm very concerned about the transactional nature of the Democratic Party. Its evolved too strongly into interest groups rather than representing working people, including small business people."

This is a decades-old rebuke, one uttered today by moderate Democrats like Webb. The balkanized coalition never came to recognize the vice of its virtues. Diverse interests sometimes severed it from the majority's interests. That fissure moved political tectonics by the 1980s. And we came to know these migrating voters by the president who won their favor.

Webb is a Reagan Democrat who returned home. He was Ronald Reagan's Navy secretary. Almost two decades later, he was the Democrat who scrapped out a win in Virginia.

Webb seems less at home today. He identifies himself as a Democrat. But he has few Democratic leaders to identify with. [link]
Chances are 50-50 that he won't run again.  After all, it was the war in Iraq that prompted Webb to run for the Senate in 2006 in the first place, and that war has been all but won (no thanks to him).

As for the assertion that he's somehow a Reagan Democrat, (and, at the same time, be described as a populist!), Webb, in truth, fails to define either term or live up to their standards.

So can you find it in you to vote for Republican candidate James Webb in 2012?

I'm not a Republican so I'll not answer for you.  But I'll tell you this, speaking as a conservative, and using a rather familiar phrase from the past: I knew (of) Ronald Reagan.  Sir, James Webb is no Ronald Reagan, his fantasies notwithstanding.

He can claim to be of a mind with the greatest conservative to have ever lived, but then Webb is a novelist, with a vivid imagination.

 Lest we forget, he's voted in favor of every liberal piece of legislation that's come before him in the last four years, for God's sake.  Including ObamaCare.

So what is it that makes James Webb a conservative, his ten-gallon hat?

Me?  He'll not be getting my vote.  Now or ever.