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Thursday, December 16, 2010

So It's Unconstitutional. Force It Down Their Throats Anyway.

You read here on Tuesday my take on the Washington Post's twisted rationale for seeking our continued support of ObamaCare despite the fact that a portion of it has been declared to be unconstitutional by a Virginia federal court.  That rationale?  Yeah, it may be unconstitutional, but it's so important ("unique"), we should ignore its lack of legal standing and support it anyway.

A breathtakingly pithy legal argument ...

Well, today editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times, Dan Radmacher, uses the same rationale, but without mentioning the Constitution, to support the soon-to-be trashed nationalized health care program.

Mr. Radmacher:
The argument for the individual mandate, in one paragraph

From New York Times economics columnist David Leonhart, here’s the clearest argument I’ve seen explaining the need for an individual mandate for effective health care reform:

"Without the mandate, the cost of insurance in the individual market would rise, perhaps sharply, because some healthy people would not be paying their share. Just look at Massachusetts. In 1996, it barred insurers from setting rates based on a person’s health but did not mandate that individuals sign up for insurance. Premiums then spiked. Since the state added a mandate in 2006, more people have signed up, and premiums have dropped an average of 40 percent."
In so many words: Constitution, monstimution.  Forget what that rag prohibits the federal government from doing to us.  We need forced participation, damn it, or ObamaCare will not work.

I sure am glad that we own all the guns.  Otherwise I'd be concerned about jokers like these.

Public Broadcasting? In 2011?

A holdover from the Stalin era is about to be defunded by Governor Bob McDonnell.  It's long past time:
Governor targets public broadcasting
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Gov. Bob McDonnell ... said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to eliminate state funding for public broadcasting, declaring that "it doesn't make sense to have some stations with the competitive advantage of being funded by taxpayer dollars."

McDonnell wants to cut $2 million from public broadcasting in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and phase out remaining state support the following year to save a total of $4 million. The governor will include the initial cut in proposed revisions to the state's two-year, $77.6 billion budget that he will release Friday.

"The decision to eliminate state funding of public broadcasting is driven by the fundamental need to re-establish the proper role of government, and budget accordingly," McDonnell said. [link]
The funny thing about public broadcasting in this modern era is that, unlike government programs like Medicaid, which are in place to assist those who are in need of assistance, public broadcasting is geared toward an audience that can easily afford to pay for it on its own.  But all those effete leftists among us (its primary target), as is their wont, demand that the taxpayer pay for it for them.

It would be like me asking them to pay for my Netflix.

Don't hold your breath, fellas.  I'm not going to ask you to pay for my entertainment.

And, thanks to Governor Bob, I'll soon not be paying for yours either.

Seems fair.  Finally.

Goodbye, Rick

We're all counting the days.  20 to be exact.  Until Congressman Rick Boucher finally makes his way back into obscurity.

20 too many, unfortunately.

Guess who voted yesterday to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

That's right.  Rick Boucher.

Leave, Rick.  Please.  Leave.

Congress Shames Us All

And the Wall Street Journal is on a rampage about it:
The 111th Congress's Final Insult

The 111th Congress began with an $814 billion stimulus that blew out the federal balance sheet, so we suppose it's only fitting that the Members want to exit by passing a 1,924-page, $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill. The worst Congress in modern history is true to its essence to the bitter end.

Democrats have had 11 months to write a budget for fiscal 2011, which began on October 1. But Majority Leader Harry Reid and Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye have dumped this trillion-dollar baby on Senators at the very last minute, when everyone is busy and wants to go home for the holidays. No doubt that was the plan. The continuing resolution to fund the government expires on Saturday, so Mr. Reid wants to squeeze Senators against the deadline. And with the press corps preoccupied by the tax debate, the spending bill is greased to slide through with little or no public scrutiny.

Republicans should be especially upset with the $1.1 billion to implement phase one of ObamaCare. This gives the Administration's bureaucracy a running start and means that Republicans will have to pass new legislation to rescind the funding—which Mr. Obama will veto. Why would Republicans vote for a bill that makes it harder for them to achieve one of their main political goals?

We're told that at least six and perhaps as many as 10 Republican Senators may give Mr. Reid the votes he needs to pass this monstrosity. That list includes Susan Collins of Maine, Mr. Cochran, and looming retirees Kit Bond of Missouri, Bob Bennett of Utah and George Voinovich of Ohio. This is the same Senator Voinovich who yesterday voted against extending the Bush-era tax rates on grounds that they are unaffordable.

Mr. Voinovich is retiring with this Congress, and if there were any justice in politics taxpayers could revoke his pension. As for Mr. Bennett, this vote explains his re-election defeat.

The 111th Congress has shown contempt for taxpayers from its first day, which is why it was so repudiated on November 2 and why Gallup found this week that Congress's approval rating has hit a record low of 13%. Which raises the question: Who are those 13%? [link]
You can bet, Webb and Warner will dutifully vote in favor of this national embarrassment.  Both need to go wherever Voinovich and Bennett are being sent.

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Senator Mitch McConnell:

"Americans told Democrats last month to stop what they've been doing: bigger government, 2,000-page bills jammed through on Christmas Eve, wasteful spending," he said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. "The bill is a monument to all three."

Let's face it, the Democrats just don't care ...

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Mark Twain:

"There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." 
And his criminal class doesn't hold a candle to ours.

There Were None Better

I met him once at a dinner party.  Great guy:
Hall of Famer Bob Feller dies at 92
By Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer

Cleveland (AP) — Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero, outspoken Hall of Famer and local sports treasure. Bob Feller was all of them.

One of a kind, he was an American original.

Blessed with a right arm that earned the Iowa farmboy the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Feller, who left baseball in the prime of his career to fight for his country, died Wednesday night. He was 92.

Feller, who won 266 games in 18 seasons — all with the Indians — died at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations.

"Nobody lives forever and I've had a blessed life," Feller said in September. "I'd like to stay on this side of the grass for as long as I can, though. I'd really like to see the Indians win a World Series."

Feller, in fact, was part of the rotation the last time the Indians won it all — in 1948.

Fiercely proud and patriotic, Feller's life was much like one of his overpowering fastballs. He seemed unstoppable, whether on the mound or in conversation. Feller, who broke into the majors at the tender age of 17, could always bring the heat. [link]
Bob Feller, a baseball legend.  An American legend.