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Friday, January 07, 2011

My Boycott Is Having Its Desired Effect

How many years has it been now?  Four?  Since executives at Target Stores decided to kick the Salvation Army's Christmas bell-ringers off their premises and I began my boycott of their many retail stores?

Whether it's three or four doesn't matter.  What matters is this: I haven't made a purchase at Target in years now and holiday sales there this past Christmas proved to be disappointing.

A coincidence?

The news from the Associated Press:
For December, many retailers including Target Corp., Costco Wholesale Corp. and Macy's Inc. reported gains below Wall Street expectations. Clothing chain Gap Inc. suffered a surprise 3 percent drop in December. Analysts had expected a 2.6 percent increase.

Their shares took a beating. Target's stock fell almost 7 percent, while Macy's fell 3 percent. Gap's stock fell more than 7 percent. 
I can't explain Macy's or Costco.  But I know what prompted Target's crappy showing.

If only they'd been more considerate toward America's premier provider of support for the needy.

Maybe next year ...

Now There's an Incentive ...

... for the Republicans in Congress to do everything within their power to maintain the support of their constituency.  For if they don't, guess who will be coming back to plague our houses once again:
Dem campaign chief: Goal is to make Pelosi House Speaker again
By Michael O'Brien, The Hill

House Democrats' goal is to make Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the Speaker of the House again, their campaign chairman said Wednesday evening.

Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), set his goal as nothing short of winning back control of the House in the 2012 elections.

"We're all trying to win it back," Israel said on MSNBC when asked if it was Democrats' goal of winning back enough seats to make Pelosi, the former Speaker and new minority leader, the next Speaker. [link]
Suppose he's serious?  I don't know.  But if this Israel character thinks he's going to win back support for the Democrats, he needs to be told that scaring the crap out of voters by threatening to bring back the wicked witch of the west ain't gonna get it done.

Pelosi might return.  I think I may puke.

Attention Eric Cantor

You might look behind you.  That's the Tea Party mob that's looking over your shoulder.

And the mob wants this kind of thing to stop.  NOW.
Flying the GE Skies
Wall Street Journal

If Congress is looking for New Year's resolutions, it could start by breaking the habit of funding programs the government doesn't want. A case in point is the attempt to throw another $450 million at the development of a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a plan that Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the military doesn't need.

In what has become an annual ritual, Congress is weighing whether one of the largest weapons programs in history should support the development of F-35 engines by both General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. In 2001, GE's engine lost in the procurement competition to the one designed by Pratt & Whitney, as F-35 developers Lockheed Martin and Boeing preferred the latter version.

To hedge its technological risk, the Pentagon nonetheless sought financing for the GE engine as a backup through 2006 in case the Pratt & Whitney version fell short. That hasn't happened, and as budgets have tightened the Pentagon has understandably decided that it needs only one engine design. As Secretary Gates put it, "Only in Washington does a proposal where everybody wins get considered a competition, where everybody is guaranteed a piece of the action at the end."

The Pentagon's opposition hasn't stopped Congress, where the usual parochial suspects are still stumping for GE. And the White House appears to be bending. In a December letter to Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), White House budget director Jack Lew indicated that Congress could continue to fund the GE engine under Congress's continuing resolution, contrary to his office's own rules.

Under budget guidelines, if a program does not receive explicit funding through authorizing committees, it may only receive funding during the continuing resolution at the request of the Secretary of Defense. But Mr. Gates is opposed.

According to Pentagon estimates, the real cost for continuing to fund the second engine's development is closer to $2.9 billion. While this may seem small in Washington's land of trillions, the military budget is under increasing pressure and Mr. Gates has to make difficult choices. The Pentagon has already decided to stop its purchases of the F-22 assembly line at 187 fighters, which is too few in our view. Doesn't it make more sense to buy more of the superior F-22s than finance a redundant engine for the next aircraft? [link]
So how does Virginia's Eric Cantor find his way into this story about Congressional spending gone wild on a jet engine the military doesn't want?

He voted to fund the damn thing anyway.

Memo to Cantor: This has to stop.  This has to stop.

Headline of the Day

"Nancy Pelosi exits lying."