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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Hurry. Before Obama Does More Damage.

Each day brings us closer to environmentalist-induced ruin:
Nearly 50 House Republicans offer bill to block EPA climate rules
By Ben Geman, The Hill

Dozens of Republicans used the opening day of the new Congress on Wednesday to introduce legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sponsored the bill. The measure’s 46 co-sponsors are all Republicans except for Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.).

The bill would amend the Clean Air Act to declare that greenhouse gases are not subject to the law, according to a brief description in the Congressional Record. [link]
The EPA is out of control.  And a straitjacket is called for.

Here's to the Republicans for their providing the much-needed restraints on these lunatics.

'That Burns'

You might want to remember this when you see Obama's mug on TV during the Super Bowl.  He has other things he should be doing.

But chooses not to.

He doesn't have the time, or the inclination, or the interest in calling the mothers of fallen soldiers - soldiers he sent into battle to die - and express his condolences, but he has time to call the owners of football teams and show up for the big game.

I can't think of anything more despicable than having a commander-in-chief who doesn't give a damn about those brave men and women he sends into harm's way.

Suicide

The state of Illinois is on track in its implementation of the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.

For the love of God.

Unemployment Declines Dramatically!

Well, no it didn't.

But the unemployment rate last month went from 9.7% to 9.4%!

Yes, it did.

And that's a good thing, right?

No.

Not when a quarter million Americans got discouraged, gave up, and left the job market.

Is it possible that, after all these years, we are still having that many of our countrymen lose all hope?

Yes, it is.

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Sound advice from the Wall Street Journal:
We expect better economic news in the months ahead, with the extension of the Bush (and now Obama) tax cuts and the fact that the new Congress will call off the assault on business that has dominated the last two years. But the weak jobs recovery and a jobless rate that has stayed above 9% for 20 months are instructive codas to the economic record of Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives. Republicans have rightly promised to cut federal spending, but the main focus of their policies must be more robust growth and broader prosperity.
Starting with our non-competitive corporate tax rates and draconian regulations on business. 

Why ObamaCare Must Be Killed

Nothing has changed. The calculus remains.

1) Obama promised the American taxpayers that he would save them money on their health coverage.

2) Obama promised free health care to 32 million other Americans (who pay no income taxes).

As Abraham Lincoln might have put it: Both promises may be, and one must be, unachievable.

So how is it his Democratic pals are claiming that both objectives are being won?

Subterfuge.  Smoke and mirrors.

From "ObamaCare's Reality Deficit":
The accounting gimmicks are legion, but we'll pick out a few: It uses 10 years of taxes to fund six years of subsidies. Social Security and Medicare revenues are double-counted to the tune of $398 billion. A new program funding long-term care frontloads taxes but backloads spending, gradually going broke by design. The law pretends that Congress will spend less on Medicare than it really will, in particular through an automatic 25% cut to physician payments that Democrats have already voted not to allow for this year.
As Abraham Lincoln said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

We choose to no longer be played for fools.

Virginia Is On Solid Ground

As long as the Democrats here in the Commonwealth don't get their way and turn our state into California East, that is.

When it comes to Virginia's bond rating, unlike those of so many "blue states," we are fiscally sound.  So say those whose job it is to make such determinations.

(For those not knowledgeable of high finance, a state's bond rating can be compared to your personal credit score, or creditworthiness index, an attempt on the part of analysts to rate a state's chances of defaulting on its loan obligations because of its debt load.)

The news:
Virginia's bond rating looks safe
State gets positive news about its credit rating
By Chelyen Davis, Fredericksburg Freelance Star

Richmond -- Virginia's prized AAA bond rating appears to be in no danger, judging by the reception state leaders received in meetings with national credit rating agencies.

Gov. Bob McDonnell and the leaders of the House and Senate budget committees, including Sen. Edd Houck, traveled to New York on Tuesday for a day of meetings with Moody's, Standard and Poor's, and Fitch - three agencies that set ratings for state governments.

Houck, of Spotsylvania County, said yesterday that the meetings were very positive.

"It was just so gratifying to hear our three credit rating agencies commend Virginia on how it's handled the economic crisis we've been thrown, how we've budgeted, how we've dealt with it," Houck said.

All three companies praised Virginia's fiscal health, Houck said, as well as the fact that legislators from both political parties made the trip.

In addition to Houck and Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Colgan, both Democrats, House Appropriations Committee chairman Del. Lacey Putney, an independent who caucuses with Republicans, and Del. Kirk Cox, a Republican from Colonial Heights, attended.

McDonnell also thought the trip went well, according to spokeswoman Stacey Johnson.

"All of the bond rating firms made positive comments about the financial situation in Virginia, and how we are tackling the tough issues such as the budget, retirement system and transportation head-on," Johnson said. "The firms all view the bipartisan effort in Virginia to address these issues as a positive."

Before the trip, Houck had been concerned about proposed changes to the state's debt capacity. [link]
I suppose it's worth remembering the titanic battle that took place not long ago over transportation funding.  Democrats here in Virginia, aligned with the Chamber of Commerce, every major newspaper, and all of academia (along with, shamefully, too many Senate Republicans) pushed for massive spending increases that were ostensibly to be used to pay for road and bridge improvements.  It was that mighty band of conservative delegates in the House who stopped that effort in its tracks.  And kept Virginia from becoming the train wreck that is California.  And New York.  And Illinois.

We owe this pat on the back from Moody's, Standard and Poor's, and Fitch to those stalwart delegates

So, as those states long run by Democrats head toward default, Virginia, you can rest assured, will remain on solid ground.

Unless ...

Lie of the Day

Barack Obama, as he's introducing his new director of the National Economic Council:

"[Gene Sperling] helped formulate the policies that contributed to turning deficits to surpluses and a time of prosperity and progress for American families in a sustained way."

Sperling contributed to turning deficits into surpluses? In fact, if it had been left up to him and his then-boss, Bill Clinton, the government would have continued to run massive deficits in the 90's without pause.

It was, in fact, some guy named Newt who made it happen.

There's no one outside of fantasyland who believes otherwise.

Habeeb Brings In The Big Guns

I think he's serious about winning this election:
Governor McDonnell, Congressman Goodlatte, State Senator Ralph Smith all set to join Greg Habeeb for GOTV Rally

Salem – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and State Senator Ralph Smith will all join Eighth District House of Delegates candidate Greg Habeeb for a rally at his headquarters Sunday at 2 p.m.

State Senator Smith, Congressman Goodlatte, Governor McDonnell and Habeeb will meet with volunteers and supporters, thanking them for their hard work and reminding them to vote on Tuesday.

“I am very excited to have Senator Smith, Congressman Goodlatte and Governor McDonnell here with us,” said Habeeb. “The possibility of inclement weather on Tuesday will make voter turnout even more critical than we anticipated. Having this kind of Conservative star power here will encourage our supporters to head to the polls on Election Day.”

Media space will be reserved for the rally. Smith, Goodlatte, McDonnell and Habeeb will be available for interviews about the special election, which is on Tuesday, January 11.

Headquarters is located at 115 Roanoke Blvd, Salem VA 24153.
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* In case you're wondering what "GOTV" is, it stands for "Get Out The Vote."

The Roanoke Tea Party Weighs In

On the special election upcoming in the 8th House District, Chip Tarbutton, on behalf of the Board of the Roanoke Tea Party, provides us with a thorough - and well-reasoned - perspective on the race, and on the choices facing the voters on January 11:
Roanoke Tea Party Position on the 8th
District House of Delegates Special Election

The Board of Directors of The Roanoke Tea Party would like to provide some basic information on our position with regard to this race.

Greg Habeeb is a successful lawyer and has some experience in politics as head of the Salem GOP for the past few years.

We spent several hours talking to Greg Habeeb recently about his candidacy. He was open and frank in our discussion, and has been willing to discuss tough issues.

After Mr. Habeeb's announced run, several Conservative GOP members approached the Roanoke Tea Party leadership with concerns about Mr. Habeeb's fitness to represent the district. These individuals were actively looking for and presenting alternate candidate choices to us in the immediate aftermath of Habeebs's announcement. No other GOP candidates stepped forward, presumably because of the obvious advantages that Mr. Habeeb held for any primary fight with so many high powered endorsements.

After reviewing his stated positions and information he shared with us, he seems to share our concern about rampant government overreach and seems willing to address this in a meaningful way. On the surface, we aren't really sure why there was so much concern with his candidacy.

Our rating system is simple for candidates with little or no public voting record. Either we feel the candidate has the knowledge and the inclination to uphold the US and VA Constitutions, or they don't.

We extend our rating to Greg Habeeb that he understands the Constitution and seems ready to uphold his oath.

While he is mostly saying the right things prior to the election, we do have some concerns.

Mr. Habeeb speaks of carrying on Governor McDonnell's fight to control the state budget, we hope that Mr. Habeeb will be an independent voice and make sure that the Governor actually is cutting the budget. As we have pointed out several times on our web site, the Governor's rhetoric on the budget hasn't always been accurate.

We are also concerned about the level of support from GOP establishment figures for Mr. Habeeb's campaign and that this may make it difficult for Mr. Habeeb to strike out an independent path when the right thing to do isn't the easy thing to do.

Time will tell if he wins.

Ginger Mumpower

Ginger Mumpower has never responded to repeated requests for a meeting. She does have an impressive resume: successful businesswoman and a stint on the Radford City Council when she was in her 20s.

Since she has chosen not to respond to our inquiries, her issues page is all we have to go by.

Her page has some very generic pro-business information, but she is in favor of funding light rail, "We must also encourage rail development for our area as this will promote more productivity for our local economy and allow our citizens to travel farther and faster. "

This is a terrible idea at anytime, and would be particularly fiscally irresponsible today. This has been tried in several places...in Oregon they found that:

* Light rail does not reduce traffic and congestion;
* Over 90% of the light rail users will be former bus riders;
* Light rail will cost 65 times more than the bus service;
* Light rail is nothing more than a permanent bus line that can't be moved;
* 8 miles of light rail will cost billions to construct;
* The estimated taxpayer subsidy for one person taking one ride on the light rail is over $38.00 (Again, that's one person, one way, one ride);
* Light rail does not attract new commuters, only bus riders;
* Light rail costs billions-taking money away from our roads and other needed transportation projects that serve everyone.

More on Portland's fiasco here.

In our own state, Virginia Beach has experienced the boondoggle that is light rail, and has backed away from their project after finding that the unelected officials in charge of this were lying about costs.

A candidate supporting light rail is a deal breaker from a Roanoke Tea Party perspective.

In addition:

Nowhere in her positions does she even mention Constitutional issues and seems to take the standard position that government has unlimited power. Even when she discusses making government "efficient" she states "government must form a partnership with each community and provide support instead of dictating our day to day lives."

Well were thrilled she's not in favor of dictatorial rule, but most of the oppressive state and federal regulations that strangle business and individual liberties today are prettied up with a promise of building partnerships with the community.

The indefensible light rail position and other similar statements are indicative of a candidate who just doesn't get the basic fact that the primary role of government is to protect our individual liberties, not to partner with communities or spend billions of dollars on public works projects.

So we have no choice but to rate her:

Little/No chance that Ginger Mumpower will uphold her oath.

We urge our members and concerned citizens to do their own research and make their own decisions. We provide this information as a service to our membership and the Roanoke Valley.
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