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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Why They Hate Sarah Palin

Actually it's one of many reasons.

James Taranto nails it:
[Sarah] Palin got the truth out with the help of journalists determined to bolster the deceptions at the heart of ObamaCare. She was instrumental in winning the political argument that looks increasingly likely to render ObamaCare's legislative victory a Pyrrhic one. Sarah Palin outsmarted the formerly mainstream media simply by being blunt and honest. That is why they burn with a mindless rage against her.
Score it:

Palin 1

MSNBC, ABC, CNN, New York Times, Reuters, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Boston Globe, Slate, Salon, PBS, CBS News, Huffington Post, Arizona Republic, NPR, New York Daily News, Daily Kos, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Talking Points Memo, The Nation, Move on, Newsweek, Washington Monthly, New Republic 0

The Democrats Have Learned Nothing

This was to be expected (I'm surprised it even got to a vote). But still it's disappointing:
ObamaCare Repeal Stalls
By Arnold Ahlert, FrontPage Magazine

There were no big surprises in the Democrat-controlled Senate with respect to repealing the Affordable Health Care for America Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare. Early Wednesday evening, a measure to repeal the bill was sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and attached to an unrelated airport construction bill. It was defeated on a party line vote of 51-47 with Democrats remaining united despite their “shellacking” in the 2010 election. Rumors of Democrat defections, which had been circulating in the media and on Capitol Hill for the past week, proved to be nothing more than wishful thinking. [link]
Separately the Senate voted to "eliminate an IRS reporting requirement in which medical businesses would have been forced to file a 1099 tax form for purchasing equipment worth $600 or more.  Critics of that particular part of the bill had contended that such a requirement would have buried them under mountains of unnecessary paperwork.  The Senate apparently agreed, passing the repeal by a vote of 81-17, despite arguing over $19 billion the provision was projected to raise."

Unnecessary, unwieldy, and, frankly, bizarre.

Which pretty much describes Obamacare in its entirety.

The American people were turned back by the reactionary forces in the Senate this time around.  But we'll keep pounding on that door until these fossils realize that they are no longer in control.  That We the People now rule.

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In case you're wondering, and wish to keep score, Senator Mark Warner did not vote (?), but Senator James Webb did.  He voted to keep the odious Obamacare mess in tact.

Addressing Webb's shameful action, here's Republican Party of Virginia's Pat Mullins:
Yet again, Jim Webb has placed the politics of his party above the wishes of Virginia. Apparently it takes more than landslide elections, bipartisan action by the General Assembly, and two Federal court rulings to get his attention.

Republicans will continue their efforts to repeal the job-destroying health care legislation, but Senator Webb's vote today makes it all the more obvious that if Virignians want a U.S. Senator who will listen to them, we must replace Jim Webb.
And here's Senate candidate George Allen:
Jim Webb has once again ignored the voices of Virginians outraged by the federal health care law to side with his liberal friends in Washington. By voting against the repeal of the government run health bill he has ignored the concerns of the courts, the American people and Virginia’s job creators who believe this bill needs to be repealed and replaced with common sense reforms.

Virginians and Americans would be better served by reforms that will deliver on the promise to make health care more affordable and accessible, including personal health savings accounts, and expanding competition to allow health insurance to be acquired across state lines. As it stands now, the health care law and its odious mandates exceed the constitutional bounds of the federal government and subjects citizens to higher costs, limits their choices and restricts their access to quality health care.
We couldn't agree more.

Important Legislation Moves Forward

I received this from delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville):
On Tuesday, the House of Delegates took a major step in our efforts to re-balance the role of the Federal government when we passed the Repeal Amendment, HJ 542. The Repeal Amendment, co-patroned by a total of 51 delegates including myself, is legislation that enables two-thirds of the States to convene an amendment convention pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution. The convention would then consider a constitutional amendment allowing the repeal of any federal law or regulation by a vote of two-thirds of the State Legislatures acting in unison. Simply put, the Repeal Amendment would give states the ability to overturn highly unpopular laws like Obamacare with protections in place to make sure the process is not abused.

I, for one, supported this important legislation because I am concerned that the Federal Government has grown so large that it can no longer govern in an efficient and responsive fashion. Giving States a limited check on Federal power will reign in the scope of the Federal government, increase efficiency and encourage an atmosphere in Washington more closely aligned with the intent of our founding fathers and the people back home.

The House of Delegates passed the Repeal Amendment on a 59 to 34 vote and now this legislation will go before the State Senate. Currently, a Senate version of the Repeal Amendment has been stalled in the Privileges and Elections Committee. I hope that our colleagues in the Senate will see the wisdom in passing this bill and give it the serious consideration it deserves.
Fascinating stuff in fast-changing times.

Thanks, Annie B.

In New York?

And by a Democrat?

Has sanity returned to the Big Apple?

From "Cuomo's Lesson for House Republicans" in today's Wall Street Journal:
Move over, Chris Christie. New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is bidding to join the New Jersey Republican as the national spokesman for fiscal sanity, and he's doing so in a politically clever way that House Republicans could learn from.

The budget that Mr. Cuomo unveiled this week closes a gaping deficit with major budget reductions, calling for spending cuts in state hiring, education, health care, aid to universities and payments to cities. The plan would balance the Empire State's $135 billion budget without a dime of new taxes or borrowing. Remarkably, if his budget passed, the state would spend $3.5 billion less than it did last year.

And remember, we're talking about politically liberal New York, not New Hampshire.
Here's to Andrew Cuomo (boy, I never thought I'd write that ...).  I don't expect his proposed budget will go very far in the legislature, but it's heartening to see that there is at least one sane Democrat left on this planet.