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Friday, February 25, 2011

The New Civility

Wisconsin Democrats.  Acting like Democrats.

The video:

They lost the vote. So they threw a tantrum.

How pathetic.

A Soviet Commissar Couldn't Have Said It Better

Only in this case it's a federal judge.

A federal judge telling us that Obamacare is constitutional.

Because the government has every right to control what we think.

This, from U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler's ruling, should send chills down your spine:
As previous Commerce Clause cases have all involved physical activity, as opposed to mental activity, i.e. decision-making, there is little judicial guidance on whether the latter falls within Congress’s power….However, this Court finds the distinction, which Plaintiffs rely on heavily, to be of little significance. It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not “acting,” especially given the serious economic and health-related consequences to every individual of that choice. Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin. To pretend otherwise is to ignore reality.
In fewer words, this federal judge has decreed that we must think the way Obama and his Democrats have mandated that we think.  And we must act accordingly.  By purchasing Obamacare whether we want it or not.  Or the power of the federal government will descend upon us.

As John Fund puts it:

"This is breathtaking legal reasoning: Anyone's thoughts are actually actions that can be dictated by the federal government."

This is not the America I grew up respecting.

This is slavery.

And I'll have no part of it.

I will have no part of it.

What To Make Of This?

Maybe Nancy Pelosi is simply delusional.  Or megalomaniacal.

A case can be made ...
Pelosi edits honorary resolution...on Pelosi
By Molly Ball, Politico

The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday -- but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader.

When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House, Pelosi's daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother's behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked.

"I have some friendly amendments," said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee's session during the DNC Winter Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Thursday afternoon. She is a member of the committee.

"You think I'm kidding," Christine Pelosi added, to surprised laughter from the room. The proposed changes, she indicated, came out of a discussion with her mother.

First, Pelosi wanted to add a mention of her fight against HIV and AIDS, because it was "why she went to Congress." Then, she wanted to insert a paragraph on her "accomplishments for equality," mentioning the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in December.

"Finally, since, as she said, 'I'm not going anywhere,' she wanted to add, in the final 'whereas' clause, '...and will continue the fight for America's working families,'" Christine Pelosi said.

The committee applauded that point, and approved the amended resolution on a voice vote. [link]
She's one strange woman.

Works For Me

What are those Wisconsin Democrats doing each day they spend in Illinois?  They claim they're working.  For the people.

Okay, says an Illinois legislator.  You work here, you pay taxes here like everyone else.

This is way cute:
Ill. lawmaker introduces bill to tax roving Wisconsin senators
By Steve Schultze, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Republican lawmaker from Illinois introduced legislation Thursday that would subject Wisconsin senators who crossed the border to Illinois income taxes for their time working in "the Land of Lincoln."

Illinois Rep. Mike Tryon, of Crystal Lake, said the Wisconsin lawmakers should be subject to the Illinois tax in the same way Green Bay Packers players must pay Illinois tax for games played at Soldier Field.

Fourteen Democratic senators from Wisconsin fled the state for Illinois a week ago to avoid having to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's bid to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Tryon said he opposed a 2007 bill that extended the 5% Illinois tax to temporary workers -- including professional athletes and movie stars. But if it's on the books, the Wisconsin senators should pay, Tryon said.

"We believe they are working because they are on TV saying they are working," he said. [link]
Seems like the right thing to do under the circumstances.

Food For Thought

Kimberley A. Strassel on Obama's support of collective bargaining:
The union horde is spreading, from Madison to Indianapolis to a state capital near you. And yet the Democratic and union bigwigs engineering the outrage haven't directed their angry multitudes at what is arguably the most "hostile workplace" in the nation: Washington, D.C.

It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation.

This is, after all, the president who has berated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employees, calling the very idea an "assault on unions." This is also the president who has sicced his political arm, Organizing for America, on Madison, allowing the group to fill buses and plan rallies. Ah, but it's easy to throw rocks when you live in a stone (White) house.

Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a "right to work zone." Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal.
"Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me," Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2011