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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Roanoke Times Goes Spastic

The world is coming to an end. The Republicans in Washington have proposed spending cuts the size of which one can't see without a magnifying glass, cuts that, should the Democrats not go along, might well bring a shut down of the federal government. The implication from which has the Roanoke Times editorial team going ape shit.

Today's chuckle comes from their latest, "An economic disaster unfolds":
The looming budget impasse in Congress, which shows no sign of resolution, could have disastrous consequences.

Then again, the consequences if House Republicans get their way would be quite drastic, too.
Here's the hilarious part.  The Times bolsters its case that we are facing "economic disaster" if the government shuts down by citing the fallout that resulted from the last shut-down.  To wit:

"Hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed. All sectors of the economy took a hit. During the shutdown, toxic waste cleanup at more than 600 sites was stopped. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control had to halt disease surveillance. Veterans services were cut back. National Parks closed."

That's the best they got?  Parks closed and scientists walked away from their microscopes?  No bodies littered America's streets?  No babies were stillborn?  No old people died in their nursing home beds form lack of federal care?  No - gulp - Big Bird and Cookie Monster having to go out and find a real job?

Well, there are those "hundreds of thousands of federal employees" - why did they forget to mention the category those employees were in, that of "non-essential personnel"? -  who were sent home for a few weeks.  Why they didn't include the fact that liberals were prevented from vacationing in Cancun (for a couple of weeks) because they couldn't get a passport is beyond me.  That's usually their favorite argument in support of keeping to a federal budget that includes a trillion bucks that we don't have.  That and Big Bird's heart-wrenching plight.

"Economic disaster."

I'm reminded of a political cartoon that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal the other day.  It had to do with the "disastrous" cuts proposed by Wisconsin's governor, but the hysterical reaction to his really quite modest proposal applies:

 Yes, they have become that cartoonish.

Fire 'Em All

Quote of the Day:

"Wisconsin public employees are skipping work and lawmakers have fled the state and neglected their duties. Time for some people to lose their jobs."

The interesting thing is, they wouldn't even be missed.

L.A. Times Sides With Wisconsin Gov

It's true.  But the liberal editorialists there will never admit it.

Both Governor Scott Walker and the leftist Los Angeles Times agree on this: Public employee compensation is out of control and must be reined in.

From an editorial yesterday - "Day of reckoning on pensions":
The housing bubble and subsequent Wall Street collapse wreaked havoc on the nation's retirement savings, as many pension funds and 401(k) plans suffered losses of 30% or more. State and local governments are now facing huge unfunded pension liabilities, prompting policymakers to scramble for ways to close the gap without slashing payrolls and services. But a new report from the Little Hoover Commission in Sacramento makes a more troubling point: Many state and local government employees have been promised pensions that the public couldn't have afforded even had there been no crash.

The commission is right about the importance of reducing the liabilities posed by current employees. And though picking a fight with unions over unilateral reductions in pensions probably isn't the solution, the report should persuade both sides to do more at the negotiating table to prevent pension costs from swamping state and local budgets. As the commission notes, public employees in California enjoy some of the most generous pension plans in the country. Those plans won't do them much good, however, if their employer can't afford to keep them on the payroll. 
Someday liberal editorial writers will come to the understanding that public employee unions are not in place to negotiate in the best interests of the taxpayer.  And the threat of layoffs doesn't phase the leaders thereof one bit.  They are focused solely on one thing:  Show us the money.

Still, when even liberal opinion mongers grasp the fact that we can't continue down the path we're on, we have made serious progress.

Of course it took America teetering on the brink of disaster to finally bring them around ...

Washington Post Sides With Tea Party

Pinch me.  The liberal L.A. Times and the Washington Post both send up editorials that adopt conservative positions on the issues of the day that are most pressing.  In the case of the Times, it has to do with the unsustainable - and indefensible - public employee pension time bomb.

And the Post?

It has decided that the time has come for the government to cut loose many of those feel-good programs that the government had no business involving itself in in the first place. From "What Government Is For":
On the Sunday Opinions page today, we publish alarms from a number of advocates for federal programs endangered by Republican budget cutting. We sympathize with many of the appeals. But we also recognize that the United States is facing a fiscal challenge that, if unaddressed, threatens U.S. prosperity and global leadership.

Public radio and television provide levels of serious news and cultural coverage and of civility that are otherwise not prevalent in today's media. The Institute of Peace promotes some valuable research and field work. Support for the arts is an emblem of a civilized society. It's true that if Washington got the bigger, harder things right - controlling health-care costs and aiming entitlement programs at those who really need the help - there'd be enough left over for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. But as a matter of politics and fairness, some of the nice-to-haves are going to have to take a hit: There are worthy things that government is no longer going to be able to do.

The Washington Post advocating the elimination of federal programs. I must have died and gone to heaven.

On Course To Third-World Status

We talked yesterday about the fact that the U.S. now finds itself in a position to have a corporate tax rate on new investment that is twice the global average, discouraging capital and driving dollars overseas, where they are welcome.

Coupled with that drive to send jobs overseas through punitive taxation, there is this:

It has to do with the fact that the U.S. goes out of its way to punish oil companies.

As the price of gas explodes to $4 a gallon.

A circumstance that will certainly kill more jobs.

May God have mercy.

The New Civility

So you know, this radio talk show host is the leftists' answer to Rush Limbaugh:

The only difference is, Rush cuts up and has fun each day he broadcasts through his "golden EIB microphone," while this guy spews nothing hate.

Oh, and another difference: Rush has an audience of millions.  Malloy has his handful of liberals.