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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Yes. But Not Quite As You Might Wish.

This from the Richmond Times-Dispatch is mildly amusing:
Obama will be key in '12 race for Webb's open seat

President Barack Obama has all but endorsed Tim Kaine for the Senate. During partisan events in Harlem on Tuesday, the president urged his audience to support Kaine – if the former Virginia governor entered the race to fill the seat opened by Jim Webb’s retirement.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson. His popularity has slipped. Still, he asserts a compelling presence.

Kaine and Allen are formidable candidates. But the most important personage in Virginia’s 2012 Senate campaign will be the president of the United States.
That's certainly true. After all, it's a presidential election year.

As for that "compelling presence," though, I'd love to see that argument made.

It's fair to say that not-quite-Governor Creigh Deeds might have something to say about it.

As might not-currently-employed Rick Boucher.

And Democratic rising star ... uh, what was his name again? I can't remember now that he's been flushed:

And Congressman unemployed personage Glenn Nye might want to contribute to the discussion:

Yeah, Obama has had considerable influence on election results here in Virginia.   And will for years to come.

The GOP would like to thank him for past efforts and encourage his active work in the state going forward.  Money can't buy the kind of influence he can deliver.

A Question For The Roanoke Times

Like a loyal poodle, the Times once again comes to the defense of the abortion industry this morning.  With the usual vague euphemisms that dance around the fact that its primary business is the slaughter of innocent little children.

Read this and tell me it's not too deceptive by half:
Another burden for women to bear

Gov. Bob McDonnell amended a bill creating health care exchanges in Virginia to forbid abortion coverage on any plans sold through the exchange -- even if not one public dollar is involved.

Lawmakers need to reject this amendment, as they've already done enough damage in preventing women from obtaining health services that they choose. [link]
"Preventing women from obtaining health services." And what "health" "services" might those be? Any that every doctor's office in the commonwealth doesn't provide except for one?

No. There's only one "service" that the abortion industry provides that is unique to the abortion industry.

The fact that the worms at the Times can't be straight on this subject speaks volumes about them and the subject.

Muslims Are No Different From The Rest Of Us II

For the love of God.

While Other Countries Solve Their Energy Problems ...

I get so annoyed when I hear Democrats, in response to questions about exploding gas prices, tell us - as Obama did, again, earlier this month - "Even if we started drilling new wells tomorrow, that oil isn’t coming online overnight."  Essentially telling us that oil exploration and recovery are long-term prospects and don't allow for short-term fixes.

I get steamed because Democrats - like Obama - have done everything they could to block exploration and recovery for thirty years, blocking even long-term fixes that would, by now, have prevented short-term problems like those we face today from occurring.

What are those long-term fixes?  Ask the Brazilians.  They started solving their energy dependence problems twenty years ago :
The Secret to Brazil's Energy Success
By Steven F. Hayward, Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration's energy policy is in the midst of transition from being stubbornly ideological to being wholly incoherent. That much was clear when President Obama unveiled his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future this week.

With gasoline prices climbing above $4 a gallon, the administration is talking about tapping our Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a desperate attempt to hold down pump prices. It's also expanding subsidies and incentives for energy supplies that cost a lot more than oil, and it's aiming to reduce our dependency on foreign oil by one-third over the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, in a bizarre turn, Mr. Obama recently expressed enthusiasm for aggressive offshore drilling—in Brazil.

Mr. Obama ought to tell the whole story about Brazil, instead of just half of it. He touts the measures Brazil took to improve its energy independence, such as flex-fuel vehicles and biofuels. And yes, Brazil has gone from importing 77% of its oil from foreign sources in 1980 to importing no oil by 2009. A great success story in conservation and alternative energy? Not really. Total Brazilian oil consumption still more than doubled.

The biggest factor is that Brazil increased its domestic oil production over the last two decades by 876% (not a typo). Most of that production has come from offshore exploration.

Brazilians achieved independence from foreign oil the old-fashioned way—they drilled. Instead of tapping our Strategic Petroleum Reserve, how about tapping into our still-in-the-ground oil reserves? [link]
In truth, the Democrats in this country haven't had either a short-term or a long-term solution to our energy problem in decades.  They have simply had wishes and prayers.  Solar and wind.  Green this and conservation that.  And they've been spouting these empty platitudes for thirty years.  And gas prices have soared.

Brazil is now energy independent.  And secure.

We are more dependent on the Arabs than ever before.  But green.  And shocked when we go to the pump.  And we're critically insecure.

Expect the Democrats thirty years from now - if they still exist - to tell us that there are no short-term solutions to our energy problems.  And expect - if they're in charge - to have had no long-term solutions either.  Expect our problems to be far worse than they are today.

Wishes and prayers.  And five dollar gas.

The Enemy Within

Tell me again why the Tea Party supported this liberal RINO from Massachusetts?

The cuts that this guy opposes appear to include any and all relating to NPR, Planned Parenthood, the National Endowment for the Arts, and sundry other wastes of taxpayer dollars.

Last time around "He's to the right of Ted Kennedy" was sufficient reason to support Scott Brown's candidacy for the Senate. No longer.

He's a liberal. He should be dealt with accordingly at the polls next year.

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This news seems rather shortsighted:

"U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — an upstart Blue State Republican in the cross hairs of national Democrats — is lashing out at the party’s opposition researchers, accusing them of prying into his family’s private health insurance records, and demanding that they stop fighting dirty."

Why do I consider the Democrats' effort to find dirt on Scott Brown to be shortsighted?  

Republican Scott Brown, in a matter of a few years, will become Democrat Scott Brown.

Mark your records.  You read it here first.

How To Control Health Care Costs

This comes from the (British) system that Obama and his ilk are shaping our health care delivery apparatus to emulate.  What have we learned so far?  The most effective way to control costs: Let 'em die:
Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital
London Daily Mail

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery. [link]
I'm sure Obama would tell her grieving family that this woman had little to complain about.  After all, the government was paying for her surgery, and the postponements were necessary to hold down costs for everyone.

Margaret Hutchon took one for the team.

Get over it.

Trucks To Be Banned To Save ... What?

This is beyond scandalous:

Government bureaucrats putting Americans out of work to satisfy a questionable "clean air" agenda.

There was a time when we didn't do this to ourselves.  It's sad to watch it happen now.