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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Civil War Trust Needs To Get a Life

I take a back seat to no one when it comes to reverence for all things Civil War.  But I also realize that I live in the 21st century.

Unlike some:
Civil War Trust opposes Va road project
Associated Press

Culpeper, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to widen a section of Virginia Route 3 in Culpeper County is drawing more opposition.

This week, the Civil War Trust added its voice to opponents who say the project would jeopardize the Brandy Station battlefield area.

The transportation department wants to expand a 5-mile section of the road between Stevensburg and Lignum from two lanes to four. It has said the project wouldn't affect the battlefield, Hansbrough's Ridge or a newly discovered natural spring.

The Star-Exponent reports that the Civil War Trust sent a letter Monday to VDOT's Culpeper District administrator requesting that the project be dropped. The nonprofit group suggested using "traffic calming measures" instead to improve safety. [link]
First, what in God's name are "traffic calming measures"?  Do they suggest that we need to station Les Brown and his Band of Renown out in the cornfields of Culpeper to soothe the road rage that one must guess afflicts the travelers in the area?

And speaking of cornfields, have you driven that stretch of Route 3 in recent centuries?  It's all farm fields and weeds.  What's to be disturbed by widening the highway?  (Besides mosquitoes.) 

I have to tell you, I'm sometimes embarrassed by my brothers and sisters in the Civil War research and encapsulation world.  It's a big field, fellas.  The armies (and cavalry squadrons) will never march (or caracole) there again.

Give it up.  It's history.  Leave it there.

An Open Letter To Abingdon Officials

Members of the Southwest Virginia Tea Party Abingdon/Bristol and 10th Amendment Foundation met with the powers-that-be in Abingdon, hoping to get them to end their involvement in Agenda 21, a United Nations-sponsored scheme that calls for government to "plan" "sustainable development," which, at its core, seeks government control of private property.

No small matter in this the land of the free and the brave.  After that meeting, the following letter of thanks - with a subtle word of caution - was sent to the attendees:

Dear Mayor Morgan, Vice Mayor Lowe and Council Members Berry, Humphreys and Howard,

The Southwest Virginia Tea Party Abingdon/Bristol and 10th Amendment Foundation extend our thanks for giving these important issues your attention. Now that we have your attention, we are counting on you to make the right decisions when it comes to protecting the taxpayers, our property rights and personal liberties.

If you need for us to make a return presentation along with the help of the experts with whom we have consulted, we are happy to do so. In the meantime, we will continue to chronicle our progress here: www.swvateapartyab.org.

In Liberty,

Catherine Turner

In a time in the history of Southwest Virginia, when depopulation and economic decline are the two issues most affecting this region, why the town council in Abingdon would think it its responsibility to get involved in the ordered restructuring of our way of life is beyond me.  I can only guess that they thought it was the trendy, liberal thing to do.

But while they pursue a plan that calls for (a) "Integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in policy-making at international, regional and national levels," (b) "Wide-spread adoption of an integrated, cross-sectoral and broadly participatory approach to sustainable development, and (c) "Measurable progress in the implementation of the goals and targets of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation," factories are closing right and left, jobs are being shipped to China, and much of the area that these deep-thinkers want to plan "sustainable development" for is in ruins.  With the situation getting worse by the day.

While they adopt this silly notion that focuses on "green" development and "climate change" and controlled growth, Southwest Virginians focus on food and shelter. As well as on the ever more intrusive hand of government in their lives.

What were they thinking?

Anyway the Tea Party is holding their feet to the fire.  Thank God for them.

So Tim Kaine Thinks We Want Him Back

Barack Obama wants former Governor Tim Kaine to run for the Senate here in Virginia.  That alone should doom the hapless Democrat's chances in the state where the president has an extremely low approval rating.

But in Democrat world, whatever Barack wants Barack gets.  See "Obama gives nod to Tim Kaine for VA Senate."  See "Tim Kaine Announces 2012 Senate Run."

And what has Kaine been doing since he left Virginia?

Pushing Obamacare.

Pushing federal stimulus spending.

Pushing climate control.

Pushing government growth.

Pushing tax increases.

All that may win him supporters in Arlington County, but the rest of the Commonwealth has been talking about JOBS.  And the lack thereof.

This response to Kaine's announcement from George Allen's office hits the nail on the head:
Today former Governor and current Democratic Party chair Tim Kaine announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. He must be banking on Virginians having a short attention span and that we would forget that for the past two years he has advocated for Washington's big government, borrow-and- spend policies over the voices and values of Virginians. (All of that on top of proposing over $6 Billion in tax increases from the time he entered the Governor's mansion until the time he left, more than any other Governor in the history of Virginia.)

Whether it was advocating for the $800 billion jobless stimulus, government run health care, or tax increases for families and small businesses - Chairman Kaine has put Washington liberals like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama above the best interests of Virginia. These National Democrats may be friends of Chairman Kaine, but they are no friends of Virginia families and job-creating business owners.

Our country needs a new direction, and it needs one now. Over the next 19 months, this campaign between George Allen and Tim Kaine will be about the future of America. On almost every issue - government spending, tax and regulatory policies, energy independence, empowering individuals and the private sector, and protecting our families - Virginians will be shown the clear difference between the two candidates.
Don't expect Kaine to focus on his past. Not for a minute. His focus will be on those evil Republicans who are going to slash Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and ... blah ... blah ... blah.

But a close look at his record reveals the fact that he's just another Democrat. Obamacare. Taxes. Regulation. Government growth. Deficits, deficits, deficits. Allen will do well to pound away on all that relentlessly. And he'll win if he talks about JOBS.

Tim Kaine's Record

I read through this list of "achievements" provided by the Republican Party of Virginia and I wonder if, rather than allow the dude to run for the Senate here in Virginia, we shouldn't ban him from the state all together.
$2.5 Trillion:    
True Cost Of ObamaCare Once Fully Implemented that Tim Kaine helped pass.
(Sen. Max Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/2/09)

$814 Billion:      
Price Tag Of Obama's Failed Stimulus that Tim Kaine fought for.
(Bloomberg, 8/20/10)

$569.2 Billion   
Amount Of Taxes In ObamaCare that Tim Kaine was Cheerleader in Chief for.
(Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 3/18/10)

$3.5 billion
Budget gap left for the McDonnell administration to fix due to incompetent revenue estimates by Governor Tim Kaine.
(Virginian-Pilot, 12/17/09, Roanoke Times, 12/2/2008)

$9 million
Amount of money Tim Kaine said VDOT didn't have in order to keep rest stops open.
(Times Dispatch, 7/8/09)

18
Number of Rest Areas Tim Kaine closed.
(Times-Dispatch, 7/8/09)

$1.1 billion
Amount of money found by audit sitting idle in Tim Kaine's VDOT when rest stops were closed.
(Washington Post, 9/24/10)

$2 billion
Income Tax Hike proposed by Tim Kaine.
(Washington Examiner, 12/18/09)

100%
Amount Tim Kaine proposed to cut from the Commonwealth's Car Tax Relief program.
(Washington Examiner, 12/18/09)

7 days
How long it took Tim Kaine to break his campaign promise not to raise taxes
(Roanoke Times, 1/21/06)

1
Tim Kaine's place on the list of cheerleaders for Barack Obama.
(DNC Web Site, retrieved April 5, 2011)

0%
Chance that Virginians are going to forget Tim Kaine's liberal record.
(Virginia Voters, Election Day)
Virginians were so happy when Kaine left for more suitable environs a few years ago. Those being in Washington D.C.. Why did he have to come back to plague the Commonwealth once again?

Tim Kaine For Gun Control

Something else you can bet Obama's official cheerleader won't be talking about when he finds his way back to Virginia:
Kaine Throws Support Behind Gun Control Measure As White House Remains Silent
By Sam Stein, Huffington Post

Washington -- Steadfastly refusing to weigh in on the gun rights debate following the deadly shootings in Tucson, the Obama administration now finds itself behind not only former Vice President Dick Cheney but also the head of its own party committee.

Appearing on "Political Capital with Al Hunt," airing Friday night, Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine said that he supports measures to restrict the number of bullets that can be fired from a single magazine.

"[The proposal by Carolyn McCarthy is the] kind of legislation that I've long supported," Kaine said, of legislation that would limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets, "back from the days when there was an assault weapons ban, before it expired."

"I have long been a supporter of what I think are reasonable regulations, the kind of contemplated, frankly, by the Second Amendment, and I think those and others would be reasonable," Kaine said, according to an advanced transcript. [link]
If there's anyone out there who thinks Tim Kaine's interest in controlling our right to own guns is limited to magazine capacity, raise your hand.

And to those of you who raised your hand, please pack your bags and go north - with Kaine - where attacks on our freedoms are appreciated and encouraged.

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So you know, the Carolyn McCarthy cited in the article above is a dimwitted Stalinist from New York who has, over the years, called for a host of bans - on guns, ammunition, and magazines.  She's the type who can be counted on, whenever there's a tragedy that strikes America, to be there to stand atop the corpses and call for further restrictions of our rights.

As for Kaine, judge him by the friends he keeps.

Quote of the Day

This made my day:


Too funny.

What Have We Done To Ourselves?

Two headlines this morning tell the sad tale:


And:


While Obama and his liberal ilk have pretended over the years that our energy needs did not require oil production, the world knew better. Now we are more dependent on foreign oil than we ever were, the prices at our gas pumps are skyrocketing, and Cuba is harvesting and processing - in a major way - the oil that the liberals pretend to not need. In our Gulf of Mexico.

Obama banned oil exploration last year. We need to ban him next year.

Change We Can Believe In

This is truly our last, best hope of staving off financial ruin. And to be successful, it will require everyone's support.  Because Obama and his media are going to howl like mad over the Ryan Revolution:
The Ryan Resolution
The most serious attempt to reform government in a generation.
Wall Street Journal editorial

Well, so much for dodging entitlements. This year's trendy complaint, shared by the left and the tea party, that Republicans hadn't tackled the toughest budget issues was blown away yesterday with the release of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's budget for 2012. We'll now separate the real reformers from the fiscal chickenhawks.

Mr. Ryan's budget rollout is an important political and policy moment because it is the most serious attempt to reform government in at least a generation. The plan offers what voters have been saying they want—a blueprint to address the roots of Washington's fiscal disorder. It does so not by the usual posturing ("paygo") and symbolism (balanced budget amendment) but by going to the heart of the spending problem, especially on the vast and rapidly growing health-care entitlements of Medicaid and Medicare. The Wisconsin Republican's plan is a generational choice, not the usual Beltway echo.

The Ryan plan would chop $179 billion from the 2012 White House budget and another $241 billion in 2013. This would be the largest two-year savings since the demobilization of the military after World War II. Mr. Ryan would cut funding for corporate welfare and hundreds of ineffective programs, reform agriculture subsidies, reduce the federal work force by 10% and repeal ObamaCare, among other good ideas.

Mr. Ryan's budget would reduce federal borrowing to 2% of GDP by 2017, which is a manageable level of new debt and a huge improvement from the roughly 10% of GDP the Treasury is borrowing now. Given the epic hole we are in, this would be a historic achievement.

As for entitlements, the House GOP wants to let the states run Medicaid in return for an annual fixed payment or "block grant," letting Governors experiment with ways to save money and provide better care. This is the way welfare was successfully reformed in the 1990s, and it would give states more control over their fastest-growing budget item.

On Medicare, the Wisconsin Republican would phase in reforms for Americans under 55 years old. Medicare currently pays doctors and hospitals directly on a fee-for-service model that is price-controlled and increasingly unaffordable. Fewer doctors want to see Medicare patients and, among other deficiencies, it lacks true catastrophic coverage. [link]
In a word, wow.

So how have Democrats responded to Ryan's proposed changes - desperately needed changes - in the way our government does business?  Nancy Pelosi leads the way with the same old Democrat rant about the wealthy, the poor, the children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the oil companies (?) ... blah ... blah ... blah.

The day for that kind of mindless nonsense is gone.  America stands at the precipice.  We can step off into the abyss with Obama and his minions - as we surely will if things don't change - or we can fix the monumental problems we face, as Paul Ryan is proposing that we do.

"Hope and change"?  Here's hope and change we can really believe in.