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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Memo To the Roanoke Times's New Editor

Dear Christina:

Your publication employs a number of highly qualified photographers.

One or more of which can probably do a right smart portrait of you.

Take advantage of him or her.

Or, if one of them is responsible for the shot that graces the editorial section of your paper, termination with prejudice is in order.

Or, if Human Resources doesn't allow that, termination with extreme prejudice might be called for.

Damn, girl ...

Really?

The Roanoke Times this morning applauds Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, who signed an executive directive against job discrimination based on the smoking habits of city government workers.

See "A moral victory over discrimination."

Oh. Wait.

It's not about smokers. It's about homosexuals.

Never mind.

The Times is perfectly accepting of discrimination against cigarette smokers.

When folks there tell you that "protection against job discrimination should be less politically contentious," they don't really mean it.  Unless one accepts the premise that discrimination against smokers is universally accepted and allows for no contention.

So, I want to know, is discrimination okay when dealing with certain kinds of individuals and not others?

If so, aren't we right back where we started, with them making their list and me making mine?  "Moral victory" being in the eye of the list-maker?

Discrimination is bad.  Discrimination is good.

Odd how that righteousness comes and goes, isn't it?

Environmentalists Come To Coal Country

They demonstrate against surface mining.

Then they go back home.

Fun time had by all.

Obama's War On Southwest Virginia

"When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, you know, under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."
-- An arrogant, cruel, and detached Barack Obama, January, 2008 --

His plan is being put into effect. And Southwest Virginia's coal miners will be the first to suffer for it.  But not the last:
Utility giant AEP says it will close five coal plants to comply with EPA regs
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill

Utility giant American Electric Power said Thursday that it will shut down five coal-fired power plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

The company’s dramatic plan to comply with the regulations could give Republicans and moderate Democrats ammunition in their ongoing fight against EPA's efforts to impose new regulations aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants including mercury and arsenic.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) immediately pounced on AEP's announcement.

“This is a perfect example of the EPA implementing rules and regulations without considering the devastating impact they may have on local economies and jobs,” Capito said.

Capito said she will write a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking whether the agency took into account the economic impact of its regulations.

"Let me be clear, it’s decisions like the one made by AEP today that demonstrate the urgent need to rein in government agencies like the EPA, preventing them from overstepping their bounds and imposing regulations that not only cost us good American jobs, but hurt our economy," said Manchin, an outspoken critic of the EPA.

But EPA defended its regulations Thursday, noting that the agency has worked closely with industry to ensure that its regulations are “reasonable, common-sense and achievable.” [link]
The EPA considers the closing of plants, the laying off of thousands of citizens, and making utility rates for millions of Americans unaffordable "“reasonable, common-sense and achievable.”

I consider them to be an horrific tragedy of our government's making.

Planned and executed by radical leftists hellbent on destroying our way of life.

And what's to happen - according to this “reasonable, common-sense and achievable" plan - to all those families that are thrown into poverty in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Lee, Tazewell, and Wise Counties here in Virginia?

Food stamps.

ObamaCare.

Government housing.

No future.

Reasonable?

Tell it to those who will suffer grievous harm as a direct result of such whimsy.

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On a separate note, I don't expect either of our United States senators to speak out in defense of their constituents here in Southwest Virginia.  Both Webb and Warner are, after all, Democrats.  And they have more important things to do (like worrying about how our prison population is being treated).

But where's Morgan Griffith?  Why am I reading about two politicians from West Virginia challenging the heavy hand of the EPA in the papers?  Why isn't he shouting his opposition to the destruction of his congressional district from the rooftops?

Or have I missed something?

This Isn't Normal

I keep making this point.  The economic difficulties we've been experiencing the last four years are like none other ever brought upon the USA.  Ever.

Another telling set of facts that bolster that notion:
Upside Down
By Ronald Brownstein, National Journal

It’s hard to say this spring whether it’s more difficult for the class of 2011 to enter the labor force or for the class of 1967 to leave it.

Students now finishing their schooling—the class of 2011—are confronting a youth unemployment rate above 17 percent. The problem is compounding itself as those collecting high school or college degrees jostle for jobs with recent graduates still lacking steady work. “The biggest problem they face is, they are still competing with the class of 2010, 2009, and 2008,” says Matthew Segal, cofounder of Our Time, an advocacy group for young people.

At the other end, millions of graying baby boomers—the class of 1967—are working longer than they intended because the financial meltdown vaporized the value of their homes and 401(k) plans. For every member of the millennial generation frustrated that she can’t start a career, there may be a baby boomer frustrated that he can’t end one.

Cumulatively, these forces are inverting patterns that have characterized the economy since Social Security and the spread of corporate pensions transformed retirement.

Since December 2006, the employment-to-population rate for young people has fallen by a dizzying 10 percentage points, from about 55 percent to just 45 percent. That decline, much sharper than in previous recessions, has reduced the share of employed young people to the lowest levels in 60 years.

By contrast, the employment-to-population rate for older Americans is slightly higher today (37.6 percent) than it was in December 2006 (37.4 percent). During the long slowdown, no other age group has increased its labor-force participation, notes Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute.

Together, these twin trends have produced an economy in which the oldest workers are now nearly as likely to be employed as the youngest. [link]
This is a particularly disturbing trend since it's all those young people - who are getting no experience in the workplace - that are going to have to support the elderly soon.  How's that going to happen?

Where does this end?

Well, first it ends with the demise of the malaise brought about by Barack Obama and his ilk, and the reestablishment of those fundamental principles that made America competitive.  And strong.  And vital.  It involves a government, limited in its actions, spending frugally and regulating only as is necessary.  A government focused on assisting American citizens in their striving to achieve the best in "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  And assisting in making the USA competitive once again.  As opposed to restructuring society in order to redistribute wealth and bullying the populace so as to reduce global temperatures by some degree that's less than measurable.

Times are bad.  And getting worse.  And they're unlike anything anyone in this country has ever experienced.

Washington's answer?  More of the same.  Only more bigger.

Our young are entering the workforce with dismal opportunities to achieve the American Dream.  And nothing is being done about it.

May God help them.  And us.