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Monday, July 11, 2011

Know Your Enemy

Know its intentions.

It intends to do Southwest Virginia grievous harm.

And Morgan Griffith is trying to stop it before it does any more damage:
The EPA is back at it again. More overreaching regulations, more jobs lost. Tomorrow (Thursday) the EPA is expected to announce stricter rules on emissions produced by coal-fired power plants. While I have not yet seen the rules, all indications are that they will hurt jobs in Southwest Virginia. Companies like AEP have already announced that proposed burdensome regulations on coal-fired power plants will cause them to prematurely close the Glen Lyn Plant in Giles County and decrease production at the Clinch River Plant in Russell County. These rules will cause electric rates to increase significantly, thus making it harder to do business and create jobs.

“In a recent interview, Lisa Jackson said, ‘the only thing worse than no EPA is an EPA that exists and doesn’t do its job…we are doing our job.’”

“Apparently Lisa Jackson thinks it is the EPA’s job to bring additional unemployment to Southwest Virginia, curtail jobs nationwide, and subject us to more air pollution by sending manufacturing jobs to countries like China and Mexico. A solution for job losses in Southwest Virginia is for Lisa Jackson to lose her job and the President to appoint someone who understands the need for a balance between environmental protections and the need for jobs. As long as Lisa Jackson and the Obama Administration’s current policies remain at the EPA, I fear the economy will remain stagnant.” [source]
As a direct result of the efforts of Obama's EPA, Southwest Virginians will not only be losing their jobs in droves, they'll be paying astronomical prices for heat this winter.

It's not right to treat your fellow Americans like they were dirt.

Thanks, Congressman Griffith. I just hope your efforts to rein in this bunch is not too late.

Obama Is Flailing

Get the idea that our president doesn't know what he's doing?

In the Rose Garden last summer [Barack Obama] proclaimed: “And that’s why today we’re trying to pass a law that will save hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in the coming year. It will help states avoid laying off police officers, firefighters, nurses and first responders. And it will save the jobs of teachers like the ones who are standing with me today.”

On Friday he proclaimed: “And over the past few months, the economy has experienced some tough headwinds — from natural disasters, to spikes in gas prices, to state and local budget cuts that have cost tens of thousands of cops and firefighters and teachers their jobs.”

In other words, Obama’s policies have flopped, and the flops now are supposed to justify more of the same.
Jennifer Rubin, "The Rose Garden collapse," Washington Post, July 10, 2011

Uh Oh

A lot of us have become inclined in recent years to shy away from purchasing either General Motors or Chrysler products because of the way they both crashed and almost burned, being resurrected in both cases - but in different ways - by an intrusive and demanding government.  Our alternative - as red-blooded Americans - was Ford.

So much for that.

So much for Quality is Job One:

This has to do with the latest - and all-important - JD Power survey. See "Study: 2011 J.D. Power Initial Quality report praises Lexus, Honda, pans Ford."

So where to turn, now that Ford has run into problems?

According to JD Power, which makes its judgments based on consumer satisfaction - Honda.  Number One.

And, if you're a card carrying red-blooded American, not to fret.  Honda makes cars in Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama. 

So buy American.  Buy Honda.

The Mainstream Media Are Starting To Get It

A "pathologically intransigent Republican party" is not going to allow Obama to raise any more taxes than he already has.  Not one.  Not ever.

Now they're starting to understand.  We're mentally disturbed and pissed off.

Not a good combination.

They don't like it.

And they aren't going to willingly accept it.

But, by God, we - the pathological - are not giving another inch.

If they think we're "pathological" about that which Washington has become, just wait until election day rolls around.

The "lunatics" will finally control the asylum.

It might be a good time, if you're big on government and all that it's become, to be very afraid.

A Simple Alternative To Untenable Solar Power Technologies

Passive shading.

No, it won't cool your house in the summer.  But it will go a long way toward keeping your house from heating up on days like today.


A Warning To Mr. Boehner

Surrender to tax raisers in Washington at your own risk. The Wall Street Journal:
Last November Republicans won the House and landslide gains in many states in large part because of the deep unpopularity of the stimulus and ObamaCare. Mr. Boehner has a mandate for spending cuts and repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Republicans instead agree to raise taxes in return for future spending cuts that may or may not happen, they will simply be the tax collectors for Mr. Obama's much expanded entitlement society.
The stimulus. ObamaCare. Refund. And Repeal.

We will accept no less, Mr. Boehner.

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This, from Politico, is not encouraging:
[Virginia Republican Eric] Cantor walked away from a round of debt-limit talks led by Vice President Joe Biden when Democrats asked Republicans to identify taxes they would be willing to raise in exchange for spending cuts of as much as $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Then Boehner and his top aides worked with Obama and senior White House advisers to try to find a sweet spot. Cantor and his top aides were then letting it be known on Capitol Hill that he was not supporting the large-scale deal, terming it a tax hike — with the implication that Cantor was plainly not with Boehner. [emphasis mine]
That "sweet spot" is your children's college education fund that currently resides in your piggy bank.

Is Boehner too quick to find common ground?  Too willing to meet the liberals half way and raise taxes only a lot rather than enormously?  Too accepting of the behemoth that the federal government has become?  Too out-of-touch with the core of his party?

We'll have answers to all those questions soon.

And we'll know what kind of political future John Boehner has.

If he has a future at all.