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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Say what?

I don't get people like this:

The gap between rich and poor should alarm us

Why?

Because ... well ... because the gap exists.

How does that affect my daily life?

It doesn't one iota.

Must be the unsettling thought that someone's got more than he does that drives him nuts.

Me? I don't care.

I Guess We're Supposed To Be Grateful

The government gives us tax breaks.

How fortunate we are to have a benevolent and caring master.

Quote of the Day

Mark Steyn:
"'Pass this bill now, or I’ll say 'Pass this bill now!' another two dozen times! With this latest inspiration, Obama has taken the post-modern phase of democratic politics to a whole new level. 'Pass this jobs bill'? Simply as a matter of humdrum reality, there is no bill, it won’t 'create' any jobs, and it will be paid for with money we don’t have."
"Hope and change"?  How about "shooting blanks"?

Tell Us What You Really Think


Karl Rove on Mr. Wonderful:

"The president is comfortable with a technocratic approach because he is an imperious, arrogant, know-it-all left wing technocrat who leaves the details to his congressional Democratic allies, like Congressman Dave Obey with the stimulus bill.  He is content to check the box on his list of achievements and tour the country with his teleprompter giving speeches.”

Ouch.

Who You Gonna Go With?

A know-it-all New York Times columnist or a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research meteorologist?

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman four days ago:

"I mean, here is the Texas governor rejecting the science of climate change while his own state is on fire — after the worst droughts on record have propelled wildfires to devour an area the size of Connecticut. As a statement by the Texas Forest Service said last week: “No one on the face of this earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions.”

NOAA researcher Dr. Robert Hoerling on those same global warming-induced fires in Texas:

"This is not the new normal in terms of drought. Texas knows drought. Texas has been toughened on the anvil of droughts that have come and gone. This is not a climate change drought. What we do anticipate from climate change is a situation where temperatures progressively increase."

Me?  I go with the dude who knows what he's talking about.

Besides, what idiot would be influenced by a filthy rich man who tells us all that we need to reduce our carbon footprint in order to save the planet from global warming while, at the same time, produces a carbon footprint that surpasses that of ten thousand of his fellow countrymen?

Uh, never mind.

Thought of the Day

Glenn Reynolds, on handgun usage and double standards:

"Just a note that if a CCW permit holder had shot at an assailant, missed, and hit bystanders we’d hear people claim that civilians can’t be trusted with guns. Oh, and they’d publish his/her name, while the officers’ names are left out of this account. Not saying the officers were wrong here, just noting the double standard."

Gun control types would argue that the badge provides forgiveness for any mistakes made.  Mistakes like accidentally shooting innocent people.

And they'd be right.

But then there's Plaxico Burress, who only shot himself, and went to prison for it.

It all makes sense, I'm sure.

Union Wins fat Contract From Itself

I wondered, when it was announced that the United Auto Workers union would be a major owner of General Motors, how contract negotiations, when they came due, between the UAW ... and itself ... would play out.

I have an answer.

Lucratively.
UAW wins raises, signing bonuses
Associated Press

Detroit - The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses and the possibility of sweeter profit-sharing checks as part of a new four-year contract with General Motors Co., two people briefed on the talks said Saturday.

The deal, which was reached late Friday, also includes a $2- to $3-per-hour pay raise for entry-level workers over the life of the contract and guarantees of more union jobs, the people said.

The GM deal will serve as a template for contracts that still must be negotiated with Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. It would set the pay and benefits for 112,500 U.S. auto workers. It also will set the bar for pay and benefits at nonunion auto companies and other industries across the country. [link]
Sweet!  The UAW came to agreement with UAW negotiators and granted itself a big, fat raise and bonus!

Why didn't the rest of America think of that?

Now all they have to do is sell something to pay for the massive increase in cost of the product those gleeful union members make.

I can only guess how big the smiles are on the faces of the Koreans and the Japanese and the Germans right now ...

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* Lost in this orgasm of delight is the fact that GM still makes shitty cars.  I own one, built in 2008, and - as I told Paula yesterday as another problem with it developed - one of many - I'll never own one again.  Line workers living large while I spend half my life in the service department at the dealership?  Kiss that thought goodbye.

Ah, Youth

I'm trying to remember, as I read about the youngsters who intend to "occupy" Wall Street, but aren't really sure why, if I was as stupid back then as they come across.

If this is the mission of those who seek ... something ... from the investment community, it and they are in big trouble:

"On Saturday thousands of us will occupy Wall Street. We will wave our signs, unfurl our banners, beat our drums, chant our slogans … and then we'll get down to business and hold several people's assemblies to decide what our 'one demand' will be."

That may be the dumbest thing I've ever read.

Thousands of mindless youth are going to get together in the streets of New York - with riot police pummeling the crap out of them the whole time they're there - and this moron thinks that those mindless youth are going to proceed to make a decision as to what they want from Wall Street?  Before or after they lapse into unconsciousness?

I'm thinking maybe the kids need to go back to their video games and quit embarrassing their parents with such idiocy.

When Yours Is a 'Green' Company ...

... and that company's mission is not to build stuff but to seek more federal loans in order to stay afloat, you've got a problem.

I wonder if this is commonplace in the solar panel and electric car sectors.  If so, their mission has become impossible now that the Tea Party is taking over and Daddy Enviro Bucks is being kicked out of Washington:
Solyndra Spent Liberally to Woo Lawmakers Until the End, Records Show
By John McArdle, New York Times

The 1,100 full- and part-time employees who were abruptly laid off two weeks ago aren't the only ones whose paychecks have been affected by the sudden and dramatic failure of bankrupt solar energy company, Solyndra Inc.

Because for its brief lifespan, Solyndra proved to be pretty good for the lobbying community.

According to records filed with the Clerk of the House and a search of disclosure forms compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, Solyndra spent nearly $1.9 million on lobbying activities over a period of 43 months from 2008 to 2011.

About $1 million of that was earned by the company's two in-house lobbyists, Joseph Pasetti and Victoria Sanville, over an 18-month period from 2010 until this year. But Solyndra has also had several big-name lobbying shops on its payroll, including established powerhouses Dutko Worldwide and Holland and Knight, which began representing the then-fledgling company in 2008.

By 2010 Solyndra had hit its lobbying peak. Not only had the company begun paying its own in-house lobbyists but it was also working with nine other lobbyists at three different agencies including McBee and two others, the Washington Tax Group, which had been brought on board to handle the company's interest as it related to the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act that was up for consideration, and McAllister and Quinn, which was handling the company's interests on the National Defense Authorization Act. [link]
It's funny.  I was thinking about former Congressman Rick Boucher this morning (I have no idea why) and the organizations that depended on his largesse (with our money) for their sustenance.  With Morgan Griffith* representing us, they can kiss the earmark income goodbye.  How will they survive?

Anyway, this breaking Solyndra story is unmasking what may be a massive fraud in which all those fledgling "green" companies around the world are only in existence with the plentiful help of the United States taxpayer. And they know it.  And they work mightily to have lobbyists stroke lawmakers in order to keep their enterprises afloat.

Is it any wonder that this country's economy is in such a mess?

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* Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Southwest Virginia) gets an honorable mention in the New York Times article cited above.  One of many he's gotten in recent days.  The man is making us mighty proud.

One More Thing About Solyndra

If Obama truly feels that his role in life is to "create jobs," wouldn't it be justifiable for his administration to lend another half billion dollars to the now-bankrupt Solyndra, resurrect it, and get those 1,100 people back to work?

If it's not, why not?

If it is, tell me the difference between federal "job creation" and government welfare.  Does a person actually have to be working in order to be considered working?  Why not just let them sit at home and receive their checks?  In fact, wouldn't it be a whole lot more cost effective to have Solyndra employees sit idle and not have to report to a physical plant that only costs big money?

Just wondering.