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Friday, September 23, 2011

Senator Phil Puckett Makes All The Right Moves

If only he'd done so back when it counted.

But more on that in a moment.

First, guess who's not going to get a Christmas card from Southwest Virginia's last remaining Democrat.

If you guessed The Worst President In Modern Times ...

... you'd be right!

Senator Phil Puckett, Democrat, Virginia's 38th Senate District, on WJHL TV in the Tri-Cities, on Wednesday:

"It's very clear to me that the administration does not support the coal industry in a way that's beneficial to our area. So, I don't plan to support President Obama for re-election."

Really? I wonder what gave the dude his first clue that Obama was prepared to put every Southwest Virginian out of work? Could it be when Obama vowed to bankrupt the coal industry and send the cost of energy through the rafters?

No.  That was three years ago and Puckett said nary a word.

Why now, I wonder.

Well, actually I don't wonder either.  I know.

Ol' Phil knows how to read the polls.

And the polls tell him that Obama is about as popular in these parts as the Devil is in Sunday School.

So now Phil dumps on Obama.


Slick but for one thing.

We have long memories.

As the Republican Party of Virginia puts it so eloquently:
Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he pushed his job-killing Cap and Trade bill through Congress? Nope.

Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he pushed his massive health care takeover bill though Congress? Nope.

Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he realized that Obama's policies were causing thousands of people to lose their jobs? Nope.

Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he realized that Obama's policies were causing Phillip Puckett to lose his own job? We have a winner!

Phillip Puckett didn't walk away from Obama when Obama was bad for Southwest Virginia.

Phillip Puckett walked away from Obama when Obama was bad for Phillip Puckett.
It could have been mentioned also Puckett's penchant for voting with his liberal Democrat buddies up in northern Virginia on a broad array of tax hikes.

Expect him to repudiate them (the taxes and his liberal Democrat buddies too) any day now.  He knows which way the wind blows.

Still, it must be said, Phil Puckett is making the right moves.

I just hope most Southwest Virginians look past campaign season and remember where he was - and wasn't - when it counted most.

Put Up Or Shut Up

I defy anyone working for the Roanoke Times to back up this statement, found in its editorial dated Thursday, September 22 ("Obama asks rich and poor to sacrifice"):
The president offers a bolder blueprint for at least $3 trillion worth of reduction and funding for his jobs plan. His is a balanced, pragmatic package of less spending and more revenue.

Reduced spending and entitlement reform outweigh new revenue. Most important, he is ready to discuss Medicare reform, an essential step in any serious reforms because rising medical costs are one of the top drivers of future deficits.
Here's the full text of Obama's American Jobs Act.

1) Other than unemployment compensation reform and a reduction in the traditional "entitlement" granted Big Oil, where does one find any real entitlement reform (particularly those most costly - Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security)?

Answer: One can't.  It's not there.  Not one word.

2) "[H]e is ready to discuss Medicare reform." What kind of bullshit is that?  Obama's "ready to discuss it"?  Is he hosting an internet chat room or is he the freaking president of the United States?

2a) Where in the American Jobs Act does Obama acknowledge any interest in discussing Medicare reform?

Answer: He doesn't.  It's not there.

2b) I thought ObamaCare reformed Medicare.  What happened to that plan?

Answer: Nobody really knows what ObamaCare is going to do to Medicare.  But the elderly are soon going to find out.  The hard way.

3) The plan calls for $447,000,000,000 in spending over and above any budget outlay or "continuing resolution" ploy.  How is an increase of $447 billion "less spending"?

Answer: It isn't.

4) "Rising medical costs are one of the top drivers of future deficits."  Was that written before or after ObamaCare was passed?  If after, can we repeal the damn thing because it failed to live up to Obama's promise that his signature health care legislation would reduce medical costs for all?

5) If ObamaCare didn't stem the rising medical costs and his American Jobs Act - with its massive tax increase on the job creators in our country - doesn't stem the rising medical costs, will you and he be bringing forth another proposal that will raise taxes and stem those rising medical costs?

5a) At what point can we tell you to stick it where the sun don't shine?