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Monday, April 23, 2012

Me To Roanoke Times:

I'll go you one better.

The Star City's most influential newsp ... only newspaper this morning comes out on its editorial page with a commendable suggestion for our governor and legislators in Richmond:

Do unto yourselves that which you do unto others:
Legislators must share in pension sacrifices
Roanoke Times editorial

Legislators have dug the state's pension plan into a deep, deep hole. A $24 billion hole, to be precise. Refilling that chasm in unfunded liabilities, they say, requires everyone to share in the sacrifice.

To that end, state workers pay 5 percent of their earnings toward their retirement benefits. This year, local government employees and teachers will begin phasing in a similar scheme.

But shared sacrifice has its limits. An amendment in the state budget approved last week exempts senior legislators, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and most sitting judges from contributing to the Virginia Retirement System.

The budget amendment is vaguely worded, but appears to retain that requirement for freshmen. Either way, new legislators should insist that all members of the General Assembly and statewide officials shoulder part of their retirement costs. At the very least, they should commit themselves to phasing in contributions in future years, the same rules they have imposed on others. It's only fair. [link]
Fair perhaps.

But even more fair - to the good people of the Commonwealth?

Take the career attraction out of the gig. End pension benefits for elected positions all together. Make the "citizen legislators" want to go back home some day and allow new blood to come into the political arena.

No offense to Lacey Putney, but do we really want someone chairing the powerful House Appropriations Committee who's been in office since before Christ was a teenager?

A computer?  What's that?


Interstate highways?

Diet Coke?

Someone bring my horse-and-buggy around.  As soon as I'm done guiding the Commonwealth of Virginia into the next century, I want to go find out what this postal zip code thing is all about.  (That's right.  Zip codes were not in existence when dear old Lacey Putney joined the legislature.)

On The Glide Path To Self-Destruction

A video everyone needs to watch.  "If I Wanted America To Fail":

While Obama wants to talk about Trayvon Martin and contraceptives, America fails.

My God.

How I'd Love To Be Taken Care Of Cradle to Grave

Mark Steyn on the lavish lifestyle to which our (government) employees have become accustomed, as exposed by Secret ServiceGate:
We have a dependency culture from top to toe. Forty-five million Americans are on food stamps. The “public servants” manning the government that hands out the food stamps are themselves on Vegas hot-tub stamps, beach-resort stamps, Colombian hooker stamps, third-of-a-century retirement stamps . . .

A few more years of this, and it won’t be necessary to go to Cartagena: It’ll be Latin America at home, too.
Will we all be on the public dole some day? Does the government have enough currency printing presses to make that work?  Can the government provide us all with hookers?

I don't know about you but I want some of my employees' and dependents' sweet deal.

Hello, Mom?

What is up with Mother Nature?

Yesterday I was out cutting weeds and trimming the grass.

Today I'm scraping snow and ice off of my car.

What's going on?

Oh.  Yeah.  The climate changed.

Everybody run for your lives.

Chuck Schumer Needs To Take His Meds

This, from New York's senior senator, is frighteningly silly:

"Schumer: Citizens United Worse than Racial Segregation Case Plessy v Ferguson."

Good God.

So what is it that has gotten this crazy old coot so off-the-deep-end?

The Supreme Court ruled - in "Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee" -  that corporations - in so many words - had the same free speech rights as do individuals.

Oh.  The.  Horror.

Here's Schumer's problem.  He doesn't understand the word "incorporate."  The definition(s):
  1. To cause to merge or combine together into a united whole.
  2. To become united or combined into an organized body.
  3. Combined into one united body; merged.
  4. Formed into a legal corporation.
If he understood those definitions, he would understand that to deny a "corporation" - a group of individuals who unite into an organized body - 1st Amendment rights, he'd be denying his own Democratic Party - a body made up of individuals who unite in common cause (not to make money but to destroy the United States of America) - the right to have a voice in American election politics.

Could Schumer give an exemption to that "corporation" known as the Democratic Party?  Well, sure.  He can do anything.  He's the government.

But does he want to be known as the one man in American history who single-handedly scaled back the freedoms guaranteed by our precious Bill of Rights?

Guess so.

What a guy.  The people of New York - and liberals everywhere - must be very proud.

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It's clear that Schumer, when he says he wants to limit corporations' free speech rights through a Constitutional amendment, he really means Halliburton's and Koch Industries' rights.

So why doesn't he be honest and propose an amendment to the Constitution banning the right of any spokesman of either company to open his or her mouth?  Ever?

Why toy with us?

The World Is Turned Upside Down

Reuters: Obama needs vote fraud

And they mean it in a positive way.

Gotta Love Them Muslims

Think Obama will be outraged?

Muslim mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital

Alas.  It was a Catholic church.  If only it were an abortion clinic.

How Times Have Changed

I'm googling like crazy this morning, trying to find that opinion column headline from 2006 that read:

"Much Ado About Abu Ghraib Photos: Sometimes men do dumb things. This is one of them, little more."

But I can't seem to find it.

I did find this, however, which seems to capture the attitude of the press these days with regard to a circumstance that falls in the same category as "Abu Ghraib: How Good People Turn Evil," a malevolence that shocked - SHOCKED - the world:

"Much Ado About Afghan War Photos: Sometimes men do dumb things. This is one of them, little more."

I wonder what's changed since 2006 ...

I wonder ...

Yes, But

George Will, on ABC's "This Week," asked a good question yesterday with regard to the President's ability to lower gasoline prices at the pump, a question that deserves an answer:

"[T]here's something about our obsession with the imperial presidency -- it's true in both parties -- that says nothing's out of our control. After all, Mr. Obama, the night he clinched the nomination, said this will be the moment when the rise of the seas stop[s]. Well, if he can stop the seas from rising, why can't he bring down gas prices?"

In fact, the President could - with the help of Congress - impose gas prices on the nation.  With disastrous results.  (See FDR's Office of Price Administration and The Emergency Price Control Act of 1942.)

With the stroke of a pen a President can, indeed, bring down gas prices.  For a time.  And wreak eventual havoc in doing so. (See "How FDR Made the Depression Worse".)  (See "The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.")

So can a President have a positive impact on gas prices?

Yes.  By getting government out of the business of business.

See "Building Prosperity: Why Ronald Reagan and the Founding Fathers Were Right on the Economy."

See Ludwig von Mises: "The consumers suffer when the laws of the country prevent the most efficient entrepreneurs from expanding the sphere of their activities. What made some enterprises develop into big business was precisely their success in filling best the demand of the masses."

Can Obama lower gas prices?  Yes.  By getting government off our backs.

A Sign of the Time

Everything's gotten so expensive, this is being posted on doors around the country ...