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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Southwest Virginia Pleads With Obama

"I got two young grandsons.  I'm - I'm - scared for their future, let alone mine."

Please stop your war on coal:

Obama just the other day: "When you’re president of the United States, you are president of all the people, not just the people who voted for you."

Tell it to the coal miners of Southwest Virginia, sir.

Not Exactly

The Washington Post this morning:

To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on women

Liberals love that meme, no matter how remote from reality it is.

In truth?

To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on government employees in northern Virginia.

They know who's there for them.

Obama Is Pleased. More Miners To Be Axed.

He achieved one of his goals this year:

"Plant owners and operators report to [the U.S. Energy Information Administration] that they expect to retire almost 27 gigawatts (GW) of capacity from 175 coal-fired generators between 2012 and 2016. [B]ased on EIA data, the approximate 9 GW of coal-fired capacity retirements expected to occur in 2012 will likely be the largest one-year amount in the nation's history. The record is, however, expected to be short-lived as almost 10 GW of coal-fired capacity are expected to retire in 2015."

From the same EIA report, one of the reasons given:

"Environmental compliance costs. The cost of compliance with anticipated and existing Federal environmental regulations such as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) is a factor. Particularly in the case of older, smaller units that are not used heavily, owners may conclude it is more cost efficient to retire plants rather than make additional investments."

Lives ruined.  Tens of thousands of them.  And for what?

Chasing windmills.

We Deserve Better Than This

While much of the world burns, as the Iranians inch ever closer to producing an atomic bomb that it fully intends to use on Israel, as the bodies of Americans are being dragged through the streets of Benghazi:

Photo courtesy, believe it or not, of the Obama campaign.

A pirate.

For the love of God.

On Books I Will Never Read


Monica Lewinsky set to reveal Bill Clinton's sex secrets in tell-all

What next? Hillary set to reveal Bill Clinton's sex secrets in tell-all?

May God have mercy.

Stupid? Or Clueless. You Decide.

I heard the audio on the radio the other night.  Comedian David Letterman asked the President how high our national debt was and I could tell that Obama had no idea.

And I yelled to no one there:

The President of the United States doesn't know that we have accumulated over sixteen trillion dollars in debt - a disproportionate share of which was racked up by him!

Michelle Malkin had this response:

"But I’ll bet anything he knows precisely how much his campaign took in at Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fundraiser last night."

There are matters important and there are matters unimportant.

Reelection?  It's everything.

Our grandchildren's future?

Hey, Dave, did you hear the one about the rabbi, the priest, and the imam?



- - -

Obama is a profile in courage as well.  When asked about the exploding debt crisis, he told Letterman that it isn't a "short-term problem" so, therefore, to relax.  It'll be someone else's crisis some day so no worries.  

A response that defines the Democratic Party, 2012 perfectly.

They're Still Lying About Obama's Gutting Of Welfare

It all comes down to the states now being allowed by the federal government to obtain waivers from Bill Clinton's welfare work requirements.  Don't believe anyone who says otherwise.

From today's Wall Street Journal:
Welfare Reform as We Knew It: Inside the Obama work waiver: It's worse than Romney says.

So it's a good moment to dissect what the Administration is really trying to do, because in this case Mr. Romney is right: The Administration has made welfare's work requirements far weaker, and for ideological reasons that the press corps has failed to report.

The 1996 welfare landmark is among the few serious bipartisan reforms of government since the Great Society. State innovators like Tommy Thompson's Wisconsin gave Contract-with-America Republicans a model, while Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it." Their insight was that both welfare recipients and the bureaucracies built around them needed better incentives to end dependency, such as time limits on cash benefits and asking the able-bodied to work or train to prepare for work.

Unreconstructed liberals—then about half of Democrats in Congress—predicted a return to Bleak House. Some Clinton officials resigned when he signed the bill. They were wrong in every way. Caseloads plunged by half, to 5.9 million in 2000 from 12.6 million in 1996. Health and Human Service Department studies show that most found work and saw their incomes rise.

The anti-reformers have nonetheless looked for an opening to resurrect the old system. They have now found a way via an HHS regulatory "information memorandum" in July that said the agency would waive workfare requirements if states asked.

HHS is selling this under the guise of "flexibility" and says the point is to get more people working, not fewer. But recall that the joint state-federal welfare program has always had "work" requirements. Prior to 1996, they included such demands as journaling, bed rest and massage therapy.

For this reason, the statute specifically enumerated a 12-point definition of "work." People who can but don't meet the work terms eventually lose benefits. States have enormous flexibility to help recipients back into the job market. But they forfeit a portion of their federal money unless a certain percentage of their caseload complies—generally between 30% and 40%.

HHS has unilaterally upended these incentives. States can now get a waiver if they want "to test approaches and methods other than those set forth in section 407," the work requirement provision, including new "definitions of work activities and engagement."

The crucial change is that HHS is saying they can experiment instead of complying with the law.

This new standard didn't appear out of thin air, but is part of a liberal critique of welfare reform that has made its way into the Administration.

his is the reform that the Administration has, in fact, gutted. There's flexibility to innovate and there's "flexibility." In the first case, HHS has denied Governors the running room to redesign Medicaid to be more cost effective. But now it tells states that they don't have to comply with the most basic obligation of welfare reform. It's as if HHS told states they can have the "flexibility" not to cover health care for poor people. [link]
The welfare work requirement written into law by the Clinton administration has been circumvented by the Obama administration.  With a wink, a nod, and bureaucratic paper shuffling.

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Headline Of The Day

Media to Romney: Stop Telling the Truth!

* Let me go on record and say I think Romney went overboard on that 47% diatribe that set mainstream media hearts aflutter.  Yes, there is now a massive number of Americans receiving a monthly government check.  That number may very well factor out to 47% of all American households, as he alleged.  But for him to say that all 47% of government check recipients are hopeless and will vote for Obama because they want to keep the freebies flowing is wrong.  There are still many people on relief who don't want to be where they are.  And many of them won't support our hapless President no matter what.

Romney over-hyped.  He shouldn't have.

Passing The Buck

They will do their best to avoid taking responsibility:

"Tapper: Who Decided There'd Be No Marines to Protect Libya Posts? Carney: Ask State Dept."

The State Department, in the person of Hillary Clinton, is, of course, nowhere to be found.  All questions go unanswered.  As this Carney well knows.

They dodge.  They weave.  They lie.  They hide.

Your elected leadership.

Ah, The French

France to Keep Shale Ban Until Hell Freezes Over:

France to Keep Shale Ban Until Fracking Alternative Emerges

Is Obama French? Just wondering.

WaPo Envisions a Macaca Moment

This is what they're capable of.  And what they're willing to do to get their guy elected.  From 2008:

"Even by the usual standards, the Washington Post’s coverage of the Virginia Senate race between incumbent George Allen and former Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb has been remarkably one-sided. Since mid-August, the Post has published approximately 100 newspaper articles and editorials about allegations that Allen is racist."

That in a news ... paper.

Turn that dial to today:

Washington Post Tabloid Hypes 'Crushing Blow' in Romney Tape, And It's 'Just the Latest Misstep'

Mitt Romney is - according to those at the Washington Post who want desperately for him to be defeated - dealt a crushing blow.  Again.

As James Taranto wrote Tuesday:

"Uh-oh, Romney's lost the election again."

The Washington Post wasn't to be trusted then.  It's not to be trusted now.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

All the way back to three days ago.

A loyal Democrat working at the Washington Post had this for us:

"The Romney campaign is in trouble."

The kind of trouble that gets him elected:

Romney 47%
Obama 46%

Suppose Romney fully appreciates the frenetic efforts on his behalf that are coming out of the Washington Post?

So Much For That Climate Scare

"Please, nobody tell the mainstream media or they might have to retract some stories and admit they are misrepresenting scientific data."

Of course, they'll always have Kilimanjaro.

Oops.  Nope.  Scratch that one too.

ObamaCare Rises

You were warned:
Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press

Washington (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.

The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.

The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect.

In his first campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000.

And the budget office analysis found that nearly 80 percent of those who'll face the penalty would be making up to or less than five times the federal poverty level. Currently that would work out to $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four.

Average penalty: about $1,200 in 2016.

"The bad news and broken promises from Obamacare just keep piling up," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who wants to repeal the law.

Starting in 2014, virtually every legal resident of the U.S. will be required to carry health insurance or face a tax penalty, with exemptions for financial hardship, religious objections and certain other circumstances. Most people will not have to worry about the requirement since they already have coverage through employers, government programs like Medicare or by buying their own policies.

A spokeswoman for the Obama administration said 98 percent of Americans will not be affected by the tax penalty — and suggested that those who will be should face up to their civic responsibilities. [link]
That last part - doesn't that make your blood boil? Your "civic responsibility" now extends to buying something you neither want nor necessarily need.

There's an election coming up. It would do America well to punish those who did this to our country. Starting at the top and working down.