Democrat Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

In His Own Words: The Supreme Court Should Redistribute The Wealth And Restrain Our Freedoms

A lot has been said about socialism and redistribution of wealth during this presidential campaign, although perhaps not enough. In a previous post, we saw a reporter finally ask the tough, legitimate questions of a national ticket that, for the first time in American history, openly uses phrases such as, "spread the wealth" and that it's "patriotic to pay more taxes." (Click here.) If those on the left are upset about this discussion, it's only because they finally are honest enough to talk openly about a philosophy they've tried to impose on America for years through stealth — except when they back off the comments to cover their political tracks. There's just one problem: More and more evidence pops up that Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama has not just "misspoken" or had his words taken out of context. An audio tape found last week from a 2001 radio interview (when he was a state senator in Illinois) emerged where he speaks of redistributing the wealth and that the courts have not been "radical enough;" that the courts need to reign in our constitutional freedoms among other radical suggestions (see AFP article here).

  

So, let's recap: Barack Obama repeatedly uses socialist rhetoric. We find out it's in his DNA because he's been using it since at least 2001. He is more to the left than the Senate's only avowed socialist (see here). His running mate Joe Biden plaigerized from the leading British socialist from the 1980s. But you better not accuse them of being socialists.

But it's more than that. As you heard, he thinks the constitution grants us too much freedom and needs to have checks placed on it to reign in those freedoms. So it's more than just that: It's an ideology of not just pursuing what he thinks is fairness, it's enforcing it and not tolerating dissent (as when his campaign last week kicked off from its press plane three reporters whose newspapers endorsed Republican nominee John McCain.)

We hope whoever released this audio first received protection by federal marshalls and is in the witness protection program. If the personal attacks unleashed on Joe the Plumber (where political appointees in Ohio government went into his tax and voting records just for asking a question) and Barbara West of WFTV are any indication, there's no wonder The L.A. Times doesn't want to give up its video of Obama at a party for a PLO terrorist and former hack for Yassir Arafat. You never know when freedom of the press may be considered too "unrestrained."

Is The Governor Fiddling, Part 2/Quote Of The Day

Two weeks ago we asked if Governor Tim Kaine was fiddling around with national politics while Richmond and the Virginia budget was burning (click here) because he was running around the country campaigning for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. We're not the only ones who think so. Today, The Washington Times (click here) ran a feature on what the governor's schedule has been like in recent weeks. Among the states he's visited: Georgia, Iowa, Indiana and Texas, Colorado and Arizona. Which prompted this comment in The Times from House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-8, Salem):

He clearly has spent almost as much time out of the state as he has in the state. I think we're going to find a lot of little things that he probably should have been on top of.

One of those "little things" is "chaplain-gate" which Griffith notes had been brewing for several weeks. The out of balance Virginia budget may be another. Although many claim the governor's budget was out of whack from the beginning or, at the very least, he wasn't paying attention to it because of his campaigning, he claims in The Times article that the national economy is to blame. (Funny how the national economy gets no credit when times are good, eh, governor?)

The governor says he has good people in place and gives them latitude to run the government. How does this explain Jody Wagner, his former finance secretary, who produced the bogus numbers upon which he based his budget? Also, if true, why elect a governor? Let's just keep these good people in place for life.

Delegate Bill Janis (R-56, Glen Allen), who has claimed that Kaine called this past summer's special session of the General Assembly to raise his national political profile in order to wedge his way onto Senator Obama's ticket, however, earns our coveted Quote of the Day. As he told The Times:

I think he's abandoned any pretense of trying to be the governor. At least Nero stayed in Rome and fiddled while it burned. He's out in Colorado.

Just as we said two weeks ago. The other difference Kaine has with Nero is that he not only fiddled during the fire, he started the fire as well. Now the question is, does the governor have the will, the poise, the sound judgement, the willingness to be bi-partisan — the time off the campaign trail — to grab a hose and put out the fire — not to mention tend to the other matters at hand?

Is The Governor Fiddling?

Is Governor Tim Kaine fiddling while Richmond burns? While he lays off 570 state government employees (see Washington Post, here), many of whom are in the all important corrections field, because of a budget deficit he caused by ignoring projections of a severe revenue shortfall so he could start new, unwanted programs such as Pre-K education, His Excellency is heading this weekend to Arizona and Colorado to campaign for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. It was his hyper campaigning for Senator Obama during the primaries, then his self-promotion campaign to get himself on the Democrat ticket as its vice presidential nominee, that many say got Governor Kaine into this budget mess. That is to say, he took his eyes off his duties for the glamor of presidential politics. Whether that's true or not, it is certain that he obstinately refused to listen to many sane voices in the General Assembly to scale back his spending plan (the budget is based on revenue projections). He didn't and here we are, eliminating security jobs and closing prisons instead of eliminating social engineering programs.

More savings Governor Kaine said he's found are in the elimination of unfilled jobs. How this saves money since no salary is spent on people who aren't working is confusing at best. Phantom savings? But don't forget about his cutting the bottled water shipments to Capitol Square offices (see Richmond Times-Dispatch, here).

The governor also will use bonds instead of cash to pay for construction which will pile up further debt to be repaid later. Funny how it's fine to use debt to build monuments — uhhh, make that buildings to name after politicians — but can't be used for transportation which is a necessity and government responsibility. It also begs the question, why is our government so big that we are constructing more state buildings? (Buying them, too: The state just bought the high-rise Verizon building in downtown Richmond.)

Another major component of Governor Kaine's budget balancing is his raid on the Rainy Day Fund, which is budget surplus; in other words, our tax money which just sits in an account, not to be refunded when we have annual surpluses, but to be used to continue feeding the government beast when the economy turns south and the politicians don't think they can tax us any further. 

Governor Kaine's actions haven't been too popular, to say the least, with state government employees and others. Now the interesting part really comes into play: Will his barnstorming for Senator Obama while the state's budget deficit explodes have any backlash on Senator Obama in Virginia? It's a tune we're waiting to hear the fiddler play while the fire rages on.   

Just How Influential Are We?

No sooner had we mentioned earlier today that Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama has avoided an interview he promised Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly back in January, than O'Reilly announced tonight that Obama will be his guest tomorrow night. No question that Obama is craftily trying to steal some of Republican candidate John McCain's thunder on the night he makes his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. On the other hand, his appearance already is irritating his far-left fringe base who view FNC as the propaganda arm of the vast right wing conspiracy. Remember, it was that fringe which vetoed the Democrat presidential candidates from debating on FNC during the primaries, even though the co-sponsor was the Congressional Black Caucus. This is a very interesting twist of the tale. Will Obama use the opportunity to win over some independents? Will he steal any of the McCain-Palin spotlight or squash their bounce? Or, will Obama trip over his tongue on a pointed O'Reilly question? Will he say anything of substance? Will he be "present"? Does he still think unplanned children are mistakes worthy of killing? Although he favors health care for infants, why does that not include babies who survive botched abortions? (He voted in the Illinois Senate to allow babies who survive abortions to die.) Of most intrigue, however, is whether he will say anything that doesn't include the words "hope" and "change."

Does Warner Suck The Life Out Of Kaine's Veep Ambitions?

Now that Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama has chosen one Virginia Democrat, former Governor Mark Warner, to give the keynote address at his party's national convention, surely it's a good sign that the other Virginia Democrat, Governor Tim Kaine, will get his long coveted Veep spot on the ticket — NOT! Although anything's possible, and the Dems' obsession with turning Virginia blue appears to preclude nothing short of nationalizing Colonial Williamsburg, giving two Virginians such prominent roles in the national party seems a bit much. Plus, given his silly simply-being-Obama-would've-stopped-the-Russian-invasion-of- Georgia comment on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday, Kaine's gushing hype — exposing his foreign policy ignorance — probably was too embarassing, even for the novice Obama.

Come January, Governor Kaine will be back to the less sexy issues of roads, more government pre-K, "greening" state office buildings, and demonizing legislators who don't agree with his thirst for tax increases on Virginia families.  

By the way, speaking of Warner, now that he firmly is locked into the 97-percent-liberal-rated Obama (per the highly respected, non-partisan National Journal), does he continue to deny that he's a "national Democrat" and, if he's no liberal, will he finally enumerate the exact issues on which he disagrees with the fiscally and socially liberal Obama?