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Pelosi's Pronouncements In The Age Of Obama

The video below comes from a friend of mine and it's not bad. The focus is on President Obama, but there are slivers of other guest appearances. Note House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's cameo. She says health care "reform" is the best way to provide jobs. But a quick check of her pronouncements shows that we should have near full employment by now, not the chronically high 9.6 percent unemployment that stagnant Euro-statist-welfare-states tolerate. For example:

» She said over the summer that extending unemployment benefits is the best method for immediate job creation (see American Thinker).

» She told the country in May that guaranteeing health care allows people to quit their jobs to pursue the arts because artists typically can't afford insurance.

» Way back when she said the best way to create jobs was to pass the "stimulus."

Meanwhile, we're spending into oblivion in a debt-and-spend cycle of cataclysmic proportions, worthy of a third world country, with results that aren't much better. The video sums it up well:

Fiddling while America burns.

The Left's Warped Sense Of Fair And Balanced: "Left Vs. Center-Left"

The American left can't get over itself, which is a shame. It truly stifles honest and thorough debate on the issues of the day. But it is more insulated with itself the the Bubble Boy from Seinfeld fame. No better illustration of that, no better admission of that (one might even claim arrogance, in fact), came from MSNBC's Chris Matthews, he of the tingling leg sensation when he hears Barack Obama speak (see YouTube). This time, instead of talking "stimulus," Mr. Matthews espouses his idea of fair and balanced presentation of views. There's no problem with the time he allots various sides. The problem is what he considers the various sides. Apparently, Mr. Matthews thinks the range of political discourse in America should range only from the "left" to the "center-left" (about 1:30 into the video below). Now, there's tolerance for you! Interestingly, he blames President Obama's sinking popularity and the distaste for government-run health care on the Fox News Channel, as if one cable outlet can dominate opinion over three broadcast and two cable networks and a host of major daily papers and weekly magazines.

More astonishing, he can't comprehend that people inherently know that government interference, especially in something as sensitive as health care, is wrong, and the care, inevitably, incompetent. But, that's what happens when you live in a (misguided, liberal) bubble.

Chris Matthews: Fair is fair — liberals vs. extreme liberals, and that's all you need to hear!

Englin's Folly: Frivolous Web Site

Far left liberal Northern Virginia Delegate David Englin (D-45, Alexandria) has pursued some real follies in the General Assembly — and that's putting it politely. Bills to punish people by raising gas taxes and restoring the death tax, to name a few. So pardon us if we think it more than slightly ironic that he, of all people, is complaining about the cost of the suit filed in federal court (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog) today by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to overturn, as unconstitutional, the government takeover of health care, made official with President Barack Obama's signature a few hours ago. Delegate Englin launched a Web site that will connect, by phone, government-run health care supporters to complain to the AG (I guess looking up the phone number or e-mail address is too much yeoman's work for certain elitists). Quote the delegate:

This is an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars that could stop Virginians from enjoying the benefits of health-care reform.

Hmmmm. Let's do the math on this one: A few thousand budgeted dollars to do what the AG is sworn to do versus more than $1 trillion in new, unbudgeted federal spending for something proven to fail everywhere it's tried, plus more than $500 billion in new taxes, hundreds of new business and job killing regulations, as well as 118 new federal agencies and 18,000 new IRS employees to enforce that we all buy a government approved health insurance policy (unless, of course, we're 26 and still slacking and can mooch of the parents). Which is greater?

Apparently, Delegate Englin thinks it's "frivolous" to defend Virginia law, which is exactly what the attorney general is sworn to do, as if this nation's most serious challenge to constitutionally guaranteed individual rights is a light matter. In this case, he is defending the General Assembly's recently passed Health Care Freedom legislation. To put it another way, repeat the litany above, followed by:

But defending Virginia law: Priceless.

Now, if Delegate Englin wants to make the argument these tens of thousands of new government jobs are part of the "stimulus" plan, he might have us stumped. But if it will put him at ease, we have the Attorney General Communications Director Brian Gottstein's assurance of one of the most economical law suit filings in Virginia history. When asked by the Washington Post why the suit was filed "before the ink (from the president's signature) dries," he replied:

It's more cost efficient to start the process of challenging the bill as soon as possible. There are significant costs in implementing the health care law, so if it is going to be found unconstitutional, then we can save taxpayer money and trouble by making that determination sooner rather than later.

(By the way, experience for yourself the level of fanaticism, hate, extremism and adherence to the god that is government-is-best by today's leftists. Click on the above link and read the comments.) But they don't have to save it for our AG. In fact, more than a dozen (and counting) attorneys general are filing legal challenges (Christian Science Monitor), but none of them is defending a state law. No, Internet games are frivolous, and in this regard, Delegate Englin has topped even his legislative follies, with a Web site designed to hassle and harrass the Office of Attorney General. Talk about wasting tax dollars. We hope, but don't expect, the delegate and his rabid supporters, will own up and admit they were wrong if, and when, Attorney General Cuccinelli and any of the other attorneys general win their cases.

Does Obama Really Want To Cut Execs' Pay?

On the one hand, the Wall Street executives who are going to have their salaries cut from millions of dollars a year to no more than $200k should be happy. After all, Barack Obama promised no tax increases for those earning less than $250,000 a year, right? Sure! On the other hand, the president may want to reconsider. With tax revenue dropping like an offed mafioso's car a river, he may need that revenue. Better idea, Mr. President: Instead of cutting their pay 90 percent, let them keep them million-dollar salaries — then tax it at 90 percent. After all, you have to fund health care, right? Plus, the stimulus and free college education and end global warming and green jobs and  . . . .

But before you do, Mr. President, would you please find out if it's constitutional for the federal government to fire and set salaries of people in private business? If it is, then watch out students on federal loans. Next, you'll be told where you can go to college and what classes to take.

The Porkulus Bill: Back In The Day

Seriously, this isn't one of those "it was better in my day" reminisces, but it really wasn't that long ago (1986-1988) when the entire federal budget for one year was in the $800-$900 billion range. Now we're spending that amount in one bill. The question I want to ask the Obama administration is this: If government is the only institution that can create jobs (three million by the administration's estimate) and end the recession, why not spend (i.e., print)  twice that amount in the "stimulus"? Three times that amount? We'd create all the jobs in the world and everybody would be happy as could be. We'd even have enough for people from other countries. Of course, in the Soviet Union the government created full employment as well.

Just thought a little perspective was in order.

Sally's Dream Comes True!

In "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Charlie Brown's sister Sally tells him that for Christmas, "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share." Enter the "Stimulus" Package and Governor Tim Kaine.

Didn't have the Christmas you had hoped for? The Governor has a Web site for you!

Yesterday the Governor announced stimulus.virginia.gov, a Web site where you too can go and submit ideas and projects to be paid for by the "stimulus" bill being debated in Washington! In one of the more disturbing lines from the Governor's press release: "Projects will be evaluated and selected through a process similar to the way Virginia develops its biennial budget."

Wow . . . I feel better already.

Merry Christmas.