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Finding Nonsense and Beating it Sensible
I used to watch TV news and yell at the box. Now I jump up from the couch, sit at the computer and begin to type laughing maniacally saying "Wait until they read this." It's more fun than squashing tadpoles
For the Statist, Liberty is not a blessing but the enemy. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way. The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized. Through persuasion, deception, and coercion, the individual must be subordinated to the state....
"A single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory, and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."
Virginia Voices Survey
Tell us what you think
1. Do you think that House Republicans should continue to push for pro-growth policies that preserve, protect and create jobs and oppose tax increases that would add a burden to working families and set back our economy?
2. What was the most ridiculous part of the recently passed Democrat spending bill?
- $3.5 trillion expansion of federal debt in 2009 and 2010
- $600 million to buy new cars for government workers.
- $1 billion dollars to lay the groundwork for socialized health care
- $3 billion for "Sex Education"
- $650 million for Digital TV Converters.
3. Which provision of my proposed Middle Class Bill of Rights is most important to you?
- Bring down gas prices
- Bring down the cost of food
- Make paychecks go further
- More jobs and safer retirements
- Health care coverage for families
- Simple, honest and fair tax code
4. How do you receive the majority of your political news?
5. What steps would you like see taken to help boost the economy?
Subject: Help Me Fight Back Against Democrat Attacks
Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2009 14:21:29 -0400
I would like to thank you for submitting a response to my Virginia
Voices survey. Thousands of people across the Commonwealth
participated and offered valuable information.
For instance, when asked if you think House Republicans should
continue to push for pro-growth policies that preserve, protect and
create jobs and oppose tax increases a resounding 90% of respondents
I appreciate this support as I battle House Democrats over their
reckless and excessive spending habits. However, now liberals are
using my disagreements on policy decisions to launch personal attacks
The Wall Street Journal on Friday recognized the dirty tactics by Democrats as
"the furious campaign -- waged by every blog, pundit, union, 527,
and even the White House -- to kneecap Republicans who might help
lead a makeover. Mr. Cantor is the top target."
I do want to change Washington, and I need your immediate help.
Please consider a contribution of $10, $25 or $50 to help my campaign
take a stand against the Democrat onslaught.
We need to respond and show liberals that our determination to support
an American recovery based on lower taxes, new jobs, and fiscal
responsibility will not waver.
I appreciate your continued support.
March 19, 2009: Congressman Wittman Statement on Return of Taxpayer Money from AIG Employees PDF Print E-mail
Washington - "I am pleased that Congress acted today to protect the American taxpayer and assure that bonuses to AIG executives will be returned. These bonuses are an absolute outrage."
"Unfortunately, in the rush to approve the stimulus package, taxpayer protections were removed that would have prevented AIG bonuses in the first place. When taxpayers are asked to bear the burden of reckless corporate behavior, the President and Congress have a moral obligation to make sure that money is spent wisely."
"I voted against the stimulus package and the bailout bills because I was deeply concerned that taxpayer money would be misused, as in the case of these bonuses. Congress has gone down a path of unprecedented spending these past few weeks that is deeply disturbing. I fear this is the first of many instances of taxpayer money being spent with no accountability or transparency."
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia. He was elected to his first full term in November 2008 and serves on the Natural Resources Committee and the Armed Services Committee where he is the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Contact: Craig Roberts of The American Legion, +1-202-263-2982 Office, +1-202-406-0887 Cell
WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.
"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."
The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"
"I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty
or profusion and servitude.
If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.
Our land-holders, too, like theirs, retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs but held really in trust for the treasury, must wander, like theirs, in foreign countries,
and be contented with penury, obscurity, exile, and the glory of the nation.
This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public
as well as by private extravagances.
And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance
becomes a precedent for the second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering.
Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man.
And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."
At a morning rally in Jacksonville, McCain noted what he called "tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street,'' but continued to say he believes the economy is sound -- a line from his stump speech for which Democrats have mocked him.
"Our economy, I think, is still -- the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times,'' McCain said. "I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street."
Sen. Barack Obama seized on McCain's assessment of the health of the economy, blasting the Republican for being "disturbingly out of touch" with the reality that everyday Americans face.
"I just think he doesn't know," Obama said in Grand Junction, Colo. "He doesn't get what's happening between the mountain in Sedona where he lives and the corridors of Washington where he works.... Why else would he say, today, of all days -- just a few hours ago -- that the fundamentals of the economy are still strong? Senator -- what economy are you talking about?"
Mr. Obama said, "There are a lot of individual families who are experiencing incredible pain and hardship right now."
"But if we are keeping focused on all the fundamentally sound aspects of our economy," he added, "all the outstanding companies, workers, all the innovation and dynamism in this economy, then we're going to get through this. And I'm very confident about that."
Mr. Obama actually came close to using the same language that helped doom the campaign of his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, who was hammered by Democrats last year for declaring that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong." Recognizing the danger in appearing too upbeat, however, the president and his advisers were careful to warn that recovery could take a long time.
Still, after weeks of emphasizing the dire nature of the economic crisis in order to pressure Congress to act on his proposals, Mr. Obama has lately tried to calibrate the tone to inspire Americans rather than stoke their fears. In fact, Lawrence H. Summers, director of the president's National Economic Council, said in a speech Friday that there was an "excess of fear."
Obama also told business executives that the current economic crisis is no excuse to postpone costly federal investments in health care, energy and other areas.
He said the problems with financial markets are only a part of what threatens the economy. He said the country cannot keep ignoring long-term threats to the nation's prosperity, which he listed as medical costs, the U.S. dependence on oil and an education and fiscal deficit.
A source close to Mr Obama's top team telephoned this newspaper last week to say that White House officials now regard it as "a mistake" to have returned the bust of Winston Churchill that the British government loaned George W. Bush - a story first reported by The Sunday Telegraph - and then to have sent the prime minister home with a gift of 25 DVDs after his visit to Washington.
The admission came as Mr Obama faced and upsurge of criticism from influential and previously devout supporters among American commentators, halfway through what Mr Obama hopes will prove the most consequential first 100 days since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
So far he has had a radical economic stimulus approved by Congress, but faces accusations that he and his team, who regard themselves as great communicators, have made presentational errors.
The veteran Newsweek political columnist Howard Fineman, previously an enthusiastic cheerleader, delivered a withering verdict under the headline "The Turning Tide", which concluded: "Obama still has the approval of the people, but the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes."
Camille Paglia, the feminist writer who was early and vocal Obama fan, said: "Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office."
She denounced "the fiasco of the ham-handed White House reception for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown" and said that Mr Obama's aides were a "posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes" who seemed like "dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship". Ms Paglia added on Salon.com that Mr Obama "has been ill-served by his advisers and staff."
Nile Gardiner, the foremost conservative expert on the special relationship in Washington, is gunning for the official at the state department who told The Sunday Telegraph last weekend that Britain deserved no special favours and was "just the same as the other 190 countries in the world".
Over the past month, Obama has reminded the public at every turn that he is facing problems "inherited" from the Bush administration, using increasingly bracing language to describe the challenges his administration is up against. The "deepening economic crisis" that the president described six days after taking office became "a big mess" in remarks this month to graduating police cadets in Columbus, Ohio..
In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free. -Edward Gibbon
Climate concerns spur power plant protest.
By Jordy Yager
Posted: 03/02/09 06:53 AM [ET]
Several thousand people are expected to descend on the Capitol Power Plant (CPP) Monday afternoon to protest its continued use of coal.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who last week requested the plant shift to use the more environmentally-friendly natural gas, is planning to hold a press conference of her own Monday morning in support of discontinuing coal use at the plant.
The protest was organized by environmental groups like Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) who have battled with lawmakers from coal producing states such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.).
"The more than 2,500 people coming to Washington to call for a solution to the climate crisis and (put) an end to the use of coal are still coming because the climate is still in crisis and coal is still driving that crisis," said Michael Brune, executive director of the RAN.
Storm dumps up to 10 inches of snow
Transportation officials keep close watch on first major system of season
Joseph Weber (Contact)
Monday, March 2, 2009
The District had received roughly 3 inches and was expected to get 1 or 2 more before the powerful, late-winter storm moved into the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.