June 26, 2009

Wussy Republicans…

Filed under: Activism,Environment,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 11:38 pm

GOPcapAndTax8on062609.jpg…will determine just how literal the brewing revolution gets (graphic by Leo Alberti at the LCA Broadside via Michelle Malkin).

The 8 seditious “aye” votes today on the horrendous Crap & Trade bill render their mind-numb owners useless.

I would LOVE to know what the 8 reprobates, got in exchange for their souls.  Or perhaps it’s simply that they want the rest of the nation to be in as much misery as their individual states.

Since John McCain never made good on his promise to “name names” in the Senate let alone the House, here are the traitors in alphabetical order:

  1. Bono Mack (R, CA-45)
  2. Castle (R, DE-00)
  3. Kirk (R, IL-10)
  4. Lance (R, NJ-07)
  5. LoBiondo (R, NJ-02)
  6. McHugh (R, NY-23)
  7. Reichert (R, WA-08)
  8. Smith (R, NJ-04)

Won’t you join me in calling their weak, sorry backsides to express your anger and intent to vote them out of office?

This is only part of the speech that Boehner made on the floor earlier this evening, but it was good.  Look for the entire thing when C-Span gets their act together.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, no more holding out “hope,” there are indeed THAT many Neanderthals in Washington DC who will vote for a bill they have never read….in some cases, twice!

Obama’s ‘Very Best Care’ For His Own Family ABC Comment Largely Unimportant Elsewhere

ObamaForumABC062409.jpgClearly, the most important takeaway from ABC’s low-rated White House forum on health care was President Barack Obama’s admission that he would go outside the constraints of a nationalized system to get the “very best care” if necessary for his own family.

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey noted that Obama’s response should properly be seen as “a Michael Dukakis moment that exposed him as a hypocrite.”

A video of the exchange is at YouTube. To the extent possible, see if you think Diane Sawyer, standing next to the inquiring doctor, looks a bit peeved as the nature of his question becomes clear.

ABC’s Jake Tapper and Karen Travers understood the newsworthiness of what Obama said, and led with it in their post-forum coverage:

EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Defends Right to Choose Best Care

President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people — like the president himself — wouldn’t face.

The probing questions came from two skeptical neurologists during ABC News’ special on health care reform“Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” anchored from the White House by Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson.

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it’s not provided by insurance.

Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.

The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.”

At the transcript or video, note how Obama “cleverly” chose to answer the question for the most part from an end-of-life care angle instead of from a more generalized viewpoint.

Hot Air’s Morrissey elaborated:

If ObamaCare isn’t good enough for Sasha, Malia, or Michelle, then it’s not good enough for America. Instead of fighting that impulse, Obama should be working to boost the private sector to encourage more care providers, less red tape and expense, and better care for everyone.

Sadly, the President is heading in the opposite direction for everybody — oh, except the self-appointed elites and filthy rich like himself.

The President’s “ObamaCare for thee, but not for me” response may, more than competitive jealousy, explain why coverage of the event at other establishment media outlets has been pretty light. You see, exposing the elitism might hurt the passage passage prospects of a “trailblazing” initiative — like the precursor known as CommonwealthCare aka RomneyCare that is failing so miserably (noted at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) in Massachusetts.

The post-event coverage of the forum at the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times (both site searches at 11:15 p.m. were on “Obama ABC health,” not in quotes) was limited to noting what a ratings bomb it turned out to be – despite tons of free publicity from those who objected to ABC’s unprofessional open-mic in the White House approach. The Washington Post carried a number of wire reports, but I found no original coverage beyond a “tanked on the tube” blog entry. The Post’s Howard Kurtz did do a media-angle review giving it good marks (“If that was an infomercial, someone screwed up the script”) that I believe did not appear in print. I found a Baltimore Sun review by David Zurawik (HT Media Bistro) that was pretty tough (“what we saw on ABC last night exploits and debases the notion of town hall democracy”). Overall, even in light of the crowd-out effect of other stories, this is light treatment.

At the Associated Press, the wire service’s Philip Elliott incredibly portrayed the President’s “very best care” hypocrisy as almost heroic (bold is mine):

At an ABC News town hall event on health care, a doctor asked Obama to promise that his wife and daughters would only get the services allowed under a new government insurance plan he’s proposing.

Obama wouldn’t bite.

If it was his wife, daughters or grandmother, the president said, he’d “always want them to get the very best care.”

Memo to Phil: Maybe the President didn’t “bite,” but he definitely got bitten. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for us, the press is mostly making sure we don’t learn about the self-inflicted wound.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

House Passes Cap and Trade Crap, 219-212: Votes/Non-Votes to Remember

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:55 pm

Here’s the roll call vote.

Here are the “yes” votes that will not be forgotten around here (with possibly more to come):
- Steve Driehaus (D-OH)
- Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)
- John “Northeast Ohioans want a job” Boccieri (D-OH; see vid at end of link)
- Marcy “I was leaning ‘no’ but changed my mind” Kaptur (D-OH)
- Heath “I’m a pretend Blue-Dog” Shuler (D-NC)
- John “I pretend to support Michigan industry” Dingell (D-MI)
- Chris Smith (R-NJ)
- Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- Six other RINOs (Bono-Mack, Castle, Lance, LoBiondo, McHugh, Reichert)

Kucinich voted “no.” My guess is that he saw the Greenpeace press release and decided it didn’t go far enough.

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UPDATE: Michelle Malkin — “GOP members not voting: Flake and Sullivan. WHY?”

UPDATE 2: The answer to the question from House Republican Leader John Boehner at the end of this video is sadly and obviously “no” –

Here We Go Again: A House Bill That No One Will Have Read, Let Alone Analyzed

Nancy Pelosi belongs in a banana republic, not the U.S. House of Representatives.

This is from Politico:

Republicans say Democrats are ramming their climate-change legislation through the House without enough time for members to read the bill — let alone to understand it — all in violation of their promises about creating a more transparent legislative process.

(Aside: What’s this “Republicans say” crap? It’s an objective fact that what Pelosi has done violates her promises, and that few members could possibly understand a 300-page add-on to a 1,000 page-plus bill in less than 12-24 hours. — Ed.)

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), running the debate for his party, asked repeatedly Friday afternoon if there was even a copy of the current version of the bill anywhere in the House chamber. Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher – sitting in the speaker’s chair although she’s already been confirmed as Obama’s undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security — repeatedly dodged the question.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the bill’s sponsors, finally rose to say that a single copy of the current version of the bill was available at the speaker’s desk and on the Internet, which members would have to leave the floor to access.

But that wasn’t enough for Boehner, whose move threatened to postpone a vote well into the evening – on a day that has already seen hours of contentious debate.

Rep. Geoff Davis, a Republican from Kentucky, said earlier in the day that the cap-and-trade bill represented the “economic colonization of the heartland” by New York and California. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the bill a “scam” that would do nothing but satisfy “the twisted desires of radical environmentalists.” Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Mich.) called it a “massive transfer of wealth” from the United States to foreign countries.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio countered that, without the bill, the United States would remain energy-dependent on people who want to “fly planes into our buildings.”

Somebody needs to remind Rep. Ryan that we have TRILLIONS of dollars’ worth of fossil fuel resources ready and waiting to be accessed and used — if only he and his party would stop obsessing over ways to choke the economy and start working on ways to grow it again, and stop giving into what may the the biggest hoax in human history.

Just received this e-mail from House Leader Boehner’s office:

Folks – Last night, at 3 AM, the House Democrats released a 300-page amendment to their 1,200-page national energy tax legislation. No one – not one single Member of Congress – has read the bill that the Democratic Leadership is bringing up for a vote today. Speaker Pelosi promised the American people at least 24 hours to read a bill before a vote in her “New Direction for America” document distributed in 2006 that remains on her website today. Another broken promise from Washington Democrats.

So House Republican Leader John Boehner is reading portions of it to the American people. By tradition, three Members of the House have the right to deliver unlimited floor remarks – the Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the Minority Leader. This is the House equivalent of the filibuster in the Senate. We expect it may take a while, but Members of Congress, and – more importantly – the American people have a right know what the House is voting on.

The relevant passage, seen at Page 22 from the PDF Boehner’s office refers to, is here:

PROHIBIT “DEAD OF NIGHT” SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISIONS
Require that all conference committee meetings be open to the public and that members of the
conference committee have a public opportunity to vote on all amendments. Make copies of conference reports available to Members and post them publicly on the Internet 24 hours before consideration (unless waived by a supermajority vote). Disclose all earmarks.

A real establishment press would be holding Pelosi accountable for all of this, and for telling us without proof how the CIA lied to her for years (it’s been about six weeks, and she’s failed to prove it), and for ramming through the mislabeled “stimulus” bill under similar “no one has read it” conditions, and …. and ….

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘Fun With Numbers’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) when the blackout expires.

Given the eye-opening nature of the results generated in the four math “word problems” at the column, I’m thinking that more such “word problems” may start appearing here from time to time when events warrant their presence.

Zach Space Standing Alone

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 1:52 pm

Matt over @ WMD does a better job at examining the Cap & Trade vote today.  Here is an excerpt from a piece in The Intelligencer that and details the ramifications of HR 2454 (ACES Act):

…Both U.S. Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Charles Wilson, D-Ohio, also have indicated they will oppose “cap and trade” legislation when it comes up for a vote. This may or may not happen today, based on the decision of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Congress is expected to adjourn after today’s proceedings for the July Fourth recess, and to return July 7.

U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, remained uncommitted on the legislation as of Thursday evening.

West Virginia’s state legislators also have strong opinions on the measure, as Delegate Randy Swartz-miller, D-Hancock, said he is adamantly opposed to the proposed cap and trade legislation.

“This legislation has the potential to cost this country billions of dollars and it will either come out of the pockets of our hard-working men and women or it will mark the end of many businesses,” Swartzmiller said. “Even though I do not have a vote on this legislation since it is a congressional bill, I have written letters to Congressmen Mollohan and Rahall and to Congresswoman Capito expressing my concerns and requesting that they vote against this legislation as it is currently drafted.

“This is the most dangerous piece of legislation that has been introduced in years in regard to how it will affect our state’s citizens and businesses. It has all the necessary ingredients to drive up the costs for all coal consuming entities as well as oil and gas refineries.”

West Virginia is a coal-producing state with power plants that are fueled by coal, he continued.

“We also have one oil and gas refinery left in the state,” Swartzmiller said. “Under the provisions of this proposed legislation, all of these industries will either suffer or go out of business. Either way, good-paying jobs will be lost.”

Delegate Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, pushes for the use of West Virginia’s coal as a national energy resource.

“This legislation is absurd, period,” he said. “The federal Congress has outstepped their bounds, and soft tyranny is spreading across the U.S. If property is damaged by pollution, the issue belongs in the courts. The federal government should not dictate policy like this, especially when it hurts people.”

And it’s the middle and lower class wage earners who will be most affected, he said.

While ostensibly uncommitted, Space did vote for this in committee.

As Usual, Alan Keyes Says It Much Better…

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 1:50 pm

From today’s column in WND

Sanford and the GOP:  For whom tolls the bell?

People who really care about the moral crisis of our country should look with suspicion on those who seek to prove the sincerity of their moral leadership by anguishing over the personal transgressions of individual politicians like Mark Sanford, while ignoring the promotion of evil on a massive public scale through legal assertion of so-called “abortion rights” and legalized marriage for homosexuals.

From obvious political motives, such people show more concern about the personal sins of individual politicians than they do about the immoral policies that are destroying our way of life.

Gov. Mark Sanford, prey to the weakness that is the hallmark of our fallen nature, acted in violation of his marriage vows.

…Mark Sanford, perhaps not anxious enough for God’s abounding grace, succumbed to the law that is in our members, endangering the peace of his family.

What of all those Republicans who succumb to the pressures of media and cultural propaganda to promote the acceptance of homosexual marriage or indifference to the fatal evil involved in the legal protection of so-called abortion rights?

…Silence and indifference toward the Constitution’s clearly stated eligibility requirements for the presidency directly undermine the Constitution’s authority and that of whole system of government based upon it.

If his infidelity to his marriage vows casts doubt on Sanford’s fitness for high public office, why doesn’t the failure to respect their sworn oath to the Constitution cast doubt on the trustworthiness of all the politicians convicted by their cowardly silence on the issue? Why doesn’t the failure actively to defend the integrity of the marriage institution cast doubt on all the Republican politicians whose derelict stand betrays their party’s platform and the people the GOP therefore claims to represent?

…Some people see Mark Sanford’s tumble as a blow to efforts to revive the GOP’s flagging political support. Truth is, neither Sanford’s bad personal choices, nor Sarah Palin’s personally good ones can change the fact that dooms these efforts to failure: the unwillingness not just to heed but even to hear the grass roots’ heartfelt plea for a courageous fight to restore respect for the Constitution and the moral principles that make it just. The Republican Party began because of Americans who would not surrender their allegiance to those principles. Now, as it drives them from its midst, it tolls the knell of its imminent demise.

Alan Keyes makes Barack Obama sound like Elmer Fudd.

Lucid Links (062609, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:12 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

The news of Michael Jackson’ death isn’t more important than the heading-towards-”successful” suppression of the Iranian rebellion or North Korea’s threat to wipe us off the map, or even cap-and-trade, cap-and-tax disaster thatmis apparently up for a vote in the House today. But Jackson’s death is being treated that way in much of the establishment media. For all that is usually good about Fox News, its tendency to overdo it with celebrity-related coverage to the exclusion of all else is extraordinarily annoying — though they’re obviously not alone.

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While we’re at it, Mark Sanford’s true confessions are also not more important than the heading-towards-”successful” suppression of the Iranian rebellion or North Korea’s threat to wipe us off the map, or even cap-and-trade, cap-and-tax disaster that is apparently up for a vote in the House today. But Sanford’s story is what totally dominated Thursday front page of a print edition of USA Today I saw yesterday.

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Having established proper priority, let’s get to Michael Jackson — Not very many child stars carry their success into their early-adult years. Jackson did.

“Thriller” is clearly his greatest musical work, but it may have been even more important culturally.

Few remember that before “Thriller” and its related 1983 videos, MTV, since its 1981 beginning, did not (I would argue “refused to”) play African American-produced music, preferring to concentrate on what it thought was “pure” (not coincidentally almost completely white-bread) rock ‘n’ roll.

This link squares with how I recall it, saying that “At first, MTV resisted airing videos from Thriller, but its overwhelming popularity and possibly some pressure from CBS (who, according to rumor, had threatened to pull all of its videos unless the Jackson videos were aired) eventually pushed them to show ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It.’”

Jackson’s “Thriller” breakthrough arguably set the stage for rap music (for better and worse) to reach a wider audience not many years later, and basically for almost any well-done music, no matter what its original genre, to have chance at broad acceptance.

Twenty years after “Thriller,” Jackson was, according to a jury, not guilty of a litany of offenses against a young child. Okay, maybe he wasn’t guilty of any crime, but there was definitely a pattern of years of questionable conduct, going back to the early 1990s, and possibly before that.

Jackson will likely be remembered by most people under 30 as the living symbol of the personal perils of celebrity. If his decline and early death help those who achieve sudden success keep their heads on straight by serving as a cautionary tale for those who don’t, that, in addition to his music, will be an important Michael Jackson legacy.