January 20, 2011

Lickety-Split Links (012011, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:31 am

Jeffrey Anderson at National Review, on the House’s vote to repeal Obamacare:

This wasn’t the way the Democrats saw things playing out.

After Obamacare was passed (so we could find out what was in it), people were supposed to learn to love it. The House of Representatives certainly wasn’t supposed to pass a bill to repeal it — especially not less than ten months after that glorious day in March when the Democrats effectively told the American people that, when they wanted their opinion, they’d ask for it. Yet all of this has now happened.

The vote also conveyed at least three other things:

1. Repeal is far more popular than Obamacare ever was. …
2. Very few Democratic representatives genuinely oppose Obamacare. … repeal was a reflection of popular will, not a circumvention of it.
3. This will set up a battle royale in 2012. …

But whoever the nominee is, November 6, 2012, will decide the fate of Obama, the fate of Obamacare, and, to some significant degree, the fate of a nation …

As to Point 2 above, 10 Democrats who voted against Obamacare in March 2010 were against repeal yesterday. They are: Jason Altmire (Pa.), John Barrow (Ga.), Ben Chandler (Ky.), Tim Holden (Pa.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Dan Lipinski (Ill.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Heath Shuler (N.C.). Their opposition to repeal indicates that their “no” votes on Obamacare had everything to do with political survival, and nothing to do with their real political convictions.


James Hansen of NASA wants to take the economy down until we surrender to the campaign of global wealth redistribution disguised as “climate change.” He’s upset that voters have punished politicians who supported “climate change”-inspired cap and trade legilsation by replacing them with those who don’t:

The nation’s most prominent publicly funded climatologist is officially angry about this, blaming democracy and citing the Chinese government as the “best hope” to save the world from global warming. He also wants an economic boycott of the U.S. sufficient to bend us to China’s will.

Even in the fantasyland of the Obama administration, that should be a firing offense. If it’s not, there’s no reason to believe Obama or his administration when they assert that a prosperous economy is of paramount importance.


At BigGovernment.com: “Another Farmer Says Rep. Sanford Bishop Didn’t Pursue Pigford Fraud Allegations.”

For those new to the topic, “Pigford” is the lawsuit by black farmers against the USDA for discrimination in lending and other assistance which allegedly occurred decades ago. It turned into a feeding trough for trial lawyers and tens of thousands of blacks who never farmed.

The infamous Shirley Sherrod and her husband Charles were early Pigford beneficiaries to the tune of $13 million, despite past history of serious worker abuse at their “New Communities” farm “cooperative.”

One of the items I never got to before the election was noting that the aforementioned Congressman Bishop received the coveted Shirley Sherrod endorsement and a $300 contribution from Ms. Sherrod (third item at link) in his most reelection bid. Bishop narrowly defeated his Republican opponent. Bishop is a walking, talking PAC-man. Looking into charges of Pigford fraud would appear to be very low on his list of priorities.



  1. Exclusive: Over a million immigrants land U.S. jobs in 2008-10


    “One of the advantages of hiring, particularly young, undocumented immigrants, is the fact that employers do not have to pay health benefits or basic payroll taxes,” said Sum

    Here’s a thought, why not suspend the minimum wage, exempt low wage jobs of $10/hr or less from health insurance requirements and other than SS & Medicare tax emempt low wage jobs from ALL payroll taxes. If you eliminate most of the reason for the illegal hiring and then INCREASE the monetary penalties to $20K per illegal hire per year to make it not worth anyone’s while, the problem will disappear.

    Oh wait, there is no graft involved or credit for the politician so this is a non starter. The second group of objectors will be the Family Law Courts and feminists who want the so called Living Wage in order to increase compliance for hostage payments, I mean child support payments. There’s blood to be squeezed from those turnips…

    Comment by dscott — January 20, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  2. Speaking of jobs and why so many are unemployed. The next liberal meme is developing:

    What happened to 15 million US jobs?

    It is interesting that the author gives short shrift to tax rates stealing the seed money of investment, says nothing of government regulations and mandates that stifle investment. Plays stupid as to US companies sitting on $2 trillion in profits instead of investing them in new plant and equipment. Implies Apple is greedy for only making iphones out of the country but still could make 50% profit (a debatable figure) if they made it here in the US. Says nothing about the threat of the EPA’s regulations regarding CO2. Says nothing about outsourcing of the nation’s energy supply buy drilling bans which killed thousands of high paying jobs in the Gulf much less literally hundreds of thousands of jobs outsourced by the oil and gas companies because of the government’s numerous other bans and obstacles to domestic energy production…

    It never ceases to amaze me the lengths liberals go to ignore the facts in order to cherry pick ones that only conform to their agenda. The truth is found in the sum of the facts, ignornance and foolishness is found by reveling in only some of the facts.

    Comment by dscott — January 21, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

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