Archive for October 23rd, 2008

October 23, 2008

When in doubt, blame Bush

Joe Curl gives Maverick a chance to do what he does best — bash Republicans:

Sen. John McCain on Wednesday blasted President Bush for building a mountain of debt for future generations, failing to pay for expanding Medicare and abusing executive powers, leveling his strongest criticism to date of an administration whose unpopularity may be dragging the Republican Party to the brink of a massive electoral defeat.
“We just let things get completely out of hand,” he said of his own party’s rule in the past eight years. . . .
“Spending, the conduct of the war in Iraq for years, growth in the size of government, larger than any time since the Great Society, laying a $10 trillion debt on future generations of America, owing $500 billion to China, obviously, failure to both enforce and modernize the [financial] regulatory agencies that were designed for the 1930s and certainly not for the 21st century, failure to address the issue of climate change seriously,” Mr. McCain said in an interview with The Washington Times aboard his campaign plane en route from New Hampshire to Ohio.
“Those are just some of them,” he said with a laugh, chomping into a peanut butter sandwich as a few campaign aides in his midair office joined in the laughter.

Notice he doesn’t criticize Bush for supporting amnesty. Wonder why? Curl is giving the McCain campaign a chance to blame their defeat on Bush. However, McCain led Obama as late as Sept. 16, before he started blaming greedy Republicans for the financial crisis. If Obama had led all along, it would have been another story, but clearly McCain controlled his own destiny into September, then blew it. The “blame Bush” explanation won’t work.

October 23, 2008

Bailout damages Chambliss in Ga.

John McCain isn’t the only one suffering for his support for the $700 billion bailout. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is paying the price, too:

[Democrat challenger Jim] Martin’s surge in the polls coincided with Mr. Chambliss’ support earlier this month of the Bush administration’s $700 billion Wall Street bailout package.
“That’s when things started to fall apart for him,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock.

Please note that the collapse of support for Chambliss is not because Georgia suddenly became “progressive.” It isn’t because his Democratic opponent is charismatic or has a brilliant campaign strategy. It is solely because Chambliss supported the bailout. When people try to figure out what went wrong in 2008, they should not neglect the fact that the big-government approach to the financial crisis was overhwelmingly unpopular.

Libertarian populism, anyone?

October 23, 2008

Undercover agent on Ayers

“Eliminating 25 million people . . . and they were dead serious“:

People have forgotten the 1981 Nyack armored car robbery involving some of Ayers’ proteges, including Kathy Boudin, whose son was raised by Ayers and Dorhn after she was convicted for her role in a crime that took the lives of two policemen. People have forgotten that the 1970 townhouse explosion that killed three of Ayers’ followers was caused by a bomb that was planned for a dance at Fort Dix, N.J.

Ayers planned a bloody revolution. Real people were killed by his followers, and many others would have died had they succeeded in their plans for a Marxist revolution. But nobody knows, and nobody cares, and thousands of college professors take his side, and all the most powerful institutions of the media ignore the fact that Ayers has blood on his hands.

UPDATE: Oh, yeah, and did I mention that Bill Ayers is a communist? He has never repudiated his status as a revolutionary.

UPDATE II: Michelle Malkin has more.

October 23, 2008

Academics support Ayers

Three thousand commie professors:

More than 3,000 educators nationwide, including six Brown University professors, have signed a statement supporting William Ayers — the man Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain called a “washed-up terrorist” at the third presidential debate. . . .
In response to the McCain campaign’s focus on Ayers’ radical acts of the 1960s and 1970s, “Friends and supporters of Bill Ayers” are circulating a statement online to vouch for the professor he has become.

Check and see if your kid’s professor is on the list. Meanwhile, Comrade Ayers and Comrade Dohrn have a new book coming out:

Arguing that white supremacy has been the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days — and that it is still very much with us — the discussion points to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education. The book draws upon the authors’ own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.

Shut up, you racist honkies — but keep signing those tuition checks so they can teach your kids to hate you!

October 23, 2008

Grrrrr. Palin on illegals

Interviewed by Univision, she says she supports a “path to citizenship” for illegals:

There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant -there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants- not only economically is that just an impossibility but that’s not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration.

Gov. Palin, you have been deceived by the pro-amnesty crowd, who love to present this issue as a false dilemma, where we must choose between (a) amnesty for illegals or (b) a massive round-up of millions of illegals. This ignores the alternative favored by most opponents of amnesty, namely the attrition or “self-deportation” approach:

  • Enhance border security, to slow the influx of illegals.
  • Step up “interior enforcement,” especially targeting major employers of illegal labor.
  • Authorize state and local officials to identify and detain illegals (which would result in greatly enhanced interior enforcement).
  • Disqualify illegals for public benefits.

We have seen, as in the example of Prince William County, Va., when local officials act to step up enforcement against illegals, the result is a net outflow of illegals. If similar measures could be enacted on a nationwide basis, many illegals — unable to find employment, housing, etc. — would leave the country (self-deportation) and there would be a corresponding decrease of new illegals arriving, as word-of-mouth spread in the sending countries.

Once a net outflow developed — more illegals self-deporting than arriving annually, so that the illegal population was steadily decreasing — two major benefits would become apparent. First, there would be decreased political pressure for amnesty. Second, voters would no longer feel that their communities were being overrun by an invasion.

If government at all levels could work toward this attrition strategy for a few years, it would alleviate the crisis mentality that has developed over the past 15 years. As long as our borders are so evidently out of control, with hundreds of thousands of new illegals arriving every year, citizens will rightly demand a crackdown, and it will be politically impossible to enact any kind of comprehensive overhaul of the system.

Even those who favor a “path to citizenship” for illegals (which I do not) must understand that voters will not support such a measure so long as the illegal population continues to increase daily. Those who dismiss voter concerns by talking about the impossibility of mass deportations are missing the point entirely.

October 23, 2008

House GOP fears a ‘wave’

Paul Bedard at U.S. News:

A document provided to Washington Whispers from a House GOP official shows that they could lose a net 34 seats. That means the Democrats would have a 270-165 advantage in the 111th Congress. . . .
The tally shows several different ratings of 66 House Republicans in difficult races or open seats held by retiring Republicans. “Rating 1” finds 10 Republicans “likely gone.” Those districts are New York 13, Alaska, Arizona 1, Virginia 11, New York 25, Illinois 11, Florida 24, Michigan 7, Nevada 3, and North Carolina 8. Under “Rating 2,” nine Republican seats are listed as “leaning Democratic.” Under “Rating 3,” some 22 GOP seats are listed as “true toss-up.” The fourth rating, “lean Republican,” finds 15 seats in the category that comes with this warning: “If there’s a wave, some could be in trouble.”

A couple of weeks ago, a poll showed that only half of adults realized that Democrats are now in control of Congress. Nancy Pelosi is able to avoid blame by pointing the finger at Bush, a luxury she’ll lose when Obama’s president.