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“And tidings of com­fort and joy from Harry Reid too. The Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader has de­cided that the last few days be­fore Christ­mas are the op­por­tune mo­ment for a nar­row ma­jor­ity of Democrats to stuff Oba­maCare through the Se­nate to meet an ar­bi­trary White House dead­line. Bar­ring some ex­traor­di­nary re­ver­sal, it now seems as if they have the 60 votes they need to jump off this cliff, with one-sev­enth of the econ­omy in tow,” the Wall Street Jour­nal said Dec. 21 in an ed­i­to­rial.

“Mr. Obama promised a new era of trans­par­ent good gov­ern­ment, yet on Satur­day morn­ing [Dec. 19] Mr. Reid threw out the 2,100-page bill that the world’s great­est de­lib­er­a­tive body spent just 17 days de­bat­ing and re­placed it with a new ‘man­ager’s amend­ment’ that was sta­pled to­gether in covert par­ti­san ne­go­ti­a­tions. Democrats are barely even both­er­ing to pre­tend to care what’s in it, not that any se­na­tor had the chance to di­gest it in the 38 hours be­fore the first clo­ture vote at 1 a.m. [Mon­day Dec. 21] morn­ing. Af­ter pro­ce­dural mo­tions that al­low for no amend­ments, the fi­nal vote was set for De­cem­ber 24.

“Even in World War I, there was a Christ­mas truce,” the news­pa­per said.

“The rushed, se­cre­tive way that a bill this de­struc­tive and un­pop­u­lar is be­ing forced on the coun­try shows that ‘re­form’ has de­volved into the raw ex­er­cise of po­lit­i­cal power for the sin­gle pur­pose of per­ma­nently ex­pand­ing the Amer­i­can en­ti­tle­ment state. An in­creas­ing roll of leaders in health care and busi­ness are looking on aghast at a bill that is so large and con­vo­luted that no one can truly un­der­stand it, as Fi­nance Chair­man Max Bau­cus ad­mit­ted on the floor [two weeks ago]. The only goal is to ram it into law while the po­lit­i­cal win­dow is still open, and clean up the mess later.”

“Here’s one way to help the peo­ple of In­di­ana re­mem­ber: Mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to In­di­ana Sen. Evan Bayh, who’s up in 2010. And here’s an ob­vi­ous chal­lenger: Mike Pence,” Mr. Kris­tol said.

“Sure, it’s a long shot (Bayh got 62 per­cent of the vote in 2004). But if vot­ers are as up­set as they may well be, Pence could make the race com­pet­i­tive. If he won, he’d be a lead­ing pos­si­bil­ity for na­tional of­fice as soon as 2012. If he loses, but runs a re­spectable race — which surely he’ll do — he’d have a good shot to suc­ceed Mitch Daniels as gov­er­nor in 2012.

“It’s true Pence would be giv­ing up a safe con­gres­sional seat and a po­si­tion in the House lead­er­ship. But there are al­ready good young Repub­li­cans — Eric Can­tor, Paul Ryan, et al. — in the House. An ar­tic­u­late, con­ser­va­tive first-term se­na­tor who had knocked off a ‘safe’ Demo­crat in a state Obama car­ried in 2008 — that would be some­thing . . . for Pence, for the GOP, and for con­ser­va­tives na­tion­wide.” Pittsburgh Tri­bune-Re­view.

“In Copen­hagen they tried to put to­gether a deal to save the world’s forests while we rode around with mil­lions of Christ­mas trees tied to our car roofs,” said Mr. Reiland, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of eco­nomics at Robert Mor­ris Uni­ver­sity.

“Among the ruses that came out of Copen­hagen, they called on rich coun­tries to pay poor coun­tries to not cut down their trees.

“In other tree news, Al­ter­na­tive Con­sumer mag­a­zine says we should stop buy­ing Christ­mas trees and just draw hol­i­day trees on old shop­ping bags. Here’s the green pre­scrip­tion from Al­ter­na­tive Con­sumer for fam­ily fun dur­ing the hol­i­days and how the tree should look for the kids on Christ­mas morn­ing:

“ ‘No tree. No driv­ing to the tree lot, watch­ing them saw the tree down, wrap­ping it in plas­tic and then driv­ing back home. No driv­ing to Tar­get, buy­ing a plas­tic tree and driv­ing home. We make a tree mu­ral out of shop­ping bags and leave a few Sharpies around to dec­o­rate with. It’s per­sonal, mean­ing­ful and 100 per­cent re­cy­cled.’

“Well, not 100 per­cent, un­less the fam­ily went Dump­ster div­ing for some used Sharpies.

“Imag­ine grow­ing up in a house like that and not turn­ing into a guilt-rid­den psy­cho. I say cut down the trees and save the kids from de­vel­op­ing a mixed bag of anti-so­cial per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders — things like ex­ces­sive fear, envy, ar­ro­gance, pes­simism and an anti-cap­i­tal­ist, anti-Amer­i­can ethos.” so­lutely bonkers and lu­natics are in charge.

Dic­ta­tors [Robert] Mu­gabe [of Zim­babwe] and [Hugo] Chavez [of Venezuela] are treated with re­spect, and the United Na­tions is se­ri­ous about want­ing to reg­u­late our in­dus­try and trans­fer our wealth to klep­to­crats and geno­ci­dal ma­ni­acs.

“Even more fright­en­ing, our own leaders joined the cir­cus. March­ing to the beat of in­ter­na­tional drum­mers, they uncoupled them­selves from the will of the peo­ple they were elected to serve.

“Pres­i­dent Obama, for whom I voted be­cause I be­lieved he was the best choice avail­able, is a pro­found dis­ap­point­ment. I now re­gard his cam­paign as a sly bait-and-switch op­er­a­tion, promis­ing one thing and de­liv­er­ing an­other. Shame on me. Equally sur­pris­ing, he has be­come an in­suf­fer­able bore. The grace notes and charm have van­ished, with pee­vish­ness and petty spite his de­fault emo­tions. His rhetor­i­cal gifts now serve his loath­some habit of fear-mon­ger­ing.”

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