“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.”