Sunday, September 30, 2012

YES on Proposal 6.

I am unconvinced that we need a new bridge and I am certain that the guarantee Michigan "will never pay anything" can easily be subverted in the future. This bridge agreement is nothing more than an executive decree. I would vote against building the bridge if I had the opportunity, but I have a hard time amending the Constitution for that narrow purpose.

Here are some of the arguments for and against.

A Canadian who doesn't like the agreement (would vote "YES" on Prop 6):
The PM/Governerd Non-Agreement DRIC Agreement
Governerd’s Bill 411: How Michigan Taxpayers Really Pay For DRIC

It is worth asking why Canada is willing to pay for the whole thing. Apparently, it will provide for better long range transport of goods landed at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Those goods would otherwise most likely pass through the Port of New York. Canada has an economic reason to fund, and control, this bridge: Competing with an American port.

The opposition to Proposal 6 seems to be composed mostly of ad hominem attacks and arguments that the agreement absolutely means Michigan will never pay anything.

Unfortunately, while Michigan may not be required to pay, neither is it prevented from finding creative ways to pay. As State Representative Paul Opsommer pointed out in the LSJ today, "[There is n]o ban or limit to the creation of a community benefits program for Detroit and Windsor. During House discussion, Detroit wanted $100 million with no strings attached."

I very much dislike amending the Constitution to require votes on bridges. However, in the course of writing this post, I have changed from a NO to a YES on Proposal 6.

The manner in which Governor Snyder has foisted this deal on Michigan should be challenged, and is the greater of two evils. I'm holding my nose and voting YES on Proposal 6.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The American people are easily misled... err... confused

What Mr. Clinton is saying is that a majority of Americans can't tell the difference between the word "Is" and the word "is." He should know.

It depends, don't you see.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

NO on Proposal 3.

Michigan voters are faced with 6 ballot proposals in the November election.
Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law
Proposal 2: The 'Protect Our Jobs' Amendment
Proposal 3: '25 x 25' Renewable Energy Standard
Proposal 4: The Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers
Proposal 5: The Two-Thirds Majority Tax Limitation
Proposal 6: The International Bridge/Tunnel Voting Requirement

I will have something to say on each of these. I start with Prop 3, because I have serendipitously found some dots related to it. These dots connect themselves.

Germany's wind power chaos should be a warning to the UK
Because renewable energy must by law have priority in supplying the grid, the owners of conventional power stations, finding they have to run plants unprofitably, are so angry that they are threatening to close many of them down. The government response, astonishingly, has been to propose a new law forcing them to continue running their plants at a loss.
No one is allowed to "go Galt" in Germany. A warning to the UK, certainly, and to Michigan: The Projected Economic Impact of Proposal 3 and Michigan’s Renewable Energy Standard

Unfortunately, wind-power fits perfectly with the president's plans for redistributing wealth and ensuring “…Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket”.



As it happened, the president couldn't get Cap and Trade passed. Instead, he loosed the dogs of regulation at the EPA.

Without cheap and effective energy storage, wind-power will never fill more than a niche. It may increase greenhouse gases by forcing the real power plants to run at idling speeds. Wind-power dependency will reduce the reliability of the grid.

Proponents must necessarily purport to know precisely the best alternative energy technology 13 years from now. This is spectacularly risible, given the result of their taxpayer funded bets on the ethanol and battery corporatists. A Constitutional amendment to enforce such a fever dream vision is incredibly stupid.

Proposal 3 is a very bad idea. I am voting NO.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Diplomatic note to the shores of Tripoli:

While the United States of America thoroughly condemns images that offend your exquisite religious sensitivities, it is our official position that use of RPGs at film festivals is overzealous. We have therefore withdrawn our Ambassador.

Notwithstanding that sanction, and as a show of good faith, we have given a "two thumbs down" rating to the perpetrator of the most recent offense against The Prophet Mohammed. See attached photograph. The United States therefore expects all film related festivities in the Middle East and Africa to cease being hosted on US soil.

To further encourage a return to normal relations, the President of the United States will issue an executive order banning showings of the movie
"Zero Dark Thirty." As you may know, this film documents the death of Osama bin-Laden. The rumor that President Obama's Administration directly co-operated in the making of that film must be stopped.

Below you will find reporting indicating that the American people fully support our initiatives.

Yours Truly,
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of Statism

Alleged 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker taken in for interview

Pay No Attention to the Burning Flags, Stormed Consulates, and Dead Americans . . .
By Victor Davis Hanson
Raging crowds and Islamic wrath could not possibly be connected to the enlightened Obama administration or, more generally to a U.S. that has been “reset” on his watch — given the three years of laborious Muslim outreach and the long-ago departure of George Bush. So we are to think away all those burning flags, stormed consulates, and dead Americans, and instead remember that the violence “is a response,” a sort of cry of the heart against a couple of America-residing video makers — and has nothing much to do with any anger at well-meaning Americans per se.
The Unofficial Campaign’s Latest Disinformation Offensive
Paul A. Rahe
The American people cannot be allowed to discover that Barack Obama’s policy of appeasement has persuaded our enemies that we are weak and feckless and has elicited aggression on their part. Nor can they be allowed to learn that Hillary Clinton and our minions have been grossly negligent with regard to the security of our embassies, consulates, and other installations in the larger Muslim world. Instead, we must ignore the spirit of the First Amendment and vent our wrath on an inept Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Illegal immigrants being pwnd, Democrats committing vote fraud, Useful idiots calling for confiscation of all profits, Union bosses lying about their employers, God is dead to Democrats, Women defined as vaginas

Just a day at the Democrat's convention.

Young face put on illegal immigration at DNC
“I’ve had to live almost my entire life knowing I could be deported just because of the way I came here.” And "how you came here," that would be… illegally? Same with how you stay here?

Just whose votes does Obama expect to gain by suing Arizona, or issuing that executive "no deportation" order? A possible answer:
State Rep. Hudson Hallum, 3 Others Plead Guilty to Election Fraud

Democrats loudly proclaim there's no such thing as vote fraud, and call Republicans racists for mentioning it. But, is there any reason to believe arranging for illegal immigrants to vote would have caused Hudson Hallum the slightest pang of conscience? Is there any reason to believe the president's executive order was not crassly political in its timing? He could have done it over 3 years ago if he thought it about justice or compassion.

DNC delegates: Let’s ban corporate profits!
And these are people supposedly knowledgeable about politics and business? They are selecting THEIR candidate for the most (as yet) important job in the world.

Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn’t Work for Bain
They've got commercials where Democrat operatives claim to have converted from the GOP, why not someone who prevaricates about where he worked?

On the removal of "God," and "Jerusalem" from the platform. First, the floor vote was obviously a fraud. Second, the President either knew about it and agrees, or didn't know about it and is incompetent. On his record, I lean toward believing the former - his acolytes made it clear they (also) don't like people "clinging to religion," or calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel. As if it was their decision rather than Israel's.

Then, there's the nearly incoherent speech by Sandra Fluke. Ms Fluke became famous because Rush Limbaugh used the word 'slut' to describe her demand that you pay for her birth control pills. Slut is imprecise, because it leaves out the Federal pimp. I'd say 'cheap whore to big government.' Cheap, because the contraceptives she wants your Uncle Sam on the hook for cost 4 bucks a month. Whore, because it's not about wanting to have sex, it's about making someone else pay for it.

DNC delegates: Let’s ban corporate profits!

And these are people supposedly knowledgable about politics and economics? They want to say Obama's" "You didn't build that," is taken out of context? They ARE the context.

Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn’t Work for Bain

They've got commercials where Democrat operatives claim to have converted from the GOP, why not someone who prevaricates about where he worked?

The Democrats think these ideas are good ones for their brand. Consider that while (if) you're watching the soaring rhetorician accept his annointment tonight.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ironic?

Add obeisance to Barack Obama to its historical tendencies, and one expects the New York Times means this article to show that Obama works extremely hard to become super-competent at anything he does.

What is actually demonstrated is that Barack Obama is an egomaniacal poseur with a perhaps significant ADHD component. As a bonus, the contrast between his supposed super-competency and his actual job performance lurks, smiling like the Cheshire cat, between each and every line of the story. Either the author and editors have a most sublime sense of irony, or they are utterly ignorant that the word "irony" exists. There is no middle ground. The story is brimming with lines that a vehement Obama supporter should see as outrageous criticism. Much as I hate to send any traffic to the NYT, it is well worth reading the whole thing for laughs. Or what would be laughs if this guy was not President.

An example - possibly the least - "If he [Obama] picks up something new, at first he’s not good, but he’ll work until he gets better." Apparently, this is considered remarkable in elite Democrat circles, and deemed quotable by the NYT.

And - "So perhaps it is not surprising that he [Obama] cites not just his record, but also every other accomplishment he can think of." Cite his record? He hasn't mentioned Obamacare or Libya since 100 rounds of golf ago. No wonder he hypes his ability to deliver “the best rendition ever” of “Green Eggs and Ham...” No word on whether he used a teleprompter for that.

Overconfident past the point of arrogance. Disdainful of his opponent. Just how we want him to enter the debates - thinking the chair he's sitting in isn't actually devoid of occupancy.

P.S. As I reread the first two paragraphs, I'm thinking maybe the NYT does understand irony. This is a remarkably snarky introduction:
As Election Day approaches, President Obama is sharing a few important things about himself. He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks “a really mean chili.” He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience. He is “a surprisingly good pool player,” he informed an interviewer — not to mention (though he does) a doodler of unusual skill.

All in all, he joked at a recent New York fund-raiser with several famous basketball players in attendance, “it is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.”
If he's lost the New York Times, he's lost the east coast condescending leftist elite, and maybe some of their toadies in fly-over country.