Friday Must Reads

16 Jan

Commentary: Bush saved 10 million lives
Bill Frist, via CNN

(CNN) — A legacy of President George W. Bush will be that he saved 10 million lives around the world. His critics ignore it, but name another president about whom one can say that with such certainty. It is what historians will say a decade from now looking back. Not bad for a president who leaves office with the lowest approval rating in recent memory.
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A Government Of the Goofs, By the Goofs, For the Goofs
Michelle Malkin, TownHall

There’s an old saying from the bowels of the Beltway bureaucracy: “Screw up, move up.” Rewarding failure is an immutable trait of the bipartisan Washington political culture. Just ask Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary nominee Tim Geithner and the Senate Republicans who are blindly standing by him.
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Debate Over; It’s Freezing
David Harsanyi, TownHall

The carbon footprint of Barack Obama’s inauguration could exceed 575 million pounds of CO2. According to the Institute for Liberty, it would take the average U.S. household nearly 60,000 years of naughty ecological behavior to produce a carbon footprint equal to the largest self-congratulatory event in the history of humankind.
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Bloodlust of the Avenging Left
David Limbaugh, TownHall

If President Bush and his crew manipulated intelligence, which has always been a malicious slander, then so must have the major intelligence agencies of all other major nations in the world, which independently reached the same conclusions about Iraqi WMD. An uncanny coincidence, indeed.
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Stimulating Our Way to Rock Bottom
Ron Paul, via Real Clear Politics

With attention turning to the next big economic stimulus package, questions are still swirling about our economic troubles. How did we get here? How do we get out? As usual, Washington has all the wrong answers. According to many politicians, we got here by not spending enough, not consuming enough, and not regulating enough. Now government, like some mythical white knight, is going to ride in to save the day by blanketing the economy with dollars, hiring an army of new bureaucrats, creating make-work jobs, and sending everyone some form of a bailout check. The debate seems to focus on whether this will cost enough to save the economy, or if this is just a “down payment” with much more government spending to come. Talk like that would be comical, if the results weren’t going to be so tragic.
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Outdoor Wire Names Obama “Gun Salesman of the Year”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In recognition of the unprece­dented demand for firearms by nervous consumers, The Outdoor Wire, the nation’s largest daily electronic news service for the outdoor industry, has named President-elect Barack Obama its “Gun Salesman of the Year”. With the selection, Outdoor Wire publisher Jim Shepherd says it is time the firearms industry recognizes the fact that without President-elect Obama’s frightening consumers into action, the firearms industry might be suffering the same sort of business slumps that have befallen the automotive and housing industries.
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And around the Commonwealth

McAuliffe Doesn’t Get It
Richmond Times-Dispatch

McAuliffe responded to McDonnell’s prudent proposals with a hyperventilating release that blasted McDonnell for failing to address economic stimulus. The tone struck a familiar chord. Indeed, its grumpy partisanship recalled one of those emissions from the Virginia Republican Party that rips Tim Kaine and other Democrats for breathing. We have taken the GOP to task for precisely this approach; the electorate has turned on Republicans for transforming everything into a partisan Armageddon. Our advice to McAuliffe is to find a different textbook. Read more.
H/T Virginia Virtucon

McDonnell Leads Rivals in Fundraising
The Washington Post

RICHMOND, Jan. 15 — While three Democrats slug it out for their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is building a bankroll that could give the GOP a crucial advantage as it tries to win back the governor’s mansion this year, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.

Bolling has 2,400x Muldoon’s Cash On Hand
Virginia Virtucon

Actually, Bolling has at least 2,407 times the amount of cash on hand that Muldoon does.

In AG Race, Cuccinelli is Early “Dough” Boy
WTOP via Virginia Virtucon

In the attorney general’s race, Democrat Steve Shannon entered the election year with far more money than any attorney general candidate. Shannon, a House of Delegates member unopposed for the Democratic nomination, reported $747,000 on hand. In the GOP field, state Sen. Kenneth Cuccinelli had $228,000 on hand, John Brownlee had nearly $117,000 and David Foster had about $54,000. John Fishwick, a Democrat who dropped out of the race, reported $142,000 on hand. Rich Savage, who didn’t announce his candidacy until Jan. 2, had $16,000 banked.

2 Responses to “Friday Must Reads”

  1. Tom Sanchez Prunier January 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    How does 100,000 dead Iraqis, 4,200 dead U.S. soldiers, 1,000 dead New Orleans residents equal 10 million saved lives?

    This isn’t science fiction. The bush saber rattling has created chaos throughout the region and brought terrorism to England, Spain, India – the list goes on and on.

    The bush legacy will be incompetence. It was a greater blow to the U.S than 9/11. That I can say with great confidence. An embarrassing chapter in our country’s history, and hopefully the last of the double-digit IQ presidents.

    Sorry, I’m a little extra cheddar today. It’s just becoming more and more apparent that the Right Wing apparatchiks will not stop deluding the public about this infantile man or any of their causes.

    Michael, you and I have met people who clearly didn’t finish reading the back cover the Cliff’s Notes and think themselves an expert. The difference here is that people like Frist (and I fear you) accept them as accomplished people if they say they are for immigration reform, the death penalty, prayer in school and against homosexuality, abortion and a separation of church and state.

    Please, your better than this.

  2. Tom Sanchez Prunier January 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Oops, I forgot the 3,000 U.S. civilians killed during Operation Vigiliant Guard, Operation Vigiliant Guardian, Operation Whatever and Operation Whachamacallit, also known as 9/11.

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