With the president’s poll numbers plummeting, Peggy Noonan contends he “appears to be attempting to move toward the center, or what he believes is the center.” (Appears to be attempting . . . . hmmm . . . . that’s quite a qualification.) And while she is correct to note that in his jobs speech last week at the Brookings Institute, he did acknowledge the role of small business in creating the bulk of new jobs and that he propsed a new round of tax cuts for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, he remains addicted to government spending.
While the “stimulus” may not have created the jobs that he and his team promised it would, he has proposed yet another such program, spending even more taxpayer money (as well as that of our descendants) on “infrastructure investment” and “aid to state and local governments.”
Doesn’t sound like a move to the center. Sounds more like he’s standing firm on the left.
The president would show that he is really moving to the center if he vetoes the bloating spending bill that Congress just passed and abandons his support for a radical overhaul of the nation’s health care system. That bill increases federal spending at a rate far above inflation and includes “an estimated $3.9 billion . . . for more than 5,000” earmarks. Alas, that Republican legislators, apparently not aware of the election results of 2006 and 2008, have also included their pet projects in this budget boondoggle.
When the LA Times called Annise Parker, Houston’s Mayor-Elect “conservative,” I thought that maybe this lesbian is a Republican, but, alas, she is not. In the Space City’s mayoral runoff yesterday, she “defeated former City Attorney Gene Locke on an austere platform, convincing voters that her financial bona fides and restrained promises would be best suited in trying financial times.”
Seems the main issue which propelled her to victory wasn’t her sexuality, but her fiscal common sense. While she was “opposed by conservative religious groups and anti-gay activists“,
Houston voters [were] concerned less with lifestyle issues and more with bread-and-butter issues like the budget, public safety and city services, said Bob Stein, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.
She wasn’t running as the lesbian candidate for Mayor, but as a prudent manager of the city’s finances who happened to be lesbian. Her victory seems to be emblematic of the changing attitudes toward gays, that if gay and lesbian candidates run for office on issues of concern to voters in their jurisdiction, where their sexuality is incidental to their political philosophy and campaign platform, voters will look past their sexuality and consider the merits of their person and their policy proposals.
With Mayor-Elect Parker’s background in financial management and commitment to sound budgetary policies, it looks like, come January 1, the City of Houston will be in good hands.
(H/t for news of election Instapundit.)
Here we are twelve days before Christmas and Democrats want to overhaul our nation’s health care system before members adjourn to celebrate the holiday with their kith and kin. Problem is they don’t have a draft of the bill they can share with Senate Republicans, indeed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn’t even shown a copy to his own deputy, Richard Durbin, the Number Two Democrat in the United States Senate:
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin admitted Friday that he is “in the dark” about the national health care bill currently under construction by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an exchange on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Durbin, “Should we not at least be informed as to what the proposal is that the Senate Majority Leader is going to propose to the entire Senate?” Durbin’s answer: “I would say to the senator from Arizona that I am in the dark almost as much as he is, and I am in the leadership.” Durbin explained that during a Democratic caucus, Reid and the small group of senators involved in crafting the bill turned to their fellow Democrats and “basically stood and said, ‘We are sorry, we can’t tell you in detail what was involved.’”
They haven’t even told their own partisan colleagues what’s involved. Maybe Reid can’t share a copy with Durbin because even he doesn’t know what’s (to be?) included.
Let’s see, then, our elected representatives haven’t seen the bill and don’t really know what’s in it. And in the fewer than two weeks before Christmas, they want to vote on this while the American people are busy doing their holiday shopping and otherwise preparing for various religious solstice festivals. Seems like a way of slipping one past us.
Kudos to Senator McCain for pressing his Illinois colleague on the contents of this legislation. And kudos to Mr. Durbin for his honesty. He has helped expose an emerging reality of this past year of Democratic governance. Keeping us all in the dark. A more transparent government, this ain’t.