Asking the wrong question

I love pollsters.

That’s said only partly tongue-in-cheek.  They provide such amusement.

Today another asked the wrong question.

(Paraphrasing) The caller said “Sen. Harry Reid’s health care reform bill will raise taxes and costs and bring nothing new to the American consumer.  Do you agree Congress should defeat this bill and start anew at health care reform?”

You could almost hear the disappointment in the caller’s voice when I said “no”.

Not that I don’t want this bill defeated; I do.  I think it’s full of nonworkable “solutions” that only congressional staffers and special-interests (not necessarily even health-related special interests) could devise.

But Congress?  Come on.  The same organization that gave you TSA, which proved last weekend how well it can do its job?  The same organization that gave us the IRS, the Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, and two constitutionally ineligible Cabinet secretaries?  The organization that oversees the notoriously bureaucratic and inefficient Department of Veterans Affairs medical system?

Surely you jest.

Now, had the caller asked the right questions:

– Do you agree with the Senate’s Health Care proposal? (No)

– Do you think the Congress should start over? (A big YES, but that’s separate from “Do you thing Congress should start anew to devise a health care plan?”)

– Do you want Congress to pass a health care reform?  (Maybe, but I want to see what they define as “reform”.)

He might have had very, very different answers.

US Anti-piracy Strategy

Give ’em what they want, and wait for the Marines.  At least, that seems to be it.

Of the nonmilitary options, including allowing sailors to defend themselves, the US is bowing to “unions, insurers, and foreign ports”.

Am I to presume we’re bowing to the idea that our ships in foreign ports are foreign soil?

And since unions apparently can’t figure out how to make shooting ability rise with seniority, they can’t justify, even in their own minds, pay for actual performance.  If we could somehow ensure the 10-year guy shoots better than the 5-year guy,  maybe they’d wise up.

And insurers are afraid they’d have to pay out for a lunatic lawsuit that says all firearms manufacturers are guilty if in the process of repelling a boarding, a pirate got killed and now they’re being sued?

For a nation that thinks we should “punish” North Korea or Iran for acting in what it presumes to be its best interests,  we certainly are proving ourselves a bunch of wimps.

Hand the sailors firearms  if they have proven to be non-violent, law-abiding citizens (and why are we hiring them if they aren’t?), declare US ships to be US soil, require sailors to follow the rules, and see the piracy of US ships abate.

Is Jim Webb always this stupid?

As I’ve remarked time and again, I wrote Jim Webb and Mark Warner early on to oppose the nominations of Clinton and Salazar on constitutional grounds.

I guess I should be thrilled I received a reply from Webb?   Never mind that it IGNORED the issue I raised, and instead addressed an issue that I believe to be irrelevant because I have no faith in the character of Bill or Hillary Clinton.

Webb’s response:

Dear Ms. xxxxx:

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the nomination of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State.  I appreciate your taking the time to share your views with me.

On December 12, the Clinton Foundation and the Obama Presidential Transition Team signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which was designed to allay the concerns regarding President Clinton‘s activities with respect to the Clinton Foundation and Senator Clinton‘s ability to serve as Secretary of State.

President Clinton has published all of the Foundation’s past contributors, and agreed to publish the names of all future contributors  to his Foundation; to forego his solicitation of sponsorship funds to the Clinton Global Initiative; to incorporate CGI as an entity separate from his Foundation; to forego foreign gatherings of CGI; to forego foreign government contributions to CGI; and to have any new foreign government contributions and increases in foreign government contributions reviewed in advance by career ethics officials at the State Department. Since the signing of the MOU, the Clinton Foundation has volunteered the names of more than 200,000 donors.  This issue has been looked at carefully and the MOU will ensure that transparency is paramount and there will not be a conflict of interest.

As you may know, on January 21, 2009, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State.  I supported her nomination and believe Secretary Clinton is well qualified for the job.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I appreciate having the benefit of your views.  I would also invite you to visit my website at for regular updates about my activities and positions on matters that are important to Virginia and our nation.

Thank you once again for contacting me.

Jim Webb

United States Senator


Please do not reply. This is not a working email address.

I’m not sure which I despise most — not responding, or responding to someone else’s concerns.

Sen. Warner fits right in

I have contacted Senators Webb and Warner three times already in the 111th Congress.  I urged them to do the right thing and oppose the nominations of Clinton and Salazar (per Article 1, Section VI, Para 2), and to oppose Holder on the grounds that he doesn’t understand civil liberties.

Warner hit the Democratic ground running, and showed why he’s a politician (emphasis and comments, of course, are mine):

Thank you for contacting me regarding President Obama’s nominees to serve in the executive branch.  I appreciate your thoughts on this matter.

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Consititution [duh, yeah, I obviously read the Constitution, since I quoted the article which disqualifies Clinton and Salazar] provides that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint…Officers of the United States….”  As a former Chief Executive [politician speak — Regard me highly for I am he], I respect the constitutional authority and prerogative of the President, regardless of party, to select nominees for the executive branch who he believes will best serve the interest [so why select Holder?] of the American people.  I, also, take very seriously the Senate’s constitutional duty to render advice and consent on these nominations [if so, you would realize your duty to advise this is unconstitutional, despite the parliamentary games and the fact it’s been done before].

Again, thank you for writing.  I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind when these nominations reach the full Senate for consideration [He expects me to believe this?].

Three paragraphs to say nothing but “shut up and color”.

He’s the junior Senator.  He has to play “Mother, May I?” to some degree.  I had higher hopes.

At least he responded.  That’s more than Webb usually does.

Senate Confirms 6 Obama Cabinet Secretaries

Senate Confirms 6 Obama Cabinet Secretaries – First 100 Days of Presidency – Politics

‘Guess it doesn’t matter that Salazar is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office.  (Section 6, Article 2).

Clinton is likewise ineligible.  But that won’t stop her fan club Congress from confirming her.

IIRC, Reagan was the last honorable man to skip a nomination because of this issue.  Just because others have done it does not make it right.

I can’t find the recorded votes, yet, on the bills that rolled back pay.  It may have been voice votes, but I will be remembering which of my representatives vote to ignore the Constitution.

Published in: on January 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Something about a woman with a winnebago?????

Oh, wait, that was Gore.

This is Clinton, making up stories about hard-time-Charley.

This is getting really old.

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Depends what “is” is

Because “pledged” apparently doesn’t mean pledged, either ….

We know to a Clinton, one’s word doesn’t mean anything.  Seems that’s what they expect of the rest of the world, too.

Well, they are Democrats, after all

Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 9:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yeah, you go girl…..

Yes, she would have….

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she would have left the church that Barack Obama attends if her minister had talked about America the way Obama’s pastor has.

Says two things to me:

– Don’t stand by people who speak their minds if they might embarrass you.  I’m not standing up for Wright – the fact he’s a racist preacher is two strikes against him in my book – but I surely understand working from within, starting a dialog with people, and allowing that I don’t have to think like another to remain close with him.

– Hindsight is 20/20.  It’s amazing all the stuff she would have done (like ducking sniper fire, maybe)  – and how little she really has.

Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment