Who voted “for” the VAT, extras ….

Last week, John McCain entered a resolution in the Senate that stated:

“It is the sense of the Senate that the Value Added Tax is a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America’s economic recovery.”

Good on McCain. The resolution passed 85 to 13 – TALK about bipartisanship! So, who voted against it? One republican and 12 democrats.

George Voinovich (Ohio)
Daniel Akaka (Hawaii)
Jeff Bingaman (N.M.)
Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Robert Byrd (W.Va.)
Ben Cardin (Md.)
Byron Dorgan (N.D.)
Ted Kaufman (Del.)
Carl Levin (Mich.)
Jack Reed (R.I.)
Tom Udall (N.M.)
James Webb (Va.)
Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.).

Carl Levin – loverly.

On a totally different note, James Taranto had a great piece yesterday in the WSJ about the “racism” of the Tea Party movement.

To keep blacks voting Democratic, it is necessary for the party and its supporters to keep alive the idea that racism is prevalent in America and to portray the Republican Party (as well as independent challengers to the Democrats, such as the tea-party movement) as racist. The election of Barack Obama made nonsense of the idea that America remains a racist country and thereby necessitated an intensifying of attacks on the opposition as racist.
These charges of racism are partly based on circular reasoning. Among Blow’s evidence that the tea-party movement is racist is “a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday [that] found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic.” Other polls have put the black proportion as high as 5% (and, as Tom Maguire notes, Blow misreports his own paper’s Hispanic figure, which is actually 3%). But with blacks constituting some 12% of the population, there’s no question that the tea-party movement is whiter than the nation as a whole.
Yet to posit racism as an explanation is to ignore far more obvious and less invidious causes for the disparity. The tea-party movement’s racial composition reflects a pre-existing partisan alignment: The movement arose in opposition to the policies of a Democratic government, and the vast majority of blacks are Democrats, or at least vote for Democrats. Pride in the first black president, a normal and wholesome attitude, reinforces this partisan allegiance.

There’s another factor that might keep blacks away from tea parties: the perception, whether true or not, that the movement is racist–a perception that liberal politicians and commentators have worked tirelessly (and tiresomely) to propagate. Add to this the risk of race-based opprobrium from fellow blacks and even from white liberals for deviating from the way blacks are “supposed” to think.

Good stuff.

And, this piece caught my attention, because it truly is worthy of a Hugo Chavez comparison.

Interviewed on MSNBC, a visibly shaken Jay Barbree — the longtime NBC science correspondent — described the duplicity of President Obama. Put simply, Obama’s campaign rhetoric — that he would preserve NASA’s cutting-edge science and engineering expertise — was, like so many of his promises, a fabrication. And he couldn’t even tell them to their faces.

BARBREE: …I’m a little disturbed right now, Alex. I just found out some very disturbing news. The President came down here in his campaign and told these 15,000 workers here at the Space Center that if they would vote for him, that he would protect their jobs. 9,000 of them are about to lose their job. He is speaking before 200, extra hundred people here today only. It’s invitation only. He has not invited a single space worker from this space port to attend. It’s only academics and other high officials from outside of the country. Not one of them is invited to hear the President of the United States, on their own space port, speak today. Back to you Alex.

Not a single space worker. Only academics and high officials from outside the country? A. Mazing.

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3 Comments on “Who voted “for” the VAT, extras ….”

  1. OC Says:

    Hugo Chavez comparison? Ha. Hitler. Chavez. Hitler. Chavez. Who to choose, who to choose…

    :YAWN: Bored now. I’m going for a nap. I’ll probably be back to mock you in November when you don’t regain your lost seats. Until then, stroke yourselves silly.

  2. Vmaximus Says:

    Ocean Cat is leaving! Yea!
    (I bet she is surprised in November)

  3. TGSG Says:

    “Hugo Chavez comparison? Ha. Hitler. Chavez. Hitler. Chavez. Who to choose, who to choose…”

    I’m sure it would take very little time to find examples of A and B. In that respect you failed miserably in your attempt to mock there OC.

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