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Always high prices at Wal-Mart. Always.

Posted by Sal on January 13, 2006

At least in Maryland. The Maryland state legislature overturned the governor’s veto today on a bill that would require companies with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8% of their revenue on health care for their employees. While not specifically mentioning Wal-Mart in the bill, it was widely known to be targeting Wal-Mart.

While I’m not a fan of Wal-Mart (not for political or moral reasons, but rather because I just don’t care for the Wal-Mart stores in my area from the point of view of a shopper), no company should be forced to pay for a specific amount of health care. Most of Wal-Mart’s employees are part time people who do not require health care.

This will force Wal-Mart to raise its prices, as any restrictions on corporations are always passed to the consumer. Welcome to the People’s Republic of Maryland.

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The Gathering Storm

Posted by Sal on January 13, 2006

Iran is quickly becoming a hotbed of activity as they threaten to block inspections by the IAEA. The Eurpoean powers are about to referr the matter to the Security council to impose sanctions. As we all know, sanctions have never worked in the past, so expect a war with Iran within a year. The fact that Iran is reintroducing its nuclear program is troubling, especially coming after their recent statements about Israel, the U.S., and the West in general.

The U.N. Security council has proved vastly ineffective before, and the idea of a nuclear Iran is intolerable. This is not an Iraq WMD’s scenario, the Iranians are resuming their nuclear program and flaunting it in our faces. War may be our only answer. (The Air Force is already dispatching fighter planes to the area). Hopefully, President Bush has the political will to make the correct decisions and not bow to the political challenge that Iraq has presented should war become necessary.

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Maryland Offsetting Pennsylvania

Posted by Mike on January 13, 2006

The latest Rasmussen poll shows Lt. Gov Mike Steele leading both potential challengers in his race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Sarbanes. This is good news because a Republican pickup in Maryland would offset a loss in Pennsylvania. (That race will tighten as Bob Casey open his mouth). A

This is a Reader’s Digest verison of my current 2006 Senate predicitons:

Republican Gains: Minnesota, Maryland, Rhode Island, New Jersey
Democrat Gains: Pennsylvania, Missouri

Official Gain of +1 for the GOP

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Alito Hearings

Posted by Sal on January 13, 2006

The Alito hearings concluded yesterday without a hitch. I don’t think they know it yet, but the Democrats looked foolish and this will hurt them in the long run. Some highlights:

Concerned alumni of Princeton (CAP): The Democrats peppered Alito with questions on his membership to this group. They claimed it was a bigoted organization that only wanted white men at Princeton, and Biden even compared it to the Ku Klux Klan. Several problems with this:

  • There is no evidence that Alito was at all active in the organization. He simply subscribed to its magazine.
  • Both Laura Ingraham and Dinesh D’Souza were editors of the magazine and Fox News Legal Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano was its Publisher, hardly white male supremacist.
  • The organization actually stood for basic conservative principles: It opposed lowering of standards to meet artificial affirmative action quotas in Princeton admissions and it opposed the removal of ROTC from campus.

Drawing tears from Alito’s wife: The Democrats were so harsh in their questioning, they went overboard and caused Samual Alito’s wife to leave in tears. This will be the image that will stay with these hearings, and it is devastating for the Democrats.

Ted Kennedy vs. Arlen Specter: Here at Axis of Right, we are definitely not Arlen Specter fans. He is a liberal Republican who often votes contrary to the Conservative movement. But in this case, he acquitted himself wonderfully throughout the hearings, and took Ted Kennedy down in a great exchange regarding a motion to subpoena records from the Library of Congress.

Lindsey Graham: Another Republican, more Conservative than Specter but often on the wrong side of issues, he was wonderful in these hearings.

Samuel Alito: This man was articulate, intelligent, and will make an outstanding Supreme Court justice.

The committee vote is supposed to take place Tuesday. The Democrats want to delay it until after their Wednesday caucus, so they can discuss strategy and talk about a possible filibuster.

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