Friday, March 13, 2009

Sandi Vito; Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's nominee for labor secretary; "Public Drunkenness"

Obama's appointees at the federal level are not the only Democrat appointees with legal trouble. Democrat appointees at the state level are in plenty of legal hot water of their own. In Pennsylvania, Democrat Governor Ed Rendell has appointed Sandi Vito as Pennsylvania Labor Secretary.

PA Labor Secretary - nominee Sandi Vito

On Wednesday night (March 11, 2009), Ms. Vito was charged with public drunkenness at a downtown Harrisburg hotel:
A spokesman for Gov. Ed Rendell says the charge wasn't work-related and that it's too early to say what, if any, discipline may result.

Vito is awaiting Senate confirmation of her nomination to serve as labor secretary on a permanent basis.

She was previously chief of staff to a Democratic state senator and political director of the state Democratic Party.

Ms. Vito is currently the Acting Secretary:
As Acting Secretary, Vito heads the fifth-largest agency of Pennsylvania state government, overseeing more than 6,000 employees in 200 offices statewide that serve the worker and business interests of the commonwealth. Through the administration of programs such as workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, job retraining and vocational rehabilitation, along with its numerous enforcement and regulatory responsibilities, the Department directly affects the daily lives of millions of workers and the more than 250,000 employers in Pennsylvania.

While this photo is not of Ms. Vito, it brings to mind an interesting point. I would rather that the Democrat cabinet officials be drunk and passed out than have them alert and meddling with our economy. We are better off with the Democrats looking like this than devising new ways to burn our childrens' money. I propose that instead of hosting tea parties, we begin hosting whiskey parties, in which we collect as much alcohol as we can for delivery to the White House, Congress and various cabinet offices. Maybe then they will leave us alone for a while.
not Sandi Vito


update (afternoon 3-13-09) - Ms. Vito has announced that she will enter into a treatment program. Governor Rendell still wants her for the job. I guess that Ms. Vito, like Tim Giethner, is the only one that can do the job.
update - The Centre Daily Times has more. Republicans in the Senate are at least demanding more information before rolling over on her nomination.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Quote of the day - Mark Steyn - Madrid bombings anniversary

The only fighting that there is going to be in Europe in the foreseeable future is civil war, and when that happens American infantrymen will want to be somewhere safer. Like Iraq.

Mark Steyn - 3-16-2004

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Eugene Lyons - Red Decade - socialized medicine in the Soviet Union

In 1941, Eugene Lyons wrote Red Decade - a chronicle of pro-Soviet activities among the American left during the 1930's. He described the willful blindness of visitors to the Soviet Union, who would avoid the painful reality at all costs and come home to America to spread pro-Soviet spin:
A number of American physicians looked at hospitals which, in their own country, would have been condemned as a menace - hospitals without cleanliness, order or elementary competence - and went home to sing hymns of praise to Soviet medicine. It was enough for them that the mess was labeled "socialized medicine." They never bothered to see the confusion underneath. One honest Russian physician, if he had dared talk and the visitors had dared to listen, could have set them right.
p. 94 [1971 edition]

The administration will, no doubt, parade a stream of "doctors" before Congress who will sing the praises of socialized medicine (although they won't call it by that name). When you see that dog-and-pony show, remember how a few "doctors" represented Soviet medicine to the American people during the Stalin era.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Quote of the day - Dick Morris - Obama War on Prosperity

President Lyndon Johnson’s administration was known for his War on Poverty. President Obama’s will become notable for his War on Prosperity.

Dick Morris - 3/3/09

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Quote of the day - Mark Steyn

If the United States government got out of the way, things might get worse before they get better. With the government in the way, we have only the certainty of worse. Washington is engaged in the doomed project of attempting to re-inflate a credit bubble. Can't be done. But, in attempting it, they're massively expanding government spending and further distorting the rules of the market in the same ways that worked out so well for American home owners.

Mark Steyn [emphasis added] March 2, 2009

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