- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SHUTDOWNAPHOBIA

A sign of the times as Friday looms. An inventive Inside the Beltway reader - and federal employee - has developed a 99-cent smartphone application to offer his fellow federal employees “operating status” information about a potential government shutdown, should Republicans and Democrats continue to wrangle over the budget.

“Like whether they need to show up for work on Monday,” he says, supplying this website: http://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.CarrSolutions.GovShutdown.

SHRILL DEMOCRATS

Oh dear. Heavens. Some are vexed indeed with the Democratic National Committee’s decision to name Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida to lead the party, now that former chairman Tim Kaine has stepped down to run for U.S. Senate in Virginia.

“Way to go, DNC. You found the candidate who best fit your profile for DNC chairman: a junkyard dog who is mean, nasty, shrill, able to screech at a moments notice, aggressive, and of course able to manipulate the facts and always uncompromising,” says Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, an interfaith policy group.

“If there is anyone out there unaware of just how out of touch the retro-liberal Democrats are, Mrs. Schultz will underscore that fact,” Mrs. Lafferty adds. “She has a record that stands out as one of the most radical … of her party. That makes her the woman most appropriate to lead it.”

THE MIGHTY CHRISTIE

Yes, they still get warm and fuzzy feelings over Gov. Chris Christie. New Jersey voters continue to give the Garden State leader “sturdy” approval ratings. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll finds that 51 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the way Mr. Christie is handling his job as governor; 41 percent disapprove.

“Hes not the Teflon governor,” says poll director Peter Woolley. “Right now, he looks like the armored governor.”

STINGY LIBERALS

Massachusetts residents can actually opt for a higher tax rate, something that conscientious liberals should jump at, in theory. So far, the state’s Department of Revenue has received 1,971,000 returns. Of those filers, exactly 862 checked the box to pay at the old, higher rate (5.85 percent) rather than the current rate (5.3 percent).

“This is an old tradition in Massachusetts: liberals running up the tab and then when the check arrives - hey, come back here you ponytailed carpetbagger,” quips Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr. “We already know the most liberal states contribute the least to charity per capita. The louder the liberals talk about the need to pay more, the faster they flee from helping out the most vulnerable members of society.”

He adds, “Those 862 people ponied up an extra $69,188. That works out to about $80 per person, which means their average income is - $16,000. The verdict is clear. These moonbats wouldnt pay a nickel to see an earthquake. They toss around quarters like manhole covers. And theyre getting stingier here in the midst of what their lying media claim is our ‘economic recovery.’ “

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