MigraineGate Update: Doctor’s note released

Thank goodness:

When Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty descended on Iowa today, both faced questions about whether or not Bachmann’s migraines would impede her from doing the job of president.

Meanwhile, Bachmann issued a letter from the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress arguing that Bachmann’s migraines occur “infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid.”

The letter, from the Dr. Brian Monahan, the top doctor for Congress, is addressed to Bachmann and reads:

“When you do have a migraine, you are able to control it well with as-needed sumatriptan and odanestron. It has not been necessary for you to take daily scheduled medications to manage thi condition.”

Monahan further clarifies that Bachmann has “not needed medical attention” from his office regarding her migraines “with the use of the above mentioned commonly used therapies.”

Read Dr. Monahan’s letter to Michele Bachmann.

This is such a relief! I mean, I was starting to get really concerned over the possibility that we could have a President who suffers from migraines, which – as ‘anonymous former [Bachmann] aides/advisers’ have indicated … and the New York Slimes seemingly agrees – makes it impossible to do your job in leading the country.  Well, unless you’re Thomas Jefferson, or Ulysses Grant, or …  8-|

The War to Preserve Poverty

**Posted by Phineas

Yesterday I chose Lyndon B. Johnson as my candidate for “Worst President of the 20th Century,” partly because of the problems and failures of his Great Society programs. On of those programs was the “War on Poverty,” meant to eliminate the scourge of want and deprivation from America.

From Dan Mitchell, this chart makes one ask if the war has been lost:

As one can see from the chart (larger version at the above link), poverty in America was in a steady and substantial decline until… government tried to cure poverty. Since then, there’s been no significant movement or net gain. Far from fighting poverty, it looks as if we’re spending billions to protect what poverty remains. If empirical evidence at all matters, then one can fairly argue that statist, interventionist, big-government solutions have been worse than useless.

Be sure to look at the rest of Mitchell’s post, which discusses the frequent distortion of the meaning of poverty by Leftists for political gain.

RELATED: Fausta presents an intriguing chart that puts “poor in America” in some perspective and links to an interesting Heritage study that questions whether poverty is a function of material want or of spirit.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

I pity the fool who crosses Rep. Allen West

**Posted by Phineas

And that fool yesterday was Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL), who is also Chair of the Democratic National Committee. During yesterday’s debate in the House before the vote on the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill and after Rep. West had left the room, Wasserman-Schultz attacked him in all but name:

“The gentleman from Florida,” Wasserman Schultz said of West, “who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Unbelievable from a member from South Florida.”

Wasserman-Schultz, who is also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said that the measure “slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires, and companies who ship American jobs overseas.”

I read somewhere that the correct response to an ambush is to counterattack directly at the enemy, rather than hunkering down. If so, then former Lt. Col. West drew his saber and charged:

From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Steadfast and Loyal

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

Ouch! That left a mark.

But don’t think I don’t have sympathy with Rep. Wasserman-Schultz… believe it. I have none. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is nothing more than a race-baiting hyper-partisan tool and professional pol whose main goal is to serve the Democratic Party’s needs before her own country’s.

Some might argue that Rep. West should have held back, been a gentleman, generally “above it all” and “better than that.” Bunk. What that really means is that we should stand there and take the progressive Democrats’ churlish behavior on the chin, for they will never act with grace regardless of how restrained we are.

As far as I’m concerned, Representative West gave Representative Wasserman-Schultz exactly what she deserved.

Can’t wait for next time!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)