Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) recently put pen to paper and authored a rather interesting opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal titled, “Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege.” In the insightful piece, Webb wrote “America still owes a debt to its black citizens, but government programs to help all ‘people of color’ are unfair. They should end.”
Webb: “The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future.” (Jim Webb, “Diversity And The Myth Of White Privilege,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/22/10)
Back in February 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Obama Administration would review U.S. policy towards Burma, also known as Myanmar. In so doing, Clinton justified the shift in policy asserting neither Western sanctions nor “constructive engagement” by neighboring Asian countries had resulted in much progress over the ruling military junta’s grip on power, human rights abuse record and suspected military cooperation with North Korea.
From that review, a new push to engage Burma, one of the most brutal regimes on the planet:
Lisa Lerer over at Politico reported this afternoon that Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) has bailed on Democrats’ plans on cap-and-trade, otherwise known as cap-and-tax… or as a Representative John Dingell (D-MI) said, “ a great big” tax.
Webb: "'In its present form I would not vote for it,' he said. ‘I have some real questions about the real complexities on cap and trade. . . That piece of legislation right now is something that is going to cause a lot of people a lot of concern,’ he said.” (Lisa Lerer, “Webb Bails On Cap-And-Trade,” Politico, 11/16/09)
Personally, I doubt Senator Webb opposes the bill because of its “complexities.” But, his opposition is a sign that maybe he’s got something between those ears after all… at least some political-sense. I mean really, Virginia is coal country and cap-and-trade is a huge tax increase and a job killer.
Last Thursday we noted the Obama Administration was looking to take out the kid gloves on Myanmar, a country ruled by a brutal military regime.
Well, looks like Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) is taking up the cause. The Associated Press is reporting the good Senator from Virginia will be meeting with Myanmar’s Dictator Prime Minister Thein Sein at the good ‘ol United Nations.