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Reality bites back — hard

| Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

As should have been reported in The Hill newspaper:

“House Democrats wasted no time in the new Congress pushing legislation to tighten the nation's hammer and club laws.

“Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and Diana DeGette, D-Colo., introduced a proposal to ban framing hammers and clubs weighing more than 1.5 pounds.

“Hammer- and club-control advocates say the elimination of the heavier hammers and cudgels would help lessen the carnage in indiscriminate attacks.”

Silly? Not when one considers, as Breitbart.com columnist A.W.R. Hawkins did, FBI statistics that show the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outpaced the number of rifle murders between 2005 and 2011. ...

Pennsylvania's casino revenues are projected to be second only to Nevada's in 2012. The state Gaming Control Board says slot machines alone generated nearly $2.5 billion. Of course, the biting reality of the statistic is that gamblers lost nearly $2.5 billion in those machines last year. It's not what a dispassionate economist would call the most efficient allocation of the rare resource that personal income is. ...

Even no-new-taxes guru Grover Norquist is backpedaling on his signature philosophy. The Washington Times reports that the much-maligned head of Americans for Tax Reform now rationalizes “that Republicans had little choice but to support the fiscal cliff compromise and allow taxes to increase.” That's garbage, of course. And, incredibly, Mr. Norquist insists he's not straying from his principles. That's a garbage dump. ...

If the Club for Growth sticks to its principles, we can expect it any day now to announce that it will “primary” former club president and current U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., right? After all, Mr. Toomey voted for the fiscal cliff's anti-growth tax hikes. ...

And if the Club for Growth doesn't “primary” Toomey, the least Gov. Tom Corbett can do is be consistent and announce that he's filing a federal antitrust lawsuit against the club for not following its own rules, right? ...

Toomey and other Republicans who voted for the deficit-exploding fiscal cliff package invariably defend their decision with the standard CYA of pols who eschew principle — it was the lesser of two evils. Actually, it wasn't. Considering the measure they approved will lead to less entrepreneurial risk-taking, fewer jobs, stagnant wages and, thus, a shrinking economy, the bill to be paid by the American people will far exceed any tax savings. It's shocking to see such economic sophistry from the GOP. ...

And Pennsylvania conservatives are supposed to be heartened that Toomey has won an assignment to the powerful Senate Finance Committee for the 113th Congress? ...

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put out a knee-slapper of a news release Friday on the latest abysmal unemployment numbers. “House Republicans are committed to restoring ... hope by getting America back to work and giving our families better financial security,” he said.

By voting to siphon more of the private sector's investment pool into the swamp of the government sector?

By further underwriting the creeping crud of socialism?

By conscripting ever more personal and economic liberty?

By undermining independence by subsidizing dependence?

That's neither republicanism nor Republicanism. It's time for conservatives to start anew — elsewhere.

Colin McNickle is Trib Total Media's director of editorial pages (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com)

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