Well, I hope y’all brought your sense of humor today, because this website is too good to pass up. You can make up your own Barack Obama poster.
I decided to have a compilation of certain opinions on the recent General Assembly session, especially with the recent victory of no new tax hikes!
From the RPV:
Last month, Kaine called the General Assembly into special session to tackle the state’s transportation challenges, but it quickly became clear that there was little – bi-partisan – appetite for the Governor’s proposals. The Democratic-controlled state Senate declined to introduce, debate, or put a vote to Kaine’s proposal, but did send legislation to the House that would result in steep hikes in gas taxes, among other tax increases.
“Transportation is an urgent problem, and the people of Virginia are demanding we address it quickly. The action by House Democrats today demonstrates that they’d rather point the finger on transportation solutions than actually acting to move things forward. Not only did House Democrats delay action today, but also voted to prolong the special session at taxpayer expense”, said Delegate Jeff Frederick, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.
“If we’re going to raise taxes, let’s get on with it. But if we aren’t – which seems to be the case – then let’s put the tax hike debate to rest and proceed with many of the new, creative, and innovative solutions General Assembly Republicans have offered that don’t require us to tax hardworking Virginia families more. It’s time we stop letting this tax debate stand in the way of improving our roads, rail, and transit in the Commonwealth,” he added.
From Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling:
“I am very disappointed that the General Assembly was unable to make any meaningful progress toward addressing Virginia’s transportation challenges during this Special Session. The failure to do so does not reflect well on anyone involved in this process, and it leaves one of the major challenges facing Virginia unresolved.
“Unfortunately, much of the responsibility for this failure rests on the shoulders of Governor Kaine, who decided to call legislators back to Richmond without building any consensus around a possible transportation solution. In my judgment, the Governor’s decision to call the Special Session without first developing a framework for success was a mistake.
“In addition, Governor Kaine complicated the effort to find a transportation solution by introducing a transportation proposal that had very little, if any, support in the General Assembly. The Governor’s bill, which relied on massive statewide and regional tax increases, was not even supported by the members of his own party, and it was clearly not the right solution given the economic challenges that Virginia is currently facing.
“I am also disappointed that Democrats in the General Assembly systematically defeated common sense Republican proposals that would have helped us address Virginia’s long term transportation needs, at least in part. I was particularly disappointed that Democrats rejected legislation that would have:
-Directed potential revenues associated with offshore drilling in Virginia to transportation.
-Enabled Hampton Roads localities to keep the tax revenues derived from the Port of Virginia and use those revenues to fund transportation projects in their region of the state.
-Enabled Northern Virginia localities to keep the tax revenue derived from the Dulles International Airport and the Ronald Reagan International Airport and use those revenues to fund transportation projects in their region of the state.
-Amended the Constitution of Virginia to prohibit the use of transportation dollars to pay for other government programs without super majority approval of the members of the General Assembly
-Ordered an external management review of the Virginia Department of Transportation to make certain that our transportation dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently and directed to our state’s highest transportation priority – congestion relief.
“These were commonsense proposals that should have received widespread bipartisan support. By rejecting these proposals without serious consideration or debate, Democrats showed that they are unwilling to seriously consider any solution to our transportation challenges that do not involve higher taxes.
“Fortunately, the General Assembly meets every year, and we will have another chance to address this issue in January. It remains my hope that the members of the General Assembly will work to craft a transportation solution that relies on existing revenue sources and innovative transportation alternatives, not higher taxes.”
Remember raising taxes is not the solution to any problem! Fiscal management through budgeting is the solution!
I received this e-mail from Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (candidate for Attorney General) about the end of the special session. It is good to have an anti-tax warrior representing the 37th District and the Commonwealth.
July 10, 2008
Dear Fellow Republican:
You have undoubtedly heard the famous quote: “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session….” It is a quote lifted mirthlessly from a 102-year-old New York court decision [1 Tucker 248 (N. Y. Surr. 1866)]. Well, for the moment, your life, liberty and property are safe as the General Assembly adjourned sine die at about 1:30 this morning. (Sine die is latin for ‘we’re not coming back ‘til January’).
I just thought you’d want to know, and it was WAY too late for the newspapers, so I thought I’d send you a quick Compass.
Some highlights include the fact that Governor Kaine’s bill got zero, none, nada, zilch votes on the floor of the House of Delegates. Not even one single Democrat would vote for the Governor’s bill. Ouch. Well, that’s not an entirely clear statement…
The bill had not been sent out of committee as of yesterday morning, and the House Republicans decided it would be a good idea to let everyone vote on the Governor’s bill. So, to put the bill on the floor required a 2/3 vote of the House members to suspend the usual rules, but only 57 of them voted to bring the bill to the floor – all the ‘no’ votes were Democrats. So, the Dems did not want to vote on the Governor’s bill.
This takes us back to the outrageous aspect (one of the outrageous aspects) of this special session, namely, that the Governor had no plan whatsoever for this special session. Zero, none, nada, zilcho. He appears to have simply called the special session with no apparent intention of doing anything beyond giving his initial speech (which, as you may recall got no applause even from Democrats on any point of substance – very unusual for a Governor), and then he was off to the Obama campaign trail.
I wonder if he even knows that his session produced nothing?
Now, mind you, harkening back to the quote I began with above, sometimes nothing is better than the alternative…
I will talk to you again soon, just wanted to let you know that your taxes aren’t going up – this time! Of course, our solutions to move hundreds of millions of dollars from the existing sales tax to transportation did not happen either, nor any of our other proposed alternatives, so don’t let the other side tell you that it was the conservatives that wouldn’t compromise. We offered proposals that would have our own state government tighten its belt to move money to transportation just like every family and business in Virginia has had to do with rising gas prices in that last year or two… but the tax hikers/big spenders would have none of that! And so went the special session…
Senator Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia 37th District
*Cross Posted at Bloggers 4 Ken Cuccinelli*
A new president, with “a commitment to privacy and civil liberties not evident in either John McCain or Barack Obama, is essential, but not enough,” Barr explains. Threats to our freedom bubble up from the federal bureaucracy every day, while “congressmen slip dangerous provisions into even innocent-sounding legislation.”
I believe the government should limit their interactions in my life. I am capable and free to make my own decisions…thank you very much!
Sen. John McCain pledged yesterday that he would balance the federal budget by 2013, the end of what would be his first term in office, returning to a promise he had strayed from as he sought to emphasize his concern about the plight of the U.S. economy.
Question to McCain: If you are planning on balancing the budget, will this mean future tax hikes on Americans?
In this very recent interview Jim Rogers says Asia is the wave of the future, the dollar is a terribly flawed currency and he doesn’t want to own any, oil will certainly pass $200/barrel soon, and the (privately owned) Federal Reserve will disappear within the next decade.
This interview offers a new perspective into declining economy. There is speculation that our monetary system will eventually head towards the European system with the creation of the AMERO as currency.
I wonder if Al Gore would say he knows what is better for India than the Indian people?:
“The plan’s authors, the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, said India would rather save its people from poverty than global warming, and would not cut growth to cut gases.
‘It is obvious that India needs to substantially increase its per capita energy consumption to provide a minimally acceptable level of wellbeing to its people.’
The plan’s only real promise was in fact a threat: ‘India is determined that its per capita greenhouse gas emissions will at no point exceed that of developed countries.’”