VCAP's Best Email Yet

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This morning the Virginia Conservative Action PAC (VCAP) sent out an update that was built around some very good points in yesterday's RTD editorial aptly titled Never Satisfied: Kaine, Chichester Bang on Their High Chairs and Wail for More

I don’t know how I missed this great piece by Hinkle but I am glad VCAP brought it to my attention. Hinkle lays down the facts regarding the pending budget battle, saying:

Kaine and Chichester are banging on their high chairs demanding still more revenue despite:

1) THERE IS NO threat to the state's bond rating.
2) The state enjoys a honking big surplus.
3) The $61.3-billion budget that included Warner's tax hikes increased spending 19 percent.
4) The current budget, at least $75.3 billion, will increase spending by another 22.8 percent.
5) Transportation has claimed 12 cents of every new state dollar in the past decade.
6) Also in the past decade, public-school enrollment rose 10 percent while inflation-adjusted direct state aid to education rose 42 percent.
7) House Republicans, again, have agreed to raise another $500 million for transportation.

Having got much of his way during the previous two battles, Chichester evidently feels secure that continued pig-headedness will succeed again. He might be right. If so, it will be interesting to see what pretext he produces to justify more tax hikes two years hence.

After quoting Hinkle VCAP then points out that Speaker Howell isn’t moving an inch in his defense of Virginia’s taxpayers. They use this great Howell quote:

Accountability, cost-effectiveness, and curtailing congestion have taken a back seat to funneling staggeringly large amounts of cash into a VDOT unequipped and ill-prepared to handle it. We would have a budget today if the Senate ended its recently-adopted practice of intertwining tax increases into its budget bill. That’s not how the Virginia Constitution frames the legislative process. And, their actions ignore the long-standing ‘Virginia way’ of producing a budget based on existing revenues and legislation approved by both chambers.

VCAP explains how they fit into the budget equation, mentioning their efforts to:

…challenge legislators who campaign on solid principles of fiscal restraint, limited government, and a pro-family agenda and yet continually legislate and vote in direct contradiction to these principles.

And they claim (probably with some level of merit) that VCAP deserves credit for the fact that:

…all the Delegates who voted for the tax increase in 2004 and that VCAP challenged in 2005 are standing strong against a tax increase this budget cycle.

It is a good VCAP update and lays out some great points through the use of the RTD editorial. However I think they should have used this last quote from Hinkle’s editorial, it’s priceless:

And still some persist in suggesting House Republicans are the uncompromising ideologues on tax issues. Those who hold that view would do well to review the history -- and return to planet Earth.

The full VCAP update is below the fold.

Taxes will be on the rise again in Virginia if Governor Kaine and liberal Senate Republicans have their way. The General Assembly adjourned on March 11 without adopting a new state budget. A special session will convene on March 27.

Do you know what the liberal Senate Republicans and Governor Kaine think?

I believe A. Barton Hinkle, Times Dispatch columnist put it best in his March 14 column:

“Kaine and Chichester are banging on their high chairs demanding still more revenue despite:”

1) "THERE IS NO threat to the state's bond rating."
2) "The state enjoys a honking big surplus."
3) "The $61.3-billion budget that included Warner's tax hikes increased spending 19 percent."
4) The current budget, at least $75.3 billion, will increase spending by another 22.8 percent."
5) "Transportation has claimed 12 cents of every new state dollar in the past decade."
6) "Also in the past decade, public-school enrollment rose 10 percent while inflation-adjusted direct state aid to education rose 42 percent."
7) "House Republicans, again, have agreed to raise another $500 million for transportation."

“Having got much of his way during the previous two battles, Chichester evidently feels secure that continued pig-headedness will succeed again. He might be right. If so, it will be interesting to see what pretext he produces to justify more tax hikes two years hence.”

(To read the article in its entirety click on the article title: Never Satisfied: Kaine, Chichester Bang on Their High Chairs and Wail for More)

Do you know what the House of Delegates thinks?

VCAP is proud to report that all the Delegates who voted for the tax increase in 2004 and that VCAP challenged in 2005 are standing strong against a tax increase this budget cycle. It was because of your financial support and grassroots effort that we were able to challenge these individuals and hold them accountable. As a result, their votes reflect true spending restraint, the core of the Republican and conservative platform.

So what does the Speaker of the House have to say about the current impasse?

“Accountability, cost-effectiveness, and curtailing congestion have taken a back seat to funneling staggeringly large amounts of cash into a VDOT unequipped and ill-prepared to handle it.”

“We would have a budget today if the Senate ended its recently-adopted practice of intertwining tax increases into its budget bill. That’s not how the Virginia Constitution frames the legislative process. And, their actions ignore the long-standing ‘Virginia way’ of producing a budget based on existing revenues and legislation approved by both chambers.”

What will VCAP do?

VCAP will continue to fight for spending restraint and pro-family issues.

We will keep you informed on critical issues that impact your lives directly.

Most importantly, we will continue to challenge legislators who campaign on solid principles of fiscal restraint, limited government, and a pro-family agenda and yet continually legislate and vote in direct contradiction to these principles.

This is the direction, the right direction; VCAP works every day to ensure Virginia is moving in.

Will you join us in this fight to help keep Virginia moving in the right direction? Our primary goal for 2006 is to register ONE MILLION conservative voters in Virginia. This simple idea will ensure that Virginia will never have a repeat of the 2005 election cycle or the 2004 tax increase OR the potential 2006 tax increase. How will VCAP do this? It can only be accomplished with your assistance! This may be a simple idea but it is a huge undertaking. One that means VCAP really needs your support!

VCAP’s goal for the first half of the year is to raise $150,000 in annual membership pledges to continue the effort of conservative values that are important to keeping Virginia moving in the right direction. Won’t you please consider joining VCAP’s 2006 membership program today?

There are a variety of ways in which you can help VCAP to reach its financial goals in order to continue in the effort of promoting conservative principles and values. Your annual commitment of just $350 will enable us to reach our goals--$350 annually, $87.50 quarterly or just $29.25 per month. Will you donate today and become a VCAP partner?

With our combined efforts, we can make Virginia the conservative state that it should be with an efficient, yet limited government that stands up for what is right. Our continued partnership and commitment helps to advance the conservative causes of smaller government, lower taxes, family values and individual liberties. We thank you for your consideration to generously support these efforts.

And VCAP commits that every dollar you contribute will be used to recruit, assist and support conservative candidates for public office. This will include endorsing VCAP candidates, making direct financial contributions to such candidates and providing campaign and candidate training...AND registering ONE MILLION conservative voters in Virginia!

Becoming a member of VCAP will ensure that the next chapter is the one we write. Won’t you please take a look at the member and advisory council levels listed above and send your most generous contribution today?

Sincerely yours,

Robin DeJarnette
Executive Director,
Virginia Conservative Action PAC

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May 17, 2007
CONGRESSMAN RANGEL SPEAKS AND I LISTEN

By Profesor Martin Danenberg
“El Quijote del GED”

Congressman Charles Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and one of the most powerful elected officials in the United States, says “it costs $100,000 (each) a year to keeps kids in Rikers” and he recently said in the Dropout Prevention Summit in New York City that he is worried or concerned about the youth on the streets. The newly announced graduation rate is 50 percent and Rangel commented “We can’t get by after losing one-half of our brain power.” Here is one more comment. Talking about the dropouts again he said, “there’s no one to collect taxes from if they are not educated, healthy and working.” Oh my! Oh my! The statistics show that Hispanics are below average and African Americans are well below average in passing the GED. New Yorkers tested was 52,344 and there were only 30,727 passers (in the bottom 5 in the nation in passing percentage). We are losing the War in Iraq and losing the war on the streets of New York. We are losing our brain power because not enough youth earn a GED. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales just announced an increase in crime of 3.7 percent due to violence committed by youth. The Justice Department will spend $50 million, but not one cent on GED for our youth at risk.


Here is the scoop on New York State for 2005. The youth under 20 made up 46.7 percent of test takers or about 25,000 statewide. Minority breakdowns for Hispanics, African- Americans, and Whites were 23.3 percent, 35.2 percent, and 37.1 percent among test takers. Now we get to percentages of those who earned their GED for each of those groups and those are 20.0 percent, 28.4 percent, and 46.4 percent respectively. This is what I have been trying to tell my friends who are Latino and African American for years. In order to close the education gap (and I am not getting much help from the entire system), those numbers for Hispanics and African Americans must skyrocket to never before seen numbers. You can see with your own eyes that Whites stay far more competitive than Hispanics and African Americans because they have a much higher passing percentage. Add those White youth who pass the GED on to the numbers of high school graduates and you will see why they get more jobs and place more students into college seats. How many times do I have to say that the dropout rates for Hispanics and African-Americans, which are higher for Hispanics than for African- Americans, should dictate a greater mobilization of those groups toward the GED? The statistics that would help mobilize those communities should then be about eighty-five percent Hispanic and African American and not 58.5 percent. And if the passing rate for those two groups skyrocketed to 42 and 45 percent, you can have the “Revolution” that I want to cause. And remember that New York City has not been getting its fair share of GED diplomas! There you have it all! I recently read that about 80 percent of people in jails have no high school diploma and you can see why so many minority youth living in poverty are ending up in jail and costing all of us $100,000.

1968-185,256 credentials granted out of 265,499
1980-500,203 credentials granted out of 816,176
1990-431,231 credentials granted out of 763,618
2000-512,203 credentials granted out of 860,684
2005-423,714 credentials granted out of 680,874

You can see that people became much more aware of the GED around the 1980’s, but our leadership has failed the people since by not promoting the GED effectively. That is why we need aggressive action almost everywhere and now.

THIS KIND OF THING HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE LATE 1960’S AND THAT MEANS FORTY YEARS OF DOING THINGS WRONG. WE CANNOT JUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT PRE-KINDERGARTEN KIDS AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN. THE LIVES OF MUCH OF OUR TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE AT STAKE IN THIS WAR.


MARTIN N. DANENBERG
7 BLAZER DRIVE
ISLANDIA, NY 11749
GEDHOTLINE@AOL.COM
631-348-1341
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Profesor Martin Danenberg May 17, 2007 09:25 AM | Noticias | GED Math

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