Wheaton Calls for Conservatives to Challenge Liberal Republicans in 2007 GOP Primaries

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Bill Wheaton, conservative activist and columnist for the Lynchburg Ledger has an article published today that blasts the General Assembly for a lackluster session. He particularly lays into moderate/liberal Republicans (he describes them as RINOs).

He does shed some light on one of the most ridiculous tactics of Governor Kaine and the Democrats and moderate/liberal Republicans:

They will initially propose spending an inflated amount on a budget line item, and when anyone suggests appropriating less, they call it a budget cut.

The response is predictable. Special interest groups who don’t get everything they want, start hollering that their budget has been cut, when in reality, their budget had increased, but not as much as they hoped.

Wheaton concludes his article with a call for conservative Republicans to challenge GOP liberals who have been colluding with Kaine and the Democrats at the expense of the Republican agenda.

The problem lies mainly in the Virginia Senate with just a handful of RINO senators. Charles Hawkins who represents portions of Campbell County is one of them, along with Russ Potts from Winchester, John Chichester from Spotsylvania, and Frederick Quayle of Chesapeake.

Real (conservative) Republicans need to start now in raising up primary opposition for 2007.

The full story is below the fold.

The Lynchburg Ledger March 24, 2006

A Dismal General Assembly Session
By Bill Wheaton

Suppose that you were hoping for a five percent pay increase this year, but when the raises were handed out, you only received a two and a half percent increase.

How then would you characterize your current financial situation? Would you say I got a two and a half percent raise, or would you say you got a two and a half percent pay cut?

Well, if you are a Democrat, or a Republican in name only (RINO) in the Virginia General Assembly, your reply would have been the latter. This is a little trick almost all Democrats and some Republicans use to increase spending and taxes.

They will initially propose spending an inflated amount on a budget line item, and when anyone suggests appropriating less, they call it a budget cut.

The response is predictable. Special interest groups who don’t get everything they want, start hollering that their budget has been cut, when in reality, their budget had increased, but not as much as they hoped.

We need to keep this in mind because the 2006 General Assembly adjourned without adopting a biannual budget, and will be called back into session.

The House of Delegates and the Senate both adopted separate budgets, but each house rejected the other’s budget and it went to a conference committee, which was unable to reach a compromise.

The sticking point is an increase in taxes and fees.

I’m sure you remember the saying that you can tell when a politician is lying when you see his lips move.

Like his predecessor Mark Warner, Tim Kaine campaigned on a platform of no tax increase, and like his predecessor, Kaine broke his campaign pledge before he was even settled into the Governor’s Mansion. Kaine has proposed about $4 billion in additional taxes and fees.

One has to wonder about the Virginia voters. They need to keep in mind the saying, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Locally, Senator Charles Hawkins is with those who want to raise taxes, along with newly elected Lynchburg Delegate Shannon Valentine.

Fortunately, the rest of the Central Virginia delegation, Senator Steve Newman, and Delegates Kathy Byron, Lacey Putney, Watkins Abbitt, and Ben Cline are opposed to any tax increase.

The rest of the General Assembly session was a major disappointment with respect to traditional family values.

The only bright spot was the fact that a constitutional amendment will be on the ballot this fall defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, patroned by Senator Steve Newman. The homosexual activists have already started a disinformation campaign in an attempt to defeat the amendment at the polls.

Just about every other pro-family measure went down to defeat, being killed mostly in the Senate, where a handful of RINO’s consistently vote with the Democrats on values issues.

We continuously hear reports in the media about sexual predators. The most recent was the arrest of what the media calls the “dungeon rapist” in Hartsville, SC. 47-year-old Kenneth G. Hinson, a previously convicted sex offender, was arrested for abducting two teen age girls and raping them in a subterranean dungeon.

You will never hear this from the liberal news media, but without exception, every male convicted of a sex crime is heavily involved in pornography.

The Virginia General Assembly had an opportunity to strike a blow against sex crimes, but failed to do so. It failed to pass HB 570, which would have required libraries in the Virginia receiving state funding to install software to block access to pornography.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 92 to 8. However, a much weaker bill, SB 176 was passed by the Senate which would have allowed library patrons to continue surfing the Internet for pornography.

In the end, 31 Senators, including Charles Hawkins voted against the bill so sexual predators in Virginia will still have access to pornography on taxpayer funded computers.

Because of the US Supreme Court’s 2005 decision, Kelo v New London, Connecticut, which supported local government seizure of private property for private development, it is vital that Virginia act to prohibit such an atrocity from occurring in the Old Dominion. The Supreme Court specifically indicated that states can act to restrict such misuse of power.

Once again, competing bills were passed by the Senate and House and went to a conference committee, from which it never emerged.

Real estate developers were opposed to this bill because they have sought for a long time to use eminent domain to obtain land for development when owners are unwilling to sell, or when developers aren’t willing to pay the asking price.

Finally, the General Assembly once again failed to pass any legislation regulating the abortion industry, in spite of reported deaths due to abortion in Virginia clinics. They also failed to pass school choice legislation, once again bowing to the pressure from the teacher’s unions.

Consequently, women will continue to be at risk in abortion clinics and the students of Virginia will continue to be trapped in a public education system that is intent on indoctrinating children with left-wing ideology, rather than instructing students in the basic subjects.

The problem lies mainly in the Virginia Senate with just a handful of RINO senators. Charles Hawkins who represents portions of Campbell County is one of them, along with Russ Potts from Winchester, John Chichester from Spotsylvania, and Frederick Quayle of Chesapeake.

Real (conservative) Republicans need to start now in raising up primary opposition for 2007.

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3 Comments

Davis said:

This is a little off tpoic, but I just read this is happening in R.I. with Licoln Chaffee..

Charles said:

If we could primary Chichester out, even if a democrat took over we would come out ahead. That man is completely out of touch, and treats government as his own little fiefdom.

The Potomac news today notes that he only introduced SIX bills this session, and only two passed -- one which simply clarify the state tax relative to federal income tax, the other about bonds for colleges.

Sophrosyne said:

Yeah I agree Charles... these folks are in many ways worse than the Sociocrats because of the "protection" and power they get from being "Republicans"... by far the greatest obstruction to commonsense conservative legislation in the GA.

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