God help us if they take control of the GA this fall...
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September 6, 2007
Dear Fellow Republican:
Well, since Janet refused multiple offers for our own one-on-one debates, I am freed up from the rigors of â€˜debate prep.â€™ Thus, I thought Iâ€™d revisit the hypothetical notion of a Democratic majority. Today, boys and girls, weâ€™ll take a closer look at the Majority Leader Wannabe, Senator Dick Saslaw (with some other silliness from Brian Moran).
Let me first say that while Dick Saslaw is blunt and abrasive, thatâ€™s what I like about him. He is, how shall I sayâ€¦, more â€œfrankâ€ than most others in the General Assembly. Dick says what he thinks and he often forgets the usual political â€˜sugarcoating.â€™ It makes for some serious fun.
I remember when there was a bill to opt kids out of dissecting frogs, Dick said weâ€™re going to raise a generation of wimps. When we had a bill to allow parents with high school diplomas to home school their kids, he implied that in the other parts of Virginia (i.e., not NoVa) this bill would be a big deal because â€œtheyâ€ arenâ€™t very smart thereâ€¦
Bill Mims brought him a bumper sticker the next day that said â€œWeâ€™re Rural, Not Stupidâ€. Oh yeah, he made the rest of us representing NoVa cringe that dayâ€¦
As an interesting side note, Wikipedia says that â€œTourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette's.â€
How about â€˜politically inappropriate and derogatory remarks?â€™
Letâ€™s take a look at some of Dick Saslawâ€™s comments on some basic issues.
Remember the 2004 tax increase? The biggest tax increase in Virginia history? Yes, the same tax increase that was passed three days before the announcement by then-Gov. Warner that he had happily discovered a surplus of a size that was almost exactly the same size as the tax increase.
That was a knock down, drag out battle.
Here are some of Dickâ€™s choice comments during that debate. Click and enjoy (or cry in light of the outcomeâ€¦):
Yes! This is the video clip from one of the most famous quotes in the history of The Compass: â€œYou canâ€™t give me enough money to satisfy me!â€
Grade for honesty: A.
Grade for policy: F-
Okay, so Dick admits that he literally has an insatiable appetite for more taxes, is that so surprising? Well, the surprise is that he so candidly admits it! Gosh, that speech sounds as if it were a tax discussion inside one the Democratsâ€™ closed caucus meetings!
But Wait, It Gets â€œBetterâ€!
Youâ€™re not too attached to that old ratty copy of the Constitution of yours, are you? Câ€™mon, the guys that wrote that are soâ€¦ old fashioned.
You arenâ€™t still seriously attached to the outdated notion of â€˜individual rightsâ€™ are you? What a neanderthal!
Dick says we donâ€™t need those pesky rights in the constitutionâ€¦ Bill of Rights? It just gets in the way of good-hearted government! Tyranny? That could never happen here, right? So what do we want to be putting individual rights back into the Virginia Constitution where theyâ€™ll just muck up the liberalsâ€™ utopian schemes to run our lives better than we run them ourselves?
Too sarcastic? Decide for yourself:
George Mason wouldnâ€™t support the U.S. Constitution because it did not include a Bill of Rights that, among other things, protected property rights. George Mason was the primary drafter of the Virginia Declaration of Rights in June 1776. Thomas Jefferson used the Virginia Declaration of Rights as a resource when drafting the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson did not even think that government should be able to take property for public uses. In other words, TJ didnâ€™t think government should ever be able to take your property. This is probably why most people think that the listing of unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence was intended by Thomas Jefferson to inherently include property rights as part of the right to the pursuit of happiness.
So, is Virginia going to let a guy who doesnâ€™t even think that property rights belong in the Constitution run the Virginia Senate? Weâ€™ll see what the voters decide!
Remember the scorecard of Democratic Committee Chairmen if the Dems get control? Remember how different their caucus is from the last time they had control? Hereâ€™s the round-up of Chairmen from a previous Compass:
Scorecard (1994): 0 liberal Dems, 7 moderate Dems, and 4 conservative Dem chairmen.
Scorecard (2008?): 9 liberal Dems, 2 moderate Dems, and 0 conservative Dem chairmen.
Not if I can help it!
And Over In the Other Chamber
Del. Brian Moran has been providing some entertainment lately.
At a recent community picnic he called on the crowd to elect all of the Democratsâ€™ candidates to the House of Delegates so that he could be the next Speaker of the House. He actually said this twice. Iâ€™m sure the current minority leader, Del. Ward Armstrong, enjoyed that little morsel.
And hereâ€™s an item on Brianâ€™s â€œvision for Democratic leadershipâ€ that I pulled off of a blog yesterday. I will quote it here without editing:
â€œThe Dems have been screaming about their chances to take over not just the State Senate, but also the House of Delegates in VA. For What purpose? That is a simple question that your Democratic leadership cannot answer. I know that is a questionable statement, but check this out and tell me I am wrong:
Del. Brian Moran, House Democrats Caucus Leader, couldnâ€™t even defend his own party on WVECâ€™s On the Record with Joel Rubin (Tidewater Channel).
On the Democrats hottest issue, transportation, Moran was asked if the Democrats could do any better than Republicans?
Rubin â€œIf the Democrats were in charge, would that change?â€¦â€
Moran â€œWell thatâ€™ll remain to be seen.â€
Thatâ€™s a ringing endorsement, eh? Elect Democrats, and wellâ€¦..the rest remains to be seen. What an agenda! If the Democratic Caucus leader canâ€™t say things would be different under Democrats, I guess we can quit the elections right now so the Dems can run the table right? It is inevitable right? Just a matter of time, right? To you good sir, I say, "NUTS"
Posted by: Gladiator | September 05, 2007 at 11:56 AMâ€
I understand that Brianâ€™s â€œleadership classesâ€ are undersubscribedâ€¦
Donâ€™t Give Dick a Promotion!
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