Sorry for the very, VERY late round-up. Two stories you should know about:
-The Richmond TImes Dispatch has an article up about Eric Cantor, once again mentioning his mentioning by the Great Mentioner (the mythical creature that somehow gets peoples names into circulation as possible VP selections). Interesting Cantor Fact: Cantor was the “designated survivor” for his party in Congress during the 2006 State of the Union Address (the designated survivor is the individual charged with carrying on that particular branch of government in the event of a cataclysmic attack during the State of the Union and gets the distinct pleasure of watching the address is a secure, undisclosed location).
-Appropriations Committee member Delegate Kirk Cox slams the real Mark Warner record:
Virginia is a balanced budget state. The General Assembly must pass and the governor must sign a balanced budget. Warner’s predecessor, Gov. Jim Gilmore, submitted a final budget that was balanced as required by Virginia’s Constitution.
It was only two years later that Mark Warner decided he needed to raise taxes because he did not have enough taxpayers’ money to spend.
A recent Warner TV commercial claims he cut spending, but state budgets rose 24.7 percent during his term. State spending in the Gilmore years rose at a much slower pace.
Mark Warner was able to manage spending increases by raising taxes, while Gov. Gilmore worked to reduce your car tax by 70 percent. Mark Warner actually promised to get rid of the car tax completely while governor. Just another fact he tries to keep from voters.
Mark Warner does have one true claim to fame – he raised our taxes $1.3 billion, the largest tax increase in Virginia history.
While running for governor, Mark Warner repeatedly promised Virginians there would be NO tax increases. Many times he said, “I will not raise taxes; I will not raise taxes!”
In early 2004, he claimed there was a huge budget shortfall – as much as $1 billion. But by May, it was obvious Gov. Warner was rushing the General Assembly to enact his tax hike before his administration released new numbers showing large state revenue increases. Less than two months after his tax increase budget passed, Virginia ended fiscal year 2004 with a $324 million surplus!
Facts don’t lie.
Sing it, Kirk!
On a personal note, expect light posting this week. My grandfather passed away early this morning at the age of 92. He was the fifth generation of Orndorffs in Shenandoah County, and spent nearly his entire life in what is today District 5 on the Board of Supervisors. Although he was an ardent Democrat, he always encouraged me to excel at whatever I did. He instilled in me a deep sense of patriotism and love of country, a good mix of self-reliance and care for the downtrodden, a strong work ethic, and an undying sense of duty for serving others. He shall be missed, but his spirit is hardly gone from this earth.
Roy C Orndorff
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