Monthly Archives: December 2008

McConnell responds to Kaine’s new budget

Gov. Tim Kaine’s 2008-2010 budget, along with its increased spending and cigarette tax hikes, has raised a more than a few eyebrows.  Two of those eyebrows belong to Attorney Gen. Bob McConnell:

“Spending in Richmond has increased significantly. The budget has doubled over the past ten years. With this downturn in the economy comes the opportunity to look for efficiencies in government, and find the best ways to deliver quality government services at a reduced cost to taxpayers. We did this in The Office of the Attorney General. We cut our budget by nearly 15% over the past year. While we are only one small part of the overall government, this does show that spending can be reduced, without hurting the quality of our services.”

“The Governor has called for some significant reductions in spending. This is the proper course of action to address this shortfall, and I applaud this work. I am disappointed however that the Governor has called for a tax increase. You should not raise taxes in a recession, and you cannot tax your way to prosperity. Another huge increase in the cigarette tax would potentially threaten a Virginia industry at a perilous time, while increasing the tax burden on many Virginia citizens and small businesses when they can least afford it.”

The full statement is at the link.

Unlike the past two governors of Virginia, Bob McDonnell understands that a state can’t tax its way out of recession.  The people of Virginia have had tax-raising governors since 2001.  It’s time for a change.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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Chaffetz to appear on Colbert

Rep-elect Jason Chaffetz will be appearing on an episode of “The Colbert Report” set to air after the new year.  Chaffetz talked about his experience to the Salt Lake City Tribune:

Chaffetz spent three hours Tuesday in New York taping a segment for television satirist Stephen Colbert that will air sometime after the new year. Colbert’s folks denied a reporter’s request to view the taping, but Chaffetz said it was fun and that Colbert, a faux conservative pundit, is an “exceptionally nice guy.”

“He’s so fun,” Chaffetz said en route back to Washington, noting that he thought his appearance went well. But, “Who knows what they’re going to slice and dice that to look like.”

Even though he’s a liberal, I do like Stephen Colbert.  I’ve heard from a few people that he’s a very nice guy in person and he made me laugh pretty consistantly in “Strangers with Candy.”  I can’t wait to see this episode. 

Rep-elect Chaffetz isn’t giving anything away, except for one word: legwrestling.

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Bobby Jindal enters the fray in Virginia

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be lending his good name to Attorney General Bob McDonnell later this week:

Popular Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will visit Richmond on Wednesday to endorse Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s bid for governor, a McDonnell news release said.

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He and McDonnell will hold a press conference Wednesday morning at the Jefferson Hotel, the news release said. It will be followed by a private fundraiser.

I’ll try to get video of the press conference as it becomes available. 

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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Read Bob’s Lips: “No New Taxes”

At a meeting of the four gubernatorial candidates, Bob McDonnell promised that he would not raise taxes on Virginians if elected:

Two of three Democrats likely to vie for governor next year on Tuesday declined to rule out  increasing taxes if the state’s economic problems deepen.

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McDonnell also rejected taxes, saying lawmakers should cut spending. “The worst thing you can do during a recession is try to tax yourself to prosperity,” he said.

Exactly.  The last thing Virginians need is a third tax-raising governor in a row.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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