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.
Voters in Utah’s 3rd congressional district finally get to see what Rep. Chris Cannon’s beliefs really are. He was the only member of Utah’s congressional delegation to vote for the Wall Street bailout twice.
If you help Jason Chaffetz by donating to or volunteering for his campaign, you can ensure that Utah’s 3rd district gets a Congressman who stands up for fiscal responsibility.
The Wall Street bailout passed the House of Representatives earlier today, leaving many conservatives unhappy. I think it’s safe to say we can count Allen West among their ranks:
Republican Allen West, who’s challenging Klein, says he’s opposed to the bailout because “we should not just be giving money to the same people that got us into this.” West favors capital gains tax cuts and other incentives to stimulate the flow of capital.
This mess on Wall Street will never be fixed until the underlying issues (such as the Community Reinvestment Act) are addressed and Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson, Jamie Gorelick are behind bars for their Enron-style accounting practices while heads of Fannie Mae.
You can donate to Allen West’s campaign here.
Head here to see Michelle Malkin’s write-up of the roll call vote for the Wall Street Bailout plan.
I admire all the Representatives (yes, even the Democratic ones) who voted against this bill. We can all be proud of the Republicans who stuck to the principles of fiscal conservatives who stood up for the free market, when many in the conservative commentariat (I’m looking at you, National Review Online), didn’t.
Hopefully, all the Republican challengers this cycle will look for their opponents on this list and follow John Gard’s lead.
As Americans all across Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States struggle with the high cost of fuel, Rep. Paul Kanjorski is riding high–literally–in an SUV furnished by you, the taxpayer:
In his first attack television commercial, Republican congressional candidate Lou Barletta slams U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski for funneling $10 million to a now-bankrupt technology company owned and operated by his nephews and daughter.
The commercial, which began airing Wednesday, also accuses Kanjorski of “spending thousands of your tax dollars” driving luxury sport utility vehicles. The amount was almost $100,000, the Barletta campaign said.
“For the community, it is free money,” Kanjorski told CBS News. “It is the taxpayers of the United States’ money, but it doesn’t cause any difficulty to the community to take the money.”
In the commercial Kanjorski says, “In the Congress we have our own rules.”
Yeah, they have their own rules, so lighten up! Rep. Paul Kanjorski understands that there’s no need to show concern for the little people in his district. So let him drive his taxpayer-funded gas guzzling SUVs while he tells Pennsylvanians to inflate their tires and conserve energy as a way to get through the crisis. He’s a Congressman! He’s entitled.
The people of his district deserve a Congressman like Lou Barletta. Someone who is running to represent Pennsylvanians, not to get some free perks. You can donate to Lou Barletta’s campaign here.
An article on the ads can be found here. The ads focus not only on Chris Hackett’s background, but his positions on energy and earmarks as well. Here they are.
The first one is called “New Direction”:
The second is called “Plan”:
Good job, Chris! You can donate to Chris Hackett’s campaign here.
It looks like “moderate” Rep. Chris Carney has learned something from his fellow Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. John Murtha:
Carney’s office has touted his ability to bring back money to the 10th Congressional District, announcing more than $15 million in projects secured in the 2007 budget, and several other projects this year.
Hackett’s campaign has been critical of Washington, D.C.’s spending policies, specifically on the earmarking process. Earmarks set aside funds in spending bills for specific uses, such as grants toward a specific school or other program. Earmarks only make up about 2 percent of the federal budget, but have been criticized by tax advocate groups because the programs do not go out to bid.
“There are often many good projects that are funded, but the problem is the overall process that leads to corruption,” Hackett said. “It also leads to other bills being passed that otherwise wouldn’t be passed if they didn’t have earmarks attached to them. It’s a way that the leadership buys votes from other members of Congress. It’s why our federal budget keeps rising.”
Chris Hackett knows that bills in Congress need to pass or fail based on inherent value of the legislation, not what money is going to what district via earmarks placed within the bill.
The race to represent Pennsylvania’s 10th District will be close, but trying to buy votes isn’t the way to win.
You can donate to Chris Hackett’s campaign here.