Sunday, March 4, 2018

Virginia Democrats Throw One of Virginia's Greatest Sons Under the Bus

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are thought to be the founders of the Democratic Party. And for years Democrat state parties held fundraising dinners, called "Jefferson-Jackson day dinners." They were proud that those two men called themselves Democrats.

But Marxism is a funny thing. It seeks to rewrite, and consciously ignore the context of history. Yes, we had slavery in America and it ended in 1865. It ended by blood and the inspiring words of men like Thomas Jefferson. By contrast I read the other day that slavery didn't end in Saudi Arabia until 1962.

Like the mindless sheep they lead, the Virginia Democrat party has decided to go along with other Democrat state parties and drop the name "Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner."

Democrats all across the country have renamed their dinners, I wouldn't be surprised if they use such orwellian sounding labels, like the "Peoples Day Dinner", or the "Bella Abzug Dinner". Maybe one day the "Collin Kapernick(sp?) dinner."

Well, here in Virginia we have always taken pride in one of our greatest sons, Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was the author of one of the greatest documents that was ever produced. A document, the Declaration of Independence, which set up the American government. Most of the bill of rights came, in some cases word for word from Jefferson's Declaration.

Despite being a slave holder, civil rights leaders took inspiration from Jefferson's writings. Martin Luther King quoted Jefferson.

Virginians, even Democrats, should take pride that Jefferson was a son of Virginia. But Democrats are not proud to call him one of theirs. In fact they find even his name unappetizing. They don't even want his name associated with their dinner.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Proposed Off-Shore Oil and Gas Development

The following is a release from Mike Thompson, President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute:

"The Department of Interior's off-shore gas and oil development plan places Virginia in a unique position to be one of its greatest beneficiaries with increased job creation, economic growth and strengthened national security.

By developing what could be our abundant offshore resources in the Atlantic Ocean, we can fill a critical need in meeting our long-term energy needs, stabilizing energy costs and contributing to the U.S. becoming truly energy independent.

A late January Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategies survey for us asked if Virginians support off-shore drilling if it could be done in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. The answer showed drilling was supported by a 55-39% margin. The survey further showed that every region of the state supports off-shore drilling, In the Hampton Roads area, where off-shore drilling will have a largest impact, it was supported by a 55% to 41% margin. Northern Virginia was least supportive showing 50% support with 45% in opposition (full results found on our website:

These results are encouraging for those who believe that America can become energy independent as well as a major supplier of critical energy needs for our allies in an increasingly dangerous world. And, as I said earlier, more supply should create pressure to keep our energy prices lower."

Monday, February 12, 2018

Route 66 - Unfair to Prince William County at Any Speed

My wife and I reside in Prince William county, for you Virginia political junkies, we are in the 13th legislative district. I estimate that I spend 10 hours a week on 66 going to Alexandria. And some days I average 55 mph and some days, usually if there is an accident at the Vienna exit, I average 35 mph, but when we consider the policies regarding the use and tolls, it is clear that 66 is not the best deal for Prince William county motorists. In fact it's a bad deal.

In the morning east bound traffic is heavy, and it requires two or more motorists, and of course in the afternoon west bound traffic has the same requirements. So Prince William county motorists who work in Fairfax, Alexandria, Falls Church or DC, have to find someone to ride with or pay a fairly high toll. Or take an alternate side road, say Rt. 29 in my case, and get to work by lunch time!

Conversely, someone from Fairfax, Alexandria, Falls Church, DC, or Maryland can travel westbound in the morning and have no HOV requirement or toll.

The east bound in the morning and west bound in the afternoon requirements does not favor us here in Prince William county, and as the state moves forward with tolling Prince William county motorists will pay a disproportionate share of the cost.

HOV rules were designed to encourage conservation, which I think is a noble goal. And tolls on Rt. 66 are designed to raise money, which certainly may be necessary. However these goals namely raising money and encouraging conservation are two very different objectives, I'm opposed to the east bound am-westbound pm tolling scheme because I believe it shifts the financial burden unfairly onto Prince William county commuters.

Perhaps there are other ways to get the money that VDOT needs while at the same time spreading the cost more equitably among the Northern Virginia jurisdictions.

The other day I watched VA Transportation secretary Shannon Valentine explain to a House of Delegates committee that the toll is simply a choice. A commuter can avoid the toll by not driving on 66. When I heard that I thought to myself how galling. We paid for Rt. 66 decades ago. Now, if we want to use it at certain times, in a certain direction, we have to pay a toll.

The alternative that Shannon Valentine is talking about is that we take route 29, 50 or the GW Parkway which of course would increase the time that we spend in the car. Less time at work, or with our families. If time is money, and I believe it is, taking the alternate routes may cost us as much as a toll.

We here in Prince William county need members of the General Assembly who will fight for our interests. The use of tolls based on the current east bound in the morning-west bound in the afternoon formula shifts the financial burden unfairly to Prince William county.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Scarborough's Latest Conspiracy Theory

There is a famous scene in the 1994 classic comedy “Dumb and Dumber”, when Harry discovers that Lloyd traded their van for a motor scooter. Which was basically a bicycle with a lawn mower engine attached to it. An exasperated Harry shakes his head and says, “You know Lloyd, just when I think you couldn’t be any dumber…”

Well just when I thought MSNBC propagandist Joe Scarborough couldn’t go any lower he surprises me. I asked the question, how low would Joe go, two days ago after Scarborough claimed that the President was in the early stages of dementia. He had a “source”. I asked Scarborough on twitter was his source a political aide or a medical doctor? He didn’t respond.

Now Scarborough claims this:
“(Trump) only ran for president as part of a money-making scheme, and did not actually expect to win.”

The idea that a very rich man would choose to run for a public office to get richer is ridiculous. You might say insane. Other than Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton, I can think of no one that left the White House wealthier, adjusted for inflation, then when they arrived.

When Carter and Ford left the White House they were nearly broke. Reagan complained that for 8 years he took a pay cut. The fact is being President, for most accomplished people, means taking a pay cut.

My guess is that Trump made more money from hosting the reality TV show “The Apprentice” than a Presidential salary. Most successful people in the private sector make more than a President. And considering that Trump is not drawing a Presidential salary he is doing the job for nothing. Far from getting rich, in terms of opportunity cost Trump will lose money while serving as our 45th President.

So, let’s try to get into Scarborough’s mind, a scary thought I know, and figure out how he thinks Trump plans to profit from being President.

Perhaps this: Trump will be President for 4 or 8 years and then when he leaves office he will set up a presidential foundation that will take in money from Russian oligarchs, and make 6 figure fees for making speeches? Well, Joe that has been done. And that would be a matter to criticize him for after he leaves office.

Perhaps Joe thinks Trump is counting on people in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, which voted for him big time, to, out of loyalty and gratitude stay at Trump hotels, which will make him even wealthier. So no longer will they stay at Red Roof Inns and Best Westerns. From now on all will stay at Trump International hotels and resorts. Cha ching!

What an idea, run for President to drive up occupancy rates at his family owned hotels. Now that is insane.

Perhaps Joe imagines that foreign leaders will stay at Trump hotels as a way of bribing the President. First, when a foreign leader travels wouldn't he or she stay at their embassy? Why do they need to stay at a hotel?

So as part of this scheme Trump must check hotel logs to find out which foreign leader stayed at a Trump hotel or resort and which leader did not. Well, what if two competing world leaders both stay at one of his hotels? Who does he favor? At that point does he employ that great tie breaker known as rock, paper, scissors?

So how exactly will Trump make money off being President? Scarborough didn’t exactly say. He simply muttered it's "all about contacts."