Archive for September, 2012

Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive

Bumper stickers with that compelling message, suggested by Vice President Joe Biden, are available for a contribution of $3 or more at Lexington-Rockbridge County Democratic Headquarters, 221 South Main.

Democratic headquarters volunteers Joyce Benton and Joyce Moore show off the bumper stickers.

Question for Goodlatte: do you agree with Romney?

I have sent the following email to Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte:

Dear Congressman Goodlatte:

As a Sixth District voter, I want to know to what extent– if any– the following comments by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reflect your views:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax… [M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Gene Zitver

I will post any reply I receive from the congressman.

Goodlatte’s shameless hypocrisy

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte has sent his constituents an email noting that the national debt has reached $16 trillion and placing the blame squarely on President Obama. He writes:

This massive debt is a problem that must be addressed now, not further down the road. Just like families in the Sixth District, America must live within its means. That means balancing the budget, making meaningful spending cuts, and restoring economic growth.

My first act of the 112th Congress was to introduce a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. This legislation, which continues to have significant bipartisan support, ensures that the federal government is held accountable and that the money you work hard to earn is not squandered on wasteful spending. I remain committed to pushing this legislation as a real common sense solution to curb America’s growing debt and ensure the future growth of our economy. The Senate and the president should join the House of Representatives in working to get our fiscal house in order. We can do better.

But here’s the thing about Goodlatte: his vaunted fiscal conservatism only seems to kick in when a Democrat happens to be president.

Goodlatte’s votes in Congress– along with those of other Republicans– helped turn the budget surplus that George W. Bush inherited from Bill Clinton in 2001 into the huge budget deficit that Barack Obama inherited from Bush in 2009.

While supporting Bush’s tax cuts, which cost the Treasury $1.8 trillion in the first eight years, Goodlatte also voted for the president’s unfunded Medicare prescription drug program ($272 billion through 2011), as well as the hugely expensive and unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq ($1.26 trillion through 2011).

For Goodlatte, introducing a balanced budget amendment is like saying, “Stop me before I slash hundreds of billions in revenue and spend hundreds of billions we don’t have again.”

Keep Virginia Blue dinner and rally October 9

Join us Tuesday October 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Washington and Lee Evans Dining Hall for a dinner and rally on behalf of the Democratic candidates for President, Senate and House of Representatives.

The evening will feature music and fiery speeches to get us moving toward victory in the November 6 elections.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Or you can be a sponsor for $100 (two complimentary tickets), $200 (three complimentary tickets) or $250 (four complimentary tickets).

Tickets may be purchased at Democratic Headquarters, 221 South Main, or mail a check payable to LDC to: P.O. Box 60, Lexington, VA 24450. Tickets may be picked up at the door on October 9.

For more information call 540-464-DEMS.

Proceeds will be used by the Lexington and Rockbridge County Democratic Committees to help win Democratic victories in November.

Andy Schmookler speaks on Labor Day

Besides addressing the crowd in Buena Vista, Democratic Sixth District Congressional candidate Andy Schmookler made a powerful appeal to a Labor Day gathering in Harrisonburg. Watch it and pass it along.

Labor Day in Buena Vista

Thanks to all the Lexington Democrats and others who marched in the Buena Vista Labor Day parade and cheered for Senator Mark Warner, candidate for Senate Tim Kaine and candidate for Congress Andy Schmookler at the rally in Glen Maury Park.

Goodlatte email repeats lies about Obama and welfare-to-work

In an email to constituents, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte wrote:

In 1996, Congress and the Clinton Administration succeeded in overhauling the nation’s failed welfare system, imposing real work requirements to help break the welfare cycle of dependency. Under the law, all able-bodied participants must work or look for work in order to receive benefits. This program has been tremendously successful in helping families achieve self-sufficiency and efficiently moving welfare recipients into the workplace.

However, it would seem that the Obama Administration is now prepared to unravel this progress. Just a few weeks ago, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly issued “guidance” to states regarding the TANF program that could effectively gut the critical work requirements at the center of welfare reform. The HHS guidance expresses the Secretary’s willingness to allow states to seek “waivers” of work requirements for welfare recipients for the first time since the TANF program was created. The Obama Administration’s step toward exempting states from work requirements is of great concern and is not the law’s intent. This is just another example of this Administration’s overreach and unending attempts to act contrary to the intent of the laws passed by Congress.

This particular falsehood has been debunked countless times by nonpartisan fact-checkers. rates it not just false, but “Pants on Fire.”

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