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If you like McAuliffe’s plan, he can’t keep it. Massive expansion plans dependent on Medicaid expansion that will never happen.

ImageTerry McAuliffe has gathered the endorsements and support of countless Virginians based on a multitude of promises including;

  • Higher teacher pay.
  • Increased funds to make college more affordable.
  • Better retirement benefits for teachers.
  • Higher spending on K-12 education.
  • Increased research funds for higher education.
  • Increased spending on tourism.
  • Increased spending on inner-city passenger rail.
  • Expanded rail service throughout Virginia.
  • Increased funding for rural health care.
  • Increased funding for mental health.

 Such an ambitious list comes with an equally ambitious price tag, estimated by some as high as $14 Billion but even half of that would represent an unprecedented massive increase of spending. When asked where the money would come from to fund his promises, the New Yorker has repeatedly cited the federal dollars coming with an expansion of medicaid and mysterious and unnamed improvements in efficiencies. I’ll get to the medicaid expansion later but let’s be clear, the savings to be gained from improved efficiencies is minimal at best and given that Mr. McAuliffe has little knowledge of and even less experience in the workings of Virginia government, non-existent at worst.  

That leaves the supposed windfall from medicaid expansion. Now I am not sure exactly how the former DNC chair thinks he is going to convince the Republican dominated Virginia General Assembly to reverse course and vote to expand medicaid or if he is even aware that he lacks the authority to unilaterally make that happen. The fate of Medicaid expansion in Virginia is, by statute, in the hands of the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission. According to the code of Virginia 30-347

An affirmative vote by three of the five members of the Commission from the House of Delegates and three of the five members of the Commission from the Senate shall be required to endorse any reform proposal to amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and any waivers thereof, to implement coverage for newly eligible individuals pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1396d(y)(1)[2010] of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Terry McAuliffe does not have the experience or knowhow to improve efficiencies and he does not have the votes to expand Medicaid and as he so eloquently stated in the first debate;

If we don’t get the Medicaid expansion, we can’t bring in the efficiencies, then I agree with you. There’s not money to be spent.

In other words, all of you suckers who are voting for Terry McAuliffe because he promised you something, be prepared to be disappointed.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in politics

 

Justice Department declares Virginia County is no longer racist, Democrats disappointed.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch

The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Hanover County to let the county and the town of Ashland “bail out” of “preclearance” requirements under the Voting Rights Act.

The consent decree, which must be approved by a federal court in Washington, means that the localities no longer would have to get the permission of the Justice Department or a federal judge before making changes in voting procedures.  This follows a lengthy process in which the locality must show it has been free of any voter discrimination for at least a decade.

Any sane and civil Hanover County resident would applaud the fact that the United States department of Justice Civil Rights Division, after a lengthy review process has determined that their locality has been free of any voter discrimination for at least a decade. Most would agree with Hanover County Voter Registrar Teresa F. Smithson who said the status means, “simply that we have proven that we’re not a racist location anymore and that we will not disenfranchise voters based on color.”

Astonishingly not all Hanoverians are happy with the decree. Gordon Silver, chairman of the Hanover County Democratic Committee, called the announcement disappointing and Robert Barnette, president of the NAACP’s Hanover branch, said Monday night that his group will “continue to oppose” the change.

You see, when your power evolves from propagating the victim mentality, and an authoritarian declaration that there are no longer any victims then you are powerless. So instead of celebrating this achievement, they bemoan it. Sad, very very sad.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in politics

 

Uncle Joe Biden gaffes to the end

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Tonight at his final campaign stop in Richmond Virginia, Biden was commenting on Romney’s debate claim that he supported a govt guarantee for auto bankruptcy claims and he spouted, “If you or I did that, we’d be shot”. The thought of this guy being a heartbeat away from the presidency is more and more frightening every day!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in politics

 

Joe Biden in Richmond with John Cougar Mellenkamp and OFA volunteers can’t give away tickets.

I was at an afternoon craft beer festival in downtown Richmond, Virginia this afternoon, just the sort of event you would imagine to find plenty of Obamaroids.At the event i was approached by an attractive young OFA volunteer handing out tickets for a frree John Cougar Mellencamp concert hosted by Mr. and Dr Biden in Richmond tomorrow night(election eve) in Richmond. The response was less than enthused, dozens and dozens of beer festers were offered free tickets and in all but a few exceptions the free offer was declined, over and over again, the beer fest participants declined the offer.

This looks like another Stevie Wonder type debacle for the Obama campaign on the eve of the election.

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Barack Obama

 

Enthusiasm edge goes to Romney

One sure sign of an enthusiastic voting base is the presence of grass roots, homemade campaign signage. During Scott Brown’s historic U.S. Senate victory in 2009, there were homemade Brown for Senate signs all over Massachusetts. Now, in Virginia and around the country we are seeing homemade signs being produced and exhibited either in support of Romney and/or against the incumbent. The Tea Party groups have been posting their hand stenciled yellow bill boards and Gadsden flags for some time. Just this weekend I observed empty chairs (see Eastwooding) appearing around Richmond accompanied by Romney signs and American flags.

On the other side, I have not seen any thing other than OFA produced signs. Enthusiasm and intensity wins elections and it appears to be with the challenger!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

 

Changes, from Obama and those who support his feckless policies.

Crowder is back and better than ever!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Barack Obama

 

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More Democrat Incivility; Virginia Back-Bencher Congressman on Paul Ryan

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Today on POTUS, a SiriusXM satellite radio station, Gerry Connolly VA-11, a back-bencher in the House of Representatives characterized Rep. Paul Ryan, the Bydget Committee Chairman and Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States as amatuerish and likened Ryan to a Judge at the Salem witch trials. Judge Hathorne, the most noted Judge involved in the trials has been described as sadistic, ignorant, and antagonistic. POTS host Tim Farley seemed to be taken aback by the Connoly’s outrageous and uncivil depiction of the Wisconsin Republican.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in politics

 

It is no laughing matter, Biden fails and embarrasses the nation.

“Just kind of a grin with a body behind it” – Clint Eastwood

Old Smirkin Joe attempts to win a debate through disrespect and rudeness and loses. Hey Joe, like the old saying goes, it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. It was sad to watch the Vice president of the United States of America embarrass the nation with such a distasteful performance.

CNN Post Debate Snap Poll

Regardless of which candidate you happen to support, who do you think did the best job in the debate – Joe Biden or Paul Ryan?
Biden     44%

Ryan     48%

Ryan won in every category except for the question of who attacked their opponent more.

There is no doubt that the hard-core Democrats who were frustrated by the presidents lethargic performance last week were thrilled with Biden’s tactics but the independent CNN poll participants viewed the Vice President as largely ineffective. If his job was to stop the Romney momentum, he failed.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Joe Biden

 

Despite Obama’s BLS Fairytale, it does feel a lot like 1980

This is really starting to feel like 1979/1980 again.

“By the time 1979 was entering its final weeks, feelings of gloom were so heavy that even some of President Carter’s detractors had to admit he had a point: the country was suffering from a bad case of malaise.”- GEORGE JOHNSON

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Barack Obama

 

As goes a Democrat run, big government California goes, so goes a Democrat run, big government nation

California has for some time now been known as unfriendly to business and to the residents who staff them. While it is arguably the most beautiful state in the union, the state and local government has succeeded in creating an exodus from the Golden State. A recent study by The Manhattan Institute summed up the cause of the migration this way,

In sum, we can identify a number of cost drivers—taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs—that offer incentives to businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus.

Whatever the exact cause is it continues, this week two large corporations, Comcast and Campbell’s Soup announced they are eliminating or exporting 1000 Sacramento area jobs.Comcast citing the high cost of doing business in California is moving 300 call center jobs to other states in the West. Campbell’s is cutting 700 jobs, a result of a plant closing they  claim is necessary to “improve supply chain productivity,” but it is not surprising that the plant they chose to close was in California.

Democrat leadership and it’s big government tendencies, whether in Sacramento or Washington, lead to diminished opportunities to earn a living and provide for yourself and your family and the increased burden of a higher cost of living. So I ask you, once Obama and the Democrats complete their California style transformation of America, once they drive more job creators away, where then will we migrate to?

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Barack Obama

 
 
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