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Tiger Wood’s 924 Day PGA Tournament Drought Over. U. S. Citizen’s 1082 Day Drought without a National Budget? Not so much

Today marks the first day since Tiger Wood’s world came unravelled in scandal and shame that he’s won a PGA Tour event. He just won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

That’s his first PGA Tour victory since September 13, 2009.
It was 157 days before Tiger’s last victory that the the Democratically controlled United States Senate, also riddled with scandal and shame, passed a budget. April 9, 2009.
Congratulations to Tiger and shame on the Democrats.

 

What am I to believe? The Chatter about an Improving Economy or my Lyin’ Eyes?

It is being spoken and respoken.  The Economy is in recovery.

For many years I commuted in and out of Richmond, VA’s far West End, but for economic reasons my Florida company decided that it would be best to close down our little office and have us work from home.  And I thank my lucky stars that I still have a job and a company that is reasonably solvent due to severe layoffs and belt tightening, even if it is in a dying industry.

But because my Internet provider had a malfunction, I temporarily lost Internet access today and had to find somewhere in town to log on to do my job. 

But that’s not the story.  Well, the layoffs and belt tightening, the austerity are PART of the story, but let’s move on.

When I left for home today at my old commute timeI was shocked at the light volume of traffic. 

When Circuit City corporate was here, this commute was extremely heavy and it took 5 or more traffic light cycles to make a left from Cox Rd. northbound onto Nuckols Rd., but then Circuit City died in Feb. 2009 and the traffic lessened considerably. 

Our office closed about 2 years ago, but still, it was a 3 traffic light cycle to get through that intersection.

Today, on a Monday in non-vacation season, it took only 1 light cycle and the turn lane wasn’t even half way filled.

There just weren’t that many commuters anymore. 

OK.  Maybe I was just lucky.  It was peculiar.  I was prepared for the usual vehicular combat from the days of old and I found myself with no competition to speak of.

Are other companies becoming more enlightened and allowing more and more of us to work from home thereby lessening the traffic flow? 

I’m thinking not. 

These are the everyday things that both distress me AND give me comfort that in spite of the spin from the White House and Clint Eastwood and the Obamasseuses from NBC et al.  You can’t escape the fact that the economy simply sucks and everyday people can’t help but notice the closing stores, the defunct retail chains, and the lessening job opportunities.  Properties, both residential and commercial are becoming increasingly vacant.  Prices for energy, food, and essentials are sky rocketing.

Couple all of this empirical evidence with all the people you know personally that have been devastated and it’s a pretty damning picture that’s hard to ignore and all the spin in the world can’t convince a recent victim of a business failure that the president and the Democrats have done them anything but harm.

This is Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.

You know what to do come November.

 

Senator Mark Warner; A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Virginia Senator Mark Warner has penned an op-ed in the Washington Post today, and in his usual Mark Warner style, he portrays himself and his advice as being above the partisan fray, you know a sensible moderate and of course, the smartest man in the Senate

” For months, we have known that no plan will succeed if it just slashes programs such as Medicare or imposes big hikes in tax rates.We’ve known that we need a plan that eliminates at least $4 trillion in debt over the next decade, slows the growth in entitlement programs and raises new revenue through tax reform.”

Mark Warner is a phony moderate, he supports Big Government and is second only to Harry Reid when it comes to carrying Obama’s water. Unlike the other phony moderates like Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln who got goodies for their constiuents (Cornhusker Kickback & Louisana Purchase), one has to wonder what Warner was promised to cast his vote for Obamacare .

Let me tell you something about Mark Warner, as a Virginian, Mark Warner is one of my Senators and he has made a career out of opportunism, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In the early 1980s, Warner served as a staff member to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd.  He later used his knowledge of federal telecommunication law and policies as a broker of mobile phone franchise licenses, making a significant fortune. According to one source, this knowledge was gained while working for Dodd and while raising money for other Washington Democrats. Then as governor he spewed this “let’s all work together” BS to pass the largest tax increase in the history of Virginia while at the same time raiding the transportation trust fund and proclaiming himself to be a fiscal conservative. He then took advantage of this false portrayal of the moderate businessman to win election to the Senate.

We all know why spending is at an all time peacetime high, since 2000, the congress has spent money like there was no tomorrow. The Bush tax cuts are not the problem; the problem is that the cuts were not accompanied by spending cuts. As a matter of fact they did just the opposite and then in 2009 ramped up the already out of control spending to unprecedented levels that would make Keynes blush.

Warner is correct that we need to increase revenue but his lack of detail is counterproductive.
The left will interpret it as a call for tax rate increases and the right will interpret it as tax code reform, expanding the base and eliminating deductions, credits and perceived loopholes. This is a tact of the phony moderate, using the lack of detail in their rhetoric to plant themselves firmly in the middle but always voting on the left.

While an overhaul of the tax code is imperative to a sustainable long-term solution, the devil is in the details. For example, eliminating the home mortgage deduction (a loophole, if you will) would increase revenue but in
reality it would crush an already ultra-depressed housing market and decrease home prices another 25% or more. Eliminating the deduction for charitable contributions (mentioned early on in the Obama administration) may seem like it would generate an enormous amount of revenue if analyzed statically but in our real
and dynamic world it would more than likely result in a drastic reduction of charitable contributions and the hardships for the unfortunate beneficiaries of those charities. These are two of the obvious “loopholes” but you can be sure that the elimination of any of them will have real world implications that aren’t obvious on the surface and will surely activate an army of advocates fighting for its preservation.

Senator Warner, the real solution for increasing revenue is  to unleash the private sector and grow the economy. Senator Warner, the overbearing regulations that you love and the uncertainty they breed, especially the PPACA that your vote passed, are stifling growth and restricting the needed revenue.

Mr. Warner, you may pretend to be a sensible moderate in your op-ed writings but you are just another big government liberal. it is the same old story; the Federal Government and its burdensome meddling causes the crisis and then insists that the only solution is more meddling and confiscating more of our money by that same Federal Government or as President Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the  solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

 

Is Senator Mark Warner Pledging to Refuse Out of State Donations?

Saturday night, former Virginia governor and current U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, was at a fundraiser in Abingdon, Virginia with Congressman Rick “Cap & Trade” Boucher when he made a stunning remark. He was complaining about money from outside of southwest Virginia influencing the race in the 9th District.  Warner said, “We need to send a message to outside money, that we don’t even know where it came from, that that’s not the type of politics we play in Southwest Virginia.”

This from a sitting Senator who has benefitted from over a million dollars from a PAC called ActBlue, which solicits money from all across the nation that we don’t even know where it came from. He has also accepted contributions from other donors outside of Virginia. According to Open Secrets;

Contributions by Geography

Senator Mark Warner

Top Metro Areas

WASHINGTON, DC-MD-VA-WV $4,718,940
NORFOLK-VIRGINIA BEACH-NEWPORT NEWS, VA-NC $907,621
NEW YORK $884,885
RICHMOND-PETERSBURG $850,167
Boston, MA-NH $353,627
CHARLOTTESVILLE $293,577
SAN FRANCISCO $177,700
LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH $176,901
BRIDGEPORT $168,525
CHICAGO $159,799
 
I am not sure, but it sounds to me like Senator Mark Warner is pledging to no longer accept any contributions from outside of Virginia and to decline to have any outside groups do any advertising which may benefit his campaign, after all that’s not the type of politics we play in Virginia.
 
 
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