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Do not change term limits in Virginia: A letter to Gov Elect McDonnell

Posted in Bob McDonnell, changing virginia term limits for governor, Opinion (Political), virginia term limits on January 15, 2010 by AN Security

Dear Mr. McDonnell,

I am writing you because I was surprised to learn that you be advocating the end of term limits in Virginia. I was more astonished to read this in the Washington Times because given the fact that you have not taken the oath of office yet. As a supporter of your campaign and constituent I would like to know what exactly would drive you to pursue or even consider this matter worthy of examination at all.

I was very excited that you conducted such an honest and principled campaign and that inspired me to be more involved in politics again. But I am concerned about our future because we are in great trouble as a nation and as a state. There is a contention that constitutional documents are fluid and dynamic entities that need to be changed to suit changing trends. This is incorrect. Our problems stem from constantly wanting to modify laws and any other directives created to curb the expansion of government and to allow citizens to take more charge of their lives which is precisely why Virginians have elected you. The Constitution of Virginia guards against the expansion of government and derives its powers from the people. So far I hear few declarations of support for your idea and I know that it has been up for debate many times yet the law was not changed, and for good reason. Many of us simply will look at this endeavor with suspicion and ultimately vote against it.

SEC. 2. That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were very wise to this issue; when we give time for a government to become larger and more complex it runs away from its original purpose. By holding public servants to scrutiny during shorter periods we will have the ability to examine the shape of our government and if we don’t like the way things are done we will vote against that. I’ve been looking at term limits in other states to find the benefit of keeping one given individual in office. For the most part those are states where the economy and quality of life are so compromised that people move to other states. This is happening a lot due to high taxes, the loss of jobs and arbitrary regulations that trample on people’s rights.

SEC. 3. That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community; of all the various modes and forms of government, that is best which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration; and that, when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.

I think it’s commendable that you have such an ambitious view of the future even before taking office but look what Governor Kaine managed to get done in his one term; most of it has been detrimental to Virginian’s safety, economy and quality of life. Four years of that has turned me and many others into cynical and suspicious of government. When I hear someone say they want to extend their time in office that sends a signal to me that there is something else afoot. Most Americans now are not so trusting and we will exercise our right to scrutinize everything that is said and done because our freedoms as a people supersede the needs or wants of individuals.

SEC. 4. That no man, or set of men, are entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services; which, not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislator, or judge to be hereditary.

There are way too many career politicians ‘serving’ at the state and national level which to me is the same as a political dynasty. It doesn’t matter if these people are not related, once someone establishes a reputation they keep running on that platform and frankly after many years that public ‘servant’ simply becomes stagnant. Well, now that I think about it, that’s not true, some politicians enlist their entire families as some actually bring their wives or children to campaign for their seats at the end of their terms. That’s riding on someone’s name recognition; again, political dynasties are born from lengthy terms.

Still, the extension of the governor’s term is just a symptom of how we’ve been doing business for so many generations and Virginia should set the example and show restraint. If a candidate is a good prospect for the next four years, who is to say that the one candidate will always be in touch with the constituency and remain true to the his/her values beyond that term? There is something to be said about tunnel vision in that we focus on some things and after a while what we do can become routine or taken for granted. Clearly, I am for checks and balances and there is nothing wrong with stopping along the way, say, at the end of a term, to re-examine our priorities and strategies before proceeding with the business of governance.

Your campaign’s platform had the most attractive set of values and fiscal solutions that many of us, especially those from across party line, have been searching for which is why we’ve elected you. What I would like to suggest is that we shift our focus to building the strong foundations that will enable economic growth, fiscal responsibility and the general prosperity of Virginians. By all means, do clean house sir, but please, don’t set your sights on that far away target in the future before you’ve had a chance to get your hands dirty and we’ve had a chance to observe you at work. Our problems are too serious for us to be distracted with the continuation of power in the future. When your term expires there will be transitions of power and different styles of governance may be introduced buy I assure you, once you’ve left office and the new leadership moves in we should have that foundation in place ready to go.

You will be the first step in making Virginia a great place to live and do business. The idea is to maintain the continuation of sound leadership which will be carefully guarded by the constituency. If the next person does not perform to our standards the term will end and another will open up that opportunity to others to serve. I’d like you to know that all you have to do is ask if you wish to serve in that capacity again in a non-consecutive term; of course after you’ve proven a desirable track record.

I would like to congratulate you and wish you the very best. God Bless you and your family.

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Citizen Kaine’s Parting Gift to VA

Posted in ACORN, Bob McDonnell, education, financial education, Opinion (Political), Tim Kaine, Virginia budget, Virginia politics on December 14, 2009 by AN Security

“Virginia Leading the Way”

That is Governor Kaine’s motto but leading Virginians where? Instead of preparing to move on with his life and after having inflicted enough damage to the Commonwealth’s economy he is eager to announce the nature of his parting gift; ‘People are going to see an awful lot in this budget they don’t like.” 

Like all Demicrats, Kaine, throws the proverbial hand grenade into the hole and runs away, perhaps glancing over his shoulder to see everything go up in smoke. Well, instead of acting like a gentleman working for Virginia’s future he leads the way into higher taxation and job cuts, a nice parting gift for the holidays. He’s like the bad boyfriend who gets dumped at Starbucks over some drink I can’t spell out; if he can’t have VA then no one else can have it. A tax hike will certainly force the Republican/Conservative side of the house to deal with this atrocity long after he’s left office. This is clearly designed to set up Governor-elect McDonnell for failure but we must all be astute and pay attention. This is precisely why we’ve voted Dems out and more will be ejected from VA in coming elections. To fight it is the right thing but just the same Kaine is determined not to balance our budget responsibly (say, stop spending) and I’ve been waiting for that car tax to go away as promised but nothing. Kaine is convinced that he can balance a budget at this point in time it doesn’t make sense. Here’s a clue: stop spending on social programs. This is not news. Get rid of social programs catering to the environmentalist movement; that should save you a lot of money.  

Another thing that bothers me is a study being conducted to determine why there are less minority students enrolled in gifted studies programs in comparison to their white peers. After I found it I started looking for the cost of the study but naturally, it’s not mentioned. Now I can’t find the original story on his site but that’s okay. I’d like to volunteer to conduct the study, and I will only charge $1 for my trouble.

Minority kids have access to gifted study programs. Why they are not represented in greater numbers may be due to a poor study and family support system. Why? Because it’s the Dems’ doctrine to convince minorities that they are too dumb to do anything on their own, and this is done from cradle to grave. Their academic ethic may be strong but if not properly supported parents will not make them do the work to get them to that level. It’s a working theory but after discussing this issue with some friends of mine who used to be teachers the lack of parental support at home is a huge factor in lower performance scores.

But then libs like to think that after-school programs are better than to let kids run home and do their homework, right? We have smart kids with great potential in VA. Let them choose their courses. That’s about as much freedom as we have today…before electives go away for good.

So now, after all this spending and receiving federal handouts to fund pet projects we can expect Virginia’s high schoolers to be forced to take a financial literacy class. Now think about that; Demicrats spend out of control, we’re on the verge of national bankruptcy and economic collapse and this is the time to introduce the elements of capitalism in schools. Fantastic. With the terrible example of fiscal mismanagement I’d say the course would be a waste of time and effort. All these kids have to do is watch the news and see how not to handle their finances. How are we going to pay for the books?

How about we have ACORN – which is still getting federal funds – to buy the books and run the courses? After all, with a president who values a good self-grading moment like it’s nobody’s business, he’d be proud to see that the training of future illegal accountants is well-funded. Here is genius testimony to this legislation, just make sure no one thinks I’ve made it up. And I quote:

Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake, who sponsored the legislation for the course, said he believed a financial literacy class was necessary because he met many students who had no clue about managing money.

“They didn’t know how to keep a record or balance a checkbook,” he said. “They were spending money on credit cards that they don’t know they have to pay back.”

You know this is just too outrageously funny and sad at the same time. This is not the time to make major changes to anything. Just leave things alone. I thought that discussing Kaine would be boring but you know what? Maybe I’ll find enough stupid crap and add to this post, just to prove how destructive he and the Dems in Virginia are.

Update:

So did anyone ask Timmy why Virginians coughed up around half a million dollars to fund security and transportation costs for the Obama coronation? The feds have reinbursed the Commonwealth part of that money but there’s more. That should be only part of the $5.7 million spent by Virginia transportation agencies – why is a local government helping the feds with security costs? – reinbursing us $2.8 million. Where’s the rest of the money? With stimulus money gone to ghost zip codes and other money that is not accounted for I have to ask, when are we going to start prosecuting these corrupt politicians for their negligence and crimes and fiscal fraud? Timmy is out of office. There has to be a way of bringing charges to these people so that justice can be served.

If I wanted to go see Obama’s coronation I would have driven or taken a bus or metro. Why stage the dem’s wagons in Virginia is outrageous. But that’s okay. Accountabiliy will once again come to light. Bob McDonnell has a lot of work ahead of him.

Republicans, you’re not off the hook. In the senate action must be swift to stop this tax increase to go through and stop these special projects from being funded. Your political future depends on that. You know what? You should have been history too. Go away quietly. We can elect new people.