McDonnell vs. Deeds in Perspective

The 2009 gubernatorial election has entered the general election phase, and I think that now is a good time to put this race into perspective. There will be many issues that will be discussed, the economy, abortion, taxes, energy, and others. The issue that really gets to the heart of this election is simple. Will our Commonwealth be sovereign?

The underlying issue is whether or not Virginia will continue to lose sovereignty to the federal government. The recent controversy over accepting certain stimulus funds, is a perfect example. Governor Kaine has, in many ways, sacrificed Virginia’s sovereignty.

The key question for our next governor is simple. Will you protect Virginia’s sovereignty. Virginia has an inherent and Constitutional right to access its own resources, yet certain Democrats in the state have tried to restrict Virginia’s accessing these resources. We also have an issue with the federal government continuing its power grab over the states.

Where does Creigh Deeds stand on this? Will he do as Governor Kaine and sacrifice Virginian sovereignty for a quick buck? Deeds has been very keen to align himself with the union bosses during the primaries. Are we to believe that he will not do the bidding of these union bosses who are, in many ways, working with the Obama Administration. Will Deeds allow Virginia to access the rich resources with which we are blessed?

Bob McDonnell, on the other hand, believes in Virginia sovereignty. That is why he supports Virginia accessing its own resources. That is why he believes that Virginians have the right to a secret ballot, rather than being forced to join a nationally based union that is likely backed by…guess who…the federal government.

The election this November poses an interesting question. Do we want Virginia sovereignty or not?

  • Bruce Jacobson

    “Virginia has an inherent and Constitutional right to access its own resources”

    Really? Bob believes in the Virginia Constitution? Why did you violate it so willingly with HB3202? His claim to be “chief negotiator”, then his useless defense of it in Virginia Supreme Court, where it was overturned! My oh my, This is news! Bob McDonnell believes in the Virginia Constitution now! My, when did this all come about?

  • And Deeds loved it so much, he voted for it.

  • Steve Vaughan

    HB 3202 is going to be an issue this year. I’m not sure it’s a decisive issue because it opposition, and support, for the bill cut across party lines.
    Hate to blog whore, but I’ve got a take on Deeds-McDonnell II at:

  • Steve, It’s a shame you call it a “take” rather than a hit piece.

    You’ll spend paragraphs on sodomy and McDonnell but somehow miss call Deeds a “populist,” ignoring Deeds’ votes to raise regional taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes…..any and all taxes.

    Is raising taxes “populist”?

    The toughest thing you say about Deeds is he’s “passionate”….typical reporter, or Democrat spokesman.

  • Steve Vaughan

    Actually Brian, not to get into an arguement with you because I don’t see any point in that, I called him “goofy.”

  • But his fiscal policies are from Pluto

  • Cato the Elder

    Regressive taxes, like sales and gas taxes disproportionately affect the poor. How is this “populist” or “progressive?”

  • Steve Vaughan

    2 entries found.

    1populist (noun)

    2populist (adjective)

    Main Entry: 1pop·u·list
    Pronunciation: \?pä-py?-list\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Latin populus the people
    Date: 1892
    1: a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people ; especially often capitalized : a member of a United States political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies
    2: a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people
    — pop·u·lism \-?li-z?m\ noun
    — pop·u·lis·tic \?pä-py?-?lis-tik\ adjective
    Second definition would be the one we want here. Nothing about taxes. Taxes are a tool. Like handguns. They are neigher good nor evil in and of themselves. it depends on what they are used for.
    Cato: To believe that the gas tax disproportionatly affects the poor, don’t we have to believe that they do more driving than the rich? Is that the case?

  • Cato the Elder


    Not necessarily. It certainly bites someone making 20K harder than someone making 100k, as a percentage of income.

    I was talking with some civil service types who work, of all places, at Union Station. I commented about what an easy commute they must have, and they informed me that they drove every day because parking was cheaper than Metro.

  • Cato,

    Poor and moderate income people are more apt to own a fuel efficient vehicle then the rich. The rich can afford to fuel up their gas guzzler with what to them is pocket change.

    The Republican solution is to do everything with tolls. Every two axle vehicle will pay the same toll no matter how fuel efficient it is.

    While neither method is perfect, the fuel tax is the least regressive of the two. A low income person can limit their fuel tax payments by purchasing the most fuel efficient vehicle they can afford which still meets their needs. Meanwhile the wealthy individual who bought that Hummer to commute back and forth to work in pays more.

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