Transportation: Thank you to the man in the arena

To Governor Bob McDonnell and those who made the tough decision for Virginia and transportation:

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt (American President, 1901-09)

The Republican elected representatives listed below worked with their Democratic colleagues to move Virginia into the future. Their willingness to work together provided the necessary funds to repair crumbling infrastructure and highways. The plan is not perfect … few plans ever are … but it’s a start. We thank them.

Executive: Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

House of Delegates: Dave Albo, John Cosgrove, Kirk Cox, Mark Dudenhefer, Jim Edmunds, Tag Greason, Chris Head, Gordon Helsel, Keith Hodges, Speaker Bill Howell, Sal Iaquinto, Riley Ingram, Chris Jones, Terry Kilgore, Barry Knight, Jim LeMunyon, Manny Loupassi, Joe May, Donald Merricks, Randy Minchew, Richard Morris, John O’Bannon, Bobby Orrock, Charles Poindexter, Bob Purkey, Lacey Putney, Tom Rust, Ed Scott, Beverly Sherwood, Chris Stolle, Ron Villanueva, Michael Watson, David Yancey, Joseph Yost.

State Senate: Harry Blevins, Bill Carrico, Jeff McWaters, Tommy Norment, Frank Ruff, Walter Stosch, Frank Wagner, John Watkins.

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  • Yes, thank you for showing us the truth about who you really are, so we can take proper corrective action.

    • What does the play book call for?…. Emasculation or sex change operation? God forbid freedom of speech.

      • EricMcGrane

        That was random.

        • MD Russ

          No, Eric. This is random: “It
          is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how
          the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could
          have done better.”

          And it accurately describes how the critics, who are incapable of reaching elected office themselves, feel free to criticize the man in the arena.

          • EricMcGrane

            Ah, so the Schoeneman Coefficient has tipped all the way from “you must present your own plan” to “you must run and win elected office to be able to comment”.

            You guys crack me up.

            Seriously, you do.

            Watching you flail around over this has been nothing short of fascinating. I imagine clenched fists, red faces, and just a bit of spittle escaping the corners of your mouths.

          • MD Russ

            Claiming to represent people who will not elect you resembles that cliche in management studies: “There go my followers! I must catch up with them for I am their leader!”

            Claiming to be the leader of people who won’t follow you cracks me up.

          • EricMcGrane

            Well, that was almost coherent and on-topic….you were THIS CLOSE! [pinches fingers]

          • Brian Evans

            This legislation funded an unelected, unconstitutional body with determining regional transportation projects, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Fund and the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund.

            Our elected official’s opinion will be marred in groupthink and concensus building, amongst the 13 other Hampton Road’s communities. It’ll have nothing to do with prioritizing true projects.

  • MD Russ

    Good post, Lynn. I have always loved that quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Of course, the significance of it is totally wasted on the lose-at-any-cost purists who do not know the difference between winning on policy and losing on principle.

    • Lynn R. Mitchell

      Pragmatic leadership, not blind ideology, is what is needed to govern during these tough times. Bob McDonnell will be remembered as a leader who accomplished many things not the least of which was transportation.

  • Brian Evans

    It increase sales tax to 6% (5.3 state, .7 region) and as we invest in light rail and high speed rail. This is only a precursor of what direction our state government is moving. They have bought into the Soviet model where our Regional governments attempt to impress the federal government. Meanwhile, we have moved away from capitalism and what made this country great. …there’s no heroism in pushing legislation at zero hour.

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