Your Virginia Governor, the Virginia House of Delegates, and 8 Virginia Senators think you’re an Idiot!

An excellent article appeared to today in Redstate.com explaining what happened in Virginia over the weekend.   Read the whole article, it’s well worth it.

Redstate noted all the praise that our Governor is receiving, from democrats.

“Bob McDonnell was getting all kinds of praise on the Sunday shows for his big transportation tax hike, which passed the Virginia legislature this week. He was getting praise from big government liberals like Tim Kaine and Terry McAuliffe and Martin O’Malley for his evenhandedness, his leadership, not like those troublesome conservatives in Washington who refuse to wheel and deal.

That should tell you all you need to know about the transportation tax hike McDonnell pushed through. But it’s a whole lot worse than that when you look at what really went down……

“he’s entering the final year of his governorship looking for something for his “legacy”, and he decided to make it all about transportation funding. The big McDonnell backers – corporations and developers – want more funding for road building and infrastructure, and since Virginia has been insulated from the economic downturn thanks largely to spending by the federal government (hence his outrage over the sequestration and what it might do to Virginia — he has no interest in cutting the size of government dollars which go to his state), they saw an opportunity to get funding from a big tax increase. (See this Wall Street Journal editorial for more.

The initial McDonnell package amounted to a $2.4 billion tax increase over five years. By the time the Virginia legislature was done with it, it had exploded into a $6.1 billion increase. These tax hikes include:

  • Sales tax hike from 5 to 5.3 percent
  • Additional sales tax hike of .7 percent in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia
  • Personal property tax hike from 3.5 percent to 4.3 percent
  • Tangible personal property tax hike to 5 percent
  • 3 percent Northern Virginia hotel tax
  • Diesel tax hike from 17.5 cents per gallon to 6 percent tax on wholesale diesel, roughly a 5 cent per gallon increase
  • Car tax hike from 3 percent to 4 percent in 2013, 4.1 percent in 2014, 4.2 percent in 2015, and 4.3 percent in 2016 (Remember when Republicans got elected in Virginia by saying we should get rid of the car tax? Good times.)”

No wonder the Governor was ecstatic after the vote, he got three times what he had asked for!  Our House of Delegates and those 8 Senators think we’re just that stupid, we’ll never notice these               $6 BILLION in tax increases.  Nor will we notice the BILLIONS more that we will have to pay for the expansion of medicaid.

More from RedState,

“But it gets worse. Because McDonnell was so desperate for this gigantic tax hike, he was willing to wheel and deal on Obamacare, too.

Senate Democrats in Virginia sensed that McDonnell was desperate. He needed their votes to pass his proposal since enough Republicans refused to go along with him. So they demanded more from McDonnell. They insisted they’d only vote for the tax hike if they got to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, something McDonnell had just days earlier swore he would not do.”

“In other words, Bob McDonnell was so desperate to raise taxes, he was willing to sell out on Obamacare, too. He was willing to sell out his party, his base, and his principles. And he did it with a smile.

The plan all along was to tax people more. The Medicaid expansion will do that too, adding in huge tax increases in future years when federal funding drops. And McDonnell got what he want. He passed his tax hike with a higher percentage of Democrats in the General Assembly voted for it than Republicans. He passed it despite the opposition of every Republican running statewide this year, including Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.”

So much for McDonnell’s word.  So much for him claiming to be a conservative.  Does he even realize that he has just driven a stake through the heart of his political future?  Or is he so out of touch with the voters that he thinks he might still run for Senate, or worse, President?  Does he not realize how furious republicans are across the state?  Or is he foolish enough to think that democrats will vote for him and he can afford to throw away the republican vote?  Whatever his thought process, it’s delusional if he think that he can ever run again as a republican.

This whole package of tax increases wasn’t even posted online for voters to read before the vote.  Gee, I wonder why not?  Why bother “the little people, the stupid little people” with such details.  Right?  We’re just too stupid to get it.  That’s what they think of us.  We know better, and soon they will too.

Who has the momentum in Virginia?

The final “intimate” Biden/Kaine rally of 1,200 in Richmond?

Or the final Romney/Allen rally with over 10,000 people in Fairfax?

And that’s just what they could fit inside!

Mitt Romney and George Allen went into the People’s Democratic Republic of Northern Virginia and had as many people waiting outside the Patriot Center as they could fit inside.

Joe Biden and Tim Kaine go to Kaine’s hometown and barely break 1,000 people.

Who’s got the momentum?

Let the pictures do the talking.

WaPo runs a poll to boost their endorsed candidate Tim Kaine, wants you to seriously believe there are more Republicans in CA then in VA. Really.

This is funny. Today the Washington Post is releasing numbers that they say shows Tim Kaine with a clear lead in Virginia, running contrary to every other recent poll in the race. How on earth did the Washington Post find a 7 point lead for Tom Kaine Tim Kaine?

- WaPo would have you believe that Republicans only make up 23% of Virginia’s electorate. In the Obama surge election of 2008, CNN’s exit polls put Republicans at 33%. 23% is even less than California’s exit polls which put Republican turnout a 30%.

- WaPo would have you believe that there is an enthusiasm gap of EIGHT POINTS in the Democrats’ favor. EIGHT POINTS. In 2008, Obama carried the state when Democrats out polled Republicans by only SIX POINTS. The Washington Post insists that not only are Democrats more enthusiastic than Republicans this year, they’re more enthusiastic then they were in 2008! Nevermind that a week ago their own blog, Right Turn, talked about a Republican SURGE in Virginia.

So what does this poll really tell us?

George Allen is winning.

If Tim Kaine’s lead can not out pace the R/D/I split in the poll, Tim Kaine is in trouble. In fact, he trails. Tim Kaine is only up by 7 in a poll that oversamples Democrats by 8.

That means, without having access to the full demographic breakdown, we can conclude that George Allen must be leading among the crucial independent voters.

The Washington Post is doing everything in its power to in-kind assist their endorsed candidate Tim Kaine and inflate his campaign’s efforts when they’re clearly struggling to find a coherent message in the closing days of the campaign. The media is trying to build the narrative of inevitability for Tim Kaine to knock the wind out of GOP grassroots efforts but we can not and will not let it happen.

This 8 point enthusiasm gap is pure bunk. We can count on Victory, RPV, Romney and George Allen for U.S. Senate’s ground game to hammer the message home over the last ten days that we can do better and are ready for Ameirca’s comeback!

These numbers should make Tim Kaine very afraid and Virginia very confident that their voices will be heard in Washington again.

Electing Kaine and Obama means 200,000 out of work in Northern Virginia

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an excellent column about Allen’s position on the looming sequestration and what it will mean to Virginia.  Allen is reminding voters that we wouldn’t be facing sequestration, with huge cuts to defense and defense contractors, if the democrats hadn’t refused to allow cuts in the federal budget.  If sequestration happens (which is looking more and more likely) over 200,000 people in Northern Virginia will lose their job.  Kaine believes that raising taxes is the way to close the financial gaps, instead of cutting spending.   That’s Kaine’s answer to everything, raise taxes!

If Obama wins re-election, and Kaine is with him, our military and Defense Department will be held hostage until the democrats get the tax hikes that they want.   That  means 200,000 of our friends, family, and neighbors, just in northern Virginia, will be out of work and many more in Hampton Roads and Norfolk.  This will devastate Virginia’s economy and our families.   We cannot let this happen.

As yet another poll shows him leading, George Allen rolls out new ad “Ready”

In a new poll released yesterday by Kimball Political Consulting, George Allen has opened up a 7% lead over Tim Kaine in the Virginia Senate race while Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama 54-43. This poll follows the trend not only of George Allen’s internals showing him ahead, but also polls from We Ask America and Let Freedom Ring that show Allen leading because of his focus on the issues voters are most focused on: economy, jobs and defense.

Hot on the heels of these numbers and just in time for the third and final debate against Tim Kaine tonight, George Allen is out with a new ad called “Ready” that focuses on his commitment to keeping America strong and getting our economy back on track without having to resort to Tim Kaine’s only solution of raising taxes.

Organized labor admits to ignoring Obama/Kaine War on Coal for “weeks”

Amidst the brouhaha over the labor bosses’ PAC “Worker’s Voice” ads ripping Allen in Northern Virginia, many of us in the rightosphere wondered why the union folks were suddenly ignoring the plight of their brothers and sisters in the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) who are losing employment in heavy numbers in southwest Virginia due to President Obama and Tim Kaine’s determination to shut down coal production (Shaun Kenny at BD). Well, the folks at WV were good enough to answer, via Twitter:

@WorkersVoice: @bearingdrift sorry to burst your conspiracy bubble, but we’ve had these ads for weeks. Just waited for conventions to end to run them.

So…they’ve been ignoring the Obama/Kaine War on Coal “for weeks.”

I’m glad that’s been cleared up!

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Dear Tim Kaine, Tell Your Staff To Grow Up

This is immature. This is disrespectful. This is bullying. This is vandalism. This is the scene outside of yesterday’s Fairfax Chamber of Commerce debate. This is Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate.

Thanks to JHPolitics. See the blue peeking out from behind Tim Kaine’s signs? Those are George Allen for U.S. Senate signs put up by hardworking volunteers and completely dismissed by Tim Kaine’s childish campaign.

More signs covered as posted by Lynn Mitchell at Bearing Drift.

Roadside vandalism.

Purposefully doing everything in their power to hide George Allen’s signs.

AND THERE’S VIDEO OF THEM GETTING CAUGHT IN THE ACT!

This is unacceptable. We should expect better from a would-be Senator but maybe we shouldn’t. If this is the level of discourse Tim Kaine expects to bring to the U.S. Senate then we can call his “bi-partisan” talk baloney right now.

To Tim Kaine: you have an obligation to tell your campaign staff to STOP this outright disrespect for the hard work of volunteers throughout the Commonwealth. Tell your staff to grow up and quit vandalizing and bullying George Allen for Senate volunteers. This “I’m not touching you” method of sign wars is disgusting and needs to stop.

To Tim Kaine’s staff: Grow up. Quit acting like a campaign run by kids and show some respect for the hard work of others.

And maybe wake up a little earlier to get the prime sign spots next time if you want them so bad.

We Call it Mini-Tank

Tim, this is great.  Let me show you how we have reduced the Department of Defense budget.  We made the tanks smaller.

 

We use short people to drive them.  The great news is short people eat less so we don’t have to feed them as much.  You will learn all about this stuff when you join me in the Senate.  We will be such an awesome team.  We can shrink everything and save this country.  Just look at what our buddy Terry has done with cars.  Sure it may look like a clown car, but it’s going to save the world.  We can do the same thing with the military.  Just keeping making things smaller and all our problems will be solved.

INFOGRAPHICS: Absentee Governor Tim Kaine’s Real Record

Tonight, Tim Kaine will address the Democratic National Convention and try to paint a rosy picture of Obama’s agenda and his own time as Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the DNC. But the truth isn’t in Tim Kaine’s favor and his own record as Governor shows a failing administration while Kaine spent his time running the DNC and “doing what the President wants me to do” instead of focusing on Virginia.
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Tim Kaine dismisses your fundamental disagreement with female political figures as sexist, you bigot

Do you take issue with the politics of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan? If so, you probably didn’t agree with their being appointed to the Supreme Court because of their controversial stances thing such as gun control, professional work for Obamacare, or overall Liberal slant.

Well, Tim Kaine thinks your full of it. Because you, like the NRA and George Allen, opposed Sotomayor and Kagan not over fundamental issues with their politics or questions over their ability to be unbiased in the face of some cases brought before the SCOTUS merely because they were WOMEN.

In a fundraising appeal yesterday titled “What the NRA attack is really about,” Tim Kane actually puts his name to a disgusting attack that asserts that the NRA and even George Allen opposed Sotomayor and Kagan because they were female:

Recently, the NRA started a negative ad campaign against me — circulating mailers, robocalls, and internet ads attacking me for supporting Sonia Sotomayor.

In the first debate of the Republican primary, George Allen stated that he would have opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation, as well as the confirmation of Elena Kagan — women who now serve with distinction as the Supreme Court’s third and fourth female justices, respectively.

I believe that when our leaders better reflect the backgrounds and perspectives of our communities, we all benefit. That’s why, as Governor, I appointed four excellent female leaders to my cabinet and numerous other women as agency heads. I was also proud to appoint the first African-American woman to the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Note the complete lack of discussion of POLICY DIFFERENCES. Nope, Tim Kaine doesn’t care about an open and educated discussion on policy. That debate isn’t one that fires up the base. No, he’s going to drive a dirty and divisive wedge between the voters and say you’re either with him and his party or you’re a bigot.

This is more of the same from Tim Kaine. He can’t focus on the issues. He can’t focus on finding common ground with the opposing party. Instead of looking at where we agree and where we can work together, Tim Kaine has spent this entire campaign childishly mocking George Allen and Republicans, attacking him with language like “smashmouth” or “lie” or “bully” or “war” or “sexist”. These aren’t words of a uniter. These aren’t words of someone who can work across the aisle to get things done.

These are the words of the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, one of the most heavily partisan jobs in the nation, and they are very telling about the kind of Senator Tim Kaine wants to be.

YOU deserve better then to be called a bigot just because you disagree with the man.

Virginia deserves a heck of a lot better for a Senator.

Tim Kaine quotes an article that doesn’t exist, two can play at that game…

Oh, this could be fun. Remember a couple weeks ago when the Tim Kaine campaign put words in the media’s mouth, changing their stories to fit their needs a completely lying to their supporters and Virginia voters? Well it seems they’re at it again, this time linking to and quoting an article that no longer exists:

The Kaine post links to this article that is no longer on the Washington Post’s website. Where’d it go? What was the full context of the article? Was it removed because it was factually incorrect?

We don’t know.

And Tim Kaine is banking on that.

But, hey, if we’re going to get in the business of linking to phantom articles to help prove a point without there being any remaining context or way to verify, two can play at that game.

AP: Tim Kaine can’t wait to close nation’s rest stop, hopes public will scream for a tax increase

RICHMOND, VA – Tim Kaine today told a group of kindergardeners that he hopes they have strong bladders because he can’t wait to close rest stops everywhere, but he quickly backtracked and asked the kids not to tell their parents because they might not vote for him.

“Just kidding,” he said with a wink and raise of his rogue eyebrow. “But, seriously, how else am I going to get your mom and dad to want to pay more taxes?”

CNN: Kaine: You thought $4 billion in proposed tax hikes was high? Just wait until I get to Washington!

ROANOKE, VA – During a closed door meeting with Democratic officials and third party PACs, Tim Kaine laughed when asked about his proposed tax hikes as governor and how they might impact his run for the United States Senate.

“You think they remember that stuff?” Kaine said. “None of it passed. Heck, I couldn’t even get a Democrat to vote for my last budget! Thank heavens the General Assembly saved my tail like that, otherwise my legacy might have been tax hikes!

“Still,” Kaine continued, “if you think $4 billion was bad, just wait until I get to Washington. Woo boy, just think of the revenue increases I can help cram through there!”

The room all nodded their heads in agreement and joined in Kaine’s maniacal laughter.

Too bad those links don’t work any more. The rest of the articles were just BRUTAL!

Tim Kaine’s Pay Cut Gimmick

Former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine fired off a new ad this week where he tried to tell the camera that he was awesome as Governor. No, seriously. Here’s the ad with a bit of history added thanks to the good people over at Virginia Right:

Notice the part where Tim Kaine modestly tries to remind us that he sacrificed his very own pay for the sake of the budget? Does anyone else smell baloney?

RPV does:

This week, Tim Kaine is appearing in a TV ad once again bragging about how he set an example by cutting his own pay as Governor. But, it’s years late and dollars short of other Virginia Governor salary cuts.

George Allen kept his promise to taxpayers by cutting his pay by 10 percent all four years as Governor. In fact, Mark Warner, whom Tim Kaine salutes for his “outstanding leadership” as Governor, cut his pay by 20 percent. But Tim Kaine? He effectively gave himself a pay raise on the backs of Virginia taxpayers by taking more money than his predecessor and waiting until the end of his second year in office to cut his pay – and then by only 5 percent.

“As a small business owner, I know that my pay is first on the line when times get tough for my business,” said State Senator Bryce Reeves. “Tim Kaine thinks ‘leading by example’ is running out the clock and then giving up only five pennies to the dollar. Tim Kaine may pat himself on the back in his new TV ad, but Virginians would rather turn the channel. George Allen is the only candidate in this race who delivered on his promise to Virginians by cutting his own pay by 10 percent all four years as Governor. In November, Virginians won’t give Tim Kaine a gold star for being years late and dollars short on his own pay cuts while over 100,000 jobs were lost under his watch.”

Oh, and remember how Tim Kaine spent his last year as part time Governor thanks to all of his work as DNC Chairman? Of course he should have had his pay cut!

Facts are tricky things with Tim Kaine. If he can’t make them up he just tries to run from them.

Tim Kaine Announced He Was Cutting His Salary By Only 5% In October 2007, Approaching The End Of The Second Year Of His Four-Year Term. October 2007: “Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is taking a 5 percent pay cut.” (Pamela Stallsmith and Jeff E. Schapiro, “Governor’s Plan Includes 74 Layoffs,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/2/07)

Kaine’s Predecessor, Mark Warner, Cut His Salary By 20%. “Gov. Tim Kaine and former Gov. Mark Warner also cut their salaries by 5 percent and 20 percent, respectively.” (Newsplex.com, 1/5/2010)

Allen Wrote A Check To The State Treasurer In Order To Fulfill His Promise To Cut His Salary By Ten Percent. “That was the amount of the check that Allen wrote from his personal account to the treasurer of Virginia, the first installment of a promise to reduce his $ 110,000 annual salary by 10 percent.” (John F. Harris, “Allen Signs Check To Cut His Salary,” The Washington Post, 2/2/94)

C’mon, Timmy. Cutting your pay 5% while pushing for $4 billion in tax hikes is nothing to brag about.

Tim Kaine endorses dangerous rhetoric in 2012 race

In June, the Wayne Powell campaign used some dangerous words when talking about the kind of campaign they’d be running against Eric Cantor:

Eric Cantor is a “bought-and-paid-for bastard,” the Powell campaign told the Roanoke Times. And, “We cannot win this campaign, cannot tell the story on Eric Cantor, if we don’t have bullets,” they said in the Daily Caller.

Today, Tim Kaine endorsed this kind of hateful rhetoric, claiming Powell “will work to find common ground in Washington to put people over politics.”

Now, this may have a lot more to do with Tim Kaine doing Mudcat Saunders a favor, especially since it seems that this race is all about Mudcat and Cantor and not much about Powell.

But the Powell campaign has used divisive, dangerous rhetoric when attacking Eric Cantor and Tim Kaine thinks this is the “bipartisan approach required to help move our Commonwealth and our country forward”?

Yikes, Timmy. Just yikes.

As George Allen Racks Up Endorsements, Tim Kaine Hides From His

Yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Business announced their endorsement of George Allen for U.S. Senate:

“George Allen has been consistent in his push to reduce the tax burden placed on businesses and individuals,” said Nicole Riley, State Director, NFIB Virginia. “He has shown solidarity with our membership by publicly expressing his opposition to recent National Labor Relations Board actions such as ‘ambush elections’ and his push to enact real health-care reform that lowers costs for individuals and small businesses really resonates with NFIB members in Virginia. George Allen is the proven small-business advocate that our members so desperately need in Virginia.”

This comes after last week’s endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police and follows last month’s endorsement by the US Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Kaine, on the other hand, seems to want to hide from his endorsements. Sure, he’ll take credit for the Virginia Credit Union trade association endorsement, but absolutely no where on his site does he proclaim his pride in receiving the endorsement of the Virginia AFL-CIO back in January.

Yup, Tim Kaine was endorsed by the AFL-CIO, had a quote in their release and everything, but has tried his best to hide that endorsement from the public view.

Know what else is missing from Tim Kaine’s website? Take a peek. Check his Facebook too. Do you see any mention of Barack Obama? Or any pictures or posts about his visit to Virginia where Tim Kaine spoke before him?

No. You don’t.

Tim Kaine is trying to quietly embrace elements of the left that Virginian’s might not be comfortable with. He says he’s proud of the union endorsement and an unabashed supporter of the President, but does he put either of those anywhere on his own public forums for visitors to find?

No. He wants it both ways:

Hey, guys who love unions and Obama, I’m with you, I’m at your events, see! Yay!

Wait, don’t worry independent voters, I’m not so extreme, I mean, look at my website, do you see any talk of unions or the unpopular President?

Tim Kaine: hiding his record, hiding his supporters, hiding from Virginians.

Tim Kaine Campaign Puts Words Into Media’s Mouth, Holding Breath For Media Correction Leads To Death

I wish I could say I’m surprised but I don’t want to lie to you, dear readers. In a growing effort to create the perception of people actually agreeing with his message, the Tim Kaine campaign has taken to representing the media quoting third party source statements as if the media was endorsing and writing those statements themselves.

For example:

Is that what the Winchester Star said? No:

A report released Wednesday by the Washington D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities predicts that the effect on Virginia of trying to balance the federal budget with cuts alone would mean a sharp reduction in federal funding for state programs.

The Winchester Star did not criticize Allen’s position. Instead, they quoted a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Liberal think tank masquerading as a non-partisan firm with a history of just making stuff up. Which seems to be contagious as the Kaine campaign is suffering a downright pandemic of it.

See:

The Daily Press didn’t say this. The Daily Press reported on an e-mail from the Kaine campaign that said this.

Or course, crickets from the media when Tim Kaine purposefully distorts their reporting to make himself seem like the greatest potential elected official since Bob McDonnell.

But, hey, if this is the route Tim Kaine’s campaign want’s to go, let’s tango:

Washington Post: In the Virginia Senate race, there is a clear and compelling difference between Senator Allen and Chairman Kaine on issues important to the business community. That is why we have proudly endorsed Senator Allen.

Richmond Times Dispatch: There are a lot of politicians who talk about working across party lines to get things done. George Allen has done it. He’s got a proven record and he’ll take that to Washington with him.

New York Times: The health care bill was a total disaster… It’s a big issue. And it’s one that gets people focused on how important this election is.

I could do this all day. But all I’d be doing is misrepresenting what the media is saying. Which is lying and I already said I didn’t want to do that to you guys.

Tim Kaine, on the other hand…

Unable to defend his position on defense cuts, Kaine resorts to 6 year old lies

Remember that discredited VoteVets attack ad against George Allen back in 2006? Tim Kaine does, though he forgot that whole “discredited” part.

You see, Tim Kaine’s feeling the heat this week after saying last year’s super committee deal that has led to a looming $500 billion defense cut that would cost Virginia over 200,000 jobs was “the right thing to do.” Even with the media behind him he still can’t get from under the fact that this deal will be devastating for Virginia if we don’t do something about it.

So what does he do? He digs up old mistruths and gets the media to run with it. Whoops, looks like The Hill had to update their article because they didn’t check their sources before running with Kaine’s web ad.

Man, if only these arguments weren’t already disputed SIX YEARS AGO by sites like Black Velvet Bruce Li, QandO, FactCheck.org and even Time Magazine.

Tim Kaine claims he’s against “smashmouth” politics. His campaign purposefully recycling old lies and believing it’s OK to mislead the public with these kinds of discredited attacks says otherwise.

Media goes to bat for Tim Kaine, defends loss of 200,000 jobs

This week the George Allen campaign released it’s new ad attacking the failed super committee deal that has led to a potential $500 billion in Defense cuts that could cost Virginia alone over 200,000 jobs.

In this past weekend’s debate, Tim Kaine defended the super committee deal, still asserting that it “was the right thing to do” despite the end result being a looping economic disaster for Virginia and a cutting of our national defense to levels unseen since before World War Two.

Yet have no fear, quick to Tim Kaine’s defense is the lame-stream-media, coming to Kaine’s rescue by pointing to the deal’s initial bi-partisan support but ignoring the facts that:

1) George Allen from day one said this deal was terrible because of its devastating impact on Virginian jobs and national defense

2) Cantor and McDonnell have been joined by Webb and Warner in saying these Defense cuts are unacceptable, something that Tim Kaine himself has yet to do.

Tim Kaine has remained silent while the US Senate has not only failed to pass a budget for over three years, but has failed to act on a bi-partisan spending proposal that would continue to fund our national defense.

But the media isn’t reporting on that. Instead it’s spitting back out Tim Kaine’s excuses for his lack of leadership on an issue vital to Virginia families and our nation’s defense.

Allen-Kaine NoVa Tech Town Hall Q&A Notes

The Northern Virginia Technology Council held a Q&A today, June 28, at Microsoft’s Reston office.  One candidate was present at a time, Kaine first, then Allen.   Each gave a condensed stump speech and was then quizzed by the panelists followed by a few audience questions.

1. What is your position on sequestration?  (Sequestration is the automatic $1.2 trillion cuts to the defense budget which is creating no small amount of anxiety – it’s the most important concern by NoVa businesses)

Kaine:  I hope something will be done and the Senate needs to publish a plan.  We also need to empower experts.  Then he moved on to mention his “I cut $5 billion claim” and emphasized that he would be a good Gang of 6 member.  He admitted that sequestration was purposely made ugly.

Allen:  I opposed sequestration and the use of super commissions.  Defense is the key Constitutional duty so it should not receive the majority of cuts.  We also need the discipline imposed by a balanced budget and line item veto.

Winner:  None.  The group wanted to hear specific short term actions.   Of course, like Taxmegedon, Sequestration will automatically kick in before the next Senate is seated.

 2. Do you support Internet sales taxes?  (The cost to comply with every state tax code is prohibitive especially for small businesses.)

Kaine:  We need fundamental fairness and a more equitable policy.  He used a Richmond bicycle shop anecdote to illustrate why the current system is inherently unfair to brick and mortar.

Allen:  Opposes internet taxation and cited his legislation that opposed Internet access taxes.  He also cited the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling where retailers don’t have to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence.

Winner:  Allen, Kaine’s use of words like equity and fairness implied that he endorses implementing an Internet sales tax.

3. Do you support repatriation of foreign profits?  (This change would allow companies to bring profits earned oversees back to the US without having to pay the difference between lower foreign corporate rates and the higher US rate usually around 30%.)

Kaine:  I support repatriation, but then he made two other points:

  • He disagreed that US corporate tax rates are too high because other taxes like VAT are not considered.
  • The difference in tax rates between salary and earnings is too much.  In other words, he implied that capital gain tax rates should be increased.

Allen:  I advocated for repatriation while in Senate and repatriation is addressed in my economic blueprint.  Corporate tax rates must have certainty, simplicity and should target 20%.  Companies should be allowed to choose either the current or a flat tax option.

Winner:  Allen, in addition, Kaine further undercut himself after going beyond the question and volunteering his position that capital gains rates need to be increased.

4. What is your position on insourcing?  (The Obama administration has been moving functions back into government, ostensibly because it is cheaper, but in reality to increase the number of public sector employees.  Business is asking for a fair apples-apples procurement process, for example, the cost of government labor does not factor in long term costs like pension and other benefits.)

Kaine:  I’m an agnostic.  I increased minority and women owned contracting while in Richmond.  The devil is in the details regarding how you do a fair comparison.  I don’t beat up on business or unions.  (He forgot to add except for oil companies)

Allen:  There needs to be a moratorium on further insourcing until the process is better defined.  Private companies are usually the best option, without the burden of long term costs plus they more effectively use technology.

Winner:  Allen for a straightforward answer.

5. How do we increase STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) graduates? (Education funding is not really a federal concern; probably a planted question to fit in with Kaine’s Talent Economy stump speech)

Kaine:  I want to work to the Education Committee.  We need more pre-K investment.  He said that his Honduras experience motivates him to support vocational education.  He also criticized No Child Left Behind (which he originally supported until the education establishment turned on it) because it focuses on competency instead of excellence (that’s Kaine-speak).  He made an awkward but unintentionally humorous statement in saying “I’m proof that colleges produce talent”.

Allen:  He mirrored Kaine’s answer on vocational training and the need to sell STEM early in the school experience.

Winner:  None – weak answers by both.  The group wasn’t asking about vocational education.  The candidates do not understand the IT industry.  It was surprising that Kaine didn’t jump back into his Talent Economy and let’s just plow more dollars into education homily.

6. What is your view on immigration?

Kaine:  I support the Dream Act.  Undocumented individuals should only pay a fine and be granted citizenship.  We will never deport anyone (repeated three times).

Allen:  We should attach a green card to college diplomas.

Winner:  Kaine for being willing to drop all restrictions as soon as possible.  This week’s Arizona ruling has given him renewed confidence to support amnesty.  Allen “went Romney” and skirted around the larger immigration issue.

For all the money poured into this system, it was a pathetic sight to see a group like this effectively say that American education has failed to deliver enough qualified technology graduates and that they must have more foreign educated green cards now.   But I need to add that NoVa IT businesses are as hypocritical as the construction trade because they also want lower cost labor, less attitude, and lower expectations.  Still, no politician is willing to propose radical change in education.

7. Regarding cyber security, should the federal government use regulations or incentives to facilitate information sharing?

Kaine:  He struggled with the question and rerouted the response to how he supported DARPA.

Allen:  The bias should be to incentivizing because government regulations introduce too much legal liability.  He also discussed intrusions into privacy.

Winner:  Allen, he is more conversant about business and technology than Kaine.

8. How do we control spending, especially Social Security?

Kaine:  We need to increase social security taxable income (he’s talking about the $105K cutoff threshold) by taxing all regular income with Social Security tax rates (which would also increase the employers matching amount).  Social Security is not the cause of the deficit.  (That’s  pretending that the trust fund still exists; but we know that social security taxes effectively go into the general fund along with inter-department IOUs).

Allen:  Favors raising the retirement age and eliminating benefits for people making a million dollars.

Winner:  None.  Both men were just tinkering around the margins.

9. What do think of the UVa decision?

Kaine:  he repeated his absolute support for Teresa Williams and again denounced the BOV.  No mention of McDonnell’s role.

Allen:  Recognizing the question as a set up, Allen said that he had to agree that Coach London was a good hire.  The audience appreciated the humor.  Then he went on to agree with the reinstatement decision.

Winner:  Kaine.  The question was off topic and designed to help Kaine; however, it was a missed opportunity.  The group wanted to talk about intensifying STEM, which was a key point in Helen Dragas’s summary of issues at UVa, so this was a perfect opportunity to discuss curriculum reform.

Audience Questions

The audience questions were mainly variations on the panel’s questions.  But one question for Kaine came from a person who sounds like disciple of Richard Dawkins who is a rabid atheist and Christian hater.  The question was “how do you see these religious conservatives standing in the way of science and more funding for STEM?”

Kaine:  I’m troubled by the anti-science that’s out there like those who deny that humans are not the cause of global warming.  (It would have been nice if Kaine had put on his “I’m a Catholic with deep faith” robe and denounced the man’s ignorance).

Interestingly, there was no panel question on Obamacare.  Then again, this group was more concerned about immediate revenue impacts caused by sequestration and insourcing.  Allen did get an Obamacare-friendly question/statement from the audience on why Health Savings Accounts don’t work, which Allen swatted down.  It sounded like another question planted for Kaine.

The Close

Kaine:  I’m the healer, can’t we all get along.

Allen:  I have record of addressing these concerns.

Overall winner:  None because neither candidate specifically addressed the group’s key concerns in sufficient detail.

Kaine came across as a big government guy who is ready and willing to raise taxes.  His Progressive/Leftist beliefs now leak through much more than when he was governor.  But Kaine is good on his feet and he blends Bill Clinton-like policy wonkiness with Democrat social justice moralizing.

Allen came across as more business friendly, personable, and knowledgeable about federal policies.  He connected with the group, but he needs to challenge Kaine’s premises and present a crisper alternative with a more urgent call to action.

I thought the panel’s primary questions were too parochial and tactical for high tech business leaders – a bit too much of a whiny “hey who took my place at the federal teat” complaint session.  They ignored the larger federal policy issues such as the macro economic trends, energy, access to capital, and regulatory over-control.  After all, Fairfax-Arlington-Alexandria did vote overwhelmingly for Obama, so maybe this group needs to be engaging the electorate about their concerns.

This Q&A and the December debate may show why the polls are tied.  Although there are core differences in governance philosophy, they are currently muted in pastels.