I awoke this glorious Virginia morning, poured myself a glass of OJ and flipped open a copy of today’s Washington Post. I do this a lot of mornings because I think it is important to observe what the enemy is thinking and because getting a bit angry (when reading yet another America-bashing, terror-cheering, troop-undermining, article from a paper that looks good only in comparison to the execrable New York Times) gets the heart rate up and nicely substitutes for a morning jog. As I perused this mornings collection of leftwing blather, I came across this little item.
It would seem that Fairfax’s own Del. Dave Albo got a piece of legislation through that imposes draconian civil fines on drivers pulled over for speeding in Virginia. The fine for getting tagged going 78 mph in a 55 mph would be $1000 on top of the $200 fine that a court would impose.
But wait, it gets worse! This civil fine tack-on is completely unenforceable against out-of-state drivers, so say you and some guy from New York were both pulled over doing 78 mph on the Beltway. You, the Virginian, are going to pony up $1200, while the New Yorker is going to pay $200 and speed off on his merry way. In effect, these fines are a massive new state tax dumped on the backs of Virginia taxpayers.
Now Albo claims that these draconian, back-breaking civil fines will produce large amounts of revenue for snow clearing and road repair in Northern Virginia. What he fails to mention is that enormous costs are going to be imposed on the court system, as drivers who once would have paid nuisance fines, will now be contesting these tickets, clogging the courts and burying local prosecutors under thousands of cases that would never be tried under the current system. An overwhelmed docket and buried prosecutors offices means that the state will have to spend more to hire lots of new judges and new prosecutors. Albo claims to have gotten this fantastic idea from the State of New Jersey–you know, the one-party, Democrat-controlled State of New jersey, which by the way carries one of the five heaviest state tax burdens in the country and has a budget crisis that is threatening to bankrupt the state.
In truth, the only winners coming out of this steaming pile of…er…legislation…are the trial lawyers who specialize in defending traffic infractions. And guess what? What does Old Dave Albo do for a living? You guessed it, he is the founder and name partner of one of the biggest traffic infraction defense firms in the Commonwealth.So Dave Albo isn’t just an idiotic legislator who came up with an incomprehensibly bad idea and then got it enacted into law, he is a self-dealing, sleazebag who came up with a scam that would fatten his wallet while brutalizing Virginia drivers.
I have seen this movie once before living in New York, where a once vital Republican Party was destroyed by George Pataki, a tax-happy idiot, who governed like a left wing Democrat and who used the power of the state to dole out lucre and fatten the bank accounts of his cronies. In truth, Delegate Albo has gone one better than Pataki by eliminating the payments to cronies and pocketing the state-created largesse for himself. People wonder why the Republican Party in Northern Virginia is going the way of the dodo bird. Well wonder no more. Just look at Delegate Albo, a Republican who has adopted the very Democrat habit of using state largesse to fatten his own wallet at the expense of ordinary Virginians.