The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce endorsed Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe yesterday.
Birds of a feather.
A new report from George Mason’s Mercatus Center found that Federal government spending accounts for nearly 30 percent of Virginia’s jobs.
“It has only been the government part that has been recession-proof, and the remaining 70 percent or so actually looks similar to the rest of the country in terms of job loss and (worker) disengagement,” said Keith Hall, a Mercatus senior research fellow and co-author of the report, which was released Monday.
Where are the bulk of such jobs located that rely upon this government largesse? Northern Virginia with the vast majority of those in that region situated in . . . Fairfax County.
Unfortunately, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has come to be dominated by crony capitalists. Being a crony capitalist is exactly how Terry McAuliffe made his fortune – trading on political connections and influence, government subsidies, you name it. (Think Global Crossing, GreenTech, etc.) Not only do they understand McAuliffe and therefore would naturally be drawn to supporting him, they don’t see anything wrong with the way that they have come to operate.
For me, I’ll take the Northern Virginia Technology Council any day because, you know, those are people who actually make things consumed and paid for by the private sector.