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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Defying The Will of the People ...

... will have this effect:
GOP gains early edge in Nov. 8 elections
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- The pivotal 2011 General Assembly elections are more than four months away, but Virginia Republicans already have one important advantage over their Democratic Party rivals.

Republicans have candidates running in at least 107 of the state's 140 General Assembly districts. The GOP is well positioned to retain its comfortable majority in the House of Delegates and is mounting an all-out effort to grab control of the state Senate, where Democrats hold a fragile 22-18 majority.

Despite controlling the recent Senate redistricting process, Democrats so far have candidates in just 24 of 40 Senate districts and have no challengers for any Republican incumbents.

Republicans only need to pick up three Senate seats to gain an outright majority in the chamber and break the Democrats' last hold on power in the Capitol. The outcome of the elections could go a long way toward determining the fate of Gov. Bob McDonnell's policy agenda in the second half of his term. [link]
Push for tax increases and an endless string of regulations and suffer the consequences.

George Allen on 'The Right To Work'

This seems so basic to our freedoms. And yet with Obama and his union henchmen having gained power in Washington, the fight for our right to work is back on. And it's more critical to our future than ever before.

To that end, our once and future senator takes up the challenge:
Defending Virginians' right to work
By George Allen, Politico

Americans have the right to move to wherever they want in our country. That same basic freedom of movement applies to businesses and investment.

Do we want bureaucrats in Washington dictating where our businesses can set up operations, invest and create new jobs in America? Should federal bureaucrats be allowed to intimidate job-creating businesses with costly lawsuits as punishment for making a decision to locate in a favorable place in the U.S.?

Well, such an attack on freedom of movement is happening right now.

President Thomas Jefferson defined the sum of good government as, “a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

Those words are the uplifting principles of a free society.

Unfortunately these principles are being ignored by the powers in Washington.

The National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing’s locating some production facilities in South Carolina is an attack on the founding principles of our country. It’s also an attack on the freedom and competitiveness of every state with right-to-work laws -– including Virginia.

If the NLRB is successful, a chilling message will be sent to all businesses operating, or considering operating, in the U.S. It is shameful that a business could enjoy greater opportunity in another country. We should be sending the message “America is Open for Business,” rather than “America likes to tax and regulate business.”

As Virginia governor, I saw first-hand the competitive advantage that our right-to-work law gave us in recruiting and expanding new investment and jobs. The law serves as a foundational strength. Being the northern-most state on the Eastern Seaboard with a right-to-work law places Virginia in a great location for business. Maintaining that advantage ensures that men and women in Virginia receive the best opportunities to succeed in a highly-competitive economy.

It is essential that we secure the economic freedom and opportunities that Virginia’s workforce deserves.

No one should be forced to pay $700 or more in union dues just to have a job. That is the fundamental principle behind our right-to-work law, and it is the responsibility of leaders to preserve that liberty.

Men and women should have the right to join a union if they freely choose – but no one should be coerced or compelled to pay to be in a union as a condition of employment. That’s bad for businesses, workers and our economy. It diminishes individual liberty.

We must reinvigorate America’s entrepreneurial spirit. That starts with strong leadership and the courage to fight for the freedoms of every citizen, entrepreneur, business and state to adopt pro-job economic, energy, labor and educational policies.

This complaint by the NLRB is an egregious over-reach by the federal government — and an attack on American values and principles.

All Virginians should stand up for our rights. Having been governor, one would think Tim Kaine, my opponent in the Virginia Senate race, would know about the desirability of right-to-work laws for Virginia jobs and condemn this NLRB intrusion.

Unfortunately, the liberal Democrats in Washington, where Kaine served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, are joined at the hip with the likes of Service Employees International Union bosses, whose policies can undermine our free market and employees’ freedom of choice. Unelected bureaucrats should not be able to dictate to our job creators where they can conduct business.

It is the responsibility of Washington leaders and candidates running for office to speak out against the dangerous precedent of the NLRB’s assault on the liberty of working men and women everywhere and the rights and prerogatives of the people in the States.

Virginia deserves leaders unafraid to speak out against this administration, the federal bureaucracy and the union bosses who seek to undermine our free market economy and who will fight for Virginia’s working families.

It’s time for this over-reaching federal government to get out of our lives and stop encroaching on the economic freedom of Virginia — and all right-to-work states.

Virginians deserve to know if Kaine will stand with me in support of the people and values of Virginia on this important issue of liberty and opportunity. [link]
Boeing wants to create jobs in South Carolina.  Obama says no. Reason enough to send him into retirement come November, 2012.  And to elect George Allen at the same time.

Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Sadly, when it comes to the institution of marriage, James Taranto is right:
This column's position on same-sex marriage is one of resignation rather than enthusiasm. If a plebiscite were in the offing, we'd lean toward a "no" vote. But the overwrought expressions of anger and despair from people who style themselves champions of traditional marriage have the feel of scapegoating. It isn't the fault of gays that marriage is in dire straits.
Homosexuals across this land celebrate the fact that the state of New York has made same-sex marriage legal within its boundaries. What exactly is worth rejoicing over, considering the sorry exercise in hooking-up-with-a-license marriage has become, is beyond me.

Taranto is right. Gays aren't to be blamed for its disintegration. Their being welcomed into its confines is but a glaring indicator of the depths to which the once sacred institution has fallen.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.