Where once freedom, independence, and the entrepreneurial spirit predominated, we now find ourselves awash in residents who are dependent - and happily so - on their monthly government check. Whether it be fat government paychecks up in northern Virginia* or government handouts in Southwest and Southside (pick your poison - Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps/SNAP/EBT, SCHIP, Social Security, SSI, WIC, farm subsidies, "green" subsidies, government "stimuli," financial write-offs, EIDC, tax breaks, tax reductions, tax deductions, tax exclusions, tax exemptions, tax credits, tax loopholes, tax shelters, tax rebates ... one can't escape the fact that Virginians like government (if not the taxpayers who write the checks to the government).
With that understood, is this hard to understand?
President Barack Obama leads all Republican presidential candidates in a new survey of Virginia voters, and has widened his advantage over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.
The dude who writes the checks is a popular guy here.
Yeah, Virginians love government.
And they will as long as the central one keeps spending money it doesn't have, filling the coffers of the state one that knows not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Party on, Wayne.
Party on, Garth.
* Even here in remote and sparsely populated Bland County the largest employer is ... government.