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Bob McDonnell: Fighting for a Bill he Hasn’t Reviewed

March 5th, 2013

On February 21, a House Conference Committee released the conference report for the transportation bill, HB2313.  The legislation was not posted online, however the House voted the 109 page bill out the following morning.

In my original post on the McDonnell’s tax hike betrayal, I quipped that…

Honestly, it may also be a situation of “We won’t know what’s in the bill till we pass it,” due to the rushed nature of the legislation.

Sadly I may not have been very far from the truth.  Over the last week and a half, Governor McDonnell has launched an aggressive effort to defend the transportation bill to irate party activists, even using PAC money to run online ad campaigns.

However, comments last weekend on WRVA’s Ask the Governor were very revealing.

“I’m still conducting a legal and constitutional and review of the bill.  We haven’t even gotten the bill yet. It’s over 100 pages.”  (14 min mark)

“It is 100 pages. It will undergo review, legal review and constitutional review by the attorney general’s office, policy review by my office. …It’s only been five days since the session is over. We just got it. We’ve gotten over 900 bills to review.” (23 min mark)

Really governor?  You are fighting hard for a bill you haven’t fully reviewed yet?  If you don’t even know what is in it, why should we support it?  Maybe you should review it before you try forcing others to support it.  If your office hasn’t reviewed the bill, how can you be sure it doesn’t do more harm than good?  Are there unknown taxes or fees in the bill? You don’t know.  You haven’t reviewed it.  Are there small dangerous provisions? Same answer.  Will it actually solve the structural problems with our transportation problem, or just throw more money at it? You don’t know.  You haven’t actually reviewed it.

Drafting a 100+ page bill and voting on it overnight, is something Americans hate about politicians.  Besides Obamacare, the Tea Party was born out of a response to the federal government quickly passing massive bills that they hadn’t read.  Quickly passing large legislation is a recipe for helping lobbyists, not good governance.

Governor, with all due respect, please don’t tell us to support a bill you have yet to review.  Some people have taken the time to review it and determined it was the largest tax hike in VA history that is probably unconstitutional.  Until you actually review the bill, your comments on the legislation are about as informed as Nancy Pelosi’s were about Obamacare.

If you oppose the tax increase, please contact the Governor’s office, sign the petition, and join the movement.


Prince William County Republicans Oppose McDonnell/Howell Tax Increase

February 26th, 2013

Last night at the regularly scheduled Prince William County Republican Committee meeting February 25, 2013 the following resolution was introduced by Bob Fitzsimmonds and passed unanimously by the membership.  This followed Mark Obenshain, Bob Marshall, and Rich Anderson all explaining to the committee why they opposed to the bill.  The committee was packed with outraged conservatives.  Let’s all continue to make our voices heard in whatever way possible.

Full text below:

Resolution Opposing HB 2313 – Revenues and Appropriations of State Prince William County Republican Committee

Whereas, The Republican Party is the party of fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint, and

Whereas, taxes in the Commonwealth are already unnecessarily high, and

Whereas, we are in the 5th year of a national economic crisis that shows no signs of long term recovery, and

Whereas, the federal government, under the leadership of President Obama, is waging economic war on businesses and families; proposing higher federal taxes and additional job killing regulations, and

Whereas, these same businesses and families are existing under the uncertainty of continued government “negotiations” on sequestration;

Now therefore, be it resolved that we call upon the General Assembly and Governor Robert McDonnell to foreswear any and all tax increases, either for supposed transportation solutions or for any other matter that might come before them.

Be it further resolved that we call upon Governor Robert McDonnell to veto HB2313 or to amend it in such a way that all tax changes be revenue neutral and that any anticipated revenues be directed to transportation in the localities where they are raised and not to the General Fund of the Commonwealth.

The Committee thanks our Representatives who opposed the massive tax hike; Senators Dick Black and Richard Stuart and Delegates Richard Anderson, Tim Hugo, Scott Lingamfelter, Bob Marshall, Jackson Miller, and David Ramadan.

Next Time Bob McDonnell Runs for Office He’ll Get His Thirty Silver Dollars

February 24th, 2013

Yes I am pissed.  I am furious because a man I worked tirelessly for in 2005 and 2009 lied to me and betrayed me.  When he was pressed on whether or not he supported tax increases during his gubernatorial bid, he promised not to raise them.

Bob McDonnell will not raise taxes as governor. Virginians know Bob McDonnell, and they know where he stands. They know he keeps his word, and that is reflected in the fact that he kept all seven of the campaign promises that he made when running for Attorney General.

I believed the man.  I thought he was a man of his word.  Not only that, I was there when he rallied the troops with Americans for Prosperity to oppose the Tim Kaine tax increases for transportation.

I went to the Capitol Square with my family.  We listened, we lobbied, and together Virginians stopped Tim Kaine’s Tax increase for transportation.

Republican Leadership in both houses of the General Assembly, at the request of Bob McDonnell worked hard to pass something even worse.

In the name of “getting something done on transportation” for the sake of “Bob McDonnell’s legacy” we passed legislation that raises taxes on almost everything taxable.

  • Sales Tax
  • Gas Tax
  • Personal Property Tax
  • Tax on Vending Machine Sales
  • Heavy Equipment Used for Road Construction
  • Car Tax
  • Hotel Tax
  • Land and Building Sales
  • Extra Regional Sales Tax
  • Annual Fees for Energy Efficient Vehicles
  • …and it Banks on Congress Passing an Internet Sales Tax Bill

Honestly, it may also be a situation of “We won’t know what’s in the bill till we pass it,” due to the rushed nature of the legislation.

McDonnell’s “legacy” legislation was so bad, he had to get the help of Terry McAuliffe, who he called afterwards to thank, and he had to rely on Democrat votes in both houses to pass it.  Only 34 Republicans voted for it in the House and 8 in the Senate.  In order to get the necessary number of Democrats to vote for it, he had to promise to support Medicaid expansion.  Something he had emphatically opposed only days before.  For Bob McDonnell “solving” transportation was more important than sticking to his word or his principles.  In the end it was Democrats who were able to declare victory as a result of standing for their beliefs and forcing an ambitious governor to concede to them on everything.

Bob McDonnell Celebrating the Passage of His Tax Hiking Transportation Bill

Bob McDonnell, you may be celebrating, but your party is not.  We campaigned for you and expected you to keep your word.  When we saw you capitulating, we asked you to stand strong.  You refused.  You trashed whatever principles you may have had, and spit in the face of the activists who believed in you.  Do not ask for our support in the future.

We have a state party that refused to oppose this monstrosity, and elected leaders who worked over time to make it pass.

Bob McDonnell, we will not forget what you have done.  We also will not forget the legislators who were complicit in your betrayal.  We will not easily forget the work of Speaker Bill Howell and Majority Leader Kirk Cox.  We will not easily forget Chris Jones who was referred to as the chief architect of the compromise.  Loudoun residents will also not forget the betrayal by Tag Greason who blatantly ignored his pledge not to raise taxes in the name of getting something done.

Some people have been waiting to primary some of these Delegates, and others are beginning to plan bids as a result of the last few days.  Still others are talking of more extreme measures than simply primarying*.

With the actions of the last two days our state party has abandoned it’s members, and unless things change soon many of them may return the favor.  If that happens, McDonell’s legacy in HB 2313 will be one of betrayal and a resulting destruction of his party.

*No these are not violent measures, simply working through the political process but outside of the party nominating process.

Update: My apologies to those who were understandably offended and turned off by the previous title of this post.  I thought that by reminding people of the time when Bob McDonnell had used incredibly strong language to insist he would not raise taxes for transportation, it could remind people of the extent to which Bob McDonnell had lied as well as clearly get people’s attention.  This was why I put the particular word in quotation mark in the title.  Choosing to do so turned people away from an important message and was wrong.  Thank you to those who took the time to point this out to a very frustrated person.

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