Monday, August 31, 2009
Deeds Pushing Divisive Social Issues Once Again
- Jumps on Decades-Old College Paper, Avoids Discussion of Real Issues -
- Attempts to Reframe Race in Effort to Divide, Not Address Jobs, Economy, Roads -
RICHMOND - Trailing badly in every public opinion poll, Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds has once again broken his promise to avoid injecting divisive social issues into the campaign by exploiting an academic paper written decades ago. Deeds has made the centerpiece of his campaign a master's thesis written by Republican Bob McDonnell before the fall of the Berlin Wall and before many of the people who will vote in this election were even born.
"Please take a few minutes to read the article and then forward it to every person you know: friends, family, neighbors, you name it," wrote Deeds senior advisor Mo Elleithee in a blast e-mail Sunday, following the publication of the thesis by the Washington Post.
Deeds is attempting to re-frame the race in an effort to divide Virginians along emotional social issues, despite an express promise not to do so.
"I've never made social policy a huge part of my campaigns or a huge focus of my agenda," Deeds said in the first gubernatorial debate at the Homestead in July. "We have to be focused not on the politics of division, not of the things that divide us as people, but the things that will allow us to move forward as a Commonwealth. We can't be continually dividing our citizens on social politics."
Watch the video of Deeds making his promise here.
Indeed, once Deeds made his desperate bid to change the subject away from issues important to everyday Virginians, the media noted that his gambit to cast the campaign in light of a social agenda was - at best - precarious.
"Deeds to Wage Risky Attack On Opponent's Abortion Views," read the headline in the Washington Post on August 9, 2009. "Deeds's strategy is a departure from the approach that worked for the state's past two Democratic governors, who generally played down touchy social issues and focused instead on the issues they said voters cared about more: traffic, schools and other quality-of-life issues," reported the Post.
Who's Got the Façade?
"We've said all along that Bob's election year rhetoric about prioritizing jobs and the economy is nothing more than a façade," wrote Mo Elleithee in the Deeds campaign e-mail.
On odd claim, given that Deeds has yet to offer a coherent plan to do much at all, except raise taxes. He also vows not to have a transportation plan, but only has a way to pay for whatever it may be.
Façade of A Transportation Plan
"In response, R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor, has pledged to come up with a solution in his first year in office but has offered no funding plan. He vows not to, saying that any proposal would be divisive and limit his ability to bring lawmakers together to agree on a solution once he's elected."
"[Deeds'] vaunted transportation policy consists of . . . promising to build consensus, and an admission that he would sign a tax hike if one landed on his desk."
"Republican Robert F. McDonnell has compiled a transportation plan while Democrat Creigh Deeds curiously has declared he won't advance one until after - read, if - he gets elected."
"Deeds, on the essential subject of transportation and so far in this race, is standing at the starting blocks deaf to a starting gun that long since has sounded."
"[A]s McDonnell points out, his opponent's plan is so skimpy that he doesn't even list transportation as a separate menu item on his Web site.
"We, too, have been disappointed in Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds' dodge in presenting solutions to Virginia's most pervasive problem."
"Mr. Deeds, insofar as his published platform is concerned, has barely bothered to float a transportation program. Now, by stating that he'd sign a bill containing higher taxes for roads, he has at least tipped his hand."
In his thesis, McDonnell championed covenant marriage, which would be an option for couples who want to enter matrimony with a firm lifetime commitment to the union.
Included among others who support the idea are Governor Tim Kaine and Del. Albert Pollard (D - 99th District). While lieutenant governor, Kaine proposed covenant marriage as part of his legislative package aimed at strengthening families.
"Marriage is sort of the bedrock of society," [Kaine] said, according to the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. "Anything you can do to make marriages stronger is a good thing."
"There's a concept out there that issues of family preservation are the province of one party," Pollard said. "That is wrong. The idea that marriage is a sacred bond is not unique to one party."
McDonnell: Do the Job, Work Hard: You're Hired
McDonnell said he does not consider sexual orientation when hiring employees for his office. "I'm not going to discriminate on any basis other than whether people are hard-working and honest," he said. (Daily Press, February 28, 2006)
Creigh Deeds: Losing, Desperate and Divisive
Posting Virginia's Governor's Race
Finally, twenty years after it was written and several major campaigns he's run, the Washington Post is finally picking apart his college thesis.
No, I'm not talking about Barack Obama. The Washington Post never bothered to track down and examine the college thesis of Barack Obama. But, it has found the twenty year old thesis of Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia.
With Creigh Deeds imploding, the media decided it had to do something to help the Democrat. So they are highlighting McDonnell's twenty year old thesis. In it, they find a candidate who is, brace yourselves, conservative. He went, after all, to Regent University, and his thesis is publicly available.
In other words, they could have written about it when he was running for the Virginia House of Delegates or Virginia Attorney General, but they wanted to wait until now when the Democrat needs some help. And what do they find that the man believed twenty years ago?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Because, you see, after billions to Pakistan, billions to Egypt, billions here and there and everywhere, we haven't been doing enough to show Muslim countries that we are their friends. "Military chief seeks new plan to woo Muslims," by Thom Shanker for the New York Times...
Saturday, August 29, 2009
By James Edwards
Just about the time the Center for Immigration Studies was holding a press briefing at the National Press Club about the immigration and health reform connection, proponents from President Obama on down were denying that illegal aliens would receive taxpayer-funded health care under pending legislation.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
On Jobs & the Economy, McDonnell Bests Deeds
- NFIB, Other Business Groups Choose McDonnell Over Deeds on the Issues -
RICHMOND - Bob McDonnell is the clear choice over Creigh Deeds by a growing number of organizations that represent small businesses and other sectors of the economy, based on a comparison of the two candidates' positions and records on issues affecting job creation. The National Federation of Independent Business is the latest to endorse McDonnell, joining the Virginia Association of Realtors, the Virginia Farm Bureau and the Virginia Credit Union League.
The following is a comparison of McDonnell and Deeds on the issues important to employers who create jobs:
McDonnell & Deeds on the Issues
McDonnell & Deeds on the Issues
McDonnell sponsored legislation to eliminate the Death Tax on family-owned businesses and farms (HB2490, 2003). Deeds voted against the elimination of the Death Tax.
McDonnell has voted for 50 tax cuts, which combined would have reduced taxes by $2 billion. Deeds voted for the two largest tax increases in Virginia history and has pledged to raise gas taxes if elected governor.
Big Labor & Card Check
Deeds has been endorsed by the AFO-CIO, the Teamsters and SEIU. He appeared as the guest of honor at a July reception hosted by the AFL-CIO in Washington. "During his 18 years in the Virginia House of Delegates and in the state Senate, gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds has ‘been with us every step of the way,'" said Jim Leaman, president of the Virginia AFL-CIO. The union helpfully highlighted Deeds' record ofsupporting big labor's agenda 93.7 percent of the time.
Deeds has collected at least $1.1 million from Big labor, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU and the Democratic Governors Association, which is largely financed by labor money. Because of this financial dependency, Deeds is required to support card check, which removes the secret ballot process from workers voting whether to form a union or not. During last month's debate hosted by the Virginia Bar Association, Deeds telegraphed his approval of Card Check legislation, which will hamstring employers, increase the cost of doing business, strangle job creation and expose workers to the strong arm of big labor union bosses. McDonnell opposes card check.
In January, just a few weeks before Tim Kaine proudly announced the movement of Hilton executives to Fairfax County, Deeds and his ticket mate Jody Wagner took part in a big labor picket line at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City in Arlington County. Deeds handed out coffee and popcorn to the people picketing a well-established employer.
"Check out, not in," chanted the picketers.
Deceptively titled the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act, H.R. 2454), the legislation proposes a "Cap and Trade" scheme in which entities that exceed a government-imposed emission limit would be forced to buy "credits" from entities which emit amounts under the limits. Many analysts and employers have concluded that the idea would increase costs to consumers and severely limit the ability of private companies to create jobs. Indeed, MeadWestvaco, a major employer located in Deeds' senate district, says it would jeopardize 1,500 jobs in Covington. McDonnell opposes the scheme. Deeds supports it.
Bob McDonnell has a lifetime pro-business rating from Virginia FREE that was consistently in the top ten in the House of Delegates. He has a 91-percent lifetime rating from the National Federation of Independent Business.
Deeds' Virginia FREE rating has been in the bottom half of the senate every year. He also has a 93-percent voting record on AFL-CIO big labor issues.
Reining in Frivolous Lawsuits
As Delegate, McDonnell was a strong leader for tort reform and sponsored several laws to rein in frivolous lawsuits and improve Virginia's business liability climate (HB1127, 2004 and HB1126, 2004). Deeds co-sponsored a bill to triple the medical malpractice cap (HB2628, 1999) and voted against bills to prevent frivolous lawsuits from going to trial and reduce forum-shopping. (HB1218, 2000 and HB 1127, 2004).
Management and Leadership
McDonnell has experience as a corporate manager with a Fortune 500 health care company, a U.S. Army medical services corps officer, a master's in business administration, and as Attorney General successfully managed a large state agency with hundreds of employees and a $30 million budget. As Attorney General, he reduced the size of the agency's budget by 14% in his final year and created a Regulatory Reform Task force that recommended over 350 changes to reduce burdensome regulations.
"It is very telling that all of these groups that represent the people who make our economy work are lining up behind Bob McDonnell," said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins. "When you look at McDonnell and Deeds records side-by-side, it truly is obvious that Bob is the best candidate to revive our sagging economy."
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