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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

By Greg L | 21 March 2015 | Fairfax County, Prince William County | 15 Comments

Despite all the assurances that Republicans made that they’d stop President Obama’s ridiculously detrimental amnesty for illegal aliens and that they’d stop the horrible impacts that ObamaCare is delivering on us, they’ve done nothing but allow these programs to continue while the federal budget inches ever-closer to bankruptcy.  Despite all the assurances Republicans made to us that they’d deliver good governance at the state and local levels, their records similarly are filled with tax hikes, looking the other way while un-elected bureaucrats run amok, and corporatists rent-seek with our tax dollars.

If you want to see who is really responsible for this, I suggest you find a mirror, because it’s we who are electing people that we darned well should know are utterly dangerous to the ideal of a limited and effectively functioning government.  We’re getting ready to do it all over again, too.

Let’s do a quick run-down of some of the people asking us to elect them so we can enjoy even more examples of why government is utterly out of control:

When Corey Stewart isn’t busy telling the Republican grassroots that they’re too stupid to figure out how to nominate their own candidates for office, he’s delivering obscenity-filled tirades at Democrats - in public.  Yes, you too can be called a “f—-ing piece of sh–” (as the local news media reported) if only you re-elect this guy who claims he’s lowering your taxes while he actually hikes them as your property values plummet.  I think he’s a little mistaken on who the appropriate target for such invective really is.

Or we can elect somebody like Steve Chapman in Woodbridge, who says we can trust him to run our government very soon after he abandoned his wife and newborn child so he could continue an affair with the wife of his neighbor.  The guy had complaints registered that he threatened a combat-wounded Marine’s little girl.  Anybody who promises potential customers of his business that he’s given that special trust to maintain the gravestones at Arlington Cemetery despite not actually doing so (at least according to federal spending databases) can be trusted not to hike your taxes into the stratosphere, right?

Perhaps someone with a bit more experience like Maureen Caddigan would be better than this, you might think.   That would be a mistake, because at least as reprehensible as Steve Chapman is, he didn’t become the second-highest proponent of tax raises on the board (even beating out Frank Principi) , divert taxpayer dollars to support her re-electionraise campaign funds alongside convicted drug dealersappropriate government resources for campaign purposes, and call county volunteers ugly names.  Hopefully someone who isn’t so determined to be terrible can file to run against her in the upcoming “firehouse primary” and put an end to our misery.  The filing deadline is April 10th.

Then we have a school system in Prince William County, supposedly under Republican control, that brazenly lies to the public about capital improvement projects and openly defies the law, and all the “Republican” chairman can respond with is “are you a lawyer?” when confronted about all of this.  If there’s anything remotely consistent with the law about this year’s budget process, in regards to required public hearings, disclosure of documents, and Virginia’s laws regarding governmental transparency I have yet to see it.  Just how many of those incumbents are actually fighting the system to demand something as novel as basic compliance with the law?  Bueller?

Is Fairfax County any better?  Of course not.  We have John Litzenberger running for Sully District, trying to be the nominee who will face Democrat Kathy Smith.  He ran against Smith in ‘07 for school board and was blown out of the water after Not Larry Sabato published the story about Litzenberger getting sued by the woman he was having an affair with because he didn’t follow through on his promise to pay for her breast enhancement surgery.  Getting fired from his government job probably helped a bit too, since that’s pretty hard to make happen absent something like sexual harassment claims.  Also running in Sully is Brian Schoeneman, who we’ve been laughing about for a while for his ridiculously idiotic rantings that were getting tweeted out by @Schoenemanisms for a while, at least until (let’s be charitable here) one of his supporters started filing complaints and got the account disabled.  Why anyone would file a complaint about posting things that a candidate for office actually wrote and posted to the internet is beyond me, but you can imagine what kind of elected official you get when a candidate is made so uncomfortable by his own words.

We have craptastic Republican leadership because we continue to elect craptastic candidates who have no loyalty at all to the principles that define what being a Republican and a Conservative is, if they even have any understanding of what those principles might be, which is highly doubtful.  These craptistic elected officials move up the political food chain, funded by the corporate cronies they sell themselves out to, and then suddenly we have a John Boehner and we’re all seemingly dumbfounded by what an unprincipled schmuck loser he is.  Well, how do you think he got to where he is?  Who put him there?

We did.

So as you consider this year what basic medical procedures you and your family are additionally going to have to go without so you can afford to pay for several hundred extra dollars in additional property taxes - think if it in terms of children’s visits to the dentist, or additional years where one of your kids soldiers on with hearing aids that are already ten years old, and perhaps that medical checkup you’ve put off for the last five years and will now put off again for at least another one, think of what brought you to this place where you can’t have nice things like basic healthcare.  That started happening in earnest when some of the schmucks listed above talking about tax increases in terms of foregone pizzas.  You can’t have these things because you let the John Boehners of the world get elected to office, where they first screw you at the local level, then the state level, and ultimately at the federal level where they can really stick it to you. 

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  1. winston said on 21 Mar 2015 at 5:40 pm:
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    Have you been impacted by the ACA? I haven’t.

  2. Greg L said on 21 Mar 2015 at 5:50 pm:
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    More than I can say in a comment. I’ll be posting about the nightmare it has caused us when I have the time.

  3. Anon said on 22 Mar 2015 at 1:36 pm:
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    Yes. Increased premiums. Lost my doctor. Now we have federal burreaucrats out the wazoo that I am paying for, with dollars and their dumbass regulations and threats to punish “offenders”.

    You are fibing.

  4. John S Gray CPA said on 22 Mar 2015 at 3:07 pm:
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    To Winston: Whoopee, good for you that you haven’t been affected by the ACA. I’ll let you talk to my 57 year old divorcee client who can’t work because she is was so physically abused by her ex she can’t lift her left arm above her waits but can’t get disability because Social Security keeps losing her files yet she owes $ 614 to O’Bama under the ACA because she did get an extra $2,000 in back alimony her bum ex didn’t pay. Or my early 50’s MRI Technician who was RIF’d from his job due to O’Bama care and was not covered for two months and has to pay $700+ for his “Shared Responsibility Fee”. The guy was UNEMPLOYED for two months (no severance) and had to take money out of his 401(k) to pay his mortgage and college tuition expenses while waiting for VEC to determine if he qualified for any benefits (which is irrelevant to the penalty he has to pay) but he owes $ 700+ for loosing his job. I have a few other clients in the same boat. Don’t be so aloof or blind or whatever.

  5. Anonymous said on 22 Mar 2015 at 3:35 pm:
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    You guys are full of BS anecdotes.

  6. Anonymous said on 23 Mar 2015 at 12:17 pm:
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    Failed Prediction #1: Americans won’t enroll in the ACA
    Failed Prediction #2: The ACA won’t meet its enrollment goals
    Failed Prediction #3: Insurers will want no part of the ACA system
    Failed Prediction #4: The economy will suffer terribly because of ‘Obamacare’
    Failed Prediction #5: Even if Americans enrolled, they won’t pay their premiums
    Failed Prediction #6: Even if people pay their premiums, the flawed ACA structure will send premiums soaring
    Failed Prediction #7: The ACA won’t reduce the uninsured rate because it will only help those who already have coverage
    Failed Prediction #8: The ACA will lead to a “net loss” on overall coverage
    Failed Prediction #9: The ACA will lead to higher deficits and a weaker fiscal footing for the nation
    Failed Prediction #10: Americans will end up hating the coverage they receive through the ACA

    The Republican brand is always in denial

  7. MDK said on 23 Mar 2015 at 4:38 pm:
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    Litzenberger filed a lawsuit against his ex-mistress for repayment of a loan (that was not yet due and after she broke off the affair). The judge ruled in favor of the defendant. Litzenberger appealed and later dropped the suit when the ex-mistress requested a trial by jury.

    Yeah, great guy to elect to office.

  8. Anon said on 23 Mar 2015 at 4:44 pm:
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    Response to predictions at 12:17

    1- are forced to , or getting freebies
    2 - how many americans remain uninsured? It has failed to put the 30-45 mil americans into insured status
    3 - insurers will take money from govt, duh, wtf; this is easy money for them
    4 - YES, the economy suffers, duh, sheesh!
    5 - if forced to they will pay, or if given subsidized freebie
    6 - premiums keep going up, BSer in chief said would save me $2500
    7 - those receiving subsidized freebies, apparently reduce the rate; very little reduction, actually
    8 - YES, especially as doctors leave and aren’t replaced
    9 - YES, that is a fact, but what is another trillion or more debt?
    10 - Well, you said it, sorry
    11 - if you like your healhcare insurance you can keep it. LIE, now those folks that received cancellations are being forced to buy govt insurance

    Liberal Dems are always looking for govt handouts

  9. Anonymous said on 24 Mar 2015 at 7:16 am:
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    Anon… you are in denial

  10. Anon said on 24 Mar 2015 at 7:53 pm:
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    Oh, most of the 16 million have simply been added to the medicaid roles. That could have been accomplished w/o govt takeover of the health care system. Central planned healthcare. . . A killer idea. . . Sheesh

  11. Anonymous said on 25 Mar 2015 at 5:58 am:
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    Most? Please cite your source.

  12. Anon said on 25 Mar 2015 at 8:07 am:
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    Which propagandist is your source? Current regime spewing falsehoods all oover the place. . . Examples

    Like yor plan keep your plan.
    Like yourdoctor keep your doctor.
    This will reduce your premiums by 2500 dollars.

    All falsehoods from the current regime and controller of the source for “facts” on this failing ,unsustainable plan.

    Count me as skeptical. Keep drinking your koolaid. . .

  13. Anonymous said on 25 Mar 2015 at 11:49 am:
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    Still looking for that “most” source?

  14. Anonymous said on 25 Mar 2015 at 11:50 am:
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    “failing ,unsustainable plan.”? Source please.

  15. winston said on 25 Mar 2015 at 7:22 pm:
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    Yeah, everyone “knows somebody” or has a personal story that doesn’t stand up to close inspection.

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