Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Monday, December 05, 2005

VCG Strikes Again

Mason Conservative, among others has the newest VCG attack on the Republican leadership. Now Phil R. is taking it out on Speaker Howell for not speaking out enough against the tax raisers, especially the ones facing primary challengers. It is Phil's opinion that Speaker Howell should have done more to whip our guys into shape and not let them vote for the increase.
The only thing related to the tax increase that Speaker Howell can be blamed for is letting a vote happen. He asked Del. Louderback among others to not attend the committee meeting so that the budget vote could get to the floor. Then it was out of his hands. The 17 who voted for the increase did so based on their personal beliefs that the state needed it, or that they would lose re-election if they helped shut the government down. I would also point out that 5 of the 6 primary challengers lost, so obviously those winning delegates must have done what their constituents wanted (not to mention the rest who weren't even hated enough to draw a challenger).

Folks, I was not in favor of the tax increase. Even so, it turns out that people don't care. The problem is our media relations. Had the GOP shut the government down, the media would have savaged us on it, even though nothing happened (remember 1995?). It is very possible we could have seen massive seat losses in the House had we shut the government down, but we will never know. I would also point out that it is somewhat hypocritical of the rest of the GOP attacking the tax raisers while spending the money from the increase. If we really hate the tax raisers (and the increase), how about we overturn the tax increase that they passed to start with?

One point of kudos to Phil and the VCG, they are trying to advocate reduced spending. That is the key to this all. If we reduce spending, the dems will have no leverage or reason to raise taxes. I would point out that on the list of things to do for the HOD this year, there is only one spending cut on there (Medicaid reform). Everything else is tax cuts (back-to-school tax holiday and death tax elimination) and increased spending ($500 million to clean up the Bay, more transportation money, and combating Meth with more law enforcement). I think the VCG has the right idea, I am just not sure why they have attacked the GOP at every turn for their fiscal irresponsibility, but give the dems a free pass. Does the VCG really think the state is better off with a GOP majority that saw one tax increase rather than a dem majority that will raise spending and taxes constantly?


  • At 12/05/2005 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The "5 of 6" you mention never really had a chance. It's not a case of the "people are happy" it's a case of not putting forward serious contention.
    The question also remains should any one ran against incumbant Republicans in the first place.

    If we are not careful a knife wound to the party will soon turn into a fatal ax wound.

  • At 12/05/2005 6:07 PM, Anonymous gopwahoo said…

    GOPHokie, I think you have made two very important points here:
    1. VCG and other groups of this nature must realize who the REAL enemy is. By continuously attacking our own we really only help our enemy. Our Party may not be perfect, but we will never win the media war if we do not at least focus as much of our efforts pointing out that the other side is worse.

    2. That said, the heart of the matter is spending. This has to be at the core of our Party's platform. If we work to fix the inherent problems in government spending, the tax cuts will come a lot more easily and we'll certainly make better arguments against increased taxes.

  • At 12/05/2005 11:19 PM, Anonymous Chris said…

    Like you said on my site, GOPHokie, Rodo tends to go so overboard on any Republican spending, it not only lets Dems off the hook, it causes internal problems, and it causes our party to lose focus. Rodo needs to take a sanctum.

  • At 12/06/2005 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    tell the VCG and Rodo rooder to spend more time on spending and less time with the op-ed wars. sideline warriors are a useful as the french in times of need

  • At 12/06/2005 9:13 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    That is a great post anon.
    I would not compare the VCG to the French though. They at least have a good purpose, they just have a bad strategy on how to accomplish what they want.
    The French have a bad list of ideas.

  • At 12/06/2005 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    okay the Jack was talking...the VCG do serve a purpose and they are consistent. I just wish they took all their wonderful intelligence and actually worked on reducing costs which could result in tax RATE reductions which would stimulate GROWTH. call me crazy - good to talk to you this weekend..

  • At 12/08/2005 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You folks know that the primary challengers were terribly unqualified, right?
    "Rodo" and his ilk are fomenting a split in the party. His actions have only served to replace a Republican with a Democrat... or two or three.

  • At 12/08/2005 6:43 PM, Blogger AWCheney said…

    There really isn't anything wrong with running a CREDIBLE candidate against an incumbent for good cause. Targeting incumbents with long records of good service because you take exception to one misjudgment, that's quite another thing. Aside from the alienation of a previously quite effective ally it creates, there is the little matter of tearing the Party apart (as we have witnessed). Rather counter-productive.

  • At 12/09/2005 3:21 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    AWC is right. Trying to kick Potts out of the party is fine. He has completely abondoned the party.
    Others are not as cut and dried.


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