Transportation and the Virginia General Assembly

Because of the ongoing debate in Richmond, Fauquier and Prince William Counties have put their planning on hold (here) for the Buckland/Gainesville bypass. Moreover our own Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) is not happy with what they have thus far seen. As the Washington Post’s Prince William Extra Reported this weekend, our BOCS “voted unanimously last week to oppose a transportation plan proposed by Republicans in the General Assembly that would raise local taxes and fees to pay for road and transit improvements.” In a latter article in the same edition of the Prince William Extra, the paper noted the BOCS’ specific objections.

In the meantime, the Senate has thrown another monkey wrench into the mix (see here). A bipartisan (synonym for big spending) group of senior (synonym for needs to be term limited out of office) state senators plans to introduce a bill that would count on a sales tax on fuel to fund the building and upkeep of roads. The proposed bill would add 5 cents per gallon on top of the existing 17.5 cents per gallon tax.

The problem with this proposal is that we supposedly already have a gas tax to pay for roads, but the General Assembly will not spend that money on roads. As this blog has noted before (here and here), tolls and users fees should be used to fund transportation projects. Without such a direct connection between taxes and spending, we will never get what we pay for. Once the General Assembly has our money, it will spend it however it wants (particularly that bipartisan group of senior state senators). Fortunately, our county officials have gotten the message, and they are dead set against a tax increase (here).

We also need to consider other alternatives (Plan B). One being considered by the General Assembly is impact fees (here). Naturally, the developers oppose this.

Please contact your legislators (see here), particularly your senior state senators, and let them know how you feel.

Senator Hillary Clinton and the War in Iraq

On his show today, Rush Limbaugh presented clear evidence that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s changing positions on Iraq bear close examination. What follows is some reference material that Limbaugh had links to from his web site.

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An Update on Idiotic Blog Controversy Over Faisal Gill

This post has only one purpose, and that purpose is to note that Faisal Gill has respectable and eloquent defenders. The reason this post is needed, if at all, is because the blog attacks on Gill have continued. These attacks have come two blogs, BVBL and GoodbyeJim.

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Is the Ideological War Over Iraq the Beginning of the Next Unraveling?

In their 1997 bestseller, The Fourth Turning, William Strauss and Neil Howe spoke of the cycles of history. The authors observed that every fourth generation “or turning” coincided with a period of intense conflict, and that that conflict often ended in a bloody resolution. Based upon their historical analysis, the authors believe we are at the beginning of an unraveling (They estimated the crisis would begin in 2005.). If the authors are correct in their belief that history follows a four generation cycle, this unraveling will be an event of no small magnitude. Previous fourth generation American unravellings include the American Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. This post briefly considers the author’s theory with respect to our involvement in Iraq.

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