campaign.pngYou want you have some idea of what is true?  Then you have to have accept the fact that everyone has their bias, and you have to get your information from a variety of sources.   Why is that so necessary?  The lying politician “knows” we are stupid.  The lying politician “knows” we are more easily deceived than informed.

Are you willing to take the time to become informed?  Then consider our local congressional race, the competition between Gerry Connolly and Keith Fimian for the 11th Congressional District.  In order to help its candidate, Gerry Connolly, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has circulated a mailer and sponsored a TV ad (see here) that tells us that Fimian does not share our values.

  • Fimian sits on the board of a fundraising organizing that would outlaw our right to choose.
  • Fimian’s company was sued more than 40 times.
  • Fimian’s company was slapped with a $16,000 IRS tax lien. 

These charges are provided without context or explanation.  Their sole purpose is to frighten us.  The authors of these charges “know” their charges will work because they “know” we are stupid. 

The first charge I dealt with in this post.  Essentially, the ad accuses Fimian of being a Catholic.  It charges Fimian with participating on the board of an organization that affirms his Catholic faith. 

The second and third charges are equally vicious.  Fimian started and operated a nationwide business, U.S. Inspect.  How big is the company?  Fimian’s campaign responded this way.

The Fimian campaign has dismissed the ad and mailings as misleading and false and says that the Catholic League has called on Mr. Connolly to denounce the “bigoted anti-Catholic attacks.”

Fimian campaign manager Zack Condry said that his candidate’s company, U.S. Inspect, performs roughly 155,000 home inspections a year and that the lawsuits are the result of a “very few disgruntled folks.”

“These attacks are the Connolly con game,” Mr. Condry said. “He wants to mislead people so they don’t look at his failed record of high taxes, economic mismanagement and personal corruption.”  (from here)

Any nationwide organization is going to get sued and have tax problems.  We have lots of lawyers and our tax laws are way to complex.

Instead of trying to deceive us about his opponent, Fimian’s ads tell us about him.  Check out this ad, for example. 

Interested?  Then check out Fimian TV



campaign.pngIt appears that Gov. Jim Gilmore and Gov. Mark Warner have differing opinions on the Bailout Bill.  Take notice.  This ought to affect your vote.

Here is what Gilmore thinks.

Gilmore said he not only understands voter anger at talk of a bailout, but he is angry, too.

“I object to a program that calls for transferring bad business decisions… to the individual taxpayer,” he said. “I’m offended by it.”

“I think we really ought to understand what’s going on here, and we don’t,” Gilmore added.

Gilmore said that while federal intervention in the markets might be needed, Congress should first explore “free market solutions.”

He said he has some ideas about what might work, however, he’s not ready to discuss them in detail. Whatever is done must provide transparency, he said, so that every party to every deal understands everything that is involved.  (from here)

Here is what Warner has offered up.

Warner said he’s convinced major federal intervention in the financial markets is needed soon. He said he understands the frustration of taxpayers who see the $700 billion bailout being discussed on Capitol Hill as a welfare program for Wall Street moguls, and he wants plenty of safeguards for taxpayers to protect whatever federal investment is made in troubled securities.

But however justified taxpayers’ anger is, Warner argued that they need to understand that the stakes are far higher than the balance sheets of Wall Street financial firms and their leaders.

“Like it or not, we’re all caught up in this,” he said.

If money stops flowing through the financial markets, and banks can no longer borrow from one another, millions of Americans will find teller windows closed and ATMs locked when they try to cash their paychecks and use their debit cards, he warned. (also from here)

As I see it, Gilmore advocates the free market, and Warner panicked. 

Gilmore is proposing three steps to stabilize the economy: strengthened oversight of the financial-services industry, tougher standards for lending and a “rigorous energy policy,” one that prevents the spikes in fuel prices that have forced some Americans to choose between filling up their cars or paying their mortgages.  (from here


The major news media and top government officials are in a panic.  They have created a problem beyond their ability to control.  Why can’t they control the problem?  There are two reasons:

  • Voters have sensed that the people running the show do not have a clue. 
  • Democrats in particular are fixated on fixing blame instead of the problem. 

The voters have a clue.  We slapped the silly fools, and we got their attention.  Now, perhaps, our leaders will take the time to think. 

First we need them to stop their “bipartisan” bickering.   Consider the debate between John McCain and Barack Obama.  This occurred after the Senate’s Majority Leader, Harry Reid, imperiously demanded that McCain stay out of the bailout bill negotiations.  

Earlier Friday, Reid said he believed a basic agreement was in place for the rescue plan Thursday. “Then, guess who came to town — and then that completely fell apart,” he said, in clear reference to GOP presidential nominee John McCain.  (from here)

In response to the first debate question, Obama promptly attacked the Bush administration, calling the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a verdict on the Bush administrations economic (see here for a complete video of the debate).  

Then, just before the vote is suppose to take place in the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi adds her two cents.

Republicans blamed Pelosi’s scathing speech near the close of the debate – which assailed Bush’s economic policies and a “right-wing ideology of anything goes, no supervision, no discipline, no regulation” of financial markets – for the defeat. It was not much different from her usual tough words against the president and his party.

“We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” Boehner said.  (from here)

On this issue, Bush has yet to attack the Democrats and neither has  McCain.  Instead, McCain worked to bring the House Republicans onboard.  So much for bipartisanship.

Fortunately, there is a bright side.  With the failure of the bailout bill, we once again have the opportunity to improve a fundamentally bad bill.  Unfortunately, this task will not be easy, the two and a half page monstrosity drafted by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson (see here) has grown into a 106 page monster.  Here is a breakdown of the bill, and here is the full text.

So what is next?  Well, we can only hope that House Republicans will join with Conservative Democrats and fight for free enterprise.  The bailout currently contains very little in it that supports free enterprise.  Instead, it obligates the public to take on the bad debt incurred by others. 

When people call this a Wall Street bailout, that is largely true.  The public will in fact take over the debt incurred by those who unwisely invested their money in government sponsored and politically managed “business” entities.   If the bill does not contain a fix for this stupidity, there is no point in passing the bill.  Sooner or latter we will back in the same mess.

This story lets us know which Virginia Congressmen voted against the bill.  

Five Virginia House Republicans and one Democrat Monday voted against the $700 billion financial bailout measure.

The five Virginia Republicans voting ‘no’ were Reps. J. Randy Forbes, Thelma Drake, Virgil Goode, Bob Goodlatte and Rob Wittman.

The Democrat was Rep. Robert C. Scott, 3rd, who said it was “a bad deal for the American people.”

Three Virginia House Republicans and two Democrats voted for the bailout.

The bill failed 205 to 228. It would have authorized the federal government to buy a host of bad, mortgage-backed assets from Wall Street firms. The bill included an insurance plan called for by Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, which would have allowed the government to insure some of the assets to be sold in the private sector.  (from here)

Note that Media General is quick to identify who voted against the bill.  You have to go the end of the article to find out who voted for it.  As I said, the news media is not happy.  If you are happy that the person who represents you in Congress was not panicked into voting for a bad bill, please thank them.  You can find their email address here.  

If you have the misfortune to be represented by someone who panicked, please send them your kind regards as well — something along the lines of “thank you and goodby”.

And please be patient.  As it happens, there are a lot of people want to email their representatives in Congress.  That is a good thing.  Just make certain that they hear from you too.