branches of governmentOddly, there is little about this in the news media. Liberal Democrats want to shut down Virginia? So what? So what if the schools shut down, and we have to empty the prisons?  Do we really need traffic cops?

What does Delegate Scott Lingamfelter think? Well, here is what he said in an email today.

Liberals Threatening to Shut Down Virginia

Today is day 74 of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Obamacare budget impasse.

Governor McAuliffe’s decision to demand Medicaid expansion in exchange for passage of the state budget threatens to shutdown state government, leave state employees without a paycheck and cause an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

Essential services, such as the DMV and VDOT, could be impacted as well.  Concerns were not eased Monday after the House Appropriations Committee held a briefing, which I attended; and we heard what could happen if the government fails to reach a budget compromise.

The issue: Medicaid expansion. Democrats want it, Republicans-for the most part-don’t.  And across the state, Virginians oppose expansion by almost a 60-40 split.  Under a possible shutdown, state workers could be paid in IOUs instead of cash, beginning July 1st.

The governor and other constitutional officers, like judges, would keep getting paid since their salaries are required by the Constitution.  By the way, legislators would not be paid, nor should we if there is no budget.

The legislative lawyers who briefed us reiterated that we’re in “uncharted waters” since a shutdown has never occurred in the Commonwealth.  No one wants to see a state government shutdown; I am adamantly against this.  But Governor McAuliffe and Senate Democrats seem to be prepared to take Virginia over the cliff if they don’t get their way on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

The Democratic Party of Virginia is weighing in by dredging up former opponents to legislators like me to distort my position and suggest that I am not listening to the people of my district.  They are confused.  They confuse “listening” to constituents with “doing” what far left liberals demand.  They further mock me and other Republicans for being concerned by the $17 Trillion national debt and the $430 million the US borrows EACH hour to pay for day-to-day operations!   That’s right, the Democratic Party of Virginia and my former opponent, Jeremy McPike (best known for wrongly firing a public employee for blowing the whistle on wrong-doing), are just fine with spending the nation into the ground.   Predictable.

Unlike the lies liberals are putting out, here’s the truth:  Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is the ONLY issue preventing passage of the state budget.  As Governor McAuliffe said himself, no one should use the “threat of a government shutdown as a bargaining chip in other negotiations, including over the healthcare law.”

It’s past time to pass a budget.  The compromise to resolve the impasse is to set Medicaid expansion aside and pass a state budget to avoid a government shutdown.

In the meantime, please help me counter the lies from the far left my making a donation today to my campaign fund.  Go to, click on Donation tab and help me.  We must get the truth out and your donation will help do just that!





United States Capitol Building
United States Capitol Building (Photo credit: Jack in DC)

ROLL CALL: See how members of Congress voted on bill ending government shutdown (

Breakdown of votes to end shutdown, raise debt limit (

Votes of Virginians As of Oct 8, 2013  from the Times Dispatch (

Votes of Virginians As of Oct 2, 2013 from the Times Dispatch (



English: Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership...
English: Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is beginning to look like there is a “deal.” That is, the RINOs caved, and the spendaholics won. Once again Obama and the Democrats beat back the senseless Tea Party Republicans and save the RINOs from themselves. At least, that will be the story in the corporate news media.

The corporate news media will try to blame Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Giving much attention to what the corporate news media thinks will not be worth the bother.  What matters is what happened, and where do we go from there?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) — U.S. House Republicans planned to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Senate agreement to temporarily reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling.

Republican House members were telling reporters they expected U.S. Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on the proposal. Expectations were that the Senate would vote first on the proposal, followed by the House.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, claimed a victory of sorts because of the House impasse that forced the partial government shutdown and the threat not to raise the nation’s debt limit.

“I think we have seen a remarkable thing happen,” Cruz said. Cruz had urged House members to continue calling for defunding or repealing the Affordable Care as the price of compromise.

“That was a remarkable victory, to see the House engage in a profile in courage,” Cruz said. “Unfortunately, the Senate did not follow the House.” If the Senate had supported the House, ” I believe the outcome [on the healthcare law] would have been very, very different.”

The White House said the president would sign legislation that reopens the U.S. government until mid-January and temporarily lifts the debt ceiling.

Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the deal on which the legislation is based, and was supported by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (continued here)

Many have not been paying attention. Hopefully, this government shutdown alarms them. Hopefully, Tea Party activists can get these people to look beyond what is being reported by the corporate news media. As the cost of Obamacare kicks in, maybe they will listen to Cruz and Lee.

When most people did not want it, and when it has already proven disastrous, why couldn’t the politicians in Washington DC be persuaded to defund or delay Obamacare? Our leaders want Obamacare; they don’t care whether whether we want it or not.

Because we have elected people who will not accept appropriate restraints on the power WE GIVE THEM, our government has become a grave threat to our rights. If we want to restore our constitutional republic, we have to do our homework. In every congressional district, and in every state, we have leaders we need to consider replacing.  If a congressman or senator voted wrong on Obamacare — when WE REALLY COULD HAVE DEFUNDED IT — that guy needs to be replaced.

Don’t wait for the general election in November 2014. Get to work now. In order to be ready for the general election, we must throw out the RINOs and nominate Conservatives to replace them.


English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...
English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Supposedly, we are a constitutional republic. Supposedly, the people who lead us swear to support and defend the Constitution.  Well, what may have once been true is true no longer. Read the The United States Constitution.  Check the Federal Budget. Congress spends huge sums. Congress raids the people’s pockets to buy things that bear no relationship whatsoever to what the Constitution empowers it to do. Obamacare stands out as the latest debacle. We all know that’s unconstitutional, and all the House Republicans have promised to fight it, but many would prefer to do it latter, always latter — when there is a better opportunity. Any time but now. Thus, after a grand show of resistance, their resolve appears to be dissipating.

Consider our childish excuse for news.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time growing desperately short, House Republicans attempted to push for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.

The voting on proposed legislation to end the shutdown was postponed on Tuesday night then canceled altogether before being renewed by Senate leaders who are now expressing optimism in closing a deal that would prevent the default and reopen the government.

As a day of secret meetings and frenzied maneuvering unfolded in all corners of the Capitol, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., stood on the Senate floor at midafternoon and declared, “We are 33 hours away from becoming a deadbeat nation, not paying its bills to its own people and other creditors.”

The New York Stock Exchange fell 133 points after rising a day earlier when optimism spread that a deal might be at hand. Separately, Fitch Ratings announced after the markets had closed it was putting the government’s AAA bond rating on watch because of uncertainty over the debt limit. (continued here)

Will we default on our debt? When we reach the limit on our credit card, do we stop paying on what we have borrowed? Have We the People stopped paying taxes to our government? No? Then if our nation does not pay its debt, there is only one reason it could happen. Check Section 4 of the 14th Amendment. The Constitution requires the president to pay the nation’s debts. If we go into default, the president must refuse to pay the nation’s debts. He must break his oath to the Constitution. Would this president do that? Who really knows? That sort of thing has been a problem with President Obama, has it not?

And the stockmarket dropping 133 points? When DOW stands at 15,168.01, how important is 133 points? The change was less than one percent.

So why what the corporate news media would like us to believe is chaos in Washington DC?  Consider the fact we use to call the House of Representatives the People’s House. Because we elect the members of the House every two years, and their districts are relatively small, it use to be possible to replace a member of the House relatively easily. Compared to the problem of throwing out a senator, it still is. Thus, the members of the House have a problem. They know We the People don’t like Obamacare, but the elites think it is just fine for the peons. Thus, House Republicans find themselves caught between two different factions. Do they do what is right? Or do they please favored special interests? Because pragmatism (acting solely in their own personal best interest) suggests both courses have a downside, that leaves the most pragmatic among them terribly confused.

Long ago, King Solomon observed and commented upon sort of the situation we now see. The Message provides the least obscure translation.

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 The Message (MSG)

5-7 Here’s a piece of bad business I’ve seen on this earth,
An error that can be blamed on whoever is in charge:
Immaturity is given a place of prominence,
While maturity is made to take a backseat.
I’ve seen unproven upstarts riding in style,
While experienced veterans are put out to pasture.

We the people are suppose to be in charge, but we have elected too many self-serving showboats to the Senate. What we have put in the White House is inexcusable, and too many in the House think their job is to dole out as much of our money as they can to their friends. That cannot last.