Saturday, July 28, 2007

MoveOn.Org & Sierra Club Use Terrorist Tactics on Fox News Advertisers– Republicans Should Go Shopping In Retailiation!

by David Bauder
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK


Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.

MoveOn.org, the Campaign for America's Future and liberal blogs like DailyKos.com are asking thousands of supporters to monitor who is advertising on the network. Once a database is gathered, an organized phone-calling campaign will begin, said Jim Gilliam, vice president of media strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made anti-Fox videos.

The groups have successfully pressured Democratic presidential candidates not to appear at any debate sponsored by Fox, and are also trying to get Home Depot Inc. to stop advertising there.

At least 5,000 people nationwide have signed up to compile logs on who is running commercials on Fox, Gilliam said. The groups want to first concentrate on businesses running local ads, as opposed to national commercials.

"It's a lot more effective for Sam's Diner to get calls from 10 people in his town than going to the consumer complaint department of some pharmaceutical company," Gilliam said.

Some of the videos produced by Gilliam's company compile statements made by Fox anchors and guests that the activists consider misleading, such as those that question global warming.

Representatives for Fox News Channel, which is owned by News Corp., did not immediately return calls for comment.

Home Depot has not had an unusual number of calls, said spokesman Jerry Shields, and the home improvement chain will not change its advertising strategy.

"We're not in the business of censoring media," Shields said. "We need to reach our customer base through all mediums available."

Groups like the Sierra Club have targeted Home Depot because they believe it's inconsistent for the company to promote environmentally friendly products while advertising on a network that has questioned global warming.

The groups seem particularly angry at Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who has done critical reports on left-wing bloggers. On July 16, O'Reilly said the DailyKos.com Web site is "hate of the worst order," and sent a reporter to question JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO Dave Barger about the airline's sponsorship of a gathering run by DailyKos.

He'll never ride on JetBlue again, O'Reilly said.

Fox said JetBlue has since asked that its name be removed from the DailyKos.com Web site.

MoveOn.org is campaigning against Fox because it says the network characterizes itself as a fair news network when it consistently favors a conservative point of view, said Adam Green, the organization's spokesman.

"We're not trying to silence anybody," Green said. "Rush Limbaugh has a right to be on the air _ he admits his point of view. Fox doesn't."


Fellow Republicans, whether conservative or moderate, I hope you have a whole new reason to write a letter to support Home Depot and any other "targets of opportunity" of these radical liberals

YOU need to remind these businesses of their right to advertise where they darn well choose to, and to not change how they run their fine companies in fear of these First Amendment terrorists masquerading as Democrats.

The first letter should be written by the presumably good-intentioned people who originally supported moveon.org, but idly watched it grow into a self-righteous homegrown American retail-terrorist organization hell bent on disrupting democracy and not expressing the voice of real people anymore, at least not working American people, anyway. They gave birth to this monster and it's high time it was put back in its cage, or euthanized. MoveOn.org has rabies and is foaming at the mouth.

Republicans could come to someday forgive a Democrat who spoke up now and recognized that "enough is enough" with this destruction of America through corporate terror campaigns. Our stock market doesn't need any more help falling.

It's just as likely that the Sierra Club and the likes of these pompous people will not be happy until every last American job is exported, every illegal alien has our jobs and what was once middle class America is now volunteering at the Medicaid clinic for the aliens with no health coverage (because cash under the table doesn't come with a Blue Cross/Blue Shield card,) and teaching English as a Second language. But I just forgot that the middle class workers who paid the taxes to support these generous programs just disappeared because they use to work at the old Home Deopt that had to shut its doors after the boycott.

Isn't that precisely the intent of Al-Qaeda? To disrupt us "greedy capitalists" where it hurts most– in the wallet? Thank you very much Sierra Club and moveon.org. You're actually killing American businesses and working families faster than John Kerry can flip-flop to keep up.

Just as the original founder of Green Peace wants nothing to do with the current organization for the same reasons of organizational hi-jacking, people should give their money instead to a candidate they think will do a better job than the incumbent to effect change, and not fund anarchists.

Michael Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, the liberals of the Hollywood elite and moveon.org have not a single motivation or agenda other than to harm American businesses run by good Republican people, except maybe to make themselves filthy rich in the process.

As if America doesn't have enough problems right today, we now get to hear the majority of the media boosting the limelight on these radical troublemakers, just like I'm doing now unfortunately

I hope they publish their list of stores to boycott, so I CAN MAKE MY SHOPPING LIST out and support those businesses to make any boycott they initiate into a wash financially. Then, FOX NEWS can exclusively report how the 'big boycott' of the liberals was really a huge failure like the rest of their initiatives in the first 100 days of a Democrat Congress. Oh, yeah, there weren't any initiatives... all their big mouths are busy running for President instead of running the country like they were elected to do.

Maybe Republicans should counter-boycott any business, actor, organization or movie studio who gave money to MoveOn.org? I'd like to see that list published, indeed.

Friday, July 20, 2007

How Many Days Per Year Do YOU Work To Pay for Your Government?

It's probably the most expensive observance of the year! On July 11, 2007, Americans finally started working for themselves this year.

Americans for Tax Reform noted that it now falls
two days later than last year and eleven days later than it was in 2000. Americans for Tax Reform is a conservative group that opposes tax increases and advocates for a low flat tax. They dubbed Wednesday, July 11, "cost of government day" for 2007.

It now takes 192 days of the year for Americans to pay for their government to spend and regulate.

Here is money.cnn.com explaining the self-denial that is central to preparation for the holiday.
Study: Government costs half a year of income.

Fed up with your tax bill? Consider moving to Alaska. For the 17th year in a row, they earned the distinction of being America's most tax-friendly state, according to an annual report published by the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit fiscal policy research group. Comparing the average taxpayer's total state and local tax burden for 2006 in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Alaska residents had the lightest tax burden across the country!

But don't fret too much- Virginia places a respectable 33rd with a 10.2% income tax burden per person which equals $4,460 (adults AND children included) using a per capita income of $43,710.

Not bad Virginia- but we can keep our eyes on the 16 other ranked states that are better and aim for improvement every year right? I doubt we can ever catch Alaska unless oil fields spring up in Fauquier County near the gold mines.

Feel a little robbed of your hard work and labor? ...That's your "Little Republican" inside trying to get up to the top of your thoughts.... give him a boost!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sales Tax Holiday Aug 3 - 5

SALES TAX HOLIDAY!

If you need to purchase school supplies and clothing for the fall plan on doing your shopping the first weekend in August and you will save some money.

Virginia's second sales tax holiday is set for Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. During the three-day event, certain purchases will be exempt from the 5 percent state and local retail sales tax. Sales tax will not be charged on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or on articles of clothing, including footwear, costing $100 or less each.

All shoppers will avoid the sales tax when buying exempt items in Virginia during the tax holiday. There is no requirement that the purchases be made for a student or for school purposes.

In addition to the exempt items, retailers may also choose to pay the sales tax themselves on any non-exempt items they sell from Aug 3-5 and pass the 5 percent savings on to customers.

During the first sales tax holiday last year, taxpayers saved an estimated $ 3.6 million.

Information on the three tax holidays is available on the Virginia Department of Taxation's Web site at www.tax.virginia.gov. This includes a list of frequently asked questions, an all-inclusive list of eligible school supplies, and a representative list of eligible clothing.

Dear Planners and Supervisors,

What part off ILLEGAL don't people understand these days? Now even our law makers are dancing around the subject that is really at hand. Illegal comes in any race, creed, or national origin by the way. It just so happens that the Democrats are rallying around the Hispanics right now and relabeling the criminal ones as "guest workers" and "immigrants".


Make no mistake, an "immigrant" wouldn't dare fly an American flag upside down in a rally because he wouldn't want to lose the chance of becoming a legal citizen. A fence cutting "illegal alien" doesn't respect our border, our government, our personal property, our tax system, our medical system, our educational system or any other law we have to make this a relatively safe and happy society.

I don't see Hungarians, Yugoslavians, Germans, Taiwanese, or even displaced Iraqi refugees lining up to join MS-13 gangs or marching to have their "rights" given to them.

How about a little help for the legal residents who get stuck living in a neighborhood with renters (or owners) who willfully break the law and harbor illegal aliens, especially to the tune of a half-dozen or more non-related people living in the same house, not paying taxes, parking junk cars without tags, inspection stickers or sometimes- ENGINES?

Let's tie ZONING LAW to IMMIGRATION LAW: If you get a complaint call about overcrowding, the police should have the right to identify who it is in the house at any time to confirm or deny the claim of non-related adults living (illegally) in the same BOARDING house when this is supposed to be a family neighborhood!

We need a clear definition of what is a "roommate arrangement for working class people who choose to live together to save money", what is a "legal boarding house which gets proper certification, inspections and permits to operate in authorized and zoned areas" and what is a "house holding a bunch of law breaking illegal aliens who have no regard for our legal system on any level and willfully destroy the community they are temporarily squatting in".

What is this doing to the quality of our neighborhoods, resale values– and just plain sense of right and wrong– when weighed against a 'tolerant' liberal agenda to make good families (who abide by our system of laws and government) rendered powerless to do anything about willful lawbreakers. What are they to do when their own government doesn't have their back?

Once upon a time in Boston, they threw a tea party... I just hope modern-day Jane and Joe Smith don't get liquored up on Tequila one night and make a pinata out of their neighborhood gardener!




Published: 07/19/2007
by Dan Telvock/
The Free Lance-Star

One home on Fullerton Court in Spotsylvania County appears to have a construction company inside, with a basement rented to six employees.

Another property owner paved his grassed yard to park up to 12 cars there. A small home in the Governor's Green subdivision is turning into a fraternity home, packed with college students.

And if Mom has her two-door coupe and Dad has his 2-ton truck and antique Mustang, they don't want to get fined when Susie, Mike and Johnny return from college with their cars.

These were all anecdotes Spotsylvania residents provided the Planning Commission last night during a public hearing to consider adding to the zoning ordinance to regulate stacked homes and parked vehicles.

Zoning staff recommended measures to:
  • Define "family" to one or more persons related by blood or marriage with any number of children, and no more than four unrelated people.
  • Regulate parking of vehicles in a subdivision to four vehicles per home.
  • Double the fines to $2,000 for property owners who violate the rules.
Speakers said they want to tighten the rules on stacked homes and give zoning officials the tools to do something about it. They just don't want the government regulating how many cars they can park on their private property, paved or not.

"As a mother, we have lots of children in our neighborhood and if you come out around dinner time both sides of the streets are just filled with cars," said Angela Cruise, of the Lee's Park subdivision. She said the parking rules could adversely affect law-abiding families.

Chris Buzzard, who lives in the Governors Green subdivision, said overcrowding is causing problems in some of the older county neighborhoods.

"It is a bit disconcerting when you get home from church and you get out of the car and there's eight males having a beer party and they're eyeing your 14-year-old daughter," he said

Since January 2006, Zoning Director Troy Tignor said there have been at least 100 complaints about stacked homes and the numerous vehicles surrounding these homes.

Commissioners recommended that the Board of Supervisors take one of the ordinances a step further and to loosen another.

On a 7-0 vote, commissioners recommended that only three unrelated people be allowed in a home with a family, not four.

And they recommended that an unlimited number of cars be allowed to park at a home as long as they're on a paved, gravel or asphalt surface. If anyone violates these laws, they could be fined $2,000.

Could Our Area Could Use An Illegal Alien 287(g) Policy?

Love the sign and lead to this info found on Virginia Virtucon...
By Natasha Altamirano/ The Washington Times

More than half of the region's police departments have no written policies on how officers should handle issues concerning illegal aliens or immigration enforcement, according to information obtained by The Washington Times under Freedom of Information Act requests.

Nearly all of the departments with written policies prohibit officers from asking people about their immigration status in most if not all cases.

Municipalities such as Prince William and Loudoun counties, frustrated by the federal government's inability to enact immigration reform, are trying to reverse the trend through ordinances and enforcement policies. "We're in a gray area," said Ronald A. Ricucci, police chief for the city of Takoma Park, which has the most lenient enforcement policy in the region. "Obviously, you don't want to put criminals back on the street."

The Times filed 25 FOIA requests with police and sheriff's departments in the District and nearby cities, counties and towns in Maryland and Virginia. Officials from 13 police departments told The Times they do not have an official departmental policy on illegal aliens or immigration enforcement: the towns of Bladensburg, Cheverly, Elkton and Vienna; and the cities of District Heights, Fairfax, Falls Church, Gaithersburg, Hyattsville, Laurel, Leesburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Loudoun County supervisors yesterday passed a resolution modeled after one approved in Prince William County last week reaffirming the county's commitment to uphold federal law. While the Prince William measure includes a law-enforcement provision, Loudoun's resolution focuses mostly on denying illegal aliens public services.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Congress' nonpartisan research arm, defines a sanctuary city as one that "promotes policies that ensure [illegal] aliens ... will not be turned over to federal authorities."

These include "don't ask, don't tell" policies where localities do not require employees — including police officers — to report illegal aliens to federal immigration officials, according to the center.

Takoma Park prohibits all city employees from cooperating with federal immigration officials in the investigation or arrest of illegal aliens for civil or criminal violations of federal immigration law. Police officers never question people on immigration status — even when a person is found to have an outstanding immigration-related warrant upon a check of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, Chief Ricucci said. "We don't get into that," he said. "We lock up criminals."

Chief Ricucci said yesterday he has asked the city council to revise the ordinance so federal officials can be notified in such cases. Takoma Park is one of 32 localities — and the only one in the region — defined as a sanctuary city in a 2006 CRS report.

However, police departments in many other nearby localities have similar policies in place. In Montgomery and Prince George's counties and the city of Rockville, officers are prohibited from asking people about their immigration status but will notify federal immigration officials if an existing warrant is found during a check of the NCIC database. "As a policy, we do not inquire about immigration status in any encounter," said Lt. Porsha Jones, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police Department.

Cpl. Stephen Pacheco, spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department, said officers do not question people's immigration status. "When there's a crime, we run [suspects] through the NCIC database, and if they're wanted, we notify the proper agency," he said.

The same is true in the District. The Metropolitan Police Department prohibits officers from asking people about their immigration status for the purpose of enforcing civil immigration law, but it cooperates with federal authorities for investigations into criminal immigration violations. They include felonies and such misdemeanors as harboring illegal aliens or re-entering the United States after having been deported, which are prosecuted in federal court. Illegal presence in the United States is considered a civil immigration violation.

Greenbelt police "will not stop persons for the sole purpose of determining immigration status" nor "arrest a person when the only violation is an infraction of a federal immigration law," the department's policy states. Officers notify federal immigration officials if an illegal alien is arrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor such as a handgun violation, according to the policy.

The Code of Virginia was amended in July 2004 to give local and state police limited authority to arrest illegal aliens.

Officers may arrest based on "reasonable suspicion" that an illegal alien has committed a crime and previously has been convicted of a felony and deported or voluntarily left the United States after such a conviction.

"Determining a suspect's immigration status cannot be the sole purpose to stop a person or to form the basis for an investigation or inquiry," wrote Charles E. Samarra, then-chief of the Alexandria Police Department, in a staff memo before the amendment took effect.

Fairfax County police also clarified its policy when the amendment passed. "There is no statutory authority under Virginia law for a local law-enforcement officer to arrest a person solely for being an 'illegal alien' in violation of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act," a police memo states. The department also updated its policy on arrest procedures, which describes the circumstances under which police should notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): a pre-existing ICE warrant found on the NCIC database; terrorist or subversive activities; fraudulent activity aimed at assisting illegal aliens to enter the country; possession of a firearm; organized crime, including gambling, prostitution and narcotics distribution; criminal street gang involvement; and felonies.

Arlington County similarly bars police officers from asking about a person's immigration status unless they are arrested for a violent felony; convicted of a felony, regardless of whether that felony involved violence; arrested for a terrorism-related offense or suspected of terrorist or subversive activities; arrested for fraudulent activity aimed at assisting illegal entry or assimilation in the country; reasonably suspected of criminal street gang activity; or a previously deported felon.

Prince William County had a similar policy until Police Chief Charlie T. Deane suspended it earlier this month while the department drafts a new, more stringent one as mandated by the Board of County Supervisors.

The board unanimously voted July 10 to require police officers to ask about immigration status in all arrests if there is probable cause to think that a suspect has violated federal immigration law. The board gave the police department 60 days to establish standards of probable cause and methods by which officers can determine lawful presence.

"The police department should not be setting policy — they should be following it," said George Taplin, director of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps' Virginia chapter.

Prince William police also plan to pursue training authorized under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows state and local law-enforcement agencies to work with federal officials to identify and detain illegal aliens.

The town of Herndon last month became the first locality in the region to complete 287(g) training.

Staff at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center recently completed training, and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department is in the process of formalizing a training agreement with ICE.

Herndon's memorandum of agreement with ICE describes the authority of 287(g)-trained officers, who may interrogate a suspected illegal alien about immigration status and charge illegal aliens who commit certain crimes for immigration violations.

The Loudoun sheriff's office does not have a separate written policy on enforcement of federal immigration law, but follows the Code of Virginia, spokesman Kraig Troxell said. Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson said ICE training will establish appropriate standards and procedures. "I don't want to get into a situation where we say, 'Any time you come across someone who looks or talks like they're not from around here, run a background check,' " he said.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling Holds 100 Ideas Meeting in Spotsylvania County

In attendance were Livingston Candidate for Board of Supervisors, Bryce Reeves and
Salem Candidate for School Board, Eric Martin and one of his campaign advisors, Christina.


School spending and allocation of disproportionate funding toward administration versus teachers and classroom needs were among the top repeated comments and questions during this town hall meeting. At least three people commented that they have a personal friend or family member who was a local teacher who had quit when they felt they were getting no support from principals and administration. Some complaints were as serious as being at risk among actively violent students, some of whom had threatened or physically harmed a teacher and not received punishment due to alleged school policy to keep things like this quiet.

Other concerns included illegal immigration and adequate funding for social services where Virginia ranks 49th in the country for funding needs for mentally ill and retarded citizens.

One of Lt. Governor Bolling's strongest warnings was that Medicaid was simply "broken", and if something isn't done very soon, that the rampant fraud, abuse and claim volumes will single-handedly bankrupt Virginia in the next decade. He says that this is something few legislators are willing to tackle as a cause because it is just so massive of a task.


Date published: 7/18/2007
by Bill Freehling
/ The Free Lance-Star Newspaper

"Virginia is a great place to live and work, but changes must be made to ensure its continued success."

That was among the messages delivered yesterday by Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling at a town-hall-style meeting at Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania County.

Forbes magazine recently named Virginia as the best state for business, Bolling pointed out. That assessment was based on business costs, economic climate, growth prospects, labor, quality of life and regulatory environment.

"Virginia is a great place to live, work and raise a family," Bolling said.

But the lieutenant governor, who was in Spotsylvania as part of a statewide "idea-raising" tour, told the roughly 40 people gathered that the state faces challenges.

Virginia's education system was among the topics that consumed much of the 90-minute discussion yesterday morning.

Bolling noted that the state has a solid public school system, but he said it needs to better prepare students to compete in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. He said many nations are preparing students more effectively.

Bolling addressed a number of ideas to change this. Among them were:

Spend more money in the classroom and less on central administrative offices.

Provide incentives to teachers in high-demand subjects such as math and science.

Increase the number of college-level courses in high schools.

Steer some students toward technical education to give them marketable skills.

Give students in failing school districts the option of private education.

Other topics discussed included fixing the state's Medicaid system, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, working on the gang problem, providing funding for mental health treatment, finishing transportation projects on time, rising health insurance costs and enforcing immigration laws.

Running as a Republican, Bolling was elected lieutenant governor Nov. 8, 2005. He stressed bipartisanship at the meeting.

Bolling has been holding town-hall meetings across the state since April. He said yesterday's meeting was about his 34th, and he plans to do about 100 in total. The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce helped put on the meeting.

Bolling said he undertook the "100 Ideas for the Future of Virginia" initiative to give residents the chance to offer their opinions about the state's needs.

"Not all knowledge rests in Washington, D.C., or Richmond," Bolling said. "The people of Virginia have good ideas."

For more information on the 100-ideas tour or to share an idea, visit 100IdeasVA.com.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Local Leader Gets A Huge Raise, But Still Not As Much As Some!

Date Published: 07/12/07
by Dan Telvock/ The Free Lance-Star

Spotsylvania supervisors voted late Tuesday night to increase the county administrator's base salary by 23 percent, which makes him one of the highest-paid government executives in the region.

They came out of closed session shortly before midnight Tuesday and unanimously agreed to pay County Administrator Randy Wheeler a base salary of $173,265.12. His previous base was $140,456.

Supervisors said Wheeler performs under immense pressure in a county experiencing growing pains and they want to keep him so the county has stability for years to come.

"He's done an excellent job," said Chairman Chris Yakabouski. "He's also been underpaid in my opinion when you compare him to other localities."

Wheeler was hired in December 2003 at a salary of $125,000. Before that, he was the deputy county administrator in Fauquier County.

The vote Tuesday didn't change any other benefit in Wheeler's contract, which includes annuity and a monthly car allowance. Although Wheeler signed a two-year contract to June 30, 2009, his pay could increase again next year, supervisors said. The amount of his other benefits weren't readily available.

Supervisors also agreed to pay County Attorney Jacob Stroman $141,890 in base salary. The new salaries were retroactive to July 1.

"In order for us to make sure we keep him, we need to pay him more money," said Supervisor Emmitt Marshall. "The same thing happened with the county attorney. When he came here, his salary was $119,000. I thought he did a pretty good job, so we gave him a pretty good salary."

Supervisors gave mixed messages about whether they were trying to bring Wheeler's salary specifically more in line with school Superintendent Jerry Hill, whose base salary is $175,500. Marshall said Hill's salary is actually above $200,000 when benefits are added, but that could not be confirmed last night on deadline.

"How do you justify a superintendent of the schools drawing over $200,000 and a county administrator making about $141,000? It just didn't sound right to me," Marshall said.
Supervisor Vince Onorato said he didn't use Hill's salary as a comparison.

Stafford County Administrator Steve Crosby is paid $158,231 a year. Orange County Administrator Bill Rolfe is paid $140,874 a year. Fredericksburg City Manager Phil Rodenberg is paid $137,595 a year.

Supervisors approved a budget this year that provided all county employees a 2 percent cost-of-living increase and a 2.5 percent merit increases, for a 4.5 percent total increase.

During budget discussions, Wheeler recommended the county use a pay-for-performance system. But supervisors decided to test the new pay system with only county department heads and executives. They added $25,000 to the budget to try it. The budget states the range of raises will be between 5 percent and 6.5 percent.

"With the pay for performance, it's not going to be a guaranteed increase," Yakabouski said. "Before, it was."

Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the raises, with Gary Jackson and T.C. Waddy absent. Jackson didn't return a message last night seeking comment.

"He made some improvements so we paid him for the improvements he made," Waddy said.

Onorato said supervisors compared Wheeler's salary to many surrounding localities, including Fairfax and Prince William counties.

"It is not like we're a big county that is already stabilized," he said. "We are under a lot of growing pains right now and it takes a lot of dedication from our staff."


Dear Dan and fellow concerned Republicans,

In fact, School Superintendent Jerry Hill makes $203,799.46 by my calculations which is broken down to:
  • $152, 814.29 Base Salary
  • $10,000 Annual Car Allowance
  • $8,985.17 Deposited into Virginia Retirement System
  • $32,000 Annually in Tax-Sheltered Annuities

In a county where we have many millionaire retirees and many active federal government workers earning a second-career income in addition to collecting their retirement from their first career (perhaps in the military), and yet the Average Annual Household income with two working adults in Spotsylvania County is still only about $84,000, one has to ponder if people get into "public service" to serve their fellow man or simply as profiteers these days. We criticize Enron execs and Haliburton contracts after all, but we don't appear to be watching our own checkbook too closely.

Being paid $200K per year to never sit in traffic on I-95, for a job where your most dangerous hour could be getting computer eye strain or a paper cut, yet your determination to press onward with the courage of a Marine under machine gun fire into the jaws of death from terrorists' cross fire, still does not yield a cure for cancer or pull people from a burning building; makes me wonder where are priorities are as a community.

Do they work hard? I'm sure they do.

Are they dedicated? They had better be for that kind of money.

Are they loyal? Apparently not!

Our history, and by our supervisors' logic of pre-empted raises before competitive offers have been put on the table, has shown us that our county executives and school board leaders jump ship to the next highest bidder. Our last Superintendent did it, so did our lawyer, and so did a few others.

Maybe if we would have just paid them "more", they would have stayed? I'd posit that maybe they just weren't happy, had other plans in life, got bored, or just simply wanted more money and took it. Who could blame them? It's free money after all, and it's there just for the asking, except in some cases like last night, you don't even have to ask.

Why is it always that we use the "neighboring community" as a baseline for a good decision?

This must be how Sirius Radio decided to pay Howard Stern $500M to come tell dirty jokes on a radio system no one owns (statistically speaking). I wonder how that worked out...

Or, how a Major League Soccer team paid David Beckham $250M to come play soccer for them. I'm sure you've already been to several of his games and done your part to support the team right?

If a heart surgeon doesn't show up to work, grandma's die. If a firefighter doesn't show up to work, houses burn and people die. If a teacher doesn't come to work, kids get lost unless a sub is called in.

If a School Superintendent doesn't come to work, would kids in classrooms know any different? Would Teachers? Would Principals? The lunch lady? The Custodian?

Why do we fund schools again- to directly impact children's education? Well, if spending more is the road to education- then maybe we should spend $500k per year now and wave our kids off to Harvard. Oh yeah, school violence is up 100% over 2005, and some schools didn't make their accreditation scores this year. We must not be paying our leadership enough.

Did I mention he also gets THIRTY-SIX days off per year? That's work days, not including weekends, holidays, snow days, and so on.

It must be great to be in public service in 2007! I'll bet the $205,000/year firemen we employ in the county don't mind risking their lives for that kind of scratch. Neither do the guys who repair sewer pipes that burst at 3:00 am in the snow. They're millionaires I think- why else would they do that job?

Oh yeah, that's right, we don't pay them THAT much.

"There's no money in the budget" for paying firemen or school nurses because of all the sacrificing we have to do in the government for the good of the people. Times are tough they tell us, not everyone can be paid as well as our teachers after all, for they all drive Cadillacs with their car allowances I hear. They must really be looking forward to their $40,985 per year tax-sheltered annuities and retirement funds paying off when they mature.

We could hire 5.5 new teachers with our Superintendent's salary alone. Those 5.5 would teach 121 students per year based on our current "overcrowding crisis" teacher/student ratio. I wonder who would notice if we had no one doing that job?

But don't be mad at "poor Jerry", for he merely worked the system. You would just as likely do it too if no one was watching. But we have seven people on the school board and seven people on the supervisors' board who approve such raises. Take it up in the voting booth if you disapprove.

But don't expect a brand new school board to cut Jerry's salary or job any time soon, because his contract was just renewed through June 30, 2009. He's been given a raise of $10,000 to $25,000 each and every year he's been here since 2001, so by the time his contract runs out and he's clearing more than a quarter-million per year, he'll be begging to stay. The question will simply be: will YOU PAY MORE in taxes to fund HIS retirement or would you like to keep anything for your own?

After all, for two full months per year, he's paid to not come to work, and someone does his job then– don't they?

When the average FAMILY of TWO working adults, both retired once, and still working (that's 4 paychecks) only averages ONE-FOURTH of a "public servant's" salary, the servant is no longer serving the public, rather the public is serving the servant.

Isn't there ANYONE out there who will work for a measly $100k any more?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Loudoun To Fight VA Plan For Roads in Court

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to challenge Virginia's new transportation plan, a decision that threatens to delay or even derail an agreement that promised to raise up to $400 million a year for road and transit improvements in Northern Virginia.

Loudoun officials argued that the law that created the transportation plan violates the state constitution by allowing an appointed panel of local officials called the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to levy taxes and impose fees on area residents. The supervisors said state officials escaped the politically hard choice of raising taxes by pawning that responsibility off on a little-known body that cannot be held accountable at election time.

Source: Washington Post.com