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By the end of his second term President Obama will be known as the architect of America’s lost decade. He will have presided over an eight year period in which Federal spending exploded, debt accumulated at a horrifying rate, and millions of Americans lost jobs, or were set back years in their upward climb towards the American dream. The great engine that was once the American economy has been sputtering along at a pace that is pathetic. This President and the Democrats in Congress, through their public policy, foisted upon the American people an entitlement program in the form of Obamacare. In a moment of clarity even one of the authors of the legislation, Senator Max Baucus, correctly identified Obamacare for what it is, a “train wreck”. This train wreck is heading straight for the American people and it is going to be ugly, expensive, and painful.

When you ask candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe about Obamacare, his response is Obamacare did not go far enough. The program now commonly referred to as a train wreck, was too small for McAuliffe. In his role as Clinton’s Bag Man, resident DNC money bundler, and repeatedly failed business executive, Terry has never been what one might call a deep thinker. Only a political hack jacked up on a double espresso would double down on a policy of carnage.

And now Terry McAuliffe wants to be the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The thought that anyone would take this proposition seriously, both amazes and disappoints me, as it should you. Virginia deserves better. Our great Commonwealth deserves principled leadership, leadership born from integrity, and enhanced by a true understanding of our First Principles as enumerated in the Constitution.

That man is Ken Cuccinelli.

Ken is one of the most decent men I have had the opportunity to meet in my many years as a conservative political activist. This husband, father of seven, engineer, lawyer, former State Senator, and current Attorney General, possesses all the attributes and skill sets required to be Virginia’s Chief Executive. Ken’s intellect, coupled with his knowledge of Virginia Government and history, sets him far ahead of his rival’s in this race to be Governor of Virginia. There really is no comparison. Ken’s ability to articulate what Liberty looks like in our day and age is encompassed within that brand of clear and concise conservatism which served Ronald Reagan very well as Governor and President.

Doing the hard work of Liberty is not easy. There are forces in our country that have a different vision for America, a different direction for the Commonwealth. Their direction is one of regression, a stagnant economy void of opportunity, an ever growing federal government, further invading lives of its citizens. Terry McAuliffe represents the vision that will be forever linked to America’s lost decade. It is he who represents the leftists view that American wealth and greatness is to be divided up among the politically connected. In their view it is a Government that knows what is best for you and your families. Terry McAuliffe’s world is one where crony capitalists crooks and nanny state liberals call the shots, they pick the winners and losers.

Ken Cuccinelli rejects this vision for Virginia and America. Ken believes in the people of Virginia. Ken knows when economic liberty and freedom are left to us, we will do with it what Virginians have done in the past. We will use a climate of Liberty, provided by limited Government, to prosper, innovate, excel, and enjoy our lives as free citizens. Everyone citizen of the Commonwealth will prosper with this climate of freedom.

If you share this vision for Virginia, then I ask you to join me by doing the hard work of Liberty in these closing weeks of the campaign for Governor. Help Ken and his campaign with your time, talents and treasure. Become a Political Force Multiplier for Liberty . Share Ken’s vision for Virginia by sending THIS message to everyone you know. And please join us to help Ken win by visiting his campaign page here and letting Ken know the issues you care about and what you can do to help promote liberty and freedom in Virginia.

To all of my conservative and libertarian friends who for various reasons are sitting on their hands this presidential election, I have a couple questions. What is the hell is wrong with you? Have you lost your minds?

For all of you who for whatever reason have decided to sit back and watch Rome burn due to some misguided sense of principle, I am calling you out. I am loudly screaming at the top of my lungs, get your head out of your ass and get in the game before this country we all love is damaged so badly it is irreparable. Yes, I have heard all of the objections about standing on principle. I have heard every one of them, so save it! Based on whom our opposition is, and the direction they want move this country, these objections are naïve, foolish and flat out dangerous to America’s survival.

Read me loud and clear. Your cavalier attitude towards this Presidential election and this Republican candidate, Gov Romney, plants you squarely amongst those who are aiding and abetting the worst President in American history. Choosing to sit on the sidelines, keeping your time, energy, talents and money in your hip pocket for another day because you deem this candidate imperfect is just stupid. That’s right, I said it, you are being stupid! Liberals are inherently stupid, they can’t help it. You, on the other hand, are supposed to be smarter than this. You are supposed to be able to see the big picture. You are supposed to be able to recognize when our way of life, our freedoms, our very liberty and existence are under assault by a full fledged leftist. You are supposed to get it. So, I ask again, what the hell is wrong with you?

America might not survive another four years of Barack Obama. The American system may be damaged to such an extent that there is no turning back. This crew, this group, this movement HAS to be dispatched to the ash heap of history, so the repair process can begin. That will not happen without your active participation.

If conservatives like Gov. Scott Walker, Virginia’s own Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and our Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan are out fighting for this ticket, then you can put your objections aside for the good of the country, get off your dead asses and fight.

Have a wonderful day.

Our friend from Ashburn Ed Kravitz, is again asking for our help in defeating the cash sucking black hole Metro Silver Line.

We should thank Ed for staying in the fight despite being outspent  by the special interests trying to foist this overpriced, ineffective and rejected transportation project on Loudoun County. It is good to know someone else cares about fiscal responsibility and the truth. It warms my heart to know there is someone in Ashburn who passed 10th grade economics. Hope.

Thank you Ed.


Ed’s email:

Fellow Conservatives:
Many of you are very angered today by the Supreme Courts ruling upholding Obamacare, I am as well.  So lets stop government wasteful spending right here, right now ! No matter where wasteful spending generates from, Leesburg, Richmond, or Washington, it must be defeated !

The Obamacare decision is a smack-in-the-face reminder that we need to be ever diligent in selecting those who represent us, and voicing our opinion on issues that matter to you and your family. Obamacare pushed by the left in Washington,or wasteful transportation projects promoted by crony capitalists in Loudoun County, the results are the same, liberty lost and your money wasted.

Maybe we should adopt the slogan from those crazy environmentalists: “Think Global, Act Local.”
 This Friday or next Tuesday our own Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will vote on this biggest financial boondoggle in the history of this county, Metro to Loudoun!  It looks like the Developers,Democrats and their political allies looking to feather some nests have the votes, but we are still unsure about where Supervisors Ken Reid and Suzanne Volpe are on the proposal. They both seem to  be playing both sides of the issue. However, the Developers and their free spending allies claim to have them both in the bag!  This concerns me.

If you are as concerned as I am and furious about the take- over of big government and unnecessary spending at all levels of , then make your views known today! There is no time to waste.
Call, Email and Fax these two Supervisors. Tell them NO TO METRO !

Email Supervisor Ken Reid- Ken.Reid@Loudoun.Gov
Email Supervisor Volpe- Suzanne.Volpe@Loudoun.Gov
Board of Supervisors Phone- 703-777-0204  Fax- 703-777-0421
Your fiscally conservative friend,
Ed Kravitz
 p.s. Go down the basement and grab your Gadsten Flag, we have work to do.

I received the following email this morning from a concerned fiscal conservative, Mr. Ed Kravitz of Ashburn. Ed is not at all happy with the less than forthright job his Supervisor Ralph Buona is doing in providing objective information to the citizens of Ashburn regarding the Metro Silver Line to Loudoun. Like me, Ed believes Metro to Loudoun is being pushed by a narrow band of special interests, and their allies in both political parties. It would appear that those who ran as fiscal conservatives were not at all different than their opposition, at least on the subject of spending millions on Metro. Millions for a project that by MWAA’s own study does nothing to ease traffic on Loudouns roads.

Ed’s email :

Taxpayers of Loudoun County, you are being Hoodwinked into believing Metro to Loudoun will do anything to alleviate traffic and gridlock.
This from Supervisor Ken Reid’s newsletter:
“During the Board’s review of Dulles Rail — which was allowed under a 2007 agreement with Fairfax County and the Metro Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) we discovered documentation in the projects required Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) showing that the Silver Line to Routes 606 and 772 in Loudoun will not alleviate traffic congestion on our major commuter roads.”
“I-66, Rt. 50, the Greenway, and the Dulles Toll Road will all remain at service F (Severely congested, gridlock) with or without Phase II! Unfortunately, only a small percentage of Loudoun Commuters are projected to use the Metro for commuting.”
You will spend millions annually to fund a transportation project that was rejected by the Federal Government as a transportation project and for good reason, it provides little or no relief to Loudoun County commuters, it will do nothing to take cars off our roads.
What a waste of your money !
Your fiscally conservative friend.

Ed Kravitz

Supervisor Volpe:
I received some very disturbing news over the last few days regarding your changed position on the upcoming Metro Rail vote. Let me begin by saying, I am very disappointed. Those for whom I have been in contact are extremely disappointed. The list of the disappointed is large, and growing by the hour to include the entire LCRC leadership team ,a majority of LCRC members, our new 10th District Chairman, and most conservative activist drawing breath in Loudoun County.
The evolution of your position in favor of Metro to Loudoun is in no way keeping with your proclaimed  fiscal conservatism, and is an abandonment of the core principles for which you were elected. Changing your position based on the false pretense that Scott York and his coalition of developers and business interests can provide for Metro to Loudoun with no new taxes for YOUR district or any other such plan, is both an economic and political mistake.
I watched the entire Dulles Rail Work session of June 06 the other day via archived webcast. The premise that the county can move forward voting yes to Metro under some loosely agreed upon framework developed after the vote to opt-in is simply not acceptable. No conservative in their right mind would sign onto a project with the issue of financing being left to future non binding discussions,  not to mention how MWAA and WMATA will effect that process. This is a formula for disaster. This is much the same process that was used to formulate what we now know as ObamaCare.
 It would appear  that some of your colleagues on the board are working in concert with a lobbyist paid for by a  local developer in an attempt  to  promise and cajole you into voting yes for Metro. First, their promises of no tax increase for YOUR district can not be delivered.  As you know, this board can not bind the next board from doing whatever they want in the way of a tax increases for Metro, or anything else for that matter. Secondly, and I hope you realize, these same developers and their allies will throw you under the bus the second another candidate from either party comes along that better suits their needs at the time. They did not get you elected, your base did. They did not do the hard work to move you into this important position, the LCRC and its coalitions did. Our current Attorney General, and conservative leader Ken Cuccinelli provided the support and political capitol that elevated your campaign. The conservative activists in Loudoun did the grass roots work to advance your cause. The same conservative and party activists who are not at all happy with your change in direction. 
Further, let me add that I have great concern about the ability of some of your colleagues to understand and manage this process. Supervisor Letourneau for instance, can’t seem to discern the difference between a public in-put session and a ballot referendum. These are the architects of the process being promised you. This should concern all given the nature and the weight of the issue at hand. We are talking about taking on obligations in the Billions of dollars, for as far as the eye can see. This is the biggest issue to be before this Board of Supervisors for some time..

There are three conservative political leaders very much in the news since the Obama administration was foisted upon the American people, Virginia’s Attorney General and our mutual friend Ken Cuccinelli, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. These three men have in their DNA traits the American people are yearning for, core political beliefs shared by a majority of Americans coupled with an inner strength that provides them the ability to do the right thing in the face of heavy opposition or criticism. These are principled men who don’t waffle, don’t trade away core convictions for political expediency, and most important have a deep belief that what they are doing is right for the American people.
I don’t know Rep. Ryan or Gov Walker, although I admire both men.  General Cuccinelli is a friend, and I suggest a mentor to both of us. I admire Ken immensely. It is my want that Ken be elected our next Governor, and I am dedicated to helping make that happen. If we as conservatives are going to be the ones to rescue the nation, our work must start at home, our efforts must begin in our counties , towns, cities, and states. In order to make that happen, those principled leaders such as  Ken Cuccinelli need to be provided the opportunities to exhibit the leadership America craves, wants and needs. This means providing support for that person and their stated positions that embody our mutual beliefs. We can not cut the legs out from under our leaders by going along with policies we know to be wrong, simply because political pressure becomes too much to bare. The future pain will far exceed that presently being felt.
I want you to review THIS video as a reminder that our Attorney General had very high hopes for you as an elected official. Pay very close attention to his opening remarks in that he captures all I have been trying to convey to you here, but in a far more elegant manner.

THIS is but ONE reason why States and local Governments should be getting as lean and as debt free as possible. Loudoun County Virginia, believing they operate in a vacuum, is preparing to do the exact opposite. In other words, they are preparing to do what the Obama administration has been doing for the last three and a half years, spending , borrowing, and taxing. They are doing the exact opposite of what needs to be done in order to prepare for the austerity at our doorstep. The frustrating aspect of this is the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is comprised of NINE Republicans, and ZERO Democrats. No one to blame here, Republicans own this lock, stock and barrel. To make matters even worse, the very project for which they are eager to dump Billions, was rejected by the Obama administration as a transportation project. In other words Loudoun County Elected Republicans are governing to the LEFT of the Obama administration! This is fiscal irresponsibility at a whole new level in the face of what Rep. Paul Ryan and the CBO label as Danger Ahead. Downright reckless !
Contact every member of this board and tell them in no uncertain terms they were elected as fiscal conservatives, and need to be getting Loudoun County’s fiscal house in order. If they can’t make the connections, help them. If they don’t see it, educate them. If they lack political will, hold their hands, or if need be, put your boot on their backside. Tell them that signing onto billions of dollars in the form of future obligations to Metro is counter to sound economic policy in these uncertain times.

Dear Member of the Board:
Please find attached letters from Congressman Frank Wolf outlining his concerns as to the egregious behavior and practices currently being engaged  in by MWAA. The concerns expressed, are in response to the systemic mismanagement and potential corruption engaged in by this organization.
With this in mind, it is clear that Loudoun County can not join into a regional partnership with this organization for the purposes of bringing Metro into Loudoun County beyond Dulles Airport. Therefore, the only sensible way moving forward, is for Loudoun County to Opt-out, allowing the project to terminate at the Airport. This will enable Loudoun to manage its involvement with MWAA and Metro, with minimal capitol outlay, while still providing for access to rail service from  Dulles Airport.
Congressman Wolf has provided the off ramp needed to you as a member of the board to Opt-Out. His release of these letters is both a public policy and political lifeline, providing the cover required, to distance yourself from this poorly planned and troublesome project, while crafting a positive and sensible solution.
When you find yourself standing at the bottom of a hole, knee deep in muck, and someone lowers you a rope, climb out.

Opting -Out is a win win for Loudoun County.