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On Meet the Press, Ron Paul just stated there is moral equivalence between al Qaeda, on the one hand, and on the other the Bush administration, “neo cons” and whoever else is responsible for the U.S. having military bases all over the world.

My first thought was, This guy is toast.

But upon further reflection, I wonder if his fundraising will now go through the roof and his positive polling numbers spike. That’s not a flippant comment.

This is the first in a series of articles in which I will be examining each of the candidates. The order is based upon which candidate I find most interesting. It is not a question of electability; or for whom I would vote. In this posting I am providing an overview and a basis for examination of the candidates.

Several things are going on in the Republican primary race that make me wonder about the current crop of front runners. The main element is the overall dissatisfaction of the party with the raging mediocrities that have been put forward by the press. I am saying this because I have yet to find a Giuliani supporter who is a conservative Republican.

More examples are Huckabee and Thompson, who were/are as much products of the media covering the race as they are products of the electorate. All candidates need to get past the press first nowadays, but these two have experienced press support out of proportion to their abilities and standing with the electorate. As a matter of full disclosure in this particular, I like Thompson on his own merits (warts and all), I find Huckabee to be a second and diminished coming of George W. Bush. Huckabee is not getting my vote.

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Not surprisingly, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is continuing to stand for fiscal responsibility and controlled spending, in this case opposing Governor Kaine’s reckless spending and new programs in his biennial budget:

STATEMENT OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILL BOLLING ON GOVERNOR TIM KAINE’S BUDGET PROPOSALS

RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today released the following statement in response to Governor Tim Kaine’s proposed budget for the
2008/2010 biennium.

“I am very disappointed by the budget Governor Kaine introduced earlier
today.  The Governor’s budget does not properly address the shortfalls
being experienced by the Commonwealth in the current fiscal year, and it
includes unwise spending commitments and unreasonable economic
assumptions in the upcoming biennium.  This budget is not in keeping
with the Virginia tradition of fiscal responsibility.

“In the current fiscal year, Governor Kaine has proposed eliminating a
significant budget shortfall, which arose because economic growth has
been less than anticipated, by taking money out of the state’s savings
account and raiding the Transportation Trust Fund.  We should not take
money out of the state’s savings account at a time when the economy is
still growing.  That is not the intended purpose of the savings account.
We should look for other ways to eliminate the budget shortfall.
Likewise, the Governor’s assault on the Transportation Trust Fund is an
affront to the people of Virginia, who just last year were asked to pay
higher fees and taxes for transportation construction.

“In the upcoming biennium, the Governor’s budget includes hundreds of
millions of dollars in new spending initiatives that appear to be
financed by overly optimistic revenue projections and billions of
dollars in new debt.  This is a fiscally irresponsible budgetary
approach, and it should be rejected by the members of the General
Assembly.

“If we fail to meet the Governor’s overly optimistic revenue projections
of 6.6% in the 2010 fiscal year, we could face budget shortfalls even
greater than those we are facing today; and the massive debt the
Governor has proposed will move Virginia very close to exhausting its
current debt capacity.

“The Governor’s budget includes a number of worthwhile initiatives, but
we simply don’t have the money to pay for these initiatives at this
time.  Rather than accept and acknowledge these realities, as his
predecessors have done, Governor Kaine has chosen to embark on a
spending frenzy that could have disastrous long term results for
Virginia.

“These are challenging economic times for Virginia and other states, and
fiscal responsibility requires that we resist the temptation to advance
new spending initiatives at a time when economic growth is
unpredictable.

“The budget Governor Kaine presented today appears to be a political
document that seeks to appease numerous special interest groups, while
throwing fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint to the wind.  I fear that the General Assembly will have little choice but to set the
Governor’s budget aside and seek to come up with an alternative budget
that better reflects the realities of the fiscal challenges facing our
state.”

The more I learn about the LG, the more I like the man.  My family is forced to live within our budget, it’s good to hear someone in Richmond advocating our state government do the same.  2009 will be interesting indeed.

We are fortunate to have an extremely valuable new Web resource for everyone interested in becoming educated about the illegal immigration issue: Extensive video interviews which are actually source material for the upcoming movie The Promise of Home.

Subjects include Roy Beck, Michael Cutler, Steven Camarota, Ed Meese, and many others. If you weren’t able to hear Starletta Hairston tell her story at October’s Help Save Loudoun meeting, here is your chance.

There’s still time to shop online: Not Made In China Toys

NMCtoys.com was developed by parents of two small children in 2007. We have made it our mission to provide quality toys that stimulate and challenge a child’s mind.

There was much news regarding the quality and safety of toys produced in China during the summer of 2007. We walked through the toy department of a big box retailer and could not find a toy produced outside of China. Gone were the wooden blocks, dolls and wooden trains we played with as children. These toys were replaced with cheap plastic toys that had character ties to movies and cereals. We then turned to the internet and were frustrated by the lack of alternatives. We experienced first hand the frustration and angst associated with taking away our child’s favorite toy that was recalled and routinely threw away toys within a few days or weeks of purchase due to poor quality. These experiences led to the development of NMCtoys.com.

NONE of the toys on our web site are made in China. Many of our toys have received awards and they all meet or exceed USA safety standards. For more on these awards see the award winning section of our site. Some of our toys even have a manufacturers lifetime guarantee.

We pledge that our toys will last. If they don’t we want to know!

Our toys are designed to foster your child’s imagination, improve their motor skills and bolster their self-esteem. When our daughter was starting Pre-K, we were delighted to discover all the benefits she would receive through play. Who knew that playing with blocks helps a child’s math and reading skills?

NMCtoys.com is not the manufacturer of toys. We are a retailer of quality European and American Toys.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Delegate Bob Marshall will be the guest on WTOP radio in the morning from 10:00 – 10:30 am. You can listen via the “Listen Live” button at the WTOP Web site or on your radio at 103.5 FM. It’s a call-in show so be sure to call in and ask this great legislator some questions.

Bob Marshall is an original, a common sense conservative, a good friend of Help Save Loudoun and one person I would like so see try for a higher office. It’s good to see him getting some publicity.

UPDATE: Call 1-877-336-1035 to ask questions.

Glen Caroline is my choice for the new chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee. Since no one else is currently even RUNNING for the position the decision has a certain safeness to it, and I for one am up for that type of throwdown. Word: Let the chips fall where they may.

I’ve had several conversations with Glen and here is what I like about him for this position: He is a completely no-BS individual, which is what the local GOP needs right now. I am not really a “what’s your vision of the future” kind of guy but I asked him some specific questions about how we got to where we are and where we need to go and he did not fudge or toss out platitudes.

How do we address the rifts within the party? Get everyone focused on what we have to accomplish in 2008.

What happened to Greg Ahlemann? A portion of the GOP peeled off after the Convention and supported Steve Simpson, who had great name recognition across the county. Ahlemann needed our full support from the beginning if he was going to have a chance.

What do we do about the absconders? We all need to talk about that – everyone’s opinion needs to be heard so the committee can decide how to go forward.

He doesn’t bring a magic wand to solve all of our problems, but he understands the only things we CAN do to solve them. This is a time for realism, and Glen brings that.

He is also a professional grassroots organizer at his day job with NRA, and he lives for the stuff, and boy oh boy is THAT what we need in the coming few years. Some might say “Who would even WANT this job?” in light of the intraparty rifts. All I can say is, we are lucky we have someone like Glen willing to take it on.

He has already attracted a truly impressive bipartisan list of supporters, supposedly spanning from Delgaudio to Waters to Volpe to Wolinski. Whew, I must be part of THAT posse.

I gave him my deeply considered opinion on what to do with the absconders: “I don’t know exactly but I am TICKED off.”

I am positive everyone who wants will have a chance to weigh in. Glen is a fresh face, not aligned with any LCRC factions, very energetic, and a straight shooter. I think he will be a formidable leader.