Thursday, March 6, 2014

Welcome to the "Commonwealth"

Delegates Steve Landes, Dickie Bell, and Ben Cline are strong supporters of
Republican obstruction that is hurting people and sending our tax dollars to other states.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Medicaid Expansion in VA - It Makes Sense

Medicaid expansion makes sense for the Commonwealth of Virginia. More folks covered means a healthier community. Statewide it is estimated that over 200,000 Virginians will get needed health care and mental health services with expansion. That means good jobs at hospitals and other health care providers.

The federal government will fund the full cost for three years and 90% in subsequent years! These are tax dollars paid by Virginians that will go to other states if the General Assembly fails us on Medicaid expansion. Why is there even any debate on this? Because the GOP is playing partisan politics and their powers that be have decreed that they don't want anything that President Obama supports.

It is time to tell members of the House of Delegates who, on this issue, are misrepresenting Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro to listen to constituents, not party bosses. Here is how you can do it in just a few easy steps:
  • Sign this petition calling on Delegate Steve Landes, Delegate Dickie Bell, and Delegate Ben Cline to support Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
  • Email Delegate Steve Landes and remind him that expansion will help create health care jobs in his community.
  • Email Delegate Dickie Bell and tell him that as a fiscally responsible Virginian you want your federal tax dollars coming back to the Commonwealth, not going to other states.
  • Email Delegate Ben Cline and tell him that Medicaid expansion means a healthier community.
They say "silence is golden" but in politics your silence only empowers the party bosses. Speak up!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Goodlatte: the 6th District's Fool On the Hill

Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee was working an anti-abortion bill that may pass the House of Representatives but has almost zero chance to become law. Representative Bob Goodlatte took to the mike in support of the bill making a completely asinine statement. Bobblehead Bob said restricting abortion is good for the economy because "having a growing population and having new children brought into the world... ahh... is not harmful to job creation, it very much promotes job creation...."

Looking at the experience of other nations reveals no direct correlation between abortion laws, job creation, or unemployment.

If we apply Bobblehead Bob's job creation logic into other legislative policy arenas, perhaps our fool on the hill will support opening the borders to immigrants with small children who need daycare, pediatricians, teachers, and playgrounds.

The best job creation I can imagine would be for this mis-representative to retire (voluntarily or otherwise) so folks in the 6th District will have a voice of commonsense and reason in the people's house.