Just got home from work and turned on the T.V. to find the Democratic Candidate for State Senate sitting in his kitchen with a cup of Java looking to tell me of his “vision” for Virginia…
At first I just heard the audio and did not see the candidate, and in fact I thought it might be the Republican incumbent Emmett Hanger or even the Libertarian Candidate Arin Sime. I heard things like a call for conservative, responsible government, and making the government we now have operate more efficient without raising taxes.
Imagine my surprise when I looked at the screen to find the Democratic Candidate who just a few weeks back in a Daily News Record article stated that he wanted to raise my fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon.
In fact it was during a Candidate debate where the discussion was dealing with the transportation issue and the use of the “Abusive Driver Fees” to help pay the Transportation bills. The Libertarian candidate stated that he felt there are enough opportunities to improve efficiency within the state budget to find the $50 million expected from the abuser fees. Republican State Senator stated: “Finding the money within the budget should be considered, Hanger said. But he did not rule out possibly supporting an increase in the gas tax, if there was no other way to raise the money.” he then added: “One penny on the gas tax, Hanger said, would raise the $50 million the state expected from the abusive driver fees.”
During this same candidate debate, the same guy that was sitting in his kitchen with a cup of java on T.V. when I got home today, was quick to chime in when talk turned to a possible tax hike on fuel. Once another candidate brought up the possibility to raise fuel tax by 1 cent a gallon the Democratic candidate was quick to double that to 2 cents a gallon.
“(The Democratic Candidate) was more certain. He supports an additional 2 cents on the gas tax, for now, which would raise $100 million."
This was coming from a guy that now wants to improve efficiency in Virginia and not raise my taxes? I looked hard at the screen to make sure it was the Democratic candidate and there is no doubt once I saw his face and heard his campaign slogan.
The short visit with the Democratic candidate in his kitchen, with a cup of Joe, had him sitting on a stool with his feet out of view but I think we all know what type of foot ware he was wearing … (See above photo)…