The Commonwealth of Virginia has just over 8 million citizens. Of those 8 million, just over 100 thousand are public sector employees. Police, teachers, fire fighters, and an untold number of other job descriptions. These employees work from some 249 separate state agencies.
This 2012 General Assembly has made an effort to combine, reduce and eliminate some of these agencies. Be that as it may, none will operate for much longer if our Senate Democrat friends in Richmond don’t accept reality. They no longer have the majority in the Senate as a result of the people’s vote.
Aside from the state funding requirements there are over 850 cities and towns inside of 95 counties state-wide. Each of these bodies have a block of County Supervisors or City Council Members, charged with providing public service on a local level, police, schools, road maintenance, the list goes on. At this time, most if not all are waiting for the budget approval at the state level. This is necessary for the local governing bodies to establish a budget of their own. Cities and Counties are going to have to make cuts, combine and eliminate as well, but without any knowledge of state funding they have no idea how to proceed. This is needed for the local folks, public safety and such, just as much as on the state level.
So, let’s go to Richmond. The Senate was reorganized in January of 2011, during such time as Democrats had full control. Those rules worked good! Now, however, the Democrats no longer have full control, somehow things aren’t working too well. Or at least that’s their story. Are you surprised? These guys want to change Senate rules to afford them something the people took from them in the last election. People were not happy with this abuse of power and made it known in November. That, as well, as the fiscal irresponsibility this block of legislators had demonstrated prior to the election had a great deal of bearing. Get over it, Kaine is gone, the Senate Democrats don’t have full control. Moreover folks, they have no intention of accepting the need to work for a common good. This is why they are there, period! Too much self serving in the past has set a precedent for the elite. They are unwilling to humble themselves to doing the work of the people here in the Commonwealth rather than inflating their personal ego.
To this point in time, nothing has been accomplished with regard to a state budget. To his credit, Senator Bill Stanley read exerts from papers across the state which demonstrated the displeasure among the people regarding the stalemate. But then as now, it wasn’t about the budget.
The Senate budget was amended in several areas at the request of the Democrats but still, it just ain‘t enough to suit them. There has to be some tingling in the hands of the Senate Democrats as a result of sitting on them. A House version budget was sent over, the Democrats made no effort to amend, discuss or for all intent and purpose even acknowledge it. They simply voted to kill it!
As for the Democrats, this isn’t about the budget, spending priorities, the citizens of Virginia but about partisan policies and politics. They want more committee appointments. They want what they had while in power and chose to ignore the other side. It was great then, same rules, not so great now. Republicans, rolling over, buckling, this better not happen. Much like a kid that shows up with a new baseball, he’ll let us use it if he can have 5 strikes instead of three. Nope, the rules are 3 strikes, take your ball and go home.
What we have here is 20 self centered individuals, purporting to represent the people. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is about them! Consideration for the 8 million folks here in Virginia… apparently not. In private, there is support among some Democrats for passing the budget. Acknowledge the real truth for the stalemate, not going to happen! To allow that would just high-light their childish behavior to the public.
As a general rule, most folks detest politics. To have the Senate Democrats blatantly shunning their responsibility is no way to win favor among the adult population of Virginia and sets a pretty bad example for the children. Makes you wonder sometime, who learned form whom.
We hear constantly from our representatives to contact them, stay involved, let us know what you think! It’s time some Democrats know what folks think. The more disdain they can generate, the murkier the situation, the less likely folks want in….. could that be their intent?
Chairman, Danville TEA Party
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