2014 Election Richard Falknor on 04 Sep 2014
“During a town-hall forum in Herndon, Republican Barbara J. Comstock and Democrat John W. Foust talked about traffic congestion in Northern Virginia, the federal deficit and whether more should be done to outsource government jobs as a way to bolster the regional economy. The event, attended by about 175 people at the offices of Dominion Virginia Power, was geared toward business concerns in a district dominated by high-tech companies and federal contractors.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
“Throughout the 90-minute forum, the candidates took questions on transportation, job creation, support for veterans, the national deficit and tax reform. Through their answers, both worked to paint the other as extreme—Foust pinned Comstock as another tea party Republican in Congress while Comstock linked Foust to President Obama’s economic and energy policies—and both touted their willingness to work across party lines.
Foust noted his seven years as chairman of the Fairfax Economic Advisory Commission and on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors where he helped pass a balanced budget every year. He said it’s usually difficult to tell who are the Democrats and the Republicans on the county’s Board of Supervisors because they work so well together.
‘I can’t tell you how many people have been surprised when they learn the party I am in, thinking I’m in the other party,’ he said.
Comstock pointed to her work with business leaders, Democrats and Republicans in the state General Assembly to pass legislation that encourages telework, as well as a package of data center state tax incentives and a research and development tax credit. ‘A credit Gov. McAuliffe (D) praised as enhancing Virginia’s business climate,’ she said.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
But several big dogs apparently failed to bark yesterday:
Both contenders should be discussing major concerns in blunt words.
- Preserving the U. S. Constitution from “executive action” whether on Obamacare, or our immigration laws. Today according to Rasmussen here “Voters Strongly Oppose Obama’s Amnesty Plan for Illegal Immigrants”–
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the president granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Just 26% are in favor of Obama’s plan, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 24% think the president has the legal authority to grant amnesty to these illegal immigrants without Congress’ approval. Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe the president does not have the legal right to do so. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.”
- Stopping reckless bi-partisan Congressional spending: for example, the nearly $1 trillion 949-page farm and food-stamp bill here that the House approved last January here–
Heritage: “The farm bill isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Congress is likely very aware of this fact and is pouncing on a chance to get its farm bill through. Tonight’s State of the Union address further provides cover for what Congress is about to do to the American public this week. The House is expected to vote tomorrow on this nearly $1 trillion farm bill, which is projected to cost even more than the Obama stimulus bill.
The House and Senate farm bill negotiators have come up with a bill that is filled with central planning policies, handouts to special interests, and wasteful spending. The winners are the special interests. The losers are everybody else, including taxpayers, the poor, consumers, and virtually any other group you can think of.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
And for example “Congress Rushing Through Massive New Healthcare Entitlement Before August Recess” where Breitbart’s Daniel Horowitz reports here–
“The political class plans to shout ‘veteran’ and ‘emergency’ in a crowded room of anxious politicians eager to get home for recess, and come away with another government-run health care program in a matter of just three days. This is what is wrong with Washington.”
- War and Peace and Islamists and Israel — yesterday Virginia 10’s Representative Frank Wolf declared here that–
“…he will introduce legislation next week authorizing the use of military force against international terrorist groups, including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda and its affiliates, like al Nusra, Ansar al Sharia, al Shabaab and Boko Haram, while encouraging close coordination with NATO and regional allies on any action. Wolf said he was compelled to introduce the measure because of the rapid advances made by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as territorial gains made by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Libya, Nigeria and Somalia.”
The governor of Michigan got into trouble recently for asserting Israel’s right to exist, according to The Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro here–
“The Islamic Society of North America is leading the onslaught against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for one remark he made at the group’s conference asserting Israel’s right to exist. Clockwise: Governor Snyder, Tariq Ramadan, ISNA President Mohamed Magid”
One assumes that both Mrs. Comstock and Mr. Foust already support Israel’s right to exist — but this is certainly the right time to reaffirm their conviction publicly.
Many conservatives draw wisdom and leadership from senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions, who has called on his colleagues here to embrace a “humble and honest populism” and say “’no’ to certain business demands and powerful interests who shaped the immigration bill in the Senate.” Says Sessions:
“The GOP lost the  election—as exit polls clearly show—because it hemorrhaged support from middle- and low-income Americans of all backgrounds. In changing the terms of the immigration debate we will not only prevent the implementation of a disastrous policy, but begin a larger effort to broaden our appeal to working Americans of all backgrounds. Now is the time to speak directly to the real and legitimate concerns of millions of hurting Americans whose wages have declined and whose job prospects have grown only bleaker.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Consequently the reports of yesterday’s policy-lite town hall forum are disheartening.
For Virginia conservatives see the House GOP too often acting, in Daniel Horowitz’ words, as the voice of the national Chamber of Commerce — Big Immigration, Big Government, Big Education, and Crony Capitalism.
“A humble and honest populism” for Barbara?
Barbara Comstock still has a little time — not much — to drop her GOP Establishment talking points into the Potomac and speak clearly to the grave concerns all Americans face today.