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October 23, 2018 · OPINION

With so much at stake, vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6

By Kathy Kadilak
The Plains

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that this election is the most important one we’ve faced in decades. While it might have been easy in the past to simply cast your vote for your party’s candidate, this is a time for each of us to pause and carefully consider what is at stake.

Before I get to that, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Although born into a family of Democrats, I have happily voted for Republican candidates in the past. There was a time when moderate Republicans worked hand-in-hand with Democrats to address policy issues and they promoted sensible, thoughtful solutions.

No longer. The Republican Party has been hijacked by extremists and the welfare of our country is not as important as pandering to the wealthiest donors and maintaining control of their party. What does that mean for you and me?

• Health care: Denver Riggleman and Corey Stewart have both vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act without any good option to replace it. The Republican candidates believe that the “free market” will give you a better deal than the government. This is folly. The health insurance companies, absent any federal or state regulation, are going to squeeze you to make a buck; consider the cost of prescription drugs. They aren’t going to give you a better deal than a government regulated system that drives down costs to enable all of us to afford the medical treatments we need.

For example, without the ACA, pre-existing conditions will either get you rejected or make your premiums sky high. Also, your children will be ineligible for coverage on your family plan after the age of 21. Who knows, maybe they’ll make it 18. So, if you want affordable health care for you and your children, vote Democrat – Leslie Cockburn and Tim Kaine.

• Medicare and Social Security: Mr. Riggleman and Mr. Stewart align themselves with the Freedom Caucus. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will be on the chopping block under Republican majority rule. Why? Republican politicians consider them “entitlement” programs even though we pay into them throughout our work lives and have earned those benefits.

Cutting those programs is a popular Republican strategy to help pay for the huge deficit that now exists thanks to the tax break that Republicans generously granted to our nation’s wealthiest individuals and corporations. If you want to reap the full benefit of your Medicare and Social Security entitlements, vote Democrat – Ms. Cockburn and Sen. Kaine.

• Pro life or pro birth: Mr. Riggleman and Corey Mr. describe themselves as “pro life,” but their concern for individuals born into this world apparently ends at birth. Isn’t birth only the beginning and not the end game? If you strictly vote for one candidate due to their position on abortion, can you tolerate all the other consequences of supporting these Freedom Caucus candidates?

They will work to slash or end vital domestic programs such as, subsidies for health care, food, clothing, housing and early childhood education that would offer a safety net for those infants born to single and needy parents.

You can vote for someone who cares about supporting our most vulnerable little citizens and still see the abortion issue addressed through the courts. If you believe in protecting lives beyond the womb and want to ensure that babies born to single or needy parents are given a decent start in life, vote Democrat – Ms. Cockburn and Sen. Kaine.

These are among several vital issues and you might also be concerned about gun safety, immigration reform, and protecting our environment. Get the facts and visit: www.lesliecockburnforcongress.com and www.timkaine.com. Let your voice be heard and your heart inform your choice. Vote Democrat on Nov. 6.
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Jim Griffin · November 4, 2018 at 7:02 pm
No one is putting words in your mouth, NNT. Clearly so, because if they did they'd be coherent and not condescending name-calling.

You do not deserve intelligent discourse. Goodbye. Enjoy the election. This is the permanent end of discussion with you.
nonewtaxes · November 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Little Jimmy trying to put words into peoples mouths again. Never said it werent illegal to seek citizenship at border but it certainly is illegal to just walk across the border. That be a reason why there is a border.

Talk about deficit? See your man obama. Most deficit in all of history and little to show for it. Trump deficit small by comparison with big gains in stock market and labor market and wages. That be a fact.

I rather an uncivil person who gets things done than a polished politician who was merely more of the same. So what if he's uncouth. For better or worse he's honest. When wa the last time you heard anything honest from any politician?

When you're a hard working republican you can appreciate grit and suffer a little uncivil behavior. For a liberal like you who raises his pinky when he drinks his tea Im sure its god awful to see the leader of the free world and all of Americans think his mind AND connect with some many deplorables. I bet the british king thought the colonist were deplorable too. Didnt work out too goodly for him neither.

Rover, just because you say so doesnt make it news nor fact. I do believe your good friend obam attempted to violate the constitution more times than any president in history. I do believe, as a matter of fact, obama lost more supreme court cases - for violating the constitution - than any president in history. Of course the facts dont matter to you except for the ones you make up. Change your medication
Rover 530 · November 3, 2018 at 11:33 pm
Thankfully, the USA will be able to put the brakes on the nightmare express it has been experiencing since January 2017. But who knows what the cornered rat in the White House will do when he finally loses what is left of his mind (25th Amendment will apply). He's violated his oath of office to preserve and protect the U.S. Constitution; an impeachable offense. The most lawless, ignorant and uncaring president this country has ever experienced. FACT, not fake news. Documented, recorded and verified. America can't get it wrong this time. God willing. Vote to free America this coming Tuesday. Stop the assault on our constitutional rights by a despot. Take back the Congress.
Jim Griffin · November 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Deficit ballooned 17% despite the promise the opposite would happen:

http://fortune.com/2018/10/16/republican-campaign-elections-tax-cut-deficit/

Tax cuts that balloon the deficit are akin to taking cash from your credit card. We'll pay for it with interest.

Tariffs are a form of taxes. We have loads of new tariffs and a $12 billion farm welfare program to ease the sting:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/07/31/trumps-12-billion-bailout-no-i-remedy-for-farmers-caught-in-trade-war/

It's legal to seek US citizenship at our border. I agree: Catch, prosecute, deport those who circumvent official points of entry, but even a Republican House and Senate choose not to fund a wall, and our defense dept ignores the Commander-in-Chief's request to do so despite a massive increase in defense appropriations under one of the biggest budgets -- $1.3 trillion appropriation totaling $4.5 trillion annually -- ever approved:

https://wapo.st/2R8EcCg

These are economic issues. For many, Trump's uncivil behavior and lack of leadership are bigger issues. Women among others have good reason to withhold their support.

I respect your right to express your opinion and differ from mine, but I have little respect for those who belittle with condescending name calling, swearing and worse. This behavior is unacceptable and has no place in civil society, let alone our community news comments.

This great democracy of ours will deliver its report card on Tuesday. The whole world will be watching.
nonewtaxes · November 2, 2018 at 3:15 pm
Facts: Best economy in at least 40 years > republican house, senate, and president. Aint no coincidence that lower taxes and lower regulations allow the economy to blossom. 10% LR return on the market > genreally accepted.

When you come into the country by a way other than what is legal you are illegal. Either you support the law or you don't. The Russians built a wall and the Jews built a wall maybe we should too. They seem to mostly work and are very humane. Get stopped by the wall we don't have to seperate your family.

Health insurance is not the cause of high healthcare directly. KO makes more profit than most insurance companies. Nothing the government does is ever cheap. Health insurance is no different. Do you believe medicare for all will be free? Price never concerns socialists because they always spend other peoples money. Well sister, we are starting to claim our money. We want to keep what we earn. Need more money? Get a better job. Get an education. Learn a trade. Bring some value to an employer.

Government should provde equality of opportunity not outcome.

I watched cockburn during the debate. She had no answers. She just dropped names.
farmbum · November 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm
I want to hear more from "Guns saves lives" and followers of like minded thinking.

Do they really believe they are representing conservative republicans? Really?

Melrose Carter · November 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm
Hear, hear, Katlyn Thomas, I like the way you debate!

State the facts and let the other person try to disprove them, or discredit them, not take a defensive position, as you are armed with the facts, not propaganda and innuendo.

You considered the source of your information before posting, like Jim Griffin does even though he is continuously attacked by those who can only call him names, and spout lies and gossips, because they are armed with an empty bucket, rather useless to feed their non-argument.
Jim Griffin · November 1, 2018 at 10:15 am
BTW, Moore, evidence your claims. This thread is clear for all to read. I cannot find a personal attack by me within it, simply disagreement on the issues and an offer to share a meal that I will buy and observing that I like alternative opinions.

You, on the other hand, claim I am 1, provincial; 2, have an inferiority complex (in German); 3, falsely assert I have little education; 4, condescendingly refer to me as a child, "Little Jimmy."

You call Democrats (and I am not one) extremists and refer to them in German as if they were Nazis, which I would call extreme. Indeed, it is almost the definition of extreme, the basis of Godwin's Law.

Anyone who reviews this thread can see you are frustrated over the political turns of events and have now resorted to calling those with whom you disagree names. And I am the child?
Jim Griffin · November 1, 2018 at 9:56 am
I cyber bully no one. No one. There is no such thing as personal attack on a pseudonym. You are a hypocrite, Moore, engaging in the activity about which you complain, referring to Nazis, calling people names from a pseudonymous perch. Grow up and engage in civilized behavior. I do no more than forcefully assert my opinion against a backdrop of swearing, belittling and worse. It is out of step with this good community.

You judge me from ASCII text, pretending to compare our relative education levels and personalities, failing to stand accountable for your words. Instead, I invite people to meals I am happy to buy and generally promote healthy discourse.

Read the rules before you post. I follow them, you do not.
Moore · November 1, 2018 at 7:57 am
I find it fitting, little jimmy. Little in mind, little in education using cyber bullying and personal attacks to compensate for your minderwertigkeitskomplex and provinciality; fits you like a glove.
Jim Griffin · October 29, 2018 at 7:23 am
Certainly not my nickname, but if you want to be Trumpian, beat your chest while you write it. It's the mark of the small-minded.

It raises the prospect that you are Little Moore, which has a ring to it, and isn't much different from a Little Less.

Stick to the issues. Ad hominem attack has no place in our good community.

Moore · October 29, 2018 at 7:18 am
Jim Griffin: Your nickname is little jimmy? How very appropriate.
Guns save lives · October 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm
I will take "don the con " over killery the killer or barry the crackhead anyday...

Liberal scum , eat shit and die
Rover 530 · October 28, 2018 at 6:59 pm
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! Learn how to spell. But, then again, "Don-the-Con can't spell correctly either or speak in coherent sentences. Wildman. Loose cannon. Bottom-feeder.

Bye-Bye!
Guns save lives · October 28, 2018 at 6:22 am
All media ..you mean the one sided all owned by liberal one agenda media slime that has been promoting and making lies since it started .. of cource i will listen to those low lifes. Hollywood and media are all the same, filthy lying scum thats a plauge and parasite on America.


Bill and killery are liers, rapist, murders, everything anti trumpers could want.

Atleast trump is fixing the economy, stopping the illegal plauge thats overtaking our country, and not bowing down like a coward in obama fashion.

Once he gets rid of All foreign aid and put the wall up so much the better.
Turn the entire middle east to glass and problema solved., Americans first.
Rover 530 · October 28, 2018 at 12:00 am
Not a liberal. By any means. Sorry. Trump is worse than any other president. Widely documented in ALL media. Trump is everything for himself so it is legit to blame him for everything. He's a liar (well documented), a sexual pervert (also well documented), and unintelligent (despite his degree from Penn). He can't string two coherent sentences together. No one, even his minions, can explain what he's talking about. I believe he is suffering from dementia and needs treatment. Ronald Reagan exhibited Alzheimer's symptoms in the later years of his second term. We need to look to the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove "Don-the-Con" from office. America deserves better.
Guns save lives · October 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm
Trump is a hell of a lot better than obama ever was, and hillery is a treasonous plague on our country along with rapey bill.

Typical lib, blame trump for everything ..
Rover 530 · October 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm
Tiny fraction. Two former U.S. Presidents, several U.S. Senators, plus numerous senior public officials. "Don-the-Con" set the stage for this to happen. Documented evidence. He invited it. He incites violence among his followers from the pulpit of the President of the U.S. No other U.S. president has ever done this. He wages war on the American people. Americans need to reconfigure Congress to blunt the president's assault on American values and our great way of life so he can be adored by his minions. He says he "Bomb" stuff was taking away from him and his message. He complained that while answering news media questions concerning the mas murder of Jewish people at a synagogue his hair was messed up by the rain and he had a "bad hair day". How uncaring and disrespectful! Give us a break! SAD! Americans deserve better.
Guns save lives · October 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm
Even if he succeeded in his bombings it would be not even a timy fraction of the percentage of people killed by liberal causes like planned parent hood , aka the baby killing plant.

That said this guy if found guilty is scum and should be executed publically.

As for Trump, he did not make this happen, Benghazi on the other hand .. yah people died becuase of osama and killery.

Maybe capital punishment would really send a message ....


Rover 530 · October 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Now that the authorities have arrested a Trumpian in Florida for the bomb mailings, will the investigation possibly lead to Mar-a-Lago? Wow, attempted assassinations against two former U.S. presidents (and others) by a supporter of the sitting president. SCARY! People who are concerned about where our country is heading need to vote this November.
Melrose Carter · October 25, 2018 at 1:34 pm
“Before you call a spade a spade, dig a big hole for yourself.”
― Fakeer Ishavardas
Rusty Wheel · October 25, 2018 at 11:50 am
luv watchin jg ty up good ol boys great sport

if hes little jimmy you are tiny observer
Observer · October 25, 2018 at 11:35 am
little jimmy BSing again, LOL.

Jim Griffin · October 25, 2018 at 11:21 am
BTW, you're wrong about me and Trump. I've always wanted to see Trump do well -- did not vote for HRC -- and was encouraged when he immediately cancelled TTP. From there on it's been downhill, Trump further entrenching the swamp. I'm sure he would agree: Appointing Jeff Sessions at DOJ was a huge mistake.

Now that I've followed the Mueller investigation I've become further disappointed with his performance, and the very distasteful nature of his personality has exacerbated the situation. His foreign policy is as atrocious as his vocal approval of nationalism.

Then there is the behavior towards women, which is completely unacceptable.

You claim my actions -- which you know only over an ASCII character set -- are those of a liberal. I did not vote for HRC. I support and exercise Second Amendment rights, and love fishing in our ponds. I have a son in the local schools. I live in Fauquier County and often vote for Republicans. Typical liberal actions, right down to the tractors, eh?
Jim Griffin · October 25, 2018 at 11:04 am
I do not declare facts -- quite the opposite, I cherish those who disagree. Simply put, I make my opinion known as forcefully as others disagree, neither more nor less.

Personal attack is not possible when arguing with a pseudonym like yours. It cannot by its nature be personal. Indeed, it ignores the editor's desire that you identify yourself, and draw the credibility standing accountable brings.

The economic trends are easily documented and clear and contradict both your claims and your expected 10% perpetual return from the market.

Yes, agreed, it was the stimulus program, and it started long before DJT. Neither is it a contradiction to write that we should directly administer healthcare -- as we do the schools -- and encourage market forces. It's at work around the world and not at all contradictory.

NNT, you mistake disagreement for attack, forceful assertion for claims of fact, just as you mistakenly apply tags on those with whom you engage in discourse. Sometimes my views are liberal, sometimes they could be characterized as conservative -- most people are nuanced.

Here's Reagan talking about the border with Mexico -- liberal or conservative?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUXXw6xr4gI

nonewtaxes · October 25, 2018 at 10:49 am
Outed again JG? If you walk and talk like a duck you must be a duck or at least a liberal. You certainly act like a liberal. You say things and then declare them as fact just because you said them. When facts are presented that dispute what you said you then attack the person.

Trump
Lower taxes = yes
Less regualtion = yes
GDP growth better than 4% = yes
Repeal ACA = no, missed by one vote. Will get there after mid terms
Stopping illegal immigration = work in progress, on right track
Better trade deal = on track

Obama started the recovery? I think the $20 trillion he borrowed did that. Obama economy was a zombie economy. Trump brought it to life.

You're hoping the mid terms slow Trump down. Hope isnt a plan. When he can still pull in the crowds to hear him speak I think the dems won't win as much as they think they are owed.

Most people work pay check to paycheck. Why should they work? Shouldn't they hop on the entitlement program?

You say poverty needs to be fixed by the market and then you say the government should administer healthcare. You are confused.

Whenever news presents something other than the facts it's no longer news - it opinion or commentary. Tough to get any news these days. The more channels of communication open via technology the less news we get.

Jim Griffin · October 25, 2018 at 5:54 am
Moore: Tough to reconcile this morning, with bomb trucks clearing packaged explosives mailed to prominent Democrats.

Both parties are increasingly irrelevant. Who needs voting instructions in 2018? A pox on all their houses. As the writer of this opinion piece notes, sometimes the Republican is the correct choice, sometimes it's the Democrat.

One thing's for sure: You ought not complain about extremists when you yourself are comparing one of the parties to Nazis. Take a look in the mirror!
Moore · October 25, 2018 at 4:54 am
Democrats are the extremist's party, was not there enough riost and broken windows? Did Hillary, Holder and others not call for violence? It is the same leftist tactic over and over again. Democrats and their Sturmabteilung crave power and they have no program but hate and violence. And of course, there is the diminishing crowd of useful idiots who accept anything the media tells them. The media that no longer even pretends to report the news; 95% of media is supporting democrats.
Jim Griffin · October 24, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Again, I have no antifa agents -- I do not support thugs of any stripe -- and I am fine with anyone voting. If there is doubt about identity, as usual the ballot should be cast provisionally (double-enveloped and used only if proper identity is proven before a judge and determinant of an outcome).

Welcome, John Delancey. If ever you want share a drink and a meal, I am buying. I adore good conversation, especially disagreement, so let's invite BJ, Martinkus and others, all of whom I'd enjoy meeting.

Yes, FauquierNow shared meals or drinks would attract me because -- as should be obvious -- I enjoy good discussion. Perhaps I will dress as Ronald McDonald for the occasion.
JohnnyD · October 24, 2018 at 2:11 pm
Haha! They haven't taken me out yet. So sorry everything you disagree with is a "made up story". All the hot air you provide contains not many facts, but you are okay with that. You have confirmed I was right to not returning to vote D until they clean house.

Funny how you folks like you are ok with voters not having an id, but to make comments on a website you need solid id proof. How do we know you are really Jim Griffin and not Ronald McDonald? Cheers, John Delancey (I will now be on guard for your antifa agents to show up)
Jim Griffin · October 24, 2018 at 11:35 am
Cannot handle the issues so you are back to ad hominem attack, whomever you are with the fake name. Unlike you, I am easy to find and follow, and no, the world is not so simple as liberal/conservative or Rep/Dem but clearly you wish it was.

To be clear, like most people, it depends on the issue or the candidate. Big fan of Republicans like Michael Webert and good Sheriff Bob.Mosier. I support and exercise my Second Amendment rights. And so on.

I'm not from California but I lived there a bit, just as I did Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Virginia is home for over 25 of my 60+ years more than twice anywhere else.

My life is an open book, my name honest and true. Unlike you who -- if this is really goodbye -- will be back with a new name and more made up stories about yourself and the world.
JohnnyD · October 24, 2018 at 10:10 am
So funny! I was sitting at the bar eating in a local restaurant several months ago, and overheard a bunch of guys talking about the site. They said there was a liberal transplant from California, that swears he isn't a liberal, but gets on the site and belittles anyone who is against the liberal agenda with a lot of hot air. Are you from California? I think I met the guy they were talking about!

They said they now get their local news from another site. I see why! Goodbye and cheers!
Jim Griffin · October 24, 2018 at 9:28 am
No distraction: You cannot bring up LBJ's Great Society programs without acknowledging the fervor behind them came from JFK's assassination. Neither can you decry the influence of Soros' money in politics while elevating the 60s and ignoring the influence of Kennedy Sr. in financing the party. His influence was greater than that of Soros today.

Falsely calling me a media cop on the take from Soros is a low blow and beneath even you. Good people in our community do not sink so low.

Actually, you did not write what you say you wrote. You wrote you were disappointed that the money was diverted to political jobs projects instead of the inner city. I'm the one who wrote that it's futile, that markets not men address these issues.

The invisible hand of Adam Smith grows the wealth of nations. Read his book "The Wealth of Nations" for a clue -- the pages line the halls of the Harvard Business School.

Markets do move ghettos. Look at Nats Park in DC.
JohnnyD · October 24, 2018 at 9:10 am
You surely know how to make things up to distract from facts. Where did I ever say anything about Kennedy? Your evaluation as a liberal media cop must be due and you need a good one to get your bonus from Soros.

I am just saying we need to quit throwing federal taxpayers money to states that are misusing it. No markets, except illegal drug markets, will ever relocate to a ghetto until it is cleaned up.
Jim Griffin · October 24, 2018 at 9:00 am
JohnnyD: Stop looking for political leaders to accomplish tasks like ending poverty. That's a job for markets, to the extent it can be done at all.

You decry Soros but confess you were drawn by Kennedy (Kennedy Sr. financed Dems in ways Soros has not), whose death -- not FDR -- was the real inspiration for the Great Society programs (like Medicare) that followed.

Think markets, not messiahs, and you will find the answers you seek. Pretending Maxine Waters is a Dem party leader? Ha! Obama got the recovery started (and why did we need recovery? -- look to Republicans for that mess) that we enjoy today.

I do not trust politicians nor do I belong to a political party. In 2018, you don't need parties to tell you how to vote. Your call for leaders like LBJ will always fall short. Markets, not men.
JohnnyD · October 24, 2018 at 8:44 am
Medicare was started by President Johnson around 1964, as part of his War On Poverty. It was framed as an extension of FDR's New Deal. The poverty rate at the time LBJ enacted it was around 20%. It dropped to around 10% in several years. In a speech LBJ said he intended recipients to become prosperous and self sustaining, not lifelong recipients. This was the Democratic Party I grew up loving.

LBJ was also the 1st president to move social security money to "in budget" to balance his budget for the start of Medicare and the increasing Vietnam war. Tricky Dick did it again, but also removed the US from the gold standard. That changed the picture of borrowing against Social Security money. Another discussion for another time.

However now, 50+ years after the start of the War on Poverty, the taxpayers have spent $22.5T and poverty still exists. Mainly in inner city ghettoes and very remote urban areas. I see the new Democrat Party leaders, like Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and others living in big mansions with walls; while the homeless population is radically increasing, drugs abound, and gangs rule the streets of their districts. Ridiculous!

We gave Obama $750B for "shovel ready jobs" to clean up ghettoes. Instead he gave the money to his rich, white Wall St. donors and political allies (including many of Soros's "projects". I proudly voted for Obama in 2008, thinking he was the next FDR or LBJ. When he misused the bailout money I realized the new Democratic Party was not the same as the one I loved. Yet they cheered Obama at every turn instead of holding him accountable. He divided this country by race, religion, class, and politcal affiliation for a reason.

It's time to just quit throwing federal money to states who are just misspending it with no repercussions. We need leaders who are going to clean up poverty stricken ghettoes, rid them of gangs, and bring in businesses so poverty stricken residents can go to work like LBJ intended.

I have yet to see a new democrat party candidate even bring it up. All they are campaigning on is slamming Trump. I am not a big Trump fan with all his crazy twittering, but he did what he needed to do. That is keep that money grubbing, lying queen out of the White House. Had the corrupt DNC allowed any of their good candidates to compete in their primaries, we would not be in this position.
Jim Griffin · October 24, 2018 at 7:57 am
Trump would agree: Appointing Jeff Sessions was a big mistake, and there are no lower taxes when the revenue shortfall balloons the deficit. Did not repeal ACA, and if you are right and he's stopped illegal immigration then why the on-going tizzy?

Not my words: I do not think health insurance a right. I wrote that I think insurance is the wrong approach. No need to go further -- you simply recast the discussion as you prefer, NNT.
nonewtaxes · October 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm
Trump failed to deliver? Trumps platform was/is lower taxes, less regulation, stopping illegal immigration, repeal ACA. Very high success rate for half a term.

Health Insurance a right? No. Its a financial product. Politically, its more wealth tansfer and a vote buyer for the Democrats. 2/3 of the budget goes to welfare and the interest to pay for it.

Extreme right? Please demonstrate where some left wing government person was refused food service and threaten with violence by the extreme right.

Socialism in almost all forms is almost always a failure. It even fails those people who receive the benefits because it keeps them on the teet. They will not likely improve their status in society.

When you have welfare for all, where does the money come from?



Jim Griffin · October 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm
It's easy to handle Trump's win -- For me it was ABC from the beginning (Anyone but Bush or Clinton). Happy to see the status quo upended, but he's failed to deliver, double-down on entrenched government.

The deficit skyrocketed this quarter by almost 20 percent, turning the so-called tax cut into a transfer payment from our collective credit card. With loads of interest.

And no the complaints against Bart O'Kavanaugh were not fabricated. There was an artificial deadline and limited investigation of claims from people I presume innocent of your unproven perjury allegations.

If for you Cory is a must have, make alternate plans. Just saying.
martinkus · October 23, 2018 at 8:57 pm
Cory Stewart for U.S. Senator? LOL! The man is divisive, polarizing, a far right knucklehead filled with inflammatory rhetoric and misleading claims. A vote for him is a vote for lunacy (which we have already, sadly. in the White House. The Republican Party does not exist anymore. It's now the party of Trumpkins. The party left me in 2016. Go Blue Wave...wash away the current toxic red tide!
Guns save lives · October 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm
The same extremist comment about the white house and our President, Trump could be said about the radical leftists that cant handle the fact they lost.

They put a lier on the stand to try to stop Trumps supreme court pick and when her lies were proven cried more about loosing.

Cory Stewart is a must have for Virginia, we need someone to clean up the mess the left has made of our state.
Its sad the liberal disease is spreading to our great farm country, and we must fight to stop that and find a cure for here and the reat of Virginia.

Much like Trump is America's cure, Cory is Virginias.
Rover 530 · October 23, 2018 at 6:50 pm
Americans need to vote to end the madness and lies emanating from the demented White House. Changes are necessary in the control of one or more of the houses of the U.S. Congress to blunt the disgraceful disregard for human rights and international cooperation shown by that uncouth, clueless and common man in the White House and the butt-kissers in the Senate and House of Representatives. Eventually the terror will end but if even partial control of Congress can be flipped in the next election, patriotic and freedom-loving Americans can be confident that checks on executive abuse will save this country.
Jim Griffin · October 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm
JohnnyD: Saul Alinsky took no position on health care and the federal government, nor was he particularly liberal. Not too long ago Republican leaders on Capitol Hill were handing out SA's book as a primer on organizing, pure organizing, which is exactly what it is.

Alinsky hated dogma, so I can understand your aversion.

No, the "whole thing" was not started because hospitals near the border were going broke providing services to illegal aliens, who do not vote and have little political clout.

To the contrary of your point, other countries in the world admit anyone and provide direct care. It is a basic human right.

Our Federal government is atop a heirarchy that includes and backstops our states and localities, all of whom are in the chain of responsibility, but the Feds have more experience and sit at a higher level so they can better equalize disparities that might arise in treatment.

Personally, I favor direct provision of care over insurance approaches thinking third-party payment systems are inherently flawed, but if people want to buy insurance or care privately I have no opposition. I'd prefer to be treated as are Fauquier County employees, Veterans, members of Congress and citizens of most other countries.
JohnnyD · October 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm
And the whole thing started because hospitals near the border were going broke providing services to illegal aliens unable to pay. No country in the world allows that to happen. See what happens if you try and sneak into N. Korea, China, or any other country to get free healthcare. Is it only a basic human right in the USA?

Please explain why the federal government should take over healthcare from the states. We all know why Saul Alynsky thinks it is important, but let's hear your thoughts.
Jim Griffin · October 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm
JohnnyD: Weak cover, lie on top of lie. Republicans wanted ACA to fail, did their best to make people hate it and still cannot get rid of it because the fundamental idea of extending insurance to all, pre-existing conditions or not, is powerful beyond even Republican control and extended efforts to uproot it.

Let's be clear: Health care is a basic human right. No one can be turned away from a hospital and that's for good reasons that the vast majority of Americans support and Republicans have failed to undo -- in spite of pledges to do so and dozens of failed efforts.

Better luck with your next argument. This dog won't hunt.
JohnnyD · October 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm
And if Pelosi had taken the time to fix all the problems while they had control of both Houses and the White House he probably wouldn't have sued.
Jim Griffin · October 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm
Easy to explain costs going up under ACA: Republican House leadership under Boehner sued immediately after passage to end the insurance subsidies and denied funding for them. Republican choice -- they wanted to raise the costs to sink the plan.

Still they have not succeeded -- so fundamental is the desire for insurance without pre-existing condition restrictions -- in spite of controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency.
JohnnyD · October 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Kathy, you need to put your emotions aside and start doing some fact checking on medicare and medicaid.

The Republicans have been hijacked by extremists? I'm pretty sure this country rightfully shot down the far right tea party. Unfortunately the new Democratic party then allowed the far left to buy them out and take control.

Please explain why healthcare costs didn't begin spiraling up until the ACA was passed. Not to hard to figure out when corrupt leaders like Pelosi allowed insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists to write the ACA, and nobody bothered to read it before they approved it.

The federal government is funded to provide what the states cannot individually. Not sure healthcare for the poor should be included, that is a state's responsibility.

You are entitled to your beliefs and I will get out and vote. However, until I see a candidate willing to acknowledge and clean up all the hypocrisy and corruption in the new Democratic Party, and focus on eradicating inner city poverty instead of illegal aliens and refugees that refuse to assimilate to the US; I will not vote for a democrat.
Melrose Carter · October 23, 2018 at 8:22 am
Definition of entitlement
1 a : the state or condition of being entitled : RIGHT
b : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
2 : belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
3 : a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group
also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program

"Republican politicians consider them “entitlement” programs even though we pay into them throughout our work lives and have earned those benefits.

Cutting those programs is a popular Republican strategy to help pay for the huge deficit that now exists thanks to the tax break that Republicans generously granted to our nation’s wealthiest individuals and corporations."

It makes no sense to cut what people pay into their whole working lives, but then again Congress thinks it's entitled to do whatever it wants as long as they get their lifelong pensions, private insurance, and give themselves raises whenever they like.

The balance of power in this country is skewed toward the entitled "the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment" of the white and wealthy, though being 100% white is becoming the minority in this country.

We need to work together as a country! Enough partisanship!
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