This Guy Wants What Job??

Ken Cuccinelli’s book, “The Last Line of Defense,” is the presumptive Republican nominee’s opening salvo in his quest to become Governor of the Old Dominion. It is a strange politico manifesto for a campaign. Ken refrains from writing about topics near and dear to his heart such as trans-vaginal inspections and gay bashing, but neither does he address any of the Commonwealth’s problems such as road congestion, K-12 school performance and spending, competition between coal and the increase of shale derived natural gas, and how the state will be affected by the sure-to-come large defense cuts. Instead, Cuccinelli presents himself as a knight in defense of Virginia against its biggest threat, not international terrorism or cheap Chinese imports, but the government of the United States of America, especially the Affordable Health Care Act and the Environmental Protection Agency.

In tackling complex issues such as health care and the environment one would expect a tome full of scientific, economic,  and political analysis appropriately footnoted and explained to support his arguments. Ken opines on all these issues without a footnote, end note or bibliography. The Cuccinelli Doctrine of research states, “If Ken says it, it must be true.”

The tone of the work is set literally within the first few pages. On the second page he states: “I call the biggest set of lawbreakers in America the Obama administration.” Attempts to criminalize the political opposition is a tactic often practiced by dictatorships of the Right or Left. As a self-proclaimed defender of the Constitution,  Cuccincelli must know that the Constitution provides impeachment in the case of a President who breaks the law. If Ken is correct why haven’t the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted articles of impeachment against Obama. Wild and inflammatory accusations such as this often leads to unpleasant political outcomes.

Cuccinelli often refers to the Declaration of Independence as giving rights.  As every high school student who has labored through a Government class knows, it does not. The Declaration is a statement of the Enlightenment idea of natural rights and then argues that, as George III has broken these rules, the colonists have a right to revolt. I am surprised that the top legal official of the state would make such an error.

Cuccinelli is obsessed with his critics and his vile condemnations go well beyond acceptable political discourse. He references an article written by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times as a glowing endorsement of one-party rule in Communist China. In a revival of the McCarthyism of the 1950′s. the Attorney General claims that Friedman praised Chinese Communism by writing:

“One party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks, but when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group as China is today, it can have great advantages.”

Thanks to the old teacher trick of Googling a suspicious passage, I was able to find the article that caught the General’s fancy. Needless to say,  Cuccinelli did not quote the content accurately and simply lied about its intent.

The article to which the “Cooch”refers was published on September 9, 2009, in the New York Times.  Far from being the “longing” for a Chinese Communist-style government as Ken states in his book , it is a plea for more participation by the opposition  party in the debate on two important issues. Friedman states:

“One party democracy is worse. The fact is on both energy/climate and health care legislation only the Democrats are really playing. With few notable exceptions, the Republican Party is standing, with arms folded, saying “No.”

What’s the source for your defilement of Mr. Friedman’s character,  Mr. Attorney General??

Cuccinelli, who writes that the only reason for a social safety net is to make citizens dependent on government,  thus assuring the reelection of certain politicians. Continuing this line of logic,  he states that several popular sections of the Affordable Health Care Act came into force simply to placate the electorate. Ken states that one of these was a provision preventing private insurers from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions.  He states that this is a good way to put private sector insurance companies out of business.

Ken has told another whopper.  The Act provided for a Federal program for those with pre-existing conditions for those who had been without insurance for 6 months.  The requirement that does away with discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions takes effect in January 2014 when the pool is expanded to include everyone.  Companies will be able to discriminate on the basis of age.

Cuccinelli believes that the Health Act is a plan by the Administration to bankrupt private insurance companies so that the government can gain total control of 17% of the GDP.  Apparently those closet-Communists on Wall Street fail to agree:  stock markets are mechanisms to present-value future earnings. Wellpoint, the parent of Richmond-based Anthem, traded as high as $75 per share in 2008 and closed at $62.70 on Friday, February 15th while United Health which was in the mid-$30′s in 2008  ended that day at $57.32.  I guess the Marxist-Leninist traders on the NYSE have another idea about Obama’s plans.

Cuccinelli’s battles with the EPA are a further demonstration over science and economics.  He conveniently forgets to mention his suit against a climate-change scientist at UVA.  In the Attorney General’s world, the right of free speech must yield to ideology.  The Attorney General must have stopped at the Preamble because that is in the First Amendment.

Mr. Cuccinelli is worried about his reputation.  He is offended that some in the press call him a proponent of nullification, but he is simply bubbly in his praise of Virginia’s Health Care Freedom Act.  A quick glance at Bob Marshall’s website indicates that “no Law shall interfere with the right to purchase … or to decline to contract” for health care.  So the Supreme Court says that the Affordable Care and the individual mandate are Constitutional  but in Virginia the State Government legislates that it is legal to avoid the law and its penalties.  Maybe in his next book Ken will give us a new definition of selective nullification.

Cuccinelli’s book confirms that he is unfit to serve in elected office.  He is a practitioner of politics at its lowest level of integrity. His political ancestors include John C. Calhoun, Joseph McCarthy, and J. Lindsey Almond.  Hopefully, the Republicans will have a second look and nominate a true Conservative grounded in ethics and in touch with reality.

– Les Schreiber

14 Responses to This Guy Wants What Job??

  1. Les, I hope you hang in there and continue to post frequently on this issue – as least as much as Bacon will as it appears he has going over to the dark side….

    ;-)

    re: ” Cuccinelli did not quote the content accurately and simply lied about its intent.”

    this is getting to be standard operating procedure with many so-called conservatives these days.

    If they don’t like something – they simply re-do it . The fact that it is history or even a current reality is just a niggling detail.

    I strongly suspect the more that people like you post more facts about the Cooch.. the more horrified we are going to be with the spectre of him possibly running the state. God help us.

  2. Yes, this excellent critique brings together the telling points so strangely and sadly missing from Bacon’s earlier senseless cheerleading. Thanks for that. With Cooch and his supporters we return to the political mentality that typified the South in the 1850s. Along with its science- and fact-denial our Republican Party here has become the party of Calhoun instead of Lincoln.

  3. And Terry McAuliffe is such a great and honest statesman. http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2011/may/18/terry-mcauliffe/terry-mcauliffe-says-virginia-has-no-repayment-pla/ Would he work special deals for special interests? Of course not! LoL

    I wish we could simply reelect McDonnell.

    • TMT – You need to actually read the stuff you post.

      “All told, Virginia saw $152.2 million in revenues flow into the fund during the 2010 budget year and $154.5 million is expected this year, according a briefing by Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton to the House Appropriations Committee in January.”.

      Then ….

      “Between 2011 and 2017 the state expects to deposit annual revenues of about $224.8 million in the fund. The average debt payment during those years is expected to be about $175.7 million.”.

      So, neither the 2010 funding nor the 2011 funding was sufficient to pay the $175.7M”. However, the average payments into the fund from 2011 to 2017 will magically be $224.8M. Well, two of those years have come and gone. The fund took in $306.7M ($152.2M + $154.5M). The total needed is $1,405.6M ($175.7 * 8). Funding years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 will need to see an average of $183.15M – (($1,405.6M – $306.7M)/6).

      I give up – why is the combined one-third tax on insurance premiums and a portion of the wholesale gas tax going to jump from about $153M per year in 2010 and 2011 to $183.15M per year in 2012 – 2017 (let alone the $224.8M predicted by the state)? Maybe there’s a reason. If so, the “too clever by half” RTD ought to explain the reason rather than trying to bamboozle readers by vomiting random numbers. All I recall is VDOT “finding” an unspent $1B in its accounts at the start of the McDonnell administration. So much for their accounting controls!

      The entirety of the claim that a (sufficient) repayment mechanism exists comes down to the state’s “expectation” that receipts from two sources of tax will experience something of a hockey stick graph level of growth.

      I thought you “conservative types” didn’t like hockey stick graphs.

      The Richmond Times Dispatch is, and has always been, a Pravda-like press outlet for Virginia’s ruling oligarchy. Nothing has changed. The fact that a non-Richmond insider has the temerity to run for governor really irks the political elite in Richmond.

  4. I do not believe that McAuliffe is such a great alternative myself but mbaldwin nailed it.

    When you got this strong a whiff from the Cooch and he’s not even upwind yet.. we’re in deep trouble.

    I suppose the Cooch can make a dramatic conversion to a real statesman but as mbaldwin said.. the GOP these days has become the party of Calhoun!

    But look.. we vote these neanderthals back into office every election. we get what we deserve.

  5. Excellent post, Les. Let’s send Bacon back for regrooving.

  6. re: transportation funding.

    pick a number you think will result from the general assembly.

    say.. a billion dollars in new money…

    sounds like a lot, eh?

    okay.. time to come down to earth.

    there are 133 counties, cities and towns in Va but let’s just use 100 to keep things simple:

    1 billion dollars divided by 100 counties = 10 million dollars.

    or how about this: 1 billion dollars divided by 8 million citizens
    = 125.

    Okay.. so let’s take Fairfax – a million citizens, right? That’s what?
    125 million dollars?

    no.. it’s not chump change but how much does ONE beltway interchange cost or how much does a mile of urban 4-lane cost?

    and this is a BIG DEAL tax increase. The GOP/ right wing is flopping like a fish on a hot stove over this “RINO” tax increase.

    but when you compare the “need” with the reality of how much you’re likely to get – it’s not going to make much difference in the bigger scheme of things.

    the transportation “wants” in NoVa could easily exceed the net new revenues for the entire state ….

  7. Hey, at least this is a new way to announce for Governor. Who wants to do the old “fly to six airports and hold news conferences” approach? This is way more fun. I’d rather have a guy willing to say controversial things and take a few hits than somebody who writes reams and reams of mush. But then I haven’t read this yet….

    Hey, this is the age of Instant Punditry. If we fools can posture and preen in blog posts, why can’t a state senator turned attorney general write Deep Political Thoughts? The party of Al Gore, “film maker” Roger Moron and MSNBC has no room to throw stones. Please. I haven’t read the book yet but if you’ve listened to more than 20 hours of Fox News, I doubt there will be anything new in this book. Just like there was not a single fresh, new idea in that horrible State of the Union Address, ripped from Greatest Hits of Progressive Banality. Raise the Minimum Wage? Really?

    The problem with the two political parties these days is they absolutely deserve each other, 100 percent.

    • Breckenridge – I kind of agree with you. I have been thinking more and more about Bill Bolling. Anybody who infuriates both sides of the lunatic fringe – left and right – can’t be all bad. Anybody willing to kick his old party in the ass and run as an independent can’t be all bad.

      Is it time to say, “Run Billy Run”?

  8. The film maker MICHAEL Moron (Moore). Ouch. Sorry, Sir Roger.
    This is why I don’t try to write Deep Political Thoughts.

  9. “Hopefully, the Republicans will have a second look and nominate a true Conservative grounded in ethics and in touch with reality.”.

    Really?

    The batcrap crazy Republican Party of Virginia has made its choice. It was made several months ago. That’s why Bill Bolling discontinued his campaign on virtually the same day that a convention was determined to be the better way of practicing “democracy”. Heaven forbid that our betters in Richmond allow us to vote in a primary. If that were to happen Kookinelli might not be the candidate.

    Can you imagine what it must be like in that Looney Tunes episode they call a convention? There are already allegations (on ultra-conservative blogs) of a candidate for Lt Governor paying off delegates to the convention.

    http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2013/02/12/jmdd-tries-to-buy-votes/

    Good Lord – what a pack of nutcakes.

    Bolling has had enough of these idiots. Good for him.

    And this kind of crap only fuels the opposition. Here’s Ralph Northam’s sensible comment:

    “Senator Ralph Northam: “Anytime money trumps democracy citizens lose. Here we have not only a convention, closed to the general electorate, but a candidate who is willing to try and buy those limited votes. I believe Virginia deserves better and that is why I am focusing my campaign on the grassroots, and talking to Virginia voters.”.

  10. Michael Moore is downright embarrassing no question about it ( as are some other luminaries on the left to include some members of Congress) but the current elected officials on the right are as bad or worse and the fact they seem fine with the Cooch is proof but if that doesn’t snap your socks just look at some of the “legislation” that the right in Va sponsors and passes…

    Our only hope with the Cooch is when/if enough folks on the right have the Virginia version of a Karl Rove moment… and realize the GOP is cartwheeling out of control… and apparently on purpose.

  11. http://www.draftbill.org
    http://votejoinrun.us/news.html

    contact: Denny McKell 703-338-0200

    Independent Green Party leaders are very serious about Bill Bolling as their Independent Green Party candidate for Governor. Led by the Indy Green Party state Vice Chair, Gail “for Rail” Parker, and Denny McKell (Gail “for Rail” and McKell are both U.S. Air Force retirees), the Indy Greens have established a political action committee (PAC). Now the Independent Green Party team has a Draft Bill Bolling web site: http://www.draftbill.org.

    An alliance between Bill Bolling and the Independent Greens makes sense. The Indy Green Party has a proven record of collecting thousands of petition signatures across Virginia every year. Bolling will need 10,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot. That means Indy Greens would need to collect 20,000 signatures for Bolling. Some Independent Greens started collecting signatures in January.

    The Independent Green Party group has released a series of video press releases urging Bill Bolling to run for Governor as Independent Green Party candidate. Denny McKell is a retired TV and radio producer, and newsman. McKell produced the video press releases for his Independent Green Party.

    “We need ‘More Trains, Less Traffic!” says Gail “for Rail” Parker, the retired U.S. Air Force officer and former two-time statewide on-the-ballot candidate for US Senate (2006 & 2008).

    “An alliance with the Independent Green Party of Virginia and Bill Bolling as our Indy Green candidate for Governor can provide positive pro-business, and pro-rail policy to grow the economy and create sustainable rail, solar, wind, and geothermal energy jobs.” Gail “for Rail” Parker has been on the ballot as an Indy Green Party rail advocate for each of the last 8 years. The Independent Greens are Virginia’s most successful on ballot third party in Virginia in a century.

    The Independent Green Party is recruiting candidates for House of Delegates across Virginia. Indy Greens hope to run a full slate of 100 House of Delegates candidates this year.

    Independent Green Party Draft Bolling video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqaKXdkiacM&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw&index=4

    Indy Greens want Bill Bolling.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GL0dnDwVaw&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw&index=5

    Bolling and More Trains, Less Traffic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd1BTXeJoxg&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw&index=2

    See Denny McKell urge Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to join Independent Green Party on You Tube.
    http://youtu.be/9GL0dnDwVaw

    Indy Green Bolling Draft committee Spokesperson Denny McKell, , 703-351-1235.
    http://www.draftbill.org/

    Gail for Rail Parker, Independent Green Party of Virginia state Vice Chair and Committee Director.
    http://draftbill.org/about-us.html
    703-960-5602, or 571-282-8381.

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