Much of the U.S. Senate race between former Virginia Governors James Gilmore and Mark Warner has been focused on the candidates fiscal management records while they were in office.  Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66, Colonial Heights), a member of the House Appropriations Committee during both governors' terms, and one of the leading advocates in the General Assembly for protecting the incomes of working Virginians by reducing taxes and reigning in spending, has a fascinating opinion piece that sorts through the rhetoric. Delegate Cox had a front row seat during the debates over eliminating the car tax, the "budget crisis" after 9/11, and Democrat Warner's effort to pass the largest tax increase in Virginia history.

The piece is well worth the read.