Congrats To Jim Moran: Porker Of The Month!Dec. 01, 2008
Remember U.S. Representative Jim Moran's outburst to a constituent who simply asked if he would agree that everyone in Washington should take responsibility for the mortgage crisis? Virginia's 8th District Congressman blew up at the constituent and said she didn't know what she was talking about. At the same meeting he also said, "In the long run" the government was coming after all of your money (see our comment and video, here).
Such great leadership and statesmanship can't be ignored. Thankfully, it hasn't. Representative Moran, brother of Delegate Brian who is seeking the Democrat nomination for governor next year, was awarded the "Porker of the Month Award" for November by Citizens Against Government Waste.
CAGW gave Moran the award, presumably against stiff competition, for this remark:
Now, in the last seven years, we have had the highest corporate profit ever in American history, highest corporate profit. We've had the highest productivity. The American worker has produced more per person than at any time. But it hasn't been shared and that's the problem. Because we have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in this simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards the means of redistributing wealth. And they may be able to sustain that for awhile, but it doesn't work in the long run.
Quite an achievement since then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, around the same time, promised to "spread the wealth around." But CAGW President Tom Schatz made the case for Moran (see news release, here):
Rep. Moran's punitive conclusion about creating wealth reflects the prevailing ethos of the current Congress. His remarks offer a window into the soul of the congressional leadership and offer a bare-knuckled preview of the kind of confiscatory policies taxpayers can expect now that there are even fewer fiscal conservatives on Capitol Hill. This Congress intends to reward hard work and productivity with a government-mandated ‘sharing' program.
So, we are sure we speak for millions of Virginians from Alleghany to Accomack and from Westmoreland to Wise and everywhere in between: Congratulations, Congressman Moran! You've made Virginia proud!
Virginia's Own Jim Moran . . . "In The Long Run" We're Going To Take Everything You OwnNov. 10, 2008
Virginia's very own U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-8, Alexandria) has some very chilling observations about how to solve what he thinks is the selfishness of Americans who desire to keep what they earn. (See The Weekly Standard here for Moran exploding at constituents.) (Never mind that Americans are the most generous people on earth, both for domestic and international relief causes.) We just became aware of this tape, so we don't know how old it is — if it's a post-election warning or a wistful longing from long ago. Either way, it's very scary and very real now that like minded socialists will run the Congress and White House. But, hey, Virginia, we tried to tell you. We placed their own words here as did other blogs and media. We do give the redistributionists credit — they never tried to hide their intentions. Whether it was anxiety over the economic crisis or disapproval over the bailout solution, or both, voters apparently swallowed the "spread the wealth around" philosophy. So without further adieu, hear what's in store for you. (Oh, by the way, Moran's brother, Delegate Brian Moran, is a candidate for governor next year.)
Update On Medical Conscientious ObjectorsAug. 18, 2008
At the beginning of this month we wrote about efforts the Bush administration is making to protect the rights of people in the medical profession who do not want to be forced to participate in any way, shape or form in providing, aiding or abetting abortion. Of course, all the predictable howling was heard from the wolves on the left who reserve choice (so-called) for one thing and one thing only — abortion. (School choice? Nyet! Social Security choice? Nyet! Choice in joining a union? Nyet! Type of car you drive, food you eat and medical treatment you get: Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Or at least if they get their way. But you get the picture.)
But there is some good news to report. In late July, the Virginia Catholic Conference faxed letters to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to sign a letter by Representatives Dave Weldon (R-Florida) and Lincoln Davis (D-Tennessee) that supports the conscience rights for health care providers and the new proposed regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services. (For more information about the issue, click here.)
Before the fax went out, only 60 Representatives had signed the Weldon-Davis Letter, none of them from Virginia. However, within a few days, 72 more Congressmen signed on, including Virginians Eric Cantor (R-7), Thelma Drake (R-2), Randy Forbes (R-4), Virgil Goode (R-5), Bob Goodlatte (R-6), Rob Wittman (R-1), and Frank Wolf (R-10).
Unfortunately, Congressmen Rick Boucher (D-9), Tom Davis (R-11), Jim Moran (D-8) and Bobby Scott (D-3) inexplicably did not sign the letter. Mostly predictable. Still Disappointing. The hypocricy abounds: The left wants to force people who don't agree with — in polite terms we'll call an elective procedure — to provide support for it. What country is this?
We applaud the Virginia Catholic Conference, Representatives Weldon and Davis, the Virginia Congressmen who signed their letter, the Bush administration, and all who work diligently to ensure this most basic right to those in the medical profession.