Thursday, August 26, 2010

Virginia Fifth District Race - #2075 - Tom Perriello: Keep Stealing? Yes, We Will! - Keith Drake, Guest Editorial - Schilling Show Blog

Tom Perriello: Keep Stealing? Yes We Will! - Keith Drake, Guest Editorial - Schilling Show Blog - In a rare moment of “accidental honesty affliction” or “AHA,” Congressman Tom Perriello told a group of constituents last March: “If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing.” (emphasis added).  Video of the event produced and posted by The Schilling Show made the national news. While many chided Congressman Perriello for the embarrassment of his AHA moment, others applauded him for his honesty.  And rightfully so, on both counts.  But now he’s campaigning for reelection, and it’s hard to run from an AHA moment when the YouTube video has over 30,000 hits.

Instead, Perriello tries to spin his remarks to his advantage. At a town meeting he hosted last Friday, he deftly rephrased his initial AHA remark to:  “Congress will continue to steal from people unless they’re given no other option.”and “Congress will keep stealing unless they’re given no other choice.” (again, emphasis added)  He even refers to it as one of his “favorite quotes.” Indeed.  He goes on to talk about how “corrupt” Congress is, how we need to fix things in Washington, and yes, he even throws in the obligatory “blame Bush” reference.  It is not insignificant that Congressman Perriello attempts to distance himself from the corruption in Washington by now referring to “Congress” and “they” instead of his original “our” and “we.”  But his original AHA remark was on the mark. Despite his attempts to pretend he is not part of congressional corruption, it is apparent from his voting record that he is part of the problem, for sure.

During the town hall meeting, another constituent asked him what he would tell our children about the national debt we’re leaving them, due in large part to the failed and so-called “stimulus” spending, national health care, and other major initiatives that spend money we don’t have.  His response: “I think we will … get rid of it — that’s what we gotta do.”  Simple as that. No explanation as to “how” we’ll get rid of it--other than a weak reference to “making tough decisions.” Perriello’s lack of specificity in dealing with our national debt — coupled with his appetite to spend other people’s money — clearly indicates he is part of the corruption, not the solution.  As much as he tries to hide from his record, it is there, and his constituents know it. The profound effect of his tax-and-spend votes on the course of our nation is not lost on voters in Virginia’s 5th District.

Audrey Welborn, an attendee at the meeting gave the best response: “I am not going to accept that from any of our representatives. They should, on their own, be trying to do what’s best for the taxpayers … because I’m not going to accept that I need to tie their hands so that they’re not going to keep stealing our taxpayer money.”  Amen.

From AW:  I never could seem to get thru to Tom Perriello this was a phrase he should stop using, taxpayers will never accept that this is something we need to get used to, he is merely trying to make his original statement back in March meaningless.  He spoke the truth then, and he needs to admit he is part of the problem, not an innocent bystander.  He has voted for Cap and Trade, Health Care and Stimulus bills that will continue to steal from us. WE WILL TIE HIS HANDS, WE WILL VOTE TOM PERRIELLO OUT OF OFFICE NOVEMBER 2, 2010.

Embattled Democrat Joins Call for Treasury Secretary Geithner to Go - Wall Street Journal - First it was House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, making his pitch to the electorate to be made House speaker in part by calling for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to be fired.  Now embattled Democrats are getting into the act.  Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democratic freshman and one of the most-endangered House members, has called for Geithner’s head, at a town-hall meeting in Ruckersville, Va. In a news release Thursday, the Jefferson Area Tea Party, not Perriello’s best mate, struck a rare note of agreement with the Democratic lawmaker – sort of.  “In calling for Secretary Geithner’s firing, we support Congressman Perriello’s sentiment, with the hope that by replacing our nation’s chief economic policy makers we can begin the path to economic recovery,” wrote Carole Thorpe, chairman of the group.  Thorpe demanded Perriello take his calls to fire Geithner beyond district town hall meetings and issue a news release to the media.  Read more.......

Perriello Beat Boehner to the Punch on Call for Geithner Firing - Washington Post - House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn't the only member of Congress who wants Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to be fired.  Two days after Boehner called on President Obama to get rid of Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers, Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello (D) is getting some attention for making a similar call at a recent town hall meeting in Ruckersville.  Perriello's call for Geithner's head drew a favorable comment from the Jefferson Area Tea Party, and Perriello will be addressing the group Thursday evening. "In calling for Secretary Geithner's firing, we support Congressman Perriello's sentiment, with the hope that by replacing our nation's chief economic policy makers we can begin the path to economic recovery," JATP Chair Carole Thorpe said in a press release issued by the group.  Read more.......

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