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History Repeats Itself

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment




The Case for Local Control

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Consider:  The President supports building a Mosque at Ground Zero.  So, why can’t the people of Orange County, Virginia build a Walmart?

The case against it

From “The Free Lance-Star” Saturday August 14, 2010

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The Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and six nearby residents are suing the Orange County, Virginia Board of Supervisors over its approval of a special-use permit to allow Walmart to build a 138,000-square foot Supercenter a quarter-mile north of State Route 3, near the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, about 3 miles from our home at Lake of the Woods.  The plaintiffs claim that the Orange County zoning ordinance doesn’t “give reasonable consideration to the objective of protecting against destruction or encroachment upon historic areas” and that the Walmart site is part of the Civil War battlefield.

“We’re arguing that there is a substantive defect in the ordinance,” Rosenbaum said. “The plaintiff wants the county to adopt an ordinance that goes along with the state statute.

Orange County Attorney Sharon Pandak argues that there is no federal or state law that addresses what needs to be included in a zoning ordinance in regard to battlefields and that it is up to each locality to set historic preservation provisions in their zoning ordinances.

The suit also claims supervisors failed to comply with the county’s comprehensive plan and that the Planning Commission made procedural errors in the course of three separate votes on the permit.

In addition to the county, defendants include Walmart and the owners and developer of the 51-acre parcel where the store is to be built.

The trial is set for January 25, 2010.

The case for it

According to Walmart’s website, here are the benefits of this development project:

The project is expected to create approximately 300 new jobs, the majority of which would be full time positions.

  • In 2008, Walmart Stores and Sam’s Club gave $13,497,262.00 in cash and in-kind donations to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Virginia. Through additional funds raised through stores and clubs throughout the state, Wal-Mart contributed and raised a grand total of $14,753,255.00 as a result of its presence in Virginia.
  • An independently-certified study showed that Wal-Mart saves the average American household more than $2,500 per year, regardless of where they choose to shop.
  • Shoppers will also benefit from Wal-Mart’s $4 Prescription Drug Program that has saved customers more than $1.6 billion dollars since it was introduced.
  • 17 acres of land – one third of the total project area – will be preserved for conservation and left in a natural state.
  • Walmart is leading a global sustainability effort to reduce energy consumption through a variety of initiatives that will also be used at this store.
  • The average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Virginia is $11.20 per hour (Walmart Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets). Additionally, associates are eligible for performance-based bonuses.
  • Nearly 2/3 of all our management associates company-wide, began their careers as hourly associates.
  • Wal-Mart collected on behalf of the state of Virginia more than $277.4 million in sales taxes in 2008.
  • Wal-Mart paid more than $30.5 million in state and local taxes in the state of Virginia in 2008.
  • The new store will help fulfill the County’s goal of diversifying the economic base that will help fund various projects and priorities.

Should Orange County, Virginia be permitted by the court to build the Walmart?

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The Time Has Come For All Americans To Step Up!

July 8, 2010 1 comment

Our federal government is really in a bind. It has become so large now that it cannot fix itself, but that is what it tries to do.

Something that really drives me nuts is this notion that employees of our government must sell things to each other. The sheer amount of money and energy spent selling so called ‘good ideas’ and ‘personal agendas’ is overwhelming. But there are bigger problems.

Our government is broken. It is badly in need of repair. The only way to fix it is to cut off the money. Stop paying for it. Require the budget to be balanced and only spend what it takes in.

Will that be painful…yes! But what is the alternative, more government spending? I think not.

To get the conversation going, why don’t we push senior entitlements out to age 85 for everyone under 55 today and for those under 60 cut all the senior benefits in half.  Reduce federal government payroll costs by 25 percent with an immediate across the board pay cut, and cap federal executive pay at $125k for all government employees including the Congress. We must restore the civic duty of service and not continue to bankroll federal corruption.

It’s time for drastic measures America. We all need to step up. There is no easy way out. Government employees and Congress are incapable of fixing it from the inside. They lack the knowledge and the incentive. Reform can’t happen under the current spending arrangements and it won’t happen unless the American people step up.

Warner and Webb – What does Virginia Get?

December 23, 2009 6 comments

Open Letter to Senator’s Warner and Webb (formerly Democrats, now secretly representing the New Progressive Communist Party – VA): 

Senators, I apologize for my harsh criticism over the last year.  I wasn’t smart enough to see your secret plan.  But after Louisiana and now Nebraska landed wonderful deals I think I know what you’re doing.  You’re obviously holding out for something even more outrageous and I think I know what it is.  You are holding out so Virginia gets three things out of this (maybe we’ll hear about it at the planned 7am Christmas Eve vote): 

First, I agree with you that we should be able to keep our military bases.  It has been reported that Senator Nelson was threatened by the President that if he did not vote for a health care bill, that Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska would be closed.  We want our military bases to stay in Virginia. Good call to hold out for that one. 

I have to admit that I was really upset when I heard that Nebraska was able to secure free Medicaid forever. That means that the rest of us Americans will be paying for it.  But you guys are being patient and savvy, waiting for the big deal.  I know what you rascals are up to. 

You’re going to tell the President that you will vote for his bill if two more conditions are met. 

First, you’ll tell him that none of the special tax increases for items excluding income apply to Virginia.  That’s right.  We won’t have to pay for any other state’s medical equipment or special fees for eating hamburgers or visiting tanning salons.  Good move… shake him down a bit like he’s used to in Chicago.  Then drop the big ball. 

Tell the President that Virginia’s wants an irrevocable amendment to the Constitution providing a total exclusion from paying anymore social security, Medicare, and federal income taxes – forever.  That’s right; we want a zero tax rate for people and businesses across the state.  Virginia will become the economic epicenter of the world!  You guys are brilliant.  We’ll get jobs, a better economy, and no taxes.  To hell with doing anything for our country, the Senate is teaching us it’s just about doing what’s best for our state, right? 

You have the power now that your two votes are needed.  These guys are really desperate and will do anything.  Like the White House is saying today on the news, let’s do it the way it’s always been done in Congress and leave it to the other states to pay since they are dumb enough to pay for Louisiana and Nebraska.  We know that the bill is unconstitutional, but let’s leave it to the fools in other states who are voting for all this nonsense to pay for it.  Obviously they will.  Or even better, leave it to their kids in their states and generations to come to pay for it (and all those unborn masses we used to call a fetus).  Why should we care, we’ll be living like fat cats in Virginia.  Who cares about the United States anyway? 

You know, I really thought you two were dumb enough to go along with this nonsense until I realized you couldn’t be that stupid and had a secret plan to negotiate for the bigger deal.  Let me apologize once again.  

You fellas are brilliant and I think your plan to hold out for the bigger deal is a good one.  

So, is this really what you’re going after or do you have something even more outrageous in mind? 

Do tell.  Virginians want to know.  Answer the question: What does Virginia Get? 

Oh,… almost forgot… there is one more item.  The next thing you’ll need to do is introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill to keep those pesky Americans from other states from coming across Virginia’s borders for jobs.  I mean, what right will they have to our fantastic economy and health care when we make it better on our own without the federal government interfering?

Take The 2009 Christmas Economy Survey

December 13, 2009 Leave a comment

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