|McDonnell is adamantly opposed to the Commonwealth raising any taxes or fees to cover any portion of the state revenue shortfall. Instead, he says we should tighten our belts and drastically cut the budget to cover the shortfall in funding.
Of course, as is usual with Republicans, the people being asked to tighten their belts are the children, the sick, the poor, the elderly, the teachers.
McDonnell thinks that the Recovery Act is bad, bad, bad...but not bad enough that he will reject any of the money he has his hand out to collect. Oh, except the part that would have extended unemployment benefits to laid-off Virginia workers. That had to be rejected because it would have cost business a whopping $4.50 per year per employee.
On the other hand, McDonnell thinks that it's O.K. for the federal government to add to its deficit and hand over to Virginia money that the state needs. That's even worse than the usual "borrow and spend" philosophy the GOP has foisted onto people for the last thirty years.
This new GOPer idea is: The Feds should take on the debt, but then they should give the money to Richmond. That way, goodies like no estate tax for the wealthy can be preserved.
McDonnell, like so many other Republicans, believes in biting the hand that feeds it. GOPers rail against the hated federal government and use the anger they stir up to get elected. Then, they turn around and want money from the very government they say is so bad.
After meeting with the governor, Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) said he was disappointed that transportation was not among what McDonnell said were his top seven priorities, but supposedly McDonnell promised to bring that issue up "next time."
At least I now know exactly what McDonnell's "transportation plan" is. He is going to do nothing and follow the "Scarlett O'Hara philosophy" about dealing with that crisis: "Fiddle dee dee. I'll think about that tomorrow."
As if endorsing Recovery Act spending and a government-run health care plan called Medicaid, plus keeping mum on transportation, wasn't enough, the governor made even more news yesterday.
During his interview on WTOP radio, McDonnell said that he planned to serve out his full term, but he refused to rule out resigning in order to run for president or vice president in 2012.
I wonder how that will play among people who thought they were electing a governor, not an ambitious national politician?