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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tim Kaine sacrificies Virginia on the Alter of Vice Presidential Ambition

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WOW. Is Tim Kaine Running Virginia or Running for Vice President? Delegate Bill Janis asks that question and makes a compelling fact based case that Tim Kaine is sacrificing Virginia on the Alter of Vice Presidential Ambition. Read the document below. It speaks for itself. Bill "Sun Tzu" Janis is on the warpath. In the ultimate tribute, MAXIMUS dismounts and fights on foot with Janis.

For Immediate Release Contact: Delegate Bill Janis
All Media Phone: 804-698-1156
June 11, 2008

“Governor Kaine is Sacrificing Virginia
on the Alter of Vice Presidential Ambition”

Today, in a detailed memorandum, Delegate Bill Janis exposed Governor Tim Kaine for putting his personal ambition to be Vice President ahead of the interests of the Commonwealth.

Delegate Janis noted two important, and recent, statements by the Governor which demonstrate that Kaine is less interested in solving transportation problems than he is in scoring partisan political points and promoting his apparent ambition to be on the Democrat national ticket this Fall:

Governor Kaine in the Washington Post, explaining why he didn’t really care whether his transportation plan passed, said:

“It will be very productive to either try to find a solution or make it plain to people who are standing in the way.” And “We are going to make something happen or let the public see who is obstructing, and frankly that is one of the reasons why Democrats have won elections in Virginia.”

Shortly after admitting that he cares more about political posturing than problem solving on transportation, Kaine changed his tune concerning speculation he might be Barack Obama’s running mate. After several months of politely denying his interest, last week Kaine told the Richmond Times Dispatch:

“I don’t say no to the President. I think he’s (Obama) going to be President. I think it would be hard to say no...”

Reacting to the Governor’s newfound candor on his VP ambitions, Bill Janis said;

“You can tell where a man’s heart is by where he devotes his time and his treasure. Tim Kaine has been devoting his time, attention and treasure to running for Vice President, not to solving Virginia’s problems.”

“He has spent over 19 days jetting around the country with Barack Obama, but only fifteen hours over 10 days promoting his transportation plan.”

“He has not lined up any Democrat or Republican support for his plan. But he has nevertheless summoned a second special session of the Assembly to be held during the time Vice Presidential candidates are being vetted.”

“That’s exactly why, despite the absence of any Democrat consensus or support for his proposals, Tim Kaine must have the Assembly in session, in Richmond, in June, precisely when Barack Obama will be vetting potential VP candidates, and making his final decision on a running mate. The special session will provide Kaine the perfect platform to keep his name on the pages of the Washington Post, showcasing his ambition by battling the Republicans in a ‘swing state’ legislature.”

“Unfortunately, while this may be a political ‘win-win’ for Time Kaine, it is a “lose-lose’ for Virginia taxpayers who will pick up the tab for Kaine’s ambition. If the Governor’s plan fails, we still pay for a special session devoted to pointless, partisan, political posturing. If the Governor’s plan passes, we all pay the price in higher taxes that will kill jobs, undermine housing and new car sales, and further weaken the economy.”


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Is Tim Kaine Running Virginia or Running for Vice President?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

I Tim Kaine is not serious about addressing Transportation challenges.
He refuses to offer modest “fix” for regional authorities
He offers a “plan” that doesn’t even enjoy Democrat support
He states openly that the Special Session is politically motivated

II So why would Governor Kaine insist on calling the Session in June?
No one will vote for his plan
He has spent little time or effort “selling” his “plan”
Little consensus for any plan other than NVTA “fix”
Taxpayers will not be happy to pay for session
House elections are in 2009 not 2008

III Governor Kaine is campaigning for Vice President at Virginia Taxpayer Expense
Kaine has held only 10 Town Hall Meetings for 15 hours
Kaine has devoted 19 days to campaign for Obama
Kaine spent many more days stumping for Obama than for his “plan”

IV Special Session in June coincides with Obama’s decision on VEEP
Kaine says it’s a “win-win” for him whether or not plan passes
Look what a massive tax increase did for Mark Warner’s “fed cred”
Obama-the DC insider Senator - needs a Governor on the ticket


TIM KAINE IS NOT SERIOUS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

Governor Tim Kaine has taken the extraordinary step of calling a second Special Session of the General Assembly since the adjournment of the Regular session in March. The Governor announced his intention to call this Special Session in the immediate aftermath of the Virginia Supreme Courts action in February invalidating portions of HB 3202 that created the regional transportation authorities for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

The constitutional flaws of HB 3202 were created by the Governor’s 2007 amendments to the legislation that passed the House and Senate, specifically, changing the composition of the regional authorities from elected to appointed representatives. These regional authorities could be easily remedied today, by simply amending the law back to the way it was when it passed the General Assembly, and without the Governor’s “improvements.” This would immediately restore approximately $400 million of transportation funding for Northern Virginia, and about $200 million for Hampton Roads. The Governor’s refusal to act is costing NOVA alone over $1 million per day.

This could be done in less than an hour when the Assembly convenes on June 23, 2008. Instead, the Governor now refuses to simply remedy the regional authorities which were created to address the acute transportation challenges facing NOVA and HR. The Governor’s ostensible purpose for calling this “Transportation” Special Session, is now to address a “maintenance funding shortfall” which the Governor only “discovered” since March, and which he never mentioned last year when he was touting HB 3202 as a significant, comprehensive, bi-partisan response to our transportation challenges.

The Governor, has offered his own “transportation plan and is proposing a 1 percent sales tax increase in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Governor Kaine includes a series of massive new statewide taxes, including a 1-percent increase in the motor vehicle sales tax, a $10 boost in the vehicle registration fee and a higher tax on home sales. At a time when the housing market and car sales (two historic anchors of Virginia’s economic strength) are extremely vulnerable, Kaine has singled them out to be targeted for additional taxes and fees that will only further slow activity in these sectors.

WHO EXACTLY SUPPORTS TIM KAINE’S “PLAN”?

Why is Governor Kaine so nonchalant about the prospect of predicted failure for his plan? Could it be because Senator Dick Saslaw, leader of the majority Democrats in the Senate, has already declared that any proposal (such as the Governor’s-for the time being) that does not include a statewide increase in the gasoline tax will not pass Senate muster? Could it be because Brian Moran, House Democrat Caucus Chairman and Democrat Governor-in-Waiting, has ruled out a statewide gasoline tax, but favors a statewide sales tax increase? Could it be because Ward Armstrong, Democrat House Minority Leader will not pledge House Democrat support for the Governor’s plan either? Besides Tim Kaine, precisely who supports his plan? Search though you may, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an elected member of the General Assembly- Democrat or Republican-who will pledge support for Kaine’s plan.

Could it be that Kaine is just playing politics? Or perhaps running for Vice President?

He told Tim Craig of the Washington Post:
"It will be very productive to either try to find a solution or make it plain to people who are standing in the way," said Kaine, who raised $4 million last year to help Democrats retake the state Senate. "We are going to make something happen or let the public see who is obstructing, and frankly, that is one of the reasons why Democrats have won elections in Virginia."
Kaine’s blatant political posturing explains why he has presented a transportation plan which even Democrats don’t support. In Tim Kaine’s world politics trumps policy every time.

KAINE”S EFFORTS TO “SELL” HIS “PLAN”

It should not have been surprising to Governor Kaine that Assembly Republicans would not support his massive statewide tax and spend plan. But neither do Assembly Democrats. What has Tim Kaine done to get his Democrat Party behind his plan? He has “gone on the road.” The Governor has scheduled ten town hall style meetings around the Commonwealth, each scheduled for 90 minutes, to promote his “plan.” That’s about fifteen hours of advocacy for his “plan.” (see ADDENDUM I).

Fifteen hours sure doesn’t seem like very much time stumping for his plan, a plan that is allegedly so “urgently” needed that Governor Kaine has summoned the General Assembly back to Richmond for the second Special Session this year. In my experience, most people generally prioritize their time, treasure, talent, attention and effort to those projects that are most urgently needed, or are most important to them.

But, Kaine has lots of time to campaign for Barack Obama.

Consider, for example, how much time Tim Kaine has devoted to stumping on behalf of Barack Obama. A cursory examination of the Governor’s schedule found that Tim Kaine has spent over 19 days since last November traveling around the nation on behalf of Obama in a private jet. Kaine has visited at least seven states stumping for Obama. (see ADDENDUM II).

Kaine has spent five days in Iowa, three days in Indiana and three days in Texas (so far) stumping for Barack Obama. And Tim Kaine continues to jet around the country long after Barack Obama has secured his party’s nomination. Just this weekend he jetted off to Austin, Texas for the Democrat State Convention and headlined Fox News Sunday for Barack Obama.

And on his transportation “plan”? Kaine has earmarked fifteen hours.


WHY THIS PLAN? WHY AT THIS TIME? WHY “THE URGENCY OF NOW?”

Despite his “Herculean” efforts, there is still no Democrat consensus for his proposal. Furthermore, with all the traveling he’s been doing lately, there is apparently not enough time in Tim Kaine’s day to ultimately win over Assembly Democrats for his “plan” before June 23. Why then would the Governor continue to insist on calling the Assembly back to Richmond for the second Special Session in June, at significant taxpayer expense? What is the hurry?

What is so urgent right now? What else could be motivating Kaine’s actions right now? Well, for one thing, his close friend Barack Obama is looking for a suitable Vice Presidential running mate......That’s pretty important.

Kaine said earlier last week it’s “extremely unlikely” he would be asked by Barack Obama to run as vice president. But Kaine added, “I don’t say no to the president. I think he’s going to be president. I think it would be hard to say no, but I don’t spend that much time thinking about it.” (RTD Thursday, Jun 05, 2008).

He doesn’t spend much time thinking about it? He certainly has spent more time stumping for Obama than stumping for his so-called “transportation plan.” But Barack Obama has been the presumptive Democrat nominee for over two months. Why all the effort, energy and travel? Why so many missions on the private jet (THINK ABOUT THAT PERSONAL CARBON FOOTPRINT!) to states such as Texas, South Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Iowa?
Tim Kaine has scheduled only ten town hall meetings to promote his “plan.” But Kaine found time to make at least four trips to Iowa!!!! No wonder Barack Obama chose Virginia to kick off his “victory lap” last week. He has a staunch supporter (and potential VP) in Tim Kaine.
Just this weekend, instead of promoting his transportation plan, Tim Kaine was in Austin, Texas promoting his vice presidential ambitions. Anybody see him on Fox News Sunday? Until Obama names his Vice Presidential running mate, that may be the only place most Virginians will be able to catch a glimpse of their jet-setting Governor Tim Kaine!
CONCLUSION
Tim Kaine is running for Vice President.
His so-called “transportation plan” is merely the vehicle for calling a Special Session for promoting his Vice Presidential ambitions.
Kaine has said he believes that if he pushes through a tax increase he “wins.”
Think about how pushing through the Republican controlled 2004 General Assembly the largest tax increase in Virginia history burnished Mark Warner’s flagging reputation and ignited his Presidential aspirations.
But won’t Virginia voters be upset if Tim Kaine successfully raises their taxes at precisely the time our economy is slowing and vulnerable?
Yes they will. But remember: all those potential Obama voters in Indiana, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and of course, Iowa, will not be paying those higher “Virginia Democrat Vice Presidential Ambition Taxes.”
But they will be pondering how a Southern Democrat Governor and former Mayor like Tim Kaine, with the “vision” and “courage” to raise taxes during a recession, would make an attractive complement to Barack Obama’s total lack of any executive experience.
Conversely, if Republicans (and probably House Democrats too) refuse to ratify Kaine’s massive new taxes, Kaine believes he still “wins.”
Kaine will simply blame the House Republicans.
Either way, in June, Tim Kaine advances his VEEP ambitions at taxpayer expense.
That’s exactly why, despite any Democrat consensus or support for his proposals, Tim Kaine must have the Assembly in Session in June, precisely when Barack Obama will be vetting potential VP candidates, and making his final decision on a running mate. The Special Session will provide Kaine the perfect platform to keep his name on the pages of the Washington Post, showcasing his executive leadership, and therefore his “vice presidential potential,” by battling the Republicans in a “swing state” legislature.
Unfortunately, while this may be a political “win-win” for Time Kaine, it is a “lose-lose” for Virginia taxpayers who will pick up the tab for Kaine’s ambition. If the Governor’s plan fails, we still pay for a special session devoted to pointless, partisan, political posturing. If the Governor’s plan passes, we all pay the price in higher taxes that will kill jobs, undermine housing sales, and further weaken the economy.


ADDENDUM I
TIM KAINE’S TRANSPORTATION TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Tuesday, May 13 — Woodbridge
When: 7:00 P.M – 8:30 P.M. Where: Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building Auditorium 15941 Donald Curtis DriveWoodbridge, Virginia
Thursday, May 15 — Peninsula
When: 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center, Conference Rooms A&B1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, Virginia
Tuesday, May 20 — Marion
When: 6:00 P.M – 7:30 PM Where: Hemlock Haven Conference CenterHungry Mother State Park2854 Park Boulevard Marion, Virginia
Thursday, May 22 — Staunton
When: 6:30 P.M – 8:00 P.M. Where: James D. Francis AuditoriumPearce Science Center, Third Floor227 E. Frederick StreetMary Baldwin CollegeStaunton, Virginia
Tuesday, June 3 — South Hampton Roads
When: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Where: Virginia Beach Convention CenterSuite One, Second Floor1000 19th StreetVirginia Beach, Virginia
Wednesday, June 4 — Radford
When: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Where: Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium Radford UniversityRadford, Virginia
Saturday, June 7 — Danville
(Note: No Unclaimed Property Division.)When: 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Where: Executive Auditorium at The Institute Conference CenterThe Institute for Advanced Learning & Research150 Slayton AvenueDanville, Virginia
Wednesday, June 11 — Leesburg
When: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Where: Harper Parker Middle School Auditorium701 Potomac Station Drive NortheastLeesburg, Virginia
Monday, June 16 — Hopewell
When: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M Where: The Beacon TheatreFlannagan Family Grand Ballroom, Third Floor401 North Main StreetHopewell, Virginia
Thursday, June 19 — Fredericksburg
When: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.Where: Jepson Alumni Executive Center Ballroom1119 Hanover StreetFredericksburg, Virginia

ADDENDUM II
TIM KAINE’S VICE PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION TOUR
NOVEMBER 17-18, 2007 (TWO DAYS) IN IOWA
DECEMBER 22, 2007 (ONE DAY) IN SOUTH CAROLINA
DECEMBER 23, 2007 (ONE DAY) IN IOWA
http://www.barackobama.com/2007/11/17/virginia_governor_tim_kaine_tr.php
http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/search.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-12-21-0127.html
http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1353518430&channel=353512430
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2007/12/kaines_hits_the_trail_again_fo.html

JANUARY 1, 2008 (ONE MORE DAY) IN IOWA
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/01/virginia_gov_tim_kaine_joins_o.html

JANUARY 3, 2008 (ONE MORE VERY BUSY DAY) IN IOWA
http://www.barackobama.com/2007/12/21/governor_tim_kaine_returns_to.php

FEBRUARY 2, 2008 (ONE DAY) IN GEORGIA
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/02/kaine-stump-obama-georgia

FEBRUARY 9-10, 2008 (TWO DAYS) IN (SURPRISE!) VIRGINIA
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nqz9unCxJgM&feature=related
http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/search.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-02-09-0047.html

FEBRUARY 29-MARCH I, 2008 (TWO DAYS) IN TEXAS AND KANSAS
http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/search.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-02-29-0205.html

APRIL 19, 2008 (ONE DAY) IN PENNSYLVANIA
http://www.wsls.com/sls/news/local/article/governor_kaine_spends_Saturday_in_pennsylvania_campaigning_for_obama/9529/

MAY 2-4, 2008 (THREE DAYS) IN INDIANA
http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1397257
http://www.raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=14039
http://virginiapolitics.mytimesdispatch.com/

MAY 8, 2008 (ONE DAY) BACK IN VIRGINIA
http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2007/05/obamaville_michelle_obama_stum.html

JUNE 5, 2008 (ONE DAY) IN VIRGINIA
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/06/obama-camapaigns-virginia-today-webb-kaine-warner

JUNE 6-7, 2008 (TWO DAYS) “ON THE ROAD AGAIN” TO TEXAS http://www.burntorangereport.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5907

1 comment:

rightwingliberal said...

If Janis is serious about bringing back HB3202, it's almost as bad as Kaine's nonsense.

We don't need ANY tax increases.