The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Evening #2 with the Fairfax GOP

Nothing says "fun" like a blurry Blackberry photo.

I had the pleasure of spending yet another delightful evening with the Fairfax Republican Committee last night, and didn't want to let the occasion pass without at least a little bit of a note.

Made some awesome new friends, and then proceeded to spend most of the meeting doing my best to represent the Ann Coulter wing of the party as best as I can. I was also delighted to have the occasion to hang out with John Brownlee and Steve Hunt for a bit, which is always a pleasure! My opinion still hasn't changed all that much since our last meeting—I really wish Ken Cuccinelli would remain on guard in the Senate, seeing how we don't really have a replacement candidate that we can run in his place—but, as some of my newfound friends explained, there may be ulterior election-related reasons for this particular adventure.

Bad times are afoot in Fairfax County? Perish the thought.

What could possibly go wrong when a self-admitted Californian invader comes within a whisker's width of winning a seat in the Virginian General Assembly, anyway?

I did have a rather unusual conversation with one of the gentlemen handing out Bob McDonnell (I think) flyers—Upon seeing that I was helping someone else pass out flyers about an anti-Tax rally around these parts—I don't particularly support the cause of rallies—I was just trying to make myself useful before the meeting started up—he remarked that the Republican Party needed to find a "better" message than that.

Oh really? Why's that?Well, he said, how else are we going to fix the budget problems we're having here in Fairfax County, unless we're allowed to increase the taxpayer's burden? Or, as he put it, "collect revenue?"

Yeah. About that: As I've said in a previous argument here, there is miles—nay, lightyears—of fat that needs to be cut from Fairfax County's budget. Programs that don't even make logical sense in the most productive times in history—Yet this supposed Republican says we're supposed to ignore all of that, and just mindlessly steal more money from the public?

Fricking awesome. No wonder people just don't feel inclined to vote for the Republican Party here in Soviet County.

Anyway, he launched the traditionally-dismissive "Well what programs would you cut?" question at me—providing me with a list of exactly two examples: Education and Social Security.

Jokingly, I said "Sure, cutting those would be a good start." And of course, my flyer-flipping friend missed the joke entirely, saying that it was a good thing I'm not running for office.*

Of course, if he's the standard bearer for our party here, maybe he makes a good point.

I mean, nobody would ever vote for someone who insists on budgeting things responsibly, would they?

Anyway, feel free to chime in on what programs you think Fairfax County could do without down in the comments section. I noticed that a handful of delightful older gentlemen were passing around a petition to "save" County funding of a "senior center," and in true ruthless tax-cutting fashion, I suggested that perhaps it's an expenditure we can do without.

Am I ruthless? Do I hate old people?

Of course not. But, considering the times of economic hardship our County faces—yes, largely due to the short-sighted Boards of Supervisors who have come before us, considering how much we're now paying on interest to service the County bonds they've sprung on our voters—I would've thought that the wise old sages amongst us would have known that we all have to tighten our belts.

Why does it always have to be everybody else that does the tightening?

We desperately need to get back to our core principals, from the looks of things.

* Update: Now that I think about it, I believe the exact phrase my associate used was, "I've never heard a Republican run on cutting Social Security before," to which I replied, "Gee, I guess it's a good thing I'm not running, then." My memory isn't what it used to be.

Google's memory is, though.

How's about Barry Fricking Goldwater's position on the behemoth, in which he "suggested that Social Security be made voluntary."

That's a "cut," right?

Here's a basic conservative principle for you: Nobody has the right to receive money from the Federal treasury.

Just like the Federal treasury ought to have no right to receive money from us.

Or something like that. Goldwater, I ain't.


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