Scott Rigell Signs Tea Party Pledge

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    That’s right, Scott Rigell is no longer a mainstream Republican (if there is such a thing anymore), he’s an outright tea partier who believes that:

    *Congress should “set America on the right fiscal track by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment or similar Constitutional amendment.”

    *”Internet neutrality,” “campaign finance reform” and the “fairness” doctrine somehow “abridge free speech.”

    *Congress should pass legislation that “defunds, repeals, and replaces the Affordable Health and Patient Recovery Act and actively promotes free market solutions to address the nation’s healthcare concerns.”

    *It’s essential to “fight any measure that subverts U.S. sovereignty, whether through trade, currency, environmental causes, the United Nations, immigration amnesty, or under the guise of human rights.”

    What’s really interesting is that, despite his supposed concern for the budget deficit, Rigell’s campaign says it opposes cutting government “entitlement” programs like Social Security, Medicare, and “federal welfare and education programs.”  The problem is, if you pledge not to raise taxes and if you take “entitlements” off the table, about the only possible way of balancing the budget would be to zero out all “discretionary” spending, including military spending. Is that what Scott Rigell’s advocating Or, would he prefer to raise taxes sharply? Which is it, Mr. Rigell?

    P.S. It’s lunatic crap like this that pushes me to support “Democrat” Glenn Nye, even though I don’t like the guy one bit. Ugh, what a choice!

    P.P.S. By the way, Rigell also has signed onto the Koch-funded, Americans for Prosperity “No Climate Tax Pledge.”

    • Dan Sullivan

      This pledge will have little effect on Rigell’s support from the GOP but removes any hope that Golden can obtain an endorsement from the Tea Party. Karen Hurd, the nominal Top Pot of the local teasters, says she doesn’t want Golden to hurt Rigell’s chances against Nye. This agreement probably eliminates Golden as a factor in the race.

    • blue bronc

      What does he think about repealing the 14th and 17th Amendments?

    • Virginia Beach Democratic Committee Chair Susan Mariner says, “Scott Rigell, Congressman Nye’s Republican opponent, has finally revealed some of his true colors by agreeing to sign the Tea Party pledge.”

      Yes, he most certainly has!

    • linda b

      Not just the tea party thing but has he aged beyond recognition?

      I remember seeing him at a church thing years ago and well he looks awful.

    • libra

      would he?

      Lowkell, your:

      What’s really interesting is that, despite his supposed concern for the budget deficit, Rigell’s campaign says it opposes cutting government “entitlement” programs like Social Security, Medicare, and “federal welfare and education programs.”

      “isn’t the half”, as our Brit friends say. The repeal of the healthcare reform, by itself, would carry a heavy price:

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.c

      How is he going to do that, on top of not touching all the above-mentioned “entitlements” and still keep the deficit from falling into a no-return ditch? Inquiring minds would like to know…  

    • LittleDavid

      Enough is enough.  Progressives won’t vote for moderates because they are not Democratic enough?

      In the most recent poll conducted by Gallup, 42% of Americans self identified as conservative, only 20% as liberal or progressive with 35% as moderate.  Gee, if the Democratic party is for progressives only, then just how have they been winning elections with only 20% of the vote?

      If Democrats control Congress, and progressives are only 20% of the vote, that means more moderates then progressive voters voted for the Democratic candidates.  Now, do you enjoy having Democratic representatives in Congress instead of Republicans?  No you don’t unless that representation is 100% progressive, right?  Ever heard about proportional representation?  You’re only entitled to 20%.  If you want to remain in majority you have to include some moderates in the mix or deal with a Republican majority in Congress.

      • Elaine in Roanoke

        Susan Mariner may well be the best grass-roots Democrat in Virginia.

    • walkabout

      I’m donating to Scott McAdams, the next Democratic Senator from Alaska.  I recommend you listen to him at:

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/

    • LittleDavid

      First off am I a homophobe?  Guilty as charged I guess and it is a label I’ll wear with pride.  I support society’s encouragement of monogamous, heterosexual relationships.  I have analyzed the arguments of the pro-gay marriage issue and found them to be less then persuasive.  However I do not think this is the thread to argue about that.  Glenn Nye voted for ending of DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) and as a retired veteran I support his vote.  I believe in tolerance but not encouragement.

      Am I a global warming denier?  I think that is the wrong description.  Calling me even a skeptic would be incorrect.  I agree global warming is happening, however I still have questions as to whether green house gas emissions are the sole cause.  Look at Mars.  The CO2 ice caps on Mars are melting at the same time our planets H2O ice caps are melting.  Why are both planets suffering from similar occurrences at the same time?   If green house gas emissions are the sole cause of Earth’s warming how does that explain what is happening on Mars?  I do generally support efforts to reduce green house gas emissions because I accept these emissions are part of the problem; however I question if these steps alone will be enough to solve it.  I believe those of you who think the solution is that easy are fools.  Look at Mars and please include an explanation for what is happening there in your thinking.