After reading the latest articles on Bacon’s Rebellion, both by DJ Rippert, I never want to hear the phrase “best managed state in the country” about Virginia again. Why not? First, there are Virginia’s Numerous Governance Problems:
Let’s Summarize: Virginia’s governance system has an all-powerful General Assembly. The governor is a short timer from the day he or she is elected. The localities are too small and underpowered to challenge the Clown Show. The judiciary exists at the behest of the Clown Show. And the citizens have no recall, initiative or referendum rights. Meanwhile, anybody with money can buy an unlimited level of influence from our General Assembly.
Free trips to France on Air Uranium, anyone? Oh wait, first you have to get elected – if you miraculously happen to live in a competitive district with an incumbent who isn’t completely entrenched, that is. Good luck!
Second, check out Virginia is for Sheeple:
GA uber alles, clowns for life. Virginia’s General Assembly has passed laws neutering the executive and legislative branches of the state government. It has adopted a strict Dillon’s Rule implementation that effectively shuts out the local governments. Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg. The Clown Show in Richmond assures not only its omnipotence but the permanence of its members.
This permanence is created through odd year elections, unlimited campaign contributions, shameless gerrymandering and other artifices. The end result is the state with the least competitive legislative elections in every year where the level of competitiveness has been measured.
Any further questions? Good, now can every self-serving politician please STOP using the phrase “best managed state in the country?” It’s bull-you-know-what, and you know it! Instead, how about let’s all work to fix this unholy, Byrd Machine mess and stop pretending that everything’s hunky dory in the Old Dominion? Unless, that is, we all find it easier to be “sheeple” (just watch out for the wolves, though)!