I’m proud to be a Virginian. I chose to live in Virginia over DC & Maryland because I didn’t want to live in a community that was politically homogeneous. I like talking to people who come from different backgorunds &
I don’t mind that as many as 60 cents of my tax dollar never come back from Richmond. I don’t mind taking losses in Richmond on issues we care about, from transportation funding to marriage rights for all to continued state subsidies for dirty energy. I don’t mind the handcuff of the Dillon Rule because it forces us to fight for what’s right for the whole state, not just our own community.
But I’ve discovered a new feeling in the last few weeks thanks to the McDonnell/Bolling/Cuccinelli administration. I’ve been embarrassed to be a Virginian. And I’m not alone.
Fairfax, whose million residents make it bigger than seven states
“Transportation is a priority for you folks in Northern Virginia,” says John Garner, the Democratic Party leader in Galax, “but it’s not a priority for anybody else.”