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Del. Patrick Hope Urges Bob McDonnell To Rein In Cooch

Excellent work by my delegate, Patrick Hope. Thanks.

Warner to GOP: Instead of Trying to Repeal Health Care Reform, Work to Make...

I agree with some of their points that we don't go far enough on cost containment...but how this bill is implemented is really going to be where the rubber hits the road. I, for one, believe there's more we can do around this issue of cost containment. And I would hope in the coming weeks and months, rather than fighting to repeal, that they would join with us in finding that common ground to make this legislation even better.

Video: Why China Is Winning the Clean Energy Race

By the way, the World Meteorological Organization just issued a report  which "found that 2009 was the fifth warmest year on record 'since the beginning of of instrumental climate records around 1850.'" But no, the world's not getting warmer or anything. Hey, it snowed last winter! (snark)

FBI Investigates Incident at Home of Tom Perriello’s Brother

This is where the type of overheated, angry rhetoric we see from some - not all, of course - Tea Party activists can lead.
Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman's vote for the health care bill.

An aide to the congressman confirmed to POLITICO that a line to a propane tank behind his brother's home near Charlottesville had been sliced.

The FBI would not disclose the details of the incident, but said that they have been to the home.

As Politico also reported (on Monday), "Mike Troxel, an organizer for the Lynchburg Tea Party, posted on his blog what he thought was the congressman's address, encouraging tea party activists to 'drop by.'" Well, it looks like someone might have done just that. Wonderful.

P.S. If you want to support Tom Perriello, who has taken courageous votes for health care and climate action in the fact of the type of hostility reported above, please click here. Thanks.

UPDATE: Bradley Rees, who tends toward the Tea Party himself, weighs in and is not pleased.

IF (& I repeat, IF) an FBI investigation tracks this gas line incident to ANY conservative- I will do everything I can to see them jailed...Further- whoever did this, if it proves deliberate & not a bizarre accident (lawnmower, etc), should be jailed. It's malicious either way.

UPDATE #2: Waldo Jaquith weighs in.

Federal, state, and local officials are investigating what's is believed to be an attempt on the life of Congressman Perriello. Coleman is now claiming to be shocked that this "collateral damage" has resulted. This is the same Coleman who planned to burn Perriello in effigy. Having spent a year and a half suggesting that Perriello should be assassinated, we're now to believe that he's shocked-shocked!-that anybody might actually give it a whirl.

Teabaggers are completely ineffective in the political realm. So now they're left attempting to murder their own congressman. This isn't a political movement. It's an assassination conspiracy. It's terrorism.

UPDATE #3: Rep. Perriello's office has issued a statement.
My number one priority right now is ensuring the safety of my brother's family, and I am grateful to law enforcement for their excellent work. While it is too early to say anything definitive regarding political motivations behind this act, it's never too early for political leaders to condemn threats of violence, particularly as threats to other Members of Congress and their children escalate. And so I ask every member of House and Senate leadership to state unequivocally tonight that it is never OK to harm or threaten elected officials and their families with anything more than political retribution. Here in America, we settle our political differences at the ballot box.

UPDATE #4: SEIU weighs in for Tom Perriello.

Video: “Yes we can” vs. “Hell no you can’t!!!”

Democrats say "yes we can!"  Republicans say "hell no we can't!"*

*Unless, of course, we're talking about starting wars; taking rights away from people; giving wealthy corporations and individuals huge tax cuts they don't need and didn't ask for; worsening economic inequality and exacerbating social injustice; harming the environment; making us more dependent on oil from petrodictators and terrorists; etc.

Commonwealth Institute: McDonnell Budget Costs Us 37,000 Jobs, Over $2 Billion in Lost GDP

The "independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit" Commonwealth Institute just released a new study analyzing the impact of Bob McDonnell's budget on Virginia's economy. It's not pretty.

An estimated 37,000 job losses and reduced economic activity of over $2 billion will likely result from cuts to state spending in health care and education under the budget approved recently by the General Assembly according to a new, comprehensive study released today by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.

In addition, the analysis estimates that the cuts will result in over $2.2 billion in lost gross domestic product over the biennium and over $1.5 billion in lost personal income.

"We are not just talking about a few jobs here," says Michael Cassidy, Institute Executive Director. "We're talking about causing the layoffs of more people than are currently employed with Northrop Grumman's Newport News Shipbuilding. That's never okay."

Using nationally recognized REMI economic modeling, The Commonwealth Institute estimates that 37,000 jobs would be eliminated under the General Assembly's compromise budget, which now awaits the Governor's signature.

As always, heckuva job by the Republicans.

“Dear Conservative Americans”

This is amazing, I strongly recommend that everyone read it. Here's the beginning:
Dear Conservative Americans,

The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now.  You've lost me and you've lost most of America.  Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I'd like to give you some advice and an invitation.

First, the invitation:  Come back to us.

Now the advice. You're going to have to come up with a platform that isn't built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more.  But you have work to do even before you take on that task.

Your party -- the GOP -- and the conservative end of the American political spectrum has become irresponsible and irrational.  Worse, it's tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred.  Let me provide some expamples -- by no means an exhaustive list -- of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.

If you're going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you'll have to start by draining this swamp:

What follows is an exhaustive list, duly cited and linked, of conservative "hypocrisy," "hyperbole," misunderstanding of "history," and of course "hatred."  As my friend Josh says, "Quite possibly the greatest takedown of conservative hypocricy, hyperbole, and hatred in history." Check it out.

George Washington vs. Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli is arguing that a "mandate" by government for citizens to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. Is it? Let's ask George Washington.
The truth, however, is that the Second Militia Act of 1792, required a significant percentage of the U.S. civilian population to purchase a long list of military equipment:
[E]very citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided...
This Act became law only a few years after the Constitution was ratified, in President George Washington's first term. Many of the Members of Congress who voted for the Act also were members of the Philadelphia Convention that wrote the Constitution. In other words, they probably knew a little bit more about the Constitution than Ken Cuccinelli.
Yes, they certainly did know more than our (not-so) esteemed Attorney General. But then again, so does anyone, their uncle, their pet hamster, their goldfish, etc. Ken Cuccinelli: lowering the collective IQ of Virginia government since 2002!

UPDATE: According to Washington and Lee University law professor Timothy Stoltzfus "Health bill lawsuits are going nowhere". Total demolition of Cooch; case dismissed!

Tom Perriello On Health Care Reform and Conviction Politics

Watch this speech, then if you agree with me that Tom Perriello is exactly the kind of person we want and (badly) need in Congress, please let him know we've "got his back" by giving generously to Tom's reelection campaign. Thanks.
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