7th Congressional District representative to the US House Eric Cantor celebrated his 46th birthday last night at the Science Museum of Virginia. The outdoor event under a cloudless blue sky featured BBQ and hot dogs and a DJ playing some pretty good tunes. As most people finished eating, Cantor took the microphone and thanked numerous staff workers and volunteers and recognized hislong time friend and previous occupant of the 7th district seat Tom Bliley.
Cantor proceeded to show the invited guests that he is working for the people even on his birthday. He said the main stream media covered Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s speech in China at Peking University in Beijing. Cantor said Geithner received a round of laughter when he told the best and brightest at the University that China’s assets are very safe. Not surprisingly, the MSM failed to report the laughter. Many in China believe that the money they are loaning the United States would be better spent investing in China’s own people.
Cantor went on to say that President Obama told the United States that we are “out of money”, and a few days later bought General Motors. Cantor stated that spending is out of control and must be stopped. The concern in his voice echoed the deep concern he has for the future of the country if we do not curb the spending now. His speech was interrupted a couple of dozen times with applause and cheers as his message rang true: This has to stop.
I spoke to Cantor after his speech and thanked him for the job he is doing. While there are those that have not agreed with some of his votes, I am of the opinion that he did exactly what had to be done at the time. Cantor sees the big picture and realizes that, as in chess, a sacrifice is necessary to win the game. I am proud that he has the courage to cast his votes with an eye on the desired outcome, and not just how the vote will play with his supporters. The supporters that are also able to see the “big picture” understand. Eric Cantor will do the right thing.
The evening was made even more enjoyable by the fact that renowned blogger SWAC girl’s Mom and Step-Dad happened to sit at the same table. I met her briefly at the Republican Convention last weekend on Blogger’s Row. She is a wonderful conversationalist and can tell you anything that is going on in the world, and particularly the “blogosphere”. I am looking forward to seeing both of them at future events.