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What Washington Can Learn from Richmond

By Bob Rayner
Published: April 4, 2010

An extraordinary contrast is emerging between the style and philosophy of governing as practiced in the executive mansion just north of the Potomac River and the Executive Mansion just north of the James River.

In Washington, President Obama is borrowing, taxing, and spending with abandon — with little apparent concern about the long-term consequences of his unprecedented expansion of government control of the economy and the claims it will make on future earnings of the American people. The president’s agenda relies on one-party power and minimal attempts at compromise.

In Richmond, on the other hand, Gov. Bob McDonnell has just closed a $4 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. To do so, he made significant cuts in a budget that had expanded by more than 70 percent in a decade — better than 28 percent for every citizen in Virginia (in inflation-adjusted dollars).

In a meeting with The Times-Dispatch last month, the governor said making the cuts were “the most difficult decisions I’ve made in 19 years of public life.” He made them nevertheless — and helped persuade a state Senate controlled by Democrats and a House of Delegates controlled by Republicans to accept the necessary reductions in government expenditures while protecting the family budgets of ordinary Virginians.

McDonnell met the claims of those who insist that government must always grow — even when growth in the private sector has stalled — with the obvious but too rare assertion that limiting public spending is not only unavoidable in the wake of a deep recession, but sometimes healthy. “We are a very prosperous state . . . .We do have room, as painful as it is, to make these reductions in a prudent way,” he said last month.

Facing the most challenging state budget gap in at least a generation, McDonnell crafted a bipartisan compromise that allowed the General Assembly to adjourn just one day later than planned.

Please read the rest at Richmond Times Dispatch.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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