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America’s neglected economic engine

Economic statistics can be confusing, contradictory, and sometimes, downright indecipherable.  They often appear as a jumble of observations, predictions, and warnings.  Gathering any meaning from them, particularly in the snippets presented in the popular press is difficult at best.  There is encouraging news about manufacturing and worrisome news about the cost of energy.  However, lost in all that news and analysis, is any discussion of what makes it all run.  While Wall Street and the corporate giants appear to the dominant players, in the United States, when it comes to jobs and productivity, success or failure, growth or stagnation, the future

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Mitt Romney’s slog to the Republican nomination

As a candidate for the GOP nomination, or even should he run as an independent later this fall, Congressman Ron Paul has virtually no prospects when it comes to his quest for the Presidency. He is simply too far out there in his own political world to ever capture much of the mainstream vote. However, last Tuesday, right here in Virginia, he got his largest percentage of the vote, in any Republican primary, ever. Pitted one-on-one with Mitt Romney, opposed by most of the state’s Republican establishment, including the Governor, the quirky Texan got 41.5% of the vote. He even managed to win the 3rd Congressional district and with that three delegates. Of course, as my Grandfather used to say, that and a dime will get you a cup of coffee. However,

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A word to the Senate Democratic Caucus: Pass the Budget

Just for the record, in last year’s State Senate, I voted for the Democrat in my District, Toddy Puller.  And yes, had I had my way, a majority of the State Senate would have been Democrats.  But that’s not the way the state voted.  The Democrats started out with 23 Senators and on election night were down to 20.  Given how good a year it was for the GOP that wasn’t a bad result, but in the world of Senate politics, it turned everything upside down.  And now, because the Democrats are still fuming about their status, Virginia, for the first time in years, risks ending the session without a budget.

But, first, a little background is required or otherwise no one reading this will understand why we’re in this mess.  The State Senate has 40 members, and with no independents, that means there are now 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.  In the Senate, the majority party allocates members to the respective committees, and because it has the majority, makes sure that their party has enough votes in each committee to elect one of their own as

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A vote in Virginia’s primary for Ron Paul wouldn’t be all bad

Just like our un-winter, the upcoming GOP Presidential primary is being called the un-primary. With only two candidates, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, having managed to collect the daunting number of signatures needed to get on the ballot, Republican voters don’t have much of a choice. Or do they?

Mitt Romney has failed to capture the heart of the Republican Party. Even his supporters don’t seem enthusiastic. There is none of the passion I have seen in years past for other Republican nominees. As for the conservative base - the folks who figure the strongest in picking the nominee - there is a wide range of reactions. Some loathe Romney. In fact, some, I suspect, if asked, are more likely to give Barack Obama a kind word than they are the former Massachusetts Governor. Some, however,

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The Fantasy Convention, will it be real?

Editor’s Note: This “fantasy convention” article may prove to be reality. Keep reading!

Just a month and a half ago it looked like Mitt Romney was the presumed Republican nominee for President. He had won the Iowa caucuses, or at the time we had thought he had, and later went on to win New Hampshire. And then, oops, sorry, not so fast, Newt Gingrich won South Carolina. All at once Romney wasn’t the presumed nominee.

But, oh wait, then Romney won Florida, and once again, the aura of likely nominee returned. Nevada kept that image

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Can Allen still get the GOP nomination?

George Allen is an icon in the Virginia Republican Party.  He was that scrappy legislator who made the Democratic Majority in the House of Delegates so uncomfortable, and then, after a brief stay in the Congress (brief because his old Democratic colleagues redistricted him out of his seat), he was that come from behind long shot who managed to defeat the anointed successor to the three term Democratic dynasty in Richmond, Mary Sue Terry.  And then, he was the Governor, who did something remarkable.  He managed to carry out several of his most high

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