Things in the Commonwealth are not as our Governor portrays as Pete Snyder explains in his message below.[read_more]
“Go through the numbers, look where we are today. Things are booming.” — Governor Terry McAulliffe (The New York Times 2/21/2015)
Last year under Governor McAuliffe, Virginia ranked 48th out of 50 states in economic growth. The Virginia economy grew at a mere 1/10th of 1%, with only Maryland and Alaska ranking worse. With a new, reformed-minded Republican Governor in Maryland, Terry will have to hope for some help from Alaska to stay out of the bottom spot this year.
With Virginians hurting so badly under his watch it takes a lot of nerve for Terry to call the economy “booming”. In fact, even the jobs being added in Virginia’s economy are paying far less than the jobs that have been lost- leading to even more economic stagnation.
But the Governor in charge of the nation’s 3rd worst economic growth is praising President Obama’s policies and calling on him to “market his policies better.” Speaking of the Obama Administration, Terry goes on to say that “I think they need to do a much better job of explaining their successes… I don’t get it.”
I don’t get it either, Terry. I don’t understand with Virginia’s economy spiraling downwards under your watch you could possibly call things “booming”. Do you really believe that economic activity that only brings along growth of 0.1% is “booming”? With all of your praise for Barack Obama’s economic policies — of which, both sequestration and the President’s regulatory attacks on Virginia’s coal industry have had a devastating effect on our growth — how could you really be looking out for Virginia’s economic best interest?
Let me tell you all the truth. Governor Terry McAuliffe is proving that he is just too close to President Obama and Hillary Clinton to stand up for Virginia’s economy. While Virginians are hurting, instead of fighting for Virginians and acting in our best interest as Governor, Terry still wants to be a partisan mouthpiece for the DNC and a cheerleader for the very policies that have cratered our economy.
As we enter the final week of the General Assembly and the state budget is settled for the upcoming biennium, I ask all my fellow conservatives to reach out to our GOP majorities in the House and Senate and tell them to stand strong. No more taxes and no more big spending. With another three years of Governor McAuliffe’s “booming” growth ahead of us, we won’t be able to afford anything else.
Chairman, Disruptor Fund