The Politics of Defeat
As bad as things may have seemed for the Virginia GOP recently, the way things are going in the General Assembly they could get a lot worse, and I'm not just talking about 2007.
While Virginia's economic growth has resulted in piling up massive surpluses and leaving Virginians feeling relatively comfortable, two things have been happening in Richmond. First, a coalition of Democrats and Republicans have set about imposing the largest tax increases in the history of the Commonwealth and moving Virginia steadily up the chart in terms of the average tax burden per resident. Second, the state legislature has been fattening itself and its friends on bigger and bigger budgets full of spending projects designed to reward special interests.
One of these days, Virginia's voters are going to wake up and look at their tax bills in shock and then they'll feel the oppressive hand of excessive regulation and the poor quality of government-provided services and they're going to be angry. Then the next thing they'll do is look at who was in charge while all this taxing and wasteful spending was going on and they'll see it was the GOP.
Of course, just like every election cycle, the GOP will say they are the party of fiscal responsibility and limited government, then most of them will go right back to Richmond and start taxing and spending all over again.
Folks, this is not meant to be an indictment of the Republican Party, it is meant to be a wake-up call. If we Republicans continue to elect those who do nothing but act like Democrats, then we'll have no one to blame but ourselves when voters get fed up and decide to just start electing the Democrats. There are precious few Republicans in Virginia today who are willing to campaign and vote the same way. While we may not feel it today or even very soon, following a two-faced philosophy (one in Richmond and one back home) is a surefire recipe for defeat in our future.