I was in my yard this afternoon escaping Redskins ineptitude by raking leaves when a young man came walking up the pipestem. Jason Flanary, GOP candidate for the Senate in Va-37, was in my yard.
I enjoy talking politics. I really enjoy talking politics as a break from physical labor. Talking politics while taking a break from physical labor and escaping Redskin ineptitude all at the same time is a big time trifecta.
I could not help but think that the last time a candidate came knocking on my door was one Ken Cuccinelli during a special election in 2002. Somehow my door has been missed by all statewide and congressional candidates, as well as the Hoot, John Cook, Eileen Filler-Corn, Dave Marsden, Steve Hunt, and a host of school board candidates.
OK, that made the guy aces high with me before he said very much to me…
Jason proved to be well spoken, knowledgable about a wide variety of issues, and quite personable. He asked about my neighbors, when we were going to carve pumpkins, and noting the variety of sports paraphernalia littering my driveway asked about my kids sports and the like.
As he left, I realized that even had I not already planned to vote for him, he told me something proved once and for all why we need to send Jason Flanary to Richmond and not Dave Marsden.
In the years ahead there will come a time at the federal and state levels where taxes will likely have to increase. Inflation makes it likely, the immense federal deficit makes it almost impossible to avoid. The needs of transportation infrastructure in Virginia is so large that the time will come when additional funds will be needed.
But before we raise taxes, I think it is critical that we know that our governments are operating as lean as possible, that current revenues are being used effectively and not being wasted.
We know there are a variety of philosophical differences between Flanary and Marsden, as there are between Republican and Democrat. But government effectiveness is a non-partisan issue. All parties should want to get the most bang for the buck. Just as no one wants to pay more for groceries than they have to, no one wants to pay more for a government program-no matter how necessary that program may be-than is necessary.
Who is going to be more effective in searching out waste and inefficiencies? Would you prefer…
1) A career bureaucrat who is schooled and thoroughly indoctrinated in the practice of “spend it all by the end of the fiscal year” so you can justify even more the next year regardless of need?, or…
2) A private sector businessman who is trained in the reality of squeezing dollars and making ends meet as effectively as possible-because the result of not doing this means the loss of jobs and the end of a business?
Now more than ever we need government efficiency, and I suggest someone familiar with ROI and capable of recognizing and ending waste is a better choice than someone who-beyond all the potholes and shortcoming in his record-is not prepared by experience or achievement to make the difficult choices that have to be made to ensure our tax dollars are best used.
Jason, thank you for stopping by and good luck to you!
OH, and btw, the folks across the street are with you.