Virginia AG Mark Herring Breaks His Oath of Office – Will Media Notice?

Mark Herring

As I posted about earlier, well before his tightly contested race for Virginia Attorney General was decided, this decision by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to NOT enforce/defend Virginia law was forthcoming.

Professor Ackes wrote about the Supreme Courts gay marriage decision:

That may be enough to have the laws and the constitutional provision overruled. But it gets even better if the state has a Democratic governor: For he may declare now that he will not enforce the constitutional amendment, for he thinks it runs counter to the federal Constitution. And by the holding today in the case on Proposition 8 in California (Hollingsworth v. Perry), the backers of the constitutional amendment will have no standing in court to contest the judgment. Constitutional amendments are meant to secure provisions that will not be undone by the shift in season from one election to another. But with the combination of these two cases today, any liberal governor can virtually undo a constitutional amendment on marriage in his state.

Every officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, upon taking office, takes this oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as . . . . . . . . . . according to the best of my ability, (so help me God).

Ethics? Only for Republicans. Laws? Only Republican legislators/officers are bound by them.

CNN: ObamaCare Causing Americans to Lose Their Doctors (Video)

They’re a little late to this news. This is also known as the next part of ObamaCare that President Obama lied about. Given that Medicare reimbursement rates are being severely cut next year and that ObamaCare takes $300B from Medicare Advantage (where these Doctors are being cut), folks should NOT be surprised at this news. Reminder, top hospitals are ALSO ‘opting out’ of ObamaCare.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner made essentially the same promise that ‘ If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan’ that President Obama promised over and over and over again. We now know that this promise is 150% false. To make matters worse, Senator Warner voted to give non-citizens health care. See more about Mark Warner’s ObamaCare lies at this link.

The terrific Avrik Roy, writing at Forbes, notes the following about the Medicare cuts:

The logic for cutting Medicare Advantage—and it’s not an unreasonable one—is that prior to Obamacare, taxpayers paid $1.14 to cover a Medicare Advantage enrollee for every dollar they paid to fund someone in the traditional, single-payer Medicare program. The Affordable Care Act cuts 14 cents from the Medicare Advantage reimbursements in order to bring the two programs in line.

The private insurers who supply Medicare Advantage plans, like UnitedHealth and Humana, have been responding to the cuts by squeezing out inefficiencies in the way they deliver care. One obvious way to do that is to pay doctors and hospitals less—or kick out the providers who refuse to accept lower reimbursement rates. And that’s what United has done, according to the WSJ report from Melinda Beck.

“Doctors in at least 10 states have received termination letters, some citing ‘significant changes and pressures in the health-care environment,’” writes Beck. “The notices also tell doctors they can appeal within 30 days. That means many physicians and patients won’t know for sure who is in or out of UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage networks before the open-enrollment period to switch Medicare plans ends on Dec. 7.”

This Maryland Woman REALLY Loves Christmas (Video)

Via WFB, meet a Maryland woman that has 277 Christmas trees in her house.

What Jim Moran, Tim Kaine, and Mark Warner Got Alexandrians For Christmas (Infographic)

The office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released its 2013 “Wastebook” recently, listing 100 examples it deems wasteful spending this year. Jim Moran, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner all voted for the really bad Paul Ryan/Patty Murray budget deal so, via Heritage, here are a few examples of what Virginia federal legislators got for Alexandria, Virginia residents this year.

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Where the ‘1 Percent’ Lives – Washington, D.C.


The Occupy Wall Street movement targeted Wall Street. They really should have targeted the fat cats in Washington, D.C.

Via The Washington Business Journal

The District’s total personal income in 2012 was $47.28 billion, or $74,733 for each of its 632,323 residents, according to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Economic and Revenue Trends report for November.

The U.S. average per capita personal income was $43,725. The highest of the 50 states, Connecticut, fell 25 percent short of D.C.

Personal income is a combination of work and non-work related components — wages and salaries, employee health and other benefits, proprietor’s income, property income and transfer payments (such as Social Security).

(H/T Instapundit)

Tim Kaine and Mark Warner Really, Really Hate Military Veterans

Mark Warner Tim Kaine Jim 'Melon Head' Webb
As the Senate votes on the really bad Paul Ryan/Patty Murray budget deal, Tim Kaine (Mark Warner too) voted to block the restoration of benefits for military veterans, especially disabled veterans.

Senator Jeff Sessions offered an amendment would prevent the cuts to military retirement benefits, including those for disabled veterans by targeting a child tax credit loophole that illegal immigrants have used to unlawfully obtain welfare benefits. Both of the Virginia Senators voted no.

Given Tim Kaine’s history of disrespect for the military, one should not be surprised.

In lieu of eliminating some of the $125B – $200B that the federal government wastes each year, Mark Warner wants to restore the military benefits by going after big business (so the federal government can get MORE revenue to waste?). This logic by Senator Warner is dumbfounding.

After all, why do companies use these loopholes? Because the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. But, Senator Warner wants to do nothing but raise taxes further on Americans and corporations.

As Winston Churchill said:

”Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Quote of the Day – P.J. O’Rourke on Liberalism

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”P.J. O’Rourke

See also this quote from Dame Margaret Thatcher on how Liberalism fails the poorest in society.

(H/T Jim)


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