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Fluvanna Citizens Support Charlottesville Tea Party

April 7, 2009

Citizens all across Fluvanna County will make their way to the Downtown
at 3:00PM on April 15, 2009 to join the Charlottesville Tax Day Tea Party.

Working in conjunction with a national grassroots effort promoted by Glenn Beck’s The 912 Project, Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions, and other conservative activist groups found at, folks all across the county will gather in Charlottesville in protest over the massive government spending in Washington DC.

“I’m so sick of watching our government spend our money in Washington — and Palmyra, for that matter – as if the stuff grew on trees,” laments Cunningham resident Carrie Wigal, “but then again it’s quite clear they recognize that it does grow on trees since the Treasury just printed a trillion dollars last week…perhaps using the timber cut from fields here in Fluvanna.”

Lake Monticello resident Pat Graziano asks, “Isn’t it time Congress AND our local AND our state lawmakers, realize taxpayer money doesn’t come out of the “petty cash box”?” She continues, “There are now millions of people in this country who have lost their jobs, yet Congress gets a $4700.00 raise??  This has to change.”

Plans are under way for a rally/march to take place in Charlottesville starting at the east end of the Downtown Mall near the Pavilion and finishing in front of Congressman Tom Perriello’s office. Participants are encouraged to bring tea bags to give to the Congressman as a reminder of the event and food donations for the Charlottesville Emergency Food Bank.

More information on The Tax Day Tea Party can be found at Or at


Senator Mark Warner Wants to Hear From You!

US Senator Mark Warner (D)Have you contacted your Senators yet concerning your thoughts on the “Stimulus Bill“? I did yesterday. Today I received a response from one of them, Senator Mark Warner (D). Here’s what he had to say to me:

Dear Mrs. Wigal,

Thank you for contacting me with your views on the economic stimulus package.  In order to best represent you as your United States Senator, it is vital that I hear your view on this and other important matters.

We have received numerous responses from across the Commonwealth from those both in favor of the stimulus and those opposed.  I understand concerns about the expense of the bill and about certain provisions included in the package.  Although no effort on this scale will be perfect, President Obama and the relevant Congressional committees have been in close consultation with our state and local officials and a wide range of economic experts who have indicated that this agreement represents a prudent and effective path to economic recovery.  To do nothing could lead to catastrophic consequences for small businesses and working families across the country.

The committees drafting the legislation have provided for unprecedented oversight, accountability and transparency to ensure that taxpayers’ money is handled carefully and used in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  You should know that a Recovery Act and Transparency Board will oversee the disbursement of the funds and a website provided by the White House, <> , will post detailed information about recovery spending.

Again, thank you for your input.  As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns.

United States Senator [emphasis mine]

Oh, don’t worry, Senator, you will be hearing more from me.  “…a prudent and effective path to economic recovery…“? I don’t think so. Let us review again:

  • $7.7 billion for various upgrades and work done on federal buildings
  • $5.2 billion for voter fraud experts ACORN and other “neighborhood stabilization” groups
  • $2.4 billion for carbon capture projects
  • $1 billion for AMTRAK
  • $650 million–more–for coupons for the conversion to digital television
  • $600 million for federal automobiles
  • $400 million for research into global warming
  • $335 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted disease
  • $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts

How is $650 million (more) spent on coupons for the conversion to digital TV an effective path to economic recovery? Sounds to me like Big Brother the government seems a bit anxious about having folks tune into their boob tubes…why is this tucked inside a “stimulus bill”?

And $5.2 billion to ACORN and the like? Are you kidding me? After the obvious bias in this last election…prudent, my pinky toe!

TelephoneCall your Senators today! Tell them to quit playing party politics and act on your behalf…the primary objective is to “create & preserve jobs”, isn’t it? If they want to help stimulate the economy, they need to quit dolling out dollars to special interest groups and pet projects. The secondary objective was for “infrastructure investment” yet only about 17% of the near $900 Billion is designated for that…and that is the secondary objective? How many objectives are there for this “American Recovery & Reinvestment Bill of 2009”?

Get on the horn today and give a shout out to your public servant (a.k.a. US Senator)…he/she needs to hear from you NOW.

Vote NO for this so-called “Stimulus Bill”.

Tom Perriello Votes Yes on Stimulus Bill

Congressman Tom PerrielloYesterday, the House passed the “Stimulus Bill” a.k.a. H.R.1 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act with a vote of 244-188 with every Republican voting against it. While I’m still angry that this bill passed in it’s current form, I’m glad that the GOP stood together in opposition after a day-long debate. Unfortunately, my representative didn’t vote the way I wanted…Tom Perriello voted “Yes” on this “stimulus” bill.

[NOTE: Had Virgil Goode still been in office, he would have most certainly voted against this spending frenzy as he did when he voted twice against the initial bailout bill. I sure hope he plans to run again in 2010.]

But Mr. Perriello is my representative now, and I have my eye on him. I plan on holding this man accountable for the work he’s doing in DC on my behalf, and I will be certain to be a vocal constituent.

For those who would like to know where some of this $819 BILLION dollars is expected to go, here goes:

  • $7.7 billion for various upgrades and work done on federal buildings
  • $5.2 billion for voter fraud experts ACORN and other “neighborhood stabilization” groups
  • $2.4 billion for carbon capture projects
  • $1 billion for AMTRAK
  • $650 million–more–for coupons for the conversion to digital television
  • $600 million for federal automobiles
  • $400 million for research into global warming
  • $335 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted disease
  • $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts

Given the fact that we do not have this money to spend in the first place, why in the world are we spending it on stuff like this?

Be sure to thank (or chew out) Congressman Perriello for spending your money this way.

Meet Cory the Driller

C Miller Drilling LogoI just heard about this guy on FoxNews named Cory, the Driller and Googled him to find a copy of his open letter to Senator Obama.

Being an entrepreneur myself (and being raised by an entrepreneur), this letter speaks volumes. I encourage you to read this and put a “face” to one of those making over $250,000 that Senator Obama feels the need to tax more so that they can redistribute his wealth…in fairness to the rest of the middle class (“middle class” is code word for anyone who thinks they are not “rich” by Obama’s standards).

Mr. Obama,

Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me “Cory the well driller”. I am a 54-year-old high school graduate. I didn’t go to college like you, I was too ready to go “conquer the world” when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80’s oil boom. I didn’t get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawnshop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start not a result of privilege. It is the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self-discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn’t afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10-year-old, ½-ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).

A year and a half after I started the business, I scraped together a 20% down payment to get a modest bank loan and bought a (28 year) old, worn out, slightly bigger drilling rig to allow me to drill the deeper water wells in my area. I spent the next few years drilling wells with the rig while simultaneously rebuilding it between jobs. Through these years I never knew from one month to the next if I would have any work or be able to pay the bills. I got behind on my income taxes one year, and spent the next two years paying that back (with penalty and interest) while keeping up with ongoing taxes. I got behind on my water well supply bill 2 different years (way behind the second time… $80,000.00), and spent over a year paying it back (each time) while continuing to pay for ongoing supplies C.O.D. Of course, the personal stress endured through these experiences and years is hard to measure. I do have a stent in my heart now to memorialize it all. Continue reading

What Caused the Economic Crisis in US?

If you can’t tell, I’m really mad about the lies and deception being spread about the cause of our economic woes today. Barack Obama stated in the last debate that we shouldn’t be looking backwards for blame but rather forward for a solution (my paraphrase). But you know what…it ticked me off to listen to Nancy Pelosi point fingers of blame at “Republicans” and praise the likes of Senators Chris Dodd and Barney Frank when the initial bailout bill was on the table. I’m not saying that there were no Republicans to blame for the crisis…but c’mon – quit lying to us! (Please understand, I’m not trying to make this a Republican vs Democrat thing…but rather asking our leaders to throw partisanship aside and speak plainly…everyone should own up to their personal/political participation in the fallout.)

Here’s another video laying out more information leading up to this economic disaster…the housing bubble…sub-prime mortgages.

As you can see in this video, there is good reason why Senator Obama doesn’t want us to look back to the cause…because he’s more than knee-deep in doo-doo over this himself.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

I came across this video and I’m sorry, but this makes me so angry. Thankfully my Congressional Representative Virgil Goode voted “NO” again on the latest bailout bill, and I am happy to be giving him my vote next month. But the more I hear about the cause for this bailout in the first place, the more red I see as adrenaline races through my body. I’m outraged!

I tell my kids it’s not nice to call someone a liar, but I have to tell you, folks…we are being lied to! Watch this video and see for yourself. Please feel free to share your comments below.

Republicans & Democrats on Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

I just came across this video clip of a report done on Fox News concerning the timeline leading up to the Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac disasters.

Interesting how folks like House Speaker Pelosi want to quickly point fingers to Republicans for blame, yet this reveals a very prominent Democrat (Congressman Barnie Frank in Sept 2003) denying any problem was ever on the horizon and said “…the federal government doesn’t bail them out”.

By the way, it appears both President Bush (April 2001, 2003, Fall 2003) and Senator McCain (May 2006) spoke out on this debacle years ago.

Also, the final results of the vote yesterday in the house rejecting the “Rescue” bill to bailout Wall Street’s bad decisions provide a very telling picture.

Of the Democrats in the house 95 out of 235 rejected the bill…that’s 40%. Of the Republicans in the house 133 out of 198 rejected the bill (67%). How frustrating that Speaker Pelosi only wants to tell half the story…obviously it’s more than just the House Republicans who couldn’t stomach this plan. Thank you to those who realized that this was not the “best” plan for this crisis. My Congressman, Virgil Goode rejected it, and I’m grateful for his voice!

US Constitution Up Close and Personal

National Archives BuildingI specifically wanted to check out the National Archives building on Constitution Avenue in DC this past weekend, more specifically the original Charters of Freedom documents.

We were one of the last visitors on Saturday to view the U.S. Constitution housed in the Rotunda, and it was a remarkable experience.

Unlike the scene depicted in the Disney movie, National Treasure, the rotunda was smaller, darker and much more crowded. And of course, I was sure to pick up my copy of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights in the gift shop before leaving…my only real tourist-trap souvenir purchased during the whole weekend-long trip.

Tot-Teaching Trailers Still Abound

Primary School ChildrenFluvanna County has had problems of over-crowding in the elementary and middle schools for several years now. The band-aid solutions have been to install trailers on the two campuses, but these were only meant to be temporary. Well, another school year has gone by and still no reasonable solution has been provided by the School Board for the near future.

Last fall funding for the controversial Domino Plan was granted by the Board of Superintendents despite a public outcry to the School Board for a referendum. This is the LARGEST expenditure Fluvanna County has ever seen at a whopping $100 Million and the decision was left up to six individuals to make the call. Now just two weeks ago a significant problem surfaced with the proposed site calling for another multi-million dollar expenditure in order to proceed as scheduled.

I am outraged that the School Board seems hell-bent on pushing this plan through and that more members of the Board of Supervisors aren’t saying “WHOA!”. Where is the accountability?! Continue reading

New High School Site

A Letter to the Editor of the Fluvanna Review, published May 15, 2008, written by Supervisor Gene Ott, upon hearing comments made by Mr. William McCullin at the May 7th Board of Supervisors meeting…more millions at stake

As one of your elected Board of Supervisors (BOS), I am responsible to be a good steward of our local tax dollars. As many of you know, I did not vote for the Domino Plan, but I support that decision and am moving on to make sure we build the best school at the best price at the best location.

Shortly after I took office in 2004, I voted with the other BOS members to give the current site to the School Board. It was a decision I have never fully embraced, but the subject has never arisen until some concerned citizens got me directly involved again. The current site is very large but mostly unsuitable for anything except a reservoir or outdoor trails. There are numerous streams and steep hills with deep valleys throughout the site.

To say the least, it will cost millions to prepare the site for an 80-acre school complex proposed in the Domino Plan. The curvature of the road along the site is another concern that has not been fully discussed to date.

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