Tag Archives: Eric Cantor

Cantor Condemns Violence; Kaine Seizes Fundraising Opportunity

25 Mar

Virginia Virtucon has the story: Cantor Calls On Kaine To Stop Fanning The Flames Of Violence For Political Gain

Cantor’s statement:

This violence, real or imagined, is helping no one. But the fact remains that the left is orchestrating a campaign for political gain. They’ve done it before. Over on Facebook a friend posed a link to a Moveon.org call for Republicans to condemn the hate. I responded:

Every Republican leader I’ve heard has done just that. Including my Congressman Eric Cantor whose campaign office had a bullet come through the window the night after the vote.

Or maybe we could ask Bart Stupak who before he sold out his vote, was receiving hate mail and threats from people on the left.

As for Moveon.org, it’s a case of “physician heal thyself” or a case of clean up your own house before you clean up mine.

The media and the left ignored the calls to kill George Bush, ignored the “Snipers Wanted” caption under his picture on Craig Kilborne’s show. I could show you dozens of pictures of George Bush with a bullet hole painted on his head, or an effigy of him in a guillotine. Does any of that justify the comments from the right, if indeed that’s where they’re from? Of course not.

Pay attention, this is an orchestrated campaign to take attention off the fact that the majority of the American people do not want this legislation.

Violence and hatred is never justified, so yes, I’ve been hearing conversatives and Repuiblicans and the official Tea Party leaders repudiating the hate and attacks all day long. I just read a statement from Virginia’s own Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who was the first to challenge Obamacare in court. Unlike the left, we DON’T tolerate it.

I could also show you a video several years back of Nancy Pelosi saying “we welcome dissent” when referring to anti-war protestors.

But, in spite of all the rhetoric about hate and attacks that may or may not be happening Congress still hasn’t reallized one thing – the American people are pissed off.

I’m not in the business of making threats or advocating violence. But I am working my backside off to produce justice come the November elections.

Maybe this is what Joe Wilson was talking about…

2 Oct

It’s a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge — not just government, not just insurance companies, but everybody including employers and individuals.  And it’s a plan that incorporates ideas from senators and congressmen, from Democrats and Republicans — and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.  
President Barack Obama
Speech to Congress, September 9, 2009

Harkin: No place for GOP at Senate health-bill table
Des Moines Register

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said today Republicans will not be at the table when the Senate merges the health-care bills from two committees before sending one to the floor.

 “The people of this country overwhelmingly elected Democrats to the House and Senate.”

EXCLUSIVE: Cantor: Obama’s not met with GOP leaders since May
The Washington Times

President Obama has cut off communication with Republican leaders, going more than four months without hosting the bipartisan congressional leadership at the White House to discuss his health care proposal, the No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday.

“No matter what the cry is from the White House, no matter what the president claims, they have not engaged with us,” he said.

Eric Cantor Continues to Disappoint

6 Jul

You know, it’s great that Eric Cantor understands that the Stimulus Isn’t Working (Real Clear Politics), but not so great that he thinks the solution is another stimulus package.

Cantor: Let’s Talk About a Second Stimulus
NewsMax.com

But Cantor doesn’t want to nix all the spending from February’s stimulus. He is trying to get stimulus money for a high-speed rail line from Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Va., a project he said could generate 185,000 jobs in Virginia, Roll Call reported.
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Cantor’s Open to Another Stimulus
Tertium Quids

Because the first “stimulus” seems not to be working as was promised, a second “stimulus” is being bandied-about to correct those shortcomings.
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Cantor open to second stimulus with tax cuts
The Hill

With the economy still scuffling and unemployment approaching 10 percent, Cantor said that Republicans could back new stimulus legislation that focuses on help for small businesses.
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See, the problem is here that I don’t trust Congress, Republicans OR Democrats, to do the right thing with another stimulus bill. These people didn’t read the last one. Why on earth should we trust them with another?

Cantor’s right that there should be massive tax cuts. But they need to be accompanied by massive spending cuts. Not additional spending.

He’s right that the stimulus bill isn’t working. But the solution is not to redirect the money. It’s not to spend it in the first place.

I’d like to have a Congressman that doesn’t have to explain his votes.

How Eric could get his groove back…

24 Mar

Last week I told you Why I want a new Congressman.  But today, Norm at Tertium Quids offers an idea that might make me interested in supporting Eric Cantor again.  Might.

Here’s a job for Eric Cantor
Given Mr. Cantor’s recent interest in local matters, here’s something he might actually find both worthwhile and useful: helping Pierce Homer privatize Virginia’s rest stops.

An idea that works well in some northern states who had this in operation before the federal ban was passed.

Something like this, rather than a perpetual campaign to be Speaker of the House might make me interested in supporting the Congressman again.

Well, that and term limits.

Why I want a new Congressman

19 Mar

When Eric Cantor voted for the first bailout monstrosity last September, I gave him some slack.  Under immense amounts of pressure that “something had to be done” he voted for the package and encouraged other Republicans to do the same.

Since then, he’s worked to redeem himself on some issues.

Today, he blew it.

Voting to Tax Bonuses, or, The State Run Amok
Tertium Quids

Moving with lightning speed, the House of Representatives voted 328-93 to slap a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of firms that received TARP money from the government…namely, those folks getting bonuses from AIG.
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Cantor, along with the rest of Virginia’s Congressional Delegation, voted yes.

In so doing, he’s seen my last vote.

PowerLine Blog places Cantor on the Wall of Shame

That’s where we put the names of House members who voted for Nancy Pelosi’s silly, unconstitutional 90% tax on the AIG bonuses. The measure passed, 328-93, with Democrats frantically seeking cover against voter wrath. It’s sad to see any Republicans going along with the Democrats’ Know-Nothingism, but, by a bare 87-85 margin Republicans opposed the Dems’ stunt.
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See also…

Putting on a great show: Kabuki in the House; Update: 328-93, 90 percent bonus tax passes
Michelle Malkin

Barney Frank is shrieking. Jumping up and down over parliamentary procedure. Blaming Bush, Bush, Bush, and then attacking GOP for “partisan attacks.”
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House passes bill taxing AIG and other bonuses
Breitbart.com

“The Democratic bill brought to the floor today is constitutionally questionable,” said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. “It’s obviously a transparent attempt to divert attention away from the truth that Democrats in Congress and this administration made these bonus payments possible.”
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VA Senator Mark Warner Received $5,000 from AIG
The Patriot Room

According to Open Secrets, Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner received $5,000.00 in campaign contributions from AIG in the last election cycle, and is the only sitting member of Congress from Virginia to do so.
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Back in 2000 when Tom Bliley was retiring I supported State Senator Steve Martin over Cantor in the primary.  I’ve never regretted that.

After today, I never will.

Eric Cantor gets his own personal DNC smear campaign

10 Mar

That’s right, let’s disract everybody with attacks on Rush Limbaugh and Eric Cantor.  That way no one can see that we’re destroying the country…

Democrats’ new villain: Eric Cantor
Politico

As the Virginia Republican fights President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority on everything from spending to stem cells, the Democrats are racing to introduce him to voters before he can introduce himself.
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Yes, Virginia GOP, there is a rising star

5 Nov

Cantor to run for No. 2 position in House GOP
The Hill

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will run for House minority whip in the next Congress, a source in his office told The Hill on Wednesday.

See also:
Cantor handily wins re-election
Richmond Times-Dispatch

First elected to Congress in 2000 after narrowly winning a Republican primary, Cantor has never gotten less than 65 percent of the vote. In Congress, he has been reliably conservative, voting for tax cuts and opposing congressional earmarks.

The Write Side Endorses: Eric Cantor

29 Oct

It’s been no secret that this year has been a hard year of decisions on just exactly who we were going to support.  More on those difficult decisions later this week.  But there was never any question on who would get our vote and our endorsement in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Congressman Cantor is a life long resident of the Richmond, Virginia area and is completing his fourth term as U.S. Congressman.  He’s held leadership posistions in both the Republican majority and the Republican minority.  One day, not this time around but soon we hope, he’ll be back in a majority leadership position.

Eric Cantor is right on the issues.  He’s solidly conservative and he’s right for Virginia.  Granted, we weren’t too happy with his recent votes (twice!) for the bailout bill, and we’ve let him know that.

Still, on Tuesday November 4, The Write Side casts a vote for Eric Cantor.

I wish my Congressman had said this

3 Oct

I have to say, he’s still got my vote, but I’m very disappointed that Eric Cantor voted twice this week (that’s twice) for the bailout bill. Yes, I’ve heard his explanations.

I should add that I was equally disappointed with Senator McCain’s vote in the Senate, although less surprised. While we’ve said for a long time that there are many reasons Senator McCain’s record disappoints, he is still far and away the better choice. And his selection of Governor Palin energized us, and restored our faith in him, as she restored our faith in her at last night’s debate.

This statement was issued by First District Congressman Rob Wittman. I wish Eric Cantor had said the same:

October 3, 2008: Congressman Wittman Statement on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

The economic recovery legislation before Congress this week has required more examination and thoughtful consideration than any other issue since my election to Congress. I have heard from thousands of constituents who have called and written over the last week to voice their opinions about the current economic crisis. This is the most important vote that Congress has undertaken in years, and I have wrestled extensively with both sides of the issue.

From the beginning, it has been clear that inaction is not an option. Congress could not stand idly by while the economy collapses onto Main Street, destroying the livelihoods and retirements of millions of innocent Americans in the process. Our challenge has been to determine the appropriate amount of taxpayer exposure and government involvement in rescuing a faltering financial sector.

I have argued over the last two weeks for a bill with much less taxpayer exposure and substantially more financial sector involvement. I believed we should focus our efforts to develop more of a “work out” and less of a “bailout.” Ultimately, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 fell far short of my goals and I could not support it. However, I remain committed to the task of recovering our economy and protecting our families and small businesses.

To start this effort, Congress must move swiftly to address the next steps in restoring our economy. We must balance our responses between the probability of long term success and the immediacy of short term necessity. There are still tough decisions ahead, and we cannot afford to lose sight of the principles which have made this country strong.

In financial markets, we must overhaul our regulatory structure to ensure that a situation like this never again endangers the financial security of this country. A good start would be moving quickly to eliminate mark to market accounting rules that have contributed to the downturn by requiring firms to evaluate their assets on a short-term fluctuation rather than their long term investment value.

On Main Street, Congress must act to ensure that our small businesses have the tools they need to make payroll and cover short and long term expenses. We must see to it that families’ livelihoods are not threatened by subsequent market corrections and that community banks are able to provide credit. If you have good credit and pay your bills responsibly, you should be able to get a home, auto or small business loan.

Perhaps most important to the future of this country, we must realize the significant debt burden we are undertaking with this recovery plan and restrain government spending in other areas accordingly. With one vote, we have added nearly one trillion dollars to the national debt. We cannot afford to maintain the current pace of spending and expect a healthy country in the future.

At the end of the day, no one knows if the plan Congress has adopted will succeed. In spite of my concerns, I sincerely hope that it does. Moving forward, I will do everything within my power to make sure that the recovery effort is effective, that our economy is righted and that Americans are not unduly burdened by decisions beyond their control.

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote 263-171. Congressman Wittman voted against it.

That's my Congressman!

26 Sep

Cantor playing key role in crafting bailout alternative
Richmond Times-Dispatch

With Congress working feverishly to agree on a massive economic bailout proposal, Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, found himself in a key role drafting alternatives to the $700 billion White House plan.

“We’re trying to be constructive and trying to offer a solution and protect the taxpayers,” said Cantor, who has also spent much of the last few days talking or meeting with Republican presidential candidate John McCain, White House negotiators, and fellow House members.