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Medicaid expansion in Va. still a threat

Started by Ralph E WallSr Mar 13, 2014. 0 Replies

On March 8, Virginia's Regular Legislative Session ended in a stalemate. The Virginia Assembly and Senate were at an impasse over the expansion of ObamaCare through a Medicaid expansion (ObamaCaid)…Continue

Eric Cantor’s Challenger from the Right

Started by Ralph E WallSr Jan 7, 2014. 0 Replies

Add another to the lengthy list of contests between powerful Republican incumbents and…Continue

LETTER FROM CONGRESSMAN GRIFFITH

Started by Ralph E WallSr. Last reply by Ralph E WallSr Dec 30, 2013. 1 Reply

Thank you for contacting me regarding events in Benghazi, Libya.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.I remain very disturbed by the attacks on both U.S. citizens and officials in…Continue

Letter Congressman Griffith 9th Dist

Started by Ralph E WallSr Dec 10, 2013. 0 Replies

Thank you for contacting me regarding Obamacare.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. However you feel about the philosophy of Obamacare, what has become increasingly clear is…Continue

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Comment by Ralph E WallSr on April 28, 2014 at 9:25pm
Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 4.28.14

 My Congressman from 9th District

Monday, April 28, 2014 –                                


Government-Run Health Care Fails Some Patients


Recent reports by CNN Investigations indicate that delays in basic medical screenings at various Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals or clinics may have caused serious injuries or led to the deaths of a number of veterans throughout the country.  According to CNN, at least 40 died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.  

Many of those were reportedly placed on a secret waiting list, “…part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor...”  

CNN noted, “It is unclear whether anyone responsible at the VA has been fired, demoted or even admonished for the delays in care and treatment.”  Some may have even been given bonuses for their work.  

These reports are deeply disturbing, and, if proven true, are unacceptable.  It is imperative that the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and other committees with jurisdiction over the VA continue looking into delays in care, mismanagement, and lack of accountability at VA facilities throughout the country.  

Failures of government-run health care programs like this are why many of us oppose Obamacare.

Comment by Ron Sc on December 4, 2013 at 6:08am

Gentlemen, Our state is headed for bad times and economic disaster with our new governor(Blue dress lady buddy). Even his own state of New York was glade to see him go. But right now the republican guard is planning to push amnesty for Illegals.  We need to fight this better than the civil war. They are not interested in the people,but in companies getting cheap labor. We have 2.5 Million engineers and programmers out of work and the Commerce Dept. wants to bring more people from over seas to our shores.   We should boycott all the members of the Commerce Dept. from coast to coast. We need to send letters and make calls to these companies and express how will not use their product and services, if more oversea workers are used. We also need to express this to the republican old guard and speaker of the house. Your jobs are at risk!

It may be time to split the State into Northern and Southern Virginia.

We also need to push for a state convention to kill Obama Uncare. The republicans will not kill this dog but the people can.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on November 26, 2013 at 7:26pm

Virginia Republican Mark Obenshain plans to ask for a recount on Wednesday morning in his race for state attorney general, his campaign said on Tuesday. Obenshain trails Democrat Mark Herring by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast in the Nov. 5 election, according to results certified on Monday by the Virginia State Board of Elections. 

For more information... http://www.politico.com 

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on August 9, 2013 at 6:56pm

Griffith: “Thanks Mr. President, but don’t send us the ‘condensed version’”

Friday, August 9, 2013 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s statement today on improving oversight of the NSA’s surveillance activities:

“I look forward to seeing the FISA Court opinions and the reasoning of the court that the President indicated the Administration will release. While I understand they may need to protect names and other personal information, I hope they do not redact vital legal reasoning as I do not want to see a white-washed, Reader’s Digest condensed version of the court’s thought process on allowing the government to collect and store every American’s phone records.

“I appreciate the President’s willingness to work with Members of Congress on this issue as we seek to improve oversight of the NSA program and protect the freedoms and liberty of all Americans.”

Comment by Bobby XD9 on March 16, 2013 at 7:43am

One has to wonder if the Republican't Party would EVER do the right thing and have their candidate step aside so that a true conservative could win an election without having Republican'ts "split the vote" as they so often do.  It only ever goes one direction with that party doesn't it?

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on March 16, 2013 at 5:56am

From Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Va., one could hear the collective sighs of relief from Republicans on Tuesday over the announcement from the Old Dominion’s Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling that he would not launch a gubernatorial bid as an independent.

A Republican in his second-term in statewide office, Bolling’s announcement gives clear sailing for state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in a head-to-head match-up with Democratic heavyweight Terry McAuliffe.

Had Bolling opted to “go rogue” as an independent contender in a three-candidate race, he could have doomed the chances of Cuccinelli, the certain Republican nominee, and tip a sure-to-be tight contest to McAuliffe, onetime national chairman of his party and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on March 5, 2013 at 5:37am

Reports are surfacing of a new technology that may lead to the production of clean, coal-powered cars.  The breakthrough is a chemical reaction that releases coal’s energy without ANY air pollution.  This kind of technology with coal would not relegate it to four-letter-word status as some in Washington would.  Instead, it could bring about another renaissance in American energy production and job growth, and pave the way for a stronger economy.  You can see this information at http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/02/27/could-clean-coal-power-cars/.  

www.morgangriffith.house.gov.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on February 24, 2013 at 10:29pm

Rob Bell sent the info about HB2313 and HB 1500

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on February 24, 2013 at 10:28pm

As the General Assembly session ended last week, two major bills passed that I opposed and argued against.

The first, HB 2313, was the transportation package. It will increase a variety of taxes by more than $800 million a year. (See summary of new taxes here.)

I fought the transportation proposal. I voted against the bill when it was first presented and have opposed every version or amendment that would have raised taxes or costs on Virginia taxpayers.

Given the overall growth of the budget, I believe that it is wrong to pass even more costs onto Virginia taxpayers, and voted No. Unfortunately, it did pass.

The second, HB 1500, was the state budget.

I had various concerns with the proposed budget, but the most significant was the issue of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. (The Obama administration offered $9 billion in exchange for a large expansion in Virginia; Virginia would have to start paying increased costs in 2017.) Even without expansion, state spending on Medicaid spending has grown explosively – 478% – over the last 20 years. Put differently, since 1985, spending on Medicaid has grown from approximately 5% to 25% of the state budget.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on February 23, 2013 at 10:16pm

We can say “Enough is enough” to playing games with hardworking Virginians.

Please, contact your state Senator right away and demand they vote “NO” on HB 2313 today.

HB 2313 includes provisions:

- replacing the 17.5-cent-per-gallon gas tax with a 3.5% wholesale tax paid by distributors, which is guaranteed to be passed on to consumers and will go up to over 5% in coming years if Congress fails to pass their Internet Tax Mandate scheme.  There will also be a 6% wholesale tax on diesel.

- increasing state sales taxes on most purchases from 5% to 5.3%, except for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, where it will increase to 6%.

- raising the personal property tax from 3.5% to 4.3%

- boosting the tax for heavy equipment used for contracts on road construction, railroads, docks, and more from 3.5% to 4.3%

 
 
 

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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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