A Letter to the Editor: Laughing All The Way to the Bank

Written By DAVID SOUTHALL for publication: A contrary perspective.

David Brat has been made out to be a saint to the Freedom, Liberty, Tea Party wing of the Republican party. He claims to promote a classical understanding of liberal economics, Libertarian for those afraid to say Liberal. Yet his major accomplishment as an economist is a thesis based on early Protestant economic ideas in Protestant civilizations. I have read it and while I agree with a lot of his ideas I disagree that it is these theories that have grown America to it’s strength globally as Mr. Brat would have you to believe. He seems to practice a more nativist economic idea, he’s been against any form of immigration reform that doesn’t include shipping millions back to their home nations. He stands strong with those that believe that low skilled workers from Mexico and other countries to our south will somehow steal jobs from our native born citizens, and has stood against native born citizens to immigrant parents claiming they aren’t rightfully citizens. He has obstructed any attempt to better our system and collect taxes from those here illegally via work visa.

Mr. Brat joined the Freedom Caucus upon arrival to Washington, a caucus who has voted “NO” to education reform, NO to trade, NO to highways, NO to Ex-Im bank reform, NO to immigration reform, NO to lifting the export ban on oil. Somehow all his no votes have made him a Conservative hero, I simply do not understand it. He and his allies make it seem like every one of these “NO” votes help the middle class who flies the Gadsden flag with pride, yet none of his allies live in the trenches praying they get a contract with VDOT, none are fighting for a contract with an infrastructure provider, none are working in manufacturing praying they can sell a product to one of our new trade partners. His allies are as entrenched in the Washington machine as any of Cantor’s, the difference is they make their millions pandering to those before mentioned Gadsden flag flying Americans who simply want a better life. These folks believe the fear mongering from the likes of Rush, Sean and others in the right wing media sphere.

Brat made promises to his people that he’d be home more often listening to his constituents, he has kept that promise. He has done a whole lot of listening just not much hearing. He needs to hear us say, we do not want “No Child Left Behind”, We do want money going to Charter Schools,  we do want states to have more power in Education, we don’t want SOLs or Common Core…… He needs to hear us say, We want trade, we want our coal sold globally, we want to be an energy state…… He needs to hear us say, We want balanced budgets that aren’t dead on arrival (this means compromise) , we want appropriations bills that can pass (again that dirty word- compromise), We want our Representative to sponsor bills that help grow the middle class not name buildings at the VA. We want a representative that truly represents the entire 7th (at least the Republicans) not one fifth of the House Republicans (the Freedom Caucus is approx. one fifth of the House Republicans).

I campaigned for both Ed and Dave during their runs and felt that Dave was going to use his economics background to make a difference in Washington. He has failed me miserably, his record shows he has voted against virtually every bill that takes the first step to fixing some of the biggest economic and education issues. He has been more concerned about his conservative ratings versus actually making a difference.

I do not know if a Sheriff from Henrico county is any better than the Economics professor. I am hoping another candidate who understands the blue collar struggle emerges. I hope he/she has a background in infrastructure and business management. I hope he/she has had to bid on contracts and understand the necessary give and take in negotiations. I know the best candidate for the 7th is out there, they just don’t have the funding and/or backing to compete.

 

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Graduated From Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. Studied Economics and History at George Mason University. Caroline County Resident and Activist.
  • Eric McGrane

    If you don’t like Dave Brat and the way he stays true to the republican creed, you can always vote democrat.

    • David Southall

      “That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,”<-unless you're gay or a citizen born to immigrant parents. According to Brat

      "That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society," again unless you're gay or born to immigrant parents according to Brat.

      "That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice," Brat voted against trade, transportation and education

      • Brat didn’t vote against trade, transportation, and education. He voted against bad trade, transportation, and education bills.

        • David Southall

          He voted against bills that were better legislation and a step in the right direction.

          • There is some disagreement about that.

          • Eric McGrane

            To Democrats, even bad trade, bad transportation, and bad education are good. Of course, the federal government actually has zero authority in education for example, but Democrats don’t care about that either. Right David?

          • David Southall

            Education is up for debate, nothing in the constitution gives or forbids the federal government. ESSA actually gives more authority to the states.

          • Eric McGrane

            This is one of the foundational reasons why there is such a disconnect when discussing the appropriate role of government. It is entirely, wholly, and unquestionably incorrect that there’s any debate about where the authority for education lies. The Constitution is very specific that only the 18 enumerated powers explicitly included are powers for the federal government, and everything else was for the States or the people.

            Education is not “up for debate”. It’s simply isn’t. Misunderstandings like this are likely contributory to why you criticize Brat. You just don’t fundamentally understand the role of government. This is not a direct criticism, because many, many people don’t understand. I’m just hoping that eventually we get to a point where more people have a baseline education on how this is all supposed to work.

          • David Southall

            I’m quite familiar with the 9th and 10th, I am also aware that the Constitution gives discretion to the federal government to give aid to the states when and where it is necessary. Having a baseline for education as in ESSA and the dept. of Ed is crucial in a nation as vast as ours, we have people moving from town to town, state to state. If I were to move from Chesterfield to Mississippi I should be able to expect that my daughter’s education will not be adversely affected do to the difference in a states ability to fund education. ———— a good excerpt

            “The U.S. Constitution and Education.
            Levin, Betsy
            Although education is primarily a state function, its importance to our society makes it fertile ground for litigation. The Constitution–by authorizing the Congress to enact legislation–constrains and prescribes what happens in schools. Legislative histories, especially since the early 1960s, are outlined here. The major topics include: constitutional limits on the inculcation of religious, political, and moral values; freedom of expression for teachers and students in the school environment; the free exercise of religion; the requirements of fair procedures in the school environment; and the obligation to provide equal educational opportunity. “(BZ)
            http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED270346

          • Eric McGrane

            No. Subsequent discussion post ratification, where the federal government asserts more power than what is enumerated in the Constitution, has no bearing on the limitations on those powers. The enumerated powers, simply are.

            Anything not explicitly enumerated is for the states, or the people. Period. Do not pass go; do not collect $200. The government doesnt get to seize more power than what is enumerated, regardless of what the government claims it can seize.

            Again, this is why we can’t have a reasonable discussion. You argue that the federal government’s power is limitless, provided that the Congress legislates more power to itself. Wrong (and dangerous). Perhaps give the Federalist papers a spin to learn more about what was in the minds of the framers. You’d learn how grossly wrong your position really is.

          • David Southall

            I’ve read the federalist and anti-federalist. If you are correct please explain every federal law and regulation that is not mentioned in the constitution. …. the constitution allows legislators to create laws

          • Eric McGrane

            Now you appear to be arguing that because a law exists, that by its very existence it must be legitimate and Constitutional.

            You and I have nowhere to go from here. Good day.

          • David Southall

            I am arguing that Congress wmakes laws, they have to stay within the constitution, the courts decide a laws constitutionality.

          • Laws governing only that over which the federal government is responsible.

          • David Southall

            The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

            To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

            To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

            To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

            To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

            To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

            To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

            To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

            To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

            To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

            To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

            To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

            To provide and maintain a Navy;

            To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

            To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

            To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

            To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

          • Eric McGrane

            Congrats? Yeah, you just posted the enumerated powers I’ve been discussing. Thank you for familiarizing yourself with them…its a good start.

          • David Southall

            Btw….. You didn’t comment on this.

            “That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,”<-unless you're gay or a citizen born to immigrant parents. According to Brat

            "That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society," again unless you're gay or born to immigrant parents according to Brat.

          • David Southall

            You didn’t comment on this.

            “That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,”<-unless you're gay or a citizen born to immigrant parents. According to Brat

            "That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society," again unless you're gay or born to immigrant parents according to Brat.

          • David Southall

            Replace NCLB, reform ex-im, lift ban on crude…. all NOs from Brat

          • Personally I loved each of those votes. Few were upset with them. Conservatives hate exim and no one thinks exporting oil when oil prices are low is a good idea.

          • David Southall

            You do realize ex-I’m was reformed to favor small biz, and when prices are low is the prime time to export, we have a surplus and with strict café standards here that surplus isn’t going anywhere, if we want to continue to grow our energy stance we need to export crude or the price will continue to drop destroying the energy market in America……

          • Reinhardt Reganbacker lll

            Brat voted Aye on HR 702 to lift the ban on oil export. What are you taking about?

          • David Southall

            It took the omnibus to lift the ban, he voted against omnibus, in turn voted against lifting the ban!

          • Reinhardt Reganbacker lll

            I despise the Omnibus, the ex-im, and the establishment. Brat is doing a pretty good job.

            Maybe you should try Blue Virginia.

          • David Southall

            Haha.

          • Corporate subsidies, whether to Planned Parenthood or GM have no place in America. Where in the Constitution is the federal government assigned such a responsibility?

          • Reinhardt Reganbacker lll

            Exactly

          • David Southall

            So, we ignore that ex-im has gone through extensive reform?

        • David Southall

          You didn’t say anything about the 1st 2 quotes, just the 3rd…. why?

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