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Where's the Jobs Plan?

Anita Kumar

Bob McDonnell calls himself a "jobs governor."

So Common Sense Virginia, a political action committee funded by the Democratic Governors Association, wants to know why the Republican gubernatorial nominee has yet to unveil a plan to create jobs.

The group launched the "No Jobs Bob" clock on its Website to track the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds since McDonnell declared himself the "Jobs Governor" without offering a jobs plan.

"Bob McDonnell is ready to deny help to Virginians struggling in challenging times, but McDonnell is not ready to create jobs in our commonwealth," said John Tyler, who recently lost his job and serves on the Common Sense Virginia advisory board. "No Jobs Bob likes to talk the talk, but for more than a year on the campaign trail, McDonnell hasn't walked the walk."

Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman, said McDonnell's energy and higher education policy plans, which have already been unveiled, are based around creating jobs.

Here are the plans. Judge for yourself.

The education plan, "Affordable Access - Top Jobs and Incomes" is here. The energy plan, "More Energy, More Jobs," is here.

"If this outside group wants to be involved in this race, they should also take a little time to follow it,'' he said. "You can't just shoot out press releases that ignore the facts and expect folks to take you seriously. Yet another huge embarrassment for these national partisans."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 20, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

It seems that John Tyler and others at "common sense" Virginia would be better served to spend their time finding real jobs.

Posted by: steveincville | May 21, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Subject: The incompetence, dishonesty, and penchant for political self-destruction of the extreme right, pseudo conservatives never cease to amaze!

Finally, a group of reporters has shown the courage to cut through all of the political spin (lies) and report the truth. Check out:

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/mcdonnell-ducking-cover-jobless-benefits

Wow! The ignorance of the obstinate, right-wing extremists, aka pseudo conservatives, seems to be growing despite the efforts of many to expose the political spin (lies) and report the truth!

Hey Dummies! Virginia should take the $125.5 million now and use it to strengthen our unemployment insurance program. Yes,$20 million will be used through 2010 to aid many, unemployed Virginians, who were permanent, part-time workers or who are in training programs, but that is a good thing! In the latter part of 2010, the General Assembly will have more data on the true costs of these additional unemployment options and can decide, then, to continue them or repeal them.

Folks, in 2010, if the costs outweigh the benefits, then the GA can repeal the two options and Virginia will still have $105.5 million more in the general unemployment fund than if the $125.5 million is left on the table! Why is this concept so hard for some to understand?

If Virginia does not take the $125.5 million, then it will go to the states, whose legislators are more interested in aiding and protecting their unemployed constituents than in playing self-serving, stupid, political games!

In personally convincing the Republican Delegates and Senators of Virginia's General Assembly to vote against taking the $125.5 million, Bob McDonnell has shown his preference for stupid, self-serving, political games over the best interest of Virginia's citizens and his inability to make the tough but correct decisions needed to properly lead Virginia!

So, I do want to see Bob McDonnell as the Republican candidate for Governor in November; however the Republicans may want to reconsider their choice.

Have a Nice Day!

Posted by: SamBear | May 21, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry SamBear, but to this point all you've demonstrated t=is that you take a VERY highly partisan, slanted view of all things CSV (DGA). In fact, I wouldn't be surprised of you're among their all-non-Virginian staff, paid for by all-non-Virginian money.

Bob has come out with a steady drumbeat of programs and ideas- about 1 per week for the last 15 weeks- to affect the jobs issues. You may agree or not agree with his plans, which is fine if that's the issue at hand. But if the issue is IF McD has put out jobs plans, any reasonable observer would have to say yes.

And if anyone thinks that 2 Dem candidates who are heavily beholden to unions- the same union political apparatchiks that fund "Common Sense Virginia"- will bring jobs to Virginia, they are NUTS. Take a look at Southern Michigan. That is the future of Virginia if Moran or (especially God-forbid) McAuliffe get elected Governor.

Personally, I think McD wins by 25 points against either of these bozos. People don't like bitter partisans who haven't accomplished anything of note, and that describes Moran and McAuliffe to a tee.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | May 21, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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