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Wilder launches blog with warning on federal spending

Rosalind Helderman

Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder (D), never afraid of sharing his opinions on Virginia and national issues, began penning his own blog Wilder Visions on Monday, designed, in his own words, to help avoid a "docile, pliant populace."

In his inaugural column, the former Democratic state senator, governor and Richmond mayor takes on federal spending, accusing Democrats of reckless spending exceeding that of their Republican opponents:

Democrats promised in 2006 that if voters took control of Congress from the Republican Party and handed it to the Democratic Party they would hold the public purse with a tighter fist. The people gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006, then handed them the White House two years later.

What have Democrats in Washington done since? They might as well have branded a capital "W." on the donkey just to show everyone how much they learned from George Bush.

In just two years they have racked up more debt and spent more dollars than even the profligate Bush ever dreamed of. They did the impossible: They made the 43rd president's spend-thrift credit card bill look downright miserly.

It's not the first time Wilder -- who declined to endorse his party's nominee for governor in Virginia last year -- has criticized fellow party members. He's written several columns in recent months for Politico on similar themes, including one that called on former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to step down as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Wilder indicates that he's writing entries for the blog simultaneously with working on his autobiography.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 13, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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I'm a Democrat and I've always thought Doug Wilder was a blowhard.

He only became governor because he was pro-choice.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | September 14, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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