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Friday, May 12, 2006

Virginia Delagate Clarke Hogan Provides Answers

Sort of…

“Hopefully, this thing will resolve itself”

Cold shudder...

Be afraid... be very afraid...

As I said earlier, I am really not much interested in getting involved or taking a position on the current deepening crisis with the Virginia General Assembly and its problem with time management and getting the job done.

I know there are good people on both sides who are sincere about doing what is right. Unfortunately, that isn't happening. Some of them just want to go home but know that they can't leave this mess unresolved. There are issues... and unfortunately, the leadership seems, for lack of a better word... lost in space.

I really want them to go home. More time for these ladies and gentlemen to hang out in Richmond, listening to lobbyist telling them how to spend more tax dollars is just not good for our health or pocketbooks.

But friends down in Prince Edward County thought that this little bit of insight was just too interesting to pass up.

So... here we go again...

Recently speaking to the Farmville Chamber of Commerce , Delegate Clarke Hogan, Republican, representing the 60th District in the Virginia House of Delegates including the Counties of Charlotte, Halifax, and parts of Nottoway and Prince Edward, explained the current Virginia budget mess in clear terms not normally expressed by more seasoned politicians. As quoted in The Farmville Herald, Delegate Hogan stated:

“Here are the choices that are in front of us right now. We can vote for a billion dollar tax increase a year and to do that we have to throw out about 300 years of legislative tradition. Or we can sit. And we’re going to sit, and hopefully this thing will resolve itself"

Please take a moment to wrap your mind around this statement reported in the May 10th edition of The Farmville Herald. (Sorry, the Herald’s website is apparently not set up for a web-link of this quote to our blog spot)


Out of the mouths of babes, sometimes comes rare truths and insights, the real thinking, the strategy behind the headlines, the unvarnished vision,the real deal.

In this case that real deal, at least according to Virginia Delegate Clarke Hogan is that “we’re going to sit and hopefully this thing will resolve itself.”

Wow, again.

How can this “thing” just “resolve itself”?

How is this "thing" just going to happen? These are serious issues and Delegate Clarke Hogan is suggesting that they are going to just resolve themselves?

Come on... roads are just the tip of the iceberg... We got education, public safety, human services, health care... This is serious business and this Delegate is saying that this "thing" is just going to resolve itself?

Are these the words of leadership in the Virginia House of Delegates?

Be afraid… be very afraid…


  • At 5/15/2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds as if Hogan is a real credit to his region and party. I've had the opportunity to meet Clark a few times, and my impression is that he's basically a 98.6-er of a Delegate.

    Let's just hope that members of the House are never forced to look to Delegate Hogan for solution or answers to complex problems. As you have documented on your blog, Hogan's comments leaves me to doubt the depth of his understanding in regard to the serious issues that face the Commonwealth.

  • At 5/15/2006 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love this part:

    "Or we can sit. And we’re going to sit, and hopefully this thing will resolve itself"

    That's too funny!

  • At 5/15/2006 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The shame is that this is how some Delegates view their job. It appears that Hogan realizes that increased funding is neccessary. But like many other Delegates like him, they are married to the hard-line anti-tax wing of the Republican Party and are reduced to just hoping that problems will solve themselves, rather than actively searching for solutions.

  • At 5/15/2006 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have an idea for Delegate Hogan's next campaign slogan. How would this sound?

    Delegate Clark Hogan: Not only an empty suit, but empty between the ears too!

  • At 5/16/2006 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Unfortunatly Delegate Hogan's statements are a prime example of how the state's "Republican Leadership" has become impotent and ineffective.

    Can you believe that this Hogan actually ran unopposed last fall?

    Good luck dealing this bunch Tim Kaine!


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