Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington will present a talk sponsored by the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on the current state of politics in Virginia at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse (Lower Level) on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2PM.
This event is free and open to the public!
Because the GOP now has full control of the executive and legislative branches of government, we no longer have “divided” or gridlocked government.
The GOP will be able to implement a lot of policies they’ve only been able to talk about in the past. They can now take action, and without a Democrat in the Whitehouse or control of the Senate, these plans will become law unless we stop them now.
Congressman Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, has been very straightforward about his plans – he’s been talking about this for many years.
He wants to privatize administration of the program, handing it over to for-profit private insurance companies, and only providing a limited subsidy to seniors to pay for premiums. The cost of Medicare premiums will rise at the same time that the coverage provided is decreased. Don’t be fooled: Congressman Ryan’s plans threaten the future of Medicare for everyone.
Congressman Dave Brat has made it clear he does not intend to uphold the promise of Medicare – the people who are paying for Medicare now, out of every paycheck.
I have pledged to prevent cuts to Medicare and Social Security for seniors while working on reforms to ensure these programs stay solvent for years to come. – Dave Brat
When he says “reforms” he means taking away benefits. This is unnecessary and unfair to those who pay for the system. Congressman Brat is a rubber stamp for Paul Ryan’s radical plans. These “plans” are for you to pay more money for less care. There are numerous independent analyses which lay out clearly how these reforms raise costs and reduce benefits.
Medicare and Social Security are programs created by Democrats which are absolutely essential and are depended upon by almost all Americans. Without Democrats in the Senate and House to defend these programs, we will lose them.
One Virginia 2021 is a bipartisan group dedicated to taking redistricting out of the hands of the party politicians.
We believe in fair, democratic elections, not elections rigged to favor Democrats, Republicans or just incumbents in general. In order for the public to express their voice, it’s imperative that elections are competitive, and that means that neither party should be able to put their thumb on the scale at redistricting time.
Right now Virginia has several districts comprised of areas which are almost entirely unrelated:
Both parties have done this in the past, and our current map is the result of collusion among incumbents of both parties.
We encourage everyone to support sensible redistricting reform so that the public gets to regain control over their elected representatives. Please take a moment to look at their website and consider getting involved.
We had a great time meeting Eileen Bedell
, our candidate for the 7th district, hearing her priorities and sharing some fine food! Thanks to everyone for coming out.
At our reorganization meeting on February 2, Sheila Clark and Sandra Smith stepped forward to offer their time and energy to the committee. Sheila takes over from James Dallas as our Chair, who graciously found time to fill in for the end of Ken Martin’s last term.
Henry Carter continues on for one more term as our Vice-Chair, for which we are deeply grateful as he’s the keeper of all our institutional memory.
Sandra Smith has stepped forward to act as our Secretary, trying to capture some of Henry and Ken’s institutional memory.
Wayne Reeves continues as our Treasurer and color commentator.