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Virginia's Own 'Girlie Men' -- all 17 of them

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) made the news last weekend when he referred to Democratic legislators who have been opposing his budget as 'girlie men.' According to Sunday's Sacramento Bee, Schwarzenegger drew howls of laughter from a large crowd when he said spendthrift legislators should tell the public, "I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers, and I want them to make the millions of dollars -- if they don't have the guts, I call them 'girlie men' -- a reference to a Saturday Night Live skit that poked fun at the Governor when he was a body builder. The story seems to have traveled around the world, or at least to South Africa, where TV News24 reported that one Democrat, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez "said such statements were below the dignity of the governor." One letter writer in the San Jose MercuryNews suggested that "Legislators who are unwilling to look at increased fees or new taxes are also not willing to offend their constituents." In a column posted at Townhall.com, Ben Shapiro, a young writer, wrote, "Democrats were more than upset -- they were mortally offended. Unconfirmed reports stated that many could be seen angrily slapping staffers with their handbags following the incident."

So, how does this relate to Virginia? In the recently concluded first special session of the 2004 General Assembly, a resolution to the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 budget was at an impasse because the Senate had voted for a 'gargantuan' tax increase (a description which it's chief sponsor, Senator John Chichester (R), even acknowledged as descriptive) since it was several times greater than even the tax increases proposed by Governor Mark Warner (D) while the House of Delegates had agreed to some rather minor 'revenue enhancements.' However, as the days wore on, and the glare of the press got hotter, Governor Warner peeled off 17 Republican delegates in the House, and talked them into voting for what eventually became the largest tax increase in Virginia's history.

Some California political types, both Democrats and Republicans, are taking advantage of the marketing opporunities by selling t-shirts over the Internet, according to Reuters. We also thank Virginia News Source for running this particular blog entry at their website.

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