Letter: Frank E McDonough, Lovettsville

Editor: It is universally agreed upon by philosophers that Plato inherited from Socrates and consistently maintained the doctrine that no man does evil for a set purpose but because he mistakes evil for good. All moral evil, therefore, for Plato, involves ignorance.

There is no more obvious example of this than politics. While we could look at many races for examples of this theory, I will limit my observations to Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, currently held by Jennifer Wexton (D).

Congresswoman Wexton recently has voted against the national interest and Virginia on nearly every bill that has come before her. The Inflation Reduction Act Ms. Wexton supported was a “wishful thinking” bill that had nothing to do with reducing inflation.

The bill proposes nearly $570 billion in new taxes while increasing spending by roughly $580 billion over the next decade-plus an additional $200 billion after accounting for budget gimmicks.

You recall from your Economics 101 class that inflation occurs when too much money is chasing too few goods. Unfortunately, the money from last year’s Infrastructure Bill flooded the economy with too much money, fueling runaway inflation.

Was the congresswoman ignorant of what causes inflation or intentionally evil in discarding the consequences to her constituents to support the least popular president on record?

Speaking of the Infrastructure bill, Ms. Wexton was all over that, enthusiastically peddling its so-called virtues that resulted in nearly $5 per gallon of gas. Everything else becomes more expensive for Virginians.

There is a case to be made that Jennifer Wexton is not ignorant but ignored basic economics and common sense just to be a Democrat darling.

It’s Democrats’ turn to brace for widespread losses as President Joe Biden’s approval rating has dropped below 40% amid skyrocketing inflation. In addition, older Americans’ retirement investments are flirting with bear market territory. A recent survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that only 20% of adults say the U.S. is heading in the right direction or the economy is good.

Jennifer Wexton has been in front as a champion of every White House initiative from day one of this administration. I would proffer that she is not ill-educated, morally bankrupt, or ignorant. Instead, I say she is intentionally causing a massive draw from her constituents’ pocketbooks.

Plato’s suggestion that all evil is done out of ignorance does not seem to be in play with Ms. Wexton. She seems to know damn well what she is doing.

Frank E McDonough, Lovettsville

12 thoughts on “Letter: Frank E McDonough, Lovettsville

  • 2022-08-30 at 9:13 am
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    Complete babble. Start with Plato, echo Fox News talking points, then conclude by contradicting yourself. No. . . Democrats are not trying to destroy America. Read your Plato quote again, take several deep breathes, try to understand.

  • 2022-08-30 at 9:46 am
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    Frank E. McDonough demonizes Jennifer Wexton. But his alternative, Hung Cao, would be disastrous. Mr. Cao sees goblins (CRT, grooming, Red menace, etc.) that simply don’t exist. And he wants all of us to move into his haunted house. No thanks. I’ll stay in reality. Good luck Rep. Wexton!

  • 2022-08-30 at 10:12 am
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    The problem being that while the Democrats mess up constantly (border protection, inflation,, increased crime, ect.) the Republicans can seem to get out of their own way (Roe v. Wade and over the top pro-gun statements).

    In the 2020 election I noted that tge Democrats could run a wet cloth against Trump and the cloth would win. That was fairly accurate.

    In January of this year I felt tge same way for the opposite side but they aren’t making it easy.

  • 2022-08-30 at 10:23 am
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    The problem with the Republican party today –

    (1) Still obsessed with abortion and gay-marriage, even though the majority of American’s are in-favor of it.

    (2) Still obsessed with Trump and the 2020 election false-claims

    (3) Only obsessed with trying to take down Biden

    (4) Supports candidates that are dumb and inexperienced (the left has these too).

    Here is a winning strategy:

    (1) Embrace some abortion and gay marriage. You can support limitations on abortion within reason, but to ban it completely is crazy. And gay marriage is here. It’s not going to affect your life, so relax.

    (2) Drop Trump and accept that Biden won; then move on.

    (3) Let Biden be Biden and run against his record versus Hunter and making fun of him because he fumbles a few words. You all did see how Trump spoke, right?

    (4) Support qualified candidates that will appeal to the majority of republicans and some independents. The democrats are going far left, so there is a huge population of centrist votes up for grabs. We don’t always need to pander to the minority far far right wackos.

    (5) Actually work for the people and country, versus worrying about yourself and the party remaining in power. If you actually do something for your constituents then you can run on that record versus having a campaign ad showing yourself firing off a machine gun with a huge American flag in the background. Most Americans just want to live happily in this country with less craziness from its government.

    I am not a democrat. I lean right. I voted for Trump the first time. But after Jan 6 (as well as a few other things he did during his time in office), I went for the less crazy in Biden. I would like to support Republicans but we keep embracing the far right loons versus sensible candidates. There is not many good options on the left too. So I am stuck in a gray area of who to vote for. At this point, it’s someone that comes across less crazy.

  • 2022-08-30 at 10:52 am
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    Wexton does not care about the people of the 10th district. Whatever the party bosses tell her is the program. We deserve so much better.

  • 2022-08-30 at 12:00 pm
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    The idea that the government can engage in massive inflationary, deficit spending and reduce inflation and the deficit is a special kind of stupid. Congress and the entire federal government is simply out of control and the states need to rein in the government through Article V and the 9th and 10th amendments. It is time to recall that the states compacted to create the central government and assigned limited and enumerated powers to that creation. Ms. Wexton, like so many other representatives from Northern Virginia are utterly inept and need to be replaced at the earliest opportunity.

  • 2022-08-30 at 12:26 pm
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    Wexton is a good Democrat. She doesn’t think. She doesn’t work hard. She does what she is told. She collects a paycheck.

    Wexton has provided no value to the 10th District.

  • 2022-08-30 at 12:33 pm
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    It does seem more and more that the “unintended consequence” of much a government action is not a bug, but a feature.

  • 2022-08-30 at 4:32 pm
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    Mr McDonough,

    Thank you for a well-thought-out letter.

    No surprise that Wexton has championed every one of Biden’s initiatives. Wexton has loudly and proudly proclaimed that she’s on “Team Joe!”

    As you clearly highlighted, “Team Joe” is driving inflation through the roof and destroying our retirement nest eggs. Wait till we see our bills for heating and electricity this winter!

    Like you, I wondered if such across the board massive failure by democrats was ignorance or intentional. Like you, I’m coming to the conclusion such failure is intentional.

    Today’s democrats, the Biden-Wexton team, want to bring America down and remake it into something few of us want. Many people have fled to America to escape from a country that America is now beginning to look like under a democrat majority.

    Hung Cao, running against Wexton to be our congressional representative, lived that story. Fleeing Vietnam as boy with his parents, Mr Cao came to America to avoid communism. A retired US Naval Officer with a distinguished career serving our country on dangerous assignments, Mr. Cao has spent his life giving back to the country that welcomed him.

    It’s time we pass on the Biden-Wexton team. They’re tearing us a part in every way possible.

    It’s time to join the Hung Cao team.

  • 2022-08-31 at 4:26 pm
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    Exactly what I’ve come to expect from your opinion pieces. Every time I see you on this page you’re retreading regressive social talking points, economic nonsense, or empty platitudes. If Mr. Cao came to the US to escape fascism, it’s ironic that he fell in with the party whose recent political strategy has been to attempt to violently overthrow the government and install fascists. Until the Republicans divorce themselves from the right-wing extremists that infest their ranks, I will not consider voting for any candidate that runs under their banner.

    • 2022-09-02 at 4:38 pm
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      Can’t think of any Republican that hadn’t denounced the actions of the lunatics that entered the Capitol. That being said, it’s hard to find democrats that denounced the years of “peaceful” riots our cities endured by BLM and antifa. It’s the progressive fascists that attack free speech, cancel the opposition, force mask wearing on kids with no scientific justification, intimidate Supreme Court justices, stuff ballot boxes, partner with cartels fir human smuggling at the border, advocate for stacking the courts, coddle thugs, etc.
      It’s pure hypocrisy to support the authoritarian democrat party.

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