Letter: John Smith, Sterling

Editor: We need to keep a much closer eye on our democrat elected officials in Richmond.  

Apparently, last year, our General Assembly Democrats passed a bill that was signed by our Democrat governor that tied our state emissions policies to that of California. Whatever California decided would apply to Virginia.  

This year, leftist California politicians decided to mandate that by 2026 one-third of all vehicles sold in California must be zero emissions. If not, automakers would be charged a $20K tax on each vehicle sold.

Now that California law applies to Virginia. Guess who will end up paying for that surcharge? The buyer. You and me.

Prices for cars are already through the roof (thanks to Biden). But Virginia Democrats, like Sen. Boysko and Sen. Bell, are OK with penalizing Virginia citizens with another $20K tax on top if we don’t comply with California standards.

I’m tired of Democrat mandates. It used to be that Democrats were the party of the blue-collar worker, the little guy. Not anymore.  

Today’s Democrats (start by thinking Biden, Wexton, Boysko, and Bell) are the party of the elite, woke, politically correct, divisive, high inflation, we-know-better-than-you, angry, knee-bending, corrupt, two-tiered justice, open borders, high crime, judge-others by-the color-of their-skin, boys can be girls, keep parents out of education, and be like California.

Have you had enough of Democrats yet?  

Say no to Democrat leaders.  Say yes to change.  Vote Republican.

John Smith, Sterling

16 thoughts on “Letter: John Smith, Sterling

  • 2022-09-09 at 6:09 pm
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    Bell and Subramanyam are major disappointments with their extremist positions. We need to hold their feet to the fire during this legislative session and send them home after the next election. California is the last place on the lower 48 you want to emulate. We can do better and if we want to make Loudoun a better place to live we need to remember their endless stream of failures at governing the Commonwealth.

  • 2022-09-09 at 9:05 pm
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    I think California is a wonderful state. I’d never write off an entire state, as Mr. Smith appears to do. (Talk about being prejudiced.) By the same token, Virginia is Virginia. It marches to the beat of its own drummer. The commonwealth is a melting pot. It welcomes folks from all walks of life. And yes, it cares about hazard emissions that hurt us all. If that means being a Democrat, I proudly stand accused!

    • 2022-09-12 at 4:19 pm
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      If you think California is so wonderful, why don’t you do us all a favor and move there? Prove to us all that the leftist policies are so great and buck the trend of all the people moving away from states like California, New York, and New Jersey.

      • 2022-09-13 at 11:44 am
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        California bashing is comical. It’s almost moved out of the 5th largest economy in the world into 4th place. It whupped Florida and Texas (per capita or overall) in every category that matters …. job creation, growth.

        Most Californians pay way less taxes than residents of FL or TX.

        If you lived in CA you were 50% less like to die of COVID. If you live in TX you’re more likely to be murdered, raped, or be a victim of crime.

        Digging deeper it gets even better. In CA the counties with the highest murder rates…. all GOP controlled counties- counties with republican Sheriffs all have higher murder rates than the favorite boogy man- San Francisco . Highest murder rate in CA …. Kevin McCarthy’s district.

        Keep telling yourself and the folks in your echo chamber … CA sucks. Don’t bother visiting- there’s nothing worth seeing.

        • 2022-09-14 at 8:54 pm
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          That’s interesting.

          Wonder why, according to Bloomberg, California’s long-term exodus of households, confirmed by USPS change of address data, continues with Texas and Florida being two of the top destination choices.

          Maybe it has something to do with the highest gasoline taxes in the nation, insane traffic, sky high housing prices, and rolling blackouts due to democrat mismanagement.

          Businesses don’t seem to like California anymore either. 300 corporations have moved their headquarters out of California since 2018, including Apple, AECOM, Charles Scwab, and Tesla.

          Where are these businesses going? Try Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin.

          Wonder why? Maybe it’s because California is perennially rankled at the bottom of the index for a business-friendly environment.

          And who has been governing California for the last 30 or so years. Democrats.

          Now, democrats in Virginia, like Sen Boysko and Sen Bell, want Virginia to be like California. Starting with a $20K tax on our cars.

          No thanks.

          • 2022-09-17 at 10:34 am
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            “According to Bloomberg”

            OK Boomer- What did Bloomberg have to say about the murder rate of Kevin McCarthy’s district being the highest in California?

            Why does Bloomberg think the rural counties in California that are run by the GOP have higher murder rates than the counties run by democrats?

            Why do most Texans pay more taxes than the average Californian?

            Call me crazy, but I ain’t necessarily holding much stock in the opinion of, nor am I going to follow the lead of people who decide to move down to sea level in a flat state where you can’t go outside for most of the year ’cause it’s too hot

        • 2022-09-15 at 3:57 pm
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          California, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts all LOST population last year.

          States like Utah, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Montana, South Carolina…. they were all among the largest gainers.

          People vote with their feet. Virginia needs to be more like the latter group, not the former.

        • 2022-09-15 at 6:43 pm
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          You have two choices, AFF… move to California and prove us wrong and bask in the “greatness” that is California, or keep your head shoved so far up where the sun don’t shine that you can see daylight from your throat.

          You obviously have not been paying attention to census data showing that California, New York, and New Jersey have all lost population according to the last census and thus lost a total of 5 House seats among them while Texas and Florida each gained seats. That alone flies in the face of your claims.

          • 2022-09-17 at 10:19 am
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            Yea I know Buddy. It’s a hard pill to swallow. Being mislead by infotainment so much so that you’re unable to grasp simple economic analysis would be frustrating.

            Let’s try again.

            If California were a country it would be the 5th largest economy in the world… and it’s about to move into forth place.

            Most Californians pay less taxes than residents of Texas. Are you unfamiliar with regressive taxation?

            If you live in Texas you’re far more likely to be raped, murdered, or robbed than a Californian. You’re also more likely to be single and pregnant and you’ll die sooner than someone who lives in the land of milk and honey.

            Granted, if you live in one of the rural counties of California that vote for GOP and are run by the GOP both your life expectancy and your chances of being the victim of a violent crime are much higher than if you lived in say, San Francisco, but most rural areas of red states have similar statistics.

            I know all this reality is tough to take, facts are pesky, so I’ll drop some actual opinion on you- Gaven Newson will be president someday- he’s that good.

            Signed,

            Someone whose family has been in Virginia so long it had a different name when we got here. And I ain’t moving for someone who can’t read a spreadsheet.

  • 2022-09-10 at 8:10 am
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    elite- who gave the elite the biggest tax breaks in recent history- Trump
    woke- a maga made-up word to belittle people that have compassion toward others that are not of the same race, sexual preference, etc..
    politically correct- I rather be correct than incorrect.
    divisive- laughable. Trump has been the most divisive president in modern times. remember “their are very fine people on both sides.” right, whoever marches with a white supremacist is a “very fine person”
    high inflation- again laughable. Dems caused the worldwide inflation that occurred from a supply chain issue in a post-covid world. Any reputable economist can clarify that up for you quickly.
    we-know-better-than-you- Okay, I agree that in this case, you are correct.
    angry- I don’t see too many dems waving a flag with a person’s name on it versus the USA flag only. knee-bending, Yes, I can bend my knees. I am not disabled like some others sadly are, and as Trump physically made fun of while on the podium one day.
    corrupt- hmmm… there are no corrupt republicans. Yep, and I have some land in Florida to sell you.
    I can go on, but bottom line:

    VOTE for a party that shows progress for the modern world, progressive means progress, means Democrat. VOTE Democrat!
    And, if someone is wearing a MAGA hat, watch out, they have bought the big lie and their king of lying liers, mr Orange FAce

    • 2022-09-11 at 9:40 pm
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      How about we vote for the actual candidate and not the party. Perhaps that the problem.

  • 2022-09-11 at 9:49 am
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    Thanks Obama!! Nobody likes California!! Meanwhile, in actual reality….

    If nothing else these cats are entertaining. Surprised he didn’t parrot a deliberating insulting, yet kinda milquetoast humorous nickname for our President.

    “Let’s go Brandon!!” The old man is kicking their hineys.

  • 2022-09-12 at 4:18 pm
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    Tim,
    California is not the problem. Federalism versus states rights is the issue. Our elected officials need to understand they ONLY represent Virginia citizens and need to stop trying to push national partisan talking points. United States NOT a one party controlled totalitarian mob! If you know high level democrats please suggest to them to tell Ms. Harris the southern border is NOT being well managed!

  • 2022-09-13 at 5:49 pm
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    The communists have taken over the democrat party. How can you tell? Not one American in their right mind would vote for Joe Biden. The reason they put him into this position is to show the world what they want the world to see. They want the likes of him to represent white America. They are trying to push him off as a demented, old, white male to the world. When Trump was in office, his first year they forced him to submit to a mental exam. You never hear them saying that about Biden. The Global Corporations in their commercials have removed whites or dumb them down. Trumbo infiltrated Hollywood in the 40s and went behind the scenes to be a play writer. There has been one negative remark after another against whites since in our movies, tv programs, gaming, social media. The list is endless. Katherine Hepburn when she was working with UNICEF (who has never solved world hunger after decades of collecting our monies) stated she wanted One World Order. Her parents walked with Hitler in Germany. Follow these story lines and it will become clear who the true people are behind the scenes and they are communists.

  • 2022-09-19 at 5:16 pm
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    AFF, I think you might be a lost cause.

    But for others who prefer not to get their information from TikTok, how about looking at the results from an MIT study that tracks cost of living (food, housing, child care, medical, transportation, and other) for cities and states across the US.

    According to a MIT 2021 study, an individual has to have 28.5% more income to earn a living wage in California than in Texas.

    Bottomline according to MIT: California is one of the most expensive states in the nation to live in. Texas is one of the more affordable, almost in every category compared to California.

    In addition, according to Kiplinger’s 2021 survey, Texas has 3 of the top 5 most affordable cities to live in, 4 in the top 25. Better than any state in the country. California: 0.

    I know AFF, you’re interested in the murder rate so let’s get the facts out. Murder rate in California is 5.6/100K, 24th in the nation. Murder rate in Texas is 6.6/100K, 22nd in the nation.
    Violent crime in California is 442/100K, 16th highest in the nation. Violent crime in Texas is 446/100K, 15th in the nation.

    Don’t think there is much statistical difference there.

    What’s not tracked is all the unreported and unprosecuted crime that is all the rage now. Do a search on smash-n-grab crime. Guarantee something about San Francisco is going to be on page 1 of your search.

    Why the massive increase in overall crime in the last couple of years? Democrats want to blame it on the pandemic. (Have you noticed that democrats blame everything on the pandemic? )

    Much closer to the truth is ridiculous democrat calls to defund the police in order to make us safer, and refusal to prosecute criminals by democrat District Attorneys (or in our case by Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj).

    Criminals make calculations based on certainty and severity of punishment. In cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, the certainty and the severity of punishment has fallen below deterrence levels. Voila, smash-n-grab.

    So, good people and businesses on the ground in California are voting with their feet. These folks are leaving California in droves and many of them are moving to Texas and Florida.

    But like I said, here in Virginia elected democrats want to turn Virginia into California.

    Everyone needs to keep in mind that today’s democrats are not the democrats of yesterday. Today’s democrats are radical leftists.

    We must think differently. We must vote democrats out of office.

    Start this election by saying no to Jennifer Wexton and saying yes to Hung Cao.

    • 2022-09-22 at 1:29 pm
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      Well said Jsmirh.
      The liberals of California and Virginia have done tremendous societal damage that has people fleeing for red states.
      Al’as, I agree many of these diehard liberals are lost and desperately clinging to false talking points and deceptive “”facts” to justify their failed policies.
      I refuse to stay silent and let their lies destroy our state and nation.

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