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  •  I don't see him going after churches yet (1+ / 0-)
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    And even still, wealthy people don't like crazy to churches, it's one of the best organizations for getting money and people and mobilizing them.

    What he's doing is pure gold here.  Abortion is sticky, thumpers love it.  And if you think the rich liberals in NOVA give one flying rats ass what happens you're pretty wrong.  Tax cuts!  They are liberal till it hits economics, if their wallets are fat come election time, the governor will stay on.

    "Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools."

    by overclocking on Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 04:06:43 PM PDT

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    •  You need to read his rationale (1+ / 0-)
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      It doesn't say "no state funds to charities except faith based groups you like" - it says No.State.Funds.To.Charities.

      I think they'll make some changes to their state Constitution, but until they get that done there's going to be some pain and suffering for a lot of organizations that have been getting state funding.

      •  But the constitution seems to allow it (1+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe

        if the appropriation is made by a locality. So Commonwealth Legislature grants funds to Henrico county to support health care, they go to the local "free clinic" and give them money. Problem solved.

        And appropriation is the specific funding of a specific objective by the legislative body. That can't go directly to a "charity" but it can (it seems) go to an agency of the Commonwealth or, specifically to localities.

        •  True (0+ / 0-)

          But it still takes a good chunk of time to re-direct those funds to county/city, set up new agreements, etc. And that's assuming everybody wants to make it happen. Meanwhile, worthwhile programs are without funding, and may not survive the interruption.

          •  Yes, this is typical Rep. policy (1+ / 0-)
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            Catte Nappe

            Throw a monkey wrench into the works and the "fix" the problem without regard for the actual costs to the impacted (non-Republican) parties.

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