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I find it ludicrous how many Republicans attempt to tie themselves to the spirit of founding father Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, born to the land-owner class in Virginia, used his status to champion working families and prevent all forms of tyranny in government. A fact lost on Republican legislators.

Recently when Virgil Goode VA-05 wrote a letter to John McCain’s staff endorsing Eric Cantor  VA-07 for the Vice Presidential position, I was compelled to research Cantor and his record. What I uncovered came as no surprise to me, based on the fact Goode recommends him.

The first thing that caught my attention was Cantor’s relationship with villain Mitch McConnell.

June 26 Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received the 2008 Thomas Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service from the International Foodservice Distributors Association IFDA .
This group makes it a priority to push pro-business interests in Congress and makes no effort to disguise the fact that they have an anti-working family agenda. No surprise there. It is also no surprise that McConnell and Cantor step-and-fetch to such organizations. Read Cantor’s remarks:
"As a life-long Virginian, in a district that borders Jefferson’s home of Monticello, I am proud to accept this award," said Cantor. "I want to thank you for coming here to Washington and giving up your time. What you do here to educate representatives about the impact of their actions on you, at home, is invaluable. Your being here is a reminder that our policies affect real people."

Thomas Jefferson himself would lead the revolt against Cantor after reading the last sentence of his statement.
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During his comments at the opening dinner of the IFDA Day in Washington last week, Cantor discussed issues surrounding tax and energy policy, as well as the House Republicans vote against the Employee Free Choice Act. EFCA passed the House in a vote along party lines, but was stopped in the Senate where Republicans, led by McConnell, successfully rejected a cloture motion to bring EFCA to a vote. The legislation would allow union representation in the workplace if a majority of employees simply signed "check cards" and undermines the right of employees to vote privately in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Defeat of this legislation is IFDA’s top legislative priority.
Enter McConnell;
McConnell was presented the award at a legislative briefing during the IFDA Day in Washington meeting. In his comments, he described the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as "something we thought was a horrible idea." McConnell also discussed issues surrounding trade, taxes, fuel prices, and the balance of power at stake in the upcoming fall elections. "We are a firewall against a lot of really bad ideas and you are looking at the fire chief," said McConnell. "I need enough firemen to hold the line."
Now just who is the Employee Free Choice Act bad for? You guessed it, BIG BUSINESS. It scares the bejeezus out of Republican legislators that working men and women might have a little leeway in determining their future. Why do you think that is? In my opinion it is due to the fact they have used their power in Congress and the executive and judicial branches of government to build their own profits on the backs of the now defunct middle class and working families. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

Thus ends Vol. 1 of the Eric Cantor Chronicles - more to follow.

Originally posted to jimwhite on Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 05:26 AM PDT.

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  •  The school I went to (5+ / 0-)

    had a Thomas Jefferson award for the most well read, well rounded student.

    It's the same school Eric Cantor went to, too. But I don't think he won the award. =)

    Sad to say, Mr. Cantor very accurately reflects the views of his district, which in my experience borders on the reactionary. Somehow I don't think this kind of thinking is what Thomas Jefferson would have approved.

    Thanks for the diary; will keep watching for further chronicles.

    Civil marriage is a civil right.

    by stitchmd on Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 05:55:53 AM PDT

  •  Eric Cantor is, unfortunately, Congressman in my (5+ / 0-)

    district. He is a true putz. He was also quite close to Jack Abramoff - though he denies and denounces the fact now. In fact, Jack named a sandwich at his delli after Eric. It's called "The Eric Cantor Shit Eating Grin Sandwich." Made with pure bull on a bankroll.

    Hope is Anita Hartke can get some traction against Cantor this cycle - small hope, unfortunately, in the benighted VA - 7th.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. -- Julius Caesar, I.ii.

    by semiot on Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 06:01:06 AM PDT

  •  HIs nickname was "Overdog" in the Virginia (4+ / 0-)
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    stitchmd, VA Breeze, jlms qkw, jimwhite

    Assembly before he became a US Congressman. Overdog (as opposed to Underdog) because he made sure big business and lobbyists were taken care of before all else. His record on children's health insurance, minimum wage increase, renewable energy sources, and the middle class is terrible.

    He's my Congressman and unfortunately, he will be re-elected unless Anita Hartke pulls off a miracle in this deeply conservative district.

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