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Speak Out: Did Comstock Get It Right at the Convention?

Virginia politician (and McLean resident) Barbara Comstock held the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon.

McLean resident and Virginia General Assembly Del. Barbara Comstock, who represents the state's 34th District, , throwing her support behind Romney and slamming Obama's fiscal policies, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

"Comstock ticked off a list of complaints including his proposal to raise taxes on certain wage earners, Obama's pro-labor views, and his 'war on success' that undermines individual achievement.

She also placed the prospect of $1 trillion in looming federal cuts known as sequestration, including $500 billion from defense, at Obama's feet, saying 'his budget failure threatens to slash 200,000 national security and high-tech jobs in Virginia.'"

The full Virginian-Pilot article and pictures of Comstock speaking at the convention are available on the newspaper's website.

News 13, a local television station in Florida, printed the full text of Comstock's speech online.

Speak Out: Did you catch Comstock's roughly three-minute speech on TV? Does her message resonate with you? Let's get the conversation going in the comments section.

Sarah O'Neil August 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
What really threatens "high tech jobs in Virginia," are the radical, repressive, and just plain bone-headed laws being passed by the ultra right wing Republicans currently in power in Richmond. Businesses of all kinds will think twice about relocating to a state where their employees do not want to live.
Catherine August 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Barbara Comstock did a great job. As a small businesswoman myself, I feel VERY confident that Delegate Comstock has her pulse on what makes the NOVA biz community work and how the President's policies have not only harmed us, but made us reluctant to make any hiring moves. Thank you for your leadership Delegate Comstock!
Buck August 30, 2012 at 03:37 AM
exactly what a nobody is supposed to say
anne gruner August 30, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Not only did delegate Comstock's message resonate, but it reflected the facts. Under Governor McDonnell, Virginia closed its budget deficit and balanced its budget on a bipartisan basis. As a result, Virginia has enjoyed its third straight year of budget surplus, without raising taxes, and had a total surplus and budget savings of $1.4 billion. Revenue collection actually increased over 5% even though taxes did not. CNBC last year declared Virginia the "Top State for Business." Marylanders are moving in droves to Virginia due to Gov O'Malley's taxation policies. Northrop Grumman moved its corporate headquarters to VA. Meanwhile, the president does nothing to head off the $500 billion in sequestration cuts of defense spending that Secretary of Defense Panetta warned would be "disastrous." This comes on top of the almost $500 billion that was cut last year. Not to mention the coming "fiscal cliff." And there are 766,000 more women unemployed now than in January 2009 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Facts are stubborn things! It is an honor for Virginians to be represented by Delegate Comstock on the national stage!
Louise Epstein August 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Sarah, it looks like Virginia has above-average population growth based on census data. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population_growth_rate In addition, Virginia is ranked very highly (top 5 states) for attracting businesses. http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/economy/businessClimate.php
Sarah O'Neil August 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Our statements are not inconsistent. Virginia has been a leader in attracting business. However, the data you cite is based on corporate decisions made prior to the 2012 legislative session that made Virginia a national laughingstock. Even Gov McDonnell urged his party to exercize more restraint, and was ignored. Can anyone deny that the attention Virginia has been receiving has been negative? Going forward, this is not the way to maintain Virginia's ranking as an attractive place for businesses to relocate.
Mozart September 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Eh....a plague on both your houses. Both Virginia and Maryland have enjoyed above-average growth, so reports that Marylanders are fleeing the state in droves are silly, as are suggestions that employees no longer will wish to come to Virginia after the last legislative session. People will follow the jobs, plain and simple, whether the jobs are in the public or private sectors.

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