Saturday, September 28, 2013

Not THAT Kind of Guy

Now, in what way is this remotely true? Don't get me wrong, I think McAuliffe's answer is basically right. And for all I know he won't pressure the Redskins to change their name. But is that because he's the sort of guy who doesn't tell businesses what they should do? Or is it because he's the sort of guy who says what audiences want to hear about their beloved football franchise? If the question was about businesses that refuse to comply with Obamacare's requirement to pay for birth control, would he still be the sort of guy who doesn't think politicians should be telling businesses what to do? Is he for no environmental regulations? Against all zoning? Is he now against civil-rights laws that tell business who. they must serve, hire, etc.?
I support some of those laws and I'm dead-set against others, but I'm not the issue here and I'm not the guy running for governor promising to never tell "businesses" what to do. The man made millions off his connections to government, exploiting government's ability to tell businesses what to do. At the heart of his various greentech boondoggles was the idea that he and his partners could get rich(er) off the opportunities created when government tells businesses what to do. Terry McAuliffe coming out as an opponent of politicians telling businesses what to do is like the pope coming out against priests forgiving sins and giving communion.

Here he is on his own website pandering on the issue of equal pay for women. We can have an argument about the merits of those arguments and the often bogus statistics behind them another time, but let's assume he's sincere that he will do everything he can to "close the gap." Uh, how does he intend to do that without telling businesses what they should do with their businesses?

Oh, and since he up and made me visit his unctuous website, let me make one last related point to this whole liberals are libertarian thing. These are the first words on the issues page for "women" on his website: "I strongly believe that women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from Washington or Richmond."

The lying liars and political but blushless lies they tell!  If they were not willing to say what's required, whatever is required, they'd be former politicians or wannabe politicians.  

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