E. W. Jackson Republican candidate for Virginia Lt. Gov. at Froth in the Forum
At a meet and greet early this morning at Froth (Coffee and Tea) located in the Forum on Starkey Road about 35 people gathered to listen to the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, E. W. Jackson. His fiery speaking style did not disappoint and held even the unaware Froth customers captive as he spoke for over 10 minutes.
The lies and myths by liberal media is wrong in its portrayal of Republicans as hating the poor and minorities he said. “We’re going to begin to see people with us who some thought they’d never be with us because they found out that we care about them as individuals and the principles that we hold dear and make life better for every single Virginian.”
Jackson told supporters to not to worry about Northern Virginia – “We know that a lot of people in Northern Virginia just came to Virginia yesterday” he said to chuckles from the gathering. Much of Northern Virginia is considered a suburb of Washington, DC that is predominantly Democratic. He was sure that there were people in NOVA who held Republican values.
He claimed that media took a lot of what he said out of context shortly after his nomination. Jackson said he will not apologize for anything he has said, “When I tell the truth – I don’t back down – I don’t backup.” People are looking for the truth explained Jackson.
“When you empower government to keep taxing and regulating you end up in an authoritarian, totalitarian culture.” He said, “we are the people who are trying to set folks free – they’re the people who are trying to put people in a kind of pseudo slavery.”
E. W. Jackson
Jackson objected to President Obama’s request to Congress for $225 million to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Aid was cut off when the Palestinian Authority was admitted to the UN. The objection is seen as honoring the Cuban executioner Ernesto Guevara who died in Argentina in 1967. UNESCO is including “The Life and Works of Ernesto Che Guevara” in this year’s additions to the Memory of the World Register.
“I’ve got a better deal for them,” said Jackson. “Let’s send them Barack Obama” followed by cheers from supporters.
Jackson wants to get the government (EPA and DEQ) out of the coal business and out of the farms so “the farmers can do their farming as they see fit … it’s none of their business.” The 10th amendment gives that right he said. “This is the time” to stand up.
Later I was able to ask Mr. Jackson about his school choice education proposal. Parents need to be empowered with choice for their children he said. He said his Democratic opponent who he didn’t mention by name (Sen. Ralph Northam) sent his child to private school and other children don’t have that option. Jackson proposes a constitutional amendment to allow it.
When asked about how financing would work to accomplish that he said, “I don’t know what the funding mechanism would be.” That would have to be thought through – It could be a direct transfer to schools similar to the way the GI Bill works said Jackson. “We need competition in education.”
Supporters captivated by fiery E.W. Jackson speech.
What Governor Bob McDonnell has done with tax breaks for businesses that give scholarships to underprivileged children so they can attend private school “is not enough” and it is hard to administer said Jackson.
Jackson quoted that $11,000 is being spent per pupil on education in Virginia and parents could find a quality education for their children at less cost. According to PolitiFact Virginia in the 2008 school year, Virginia spent an average of $5,003 per student. It has dropped $229 to $4,774 per student for this school year. Adjusted for inflation, the decrease is about 12.2 percent.
He was reluctant to talk about social issues like the “personhood” bill. Jackson would have the power to let it through in the evenly divided senate. He did say though it would depend on the specific wording of the bill but “yes as a general principle – if legislation comes before me and I have to break a tie I’m going to always vote where I believe this advances the cause of life.”
Jackson said his campaign is focused on the economy, getting the energy out of the ground, advancing manufacturing and innovative ways to help businesses to expand and grow.
He wasn’t too keen on the governor’s transportation bill and said he advocates for a more free market approach without taxing Virginians more. The Dulles railway is a financial burden on taxpayers but he doesn’t plan to undue what’s already been done he said.
E.W. Jackson with Delegate Chris Head
When asked about passenger rail he said, “These rail schemes – while they certainly sound great very often the passenger involvement is not there and we have a long term financial commitment that falls on the back of every taxpayer.” He said he was “skeptical about anything that puts a burden on the taxpayers and doesn’t pay for itself.”
He said one solution in NOVA is “Slugging.” A unique form of commuting found in the Washington, DC area that is sometimes referred to as “Instant Carpooling” or “Casual Carpooling”. It brings to mind Ride Solutions in Southwest Virginia that provides commuters with regional carpool options.
Another solution Jackson mentioned was to allow developers to build over top of freeways and pay the real estate taxes that then equates to the cost of the freeway underneath or at least offset the cost.
There are lots of ideas out there he said, “but we always tend to go back to one way and get more money from the taxpayer and have government subsidize something … we’ve just got to look at ways that enhance people’s freedom.
We are so heavily regulated now that people can’t advance free market ideas that help solve problems from the bottom up. We’re always dictated to from the top down.”