Jack Weaver on the issues

AGRICULTURE

Jack Weaver’s family has worked the land of the Sixth District since 1774. Jack grew up on his parents’ farm. He continues farming to this day. Farming is in his blood, in his genes. As delegate he will fight for the rights of farmers, to lift the burden of regulations off their backs. Jack believes that we don’t lack for laws and rules which inhibit those who earn their living off the land. In fact, he says we have too many laws, laws originating in Washington as well as Richmond. Jack will battle for deregulation for farmers.

Farming has been and will be a key to Virginia’s economic success. The General Assembly needs to be fair with farmers and what they contribute to the well-being of this great Commonwealth. What is needed are fewer lawyers and more people who fully understand what farming is all about.

BUSINESSMAN’S APPROACH

Jack Weaver is a fiscal conservative, who will lower taxes, cut spending and Virginia’s corporate income tax. HE IS NOT A LAWYER.

Plain and simple, Americans have to elect people to public office with financial and economic knowledge. Jack asserts we have enough lawyers in Congress, in the General Assembly, in local boards and councils; LAWYERS who have no financial experience and very little, if any education in business administration, finance and economics. Yet they are the ones creating and adding financial burdens to all of us. WE DON'T NEED MORE LAWS. WE NEED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY! THAT IS WHY JACK WEAVER IS RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. The largest tax increase in the history of Virginia was pushed through by a Governor who is a – lawyer – and introduced as a bill by another lawyer. The U. S. Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, the President, and Vice President are all lawyers! We have one lawyer for every 265 citizens in America.

The more lawyers in the U.S. Congress and the Virginia General Assembly, the more laws, rules and regulations enacted - the more jobs for their profession. The common person now can no longer afford to go to court due to the high cost of litigation. The question is - how are these financial burdens working out for you? What do you expect with lawyers in charge?

Jack has spent his entire life in finance, accounting, economics, small business, and farming, developing new ideas, creating business, creating jobs. He will take that expertise to Richmond.

PRIVATE PROPERTY

State Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Rob Bell take credit for introducing the new eminent domain laws. However, long before they were involved, Jack Weaver worked diligently garnering interest in the terrors of forced eminent domain. Jack highly supports personal property rights. In fact, he twice gave packets to Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark to introduce such bills. Jack even spent several thousands of dollars of his own money, fighting a municipal personal property eminent domain case. While he won the case, the decision did not obligate the reimbursement of legal costs which the new laws will change. The laws are good, but Jack fears they could be overruled through federal jurisdiction. That is because Virginians have virtually lost States’ Rights.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

This is a favorite phrase with politicians. Except they have no idea what it means. While Virginia is rated near the top as a good state in which to work, it has to stay that way. Virginia must remain a Right-To-Work-State in order to remain competitive. Jack will work to retain the Dillon Rule that streamlines State policy preventing spread of taxes and regulations. However, our economic development commissions, in general, do not do a very good job of supporting and encouraging small business and particularly home grown industries.

The Commonwealth is often willing to give away the kitchen sink to get a large, out of state industry, not realizing how much these “freebies” are hurting our future. Instead Jack will work to help small businesses grow and be competitive with favorable financing. Most businesses under two million dollars in volume have a difficult time obtaining financing as they “are too small.” Yet they create jobs which turn the wage four to five times within a community. The Virginia Department of Commerce and state government “job czars” simply do not understand this need and opportunity, nor how to address it. Jack will do all he can to change that.

If governments were truly interested in economic development they should eliminate of the myriad of government barriers to entrepreneurship and small business formation. These include, among others, occupational licensing, restrictions on street and farm marketing, and over restrictive zoning. In most cases they cannot even start a business without a LAWYER. Now why is that? Who makes these restrictions?

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

We do everything we can to avoid being energy self-sufficient. Yet we have been blessed with an abundance of coal. Jack Weaver emphatically says open up our coal fields. Virginia has a natural resource in coal with scrubbers that are effective in cleaning the product. Clean coal will be his battle cry in Richmond. Coal is an economic advantage for Virginia.

Another Virginia resource is our off shore oil. Forces are hard at work doing everything they can to discourage Virginia’s off shore drilling, as well as other oil production throughout the country. We oppose the pipeline from Canada and for no good reason except our president and LAWYERS do not want it.

Nuclear energy is on the rise yet we have no source of raw materials. We import over 80% of our uranium with 50% of that coming from Russia.

Uranium mining is a touchy issue and rightly so. We must protect the Danville water basin, and the tailings and heads from the mining and underground water sources for the surrounding communities. Jack Weaver is gravely concerned General Assembly will pass laws that will hamper all types of mining. Legislators will forget the issue is uranium, a commodity that needs to be addressed as to its safety. However, LAWYERS being LAWYERS will eventually foul up mining in general, if they are not careful. We do not know the purity or quality of the uranium, or if it is usable for our nuclear energy we keep pushing.

There are other sources of energy we fail to utilize such as magnetic power, hydrogen, conversion of carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide reclamation. Jack is opposed to corn based energy. Its production just runs up energy costs and the corn usage forces up food prices.

RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE IN AMERICA

First and foremost, I have no doubt that Religious Liberty is being redefined in America. Our secular establishment wants to reduce the autonomy of religious institutions and limit the influence of faith in the public square.

In America, "religion" largely means Christianity, and today our secular culture views orthodox Christian churches as troublesome, retrograde, and reactionary forces. They are often viewed as anti-science, anti-gay, and anti-women - which is to say anti-progress as the Left defines progress. Not surprising, the Left believes society will be best served, if Christians are limited in their influence on public life and in our schools.

There will be many arguments urging Christians to keep their religion strictly religious rather than "political.” Not just arguments - laws as well, and we are back once again to – LAWYERS – running our country, now on religion. Here is one climate change where it’s colder and colder toward religion.

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

An upcoming issue is Minimum Wage. What comes to your mind when you hear that term? Do you think of teenagers flipping hamburgers, or a single parent trying to feed kids? While proponents of a higher wage want you to visualize that single parent, the truth is that teenager or part time college student paints a more accurate picture of minimum wage in America.

When liberals support a hike they fail to realize it will REDUCE the number of entry level minimum wage jobs and hurt many of the workers these proponents want to help. That is why Jack is firmly opposed to raising the minimum wage.

COMMON CORE – CSCOPE

Common Core is an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be implemented this year in most of the 46 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposes a one-size-fits-all, top down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and home schoolers.

What we don’t need is another untested, new program telling us how our children must be educated. (It sounds like another Obamacare-type mandate.) Instead, Virginia’s goal should be making school choice available to all families and giving the parents the educational rights they deserve. That will be Jack’s goal when he goes to the General Assembly.

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