Talk Radio Defeats Eric Cantor in VA Race

How did Cantor, who had locks on his re-election, lose?

The TEA Party was AWOL Brat could not even get them on the phone. Brat had no money, thousands compared to Cantor’s millions.  But, Brat won in a land slide. Who was on Brat’s team? Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and Laura Ingraham were all in Brat’s camp. Voters heard their endorsement day and day out on Talk Radio. While the TEA Party was not present, it was TEA Party ideals that won the day for Brat. It was Tea Party ideals that Talk Radio was putting on the air. It was time to turn out the Republican elites. It was time to return America to the people, and is not time for amnesty for illegals.

This is going to have a long term impact on the remaining run-off elections. Tea Party ideals are still strong in the people that Washington is ignoring. Immigration reform is dead.  Stay Tuned.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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11 Responses to Talk Radio Defeats Eric Cantor in VA Race

  1. gjrebane says:

    Tea party ideals impacting Republican races are discounted by Democrats at their peril. Most tea parties in the land don’t endorse candidates, but invite candidates to endorse their ideals. When they do so publicly, they garner tea party member votes. The candidates with such ideals take advantage of that and benefit. This has been going on for four years.

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  2. Fuzz says:

    Hi Russ,

    As I said earlier, I don’t like illegal immigration. You can’t manage immigration unless you can control immigration. I’ve always believed the border should be “closed” and our official immigration program should be followed. The thousands of kids crossing the Rio Grande valley show the inept state of border security, even after all this time and money. (Many of those kids are fleeing drug and gang violence in their home countries, so it’s flee to the US and risk death, or stay where I am and certain death.) The problem in all this is dealing with “what is”. All the business owners out there who knowingly hire illegals…. and they do know it….have created the problem that their political party lambasts government for not controlling. When President Reagan granted amnesty back in the 80’s, part of the deal was the border was to be secured. When you have business owners salivating over cheap labor, there are lots of things that just don’t get done. E-Verify should have been started right after Reagan’s amnesty, but woulda, shoulda, coulda. Now you have illegals in numbers that are a huge logistical problem. Many of them are established and their children are essentially American. How do you deal with that? Further, the millions of unemployed Americans have also been victim to years of outsourcing and tech innovation. Some of that outsourcing went just south of the border, where labor was perhaps 1/10th of the American wage. There is no “patriotism” in American industry and business…. you go where the profit is greatest. As I’ve said to my dad, “what we need in this country are Costco sized stores called, MADE IN AMERICA.” Everything inside would be 100% American made, labor and materials. I would make it a weekly habit to shop in that store, even if it cost a little more. The American housing industry has said that if builders used just 5% more American made materials, it would create 220,000 new jobs. (That’s a fairly old stat so I don’t know what it is currently. To rub salt in this wound, the use of Chinese steel in the new S.F – Oakland bay bridge is not only a serious engineering mistake, it deprived many Americans of good paying work.) So, shopping in MADE IN AMERICA would force American business to hire Americans and not outsource. That is probably the only way that Americans can “force” American business to hire them. If other countries wanted to buy our goods too, we’ll make more to accommodate you. So, Russ…… what do we do? As I said, a bracero program could be used in agriculture, but we’ve got them all here now. Would poor American’s take that work? They haven’t up till now and there have even been cases of Americans trying to do ag work and the illegals actually harass them out because they consider that their turf! Also, how about all the illegals in construction? If one builder uses them, the others have to follow suit or get priced out. If E-verify had been in place after the Reagan amnesty, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, with the exception of illegals fleeing violence, which should be handled in a different way.

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  3. Russ Steele says:

    Fuzz,

    I agree with Dena, we should have a “guest worker” program for specific industries, especially those that have seasonal demand for workers. But, what we see today is that illegals are working in full time industries, and at the same time we have over 100,000 citizens who are unemployed.

    According to the Federal Reserve, there are currently 12,673,000 unemployed. The total number of working age Americans not in the labor force now stands at 87,897,000 according to the Federal Reserve. So when you add 12,673,000 and 87,897,000, you get a total of 100,570,000 working age Americans that do not have jobs.

    Do you think it makes good sense to add more low wage workers to the US work force, given we have 100,000+ people do not have a job?

    What do you think about the 60,000 plus children crossing the southern border of the US. According to Customs and Border Protection, in the past eight months, agents have apprehended about 47,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border into the U.S. illegally from Mexico, that number is expected to reach 90,000 by the end of the year. What would you do to stop this flow of children, who have to be cared for by US tax payers?

    Your thoughts?

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  4. Fuzz says:

    Dena, a bracero guest worker program seems the obvious solution but it could have been implemented years ago but wasn’t. When illegals are just that….illegal….they don’t want to be caught or make waves and are more inclined to work for lower wages. A dozen illegals, making 1-2 dollars less per hour, can put a farmer’s wife in a new SUV, or simply keep the farm competitive. At least that’s the only way I can understand why some obvious things weren’t done long ago.

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    • Dena says:

      We had a guest worker program during WWII when we didn’t the man power to grow what we needed. One of the best reasons we don’t have one today is Cesar Chevez. He didn’t want anybody competing with his farm workers union and government wanted the union vote. If it bothers you, you can set a minimum wage but the truth is few american want to work in the field even with far higher wages. When Chevez was riding high, farmers started looking for ways to harvest their crop without people. I have seen cotton fields after harvest and the machine leave a lot behind but in cost to much to have a hand cleanup after the machines. Other crops have been altered so they can be handled by machines or so they become ripe at the same time so a machine can collect the crop all at once. Some crops they just don’t grow any more because other places can produce the crop cheaper.
      We still need farm workers but not in the numbers we once did.

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  5. Fuzz says:

    Hi Russ,
    Below is a news excerpt about the Cantor defeat. I don’t like illegal immigration either but I have a theoretical question: If you could press a button and make all illegal immigrants disappear and the border sealed, how much do you think that would raise the cost of goods? The Central Valley ag industry would be devastated, as well as many other areas of Cal. I don’t think non-latino minorities or whites have any interest in doing that work unless the pay is high enough. (Experiments by farmers to hire whites have not worked well to date.) (Note: I just had my roof replaced and I’m sure 1-2 of the workers were illegal.) The biggest culprit here is Republicans. They want cheap labor and offer the jobs that illegals seek. So, after reading the last sentence in the below article, how does the Tea Party reconcile this issue with their business-owning Republican brethren? (I’m sure the vast majority of the Tea Party vote Republican. )

    “There was this email from Portage County’s Tom Zawistowski, president of the We the People Convention and the Ohio Citizens Political Action Committee: First, I must congratulate my friend and colleague Larry Nordvig, Executive Director of the Richmond Tea Party, for a tremendous victory. The Richmond Tea Party is one of the strongest in the nation and I am confident that they will do the hard work to take David Brat to Congress in November. Second, this win is a message for everyone in Washington, both Republicans and Democrats, that American’s are not interested in amnesty for illegal immigrants and we are outraged by a President that will not defend our borders and is actually encouraging tens of thousands of poor children to leave their parents to advance his flawed political agenda. We do not want people coming to our country illegally and taking jobs from Americans – particularly jobs for hard hit American minorities. Stop playing politics with our national security. Close the borders and fix the front door so that those who want to legally immigrate to America can do so in an orderly and timely fashion. We don’t give a damn about rich Republicans who want cheap illegal labor and we don’t give a damn about Democrats who want to buy votes of immigrants with our tax dollars.”

    Fuzz

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    • Dena says:

      Strange as it may sound, closing the boarder isn’t the solution. The reason is with an open boarder, Mexicans come up here and work the crops and then return home. When the boarder is close, they have to pick and they decided to stay on this side of the boarder. A guest worker program would be part of the solution and the other part is babies born here are not considered citizens of the US unless at least one of the parents is.
      People with guest worker passes would only be able to work in the industry stated at the time the pass is applied for. Should they fail to follow the rules of the program, they will be barred from re-entering the US. There are many other details such as does time in the US apply to a citizenship application, but the basics would make business happy and get control over the problem.

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      • Dena says:

        I thought of a flaw in my idea. It’s possible the woman could have a baby to use as an anchor baby so some restriction such as the couple must be married or the woman must be the citizen to protect against anchor babies.

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  6. Dena says:

    Typo, Immigration not integration. I hope the issue isn’t dead at instead of impeaching Obama, it’s reaching the point where we should execute him for what he is doing in Arizona. We passed SB 1070 which allowed illegals uncovered in normal police work to be turned over to the federal government for handling. The Obama administration just stopped picking them up clogging our jail so we are forced to release these people where they will vanish and not answer to the original crime they were originally discovered.
    A couple of weeks ago, we found the federal government was bussing illegals captured in Texas here and released with a paper that told them to report to a judge latter. Note that it is now 110 degrees here and these people were release with no follow up to make sure they had a place to stay or a place to stay cool. When this hit the paper, the government switched to sending children where they were stored in old warehouses without beds or bathrooms. When this hit the paper, some of the children had spend 10 days without a shower eating fast food. We just had a big item in the paper where Child Protection Services weren’t doing their job and we threw the old department out and created a new one. The new department can’t do anything about the federal government because – well – they are the federal government. Current numbers are over 400 adults and over 1000 children.
    The federal government intends to reunite these children with their illegal parents in the U.S. and give everybody the right to stay and work. More important, these people are not from Mexico, but are instead are from countries farther south so they have traveled through Mexico to get here.
    Arizona has a tight boarder and few crossers get through so the immigration people don’t have a huge amount of work. Now we have the federal government acting as smugglers moving people caught in Texas to Arizona and releasing them.
    And Obama wants to change the law when he is the source of the problem by not following the current law!

    I only hope that the many conservatives that don’t normally vote because they are disgusted with the system are so disgusted with the left that they get out and vote to clean up the mess that Obama has created.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      Thanks for the typo tip, which I have fixed. I hate auto correction. Also thanks for your on the ground report from AZ.

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      • Dena says:

        Most of the programs on the MAC underline in red words that have questionable spelling instead of replacing the word. This means if I am doing much typing, in addition to the program I am using, I have the dictionary open and I flip between the two. This teaches you to use the the task switch short cut as it is far faster than using the mouse.

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