Friday, February 02, 2007

Either Way

The Roanoke Times is reporting that the city of Martinsville is on the hook for $145,000, the result of "an unusual performance agreement" tied to a half-million in economic grants that went to failed defense contractor MZM. I've written far too much on this topic to rehash it now, but the bottom line is that either Virgil Goode, who was the master architect of this business plan, acted illegally in regards to MZM, or he is a stupid, stupid man.

So, despite Virgil Goode's efforts to portray itself as a champion of job opportunities in the 5th, what does Martinsville have to show for it? A few out of state jobs that disappeared and then a 145,000 debt for one of the areas in the district that most needs help? Even in the one area he has supposedly done the best for his constituents it would have been far better if he had done nothing at all.

Clearly, the best case scenario is that our Congressional representative is an ineffective, incompetent religious bigot. Clearly, he no longer deserves our votes.


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