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Candidate Essay: Kathy Gillette-Mallard

by ARLnow.com | October 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm | 1,767 views | 33 Comments

Last week we asked the three candidates for the 48th District Virginia House of Delegates seat to write a sub-750 word essay on why the district’s residents should vote for them on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Here is the unedited response from Kathy Gillette-Mallard (I):

There are some serious issues confronting the citizens of the 48th District and all Virginians but there are solutions which the incumbent has not addressed.  You should vote for me because, as your delegate:

  1. I will seek equitable policies to resolve the crushing $20 billion dollar unfunded liability problem caused by Virginia state employees’ pension plan (VRS).  I will propose a plan similar to  the “Thomas Jefferson Institute of Public Policy” plan. (See “Pension Plan Reform in Virginia” at www.thomas jeffeersoninst.org). I will take on the challenge of finding ways to remove this $20 billion financial “Gorilla” from the room.
  2. I will work to cut spending and reduce onerous government regulations to entice new businesses and companies to invest in Virginia.  A business friendly environment is the best way to attract new businesses and keep old businesses.  This in turn creates jobs, expands the tax base and increases revenues in the natural cycle of the free market system.   (See “Research and Development Tax Credit”).
  3. I will insist state programs are audited regularly.  There is waste and mismanagement in our state as we learned with the nearly $1 billion fund “found” at VDOT (Performance Audit of Significant Operations of the Virginia Department of Transportation- Prepared by:   Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P.- August 2010).  In addition, cost-benefit analyses should be conducted regularly by bill sponsors and patrons if spending is involved.
  4. I will support protection of private property rights by voting in favor of the Amendment to the Virginia Constitution to protect private property owners from government eminent domain loopholes such as “Kelo” for purposes outside proper government authority.  The incumbent voted “nay” on this effort to protect private property rights ( see HJ693 Virginia Constitutional amendment; Eminent Domain Reform);  
  5. I will encourage development of Virginia’s natural resources, primarily natural gas but oil and coal as well.   New technologies offer safe and responsible development of our natural resources in a clean and responsible way.  Virginia can become a leader in energy production and end our dependence on foreign sources especially from countries which use our dollars to fund terrorism;
  6. I will be prudent with your taxpayer dollars when it comes to “green” energy.  We have learned with the Solyndra scandal that investing in “green” energy must be carefully scrutinized.  Wind turbines, which the incumbent supports, destroy waterfowl and will have adverse effects on marine life.  Putting a slew of wind turbines off Virginia Beach (which the incumbent proposes) is a bad idea at this stage of development because we know that wind turbines kill thousands of birds annually. In California, raptor birds in particular are prone to being killed – especially the Golden Eagle.  In Pennsylvania, bat populations have been devastated by wind turbines;
  7. I will ensure that privacy in your home is respected and that the “smart meters” which power companies plan to install to replace regular meters are “opt in” devices not ”opt out”.  Smart meters are a major invasion of privacy in our homes and pose health risks.  The incumbent supports monitoring home energy consumption even if it means your privacy is compromised by these meters which emit microwave like EMF/RF frequency on a continuous basis.  (See the following: www.holistichelp.net/blog/smart-meters-are-hazardous-to-your-health-and-violate-your-rights/ Jan. 2011 by Cynthia Perkins).
  8. I will support Virginia as a “Right to Work” state.  The incumbent blamed Republicans for the Dulles Rail Phase II contract delays and in a Washington Post op ed,   he grossly misrepresented the issue regarding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). He is on record supporting PLAs with unions before the Phase II contracts have been awarded. 94% of construction workers in Virginia are non-labor and are merit shop, thus PLAs discriminate against the majority of Virginia’s construction workers.  Brink is on record stating that he is on the side of big labor construction workers from out of state.
  9. I will support efforts to elevate the public’s awareness of “human trafficking”.  80 locations in Northern Virginia where human trafficking occurs have been identified, including Ballston Mall.
  10. I will work to increase the foreclosure timeline from 15 to 45 days; fight costly cap and trade green home inspections before selling or buying; and require that home titles be recorded in courthouses.

Please email me with questions at KathyMallard48VAHD@hotmail.com

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  • drax

    Interesting that she thinks oil and gas can be used without any environmental problems (it’s always “new techology” isn’t it?) but she’s afraid wind turbines will hurt birds.

  • drax

    Okay, and now the power company knowing how much power you’re using is an invasion of privacy?

  • TGEoA

    Anti-union is good enough for me.

    • drax

      Sure, lets push all of our wages even lower.

      • TGEoA

        Just the unions.

        • drax

          You can’t destroy unions while making wages go up. Sorry, doesn’t work that way.

          Did you notice that in the last 30 years, wages for the bottom 90% haven’t increased at all after inflation?

          • TGEoA

            You expect people to pay higher prices to support non-competitive workers?

            Good luck with that.

          • drax

            I expect people to pay more to productive workers as they produce more.

            In the last 30 years, productivity per worker has gone way up, yet workers aren’t paid a dime more on average, beyond inflation, than they were 30 years ago. That goes for all workers in the bottom 90, whether union or not.

            That corresponds directly with the decline in unions.

            So you’re just screwing yourself with this anti-union crap.

          • Josh S

            I think the purpose of unions is to help ensure that the workers share equitably in the profits earned by the company. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the documented increase in wealth disparity in this country over the last thirty plus years and the documented decline in union membership over the same period are not entirely unrelated.

  • KalashniKEV

    I <3 this candidate.

    Thanks for posting these, ARLnow!

    • ??

      You buy her an ice-cream cone? Or you moon her?

  • http://nelsm4517@mac.com Ballston Resident

    Kathy,

    Well stated. Think I know where you stand and I admire your position.

    No other candidate has stated their position as well in ARLnow.

    You did a great job and best wishes in the election.

    • KalashniKEV

      That’s what I was thinking. I like lists.

      McGay’s was the most fun to read though…

      • http://nelsm4517@mac.com Ballston Resident

        Think Timothy McGhee is a bad candidate.

  • What

    I’m confused, what’s this a story of?

  • Ballston Mall???

    Human trafficking at the Mall? Who knew? Somebody gotta get on it. Which store, “As Seen On TV”?
    Preposterous, I say. She makin stuff up?

    • TGEoA

      Talking about the Asian massage places. Though I’ve been to the one in Ballston dozens of times and never have been offered or receive ye olde rub n tug.

      • KalashniKEV

        It may seem from out in left field to some, but targeting Human Trafficking runs counter to the Criminal Alien agenda that most of the Arlington Dems support.

        She picked a very smart and powerful discriminator!

    • http://www.courtneyshouse.org/ Tabby

      She’s right, and it’s more than “Asian massage parlors.”

      We’re talking domestic sex trafficking.

      In the middle of the night when most of us are asleep, there are a few blocks around there with street prostitution. Pimps target runaways and other vulnerable young people and put them out on the street.

      The founder of Courtney’s House is a former victim/child prostitute. She says “people assume there are no US citizens being forced into trafficking, that street prostitutes do it ‘by choice.’ Wrong.”

  • Jimmy

    Wow. I never thought I could get behind a candidate from Arlington. Go Kathy!

  • Garden City

    I wonder if she wears a tinfoil hat when in the presence of electric meters.

  • JC

    What a load of bull in her argument against offshore wind farms. Yes, let’s continue to put our money into foreign oil when there are birds at risk! In Denmark, offshore wind turbines produce 9% of the country’s energy and kill approximately 30,000 birds per year. Sounds horrific, maybe. In England, 55,000,000 birds are killed every year by cats, and a similar number are killed by flying directly into closed windows. I wonder if Gillette-Mallard would be willing to support an injunction against cats when bird life is her largest environmental concern. Ms. Gillette-Mallard can have her opinion about the validity of green energy initiatives, but she should at least fact check or pose a legitimate argument against them, especially when the examples she has given are relevant to wind farms on land.

    • drax

      And meanwhile, our meager production of oil will do nothing to bring down gas prices anyway.

    • Josh S

      I support your overall point, but it makes me wince to see those killed by cats statistics. I’d love to see your citation on that cause it certainly sets off my skepticism alarms. How many cats would it take to kill 55 million birds in a year? That’s 130,000 a day. And another 130,000 a day are flying into windows? That’s 100 per minute all day every day of the year. I just am not sure about that.

      In any case, yes, the expressed concern about bird strikes as a way to be opposed to windmills while on the other hand supporting oil, gas, and coal extraction, refinement and use is laughable, at best.

      • JC

        Hi Josh,
        I got my statistics from a report done by David MacKay, a Welsh environmentalist, called Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air. It’s available for download online for free.

  • TGEoA

    More productive workers are earning more. Overseas. Unions have only themselves to blame for their decline.

    • drax

      False.

      It’s funny how you yourself call for screwing the unions and now you want to blame them for it.

      If we protected labor through trade agreements instead of making cheap labor and horrible working conditions a competitive advantage, we’d all be better off. Unions didn’t write these trade agreements, they mostly opposed them.

      Meanwhile, the right wing went on a relentless attack on our unions and their ability to organize and represent workers.

      Not their fault.

      Now all of us in the bottom 90% suffer from wage stagnation, which not only sucks for us, but it makes it awful hard to sustain an economy based on consumer spending.

      • TGEoA

        Unions jack up the price of everything they touch. When management is able to find cheaper alternatives, they take them. What’s wrong with that?

        Chickens are coming home to roost.

        • drax

          WORKERS jack up the price of everything they touch, TG, union or not. And they’re supposed to.

          Let’s turn your question on its head – when labor is able to get a share of the increase in productivity of workers, what’s wrong with that?

          A country where wages don’t grow for 30 years, even though productivity is growing, is going to suck for everyone. And that’s what we have now.

          Yes, I’d say chickens are coming home to roost. Exactly.

          • TGEoA

            Workers can invest in companies like everyone else, or negotiate like unions attempt to do. The problem with most unions is that they can’t compete very well, as their dwindling rolls have demonstrated.

          • drax

            Workers have little to invest, especially since they haven’t had a raise in 30 years.

            Most workers don’t have the negotiating power to negotiate on their own with a huge employer – the whole point of unions, which grew side-by-side with the collective power of corporations.

            Unions could compete just fine if they weren’t under attack from people like you, who then blame them for it.

            Zero wage growth in 30 years, TG.

          • TGEoA

            Closed shops and low output quotas and trade barriers are how unions try to compete.

            I’ve no sympathy for such parasistic behavior.

          • drax

            If you oppose those things, TG, you can oppose them without wanting to get rid of unions altogether, you know.

            And if you don’t like “parasitic behavior” you should also be concerned about the parasitic behavior by employers that unions work to protect workers from in the first place.

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