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Video: Favola Decries ‘Values Crusade’

by ARLnow.com February 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm 3,845 86 Comments

Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are on a “values crusade,” newly-elected state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) told a press conference last week.

Favola accused Republican lawmakers of focusing on various red-meat social issues while neglecting issues like education.

“The so-called party of small government is rushing bills through the Senate that interfere in the most intimate, personal details of people’s lives,” Favola said. “Virginia’s families want a crusade to improve public schools across the Commonwealth. We need to educate a workforce for the 21st century.”

Among the bills Democrats have opposed during the current legislative session are:

Republicans, however, say that Democrats are the ones in Richmond obsessed with ‘values’ legislation

“While our Democrat colleagues remain singularly focused on a small number of social issues, we are enacting the reforms necessary to move Virginia forward,” Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) told the Washington Post.

  • Stu Pendus

    Seriously Barbara, your party fights for “values”, the other party fights for “values”. There is a reason your party is in the minority in Richmond. Get used to it.

    • Tom

      Yeah, what is Barb thinking? I NEED to purchase more than one hand gun every month to move Virginia forward.

      • KalashniKEV

        Cute post, but restoring the full power of the United States Constitution within the Commonwealth is, in fact, moving Virginia forward.

        • Tom

          Can I claim my wife’s unborn child too and get one more gun?

          • KalashniKEV

            Very cute, indeed!

            Once the law passes though, any citizen of the Commonwealth in full possession of their rights will be equal to any other average American citizen.

          • Pablo

            But I thought the best thing was to let each state decide for itself??? Like with healthcare and that stuff?

            You must be one of those big Federal government types trying to take away my freedoms. Boo you.

          • Ken

            Really? Gays will get marriage equality in VA?

          • Southeast Jerome

            No b/c the right wont have govt interfere in your life, unless its telling you what you can or cannot do in your bedroom.

            Or if its a 56-year old white man telling a woman what she can or cant do.

        • Josh S

          Facts are simple and facts are straight
          facts are lazy and facts are late
          facts all come with points of view
          facts don’t do what I want them to
          facts just twist the truth around
          facts are living turned inside out


          • Yep Uhuh


            There aren’t enough Talking Heads references around here

        • drax

          Since 1865!

        • drax

          Roe v. Wade and Griswold v. Conn. were cases based on the U.S. Constitution. Just FYI.

        • Swag
      • Scott

        The difference between a liberal and a conservative: if a conservative doesn’t want a handgun (or more than 1 per month), s/he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t one, s/he imposes a law preventing others from getting ones.

        Some people collect firearms. Some use them for sport. Some buy one, find that they don’t like it, and want to buy another. There are lots of reasons to want to buy more than one handgun per month.

        The Left claimed concealed carry in restaurants would result in a bloodbath and, in fact, crime in restaurants went down (in Va.). Give liberty a chance.

    • Try The Tacos

      Do you have a typo here? Because this doesn’t make sense.

    • brian

      I thought education was excellent around here and didn’t need fixing.


  • Josh S

    Will they accuse each other of having cooties next?

    “*we’re* not big stinky-heads *you’re* a big stinky head!”

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL! That’s good!

  • roquer

    And, as always, the taxpayers are expected to pay off all of these wonderful things the Democrats want to have, and DO have in other states. Fortunately, in Virginia, the Dems haven’t been able to screw over the taxpayers for awhile. Hopefully it will remain that way.

    • KalashniKEV

      Nobody wants to talk about crackheads on welfare?

      When is the malt liquor bum that got arrested in Clarendon Baja Fresh for trying to steal my lunch going to hit Crime Beat?

      • KalashniKEV

        oops… didn’t mean that as a response…

      • drax
      • CourthouseChris

        He was stealing your Baja Fresh food? I would consider that a favor!

        • KalashniKEV

          He had 2 tall boys of King Cobra when ACPD emptied his little sack.
          (no… I’m not even kidding)

          I would have gladly traded my chips for one of them!

    • Max

      And taxpayers have to continue funding organizations that discriminate against same-sex couples.

  • Karon

    The personhood bill outlaws most forms of birth control that are not barrier based by making conception (when the sperm fertilizes the egg) the start of life. Any birth control that works by preventing an egg from implanting in the uterus would be in violation of this law as currently written.

    For those of you that don’t you how birth control works, this would make IUDs, depo-provera, and birth control pills illegal.

    • Josh S

      Paging Margaret Atwood, paging Margaret Atwood…you are needed for consultation on how best to build the new, “forward” Virginia….

      • dk


  • CW

    I do not know how anyone can disagree with her statement.

    • Stitch_Jones

      How very open minded of you…unless this was pure sarcasm, in which case you got me.

      Looks like we elected a demogogue. If the political position of each of the mentioned bills/proposals were reversed she wouldn’t be complaining.

      Prepare to be ignored in Richmond. Noone to blame but ourselves.

      • CW

        I wasn’t being sarcastic and your “if the parties were reversed” argument does not address my statement. The parties are not reversed and the statement holds true. We have bigger fish to fry that affect all Virginians.

        • Andrew

          But are these the only items currently being addressed in Richmond? They get most of the press, but that does not mean that the state legislature is not working on other issues.

          • CW

            Fair, very fair. But the “press” is what most people (aka voters) see, and thus to the average person who is not keeping close tabs on the legislative goings-on, this is the image being presented.

          • Stu Pendus

            Um, the press only focused on this because Barbara brought it up.

        • Zoning Victim

          I think you missed Stitch_Jones’ point. She’s complaining about these issues being part of a “values crusade” and insists that they should be working on something else, but obviously, the Democrats are fighting a values crusade of their own. Fighting a values crusade and the holding a press conference to complain that the other guy is holding a values crusade is hypocritical.

          If you think we have bigger fish to fry in Virginia, then you should contact Favola and ask her to work toward getting these bills to the floor for an up/down vote quickly.

  • drax

    So now pregnant women are going to be HOV-2.

    • OldTimer

      Soon all sperm will be considered ‘pre-persons’ and become eligible for college savings plans. Never too early to plan.

      • Southeast Jerome

        Can pregnant women count their unborn child as a dependent then too?

        I knew republicans wanted to lower taxes, but this is extreme in terms of a means to an end.

        • Harold Block

          Complicated issue.

          If you are filing joint then both father and mother would claim it as a dependent. If filing separately, the father would most likely prevail as the one to claim it as a dependent because he probably makes more money. Unless the father and mother did not live together for most of the year. Then it would revert to the mother as a claimed dependent.

        • drax

          What will happen is someone will claim an unborn child, and then get denied, and point out how silly and hypocritical the GOP is being with this.

          • Harold Block

            And they will get audited for their trouble, which is the funniest part.

  • Arlwhenver

    Get over it Babs. The value that people outside of Obama’s Beltway Bubble care about the most is the value that’s in their pocket book, which they live with, raise their family with and retire with.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I agree.

    • CW

      Wait, so shouldn’t you be agreeing with her then? That we shouldn’t be distracting each other with personhood and numbers of guns per month and instead should be focusing on strengthening our infrastructure, building an educated workforce, and attracting jobs to the Commonwealth?

      • Zoning Victim

        One gun a month and not making the taxpayer foot the bill for someone else’s recreational drug use really have nothing to do with “the most intimate, personal details of people’s lives,” and has no business being mentioned in the same vein as abortion or the forcing of young girls to take a vaccination that in some cases proves harmful or even fatal.

        Additionally, one gun a month does negatively affect certain businesses in Virginia, without benefiting Virginia.

        I can only agree with the sentiment that we shouldn’t be bothering with the issue of when life begins. Mankind doesn’t decide that. I would certainly hope that if/when that bill hits the floor, it will fail just like a referendum to decide same basic issue did in Mississippi.

        • Southeast Jerome

          Right- but when you have the Mayor of NYC trying to sue Virginia b/c of how many guns are trafficked up there, maybe we ALREADY HAVE A GUN PROBLEM.

          • Zoning Victim

            No, NY has a gun problem, of their own making; let them deal with their own issues at their own expense.

        • jackson

          A study of the proposed drug testing for welfare recipients program in Florida found that it cost MILLIONS in implement and weeded out a small handful of users. Taking them off welfare saved the state thousands. So at the end of the day, they created a money pit that disproved the stereotype that the majority of welfare users were users.

          It would be a huge waste of money and time to do that here.

          • Zoning Victim

            I never said that I thought most people on welfare were drug abusers (though I think it’s way above the 2% hit rate their getting), and your figures are way off. Even the policy’s detractors admit that the state is still saving a little money (about $5K per month), though they make the point that they’ll lose money if the ALCU files suit against them, which is true.

            Since we’re also on the hook for welfare recipients’ healthcare, too, the money saved may be a lot more than a few thousand dollars a month. This policy isn’t really about saving money; the hope is that everybody that needs the program quits drugs and stays in it.

    • Juanita de Talmas

      Interesting that none of the bills mentioned address any of these things.

    • drax

      Yes, that’s what Babs is saying – work on those issues instead of abortion and sex and all that. You should agree with her, Arlwhenver.

    • Yes, because abortion and guns are really going to save me money in my pocketbook.

      • Arlwhenver

        Actually, the R’s do spend most of their time on pocket book issues, Bab’s false claims to the contrary notwithstanding. In contrast, Bab’s spends most of her time trying to get her hands into the taxpayers’ pockets.

  • ArlingtonNative

    Starting the grand-standing a bit early.
    I thought she’d at least wait until she accomplished something before starting her bid for re-election.
    It’s not about a record of achievement, only how much face time and how many sound-bites she can get in the Media.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      It sure looks that way! Typical politician, nothing but a loud mouth trying to get as much air time as possible.

      • drax

        Why do you assume the worst? She’s speaking out about something she cares about and thinks her constituents care about. What could possibly be wrong about that? People on the other side of this issue are doing it too. It’s how things are supposed to work.

        Stop bashing politicians for doing their jobs.

        • Josh S

          I don’t think her strategy works as well with her base. I generally favor her and certainly agree that many of the bills being pursued by Republicans are wrong-headed on many levels. However, this particular press conference comes across as grandstanding and certainly doesn’t seem like it would make any difference in the statehouse. No Republicans are going to hear what she said and have some sort of epiphany and all of a sudden drop those bills to work on others.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Pot, meet kettle.

  • Swag

    For Republicans, a baby is the most important thing in the world…

    …until it’s born.

    • Andrew

      BURNNNNNN…Because Republicans hate people!

      • Ritt Momney

        …unless those people are corporations.

        • President Obama

          Right, because I hate corporations; except these guys:

          University of California
          Goldman Sachs
          Harvard University
          Microsoft Corp
          Google Inc
          JPMorgan Chase & Co
          Citigroup Inc
          Time Warner
          Sidley Austin LLP
          Stanford University
          National Amusements Inc
          WilmerHale LLP
          Columbia University
          Skadden, Arps et al
          UBS AG
          IBM Corp
          General Electric
          US Government
          Morgan Stanley
          Latham & Watkins

          • Josh S

            Non sequitor alert.

            No one said that Obama hated corporations.


          • drax

            You posted some corporations next to some numbers without explaining them or understanding them yourself.

            From your source. Note the second and third sentence.

            “This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.”

            Every dollar came from an individual associated with the “donor” on your chart, directly or through a PAC. NOT from the organization itself.

          • Zoning Victim

            Right, and all of this “individual” and “voluntary” donation from people working for these corporations started after they made it illegal for corporations to provide campaign contributions. The reason we know the money came from people who work for these entities is because the money from the individuals was bundled. Of course, you actually understand all of this already.

            The point is that Romney and Obama get money from a lot of the same places and this garbage that only Republicans protect corporations is just that: garbage. Yeah, the Democrats have corporations they like and the Republicans have corporations they like, but corporations they both like overlap often. The two wings of our one party system are and always will be glutton for corporate money.

      • drax

        Pretty much.

        • Zoning Victim

          Pretty stupid is more like it. Conservatives and Christians, who are mostly conservative, are very philanthropic people, but liberals will always pretend to confuse the ideological difference between willing charity and socialistic governmental tendencies with a lack of caring for people.

          • Josh S

            “Conservatives and Christians, who are mostly conservative, are very philanthropic people, but liberals…”

            Are you implying that liberals are not philanthropic?

            I wonder if it is possible to do a study comparing the philanthropic / chartible donations made by individuals / families identifying themselves as conservative versus those identifying as liberal. I think it’s an open question as to which group would have larger contributions.

            Also, you pretty much shoot yourself in the foot (as usual) and ruin all credibility by your “Conservatives and Christians (…), but liberals” As if there aren’t millions and millions of liberal Christians.

          • Zoning Victim

            And you have the audacity to be issuing non sequitur alerts?

          • Josh S

            Uh, it’s a direct response to your post. In fact, I quote you on more than one occasion.

            Perhaps you should go look up “non sequitor.”

          • Zoning Victim

            I know what non sequitur is; it’s a disconnect between the premise and the conclusion. You cut out most of my response about how conservatives and Christians do care despite the way liberals portray them as uncaring people and used what you left of it to reach the conclusion that I’m not credible because I don’t think liberals donate money. Is there not a disconnect between the premise of the argument and your conclusion?

            You need to update your thinking that Democrats are all liberals; they are not. In fact, only 38% of Democrats self-identify as liberals.

    • OldTimer

      Or a write-off at tax time.

  • Sea Dog

    How ironic that Favola was the one on a values crusade when she was running for this office.


  • jim

    Gawd, is she a stupid twit……………

  • Burger

    Maybe Babs thought this was still the county board and Democrats railroad any policy they want the lemmings nod their head cluelessly.

    Gee, guess what…welcome to the world of two parties. You ain’t in the people’s republic anymore.

    • Max

      Life is hard in a theocracy, that’s for sure.

  • It’s easy to blame the politicians, but it’s really the voters at fault. Left or Right, everyone is too busy trying to legislate their personal morality and stupidly votes on “values” and “philosophy” instead of practical real world issues. The Right want to turn this country into a freedom-hating Christian Taliban state, and the Left want to turn this into a bankrupt freedom-hating welfare state.

    • Max

      Truth. Voting exclusively on social issues leads to a stagnant government. In reality, few of these laws have an effect on our economy, transportation, or health care, which is what they should be focusing on instead.

  • DCBuff

    Not a Favola fan, but in this case she is right. The Rs took control of the state Senate, and right out of the box they’re seeking to dial back, not move ahead on education, transportation and other priorities that span across constituencies. This has zip to do with the Constitution–the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms doesn’t talk about an unlimited supply of automatic weapons with clips and armor piercing bullets–nor did the Framers envisage the crap the Rs are peddling. Then again, they didn’t envision the Arlington County Board being run by a bunch of left-wing self-promoting know-it-alls. Sigh.

    • President Obama

      I guess I missed the bill to provide the general public with the ability to buy unlimited numbers of automatic weapons and armor piercing bullets.

    • Josh S

      They didn’t?

      Gosh, you’re selling the framers pretty short, aren’t you?

      I think they probably were smart enough to recognize that the Venn diagram of politicians and self-promoting know-it-alls has quite a bit of overlap.

      (*sniff* I miss our Venn diagram interludes….)

  • CMo

    Babs is right on this one. Rs would do the people a big service if they focused on jobs and education. That would be real progress, rather than the divisive politics of gun rights, reproductive and contraceptive rights, safety net, and family values. People want to have a decent job, educate their kids and be safe – none of these R initiatives accomplish those goals, and none of these initiatives are the primary reason the people sent representatives to the legislature – take care of the really serious stuff first, then if we stop the gerrymandering nonsense we can all find reasonable accommodations on the value issues.

    • No, the problem is that people elect these politicians specifically for these ideological reasons. If that wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t have political parties because job, education and safety are universal goals.

  • Rick Green

    So the new state senator is an anti-Muslim Bigot.

    She should make up for her racism by resigning right now and asking the governor to appoint a member of the religion of peace to replace her.


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