Tough times for many
"The poverty rate amongst women is the worst it’s been in 17 years and the extreme poverty rate is the worst it’s ever been."
It's in black and white
Wayne Powell has a "stated position of having no objection to taking `In God We Trust" off of U.S. currency."
Language largely unchanged for last seven conventions
The GOP platform that seeks further limits on abortion and is silent on an exception for rape "has been there for more than 30 years."
In Kaine's last budget
Tim Kaine, as governor, proposed tax increases on people earning "as little as $17,000."
The recession required cuts
"I ended up my time as governor with a general fund budget that was smaller than the one I started with."
Reagan cut tax deals with Congress
Ronald Reagan "raised taxes in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987."
Thanks to a good economy
"Before I was governor, tuition was skyrocketing and we stopped that. We capped and then we froze college tuition."
Plan works, but some better off with Social Security
"In Galveston, Texas, they have allowed people to privatize part of their Social Security. And people are building wealth."
Bipartisan effort has helped veterans
President Obama budget request for veterans is "more than double the amount in constant dollars appropriated in 1980, when the veterans population was larger by a third."
Says when he was governor, "we expanded participation in Virginia in early childhood programs by nearly 40 percent."
But a rosier scenario also exists
Says the Congressional Budget Office has estimated "every penny of the federal budget will go to interest on the debt and entitlement spending by 2025."
No doubt about it
"In 1950, the average American lived for 68 years and 16 workers supported one retiree. Today, the average life expectancy is 78 and three workers support one retiree."
Right on the money
Says he "cut taxes by more than $600 million" when he was governor.
The numbers add up
"The national debt is equal to $48,700 for every American or $128,300 for every U.S. household. It is now equivalent to the size of our entire economy."
Who would have guessed?
"Chesterfield has eliminated more positions from its general government operations than the Commonwealth has from the entire state government since (fiscal) 2009."
A tiny loss of school funding
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget plan takes "money out of our classrooms to pave roads."
A record setter, indeed
Says he’s proposed "the largest employer contribution to the Virginia Retirement System in history."
A valid estimate
Small businesses "create 70 percent of the jobs in America."
Actually, he was one of 15
"I was one of about a dozen (senators) who voted against the Bridge to Nowhere."
The national debt increased $16,000 every second George Allen served in the U.S. Senate.
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