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Snyder: Our Campaign Continues Amid Mother’s Cancer Fight



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An unexpected message to supporters from Pete Snyder, a Republican who is running for lieutenant governor in Virginia:

Friend,

Many of you are aware that I had to step off the campaign trail for a few days over the past week or so — as I learned my Mom had been rushed to the hospital.

I’m so grateful to so many of you who have offered your thoughts and prayers.

We need them more than ever.

The past 10 days have been some of the roughest we as a family have ever faced.

Here is what we know:

Our worst fears were realized.

Mom has advanced breast cancer, which is going to take chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and radiation.

Over the past two weeks, as we huddled by her side, Mom told my sister and me that beyond beating this wretched disease, she has two short-term goals:

One, that when she is healthy enough, we, as a family, have a picnic on the beach.

And, two, that she be strong enough to be by my side on the floor of the Coliseum in Richmond on May 18th for the RPV Convention.

The family beach picnic, I expected. That’s what she loves to do — and trust me, she was very specific about the menu, as only Moms can be.

The convention thing was a surprise to me. While Mom’s a good conservative and an avid (if not rabid) Fox News viewer, never in a million years did I expect a political campaign to be top of mind for her.

Like all of you, in my book, family trumps politics — any day of the week. But Mom said that she didn’t raise a quitter, she raised us to aim high and to fight with everything we have.

She wants me to run and run hard just as she taught us to do everything in life. And she’s going to be doing the same.

I don’t know what the coming weeks and months are going to look like — but I imagine our already “unconventional” convention campaign may from time to time be even a bit more unconventional. And that’s ok by me. I’m going to need to be by Mom’s side often.

Mom’s a fighter, and if she’s fighting towards those two goals, I’ll be doing the same.

Please keep the prayers for her coming in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Thank you for understanding.

God Bless,

Pete Snyder

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The Fine Print on Democrats’ ‘One Million Jobs Saved’ Figure . . .



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One of the big Democratic talking points on the Sunday shows yesterday was the argument that the auto bailout, began under President Bush and expanded under President Obama, “saved one million jobs.”

The figure comes from the Center for Automotive Research. (The CAR is funded by . . . the federal government, state and local governments, and corporate contributions, and is affiliated with . . . General Motors and Chrysler. An equally applicable headline would be, “nonprofit group study surprisingly supportive of hand that feeds it.”)

However, that report also states, “At the rough price tag of $80 billion in government assistance, each job CAR said was saved during the last two years cost taxpayers nearly $57,000.” In other words, if you handed everyone with a job endangered by a traditional bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler a check for $50,000, you would save taxpayers almost $10 billion.

Keep in mind, if the U.S. government sold its GM stock today, it would lose $16.3 billion.

But at least GM sales are up, right? Well, here’s the fine print:  “Government purchases of GM vehicles rose a whopping 79 percent in June.”

Yes, taxpayer dollars are being used to buy products from a taxpayer-bailed-out company, to prove to taxpayers that the original bailout was a wise decision.

Tags: Bailouts , Barack Obama , Chrysler , GM

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