T-Ricky Talking Point #1:
How to show it's BULLSHIT!
"T-Ricky has to live in DC to be close to his familly/work"
(Well, they say "Senator Santorum").
You'll hear, "What do you expect him to do? Commute daily from Pennsylvania?"
(Some of the dumshit wingnuts who live in western PA, don't realize that some people in southeastern PA actually do.)
Witness these recent letters to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
This talking point seems to be accepted as truth, even from some good writers, for example in this piece from Tom Ferrick -
"Rick Santorum, his wife and his six children do not live in Penn Hills, Pa. They live 217 miles away in Leesburg, Va. It's a common arrangement among elected officials who serve in Washington, D.C.
I see nothing wrong with this. Santorum spends most of his time in D.C. He wants to be close to his family. His family lives there with him. End of story."
END OF STORY??? NO, not exactly.
First of all, he lives in LEESBURG, VIRGINA. If he actually lived in DC, that would be the "end of story" because he would automatically have "residence" in ONLY ONE state because the District is not a state.
Instead he chose to LIVE IN VIRGINIA. Just outside DC??? NO. In LEESBURG, VIRGINIA. Leesburg is located in Loudoun County which is THREE counties away from DC.
Our sources tell us that, even though he can use the VIP road through Fairfax county, he has to be spending at least 3 hours per day commuting, or 15 hours per week, MINIMUM.
Tricky Ricky's HOME IN VIRGINIA is nearly 40 miles from DC. (Interestingly, where he LIVES IN VIRGINA is closer to the place of his birth (Winchester, VIRGINA) than it is to DC. For another half hour of driving he could be living in Pennsylvania.
When the Senate is in session, the days ARE long (we've seen it on C-SPAN!). So when does he spend time with his children? Midnight??? Living in Pennsylvania would NOT decrease his time (basically, weekends while the Senate is is session) with his family. He could easily drive home on weekends. He might have justification for living in Virginia if he were representing Texas, but it doesn't fly here.
Now, let's look at some UNFUZZY math.
According to no less an authority than Jon Stewart in "America: The Book", Congress meets approximately 120 days per year. A year has 365 days. So in order to work ONE THIRD of the year in DC he LIVES IN VIRGINA???
OK, let's convert that to 5 day work weeks. The 120 days would be 24 work weeks which leaves 28 WEEKS HE IS NOT WORKING. In percentage, he LIVES IN VIRGINA so that he can work in DC 46% of the year.
And since this Congress might only be in session for 100 days (the "Do Less-Than-Nothing" Congress), he will be LIVING IN VIRGINIA so that he can work -
ABSOLUTE DAYS = 100 / 365 = 27 %
WORK WEEKS = 20 / 52 = 38 %
There are truck drivers, sales people, field technicians and many thousands of Pennsylvanians who spend as many as 50 weeks a year WORKING away from their homes and PENNSYLVANIAN FAMILIES!
HE HAS TO LIVE IN VIRGINA???? GIVE US AN EFFEN BREAK!
Countdown to K.O. T-Ricky:
#5. HE ONLY WORKS ONE THIRD OF THE YEAR (ON AVERAGE A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO DAYS PER WEEK). THIS YEAR WITH THE "DO LESS-THAN-NOTHING" CONGRESS, HE'LL ACTUALLY WORK A LITTLE MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE YEAR.
#4. WHEN HE DOES WORK HE DOESN'T SEE HIS FAMILY ANYWAY BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE LONG AND, BY CHOICE, SO IS HIS COMMUTE TO VIRGINA. HE WOULD SPEND JUST AS MUCH TIME WITH HIS FAMILY IF HE LIVED IN PA.
#3. THERE ARE MANY THOUSANDS OF PENNSYLVANIA TRUCK DRIVERS, SALES PEOPLE, TECHNICIANS, AND OTHER PROFFESSIONS THAT SPEND 50 WEEKS A YEAR ON THE ROAD AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES. THEY LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND SO SHOULD HE!
#2 IF THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIS LIVING ARRANGEMENT, WHY HAS HE SPENT SO MUCH TIME TELLING LIES AND MAKING WILD ACCUSATIONS IN ORDER TO CARRY ON THE ILLLUSION OFACTUALLY LIVING HERE?
#1. AND THE ZINGER: T-RICKY SAID WHEN HE RAN FOR CONGRESS:
"my primary residence will be in suburban Pittsburgh --unlike my opponent, who lives full-time in Virginia..." and "We're going to raise our family here. We're going to live here in this community." HE IS STILL IN CONGRESS; WHY DOES HE LIVE IN VIRGINA?
WHEN DID HE EVER TELL US HE WAS GOING TO BREAK HIS PROMISE???
WHERE IS THE PRESS RELEASE???
WHAT WAS THE DATE???
His apologists want to have it both ways:
"Oh, there's nothing wrong with him living in Virginia. He wants to be close to his family."
AND at the same time -
Ignore the fact that T-Ricky carried on an eighteen month campaign of LIES and DECEPTION about his residency to cover his previous LIES and THEFT (Penn HIlls School and Allegheny Homestead Tax), which culminated in the smearing of REAL Penn Hills (and Allegheny County) citizens!!!!!?????? AND THAT'S OK?
He's been a good illusionist. He's fooled the people of Pennsylvania for a decade and a half. But the Power of Abracadabramoff grows weak.....
The Low-Life, Lying, Lizard* LIVES in Lessburg, Loudoun County, VIRGINA and has lied, lied, LIED...
Now that's the -
END OF STORY!
TRICKY RICKY / SANTORUM / CYBERGATE / PITTSBURGH / PENNSYLVANIA / PA