Budget Control Act of 2011

Stop running in place

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Virginia posted an abysmal 0.0 percent rate of economic growth last year, good enough to rank 48th in the country. The commonwealth would have finished dead last were it not for Mississippi and Alaska. Growth isn't the only determinant of a state's fiscal health, but it paints a troubling picture when only the Magnolia State and the frozen fronteir finish below us. Maybe Gov. Terry McAuliffe should send a couple of Virginia hams to Juneau and Jackson to say thanks for saving our bacon. In all seriousness, we worried for years that an over-reliance on federal spending and jobs tied to the defense industry put...