Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), one of the more vulnerable Democrats heading into the 2010 election, unleashed some pretty strong rhetoric on spending in a recent chat with constituents.

Asked about keeping Social Security and Medicare in the black, Perriello faulted lawmakers who had "raided the cookie jar," and urged passage of legislation that would "tie our hands" so lawmakers can't "keep stealing."

"If there's one thing i've learned up here, and i didn't really need to come up here to learn it, is the only way to get Congress to balance the budget is to give them no choice," he said. " The only way to keep them out of the cookie jar is to give them no choice. Which is why, whether its balanced budget acts or pay as you go legislation or any of that--it's the only thing. If you don't tie our hands, we'll keep stealing." Emphasis added.

Democrats have enacted "pay as you go" legislation, to require any new spending or tax cuts to be deficit neutral. (They made an exception for the recent extension of unemployment benefits, which they passed as emergency spending.)

The video below was captured by the Virginia GOP: