Archive for August, 2008

August 24, 2008

A Video Governor Gregoire Doesn’t Want You To See

by lewwaters

Governor Gregoire assumed the governors office in 2004 under very shaky circumstances. Upwards of 70% of Washingtonians wanted a revote, both partys. Democrat denied and took the office.

Since that time our taxes have steadily increased and I see no equivalent rise in services, at least for Clark County.

We were told that accepting the 9.5 cent tax increase on gas would benefit first King County with them eventually helping foot the bill for projects here. Now that it is time to replace the aging I-5 Bridge, or build a third bridge, we hear we must accept tolls and be stuck with an extension of Portland’s Max Line Light Rail.

Even the Seattle Times exposes Christine Gregoire’s out of control $8 Billion increase in State spending, leaving us with a projected $2.5 Billion deficit soon.

It would appear to me that the Democrat majority in Olympia just rubber stamps Gregoire’s spending and we taxpayers are expected to just continue handing over our hard earned dollars and do without when it comes to our families.

Dino Rossi, rightful winner in the 2004 race, is running again and placing much better in polling than he did last time he won, before the shady recounts. A businessman, Rossi has the ideas and knowedge to turn our state around.

We need Dino Rossi as governor, but he cannot do it alone. We must take Olympia away from the rubber stamp Democrats and elect responsible Republicans that will control spending.

Note that I wrote “responsible” Republicans. The Republicans made some big mistakes by trying to imitate Democrats and it has cost them. Many have been purged from the party and others marginalized. So, check out candidates closely and see if they really are fiscally conservative.

Don’t fall for claims of “problem solving” experience as they admit now knowing how to solve our problems.

It is time to send some fresh faces to Olympia with fresh ideas and to return those that fight for our tax dollars to be wisely spent.

Most of all, though, we need a strong, wise and capable candidate like Dino Rossi at the helm to turn Washington State back around and restore the economy we used to have.

August 23, 2008

Debbie Peterson or Jim Jacks?

by lewwaters

Now that the primary is pretty much finished and we see the choice to replace outgoing Bill Fromhold for the seat of the 49th Legislative District, position one will be between GOP candidate, Debbie Peterson and Democrat Jim Jacks, we need to look at both of these candidates and select who will serve Southwest Washington the best.

A particular hot issue for us in Vancouver and Portland is in replacing the I-5 Bridge or building a new third bridge. Vancouver’s Mayor and Portland’s Mayor have both indicated there will no discussion of new I-5 Bridge unless we accept the addition of Light Rail from Portland’s Max line.

Unfortunately for them, they are not the last word.

Debbie Peterson is on the record in appearing before the RTC Board with her views in opposition to the multi-billion dollar venture of Light Rail extending just inside the State Line from Portland.

Jim Jacks supports replacing the aging bridge, including Light Rail, calling it a 100-year investment in the future. He neglects to mention that in order to build a new 6-lane Bridge to replace the current 6-lane Bridge, taxes will undoubtedly be increased and tolls will be added to the new structure.

For those who deicide to take the short ride on light rail into Portland, everyday for work, undoubtedly there will be parking fees for their vehicles they drive to the Clark College area, fares paid to Portland for ride and increased taxes.

When asked why are you running for the Legislature, Debbie Peterson says she is running to prepare the state for her students when they graduate from school, having been inspired by them for how hard they work in her classroom to learn and grow.

Asked the same question in the July 8, 2008 CVTV interview, Jim Jacks mentions his intent is to “listen and learn” and to his 7-year-old daughter, he said, “they make the rules for people and he wants to make the rules more fair.”

In the August 5, 2008 debate held by the League of Women Voters in Vancouver, both candidates were asked if they propose any changes in the Washington State Tax System.

Debbie Peterson reiterated her stance that our tax system is fine as it is, it is the spending that has gotten out of hand. She vows to fight to bring spending back under control.

Jim Jacks rambled on about services outpacing revenues and how people need services more when revenues are down, before blurting out, “I don’t know how to solve it, I’m not a tax expert.”

Yet, throughout his campaign he claims to have a proven record of “problem solving.”

On his website, Jim Jacks states, “As your State Representative, I’ll fight for investments to strengthen our economy and our community.”

What Democrats don’t tell you is that the word “investment” used by them is code for “tax increases.”

In the July 7 interview, he says the state must be accountable to the public for the money they spend, but goes on to say that communities get the level of services they pay for.

Yet, by August 8 he says, “I don’t know how to solve it, I’m no tax expert.”

Debbie Peterson, on the other hand, presents clear and concise ideas on cutting unnecessary spending to include eliminating Clark County residents getting raped over a costly Public Transportation System that would only benefit Portland.

Jim Jacks did gain the vast majority of votes in the August 19th top two primary with nearly 59% of votes cast, some 11,000 votes.

The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin tells us on their Political Beat Blog that Jacks attended a Rotary Club Luncheon on Wednesday, August 20, where tradition dictates that when members names appear in the newspaper, they be ‘fined,’ the money going to provide grants to community organizations.

To his credit, Jim Jacks was prepared to lay down his personal check in the very generous amount of $59.00, representing the 59%. I do hope it didn’t hurt his bank account too much.

Debbie Peterson has adopted a slogan of “For Pete’s Sake, vote for Debbie PETErson.” It is not only a play off of her name, but she explains on her campaign website that

Pete “ is your neighbor, the librarian, electrician, the teacher, your parent’s caregiver and your garbage collector. Pete is all of us in the 49th, who work hard, care for our families, and make it to that soccer game on Saturday morning. Pete is the one who is asking for a break from taxes that are impacting his or her discretionary spending money. Pete is the one who is asking his and her state government to be responsible, just as he and she are in managing their businesses and homes.”

Jim Jacks, that I see, does not really have a slogan. If he did, from his repetitive use of the words, I imagine it would be “listen and learn with Jim Jacks,” or something of that accord.

In comparing both, I find Jacks to speak in vague and general terms, often using Democrat code instead of just outright saying he will raise taxes to pay for services he feels should be provided.

There is mention of a projected massive budget shortfall for Washington State coming. How is this possible with all the taxes we pay in Washington State?

Debbie Peterson has it right in that it isn’t our taxes that are the problem; it is the out of control spending by the State that must be brought under control.

Throwing money at problems, your money, is the usual Democrat method of solving issues. The only problem is they never seem to be resolved and our taxes end up being raised time and again to resolve the same issues that just years earlier were to be solved with the last tax increase.

Isn’t it time to end this cycle of raising taxes time and again? Isn’t it time to recognize that not all spending is necessary and if there are too many employees, some must find work in the private sector?

Since both candidates desire to improve our schools, which one do you think will do better? A mediator who says he “doesn’t know how to solve the tax problem” and has won the endorsement of the Teachers Union? Or, a school teacher who clearly and concisely laid her ideas on the table and who sees that it was in large part, the teachers Union that ended up causing Washington State Schools to lose a $13.2 Million Grant in Math and Science studies?

If you are ready for a fresh face with fresh ideas in Olympia, visit Debbie Peterson’s campaign site. If you get the chance to meet her through out town, take a moment and ask her about something you think needs addressed.

She is part of our community, being a 30-year resident and makes time for people.

Stop by the Republican Party Headquarters, Thursday, August 28th from 4:30 to 7:30, located on the corner of 78th Street and Hazel Dell Avenue in Hazel Dell. Enjoy light refreshments and for Pete’s Sake, meet Debbie and see for yourself who the 49th Legislative District deserves.

August 17, 2008

David Carrier: Just Another Tax and Spend Liberal

by lewwaters
David Carrier

David Carrier

Senator Don Benton

Senator Don Benton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I am not in the 17th District, I feel compelled to address the Senate race there between incumbent Don Benton and challenger, David Carrier.

Benton has served us in numerous terms and desires for us to be able to keep more of our own money, as demonstrated in his July 22, 2008 comment to the RTC Board Meeting and several votes against increasing taxation of Washington Citizens.

Carrier states on his campaign site, “Taxes represent an investment in our future and our children’s future. They are the dues that we pay for education, public services, and infrastructure.”

He goes on to claim, “I support the recommendations of the Columbia River Crossing Task Force for the I-5 replacement bridge,” which include the prohibitively expensive boondoggle of “light rail” from Portland into the Clark College area, which will result in massive tax increases and tolls for what will undoubtedly be a minimal rider ship.

To support this view he quotes a questionable poll, “Recent polls show that a majority of Vancouver residents want to replace the bridge and include public transit.” This poll was a telephone survey of 504 randomly selected households in four counties, three of which are in Oregon. Of the 504 respondents, only 104 actually live in Clark County.

Do you feel 104 accurately represents the thoughts of over 400,000 Clark County residents? Don’t forget, the last time it was brought before the voters, Light Rail was defeated by a 2 to 1 margin. And, Carrier wishes us to fall for we now want it because a majority of respondents in a shaky poll of mostly Oregon residents say they want it?

He goes on to tell us, “Washington’s tremendous wind and solar resources should be tapped to meet future demand for electricity. Wind power is already one of the fastest growing industries in the state, and it’s creating great new jobs.”

Solar resources in the Pacific Northwest? How many cloudy days of rain do we usually get a year? As for wind power, yes it is viable, but not without its own pitfalls. An August 17, 2008 CNN article warns that wind power brings both prosperity and anger to those near the windmills. It wasn’t all that long ago that Robert Kennedy Jr. visited our little community touting the benefits of wind power as an alternative energy source, but neglecting to mention that he and his famous liberal uncle, Ted Kennedy, opposed a windfarm in Nantucket Sound, their boating and pleasure area.

A British resident who recently visited America, Christopher Booker recently wrote in the UK Telegraph,

Since America has already built five times as many wind turbines as Britain, covering thousands of square miles, I checked out how much electricity all those 10,000 turbines actually produce. The answer is around 4.5 gigawatts – not much more than a single large coal-fired power station.”

He doesn’t state where his figures are from, but that is a serious charge, if true.

And, where would Carrier have us place the Wind farm? The Columbia Gorge, where environmentalists won’t allow homes to be built on private land and where the desire to for the land to be kept “pristine?”

Why does it escape the liberal mind that drilling and refining our own oil sources, while we research and develop really viable alternative energy sources will satisfy our energy needs for years?

One of the most astounding, yet predictable charges he makes is, “Climate change is real, and it’s one of the planet’s greatest environmental threats.” Perhaps he missed or disregards that 31,000 Scientists reject the Global Warming Agenda? Or, that Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, who spent several years of his own life under Communist control sees that, “the global warming movement was based on shaky science, a distrust of free markets and a preference for central bureaucratic control over individual freedom.”

Does he not know that even very liberal New Jersey sees that New Scientific Data Justifies Repealing their Global Warming Response Act?

He does see that, “Our energy consumption caused [West Africans] to become ‘environmental refugees,’” joining the usual Liberal Klan of “Blame America First” for the worlds ills.

As we can expect from a ‘tax and spend liberal,’ he tells us,

As an economist, I understand that the key to economic growth and security is to invest in our community. We need to provide quality education, job training, affordable housing and health care, and energy independence.”

And how does the liberal accomplish the above? By raising taxes, of course.

Oh sure, they tell us that they will only “tax the wealthy” some more. But, how much more do they intend to tax the wealthy that already pay the bulk of our taxes? Does he not know, as an “economist,” that taxing corporations is a tax on the people through increased prices and services? Corporations and businesses simply pass along taxes and other expenses in the price of the goods and services we purchase.

Finally, he states, “Conservative ideology doesn’t work.”

Odd that it worked and elevated America to the height it has attained for nearly 200 years, before the liberal hippie mindset infected our schools and institutions of higher learning. Odder still is that the Liberal Clintons made quite a bit of money under the conservative presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Don’t be fooled by the glib words of liberals at any stage of government. They think they can rebuild the fallen Soviet Union, only better, if we all just give up our individual liberties, paychecks and lives and live as they say we should.

Carrier states, “I believe in the power of the human spirit,” neglecting that the socialism he advocates destroys that very spirit by “contributing to the common good.” Perhaps unbeknownst to him is that the teaching of “contributing to the common good” isn’t new.

It has been around since 1848 when the Communist Manifesto was published.

Let’s keep our freedoms and liberties and re-elect Don Benton to our State Senate.

August 17, 2008

A Message From Christine Webb

by lewwaters

Christine Webb is a late comer to our primary. She filed just under the deadline. But she needs our vote.

She is running against incumbant Brian Baird, challenger from Baird’s own party, Cheryl Crist and Libertarian/Republican, Michael Delavar.

A Message From Christine

Beating an incumbant is very difficult. Baird is firmly entrenched in his seat. Crist labels herself as the “Peace Candidate,” who like Delavar, would abandon yet another struggling ally to their fate, invalidating the Brave sacrifices of of over 4,000 Young Americans.

Delavar and Webb share strong fiscal conservatives views, but of what good will they be if we end up fighting suicide bombers and IED’s on our own streets?

Baird boasts about how he “stood up to President Bush,” but I see nowhere that he stood up to Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Delavar has a well financed campaign and has been running some effective campaign ads, citing his fiscal views. Not mentioned is the strong support for and adoption of the views of failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

Delavar and Paul advocate outsourcing the defense of our nation to mercenaries under an outdated and banned in Europe for over a century, Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

Webb would depend upon our own strong and well trained all volunteer professional Military for our defense.

Please join me in voting for Christine Webb, candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Washington’s 3rd District, endorsed by the Washington State GOP, 3rd Congressional District, the Columbian, the Chronicle, Human Lifepac, Human Life of Washington, her own kids and more.

August 17, 2008

Debbie Peterson and Don Benton Address I-5 and Light Rail

by lewwaters

Senator Don Benton and Debbie Peterson attended the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Committee Board Meeting, held on July 22, 2008. Both made excellent comments against the current plan to replace the aging I-5 Bridge with another the same size, including Light Rail from Portland.

As the videos courtesy of CVTV show, both have done their research and are passionate about not strapping Clark County Taxpayers with excessive taxes or tolls to pay for a wasteful project that will not alleviate the congestion along the I-5 corridor.

Debbie Peterson is a 30-year Clark County resident running for the 49th Legislative District, position 1 against Democrat, Jim Jacks who didn’t appear before the commission. As I have said in other posts, Ms. Peterson is passionate about improving Clark County and giving us the representation we need and deserve. As usual, her comments are concise and to the point.

Don Benton is our State Senator for the past 3 terms, fighting Liberal Democrats on our behalf. He too is running for re-election and stands with us on opposing Light Rail being forced down our throats.

It is time we stood up to those who have been elected and decide they will run us as they see fit. It is time we told the Mayors of Portland and Vancouver and members of the Columbia River Crossing Committee we don’t want Light Rail. It is too expensive, ineffective and as planned, won’t do anything but line the pockets of politicians and their cronies, at our expense.

Will you let these politicians “force you out of your car” and into a transportation boondoggle beset with crime that you must pay for with taxes, tolls and fares? Are you prepared to give up more of your liberty because a politician claims to know better and wants to spend our money?

If, like me, you are fed up with politicians telling us how we will live, it is time to return Don Benton to our Senate to continue fighting for us and we need to send Debbie Peterson to Olympia to represent us instead of left-winged special interest groups.

Vote Debbie Peterson

Vote Don Benton.

Vote Dino Rossi

 

“CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”

 

 

August 17, 2008

Clark County’s Punks

by lewwaters

Yes, you are Punks, scum-sucking punks. You don’t know what a punk is? Ask your Daddy, if you have one that talks to you.

 

Why are you punks? Because you have no respect, your Daddy’s didn’t whip your sorry asses when he should have or enough. You think its kicks to destroy other people’s property deface property and steal campaign signs out of people’s yards.

 

We put those signs up, on private property that we pay for through mortgages and taxes, to show support for people we feel will best represent us in government. We make donations to help those candidates win elections and show respect for those with opposing views.

 

You don’t. You punks either think it’s fun or you don’t like the candidate we do so you feel you have a right to destroy what is another’s any time you feel like it.

 

You don’t have that right. You just have your cowardly intent. Your Democrat Party misleads you that campaigning involves destruction of your opponents campaign signs.

 

Why don’t you come to my door and tell me your candidate is better? Probably because you wouldn’t know a decent candidate from a hole in the ground. Or, like other mind numb Democrats, you haven’t got the guts. That’s why you sneak around at night in the dark.

 

You stole my campaign signs tonight and if this will be a repeat of 2004, you will probably paintball my house again. You may even try to come on my property to deface or steal my American Flag again.

 

If you do I will replace them and work harder to support my candidate. You have accomplished nothing but showing your friends what a sorry sack of excrement you are.

 

But, if I catch you, you may just receive the whipping your Daddy didn’t give you. Don’t think for a minute that having gray hair means we roll over for your vandalism. You don’t own my property, I do! And I will defend it and protect it, however I am legally empowered to.

 

You want to do something constructive? Learn how to pull up your pants! The world doesn’t want to see your crack.

August 13, 2008

North Westerners Agree, Drill Now!

by lewwaters
Illustration supplied by API

Illustration supplied by API

55% of Pacific Northwest voters recently polled in July 2008 support increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources.

Pew, Zogby and even CNN are discovering that the majority of Americans, including Oregonians and Washingtonians are tired of spiraling oil and gas prices and see our best choice for relief is more energy supplies.

While conservation is still desired, it isn’t nearly enough. Americans all over the nation are realizing that conservation alone will not keep our society running and maintaining our lifestyle. Increasing domestic supply is the best immediate answer while alternative energy sources are discovered and perfected.

Data from the Federal Government reveals the U.S. has enough oil and natural gas to fuel more than 65 million cars for 60 years and enough natural gas to heat 60 million homes for 160 years, yet 85% of the outer continental shelf and 83% of onshore federal lands remain off limits to drilling for our own energy sources.

Are we in danger of depleting the earth’s oil? Some don’t think so.

The American Petroleum Institute has prepared a “Truth Primer” showing all aspects of why we saw such a drastic increase in cost the last year, to include the decline of the dollar, world unrest in Oil Producing Nations and a breakdown of how every dollar we spend at the pumps is broken down.

Separating the Rhetoric from the Reality, API supplies us with real answers to real questions, instead of the usual political rhetoric we continue to hear.

Bottom line is, America has energy needs and our own sources remain locked away from our use due to government policies. One party remained behind while the other enjoys a 5-week paid vacation, hoping to get some relief for Americans.

President Bush lifted the Presidential ban on drilling our own resources. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi refused to allow any discussion or even an up and down vote on lifting the congressional ban and left, with her party, to relax and stump a failing book.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that fossil fuels will continue to meet at least 80 percent of our energy demands through 2030. Where we get it from depends a lot on you.

Do you want more elected officials who place snorkeling in the Galapagos above our needs? Or, ones who remain to fight for your interests?

Brian Baird and Cheryl Crist would keep us dependent upon foreign energy sources, falsely thinking conservation or alternative fuels are the immediate answer to cure our energy needs.

Michael Delavar and Christine Webb agree that we need to harvest more of our own sources for energy relief.

Their differences seem to be more in how best to keep America safe from the terrorist attacks we have endured these past three decades, until we took the fight back to them.

On those marks, Christine Webb comes out ahead and deserves our vote to face Brian Baird in November. Let’s elect Christine Webb not only for an energy independent America, but also for a safer America.

August 12, 2008

A Message From Clark County GOP

by lewwaters

By now you have all received your ballots for the August 19 primary election. This is a critical election as key contributors, PACs, media, lobbyists, etc. will all be using the primary results as a barometer for who they will get behind in the General Election. WE MUST WIN IN NOVEMBER!

Our path to a November victory begins with the August 19th election. Now is the time to complete your ballot and mail it in. There is so much you can do between now and Election Day. I am asking you to devote at least one hour on the phone this weekend to call every conservative you know and ask them to complete their primary ballot and mail it in now. Ask them to ask their conservative friends to do the same.

Strong voter turnout and our get-out-the-vote efforts are key to our success on August 19, and for the November 4 General Election. Our candidates need a strong turnout and the momentum of high GOP percentages in the August 19 primary to propel us to victory in November. Please do as much as you can this weekend. Your party and candidates are counting on your support. See below for the The Clark County Republican Party Nominations/Endorsements and Recommendations.

Our list of candidates is available on our website: www.clarkcountygop.org

Thank you,
Ryan Hart
Chairman, Clark County Republican Party

I’ll be casting my votes for Debbie Peterson, Christine Webb, Dino Rossi and several others.

If we want to stop the socialization of America and Washington State, we must install conservatives in the legislature and governors office and begin setting America right again.

August 10, 2008

Delavar or Webb 0n August 19th?

by lewwaters
FREEDOM ISN"T FREE

FREEDOM ISN"T FREE

With only a little over a week left before our August 19 “top two” primary votes due, we have some choices before us. Many have already decided and returned their mail-in ballots. Many others in the 3rd District are still contemplating between 4 candidates vying for one seat in the House of Representatives, now occupied by Brian Baird, seeking another term as our Representative.

Baird has been the darling of the Liberals up until he saw the light and switched his position on the Iraq Theater of the War on Terror. Once he decided the endeavor was worth finishing and announced it, the left turned on him, in spite of his being joined at the hip with the likes of Nancy Pelosi on other Liberal matters.

This move has left him facing three challengers, one anti-war Democrat, Cheryl Crist, an anti-war Libertarian running as a Republican, Michael Delavar and a strong conservative Republican, Christine Webb.

Two of these candidates will advance to the November General Election to determine who will be our Representative for the next two years.

Ms. Crist is really a long shot, so this race is in essence between Delavar and Webb to face Baird, who assuredly will win one of the top two positions in the primary and will be difficult to beat in November.

Ms. Webb has won the endorsement of the Republican Party over that of Mr. Delavar, leaving some with the impression that Delavar is a bit miffed over it. Delavar has stated he believes he missed the party endorsement over his,

opposition to keeping U.S. troops as an occupying force on Muslim soil in Iraq, his criticism of the United Nations and insistence on having the U.S. out of the U.N. and his refusal to sign a pledge of support for John McCain, the presumptive nominee for President.”

Delavar, a staunch Ron Paul supporter, presents somewhat of an enigma for Washington States 3rd District GOP. While he presents some formidable conservative ideas on government and spending, much as does Webb, he is totally misled and completely misses the boat when it comes to the Iraq Theater of the War on Terror.

I have found that he tends to contradict himself in regards to the war as well. He joins with the anti-war left in labeling our Troops as an “occupying force” in Iraq. Yet, in excerpts of a debate with Christine Webb, placed on You Tube by Delavar, he states, “they are a sovereign nation, we have given them their sovereignty.”

Ms. Webb supports fighting terrorists overseas, where they are. Delavar says he supports “the appropriate, overwhelming and vicious response to any terrorist attack against the United States.” He also says, “I support hunting down Osama bin Laden and eliminating him.”

He goes on to say, “I will not support occupation for the sake of nation-building,” adding, “Occupation is the single greatest recruiter and motivator in the jihadist’s cause. While we occupy holy Muslim land, we will always have a highly motivated, patient terrorist threat.” He apparently has missed that many terrorist attacks by extremist Jihadists occurred years before any of our Troops were placed in the Middle East and that many were against nations that have no Troops in the Middle East, some opposing the U.S. Policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also seems to have missed that several European nations that have no Troops in the Middle East have been facing a radical Jihadist threat for some time.

Totally baffling is when he says,

Our very presence on holy Muslim soil fuels the fire of jihad against the United States and unites our enemies against us. We can and should pursue terrorists with the intent of retribution, but should not occupy Muslim lands.”

Just how does he propose we accomplish that? Fly the Troops over before breakfast and have them home before dinner? Sorry, Michael, but fighting war isn’t your typical “9 to 5 job.”

Dangerously close to an anti-Semitic comment, he states,

Furthermore, if we pay attention to the declaration of war against us by al-Qaeda, we will notice that they fight us because of our continued support for regimes that oppress Muslims. We must stop giving taxpayer money in the form of aid and support to oppressive regimes.”

From the Fatwa issued by Al Qaeda in 1998, long after coalition forces ejected Iraq forces from Kuwait, at the request of Muslim governments, I might add, and before any actual forces were sent back into Iraq, we read,

they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors. Third, if the Americans’ aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews’ petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there. The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula,”

and

All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims.”

Again, missed by Delavar and Paul is that U.S. Troops were sent to the Middle East by request and permission of Muslim rulers. Also missed is that many terrorist attacks have been carried out against fellow Muslims by the radical Jihadists that demand all follow their twisted view of the Holy Qu’Ran.

When Delavar says, “We must stop giving taxpayer money in the form of aid and support to oppressive regimes,” is he falling for the anti-Semitic rhetoric from leftists that hate Israel, the only Democratic nation currently in the Middle East? I certainly hope not.

Where Delavar and Paul really miss the boat is in believing that the radical Jihadists hate us and attack us because we “occupy” their lands. Radical Islam, unlike the more moderate majority of Muslims, desire to impose their strict radical views on all “by the sword” if need be. Returning to Al Qaeda’s Fatwa, at the very beginning we read,

Praise be to God, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)”; and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-’Abdallah, who said: I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but God is worshipped, God who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders.”

Along with that opening statement, the true underlying motivations was revealed long ago and has been disrupted by our taking he fight back to them, something terrorists did not expect since Bin Laden declared American Troops were but “paper tigers.”

Delavar advocates issuing Letters of Marque and Reprisal, outsourcing the fight against terrorists to mercenaries, in essence.

Delavar also is against amnesty for ILLEGAL immigrants and promises to “secure our borders,” but opposes the idea of building a border fence. He advocates stripping ILLEGALS of any benefits, but doesn’t seem to realize that terrorists also slip across the borders easily, if they desire. I agree with no benefits for ILLEGALS, but how do we “secure the borders” if no fences are to be built? Terrorists won’t come in to take advantage of benefits or hope for amnesty, but to do us harm. And, we can expect them to be well funded, not needing those benefits.

Michael claims to be a long time conservative Republican, but after the State Convention, his wife, Katja said, “We are trying to integrate with the Republican Party; they see it as a take-over,” lending credence to the thoughts of many Republicans that Ron Paul Libertarians are and have been plotting a takeover of the GOP since their party can’t seem to get up to speed.

The County Party has also seen this, as they state that Ron Paul Supporters have mounted 67 contests in PCO races, a volunteer position usually difficult to fill.

Lastly, at least for now, Christine Webb has clearly stated there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support the claim of manmade global warming. I am unable to find any definitive statement from Delavar addressing the notion of manmade global warming. I will be happy to amend this once the most ardent Ron Paul and Michael Delavar supporters come in to “set me straight,” again, if they would supply such a statement.

Like many of us, Delavar has opinions, some good, some not so good. He is no doubt an excellent pilot; a good father and I hear quite an accomplished ballroom dancer. That does not equal the experience Christine Webb would take with her to Congress.

Seats in the House are not equipped with training wheels.

I am afraid Delavars’ naiveté, should more Ron Paul worshippers who fell for him during the presidential primaries obtain office alongside anti-war Democrats, would result in fighting in our own streets, if not direct terrorists attacks in major cities, negating any fiscally conservative ideas.

As Michael asked me once in a personal email, “[has] the Republican party become the party of war?” No, Michael, we remain the party of liberty and freedom and see what price must be paid to have it.

My vote remains with Christine Webb.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Michael Delavar and his followers for winning the face-off with Brian Baird. Ya’ll waged an aggressive and effective campaign.

On a more personal note, Good Luck in the remaining months before November. So far you have had little real competition and pretty much an easy road. If the Dems take you serious, be prepared. You ain’t see nothin’ until you are up against the Democrat Attack Machine.

August 7, 2008

Is This What Democrats Consider Balance?

by lewwaters
Jaime Herrera

Jaime Herrera

VaNessa Duplessie

VaNessa Duplessie

Washington State, including Clark County, is embroiled in some tight and hard fought for races in this year’s election. From the federal level on down, conservatism is under assault like we haven’t seen before from liberals.

At stake may be the very future of not only our country, but our state as well.

At the federal level, incumbent Brian Baird is seeking another term in the House of Representatives. Although he saw the light and got behind our Troops and their mission in the War on Terror, Iraq Theater, he remains joined at the hip with Liberals on other important issues.

Currently he has an ad running where he claims how he “stood up to President Bush.” I only ask, when does he stand up to Nancy Pelosi and do something to get more supply of oil to meet our energy needs and ensure free speech on the airwaves?

Opposing him is Libertarian running as a Republican, Michael Delavar, a Ron Paul advocate who has some good fiscal ideas, but is woefully misled on the War on Terror.

Also opposing him is Christine Webb, a solid Republican who not only sees the worth of finishing what has been started in Iraq, but shares many fiscal ideas with Delavar.

Anti-war Democrat Cheryl Crist has also thrown her hat in the ring in opposition of him.

Smart money places the primary race between Baird and Webb, but it is anybodies race so far.

At the state level, we have a Democrat majority in Olympia and a Democrat governor, hopefully for only a short while longer.

As we focus on races for the governor’s office and for the U.S. House, races more local often go unnoticed by many. That can prove to be a fateful error in judgment, I feel.

One such race is shaping up in the 18th District between recently appointed Republican Jaime Herrera, who was chosen to replace Richard Curtis who resigned amid scandal and her opponent, Democrat VaNessa Duplessie, who had signed on to oppose Curtis before he was forced to resign.

Herrara has experience not only in her short time in Olympia, but working in the Bush White House and as a congressional staffer for several years. She enjoys the support and endorsement of the Human Life PAC, the Washington Farm Bureau PAC and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Duplessie, with no political experience, does have an impressive background in public relations, business and is a mother of two, a difficult task as any parent will tell you. She enjoys the support and endorsement of the Washington Conservation Voters, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and several elected officials.

Knowing that our government, both at the State level and federal level, is a Democrat majority, Duplessie says,

I think the 18th needs balanced representation and someone who is able to provide information from the inside. I want to help the 18th by being in the room.”

I find it astonishing that anyone would think increasing an existing majority would consider that as achieving a “balance.”

Such a “balance” has brought us a projected budget deficit in the billions of dollars, with the “balance” party contemplating little more than taking even more of our hard earned dollars from us.

I think I’ll pass on such a lopsided “balance” and instead, work to get responsible representation that doesn’t throw money around like it grows on trees.

After all, I’d like to be able to “balance” my own checkbook.

August 7, 2008

Jim Jacks, “I Don’t Know How To Solve It”

by lewwaters

Clark County Citizens were treated to a debate by some of our candidates this past Tuesday, Aug 5., hosted by the local League of Women Voters. Through the graciousness of Clark Vancouver Television, you can download or simply view that debate, which I encourage you to do, especially the debate between Democrat, Jim Jacks and Republican, Debbie Peterson. Their debate begins about 40 minutes into the program, but is well worth watching.

Both Ms. Peterson and Mr. Jacks are vying for the 49th Legislative District, Position 1 seat currently held by Democrat, Bill Fromhold, who is not running for reelection. Neither has held political office at the state level before, but viewing the debate might just show you who is best suited for the position.

In July of this year, another website, the Washington Conservation Voters, who bill themselves as “The political voice for the environment,” and The Columbian posted their endorsement of Jacks saying,

Jacks is superior in civic experience, intellect, knowledge of the issues and the players, ability to express himself clearly and succinctly, and has sensible positions on the issues.”

Of Debbie Peterson they said,

Debbie Peterson, teaches in a private school and has worked as a financial specialist for the Vancouver Housing Authority. She is passionate about her causes, but she lacks the breadth and the ability to clearly and concisely discuss an issue, jeopardizing her effectiveness in the Olympia cauldron.”

In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth. As you will see if you have the chance to view the debate, Debbie consistently gave thoughtful and concise ideas and opinions on the issues. Jim, for the most part, repeatedly stated that his job would be to “listen and learn” as well as “vote responsibly.”

The replies were vague, at best and even foolish occasionally. At one point he even claims that we, the voters, selected Governor Gregiore’s 9.5-cent gas tax increase. Our Democrat led legislaturegave’ us that tax increase.

Granted, in 2005 Initiative 912 was launched to repeal the tax and was defeated, statewide. But, does that mean we “chose” the tax? After many promises never to be kept were made and cries of how much the money is needed to improve our roads, Clark County voters narrowly defeated I-912 by a very slim margin. Or, does it indicate a big money campaign to keep higher taxes was waged? Of course, as gas prices soar and our roads fall further into disrepair, as monies are wasted “studying” a new bridge across I-5 into Oregon, as well as Light Rail being shoved down our throats without a vote, I would imagine many wish they could change their vote today.

Debbie Peterson, on the other hand, was well prepared with facts and numbers to back her up. She at one point mentioned the stunning fact that our States population has increased by 120% over the past 40 years, while spending by the state has increased over 400%. Obviously, that cannot be sustained.

It is little wonder we are facing a 2 billion dollar budget shortfall with Governor Gregoire.

Debbie was spot on with calls for decreasing spending and streamlining government, while Jim kept on saying how he would “listen and learn” and “vote responsibly.”

When asked by the moderator, “Do you support any changes to the current Washington State tax system,” Debbie Peterson stated her position of spending must be brought under control. She brings out that if we get the Income Tax Democrats have wanted for some time, we will not lose the sales tax and our hard earned money will just be taken for more wasteful and unneeded projects.

I was utterly shocked to hear Jim Jacks go on about how we want services, we chose higher taxes before, revenues are down and more people need more services and such, but most shocking was to hear him say,

I don’t know how to solve it, I’m not a tax expert, I’m not a revenue expert. That’s part of what I believe a new legislator needs to do is to listen and learn and understand how decisions over here effect all these other systems.”

CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”

NOTE: He never actually answers whether or not he supports a change in our tax system, i.e. a State Income Tax.

Nowhere in his verbiage did we hear whether he would join in support of imposing a State Income Tax, or whether he would avoid it. Nowhere did we hear if he would trim the fat in Olympia and in State expenditures. Nowhere did we hear that “intellect, knowledge of the issues and the players, ability to express himself clearly and succinctly” that others said he possessed.

Debbie Peterson, on the other hand, clearly and concisely expressed her vision and ideas for all to see.

Clark County voters are we in the 49th Legislative District prepared to send someone to represent us who openly states, “I don’t know how to solve it?” Do we need a legislator in Olympia equipped with training wheels, being led around by others from up state, who have shown the propensity to ignore us down here and take our taxes up north?

I ask that you join me in talking to Debbie if you meet her. Ask her and see how close her views, thoughts and values mirror your own.

Above all, For Pete’s Sake, let’s elect Debbie Peterson for the 49th Legislative District, position 1 and send someone well qualified to Olympia to represent us. We don’t need someone with close ties to Christine Gregoire who “doesn’t know how to solve it.”

August 6, 2008

Tom Langston Endorsed By Clark GOP to Oppose Pridemore

by lewwaters

Tuesday evening, the Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse the Write-In Candidacy of Tom Langston against incumbent Democrat, Craig Pridemore, for the 49th Legislative District, State Senate.

Pridemore has been unopposed until now.

Due to the late date, Langston must be written in on your August 19th Primary ballot. He must receive 1% of the votes to proceed to the General Election.

Clark County GOP Chairman, Ryan Hart said, “We are very excited about Tom’s write-in campaign. Tom is a leader and a very hard worker. He will be a great candidate and we are happy to have him on our team.”

Tom wrote a letter himself saying,

Dear Friends,

I just returned from a three day Missions trip with my church to Chehalis Washington . We were helping the Pantoja family with their recovery from the devastating flood of last December. We are working with Foreward Edge International to help the family repair their home. FEMA and their private insurance denied them coverage. I spent the weekend working with a great group of volunteers to restore the family’s kitchen and roof to working order.

As my wife and I read through the ballot last week, I was distraught over the 49th district Senate seat. There must be someone here in Vancouver to run against Craig Pridemore. The citizens of Vancouver deserve a choice! My wife suggested I write myself in. I did, and then I spread my wife’s suggestion to as many people as I could before I left for my Missions trip.

A major strength I would bring to the State Senate is my successful experience as a small business owner. I have campaign volunteer experience, a desire to work with the residents of Vancouver , and the ability to effectively implement conservative principals and goals. I feel that my 17 years in the private sector, ability to assimilate new ideas and concepts, and dedication to achieving goals have prepared me for this opportunity.

Since I was very young, I have been interested in politics. I would welcome the opportunity to represent the 49th district in the State Senate and look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Tom Langston

Remember to write in Tom Langston opposite Craig Pridemore. Let’s get some conservative representation in Olympia.

August 4, 2008

Not Even At Ten Dollars A Gallon?

by lewwaters

JOIN REPUBLICAN REVOLT IN U.S. HOUSE – TODAY! FOR OIL

It is time to remind Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats that America belongs to the people, not to elitist from either party that will direct how we live. Government comes from us to them, not them down to us! Please sign the petition demanding Pelosi call back Congress and get our energy matters settled.

Brian Baird joined in neglecting our call for drilling to increase our supply of oil, while we perfect alternative energy.

Brian Baird won’t support the Broadcaster Freedom Act.

Brian Baird doesn’t listen to the People.

It’s time for real change in our representation. It is time for Christine Webb to replace Brian Baird.

UPDATE: House Democrats have no intention of passing any energy solutions, opting to stall until after the November elections, when it is their belief that “Democrats will own Washington D.C.” Says one top House Democrat leadership aid, “There is no crisis on our side of the aisle. We have a plan, and we will stick to it.”

You suffer while they enjoy a 5 week vacation and strategize taking your money. Time to oust these Socialists, isn’t it?

August 2, 2008

Was It “A Very Good Week For America?”

by lewwaters

Representative Henry Waxman (D. Ca), power crazed Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in rebutting President Bush’s weekly radio address to the nation, made the statement,

it was a very good week for the American public.”

Was it really a good week for us? Representative Waxman thinks so as he boasted of

giving the next administration the tools it will need to start putting public health, and especially the health of our children, first.”

Waxman makes this boastful claim due to the Democrat Party majority Congress passing stricter safety laws for toys, banning lead paint (which I thought was banned long ago) and tightening restrictions on the tobacco industry, still a legal product, last I heard, if you can find a place that allows you to use it in the nation.

What Waxman failed to mention in his rebuttal address is that citizens with small children better hope their kids don’t come down very sick any time soon as they may not be able to afford the gas to drive their child to the doctor, since the Democrat Party went out of their way to block even a discussion, much less the up or down vote to reverse the congressional ban on drilling off of our shores or within the country to obtain our own oil, instead of continuing to import more than 60% from the Middle East.

In between worship sessions for B HO and calls for impeaching everyone in the Republican party, from President Bush down to your local Dog Catcher, the Democrat Party actually found time to pass two little bills, while ignoring completely the public outcry to allow drilling our own oil to increase supply.

Instead, the Democrat Party majority in Congress blocked any discussion on an Energy Plan and voted to go off on a 5-week vacation, leaving Republicans not only dumfounded, but angry enough that they staged a protest on the floor, raising quite a ruckus.

In May 2007, it was many from the Democrat Party complaining that the newly seated and formed Iraqi Parliament announced plans for a vacation, leaving essential legislation undone. Of course, our own Congress took a month long vacation at the same time as the Iraqis did, also leaving legislation undone, enjoying their time off while our Brave Troops fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Representative Adam Putnam, (R Fl) said,

It’s time Democrats put their boarding passes back in their pockets and get to work by voting on the American Energy Act.”

Our own congressman, Brian Baird (D Wa) replied,

get real.”

Baird, as does other Democrats, seems to feel gutting our Strategic Oil Reserve of some 70 million barrels or so would do more to bring down prices and supply our energy needs that drilling billions of barrels from known oil resources offshore and in ANWR.

Instead of drilling and refining our own resources, Baird says,

People are hurting, there’s no question in my mind. I fully understand it.” He also said he prefers to meet with “people in need, trying to come up with real solutions.”

Does he mean like B HO’s recent admonition to the public of,

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. We could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling if everybody was just inflating their tires. And getting regular tune-ups. You’d actually save just as much!”

Is that one of those “real solutions” Baird speaks of? At a time we are importing not only some 60% of our crude oil, but gasoline already refined must be imported as well and the great plan is “keep your tires inflated?”

Alternative energy sources are an excellent idea. But guess what? They require just as much, if not more, time to perfect and manufacture than does drilling and refining our own resources while the Alternative sources are being worked on.

What do the Democrats propose we do in the meantime while energy prices soar? Inflate our tires! Then, they jump on atmosphere polluting jets and boogie out of town, leaving the American public crying for relief.

Is this the “New Direction” you signed on for, America? Higher fuel prices, higher unemployment, plummeting stock market, home values declining and consumer confidence nearing all time lows since the Democrat Party took control. Is this the “New Direction” Democrats promised you when they took back control of the Congress by storm in 2006?

Perhaps Corporations should be slammed with a windfall profits tax again, costing even more jobs?

Take from the rich, give to the poor? Government will take care of everything? Where have we all heard that myth before?

Our borders are wide open with millions of ILLEGALs freely walking into the country, some taking low paying jobs that our own unskilled workers or High School kids could do. Others end up on Public Assistance, taxpayers paying for people who reside in the country in violation of standing law.

We have Troops in the field, fighting and dying to keep terrorists at bay, praying to see loved ones again, hoping the country doesn’t turn on them as it did those of us who served in Viet Nam.

We have people losing their homes, their jobs, their retirement funds as 401K’s diminish and the stock market declines and all Democrats can muster is to go off for 5 weeks and have their fun?

Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) said of the House Leadership during the protest,

This is the people’s House. This is not Pelosi’s politburo.”

America, you have a chance to show these arrogant elitist Socialist Democrats that it is indeed “our House” this November by supporting and electing conservative candidates for the House. Take back the House for America, not for the Democrats or RINO’s whose only interest is themselves.

Was it “A Very Good Week For America?” Not as long as we are paying for party elites to enjoy 5-weeks off at our expense, while we suffer!

Give them the answer this November.

VOTE FOR CHRISTINE WEBB!

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