Archive for December, 2008

December 31, 2008

Welcome 2009

by lewwaters

20092008 will be gone and behind us shortly. Overall, it wasn’t all that good of a year for conservative Republicans. We did take a beating nationwide.

On the bright side, we now hold the majority on the County Commission with Tom Mielke’s win.

Washington voters gave more power to the Democrats, even though the state has slipped deeper into fiscal troubles under their leadership since 2004.

2009 will be the year conservatives begin coming together again and reasserting our voices, if we all become involved. We can no longer sit back and hope for the best. We must all get involved and assert our voices in the County Republican Party.

Democrats may be on the verge of dictatorial power, but they haven’t totally attained it yet.

Take some time and make the effort to let your voices be heard. Write letters to the Columbian and if they won’t publish them, contact me and you can post your thoughts here. Call and write our Representatives, even though they are Democrats and tend to ignore us.

Above all, let’s look for and identify true conservatives candidates and encourage them to run next election. Let’s get behind them, support them and campaign for them.

Moderate Republicans have drug the party downwards to mediocrity and Evangelicals have alienated many. We can retain our religious beliefs without it appearing like the church is running the party.

It’s time we acted, Southwest Washington Conservatives. Our country was founded by individuals like us who became fed up with over governance and stifling of our liberties. The liberal media, from Seattle to Vancouver, portrays us as “splintered” and un-organized, needing to move the party further left;

The Washington GOP: RIP?

Republicans need to use their brains again

Clark County turns blue as Democrats gain favor

Spending is out of control, Democrats admit they don’t know what to do, the governor calls for “ugly budget cuts,” while elected officials seek new “revenues.” Moderates have pushed the GOP to the left and we began losing elections nationwide. And now, we are told we need to move further left?

Tom Mielke and Mark Boldt can’t do it alone. They need our input and support as you can rest assured their decisions will be met with much left-winged scorn and vitriol by the Columbian’s John Laird and others.

Slightly over 91,000 voted Republican this year for governor in Clark County. That is a loud voice if we assert it.

We have good solid Republicans returning to office in Washington, Don Benton, Jaimie Herrera, Ed Orcutt and Joseph Zarelli. They need our help, support and input.

2008 is behind us and we need to make 2009 the year conservatives woke up and put our state back on track to success. All it will take is some minimal effort on your part and we can turn our state and country around.

Albert Einstein told us that Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

2009 is the time we must change our drift leftward and re-assert conservatism in the Republican Party.

2009 is when we must stop allowing the left to define our positions and party.

Contact the Clark County GOP or your own County GOP and let them know you are ready for real change, not just the lose change Democrats leave in your pocket.

Have a Happy New Years and let’s make 2009 count for America, Clark County and Washington State.

December 29, 2008

Bristol Palin Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy

by lewwaters

sarah-palin-pg-7-bristols-engaement-ring18 year old Bristol Palin, daughter of the former Republican Vice-presidential candidate and target of much left winged vitriol before the November 4th election, has given birth to her baby, a healthy 7 lb., 4 oz., baby boy.

Great Aunt Colleen Jones said, “We think it’s wonderful. The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.”

Read more here and here.

Bristol and the baby’s father, Levi Johnston have named their son Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston.

Congratulations to the young parents.

December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Clark County

by lewwaters

As we begin to thaw out form the heaviest snowfall in decades, I wish for you all to have a safe and wonderful holiday today.

Merry Christmas to all and I pray you have a very Joyous New Years.

December 21, 2008

US President Convicted of War Crimes, Sentenced To 20 Years

by lewwaters

justice-scalesA little noticed article by Reuters is claiming the President of the United States and 13 other world leaders were tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for War Crimes.

Presiding judge Veroljub Rakitic said, “In the name of the people…We sentence…to individual prison terms of 20 years each,” to applause from spectators in the Court Room as he read off the 14 names.

The 14 were charged, tried and found guilty of inciting a war of aggression, war crimes against the civilian population, use of banned weapons, attempted murder and violation of territorial integrity. Rakitic said arrest warrants would be forthcoming.

According to the charges filed, “They fired 600 cruise missiles and made 25,119 air sorties attacking both military and civilian targets, killing and wounding many people and causing mass destruction of property.”

Rakitic also said, “During their so-called humanitarian intervention they have killed hundreds of soldiers, civilians, and children… They have left devastation in the place of modern factories, bridges, schools.”

According to the judge, “We invited the accused to come to the court and present their defense. They ignored the invitation, or were maybe afraid to face reality and their consciences,” adding they had violated the United Nations Charter and describing the attacks as “an unauthorized aggression on a sovereign country.”

All 14 world leaders seemed unphased by the conviction, especially the United States President as he winds down his administration, preparing to hand over the reigns to a successor.

During the three days of the trial, evidence included video, forensic and survivor’s accounts.

Defense attorneys were present; one claiming the American President kept other world leaders in the dark bout the war crimes being committed.

That same attorney said, “If I were the judge, and it’s a good thing I am not, I would…take a gun and shoot both the U.S. President and the other scum for all the evil they have done,” expressing regret that the courts penal code did not allow higher penalties.

The attorney went on to say, “Our humane criminal code does not stipulate higher sentences because it could not be foreseen that such a crime could be committed…that is why this court is limited by the penalty and has sentenced each accused to 20 years.”

Our own media chose to ignore this trial and report, an unbelievable act given the media’s continual coverage of the scandalous administration. Reuters of Britain reported on the trial and conviction while American media focused their attention elsewhere, perhaps on the presidential campaign.

It is unreported if arrest warrants actually were issued or if they would be served, had they been issued.

No official announcement has been issued by the President’s office and it is highly doubtful that the President would voluntarily surrender.

By now I am sure the Bush bashers are gleefully wringing their hands, expecting to see him “frog-marched” down the White House steps after Obama is inaugurated. As our most hated President, Bush bashers have wanted this very thing to happen to him.

But, sorry to disappoint, this is not about President Bush, but was about President Bill Clinton back in September 2000, as his administration was winding down.

It was about the actions he took in Yugoslavia, the trial held in Belgrade.

As many of you gleefully wring your hands in anticipation of such a trail for George W. Bush and imprisonment of him, just remember, this is still hanging over the head of one of your own.

For the record, I do not believe Clinton guilty of any war crimes and neither is Bush. Both acted within the authority of their office in dealing with threats abroad.

The main difference being, you embraced Clinton for his actions and have accused Bush over his. If you intend to hold one accountable, then you must hold the other as well.

Rest assured, Obama will be held equally accountable for his actions.

You all set a tone this past 8 years so don’t be surprised as it returns to you.

Cross posted from Right In A Left World

December 21, 2008

Secretary Reed, Mediocrity Is Not The Answer

by lewwaters

washington-seal1The December 12, 2008 edition of the Columbian features in their Letters To The Editor section a letter penned by Washington State’s Secretary of State, Sam Reed. Winning his third run for Secretary, Reed gave us his “words of wisdom” that we Republicans should follow in a letter he wrote, Put party division aside.

One wonders where that advice has been for Democrats since 1994, especially the last 8 years.

Reed, rightfully proud of his accomplishments boasts of being “one of two statewide Republican elected officials left standing,” Attorney General Rob McKenna the other and feels compelled to admonish Republicans on winning elections.

Reed says,

I hope party leaders will resist the self-defeating instinct to move toward ideological dogma, negativism and government-is-bad rhetoric.”

He continues with,

We have thrived for 148 years by championing individual freedom and responsibility, equal rights, fiscal conservatism, strong local and state governments, free enterprise, conservation of natural resources, and a strong national defense.”

Does it escape Secretary Reed that Democrats, to varying degrees, oppose some of those points?

Did Reed miss that we state that “Big” government is what is bad, not government itself?

Have we really “thrived” for so long spending much of that time in the minority? Yes, Republicans have successfully pushed some ideals through, but usually watered down.

How do we maintain a “Strong National Defense” when traditionally, Democrats gut the Military budget?

Most troubling to me is when Reed states,

To move away from the practical, common-sense middle is the wrong impulse.”

No, Secretary Reed, trying to run the middle of the road is what got Republicans into such a mess. What winning Democrat moved middle of the road and gained power? What Democrat recommends they run “middle of the road?”

Reed did win a decisive victory this past November with slightly more than 58% of the votes, but don’t forget he was the incumbent. Incumbents are generally difficult to unseat, unless they have been really poor in office.

It might be safe for a Secretary of State to run middle of the road, since their responsibilities are different than a governor or legislator. But, voters look to the other offices for leadership and ideas, usually.

Middle of the road is not where they need to be and after 8 years of leftist attacks against our president and Republicans in general, this so-called “practical, common-sense middle” is not what we need to regain power.

Reed also recommends, “we must put division aside and get on with collaborative governing.” Does he honestly believe conservatives should compromise our values and principles in favor of the Socialist Left?

Republicans did not gain power in 1994 by making promises of “middle of the road,” although too many moved in that direction once in office. History shows that moving towards the middle, abandoning conservatism and coming under relentless attacks from the Socialist Left, who never moved towards anything remotely resembling a “practical, common-sense middle,” cost the GOP the power they won in 1994.

It must also escape Secretary Reed that the parameters of right and left have shifted farther to the left over the years, placing that “practical, common-sense middle” he recommends, fully on the side of the left.

Conservatives do not need to move left. We need to re-embrace conservatism and expose the Socialist Democrats everywhere we can.

America is in danger of going fully Socialist, if Sam Reed hasn’t noticed. Socialism is not what made America great and is responsible for lowering lifestyles everywhere it has been tried, the most famous being the failed Soviet Union. Nazi Germany was also heavily Socialist under Adolph Hitler’s reign.

One only need look south to Venezuela to see another attempt at socialism failing to better a country and her people.

Secretary Reed, if I wanted to be a Liberal/Socialist Democrat, I’d rejoin that party. I became a Republican due the their conservative stance and taking strong stands on crucial issues, not by embracing what we know will fail.

Middle of the road, mediocrity, is not what Republicans must do. That has not served us well to date and I see no reason it will in the future.

If the GOP thinks conservatives need to sit down and shut up, then they don’t need me. I fully intend to continue exposing socialist moves and their robbing us of basic liberties.

Middle of the road is not what is needed for success, only for mediocrity.

December 19, 2008

Senator Murray Joins Clinton Vowing “More Babies Will Be Killed”

by lewwaters

As if Patty Murray’s (D. Wa.) efforts at blocking the Veterans Administration efforts at weeding out bogus claims for PTSD weren’t bad enough, which would have freed up both money and services for wounded Veterans truly in need, Patty Murray has joined in with Hillary Clinton (D. NY) vowing to overturn President Bush’s Right Of Conscience rule, pledging “whatever it takes.”

As reported by the Hill, Murray and Clinton, along with other abortion rights groups, claim the rule “will limit women’s access to medical care.”

What Bush’s rule does is protect “physicians, nurses, pharmacists and a host of other classes of healthcare workers [who] refuse to perform, or discuss, abortions, or take part in any other activity about which they have a moral objection.”

How that is denying any woman’s right to kill her unborn baby escapes me. There is a plethora of abortion mills around the country only too willing to help kill unborn babies. Why force those who don’t believe in it to participate against their beliefs?

Murray says,

It’s clear that the Bush administration’s assault on healthcare protections for women will continue up until their very last day in office. This is the kind of desperate, ideologically driven politics that helped convince Americans it’s time for change.”

Does she offer any consideration to the healthcare of the unborn? Is it an “assault” to grant protection for others to follow their moral conscience?

Bear in mind, there remains many others all too willing to perform the procedure. No one is forcing them not to.

Do not others have a few rights to their conscience in America any longer? Do we need Democrats forcing every aspect of their sickness on everyone, denying us of our moral clarity?

Is it a sick mind that is outraged when a mother kills a newborn, yet is gleeful if she killed it two hours earlier in a clinic?

The left claims it isn’t a baby, but a “zygote” or “fetus,” clearing their conscience of killing a human being. But, it is a human being. Granted, it can’t survive outside the womb, but even after birth, can it survive without motherly care?

How sadistic is it that those who propose penalizing mothers who smoke or don’t eat right, would also support her should she decide to have that life sucked out of her womb?

Murray craftily hides her love of killing babies with statements like,

Under the next administration and Congress, we will reverse this policy and ensure that the health of patients always comes first. I will work with President-elect Obama to explore every possible option to ensure women continue to have access to the healthcare they need.”

Killing unborn babies on a whim is “healthcare?” Again, women that choose to abort their children still may do so. The new rule does not regulate them; it protects the few that hold a moral objection to participating.

Does Murray propose or support firing any who do not agree with killing the unborn? Again, don’t others have rights in America?

Allow me to say here, I also do not support those that use anti-abortion protests to denigrate women who make that choice. I feel the answer is through education and a return to somewhat of a moral lifestyle, but that is just me.

We are told we “shove our beliefs down their throats,” but isn’t the left shoving their beliefs down our throats if they do not allow others to exercise their moral conscience to not participate in abortions?

I have yet to understand the left’s fascination with killing the unborn. If they feel it gives a woman sexual freedom, it does not. It only frees them up to be used sexually by men who don’t really care for the woman and don’t want a baby.

Have the Democrats moved us so far into Socialism that we may no longer exercise our choice? Will they eventually formulate some proposal on who may or may not have a child, forcing all others to undergo abortion?

Wake up, Washington. Do we need to keep a Senator who doesn’t respect one person’s choice, but demands another’s be respected and even engaged in whether they accept in their personal belief or not?

How much further will our individual rights be stripped away now under total Democrat control?

If they cannot respect that some don’t wish to participate in aborting a baby, I shudder to imagine.

December 16, 2008

The Columbian’s Ignorance About The Electoral College

by lewwaters

The December 16 edition of the Columbian contains one of the most ignorant articles I have ever seen in their pages, In our view Dec. 16: Flawed System, addressing the Electoral College system set up by our founding fathers long ago.

Even though their favored candidate won both the popular vote and the Electoral vote, which has happened all but 4 times in over 200 years, the Columbian publishes a opinion that the Electoral College should be abolished and instead, we rely solely on the popular vote.

What folly!

In the article, they state,

The Electoral College made sense when the nation’s Founding Fathers designed it to make sure large population centers would not run roughshod over more sparsely populated areas.”

Does it escape the Columbian’s writers and editors that the majority of our over 300 million population continue to reside in just a few states?

We saw in 2004 how just one county swung the governor’s race over the wishes of many of the rest of the counties. Would we desire to see that nationwide on a regular basis?

Equally as ignorant is,

Perhaps the worst part of the Electoral College is that it violates democratic principles of equal votes and equal representation.”

Is it a “Democratic Principle” that the heaviest populated states decide the presidency while lesser-populated states receive no voice in the presidential selection?

In their condemnation of the Electoral system, they craftily avoid the why of the founding fathers setting it up. Some of the perils of going to strictly a popular vote can be seen here.

More information can be found at Electoral College, the most informative section on the whys at page 3.

The 2000 election of George W. Bush over Al Gore is described here, explaining just how and why it works this way, as designed. The previous three times the Electoral Vote was in disagreement with the popular vote is well explained here.

The Electoral College was actually a compromise on how to select our president, popular vote or congressional vote. Popular vote only very likely could result in a president popular only to one region of the country, that region being the one with the heaviest population. Middle America would be ignored and cast aside during campaigning, candidates vying only in the heaviest populated states.

The Electoral College is a brilliant idea set up long ago that has served the country well. The dismay expressed by the left since 2000 over it just shows they never actually looked into it and instead, fall back on knee jerk reactions.

One would think that Clark County’s main source of news would have done their homework before jumping on this and going off half-baked. But, that might require breaking out of the groupthink of the left.

I am left believing that had the 2000 election results been reversed and the Democrat had won the Electoral Vote while the Republican had won the national popular vote, we would not be hearing any calls for abolishing the Electoral College, but would be hearing how marvelous it is and that it works well.

Little wonder they are facing bankruptcy when they won’t even do their homework on such an important and brilliant faction of our election process.

December 15, 2008

PDC Temporarily Tables Blogger Lobbying Efforts

by lewwaters

washington-sealAs previously discussed at Bloggers, Are We Lobbyists, Washington State Bloggers were facing being labeled as lobbyists by the Public Disclosure Commission.

Mike Reitz, of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation attended the latest hearing of the PDC and has emailed me that this effort has been shelved for the time being.

As Mike states on his own site linked above, two commissioners desired more time to consider the guidelines proposed while two others present were ready to adopt them. A fifth commissioner was not present.

A December 5 Olympian article, PDC waits on blog ruling, delves a little deeper into the intent of the proposed guidelines. From that article we read,

“PDC staff lawyer Nancy Krier said the agency has taken a “follow-the-money” approach that applies a standard lobbying requirement — which allows a person or group to avoid registering or reporting as a lobbyist if an individual spends no more than four days in three consecutive months lobbying and does not spent more than $25.

The limit for grassroots lobbying is that organizations or individuals do not spend more than $500 in a month or $1,000 in three consecutive months.

But, Krier said low-cost Internet organizing changes the way lobbying is done and tracked. “In the new era, there is no money to follow,” Krier said.”

While most of us small-time bloggers spend little money on blogging, we do spend much more than 4 days in a 3-month period expressing our opinions and writing in support of favored candidates or measures. Most of us earn absolutely nothing for our efforts. We do it out of principle and as I have stated before, to bypass printed media that may or may not publish our letters to the editors and then, have them subjected to editing, sometimes changing the point of why we wrote.

I see this as nothing more than exercising our First Amendment right of Free Speech and since we are not paid, I see no reason the thought of regulating us is even thought of.

Well, no logical reason, anyway.

With all the left’s efforts at reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine, actually a thinly veiled effort at stifling free speech of the right, it appears that bloggers could fall under such regulation as well in the future.

What, if any actual affect it would hold for small-time blogs, I’d just as soon not find out. I enjoy the freedom of expressing my thoughts in support or in opposition of candidates and measures. I support those blogs from the left who post in opposition to me as their expression of free speech.

So long as our printed and broadcast media continue to cover news in the slanted way they currently do, we bloggers supply the balance they refuse to.

EFF Podcast discussion on blogger lobbying.

The PDC is interested in receiving public comments on this. You can email comments to Lori Anderson at landerson@pdc.wa.gov

December 13, 2008

Moratorium Announced On Capital Christmas Display Requests

by lewwaters

christmas2b4
As was previously discussed under Governor Gregoire Shames Washington State, our state made national news as Governor Gregoire’s folly of allowing counter displays to Christmas to be displayed next to a Christmas Nativity scene in the states Capital.

The so-called counter display was not a display at all but a hate Christianity sign placed there by an atheist group.

The previous discussion focused more on a secular view in regards to our economy and efforts to turn people away from Christmas and therefore, shopping and gift giving. We all have our own reasons to celebrate or not take part in Christmas and I can respect that reason that is our right. But, this poor move of political correctness by Gregoire has embarrassed our state beyond belief, hence the need, I feel, to place a moratorium on a flood of requests for other displays alongside the Nativity.

Included in those requests were a sign that says “Santa Claus will take you to Hell” and a “Festivus” pole, Festivius being a mock holiday from the sitcom, ‘Seinfeld.’ The hate filled Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas also made their request to place a display referencing Santa, rape and “God’s hate” of homosexuals, which they are notorious for.

Several other requests were made, but as you can see, once you try for political correctness where it is not needed, it always gets out of hand.

General Administration director Linda Bremer made the decision to cut them off and ran it by the Governor and Attorney General; all agreeing it is the right decision.

Ms Bremer released a statement saying,

“The moratorium applies to pending and any future applications for exhibits and displays. It will remain in effect until General Administration completes a review of its current policy for exhibits and displays for the Legislative Building. General Administration made the decision on a display moratorium after receiving a greater number of applications than it had anticipated and that reasonably can be accommodated in the display area set aside on the third floor of the Legislative Building.”

It is my hope that General Administration and the Governor comes to their senses and realizes that Christmas is a Federal Holiday. Even though religious in nature, it is a Federally recognized Holiday. If it is not to be a Federally recognized, or even a State recognized Holiday, Governor Gregoire and our legislators and all State workers must report for work this Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day.

I also hope all atheists who so soundly oppose Christmas report for work on the day also, but somehow, I think even they take a paid day off from work on December 25.

While I welcome this moratorium, it is something that never should have happened. Unlike placing a Jewish Menorah near a Nativity Scene, a sign filled with hateful words against Christianity has no place in our capital during Christmas Season.

You need not embrace the Holiday or take part in it; no one forces you to. But, how about showing some respect to others that do and displaying some of that ‘tolerance’ ya’ll are always demanding for yourselves?

December 7, 2008

Rep. Moeller: Citizen Help Needed In Raising Taxes

by lewwaters

jim-moellerUnbelievable as it may seem, given that we are in a severe economic downturn in Washington State, Clark County and yes, the entire nation, Democrat State Representative for the 49th Legislative District, Jim Moeller, wrote a letter to the editors at the Columbian actually requesting citizen input on where to raise taxes! Or, as he put it, “I believe citizen input is needed to help identify new revenue.”

Citizens’ help needed in budget crisis

Governor Gregoire is warning of “ugly cuts” ahead, acknowledging that raising taxes is the “wrong step in an economic downturn.”

Moeller wraps his plea for help in identifying where and who’s taxes to increase around a November 23, 2008 Opinion piece in the Columbian, “Cuts to public health funding could prove lethal.”

This of course begs the question, why is it during economic downturns, Public Services are the first thing to face the chopping block by Democrats?

State spending increased $8 Billion after Christine Gregoire became our governor, with Democrats controlling both houses of the State Congress along with the governors office. Moeller can’t see any wasteful spending in that?

State Expenditure History (pdf file)

Granted, much of the spending was increased due to voter-approved initiatives. But, how much money was thrown at those voters in efforts to convince them of dire consequences to them and their children if they didn’t approve such massive spending increases?

How much were those who opposed such large spending increases as too expensive and unnecessary ridiculed and shouted down by special interest groups and Democrats in Olympia? And now, we face a potential $5 Billion budget shortfall and all Moeller can think of is asking citizens to help identify who’s taxes can and should be increased?

Vitriolic Columbian Opinion Editor John Laird, in his weekly trashing of any and all not liberal, offers much the same dire words about the “ugly cuts” we face, but does extend some credit to Republican State Senator, Joseph Zarelli for, “several remedies that would be meaningful but not drastic.”

If Moeller is really serious about “identifying new revenue,” allow me to offer a few suggestions.

1. License and tax bicycles and their riders. Riders should have to pass a riding test to purchase a “bicycle endorsement” on their driver’s license, just as motorcycle riders and car drivers must. Bicycles should be licensed, just as cars and motorcycles are and renewed annually.

Underage riders could receive a special “restricted license” good only for bicycles, with parental approval and payment.

2. Since bicyclist don’t pay the current gasoline tax on riding their bicycles, a tax should be added to ‘Gatorade’ and other energy drinks they are so fond of.

3. The latte tax defeated in King County in 2003 needs to be immediately instituted on all caffeine users. Caffeine is an addictive substance much like tobacco and alcohol, so taxes equivalent should be imposed.

4. Oregon residents could to be required to pay Washington sales tax as well. Washington resident working in Oregon must pay Oregon’s Income. It would only be ‘fair’ that they pay our taxes over here as well.

5. Since education is one area facing those “ugly cuts,” how about an “ignorance tax?” The Washington Educator’s Association prohibits merit pay for teachers that excel, one thing that cost the state to lose a $13.2 million grant to some of our schools. So, why not tax parents who children aren’t performing to average standards?

Cutting the top-heavy administration costs in our school system could help balance the budget. But, we know the WEA will fight that tooth and nail and as much as the Democrats are beholding to the union, we can’t expect them to stand up to the teachers union, so we must hold the parents responsible.

6. Does the cost of ILLEGAL immigration ever enter into the Democrat mind? Do they not see that ILLEGALs working for lower wages, drives wages down across the board, resulting in even less revenue reaching Olympia?

Does Moeller consider the billions of dollars sent back to home countries by ILLEGALs, instead of being circulated in our economy? Surely an equivalent portion of those funds sent out of country comes from ILLEGALs in Washington State.

7. Why not impose a “poverty tax” as well? Since Democrats have told us several times over the years that tobacco and alcohol needed higher taxes to discourage the use of those items, why not tax those who earn less that $20,000 a year? Doesn’t it add up that if they must pay an extra tax they will strive harder to get out of poverty and earn higher wages?

8. While we are on tobacco, why not repeal I-901? That was one of those ‘fearmongering’ initiatives nanny staters scared voters into passing and ever since, not only have some private businesses gone under, revenues off of tobacco have decreased.

Let those that want to allow smoking in their private businesses allow it. Let those that wish to smoke, smoke. Let the state reap an increase in revenues from those taxes.

Don’t worry about increased medical costs, smokers die younger anyways, we are told, so they will use less medical care in the long run, right?

9. Why not charge Realtors a surtax on properties they sell? Homeowners must pay them exorbitant fees to sell their homes in a depressed market, so shouldn’t the Clark County Association of Realtors help out a little more than middle class tax payers? Or, do they receive a pass due to endorsements?

Well, Jim, you asked for input, so there you have it. Anyone else who has ideas to input may contact Rep. Moeller direct through his legislative web page, or add your ideas here for him and others to see.

Don’t be bashful. Speak up. Share your ideas. Let’s help Rep. Moeller increase taxes where they can be. We have nothing to fear but fear itself, right Jim?

Even though Rep. Moeller has a history of cynical replies to constituents, he may have mellowed out since he retained his seat against challenger Mike Bomar, who had ideas on the budget crisis without seeking citizen input on sticking it to other citizens.

62.44% of Clark County re-elected Moeller. You get what you vote for.

December 4, 2008

Governor Gregoire Shames Washington State

by lewwaters

By now, most all have heard of the atheist display allowed at the Capital in Olympia alongside the Christmas Nativity scene and that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ripped Gregoire a new one over this egregious violation of Christianity’s Sacred belief in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Understandably, Gregoire’s office has been deluged with calls of protest.

Apparently the atheists believe they have a right not only to their own non-belief, but a right to denigrate and belittle Christians long held belief in Jesus and God, not being satisfied with having a right to not follow any belief them selves.

However, there is another aspect to this not seen by many.

For the sake of argument, let’s take Jesus’ birth out of the holiday for a moment. Let’s look at it in a little more pragmatic light.

Doing so, I recall one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time, 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street, where a kindly older gent who claims to be Santa Claus is tried in a New York court for mental incompetence for holding that belief and defended by a young lawyer.

At one point, the D.A. stands up and demands the judge rule on the existence of Santa Claus. At this point, the judges campaign manager clears his throat and signals the judge to meet him in his chambers where he says to the judge who is prepared to rule there is no Santa Claus,

“All right, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there’s no Santa Claus. It’s all over the papers. The kids read it and they don’t hang up their stockings. Now what happens to all the toys that are supposed to be in those stockings? Nobody buys them. The toy manufacturers are going to like that; so they have to lay off a lot of their employees, union employees. Now you got the CIO and the AF of L against you and they’re going to adore you for it and they’re going to say it with votes. Oh, and the department stores are going to love you too and the Christmas card makers and the candy companies. Ho ho. Henry, you’re going to be an awful popular fella. And what about the Salvation Army? Why, they got a Santa Claus on every corner, and they’re taking a fortune. But you go ahead Henry, you do it your way. You go on back in there and tell them that you rule there is no Santy Claus. Go on. But if you do, remember this: you can count on getting just two votes, your own and that district attorney’s out there.”

Are we not seeing something similar in allowing this countering display to Christmas in Olympia? At a time we are in an economic downturn and revenues have dried up, knowing that Christmas season is when many retailers depend on sales to keep their doors open, should we allow measures that encourage others to give up the season and gift giving to each other?

Yes, I know that Christmas is about much more than gift giving to each other and the commercialism of the federally mandated holiday has grown out of hand, but from a more secular standpoint, Christmas is the main holiday merchants depend on to stay afloat.

I’m sure Gregoire thinks she is only being fair, but will she feel so fair should more merchants go out of business and unemployment rise due to people falling for the atheists attack on Christmas in our capital?

I don’t care if atheists don’t believe in God, that’s their right. I really don’t care if they don’t celebrate Christmas, again, their business.

I do care that they are allowed to openly denigrate and counter the beliefs of others as well as their idiotic actions just may help bring economic harm to our struggling state.

Chrissie, you blew it on this one, hon.

UPDATE: According to a KGW News release. the offending sign was stolen and delivered to Seattle Radio Station KMPS this morning, December 5, 2008. No one taking credit for the theft.

December 2, 2008

Clark County Republican Central Committee Organization Meeting – 2008

by lewwaters

Vancouver’s Academy on Evergreen Boulevard saw the 2008 Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting this evening, December 2, 2008. The meeting was promptly called to order at 6:30 PM by County Chair, Ryan Hart.

Roll was taken and all were pleased that 99 Precinct Committee Officers were in attendance to choose officers for the Clark County Republican Party for the 2009 – 2010 election cycle. After the meeting commenced, two additional PCO’s came in and we seated in the Observers seating, bringing the total to 101 PCO’s present.

Notable Republicans in attendance were recognized, particularly Tom Mielke, who narrowly defeated Democrat Pam Brokaw to succeed Betty Sue Morris on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, giving Republicans the first majority on the County Commissioners Board in 32 years.

Chairman Hart presented Commissioner Mielke with a framed copy of the Oregonian’s article from November 5th declaring Brokaw the winner of the race. Included in the copy of the article was a photo of the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” photo from 1948.

Also recognized from the chair were our candidates, Debbie Peterson, Michael Delavar, Joseph James, Tom Langston and Michelene Doan. Although they did not win their races, their efforts were greatly appreciated by the party.

Candidates for office positions, both those running unopposed and those that had two people seeking the slots gave short speeches. For the most part, all those seeking election gave excellent short speeches outlining their desires for the Republican Party as well as their experience to fill that particular office.

Ryan Hart and Baine Wilson retained their Party Chair and Vice-Chair positions, running unopposed.

Brent Boger kept his State Committeeman position against challenger, Bill Hughes.

Nancy DeLeo won over Ann Donnelly for the position coming open of State Committeewoman.

Past Party Chair, Anna Miller, ran unopposed for the Treasurer position.

Sharon Long retained her position as Party Secretary.

Margie Ferris ran unopposed for the 49th Legislative District Director position, after giving an excellent speech on how we must stand strong on our issues.

David King and John Russell won the 17th and 18th Legislative District Directors, respectively.

Ron Paul supporter, David Knight defeated Jan Mulwitz for the 15th Legislative District Director by a card draw after their race ended in a tie. Knight, an admitted political novice, centered his speech on his admiration for twice failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

As the ballots were being tallied, several announcements were made from the floor.

Ann Donnelly announced that the Republican Party, long denied a Clark College Republican Student Club due to no faculty advisors available, now has a faculty advisor in Professor Claire Swift Heiller and will have the student club set up soon.

Margie Ferris informed all who had missed it that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ripped into Governor Christine Gregoire in his 12/2 Talking Points segment for allowing an atheist sign to be displayed next to the Nativity Christmas scene in our Capital in Olympia, giving the phone number for any who desire to call and express their opinion on this denigration of the Federal Holiday of Christmas, 360-902-4111.

With business concluded the meeting was adjourned shortly before 8 PM with many milling about congratulating winners and greeting new faces.

At a time of elation by many Democrats, believing the Republican Party is all but dead, tonight’s meeting is evidence that the party is going strong and will be coming back in future elections.

Several young people were in attendance and eager to work to elect Republican candidates.

Women were strongly represented in tonight’s meeting indicating growth in that area.

My congratulations to all candidates. Now, let’s get out there and work to let Clark County know that we are not a dead party and we are ready to represent the needs of Clark County.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 228 other followers