Archive for March, 2010

March 31, 2010

Nuke Scientist Defection Shows The Importance Of Reps. With National Security Experience.

by lewwaters

With the election of Barack Obama and all of his swift moves in forcing legislation through Congress against the will of the American people, the War On Terror and the growing dangers of the rogue regime of Iran in seeking Nuclear Weapons has fallen off of many voters minds.

Few recall the disappearance of the Iranian Nuclear Scientist from Saudi Arabia last June. It too dropped from the news reports swiftly, after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and several other Iranian officials spent a few days rattling their gums about the award-winning scientist being kidnapped by the American CIA.

Ahmadinejad was mistaken about Shahram Amiri being kidnapped, though. He willfully defected to our side last year according to an ABC News dated March 30, 2010.

Amiri has been resettled in the United States after undergoing “extensive debriefing.” According to those briefed on what is now labeled an “intelligence coup,”

“Amiri’s disappearance was part of a long-planned CIA operation to get him to defect. The CIA reportedly approached the scientist in Iran through an intermediary who made an offer of resettlement on behalf of the United States.”

Unstated in the ABC article is the who of “those briefed” by CIA officials. That would include Intelligence Officials, members of the National Security Agency and Representatives from Congress.

This is where the importance of who we elect to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird cannot be understated. It is imperative that we send people to Washington D.C. to represent us who have the necessary experience to “hit the ground running” in matters of National Security. The threats we saw on September 11, 2001 have not gone away and in the case of Iran’s nuclear program, is growing.

Of all the candidates hoping to gain the seat being vacated Baird, only one has no Military experience whatsoever, Jaime Herrera.

Only one has National Security experience, David Castillo, who is also a Veteran of the United States Navy.

In addition to serving the Bush administration at the Department of Homeland Security, giving him the much needed National Security experience that will be needed as a United States Representative, he was also “Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs,” giving him the experience and insight necessary to properly care for our returning Veterans today and for the aging Veterans of America’s past conflicts.

Other candidates may share David’s views on many issues and even follow him in announcements or calling on others to make their stand on issues known to voters, but none can match David’s extensive experience when it comes to National Security or Veterans Advocacy.

The defection of Iranian nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri shows us the importance of electing candidates with the needed experience for working with our Intelligence Agencies on matters of National Security.

David Castillo is the only candidate currently running for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District that brings that much needed experience to the campaign.

March 30, 2010

Herrera Follows Castillo To KOIN 6 Early A.M. Interview

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera, Representative for the 18th Legislative District hoping to replace Democrat Brian Baird in the 3rd Congressional House seat since he anounced retirement, is announcing she too will have a 6 A.M. interview on KOIN 6, as did David Castillo earlier in the month.

Herrera hopes to discuss “health care, jobs and this important race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional Seat.”

For those who don’t wake up that early, KOIN 6 made Castillo’s video available online and I’m sure they will Herrera’s as well.

Assess her performance yourself at KOIN 6 Video

Castillo Video may be seen HERE

March 29, 2010

Does Anyone Know Jaime Herrera’s Stand On Illegal Immigration?

by lewwaters

UDATED April 4, 2010

After posting my disappointment with the early endorsements, 5 months before our primaries, of candidates by Cowlitz and Pacific County GOP’s and hearing what strong grassroots support is behind such endorsements, it dawned on me that something seemed to be missing in the early endorsements of Jaime Herrera.

Realizing what was missing is as surprising as hearing party’s are writing off other candidates this far out from the election where voters will select who they want running.

I continue to hear that Herrera has “strong grassroots support,” which in itself surprises me as I have been unable to find any discernible position she has taken on dealing with Illegal Immigration, a major issue amongst nearly every grassroots group that I have spoken to on the right.

I am not saying she has no position, mind you. I’m sure she does and if Pacific and Cowlitz GOP’s are truly grassroots, as they both claim, surely they grilled all of the candidates on the issue of Illegal Immigration, especially since both counties’ unemployment currently exceeds 14%, Cowlitz nearing 15%.

Not knowing Jaime’s position on Illegal Immigration, I went to her campaign sight to see her position on her Issues page and was astonished to find absolutely nothing about Immigration, Illegal or otherwise.

Thinking this was surely an oversight, I googled Jaime and Illegal Immigration, e-verify, whatever I could think of related to a position taken, speech given or mention in an article that might indicate her position.

Nothing!

How is it a candidate receives such “strong grassroots support” and yet, a discernible position on dealing with Illegal Immigration cannot be easily found? Especially knowing that Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants has been an issue many politicians have expressed support for, angering grassroots groups.

I do know that the Public Unions Jaime voted for childcare centers to be forced into are pro-amnesty for Illegals. I’m not going to make the leap that they might influence her vote on amnesty too, though, should she end up in the House of Representatives.

Her opponent, David Castillo has made his position on Illegal Immigration clear and easily attainable for voters to find, as he has since he first entered the race long before Herrera.

After having this massive healthcare reform bill rahmmed down our throats and many thinking Amnesty for Illegals is looming before us to keep Democrats in power, voters are not only entitled to know, but must know our candidates position on such an important issue.

I invite any of those “strong grassroots supporters” who unanimously selected to endorse Herrera this far out to inform us of what exactly her position on dealing with Illegal Immigration is, as they must have heard her speak of during the interview when she was vetted by them.

Perhaps even her staffers will come up with a position on dealing with Illegal Immigration and place it on her Issues Page. If so, I hope it comes about sooner than the email explanation she promised me two months ago on her co-sponsorship and voting twice to force childcare centers into Public Unions, after they had declined the offer to join from the Unions and that I have yet to receive.

Anyone knowing of her position on dealing with Illegal Immigration, please post links to it for the rest of us, so we may do our own vetting of candidates.

A candidate’s position on dealing with Illegal Immigration is too important today to just be ignored.

UPDATE: Between the time this was posted and tonight, April 3, 2010, Herrera’s web site posted her stand on Immigration.

David Castillo’s position is HERE

March 29, 2010

America’s Most Shameful Day, 35 Years Ago, April 30, 1975

by lewwaters

Few people today realize that April 30 is a day of remembrance for a minority within our country. A Minority of aging Military Veterans as well as new citizens fortunate enough to have made it to our country after escaping the bonds of Communism that remember, but not celebrate

April 30, 1975 I was still in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after three years in Germany and 18 months prior to that in the Central Highlands of South Viet Nam, where American Troops were fighting for the freedoms of the South Vietnamese People.

Americans were treated to nightly news broadcasts of our involvement there, which somehow showed American Troops in the worst light, and ignoring the enemy we were fighting.

On the streets of America, war protestors had fallen silent as American Troops had left the struggling ally earlier in 1973 after an agreement was reached between America and the Communist Forces of North Viet Nam and we strong armed South Viet Nam into accepting against their will.

In South Viet Nam the picture was far from quiet though as North Vietnamese Communist Tanks began rolling into the Capital City of Saigon, having seen that America would not live up to the agreement reached in the Paris Peace Accords to reengage the Communists should they violate the agreement, thanks in large part to the Case-Church Amendment.

Lauren Zanolli of George Mason University’s History News Network wrote in November 2006,

“Historians have directly attributed the fall of Saigon in 1975 to the cessation of American aid. Without the necessary funds, South Vietnam found it logistically and financially impossible to defeat the North Vietnamese army. Moreover, the withdrawal of aid encouraged North Vietnam to begin an effective military offensive against South Vietnam. Given the monetary and military investment in Vietnam, former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage compared the American withdrawal to ‘a pregnant lady, abandoned by her lover to face her fate.’ Historian Lewis Fanning went so far as to say that ‘it was not the Hanoi communists who won the war, but rather the American Congress that lost it’.”

As I previously said, I was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina that evening, sitting on my gear awaiting orders that never came. Orders to redeploy to South Viet Nam to render assistance to keep those people free.

Instead, we stood down where I went home to watch the shameful events unfolding on TV as desperate South Vietnamese tried in vain to board the few helicopters ferrying personnel out Saigon. I watched South Vietnamese helicopters landed on the deck of the USS Midway or ditched alongside her. Most of those that landed on Midways deck were to be pushed overboard, lost forever in the South China Sea.

Those not lucky enough to escape fell under the clutches of a brutal regime of Communists, many dying trying to escape years later in what became known as the Boat People.

Untold numbers simply disappeared in “re-education camps” where they were sent after liberation by the Communists.

Others, who had supported the Communists, became disillusioned and after their escape spoke out, as did DOAN VAN TOAI and Col. Bui Tin, a former colonel in the North Vietnamese Army who received the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975.

Perhaps this is why after the Citizens Support Rob McKenna rally held in Olympia, Washington, Saturday March 27, 2010, I felt compelled to extend my hand to Col. Pham Huy Sanh Sr. (Ret), Executive Board Chairman of the Republic Of South Viet Nam Armed Forces Veterans Confederation of Washington State who was also present and to thank him and offer my apologies for America’s abandonment of them 35 years ago.

Maybe that is why the sight of two aging Veterans of the same conflict, who supported freedom so many years ago, drew others to us as we spoke.

On the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, Col Sanh said,

“We consider April 30 like our Holocaust day. It’s a day of sorrow for all the people we left behind.”

Remembering back, it is a sad day. We lost over 58,000 brave Americans, 13 just from my unit while I was there. We not only abandoned the South Vietnamese people when they needed us most, we abandoned the sacrifice made by so many young Americans who never lived to see the shameful way we just turned our backs on South Viet Nam.

We turned our backs on the estimated quarter of a million South Vietnamese Military who gave their lives in their struggle.

Worst of all, we turned our backs on America’s legacy as the beacon of freedom to the rest of the world and the one they could count on when threatened by tyrants.

Communist Tank enters Presidential Palace in Saigon

Desperate Vietnamese wait & hope for evacuation that never came

Lew Waters & former South Vietnamese Soldier in Olympia

Col. Pham Huy Sanh Sr. & Lew Waters in Olympia

March 28, 2010

Jaime Herrera, Allow Me To Introduce You To The “Typical Republican Conservative”

by lewwaters

To say it is a disappointment to hear of yet another County GOP endorsing a candidate 5 months before the primary would be a gross understatement. Such early party endorsements are a disservice to voters and a slap towards candidates still campaigning and drawing in support.

Cowlitz County GOP announced their early endorsement of Shannon Barnett and Jaime Herrera and now Pacific County GOP has followed suit with an early endorsement of Jaime Herrera.

Pacific County GOP has issued a Press Release that says in part,

“After a discussion weighting the pros and cons of pre-primary endorsements and the new Top Two Primary ballot, their attention moved to learning about candidates for U.S. Senate and the 3rd Congressional District. The delegates had the opportunity to hear the candidates speak and meet with candidates one on one the previous Saturday at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Delegates shared their impressions and asked questions of each other about reasons for supporting candidates. A straw poll was conducted for the position being vacated by Brian Baird. State Representative Jaime Herrera won the poll with 95% of the vote. Upon announcement of the poll results, long time South Bend community leader Vince Shaudys placed a motion to endorse Herrera, explaining his desire for the grassroots to ‘get behind one candidate.’ The motion to endorse passed unanimously. Pacific GOP Chair Nansen Malin observed, ‘As county parties we are normally very reluctant to make pre-primary endorsements. Despite my cautions, it’s really exciting to see the grassroots so inspired by a candidate’.”

I question such “grassroots inspired by a candidate.” I recall in 2008 how so called grassroots had ‘politikook’ Ron Paul winning everything in online polls, donations and what have you, except for the actual election.

I am unaware of “grassroots” becoming pro-union, agreeing with Herrera’s co-sponsorship and twice voting to force childcare centers to join unions they had previously declined to or siding with Democrats in raiding the states rainy day fund, supposedly in an effort to prevent their raising more taxes. AS we know, regardless of where they raid funds, Democrats will always seek another way to raise our taxes, as they have once again after Jaime Herrera’s siding with the Democrats and voting to raid $229,000,000 from the rainy day fund.

You got suckered on that one Jaime. Shortly after her joining in with Democrats to raid the rainy day fund, we find in the Seattle PI, Wash. Democratic lawmakers look at new tax options.

If she can be suckered that easily by State Democrats, think how much fun those back in D.C. will have fooling her at our expense? See also,

Jaime “I’m not more of the same” Herrera

A Phone Chat With Jaime Herrera

Did Herrera Even Read HB 1329?

Is It Negative To Speak The Truth?

Why I Question Jaime Herrera’s Judgment

I believe what I find most astonishing about this so-called “grassroots support” is wondering if Jaime Herrera even knows what grassroots is?

I say that as I witnessed her stand before nearly 3,000 everyday, ordinary Patriotic grassroots citizens of Washington State who rallied together at the State Capital steps in Olympia in support of Attorney General Rob McKenna yesterday, March 27, 2010.

She gave her campaign speech and acts as if she too is one of “us,” us being real grassroots Patriots standing up for American freedoms and liberties.

I looked throughout the crowd and mingled with these same people, knowing many drove up in used vehicles, are struggling to pay their rent, feed their children and care for their families due to these tough economic times brought on by politicians.

I heard her invoke her niece in her speech, not the children she and her husband may have in the future.

And then I thought back to the words she spoke to reporters the day she ducked out of legislative session to attend a special interest fund-raiser in Washington D.C. and said, “My husband and I rent. We both drive used cars. We’re not your typical Republican conservative.”

Ms. Herrera, allow me to introduce you to the “typical Republican conservative.” They were those 3,000 people you stood before, many of whom rent, drive used cars and are struggling to care for their families and feed their children.

They are the people you only have time for when it suits your need in campaigning for votes. Yes, Jaime, I have heard from several constituents how you shun their calls and ignore them when they seek to meet with you. I still await the email explanation of your support and vote to force childcare centers into public unions that they had previously declined and you promised to send me on February 9, 2010.

It’s been almost 2 months, Jaime.

I am left to ponder just what Jaime Herrera’s idea of a “typical Republican conservative” is if she considers everyday life, renting and driving used vehicles as not typical. Surely she doesn’t side with her Democrat friends on thinking we are all rich fat cats too?

I also wonder just what sort of “grassroots support” she merits when she doesn’t even recognize “grassroots” in the “typical Republican conservative.”

We don’t need to send another elitist RINO to D.C. to rejoin the party circuit she obviously misses and not really represent us.

We don’t need a candidate who brags on about “grassroots support” yet can’t even recognize those same people when standing before them.

If Cowlitz and Pacific County GOP’s desire to see the Democrats retain the Third Congressional District seat, such early endorsements from their parties is the way to accomplish just that.

We deserve a strong representative who has lived in poverty and raised himself up.

We deserve a representative that knows renting and driving used cars is not something to be ashamed of or reluctant to admit.

We deserve someone who will actually work for us, the people and not the Party machine that has groomed her for the fast track into an office she is completely unqualified for.

We need David Castillo.

March 27, 2010

Castillo Speech at Support Rob McKenna Rally

by lewwaters

David Castillo’s speech given March 27, 2010 at the Support Rob McKenna Rally at the State Capitol, Olympia, Washington.

March 27, 2010

Citizens Support Rob McKenna

by lewwaters

Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General, was well supported Saturday, March 27, 2010 on the Washington State Capitol steps as more than 2,000 citizens rallied to express support for his joining in with 13 other states in filing a lawsuit against Barack Obama’s takeover of our Medical Insurance Industry.

KOMO News Seattle described it as Rock star reception for health plan rebel McKenna while the Olympian headlined it as “I represent you,” McKenna tells large crowd of supporters on Capitol steps and trying to write off attendance as a mere 850.

Sorry, Olympian, but Washington State Police told us it takes 2,000 people to fill Capitol steps and not only were those steps filled, the crowd spilled over to half fill the street between the Capitol Building and the Temple of Justice.

Obviously referring to governor Gregoire’s words, “I completely disagree with the Attorney General’s decision and he does not represent me,” McKenna opened his 15-minute speech with, “My name is Rob McKenna and I represent you.”

The Capitol steps erupted in loud applause and vocal approval.

His speech centered on individual freedom and opposing mandating citizens to purchase a product as he stated, “We are not bringing this case to defend the state’s rights to impose an individual insurance mandate on us, we are bringing this case to defend your rights of having it imposed upon you.”

At one point, he acknowledged that most gatherings at the Capitol Building usually result in the people assembled standing below the speaker at the top of the steps and how it is more fitting that he stand below at ground level as the citizens filled the steps of “their Capitol” with their backs towards the Legislature, which has been steadily piling more taxes and fees upon Washington taxpayers.

Republican state Senators. Mike Carrell and Val Stevens and Republican state Representative Tom Campbell followed with speeches of their own, supporting McKenna and informing those present of Legislative steps being taken to oppose forcing Washington Citizens being forced to comply with the Healthcare Insurance reform against their will.

Clark County resident Tom Niewulis inspired the crowd as he made an appearance in the guise of Samuel Adams.

A few candidates also made appearances and spoke after talk-radio hosts Kirby Wilbur and David Boze. David Castillo and Jaime Herrera, both seeking to win the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Brian Baird spoke, as did David Hedrick, seeking the same seat.

Art Coday, hoping to unseat Democrat Murray also gave a short presentation.

I am sure other candidates spoke as well, but I missed their speeches as I fell back to speak with McKenna and others who had gathered.

McKenna seemed appreciative when I told him that I have not always supported him and probably opposed many of his stances in the past. But, he has my total unwavering support in this.

Milling about as the crowd began dispersing, I was particularly pleased to meet and speak with Col. Pham Huy Sanh Sr. (Ret), Executive Board Chairman of the Republic Of South Viet Nam Armed Forces Veterans Confederation of Washington State.

That South Vietnamese showed up in support of McKenna’s stand speaks for itself, they not wanting to see their adopted country fall to communism as did theirs when our Democrat led Legislature completely abandoned the struggling ally in April 1975.

In all, the rally went well without incident. No anarchists or other liberal/oppressive appeared to make trouble. Speaking with State Troopers afterwards, they acknowledged we conservatives cause them no worries when we gather and are well behaved.

To Governor Christine Gregoire, I hope you heard us from the Governor’s Mansion. The support showed Rob McKenna on this issue greatly minimized the 50 or so of your followers who protested outside of the Attorney General’s office Friday.

Why don’t you open your ears and see that you are the one going against the will of “We The People.”

A five part video series of much of the rally;

Video One

Video Two

Video Three

Video Four

Video Five

More Photos on Facebook






March 26, 2010

Talk Radio Promoting Violence

by lewwaters

Only, it isn’t right-wing talk radio doing it.

March 26, 2010

Some Americans Are Too Rich?

by lewwaters

Redistribute the wealth? When does Baucus, Dodd, any of the Kennedys, Kerry or any one of the socialist Dictacrats begin redistributing their own obscene wealth? Shouldn’t they show their sincerity by redistributing their own first?

The 50 Richest Members of Congress

From Roll Call,

“Although Baucus ranks last in the chamber’s tally, District of Columbia property records show he sold his Georgetown home in late April for $2.1 million, shortly after he announced his divorce from his wife, Wanda. D.C. property records also report Baucus purchased a new three-bedroom Capitol Hill home in June, now valued at $907,000. Baucus will not be required to reveal these transactions in next year’s filing.”

Is Baucus hiding his wealth while trying to take yours?

Wake up, America.

March 25, 2010

RALLY TO SUPPORT ATTORNEY GENERAL ROB MCKENNA

by lewwaters

Great Rally, read about it HERE

Received today in email;

Among all of the elected officials on both the state and national level who continually prove themselves to be bad decision makers, there are a few who do choose to stand up for what is right.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna recently proved himself to be a public servant who belongs in the latter category. By joining together with other AGs from across the nation to challenge the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform bill, AG McKenna has shown that he is interested in fighting on behalf of those he serves, the people.

However, he is currently facing huge opposition to his decision on all levels. Governor Gregoire and many of our state legislators are trying to find ways to block him, and there is a protest scheduled to take place in front of his office in the Highways and Licenses Building (1125 Washington St, Olympia, WA) on Friday, March 26 at 10:00am.

We need to show Rob that there are people in Washington who will stand with him in this fight! Please consider joining Americans For Prosperity and We The People – Vancouver for their Support Rob Rally this Saturday!

Support Rob McKenna Rally
Saturday, March 27, 2010
11:00am – 12:00pm
North Capitol Steps – Olympia Capitol Building
415 Sid Snyder Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504

AG McKenna will be speaking!

For more information, please visit:
Click Here

If you are not able to make it to the rally on Saturday, please consider supporting Rob in one of these ways:
1. Email a “thank you” to Rob at: Click Here

2. Join his Facebook support page here: Click Here

3. Call the Attorney General’s office and tell them you support Rob:1-800-551-4636 or 360-753-6200

Folks, I have not been a big supporter of Rob McKenna’s. But, when he is right, he is right.

We need to make a big showing on this and let Gregoire know she is wrong, dead wrong!

March 23, 2010

Cowlitz County Endorses Herrera and Barnett?

by lewwaters

I was quite surprised to receive an announcement this evening that the Cowlitz County GOP issued their endorsement to Shannon Barnett, candidate for the 18th Legislative District (position 1) seat now occupied by Jaime Herrera, who is vacating the seat in her quest to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat, Brian Baird.

Equally surprising and for the same reasons is they have issued an endorsement of state Representative, Jaime Herrera.

What surprised me about this endorsement is that there are 5 other Republicans vying for the seat as well, one having raised three times the campaign funds Shannon has and we are still 5 months away from our Primary election in August.

In Herrera’s race there are 3 other Republicans still running.

We haven’t even passed the June filing deadline for candidates and a county party has endorsed a candidate?

While I disagree with party chairs making early endorsements, I understand they are individuals and there is no requirement that they not in party by-laws. As stated, though, that is an individual endorsement, not a county party.

I have nothing against Barnett and have not spoken to him. I haven’t covered him a lot due to his not ever contacting me, save a single campaign flyer a few weeks ago in my mail, which struck me kind of odd, being as though I live in the 49th Legislative District, not the 18th he is running in.

Last I heard, it is up to candidates and their campaigns to contact people for support or coverage, not the other way around.

In the case of Jaime Herrera, I have several serious questions on her judgement that remain unanswered.

That has nothing to do with this endorsement or my puzzlement over it, though.

Since the endorsement was made at their county convention this past weekend, I have to assume they have met with all 6 candidates in the 18th District race and all 4 in teh 3rd Congressional District race and given each equal consideration before arriving at their decision to issue an official endorsement this far out. I have no idea since I don’t live in Cowlitz.

Surely they would not do so merely because he and Jaime are local people?

One reason I have a problem with such an endorsement as this made by the party this early is what about voters within the counties portion of the district? Are they not entitled to hear all 10 candidates and choose for themselves who best to vote for, without undue influence from the party they will undoubtedly be seeking information from?

Is there even a need any longer for the other 8 to visit Cowlitz County to campaign, knowing there is no possibility they could receive the party’s endorsement?

I am not calling on anyone to resign or be sanctioned, even though I see this as inappropriate. Nor should this be taken as I am against Shannon Barnett. I am not. Like I said, he has made no effort to contact me so we have not spoken. I wish him all the luck there is in his race.

I do feel the Cowlitz County GOP is doing voters within their portion of the 18th district and 3rd Congressional District a huge disservice, though.

What they do from here, if anything, is entirely up to them.

I simply think Cowlitz County residents deserve better from the party up there.

March 23, 2010

Castillo To Appear On KOIN 6 Early Show

by lewwaters

For all you early risers out there, I have told that David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Brian Baird, will appear on the 6 AM segement of Portland’s KOIN 6 Early show tomorrow morning, March 24.

Those of you who haven’t had the chance to see or hear David speak, here is a chance for you to, if you rise that early.

I did not receive information on any other candidate’s appearing with David, so can’t say whether or not others will appear too.

Video may be seen HERE

March 23, 2010

Governor Gregoire Must Resign or Face Recall

by lewwaters

Governor Christine Gregoire, first elected as Washington States governor in 2004 and under some fishy circumstances, is now working against the desires of voters within our state and has led our state to near bankruptcy.

She must resign or be recalled and soon. We can little afford to see her finish her term to 2012.

Her arrogance has gotten out of hand and she has shown that the will of the people does not matter to her. She no longer represents the people of Washington State, but represents the interests of her party and the deep pockets that have elected her twice now.

Under her domination, state spending has drastically increased, taxes have increased and we voters have had our voices ignored.

She has lied on not wanting to implement an income tax, unconstitutional in our state.

We are bankrupt and in deeper debt than ever and her answer is to stick it to voters, the taxpayers, and us with no regard to our well being or desires.

She was all to happy to sign away the will of the people of Washington state and to deny us our right to know how our elected officials voted on more tax increases when she signed the suspension of I-960.

And now, she has even gone beyond that! Seattle Times.

As I touched on earlier today, Attorney General Rob McKenna has announced he intends to join in with other states in filing lawsuits in opposition the recent unconstitutional seizure of our healthcare system voted in by House Democrats March 21, 2010.

Several states see this seizure as usurpation of states right, violation of the Tenth Amendment and places an even larger burden on our already over stretched budget. Every poll I have seen on this vote clearly shows the overwhelming majority of American Citizens and Washington State citizens are angry and opposed at the Democrats seizure of our healthcare system in this manner.

Governor Gregoire, totally ignoring the will of the very people she has sworn an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the state of Washington, and [to] faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor to the best of [her] ability.”

She has violated that oath by her actions listed above and now, she once again violates our trust by attacking Attorney General Rob McKenna over his standing up for the people of Washington State in fighting this unconstitutional seizure of our healthcare system.

Gregoire has said,

“I don’t know who he represents. He doesn’t represent me. I don’t think he represents a million and a half Washingtonians that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents small business that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents Medicare people who will be helped by this.”

Can she be that out of touch with her constituents?

AG McKenna represents me, Governor. He represents the approximately 650,000 taxpayers seeking jobs. He represents every taxpayer that sees their tax bill keeping them from providing properly for their families. He represents those who can ill afford to pay the federal fine for not having government approve and mandated health insurance. He represents every single person in our state that is tired of the budget deficits and rising taxes and tired of being raped by spend happy Democrats who pass oppressive taxes, fees and charges that you sign into law.

That’s who he represents, Governor.

Who do you represent, Governor Gregoire? Surely not the people of Washington State who must bow before your gilded throne of power.

In her arrogance, Gregoire adds,

“[I] told him to ‘get ready to represent me’ because [I] intend to file a legal brief opposing McKenna’s action.”

Gregoire then said she believes he had a ‘duty’ to consult with other top state officials before agreeing to sue the U.S. government.

The unmitigated gall of this woman to speak about “duty” after her treatment of Washington citizens and violating our trust. When has she shown any sense of “duty” towards us?

The very first section of the Washington State Constitution says, “

All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

Our constitution also says at

SECTION 33 RECALL OF ELECTIVE OFFICERS. Every elective public officer of the state of Washington expect [except] judges of courts of record is subject to recall and discharge by the legal voters of the state, or of the political subdivision of the state, from which he was elected whenever a petition demanding his recall, reciting that such officer has committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office, stating the matters complained of, signed by the percentages of the qualified electors thereof, hereinafter provided, the percentage required to be computed from the total number of votes cast for all candidates for his said office to which he was elected at the preceding election, is filed with the officer with whom a petition for nomination, or certificate for nomination, to such office must be filed under the laws of this state, and the same officer shall call a special election as provided by the general election laws of this state, and the result determined as therein provided. [AMENDMENT 8, 1911 p 504 Section 1. Approved November 1912.]

My fellow citizens, we not only have the right, we have the duty to stand up to these tyrannical politicians who continue to tax and spend the state, and us, into bankruptcy.

We must stand together and in a loud voice demand that Governor Gregoire resign her office. If she will not voluntarily step aside due to her egregious conduct, we must begin legal proceedings to remove her by recall,

UPDATE: I have set up a facebook page open to all interested as an initial step for getting this effort going. Recall Governor Gregoire

Lend your voice and expertise and let’s actually do this.

March 22, 2010

Breakdown of Medicare Expenditures

by lewwaters

Pelosi and Obama say this seizure of the healthcare system will reduce deficits?

Not according to Mercatus Center of George Mason University.

“This chart by Mercatus Center senior research fellow Veronique de Rugy uses data from the Social Security Administration to illustrate long-term projections of Medicare revenues from premiums and payroll taxes (blue) along with projected transfers into Medicare from the federal government (red) and the projected deficits in Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Fund (orange); when summed these components add up to total long-term Medicare expenditures.”

How do you spell R-A-T-I-O-N-I-N-G?

March 22, 2010

Attorney General McKenna To Join States In Anti-Healthcare Lawsuits

by lewwaters

From the Seattle Times

Posted by Jim Brunner

OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says he will join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the health-care law just approved by Congress.

In a statement, McKenna, a Republican, said he believes the measure’s requirement that everyone buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

“I believe this new federal health care measure unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens. This unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, violates the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment of the US Constitution.”

“I’m concerned that the measure unconstitutionally requires all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance and places an extraordinary burden on our state budget by requiring Washington to expand its Medicaid eligibility standards in violation of our state’s rights guaranteed under the 10th amendment.”

Rob McKenna threatened such a lawsuit back in December

Article here

March 22, 2010

Castillo: “Don’t Give Up. We Can Still Take Back America.”

by lewwaters

A message from David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Dear Friends

Many of you know that I decided to run for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District because I am very concerned about the America that my four year old son is going to inherit. Last night, Democrats in Congress made his road to success extremely difficult.

While most Americans were enjoying a Sunday evening with their families, liberals in Congress voted to allow the Federal government to take over 1/6th of the American economy. Without one shot being fired, the Federal government is now able to exercise a level of control over you and your family that was unheard of just two short years ago.

As I make calls to friends and supporters, I am struck by just how discouraged many of them are. Many people believe that this vote was the beginning of the end of a truly free America. Too be honest, I have been a little discouraged as well and I have the same concerns. But we cannot give up.

While Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama don’t – I do believe in an America where people succeed or fail based upon their own merits. I believe in an America that provides an opportunity for every citizen regardless of their station in life. I believe in an America that provides an opportunity for a poor, multi-ethnic kid from rural Washington State to work for the President of the United States. We must save OUR America.

This is not the time to get frustrated and do nothing. I ask you today to please take a stand with me and make a secure online contribution to my campaign of $5, $50, $100 or $500.

I am the only person running in the 3rd Congressional District who has been both a small business owner and a senior government official. I have served my country in the United States Navy, at the highest levels of government, and through job creating activities as a business owner and businessman. No one else running can match the depth and breadth of experience I am bringing to this campaign.

We know now – more than ever – that we cannot trust our future to unqualified, untested politicians. We must have servant leaders who are only concerned with restoring the American dream. That is the kind of leader I will be for you, the people of the 3rd Congressional District, and America.

Today, I am asking for your help. I realize times are tight; but I cannot make a difference without the resources to continue this fight.

Please make a secure online contribution to my campaign today of $10, $50, $100, $500, or whatever you can afford. DONATE NOW

Together we can continue this fight to restore the American Dream!

God Bless America.

 

 

 

 

P.S. Our moment is at hand! They have gone too far and we have an opportunity to take back our country – our freedom. We can do this together and you can help by making a secure contribution to my campaign today at www.castilloforcongress.com.

Brian Baird voted yes to this healthcare takeover. Likely nominee for the Democratic Party, Denny Heck, continues to not take a clear stand on the issue of healthcare. Baird has endorsed Denny Heck, leading to believe they will be one and the same.

David began calling on opponents to make their stand clear to voters in February and just last week, fellow GOP competitor Jaime Herrera, joined with David Castillo in this call.

This race is too important to allow things to continue as they are. Our basic freedoms are at stake.

Please visit David Castillo’s website and see for yourself why I feel he is the best candidate equipped to represent the will of the people in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

March 22, 2010

Craig Riley Convention Speech, March 20, 2010

by lewwaters

Craig Riley, Vancouver businessman and Republican for the 49th Legislative District against Democrat Jim ‘Taxman’ Moeller at the Clark GOP Convention held at Prairie High School.

Had enough of the high taxes?

Had Enough of Jim ‘Taxman” Moeller’s snide comments if you disagree with him?

Had enough of not being adequately represented in the 49th, especially during these tough economic times?

Craig Riley is ready to lead us in Taking Back Control of our State Government.

Elect Craig Riley

March 21, 2010

Intolerable Acts Will Not Stand

by lewwaters
March 21, 2010

GOP Leaders Apologize For Racial Slurs That Did Not Happen

by lewwaters

If there was ever any wonder as to why the GOP remains a minority party and only held the majority for a short period, this bogus incident and GOP Chair Michael Steele’s willingness to grovel is a prime example of why.

American citizens are incensed over this Democrat seizure of our healthcare system with a majority opposed to what is being done and how it is being done. Since last summer, Patriotic Americans have stood up to politicians at town halls and every meeting voicing our opposition to it.

In return we are called racists, traitors, malcontents and you name it by leftist Democrats.

Efforts to express strong opposition have been ongoing, right up to the last minute as Tea Party activists once again massed in Washington D.C., Saturday, March 20, 2010 to make our voices heard.

It should be no surprise that once again members of the Congressional Black Caucus accuse them of racism.

John Lewis (D-GA) claims that as he walked through the throng of protestors, someone called him a “n—-r.”

Emanaul Cleaver (D-MO) claims he was spat upon as he too walked through the middle of the protestors and a protestor was arrested. Capitol Police stated no arrests were made and today Cleaver is showing how kind-hearted he is by not pressing charges against the imaginary person never arrested.

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) says he heard the word n—-r fifteen times.

Even Barney Frank, openly gay and forever victim, claims someone called him a “fag.”

Needless to say, leftist media runs with this without any effort at verification at all, the goal being to marginalize American citizens exercising their free speech to speak out against government, as so many leftists have done for decades now.

Disappointing is to hear Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, Amy Kremer who organized the protest and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio all condemning the racial slurs because they did not happen!

Yes, we condemn such slurs even when directed at us. No one has condemned the lefts use of the sexually provacative word “teabagger” in applying it towards Tea Partiers and some have even used it on the floors of congress in denigrating American citizens.

For years, we have been called ‘white trash,’ ‘honkeys’ and ‘crackers’ with no comdemnation forthcoming from within the ranks of leftist Democrats.

But, a bogus charge by Black Politicans, many racists themselves, of having racial slurs hurled at them is isnatntly accepted as truth and condemned by the GOP, even though it never happened?

See for yourself in this video and pay attention to the Black Politicians walking through the crowd with cell phones raised, recording what went on themselves. Then ask, where are their recordings backing up their charges?

Saying I am disappointed at GOP leadership apologizing for this incident that never happened would be a gross understatement. They should have stood up and exposed the lies and this pitiful use of the race card where nothing racial occurred.

America has moved far beyond the 1960’s when this sort of racial unrest was common. And yes, we are not perfect and racism still exists in pockets.

But shouldn’t we deal with those pockets instead of fabricating incidents of racism?

The weakness of the GOP in apologizing for slurs that did not occur is as reprehensible as falsely claiming they did.

As long as GOP leaders sheepishly remain neutered out of fear of being called a racist, this nonsense and play on white guilt will continue and the GOP will remain in obscurity.

Chairman Steele, Representative Boehner, if you don’t have the balls to stand up to this chicanery, step aside and allow those who will actually fight for American citizens step in.

Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus for fabricating such a claim.

Shame on the GOP for apologizing over something that did not happen.

Grow a pair, or step aside.

March 21, 2010

Baird Sells Out Constituents Again

by lewwaters

Breaking News Alert from Fox News, “Democratic Rep. Brian Baird Changes Vote to ‘Yes’ on Health Care.”

Polls in the Columbian and Centralia Chronicle all show massive majority disfavor over this socialist takeover. Baird, retiring at the end of this term, has played constituents, claiming he was “undecided,” when throughout his career he has supported such legislation.


Centralia Chronicle


The Columbian

Your legacy is dead, congressman.

We will watch to see what sort of “appointment” you receive in the future to give you your thirty pieces of silver in selling out your constituents.

You had a chance to go down in history as actually representing your district.

Instead, you are just another Judas.

Don’t even think you are going to be welcomed back in this community with open arms.

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