As we all know, Governor Jay Inslee snuck into town a couple weeks ago and issued marching orders to “increase the decibels” to shout down the struggling middle class taxpayers in Clark County who oppose being straddled with decades of increases in the gas tax, license fees, tolls and more to fund the CRC light rail project from Portland that they have repeatedly shown they do not want.
Apparently seeing an opportunity to try to derail the growing opposition, the Columbian mouthpiece is pulling out all of the stops to engage in a so called journalistic Kristallnacht assault on the choice of Sen. Don Benton to take over the vacant Dept of Environmental Concern for the County.
Since it came out Wednesday evening, we have been subjected to no less than 12 screeds objecting to the hiring, from articles, an editorial and Stephanie Rice’s hit pieces, 4 in a single day on the lazy c’s blogs.
Sunday’s John Laird rant can only been seen as the icing on the cake, or maybe better as the major window smashed by the jackbooted thugs in print as he falsely claims to have extinguished fires in opposition to the deeply troubled project.
Nothing could be further from the truth and let’s face it, truth is not what Inslee has in mind nor is what is often seen from the Columbian that chooses to ignore many negative aspects of forcing Clark County citizens into accepting the financially troubled light rail line into Clark County.
As for the hiring of Don Benton, they have raised many false flags concerning it, from running with the wrong qualifications of the job sent them and cleared up by Commissioner David Madore, but ignored by the Columbian.
We saw them whining about how improper it was for Benton, who they have expressed hatred of over nearly two decades, to be hired without some precious “process” that we all know to be a sham and that drags out an appearance of transparency, while ensuring some preselected crony ends up getting the job at high costs to taxpayers.
Yet, slipped deep into one of the hit pieces we read, “While the county typically publicly advertises job openings, commissioners, or other elected county officials, do have discretion to bypass the regular process and appoint department heads” by Stephanie Rice, writing on behalf of the Columbian, May 2, 2013.
So, if they have that legal discretion, what is the problem?
Don Benton and his staunch and effective opposition to the CRC over the years, that is the problem along with Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke also being outspoken in their opposition as well as now being the majority on the three-man commission.
In typical fashion that we have seen in the past from jackbooted thugs, the pro-CRC Columbian has to respond to their marching order of “increase the decibels” and combining that with so much hatred of a 4-term State Senator being selected to help restore balance and give the struggling middle class, suffering from over 4 years of double digit unemployment, a better chance to recover from their plight, whatever must be done to silence opposition is in play, no matter who gets hurt, what the truth is or how ridiculous they end up looking.
Already the public, as hoped for, is very verbally incensed without knowing anything other than the erroneous claims made by the Columbian, all by design to whip Clark County liberals into a frenzied lynch mob mentality to flood the County Commission with emails and personal comments at the next meeting.
Personally, I believe it to be a case of disgraceful Liberal Commissioner Steve Stuart, who stormed out of the last meeting, hurling expletives behind him like a child throwing a tantrum, has someone preselected he would like to manipulate into the opening and who is a fellow enviro-wacko as well as very pro-CRC light rail.
Many of those hypnotized by the lazy c, so named due to their unwillingness to uncover relevant facts surrounding the CRC and scandalous actions by Democrat elected officials, but waste no ink to trump up allegations and smears against Republicans and CRC opposers, are beyond reason and reduced to personal verbal flatulence against any who attempt to inject reason into the discussion.
This is the frenzy seen in the past where oppressive despots targeted a group of people to affix blame for current troubles while hiding that the very ones pointing their fingers are who are ready to institute the very policies they blame others of.
One such article contains the words, “A Columbian investigation and review of documents” which is a laugh riot, considering how many discrepancies, citizen concerns, forensic accounting exposures, questionable billing and practices as well as some missing, unaccounted $20 Million tax dollars has just been ignored by the lazy c.
None of that matters as wealthy donors to Democrat campaigns wants repaid and Portland’s financially ailing light rail forced into our community, while burdening the struggling middle class taxpayers in Clark County to pay for Oregon projects over 60 miles outside of the so-called CRC benefit zone is how they intend to recoup those payments, estimated to cost over $5 Billion to construct as well as confiscate Millions from the middle class every single year to operate the outdated technology of light rail.
But they received their marching orders and like good little minions are carrying them out by hastily running with wild allegations of impropriety that even they have admitted is within the discretion of County Commissioners.
Don’t fall for this nonsense. It’s all by design and is nothing more than another attempt to whip citizens into a lynch mob mentality that the leftist sheeple are all too willing to react as designed.
As for the lazy c, they have replaced jackboots with thuggish journalism and instead of smashing the windows of Jews, have launched an assault on conservatives.
And they cannot figure out why the paper is failing and subscriptions faltering.