So much for all the calls of hope and change from a few years ago. If that change doesn’t suit the crooks that tried desperately to ram Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail down the throats of Clark County taxpayers, well, let’s just say the small minority of fatcats intend to take action to restore their power balance and ripping off taxpayers.
Paul Montague, who was tasked with leading the rip-off light rail project has announced his intent to resign as president of Identity Clark County to now lead a political action committee specifically to “counter the direction of commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke” according to a Lazy C article by Cami Joner.
That both were elected by wide majorities specifically by voters to change the direction of the county rubs Montague and his ilk the wrong way, displaying the disdain they hold for middle class citizens desiring to retain a little of their own paychecks so they can care better for their families.
Ms. Joner lets us know this PAC is yet unnamed, but that this group of downtown Mafioso is particularly ticked off in three primary areas.
She quotes Montague, “Disappointment at the failure of the CRC, the lack of real action in the Legislature for funding the Southwest Washington transportation package and No. 3 is a serious concern about the current dysfunction of our county government.”
Let’s face it, that list of three areas is actually only one area, the now defunct, at least for now, Columbia River Crossing light rail project that has been repeatedly defeated by voters.
I suspect this PAC is being established with the sole intent to breathe life back into the CRC project and once again soak taxpayers by forcing light rail upon us, “whether we like it or not.”
And Commissioners Madore & Mielke sit in a position to speak with authority against it.
Look at the three claims Montague says are their areas of concern. Which one actually is under the jurisdiction of the County Commission?
How long has he and his ilk stated County Commissioners had no say when citizens spoke against it before either the county of city?
What does the County Commission have to do with the state transportation budget?
And just what is “dysfunctional” about county government?
It’s not going the way the downtown mafia wants it to. The small minority group that thinks their vision counts more than yours is unhappy that you may keep more of your own hard owned paycheck.
The Lazy C has gone out of their way to demonize both County Commissioners while lionizing outgoing Democrat Steve Stuart, who when in the minority was a faithful puppet in doing their bidding.
I also find it strange how the Lazy C condemned Vancouver Vitality for their “secretness” during the 2013 election in not revealing just who all was involved, but now says little with Montague’s group claiming “it is too early to reveal individual supporters of the organization.”
I can imagine some already, among them elected officials who have blindly supported the CRC over the years and prominent members of the Democrat Party.
We can expect more demonization of Madore & Mielke and anybody with the public’s ear exposing their slick game of lies, deceit and obfuscation, same as we have seen over the years.
Montague has yet to come up with a slick name for his group, but we can expect something sounding concerned, but with only the intent of separating you from your paychecks.
Voters must remain vigilant and be on the look-out for what is coming.
Montague has now showed you all that CRC is not dead and there will be a new effort to get it up and running again.
Don’t fall for it.
Note to Montague;
In an update to the article, Montague is quoted, “Really, the long term interest is about having people who are responsive,” he said. “Basically (we want) folks who are going to listen to the community.”
Yet, he fails to recognize it was the community by a wide margin that elected the current commissioners and it was the community that has fought against and defeated every single CRC related measure put before them.
Perhaps that is why he and other CRC supporters have sought ways to bypass the community, voters, in order to fund light rail?
Clearly, Commissioners Mielke and Madore, Senators Don Benton and Ann Rivers along with Representatives Brandon Vick, Liz Pike and Paul Harris have listened to the community.
Representatives Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie, Senator Annette Cleveland and the infamous C-Tran Gang of Five that obligated Vancouver to a $5 Million penalty if we defaulted on light rail and granted eminent domain rights to Oregon through C-Tran, Tim Leavitt, Larry Smith, Steve Stuart, Ron Onslow and Bart Hansen did not as they have voted repeatedly against the desires of the community.