August 22, 2014
In light of the recent release of an Analysis showing the Oil Terminal at Port of Vancouver stands to add $2 Billion to our local economy, I am bringing back up this report from July 2011 showing much of our economic troubles over the past 6 years could be greatly eased by energy companies.
This blog has been and remains a strong advocate for expanding our energy sector responsibly and increasing the use of our own energy resources while so-called “Green” sources remain unperfected, unreliable and overly expensive.
Just about everybody understands the concept of lubricating something to free it up and get it moving. From squeaky door hinges to sliding parts, difficult to open windows to even removing a ring off of a swollen finger, putting a lubricant on it allows it to move freely and gets it moving again.
Although lubricants come in many forms, we commonly refer to them as “oil.” Of course, a good many lubricants are derivatives of oil, just some of the many uses of petroleum. Just a little dab of these lubricants, working the rusted part back and forth and soon, it is moving smoothly again just as it was designed to.
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March 26, 2013
Both the State of Oregon and Washington have been experiencing budget gaps exceeding $1 Billion for the last few years. While we have remained mired in this ongoing “Great Recession,” both states continue to struggle with issues of decreasing revenues while also moving ahead on wasteful spending projects, addressing Public Union contracts and a growingly frustrated private sector depending on entitlements to survive, unable to find viable employment.
At such severe economic times as we have seen since 2008, one would think growing private sector jobs to rebuild lost revenues would be a paramount duty. But not so with both states under heavy control of the Democrat Party.
Oh, they pay a lot of lip service on job creation, usually mentioning “Green Energy” jobs that rely on revenues to remain in business or be created. But when push comes to shove and massive job growth stares them in the face, they turn away.
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February 12, 2013
Once again we find ourselves preparing to have our ears tickled by Barack Obama as he speaks before both houses of congress and the nation to give the annual ‘State of the Union’ speech where he undoubtedly will speak of how well the country is doing under his tutelage and how well off citizens are, whether we actually are or not.
He is expected to cover “his plans to create jobs, tackle gun violence, and pass comprehensive immigration reform” as Nancy Pelosi, unarguably one of the worst Speakers of the House in our history, famously known for stating “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it” regarding Obama’s signature ‘Obamacare’ legislation, a direct contradiction of Obama’s campaign promise of a transparent government.
She also makes mention in this same email seeking support for Obama of this “ambitious agenda.”
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November 28, 2012
“When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…” Barack Obama, January 2008
A simple statement made to the San Francisco Chronicle when first campaigning for president, Barack Obama openly announced his “War on Coal” and with the help of environmentalists, leftists, a willing media and the usual slate of ‘joiners,’ a statement that has been seen all too true as electricity rates have gone up over the last 4 years.
But far from just raising the cost of lighting and heating our homes, Obama’s War on Coal deprives America of good paying jobs while we remain in an elongated period of high unemployment and decreasing revenues collected by our treasury.
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October 24, 2012
It should come as no surprise to any of us that Barack Obama’s chances of being reelected look very slim. Or that our lamestream media will now do anything they can think of to build support to get him reelected, claiming some of the most fantastic lies they can muster.
A prime example of how the Obama Campaign is self-promoting lies is seen in the latest television ad, ‘Challenges,’ narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. It’s disappointing to see a man of Freeman’s caliber lending his voice to such a fabricated claim.
Perhaps he didn’t hear about the murder of our Ambassador and 3 other Americans in the Benghazi Consulate recently, or the high unemployment still seen in Detroit, Michigan or that GM’s bailout leaves taxpayers facing a $35 Billion loss while two thirds of the jobs promised seem to be overseas more than in Detroit.
He is correct that “more needs done,” especially considering VP Biden admitted the middle class has been buried these last 4 years and even in the last debate Obama admitted in the final debate, “we’ve neglected, for example, developing our own economy, our own energy sectors, our own education system. And it’s very hard for us to project leadership around the world when we’re not doing what we need to do…”
It appears that “going forward” with Obama will lead us right over the edge of a cliff of disaster that will finish off our country.
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July 16, 2012
Predictable, the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party in Clark County has now endorsed a straight Democrat ticket in the Primary Election coming in August. Oh, they’ll claim they endorsed a “Republican” with Marc Boldt, who left his conservative base in the dust long ago to embrace the Liberal Democrat values, but the release of their endorsement for Democrats Joe Tanner and Ron Barca completes the picture of desiring a one party rule on the Clark County Commission.
Ever since Tom Mielke, a Vietnam Veteran Decorated for Combat Valor when he served with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam, won a narrow victory over Democrat Pam Brokaw in 2008, the lackeys at the Columbian have written everything negative about the man they could find. Unlike Marc Boldt, Mielke votes the conservative view as the conservatives who elected him would expect.
Trying to look out for the well-being of taxpayers, keeping taxes reasonable, questioning the boondoggle CRC and ramming Portland’s light rail down Clark County Citizen’s throats against our will and opposing construction of $24 Million baseball stadium to house a losing minor league team earns Mielke the label of the “No guy” from the Columbian.
In the past 4 years, you will be hard pressed to find a kind word about the man in the pages of the Columbian.
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July 14, 2011
When union members lose the greed and contribute a small portion toward their health care premiums and pensions, jobs are saved for everyone. In the case of teachers unions, the children win.
June 14, 2011
Meet the Press
2.5 Million private sector jobs created? One million in the last 6 months?
May 24, 2011
Once again, Memorial Day, a day that has been set aside to pay homage to those who have fallen in service to our country and have given us the freedoms and liberties we enjoy with the sacrifice of their lives is upon us. Some communities may still hold parades; most all will hold some sort of ceremony to honor our fallen.
Like the last couple Memorial Days, this one will be held under the shadow of not only an ongoing war, but a deeply depressed economy and divided nation. Politicians, many of whom have gotten us into this mess, will undoubtedly step forward and make their speeches and no doubt, some will take advantage of the day to score a few political points.
But, who will actually take the bull by the horns and do what is needed to correct this elongated Great Recession we remain in?
As well as being a day to honor our fallen heroes, Memorial Day is also considered the official kick-off to the summer, where people across the country will go on vacation, visit relatives and friends far distances from them and get out and enjoy the countryside as much as they may.
With gas breaking $4.00 a gallon, unemployment still riding high, taxes going up all over, business still failing and the dark mood of the nation because of it, many less trips will be taken than was just a few years ago. Ultimately, that will result in making the situation worse as even less tax revenues from summer purchases will be made.
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March 14, 2011
Andrew Klavan, from PJTV illustrates what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pointed out in 1937 when he said of public unions,
“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.”
“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.”
Public Unions need to accept their fair share of the sacrifice and carry their fair share of the burden. Asking them to help us weather this ongoing economic downturn is not “union-busting,” unless they continue to refuse to accept their fair share like you and I must.
January 4, 2011
The state of Washington is in deep financial trouble with declining revenues, rising unemployment and overly generous benefit packages to public unions, not forgetting years of overspending since Governor Gregoire surreptitiously gained the governor’s office in 2004.
Unemployment has steadily increased nationwide ever since mid-2007 after Democrats gained control of both houses of congress in Washington D.C. and they decided to “fix” what they then labeled a very poor economy. Naturally, their “fixes” has added to our states woes, leaving us in the current predicament.
Ever since the economy was noticed to be heading further into the economic abyss we now suffer, several more “fixes” have been applied that has only plunged us deeper and deeper into the morass. Federal Stimulus and bail-outs did nothing more than increase the public debt to historic levels.
In Washington State we saw several efforts applied that was supposedly to lead us into recovery. Taxes and fees were raised and small businesses continued to fail, succumbing to new taxes and lack of sales due to increased taxation.
An effort at an income tax was once again defeated and some of the sillier taxes were repealed. Elections sent some new legislators to Olympia, but not enough to change the majority, still in the hands of the very Democrats that led us to this point.
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December 10, 2010
Sure to anger many who think their positions within government entitle them to preferential treatment and compensation, but something that is being seen more and more as a much needed act and soon, if we are to ever recover from this deep economic blight we continue to struggle with, unions, public unions especially must begin sharing in the burden of this elongated economic downward spiral.
I don’t blame public unions for all of our troubles, but they have played a significant role in getting us here and I see little from them in helping get us out. For those who will inevitably flock here to cry I am anti-Police or anti-Firefighters, don’t waste your time. I am anything but and I am reminded that we have Troops fighting and dying to protect our country who receive far less compensation than either do.
I also openly admit that in the past, unions have accomplished much good, fighting for and winning safe work places, fair work hours and conditions and reasonable wages from private sector companies. But, somewhere along the way, that was forgotten and far exceeded as business agents convinced union members they were entitled to more and more and gained concessions from companies that were passed along in the way of higher consumer prices. Higher prices that even the union members had to pay, necessitating yet another strike vote for even more compensation which too was passed along in the form of higher prices.
In my personal estimation, a self-defeating vicious circle.
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November 26, 2010
Most of us were astonished to hear former vice president and failed presidential candidate, and long time ‘green energy’ advocate Al Gore Jr. come out and admit that his early support of ethanol based fuels, made from a major food source, corn, was largely based on an effort to gain votes for his run for the presidency.
Gore, labeling his early support a “mistake” indicated he was
“more concerned with garnering votes from farmers in Tennessee and Iowa than with what was best for the environment.”
Al Gore: Votes, not science, led me to back corn ethanol
Gore went on to say,
“Corn ethanol is not a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. The process of converting corn into ethanol is highly energy intensive and also requires using a food crop for fuel.”
While we cannot forget the record food prices we saw in 2008 or the protests around the world over shrinking food supplies, I am particularly struck by the comment, “ethanol is not a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.”
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October 30, 2010
Less than 4 days are left to mark and turn in your ballots. I like to carry mine down to the drop box and others will drop them in the mail. If by mail, be sure to have them at the Post Office early enough to make sure they are postmarked before the Tuesday 8 PM deadline.
Tim Likeness, our elections manager says, “The biggest issue we tend to have is that we have so many that get postmarked the day after” going on to add that about 600 ballots were received with a postmark too late to be counted in the recent primary election.
We have a lot of candidates running in this mid-term election and several initiatives to sort out, all of which are just as important as getting our ballots in on time. We have heard all of the Democrat vs. Republican rhetoric and barbs thrown back and forth and now must decide who and what we want.
Hard core Democrats, like their Republican counterparts will undoubtedly vote party line as usual and as usual, the actual selection will be left in the hands of Independents, the center of our population that adheres to neither party down the line.
Our country is in deep trouble with a lingering recession and no viable solutions on the table just yet. Unemployment remains higher than it has been in several decades with benefits running out and so few actual jobs being offered.
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September 20, 2010
Obama’s rambling attempt at a snow job reply can be seen HERE
From his reply I hear, “you’re better off now, you just don’t know it.” Obviously, she doesn’t know the “Great Recession” has been over for a year.
Question is, if it has been “over,” why is the economy still in such poor shape and getting worse?
H/T Hot Air
July 3, 2009
Interesting article from the Seattle Times.
Interesting in that after hearing nothing but “doom and gloom” over the last 8 years, they now admit there actually were “job gains” under Bush?
But, what I find most intriguing is a sentence buried in the middle of the article.
“The nation now has the same number of jobs as in 2000 — but 12.5 million more workers.”
Isn’t that right about the estimated number of ILLEGAL immigrants in the country?
I’m sure more tax increases on the middle class with cure everything, right?
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, it’s all getting better, the stimulus is working!