Posts tagged ‘Olympia’

March 29, 2014

Who Is Anson Service?

by lewwaters

That was the question on my mind once I heard that he had announced running against Sharon Wylie for the 49th Legislative District position 1 seat in Olympia. Quite honestly, I had never heard of him in any of my political dealings before. But having attended his campaign kick-off last evening, I do believe we have a candidate to keep an eye on and support.

April 25, 2013

What Happens in Olympia Doesn’t Stay in Olympia

by lewwaters

washington-sealOnce again we see another legislative session in Olympia, Washington winding down with the usual prospect of going into special session to get important matters finished that for some reason, couldn’t be finished in regular session.

We see prospects of the special session centering around budgeting even though revenues are forecasted to exceed expectations by some $2 Billion, but are still over $1 Billion short of what spending is projected to be.

Last session the budget was put off due to focusing too much on homosexual marriage. Previous years we saw it put on hold until towards the end for a variety of reasons. We saw other pieces of legislation being placed in front of it, from tax increases, selection of a state rock or an official state dirt to drivers’ licenses for illegal aliens, several matters seemed to be placed before working out the budget.

December 10, 2012

Transportation Dollars Fall Short, Let’s Add School Buses

by lewwaters

BusThe election is over and once again, voters have chosen to keep the State of Washington under the grip of the tax & spend Progressive Democrats, apparently not the least bit concerned over their own financial situation of falsely believing someone else will just walk outside and harvest money off of their money tree to fund whatever dream those tax & spend Progressives come up with, unable to live within their means.

Two areas that have been contentious are transportation and education, neither ever having adequate funding for whatever is dreamt up or claimed needed by proponents.

Just today I received an email from the Washington State Transportation Commission for a survey addressing “Tolling and Road Usage Charge Assessment Study,” to weigh the public’s opinion on just where more tax revenue should be raised.

September 27, 2012

How Desperate Is Tim Probst to Lie About His Opponent?

by lewwaters

Tim Probst, Democrat challenger hoping to unseat 4 time Republican Senator from Washington State’s 17th Legislative District is showing signs of realizing his chances of doing so are becoming increasingly dismal. Such realization seems to drive Probst to further violate the very “Clean Campaign Pledge” he boasted of signing and previously used to hammer Senator Benton over the head with.

This blog previously showed that Probst is known for such campaign tactics at Where Did Tim Probst’s Pledge of a “Clean Campaign” go?

What has to be desperation on Probst’s part, he seems to know have doubled down on such dirty campaign tactics.

Probst, violating his previous pledge against mudslinging, after declining to meet Senator Benton for an open debate on issues, unless the venue is in his favor, has opened up a “Fact Checking Don Benton” page on his website.

As we have seen previously, when Democrats decide to “fact Check” their opponents, “facts” are likely to be the last thing you will find. Tim Probst so called “Fact Check” page is no different.

August 29, 2012

Rehashing Old Charges Against Sen. Benton Reveals Tim Probst’s Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

Tim Probst and Sen. Don Benton

There is little doubt that the State Senate race in the 17th Legislative District is one of them, if not the hottest race in the state this election. It is no secret that Democrats have long sought to see Senator Don Benton, elected to the Senate 4 times now, ousted and a Democrat take his place.

Tim Probst, Representative for position 1 in the 17th was enticed to leave his fairly safe House seat and take on Benton, a hard charging and very effective Senator, even though he has been in the minority party his entire time in the Senate.

Evidence of the urgency for the Democrats to defeat Senator Benton comes from several areas, but one of the best would be the words from a Democrat candidate for the State Senate running against Senator Ann Rivers, Ralph Schmidt, who openly says he realizes he has no chance of winning.

Schmidt told the Columbian,

“I actually don’t have a lot of money. The party is supporting me some, but mostly the 17th (District) is like a vortex sucking up all the time and money, because that’s where the competitive races are.”

June 27, 2012

Meet Eileen Qutub, Candidate for State Senator 49th Legislative District

by lewwaters

Portions of the speech given by Eileen Qutub, running for Washington State Senator, 49th Legislative District. For more information on this great Republican candidate, please visit EileenQutub.com

April 11, 2012

Weary-Eyed Legislators FINALLY Pass a Budget

by lewwaters

After what seems like almost an eternity, Washington State Legislators finally wrapped up another special session to write a budget that should have been accomplished during regular session this term.

The ongoing battle and ignoring a $1.5 Billion budget gap in order to ram homosexual marriage down the throats of taxpayers ended early Wednesday morning and exhausted legislators, held in the legislature overnight by Governor Gregoire announced, “It’s balanced, it doesn’t cut education, we have an agreement, and it’s a quarter to five” by House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Erik Smith of Washington State Wire reports,

“The 64-34 vote on that measure was one of the final moves in a 40-hour legislative endgame that settled all the loose ends of the 2012 Legislature. Just after 6 a.m., the same bill cleared the Senate 44-2.”

Before going to bed last evening, I left a comment on a Columbian article announcing yet another special session due to the legislature not finalizing a budget still of, “Still fighting the only true bipartisan budget proposed?” My comment relates back to the bipartisan “Ninth Order” maneuver we saw in the closing hours of the regular session earlier in March.

Rep. Jim Moeller D. Vancouver who labeled the maneuver “the worst abuse of power” he had ever seen, replied in the wee hours of this morning,

“The budget is not the issue. The tough decisions are always made on the last day, at the last minute. It’s how the system is set up and that will not change. If we had a king, we would not have to work out our differences like we do now. The decisions would be made for us. I like this way much better. I’ll bet just about everyone else does too.”

Moeller, it must be remembered, was one legislator identified as accepting per diem during the special session while essentially doing little or nothing!

March 2, 2012

Republican Coup Advances Common Sense Budget in Washington State Senate

by lewwaters

Maybe, just maybe there is a ray of hope for a little fiscal sanity in Olympia, Washington this evening. Led by Senator Don Benton (R 17th), a rare procedural move was put forth with the help of three Democrat Senators, Tim Sheldon of Potlach, Rodney Tom of Medina and Jim Kastama of Puyallup that let the minority Republicans seize the floor, allowing any bill to be pulled to the floor, even those that haven’t had a public hearing.

Several bills the Democrats wanted passed immediately were cast aside as Republicans brought their budget plan to the floor, which is now moving towards approval.

Remaining Democrats tried in vain to attach 8 amendments, all 8 being defeated.

Senator Ed Murray (D. 43rd) is livid being out maneuvered as he has been. “This is an incredible abuse of power. And considering what my party and myself as chair was willing to do … this is the payback. This is the response,” the Olympian quotes Murray as saying

The Republican budget plan has $251.5 million more for K-12 education in it compared to what Senate Democrats proposed.

December 28, 2010

A Light Shines Very Briefly in Olympia

by lewwaters

Moments of lucidity, however brief, are rare from our Democrat led state legislature in Olympia. We see them so rarely that once one happens, no matter how brief, it just amazes us. But, just as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened,” we can rest assured those moments won’t last long.

In this case, an article originally appearing in The Spokesman-Review, As gasoline use drops, so does state revenue, leaves me nearly speechless that they didn’t know this would happen as they pushed for less driving and more dependence upon public transportation.

March 8, 2010

Olympia Dictacrats Justify Raping Washington Taxpayers

by lewwaters

Our friends at Washington State Wire have posted a compilation of what they consider “The Best Speeches From the Senate Floor” concerning the ongoing rape of the taxpayers in our state.

Speeches are from both parties, but I paid particular notice to the comments made by our Dictacrats as they justify raping us even more with the largest budget tax increase in the history of the state, when we are also facing some of the worst economic troubles we’ve seen.

Below is my own assessment of their “justification.”

State Sen. Tracy Eide, D-Des Moines: “I would like to say this is one of the toughest votes I have taken in my political career.”

No, Ms. Eide. Tough would have been actually addressing the wasteful spending and cutting unnecessary programs an standing up to the Public Unions, like the SEIU who’s members continue to earn more wages than we in the private sector currently are.

“You know, I’ve heard nothing but terrible things about the government. It’s the big, bad wolf out there. Government’s a big, bad wolf. Well, ladies and gentlemen, do you know what government does for you?”

Yes, and you have an electorate that is rapidly going bankrupt trying to pay for Union labor on the state payroll. When do Dictacrats approach the Public Unions and overpaid College Professors for wage concessions? We’ve had to make them, when do they?

“Do I want to raise taxes? I say no. Hell, no. I don’t want to raise taxes. Who does?”

Uh, you voted for them, didn’t you?

State Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: “[It] has been said many times is that this budget is going to cost jobs. And I agree… So again I say jobs are important, but state jobs – jobs of people that are doing the services that ours citizens ask us for – are also legitimate jobs and also part of our economy.”

No one denies that public sector jobs aren’t also important, but how many? What level of wages need paid, with benefits, compared to private sector jobs that actually fill the treasury with tax dollars to pay these public jobs? And, why must public sector jobs be union jobs complete with higher wages and benefits we in the private sector only dream of, but paid for by us?

State Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent: “We’ve heard…, that the reason we’re having this problem is because state spending is out of control, that state spending keeps going up and up and up… We spent a lot of dollars on public education, as we should – it’s our paramount duty.”

As if that is the only place spending has increased? Yes, some budget cuts were made last year, but what about all the previous years? The Seattle Times in 2008 published, How state spending rose $8 billion under Gregoire.

And, those education dollars. How much to teach children of ILLEGAL immigrants? What about healthcare and welfare to those who cross our borders in violation of our laws, who seem to easily find work while we see double digit unemployment for Washington taxpayers?

Maybe our Olympia Dictacrats would do well to consider the account given between Davy Crockett and Horatio Bunce.

“We’re not overspending. We are doing our job.”

Horse hockey!

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle: “It seems it’s fine to say it’s okay to cut jobs if they are state employees. It’s not okay if jobs in the private sector are cut. It seems that it’s okay to have people paid more highly in the private sector, but not okay for people to make good wages in the public sector.”

Does this woman come from the Twilight Zone? Does she not see the unemployment rate in our state? Would she do away with private sector jobs, opting for all public sector? Where would she figure on filling tax coffers then?

“We also have bemoaned over the years that we hear from constituents that they don’t like that their kids can’t get into the University of Washington, and isn’t that horrible?”

Is there a reason kids today can’t be expected to work their way through college?

State Sen. Randy Gordon, D-Bellevue: “We’re trying to fix this problem any way that we can.”

Bankrupting taxpayers is “fixing the problem” that you people caused?

“Government is for the people. Thirty cents to preserve these things is a small price to pay, and the average price to a Washingtonian is actually $29.33 for this tax.”

I think we are going to pay a bit more than just 30 cents per $100. That is just the teaser they pushed off on us, in hopes we will approve of taking it off later in favor of a progressive income tax. Oh yes, it will only be on the so-called wealthy… to start.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane: “I think you know we are in the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression. All of our families are feeling it, and I’m sure your community is as well as mine.”

And, with that attitude, you commence to raping taxpayers that are now struggling even more?

“I’m happy to say that we have managed to balance our budget by passing this bill today. That serious economic recession that we’re undergoing opened up a gaping $12 billion hole in our two-year budget.”

And just what do you intend to do for the next budget? Will you raise taxes on what few businesses may be left? Extend your hoped for income tax downward, like we all know you will do anyways?

“We’ve done reductions in every functional area of state government that is not constitutionally protected or part of some kind of federal match that we can’t cut.”

What about concessions from Public Unions? I don’t recall hearing about those. Did she intentionally miss Democrats Quietly Restored $6.5 Million for an SEIU-Backed Training Program?

And we should not forget that it is Lisa Brown who teases us with the sales tax increase and promise of removing it in November, should we approve of their Progressive Income Tax, as she laid out on her blog post Letting the people decide.

Funny, she wants us to “decide” on an income tax after gutting I-960 that we already decided on in 2007.

State Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue: “I believe it’s too large, and more importantly, I think the inclusion of the sales tax is very harmful on an economy that is struggling to recover… I don’t think we have fully recognized exactly where our economy is, that it is very tenuous, it is very fragile. If you look at the economic numbers in Washington state, our unemployment is 9.2 percent. Nationwide, it’s 9.5 percent. If you look at underemployment, underemployment is at 17.4 percent… If you look at corporate America, they’re making those tough choices they’re slashing payrolls 20 to 30 percent. They are slashing their expenses 10 to 30 percent. What are we doing?”

Voting for massive tax increases, just as you did!

How many more reasons have to be given for you to vote Republican in November?

March 7, 2010

The Rape Of Washington State Citizens Continues

by lewwaters

Following suit with California and Oregon in becoming a high tax state, Washington State’s Democratic/Dictacratic Party led legislature continued raping Washington citizens today as the passed through a whole slew of new or increased taxes on an already struggling populace.

From an email received from Senator Mike Hewitt, Republican 16th District,

“Today the state Senate passed two bills that will raise taxes nearly $3 billion over three years – the largest operating budget tax increase in state history. The two measures include:
· an increase in the state sales tax of .3 percent between June 1, 2010 and June 30, 2013, expected to raise taxes by about $1 billion over three years;
· higher business and occupation taxes on employers;
· an extra $1 a pack tax on cigarettes; and
· a tax on bottled water estimated to raise $30 million between now and mid-2011.

Substitute Senate Bill 6143 would raise or reinstate 21 taxes at a cost to taxpayers of about $830 million between now and July 2011, including a sales tax increase slated to raise $313 million in the next 16 months (almost $1 billion over the next three years) and a $184 million business and occupation tax increase on service-related employers.

Senate Bill 6874 would increase the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar per pack, to $3.02 in tax alone.”

Senator Don Benton, Republican 17th District attempted a procedural motion during final debate on Senate Bill 6143 today to require separate votes on each of the 21 tax increases in the omnibus tax bill.

Benton said,

“We might have had a chance to defeat some of these tax hikes if members of the majority party had to vote on each one. They were being pushed to take an ‘all or nothing’ vote, which forced support for elements some members didn’t like.”

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, in his role as Senate president, ruled against Benton’s motion.

Benton went on to say,

“And now, in the middle of a devastating recession, the Democrats have added new spending of about 400 million dollars in their budget for the remainder of this biennium. We are in the middle of an economic crisis and they add new spending? They could have cut their tax package nearly in-half if it wasn’t for this.

“Not only is this Legislature about to impose the largest operating budget tax increase in the history of our state, it is the largest job-killing bill in the history of our state.”

Senator Hewitt added,

“These bills would tax people to the bone to support a spending plan that plays all kinds of shell games with the budget. They’re transferring money around from account to account, counting on federal money that may or may not arrive, and making it almost impossible to track where the money is coming from or going.”

“These new taxes are also being rammed through at a record pace.”

“We saw the ‘21 taxes’ bill for the first time Friday night, and they’re rushing it to a vote over the weekend. That isn’t open government.”

“This spending plan will cost a family of four more than a thousand dollars over the next three years. I’m sure not many of those families want to bail out the state’s over-spending with another thousand dollars in taxes.”

“The majority party talks a lot about ‘Washington values.’ It is not Washington values to raise taxes on people who are unemployed to give pay raises to those who already have jobs. It isn’t Washington values to take health care away from people and give increased benefits to those who already have it. A better approach would be to look at every state expenditure line-by-line and prioritize state spending, bringing it back in line with the amount of revenue coming in the door. That’s the way to avoid historically large tax increases like what the Senate approved today.”

As reported at Washington State Wire, we should not forget that Democrats Quietly Restored $6.5 Million for an SEIU-Backed Training Program, at a time we are expecting wasteful spending to stop.

We’ve seen how the Dictacrats Planned Subterfuge to impose an income tax on us later this year, with an empty promise of a minimal sales tax decrease that today they just increased.

The majority party in Olympia gives a whole new meaning to the term scallywag.

Our state is following California and Oregon down the drain of higher and higher taxation, which has California already bankrupt and Oregon close behind. Dictacrats haven’t a clue still in how to cure this mess they caused, other than stick it to us in our collective rears again.

You and I did not cause this debacle as we struggled to raise our families and enjoy a small amount of leisure, but we are getting stuck with new bills at all levels from the leftist government.

You fell for promises of “Hope & Change,” but didn’t realize all it would end up being is “Rope & Chains” of enslavement to the leftist shills in our government.

It’s time to open your eyes and throw these bums in Olympia out. Remember the names Berkey, Brown, Eide, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Gordon, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, Shin and Tom as the ones who voted Yea on one or both of these massive tax increases that is going to deny you caring more for your own family.

Do you really need more reasons to vote Republican in November?

March 4, 2010

Olympia ‘Dictacrats’ Ready To Rape Taxpayers Again

by lewwaters

The assault on taxpayers in Washington State continues. With total one-party control in our state, we have seen spending skyrocket since Christine Gregoire effectively stole the 2004 election.

No sooner than she got in, along with a Democratic majority in state congress, spending drastically increased along with taxes and fees.

With the economy steadily heading south, as Democrats gained complete control of the federal government in 2009, not withstanding their stranglehold on congress during the last 2 years of the Bush administration, we ran out of money as unemployment in our state soared.

Democrats, or as I like to call them now, ‘Dictacrats,’ combining dictator to Democrat, an apt description I feel, began seeking ever new and creative ways to “raise revenue,” or as it should truthfully be known, rape us through taxation.

When Oregon Democrats passed their measures 66 & 67, raising taxes on the wealthy and businesses there, we had a golden opportunity to seduce business into our state, especially in hard hit Clark County. Instead, Democrats, like the 49th Legislative District’s Rep Jim Moeller, blasted any who felt Oregon’s move on raising taxes was folly.

Instead of recognizing the gift Oregon handed us, Democrats in Olympia continue flipping off constituents, even to the point of approving the reversal of I-960’s 2/3 vote requirement on raising taxes and approving keeping the names of who voted to increases our taxes out of the voters pamphlet.

And now, here they come again.

Today, March 4, 2010, our Dictacrats in Olympia used a political sleight of hand trick to introduce a substitute bill SB 6520 that will not even be available for public viewing until the public debate begins.

Adding insult to injury, or maybe just an old fashioned slap in the face to taxpayers in Washington State, Democrat Lisa Brown, from the third district (Spokane) blogged on the Senate Dictacrats blog, Letting the people decide that addresses the Dictacrats latest plan to shove an income tax down our throats in Washington State.

As Brown puts it,

“what if voters had a direct say in how we balance the state budget and could choose between a temporary sales tax increase and a high earners’ income tax similar to what Oregon voters approved earlier this year?
The idea is simple:
1. The Legislature passes the temporary sales tax increase, which would go into effect immediately to help alleviate our state’s looming cash-flow problem.
2. It would also pass a referendum to the people, giving them the opportunity in November to repeal not just that three-tenths-of-a-cent increase, but an additional one cent off the state sales tax – taking the state rate down to 5.5 cents, a level not seen in thirty years.
3. In its place would go a high earners’ income tax of 4.5 percent on all income over $200,000 for individuals, $300,000 for heads of households, and $400,000 for married couples.”

See how simple that is? Just approve a “temporary” sales tax increase (when was the last time you ever heard of anything temporary from the government?) and approve an income tax on the wealthy and all will be good.

In the leftists dream of class envy, we once again hear “tax only the wealthy,” you know, those people that create all of the good paying jobs in our state.

But, did we not also once hear that if voters approved the seat belt law, drivers would not be pulled over and ticketed solely for not wearing the seat belt? Did we not hear that if we approved Gregoire’s 9.5 cents per gallon tax increase on gasoline, our roads would be fixed and all would be well?

Voters in Washington State have consistently rejected an income tax, but Brown seems to feel by playing the middle class against the wealthy, Dictacrats will get their foot in the door for voter approval this time.

Early polling in the Seattle Times shows a nearly 3 to 1 rejection of yet another income tax proposal.

Republicans have offered several viable alternatives to get state spending under control, balance the budget and relieve the burden we taxpayers face. Dictacrats can only see raising taxes as the solution and are empowered by Oregon’s folly, falsely believing redistributing the wealth is the only answer.

It’s long past time we made some corrections in our state and cleaned out the swamp in Olympia. Dictacrats there care only about buying votes to retain their power grab. They have shown they have no common sense or fiscal sense, as they expand government, gut citizen initiatives and basically keep raising their middle finger at us.

As our unemployment remains high in the state, it is time to put every last single Democrat/dictacrat on unemployment as well. Their arrogance and raping of taxpayers must come to an end.

How many reasons do you need to vote Republican this November?

Oh, that slap in the face I mentioned above? If you recall, Lisa Brown calls for “Letting the People Decide” in implementing a state income tax. Did she forget that “the People” decided to implement I-960, that Brown and her fellow Dictacrats just gutted.

Help me save Washington State from further rape by Dictacrats. Vote Republican in November. GOP candidates for the 18th Legislative District Ann Rivers and Bob Dean have both been opposed to raising taxes, including imposing an income tax, since they entered the race.

February 4, 2010

Democrats Continue Jim Jack’s Claim, “I Don’t Know How To Solve It”

by lewwaters

During the 2008 campaign, now elected Representative for the 49th Legislative District, Jim Jacks, made a startling admission in the August 2008 debate against Debbie Peterson concerning the growing tax structure problem when at the end of his comment he stated, I don’t know how to solve it, I’m not a tax expert, I’m not a revenue expert.”

A little over two years later and he, along with his fellow Democrats, continue to prove that they haven’t a clue of how to lift our state out of this fiscal morass they have plunged us into.

Washington State Democrats continue to thumb their noses at the voting public as they work to amend I-960 the 2007 voter driven initiative that placed restrictions upon Olympia concerning their freely raising taxes on us as they saw fit, and impose higher taxes on us, even though we are suffering some of the highest unemployment in the country, especially in hard hit Clark County with a 14.3% unemployment.

Completely ignoring the will of Washington voters, Democrat State Senator Lisa Brown calls the measure a “straightjacket” as they struggle to find more ways to stick it to taxpayers in the state as the spend happy history of Democrats in Olympia is coming back to bite all of us.

I guess Ms. Brown misses that a “straightjacket” placed on the legislature is what exactly I-960 was designed to do.

State Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt sees how out of touch Democrats remain as he states,

I am incredulous that Democrats are setting the stage for raising taxes in this economy. People are terrified right now. Everybody knows someone who’s lost a job. Working people and employers are just trying to survive in this economy. They should not be asked to bail out poor state spending decisions through higher taxes.”

Democrat House Speaker Frank Chopp says,

the I-960 changes are needed to allow passage of bills that close tax loopholes and raise other revenue to avoid cuts to health care, education and college student aid.”

Isn’t it odd that when Democrats are being pushed into living within their means, as does every family in the state, that is where they always claim cuts will have to be made, nowhere else?

Our governor has stated that she has “made drastic cuts” and there is nothing left to cut.

Fine, how about eliminating then? Why not begin with doing away with the state owned and operated liquor sales industry? Sell it off to private interest and just collect the taxes, end the massive overhead we must pay in storage, distribution and Union wages to state employees whose only job is retailing liquor.

Surely there are other areas that could be eliminated as well, like maybe some Public Employee Union Contracts?

Perhaps stop public assistance to ILLEGAL immigrants here in violation of our laws? Why do they deserve public assistance and jobs when taxpaying citizens must do without?

Republican State Senator Don Benton spoke before the senate just today, telling them,

I implore you, ladies and gentlemen. Do not follow the example at the federal level that has done so very much to alienate the people from their government, causing such widespread dissatisfaction and consternation among the people we would govern.”

He added,

Why do we fear the will of the people. Does I-960 make raising taxes more difficult? Of course it does, but whoever said that the job of governing should be easy? The will of the people means to me that the people of this state have spoken and as their elected representatives we must listen.”

Isn’t it strange that in Washington State, the will of the people only matters if it is a Democrat left-leaning matter?

We also hear today that a King County judge ruledThe state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty.”

Isn’t that a convenient ruling just when Democrats are working so hard to rape the taxpayers with higher taxes while our incomes are decreasing?

Then, students at the Salmon Creek campus of WSU stage a lunchtime rally crying education is their right!

I suppose working their way through college is out of the question? It’s their right, but you and I have to pay for it?

Over the years, Democrats have pushed for higher mileage vehicles and now, they complain because gas tax revenues are down.

They pushed for and won tobacco tax increases, ostensibly to force people to stop using tobacco and to also fund pet projects. As people continue to stop smoking, they cry tobacco revenues are down. Duh!

Back in August 2008, Jim Jacks was speaking for himself. February 2010, he and the full Democrat Party in Olympia keep proving his words true, “[We] don’t know how to solve it.”

January 5, 2009

Democrat Strategist Predicts Democrat Scandal Streak in 2009

by lewwaters

carville-2James Carville, brash and vitriolic strategist for the Democrat Party, known for his brutal verbal assaults on anyone opposed to the Clinton’s during the 1990′s, is predicting more embarrassing scandals will hit the Democrats in 2009.

Stating his opinion on CNN, Carville says,

I firmly believe that there are streaks, and that political scandals happen in clusters. The Republican Party had its fair share of scandal and charges of deeply imbedded corruption preceding the 2006 election and leading up to the 2008 elections.”

Carville bases his prediction on ‘simple math,’ “More Democrats in elected office increases the likelihood of scandal.”

As I see it, it is more likely that with more Democrats in office, their natural corruption will be harder to cover up.

This also assumes that the dying lamestream media, the propaganda mouthpiece for the Democrats, will actually report on exposed corruption within the majority party.

I find it difficult to believe they will actually do so as exposing the natural tendency for corruption within the leftwing might taint their messiah, B Homey.

Carville shows this by saying,

“The current [scandal] streak, however removed from President-elect Barack Obama, doesn’t bode well for Democrats in 2009.”

We are still being led to believe that a politican, reared in the dirtiest political machine in the nation, Chicago, spent years mired in that corruption and remained untouched by it.

Carville goes on to predict,

“2009 will be a year in which the Republican Party will be confronted with a near catastrophic ideological rift. There is no obvious Republican leader on the horizon.”

Perhaps Mr. Carville slept through the conservative base becomining energized by Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin.

While there may well be a rift within the GOP, conservatives remain steadfast and will land on our feet, in spite of efforts by the left and their dying dinosaur media to paint ‘alls well’ within the left and ‘alls ill’ within the right.

Carville did his best to poo poo Clinton Corruption and scandals. That he now sees 2009 as a Democrat year of scandals is somewhat astonishing. That he states it in public is surprising. If the media actually reports any of it, that will be shocking!

Following his prediction, Bill Richardson withdrew his bid to be commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.

Hillary’s appointment as Secretary of State may be in jepoardy as news that “a developer in New York state donated $100,000 to Bill Clinton’s foundation, around the same time that Hillary helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.”

News of homes built by Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for Humanity crumbling and causing illness to inhabitats is leaking out.

Democrats seem to be reembracing their racist roots as Senate Leadership is announcing they wil not seat the only Black to the Senate.

B HO’s silence on Gaza is causing concern. But, he did announce he will add 600,000 government jobs to the tax rolls.

After all, if Democrat corruption isn’t reported in the lamestream media, is it really a scandal?

I can only imagine what would be uncovered if our media within Washington ever took a strong critical look into Olympia.

December 13, 2008

Moratorium Announced On Capital Christmas Display Requests

by lewwaters

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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 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.

August 24, 2008

A Video Governor Gregoire Doesn’t Want You To See

by lewwaters

Governor Gregoire assumed the governors office in 2004 under very shaky circumstances. Upwards of 70% of Washingtonians wanted a revote, both partys. Democrat denied and took the office.

Since that time our taxes have steadily increased and I see no equivalent rise in services, at least for Clark County.

We were told that accepting the 9.5 cent tax increase on gas would benefit first King County with them eventually helping foot the bill for projects here. Now that it is time to replace the aging I-5 Bridge, or build a third bridge, we hear we must accept tolls and be stuck with an extension of Portland’s Max Line Light Rail.

Even the Seattle Times exposes Christine Gregoire’s out of control $8 Billion increase in State spending, leaving us with a projected $2.5 Billion deficit soon.

It would appear to me that the Democrat majority in Olympia just rubber stamps Gregoire’s spending and we taxpayers are expected to just continue handing over our hard earned dollars and do without when it comes to our families.

Dino Rossi, rightful winner in the 2004 race, is running again and placing much better in polling than he did last time he won, before the shady recounts. A businessman, Rossi has the ideas and knowedge to turn our state around.

We need Dino Rossi as governor, but he cannot do it alone. We must take Olympia away from the rubber stamp Democrats and elect responsible Republicans that will control spending.

Note that I wrote “responsible” Republicans. The Republicans made some big mistakes by trying to imitate Democrats and it has cost them. Many have been purged from the party and others marginalized. So, check out candidates closely and see if they really are fiscally conservative.

Don’t fall for claims of “problem solving” experience as they admit now knowing how to solve our problems.

It is time to send some fresh faces to Olympia with fresh ideas and to return those that fight for our tax dollars to be wisely spent.

Most of all, though, we need a strong, wise and capable candidate like Dino Rossi at the helm to turn Washington State back around and restore the economy we used to have.

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