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.”
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?