Posts tagged ‘Republicans’

May 19, 2013

From Self Inflicted Wounds to Turning a Blind Eye

by lewwaters

Columbian, What StoryClark County Washington is the largest county in what is considered Southwest Washington with a population nearing 450,000 people. With people often hungry for news, one would think an impartial news source would thrive catering to that population.

Unwittingly, the local newspaper of record, the Columbian, better known as the Lazy C reveals that they are considered a “mid-sized daily newspaper with a circulation between 25,001 to 65,000,” or at best less than 15% of the county.

While many reasons could be listed for such a minimal circulation in the county, partiality and lack of interest in many issues of concern has to be given attention.

While accused of being politically left and constantly denied by the Editor, it doesn’t take much looking to see that they indeed are a mouthpiece in favor of Democrats instead of an impartial source of political views.

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.

November 17, 2012

Reaching Out To Liberals

by lewwaters

We always hear how we should reach out to our liberal ‘friends’ and seek common ground, how we need to stop the vitriol and mean-spirited attacks, even though they are slashing our throats, bankrupting us and wanting to control our lives when they cannot even manage their own.

So in that spirit of coming together and finding commonality with liberals, I present the following post election poem that I was sent.

The election is over, the talk is done
My party lost, your party won

So let us be friends
Let arguments pass

I’ll hug my elephant
You kiss your ass

(author unknown)

November 16, 2012

Who Are the Democrats?

by lewwaters

David Castillo, who I still think would have been the better 3rd Congressional District Representative, tells us who the Democrats really are.

This is just a small portion of the talk he gave November 15, 2012 at the Clark County Republican Women’s Club dinner held at Club Green Meadows.

There will be more excerpts in the days ahead.

It’s time we took the gloves off boys and girls

September 26, 2012

How Much Fraud In Elections Is Acceptable?

by lewwaters

The GOP used voter intimidation and outright fraud to hand Florida to George W. Bush in 2000, and if we don’t stop them, they’ll do it again.” – New Jersey Democrat Senator Jon Corzine

Twelve years later and we still hear that cry coming from the Democrat camp, how Republicans “stole the 2000 election.” Never mind it is a lie that was quickly put to rest by a consortium of news media including the New York Times who wrote Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote.

I’ve lost count of how many times we have heard the cry “stolen election” coming from the Democrats, even once hearing regarding the controversial results in Washington State’s 2004 gubernatorial race, “consider that payback for 2000” from a local Democrat.

After President Bush won again in the 2004 election, the cries came to include Diebold Voting Machines “delivered Ohio to President Bush,” and “Ohio is the Florida of 2004.”

Of course, when Democrats made sweeping wins in 2006, Diebold was vindicated.

August 2, 2012

UPDATED: Distracted Priorities: The Great Sign Caper of 2012

by lewwaters

Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio labels it the “Crazy Season,” that time in campaigning when political rhetoric grows into a fever pitch and for some, tempers flare. Whatever you call it, it shows how divided our country is due to the divisive tactics used today by some politicians and pundits as they pit American against American, forgetting the age old admonition, “a house divided cannot stand.”

One such failed candidate from the past, seemingly trying to repair a tarnished reputation, presents the appearance of having broken the crime of the century by claiming participation in a sting to catch a campaign sign thief, aka the Great Sign Caper, and actually taping himself chasing down a bicyclist alleged to have stolen a sign on camera and engaging the alleged thief on the bicycle instead of paying attention to driving his car on a public street.

Listen to the video with your eyes closed and it readily becomes apparent that the sign theft is but the background while the thrust is about who is chasing down the alleged thief.

July 23, 2012

Elmer Fudd for 3rd Congressional District

by lewwaters

I find it unbelievable that we in the 3rd Congressional District still cannot find a good conservative candidate to run. Democrats and a RINO have held the seat for far too long.

Democrat Brian Baird held the seat comfortably for several years with no challenger coming close to defeating him.

That seemed to change in 2010 when then chair of the Clark County GOP Ryan Hart requested I find out what I could about an Olympia area Republican stepping up to run against him and begin blogging in support of him. I met David Castillo shortly after and saw that we finally had a strong conservative with impeccable experience who was willing to step up and confront Baird.

Whether or not he could have defeated Baird became academic when Baird announced he was not going to run for reelection in 2010.

July 18, 2012

The Definition of Insanity: Voting For Democrats and Hoping For A Change

by lewwaters

In just a few days, we all should be receiving out ballots to vote in the Top-Two Primary Election to decide out of all of the candidates vying for varying offices just which two advances on to the November General Election. With this being a Presidential Election year we will see several names to select from, some we know and more than likely many more we don’t know.

But we voters will make our selections known, most of us casting our ballots in hopes of seeing the dismal economy and high unemployment we continue to see in Clark County change. Candidates, some incumbents hoping to stay in office and challengers hoping to replace them will try to form a message they hope will resonate with us.

Democrat or Republican, we’re going to hear they want to cut our taxes, create jobs, change how things work and much more. None will come out and actually say they intend to raises our taxes or that they have no power to create jobs other than to back off of government regulations, taxes and fees that are currently stifling job growth for so long.

April 26, 2012

Just How Broken is Olympia?

by lewwaters

Anybody who has paid any attention at all to the news in Washington State knows that Olympia just isn’t working for quite some time. Doesn’t matter what party you are in or support, all we need do is pick just about any newspaper in the state to see how dysfunctional the Washington State legislature has gotten in the past decade or so.

Partisan pundits from either major party will always point fingers at the other, absolving themselves of any blame, which is a large part of the problem. We saw it just this last session and special sessions that were supposed to overcome a $1.5 Billion budget gap, but agenda driven legislators, with the full blessing of the governor, had more important matters to tend to.

We saw it late in the close of the regular session, which prompted 3 Democrats to cross the aisle and join forces with Republicans, drawing the ire of their party leaders, to take the floor and bring a bipartisan budget deal to the floor. House Democrats rejected the bipartisan budget bill and the mess continued.

One of those Democrats, Senator Jim Kastama from the 25th Legislative District recently made a speech at the Washington Research Council board meeting Tuesday, held at the Washington Athletic Club where he pulled back the curtain and let us know just how dysfunctional our legislature has gotten.

From the transcript of that speech, supplied by Eric Smith of the Washington State Wire, we see what went on in Olympia did not make it to the news services and how Democrat Party Leaders castigated Sen. Kastama, one going so far as to tell him “he had cooked his own goose when he cast his vote this year with Republicans” and another one informed him that “the only job he’d be likely to get was as a gas-station attendant” while his “session aide tearfully begged him to change his vote.”

April 15, 2012

There Is No Republican “War on Women,” But there is a “War on Republicans”

by lewwaters

“The Republican War on Women is real, and it’s extremely dangerous. House Republicans are pursuing the most comprehensive and radical assault on women’s health and reproductive freedom in our lifetime,” said DCCC Political Director, Kelly Ward in an April 13, 2012 email.

Democrat Representative for Massachusetts Barney Frank, in a March 31, 2012 email said, “Enough already. Once again, Republicans have voted to destroy Medicare while slashing taxes for Big Oil and Billionaires.”

Vitriolic Democrat strategist James Carville sent out an email blast March 30, 2012 stating, “What’d you do yesterday? Between breakfast and dinner, Republicans in Congress voted to give Big Oil more tax breaks, cut seniors off from their Medicare, and give millionaires even more tax cuts. It’s enough to give you heartburn.”

Former President, B.J. Clinton on March 30, 2012 claimed, “[Republicans would] rather divide America than lead it. Just look at what’s happening now — are we really supposed to believe that women’s rights are getting in the way of job creation?” Uh, yeah Bill, tell that to Monica.

Former Democrat Secretary of State and Ambassador to the U.N. Madeleine Albright claimed in an email dated March 27, 2012, “Here in America, Republicans have launched an all out attack on women’s rights. They’ve targeted women’s health care and are trying to roll back basic rights that most of us thought were won more than a generation ago.”

March 24, 2012 saw an email from Nevada’s Democrat Senator Harry Reid spewing, “Let me be blunt: The only reason Republicans haven’t passed their radical anti-woman, anti-worker agenda – the only reason we’re able to get anything done for the middle class – is that there are more of us than there are of them.”

March 19, 2012

RNC Silence over “Women of the 99%” Illegal Robo-Calls Deafening

by lewwaters

It has long been said that the Republican Party has an uncanny knack of snatching defeat out of a victory. And they continue to prove it!

The left has launched an all out attack against conservative America, feigning moral outrage over any and everything they can muster. A usual tactic of the left, being met by the usual silence and spineless response from RNC leadership.

After years of debasing derogatory comments against conservative women, we have all seen the feigned outrage over Rush Limbaugh labeling a left wing activist a “slut” and immediately labeled as the “de facto leader” of the Republican Party. Silence from the GOP.

Emails have flown into my inbox from the likes of Guy Cecil, Executive Director DSCC making the false allegation, “While Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans wage a war on women, yadda, yadda, yadda…”

From Robby Mook, DCCC Executive Director I received, “From their all-male panel on birth control coverage to their refusal to denounce Rush Limbaugh’s vile attacks, blah, blah, blah…”

From a Kelly Ward, DCCC Political Director was received, “Republicans aren’t backing down from their War on Women crusade.”

January 7, 2012

Congressional Hypocrisy on Outsourcing Defense Contracts

by lewwaters

Once again, American workers, mired in an ongoing ‘Great Recession’ and facing some of the highest unemployment in decades, are seeing work that should be filled in America by Americans being outsourced to a foreign country. Worse yet, the work is in the filling of a defense contract.

Hawker Beechcraft, an established aircraft manufacturer based in Wichita, Kansas appears to have been shut out of a defense contract in supplying the U.S. Air Force with a light attack aircraft slated for use as a trainer and a potential ground attack plane in Afghanistan for their forces.

Without fanfare and apparently very quietly, the contract was awarded to the Brazilian aircraft company, Embraer, in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Since Hawker Beechcraft has been supplying an airplane to the U.S. Air Force for some time that fits the bill and has been the trainer of choice, the company has filed a lawsuit in federal court over the award.

To the best of my knowledge, both companies build very good aircraft. My intent in this post is not to promote one over the other, that is left to the courts and those who will evaluate the aircraft and the merits of Hawker Beechcraft’s allegations.

December 20, 2011

Syrians Know the Impotence of Barack Obama

by lewwaters

Hat Tip to Bad Rachel who states, “5,000 Syrians have been massacred by Bashar Assad since March, including 300 children. How are those sanctions workin’ out, Mr. Obama?”

For the inevitable troll claiming the sign being in English means it must be photoshopped, video of Syrian women protesting in the street carrying a sign clearly stating in English, “USA PEOPLE, YOU LIVED 11 SEPTEMBER ONE TIME, BUT WE LIVE IT EVERYDAY.”

BHO is doing nothing other than kowtowing to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist radicals.

September 4, 2011

Liberals New Jobs Plan

by lewwaters

In a recent interview, the somewhat reverend Al Sharpton discussed jobs with Oregon Democrat Peter Defazio.

In July 2003 we saw the headline, “Bush’s Economy: Unemployment Soars” with the comment, “- The nation’s unemployment rate shot up to 6.4 percent in June, the highest level in more than nine years, in an economic slump that has added nearly a million people to jobless rolls in the past three months.”

Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., then chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said, . “The verdict is in: The Republicans’ multi-trillion dollar failed economic policy is one the greatest disasters for working Americans in a decade.”

Unemployment was actually 6.3% according to BLS.

August 8, 2011

Accusations, Finger Pointing & Blame Game. But no Viable Ideas

by lewwaters

As expected and as I predicted at the small Tea Party rally July 28, 2011, America’s credit rating has been downgraded from AAA to AA+, with expectations that it might even sink further. We didn’t need to allow that to happen, but in today’s air of hyper-partisanship, party power being more important than the good of the country on both sides of the aisle, it’s what we received.

Our problem remains our ridiculous staggering debt, now with the limit approaching $16 Trillion. Our elected officials seem only able to address the deficit between what they spend and what is received in taxes, spending greatly outpacing tax receipts.

Seeing how our Congress can only spend, spend, spend, we have lost the AAA rating we have depended on. The S & P Report cites among their reasons, “We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process.”

The left immediately focuses on “raising revenues,” increasing taxes on the wealthy, and completely ignores “containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements.”

Instead of rolling up their sleeves and setting to actually fixing the problems, what do we once again see?

June 30, 2011

Oil and Infrastructure to China, What Will Americans Get?

by lewwaters

It seems we are locked in a perpetual political campaign with Republicans lining up to oppose Barack Obama and Obama doing what he can to solidify his grasp on power. Promises are made, promises are broken. Positions are taken and fingers are pointed all over the place for blame for our predicament.

Most of all we will hear what each candidate believes to be the answer to the nation’s problems, how to bring the unemployment numbers down, how to rebuild the country, how to improve the average citizens life and you can expect to hear offers of how government either will step in to take care of us or how it demeans us when it does.

Pretty much the same old tired political posturing we always hear while people still remain unemployed in historic numbers and see no way out.

Two areas of importance that receive a lot of lip service are energy and infrastructure. Energy is power. Power to fuel the nation to prosperity and maintain our lifestyle. Infrastructure is freedom of movement in a safe and efficient manner. Both are necessary to move our goods within our borders and overseas.

As important as both are and as much attention as they have expressed towards them during campaigns, it is unthinkable that both are slipping away from us rapidly.

November 21, 2010

Note to Incoming Republicans: Don’t Forget, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

by lewwaters

The smoke has settled and the newly elected Representatives are assembled in Washington D.C. receiving their orientation and selecting office space. Come January and the House of Representatives switches back to a significant majority of Republicans while the Senate will remain in Democrat hand, but with a much smaller majority.

The new junior legislators ran on a variety of promises to be elected, from repealing Obamacare to restoring jobs in America. With the nation still locked deep in massive unemployment and unemployment benefits running out, many already exhausting the meager checks long ago, jobs must be the number one priority if we are to begin actually making any significant recovery.

Some of these new Representatives campaigned on promises they would create the jobs and bring them back to the districts they will soon represent. Voters will surely be disappointed when they realize the jobs created by Congress will just prolong the Great Recession and those who made such promises may end up not only facing some very angry constituents, but in 2 years will see their seats taken away from them.

September 22, 2010

Republicans: A Pledge To America

by lewwaters

“With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people”

Part of what the Republicans are pledging to America to do;

Jobs:

– Stop job-killing tax hikes

– Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income

– Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit

– Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

– Repeal and Replace health care

– Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)

– Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward

– Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:

– Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority

– Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

Defense:

– Provide resources to troops

– Fund missile defense

– Enforce sanctions in Iran

CBS News. Full text of the pledge is at the bottom of the article.

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?

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