Posts tagged ‘WEA’

December 22, 2016

Former Rep. Moeller Still Seeks a Tax Hog Heaven

by lewwaters

Moeller GlareThis blog has long said that former 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller never met a tax he didn’t like. In fact, even he credits me with tagging him as “da Taxman” long ago on his facebook page.

Even more so that other tax happy alt-left liberals, Moeller appears gleeful at the prospect of confiscating more and more revenue from the people, falsely believing it’s his job, in his ever increasing desire to increase taxes, “to make sure its NOT on the workers.”

What he simply cannot fathom is that any tax increase or increase in business expense ultimately is passed on to those very workers he frets about in higher costs, higher unemployment, less hours and even fewer actual jobs if businesses come to realize it is just too expensive to operate in Washington State any longer.

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November 3, 2016

WEA: Lying for Monica Stonier

by lewwaters

The Lazy C remains the Lazy C as copies of this flyer were sent to Lauren Dake, political reporter that never covered them and in emails, was more interested in why the claim was made that the WEA’s independent expenditure’s were the largest in the state. The distortions and fabrications in the flyer apparently were of no interest, as usual, when coming from a Liberal Democrat group. 

Unbelievable how the Greedy Teachers Union, the WEA is attacking Alishia Topper in favor of returning Monica Stonier to the legislature, but this time in the 49th district. We see that the Greedy WEA has spent the largest single amount on independent expenditures supporting Stonier and attacking Topper, even though both are Democrats.

Adding to that now, a flyer sent out by the Greedy WEA blatantly attacking Topper with lie after lie after lie in it.

If we didn’t know better we’d think the Greedy Teachers Union that has in the past supported invalidating our votes for a 2/3 majority requirement for tax increases, support the State Supreme Court fining the legislature and overstepping their bounds in indicating an income tax must be passed against our constitution and continually thumbs their noses at taxpayers, demanding more and more money be confiscated from middle class families is somehow now conservative, opposing all of those very issues they have long supported.

See what I mean below in images from the flyer I received just today.

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October 28, 2016

Topper in the 49th, Pos 2

by lewwaters

stonier-topperEven though I have largely shied away from elections this year, sometimes information comes to me that I just have to share with my readers. This information also will see me changing from throwing away my vote in the 49th Pos. 2 race to voting for Alishia Topper over district hopping Monica Stonier.

I was planning on just not voting in this race since neither candidate aligns with much of my views, but that is no longer the case after seeing last evening how the WEA (Washington Education Association), the granddaddy of greedy teachers unions in our state, has spent over $320,000 in independent expenditures to get Monica Stonier back into the legislature while also spending over $28,000 in opposition to Alishia Topper.

This all the while as Liberals are constantly crying “get the big special interest money out of politics.”

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March 4, 2014

Teachers Sought by Union to Oppose Evaluations

by lewwaters

Amazing the steps the teachers union apparently will take to fight basing teacher evaluations on student test scores. Following is a full email sent to me that is claimed to have been sent out to all members of the WEA, along with the request to not reply, print or forward the email.

Fortunately, someone decided the public has a right to know.

You in the private sector do not receive the opportunity to miss work, with pay and have your travel paid to support or oppose legislation that effects your children. But the teachers union apparently does.

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June 25, 2013

When Did Public Union Teachers Become So Sacrosanct?

by lewwaters

Teacher 1Whether we realize it or not, we all teach. Be it our children, our friends and acquaintances, co-workers or just people we meet in our day to day dealings, in some manner or another, we teach them.

But, that does not make us “teachers,” those who have chosen to enter the profession to impart knowledge in any one of our schools where we must send our children to learn reading, writing, arithmetic, history and other relevant subjects in hopes that when they grow up, they will have the knowledge to become functional adults ready to contribute to society, raise families of their own and pass along their own teaching with who they interact with.

Teaching sounds like a very lofty and important profession, which it is. But, does that make being a teacher any more special or privileged than other professions we enter into? Does that make them exempt from the day to day struggles and budgeting we must perform in order to care for our families, especially in these difficult economic times we have seen over the past years?

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December 10, 2010

Public Unions Must Begin Giving Their ‘Fair Share’

by lewwaters

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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October 10, 2010

Peck, Harris Really Frighten the Columbian in the 17th Legislative District

by lewwaters

Once again, the Columbian has begun telling voters who they should vote for with their selection of chosen candidates to receive the much vaunted “newspaper endorsement.” We see this every election cycle and from most all papers in the dinosaur media, the Columbian being no different.

While Democrats are favored most often in the media, we also see once in a while a good call as we saw in endorsing Ann Rivers in the 18th and Craig Riley in the 49th legislative districts. When it comes down to the 17th legislative district, the Columbian goes into full press mode to go counter to voters in the primary and keep both seats out of conservative hands.

In the 17th they chose to select a young teacher’s union representative and former delegate to the 2008 Democrat Convention for Barack Obama, Monica Stonier and the questionable incumbent completing his first term in Olympia, Tim Probst.

That both were nearly slaughtered in the primary vote count by their opponents, business owner and political novice Brian Peck and Paul Harris is ignored as the Columbian raises blinders on the Democrats and digs for every little grain of sand they can find to throw at the two conservatives.

Peck bested the incumbent Probst in the primary by a count of 53% to 47%, with Probst spending an unbelievable amount of campaign cash in an uncontested primary, just he and Peck running and both guaranteed their party’s nomination in our top two primary.

Harris performed even better against two Democrats, gaining 56% of the votes to a combined count of 44% split between Stonier and Martin Hash, Stonier coming out on top.

Showing an all too obvious fear that the two seats currently held by Democrats were heading to conservatives, our wonderful people at the Columbian got out their journalistic shovels and started digging, but only on the right side.

Harris was blasted for having a business truck registered in Oregon that he paid a stiff fine to update. No one wastes any time searching for anything Stonier might have done as a Teachers Union Representative or sought out her view on the union causing Washington State to lose a $13.2 Million grant 2 years ago.

While I have no doubt she is a good teacher, do we really need a WEA representative sitting in the legislature when we can already see that Schools in Washington are poorly managed and amply funded? The WEA advocates for teachers first, students second.

Don’t expect to ever see the Columbian questioning a powerful union like the WEA.

It must have really shaken the ‘good old boy’ mentality at the Columbian seeing how a political novice like Brian Peck beat out an incumbent like Tim Probst, so the digging for mud began. Probst is no stranger to mud himself, slinging it readily in 2008, even though he agreed with his opponent then not to.

Peck came under fire for not including a certain wording on his campaign signs and his not fully listing the businesses he owns. This after once boasting of how his business earned an “excellence Award” 5 years in a row.

While they make a fuss over this news, Probst is held up as the quintessential embodiment of perfection in our legislature for not voting for tax increases, even though it is all too obvious that he votes against them with the permission of his party leaders in Olympia, knowing all too well the measures were going to pass anyway, what with the more than sufficient majority the left has held for some time now.

No one asks about what alternative measures proposed did he vote for or support and apparently no one at the Columbian saw fit to question Probst on his support and sponsorship of HB 2630, the so-called “Opportunity Express” bill, a bill “that will provide more money for training workers for key occupations…” and whether any of that money just might end up at Washington Workforce Association, the company Tim Probst just happens to be CEO of.

Shouldn’t voters be informed whether or not Probst fronted a bill that might have benefited this own company?

Then again, I can’t help but recall how the Columbian went after Bob Koski relentlessly when he had up his Clark Blog site for “copyright infringement” in his posting whole articles on his site with hyperlinks back to the Columbian, but Tim Probst lists a succession of complete articles from the Columbian with no hyperlinks back to the Columbian’s website and no one at the Columbian seems to be blinking an eye about it. (See update listed after post. Probst appears to be coming into compliance with copyright law after being contacted by the Columbian)

A query has been sent to Columbian staff as this is being written, but they have not had the opportunity to reply just yet.

It is all too obvious to me that the Columbian is very frightened that the 17th Legislative District seats, one held by Democrat Tim Probst and the other being vacated by Democrat Deb Wallace are very likely to be added to the Republican label this November.

So frightened that they will sling mud for the Democrats again and ignore voter discontent with the performance of the left.

Fortunately, I think voters are smarter than that and they will show it in the 17th Legislative District come November.

Elect Brian Peck

Elect Paul Harris

UPDATE: Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of the Columbian replied on Tim Probst’s copyright infringement:

Thanks Lew for the e-mail. I’ve been in touch with Tim and I’m told it will be coming down.

Lou

Last I looked, 11 PM Oct. 10, 2010, Probst seems to be complying with copyright law now.