Archive for March 7th, 2010

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 7, 2010

Why I Question Jaime Herrera’s Judgment

by lewwaters

Ever since Jaime’s sudden and rapid jump into the Washington 3rd Congressional District race, less than 2 hours after Brian Baird announced his retirement this term, several less than complementary emails and comments have come my way because I dare to speak out against the one that appears to be the “party’s chosen one,” even though our primaries are still months away.

I’m not crying about the comments, mind you. I’m a big boy now and can take whatever is thrown my way, even if it is off base or over the top accusations. I mention them to show that perhaps those questioning my choice of candidate ought to be questioning theirs instead.

One of my main reasons I question her judgment has been and remains her co-sponsorship and voting twice for unionizing childcare centers in Washington State, HB 1329, that I have posted on previously HERE and HERE.

She has since told at least one constituent that her pro-union vote for childcare centers was due to her being contacted by providers from within her district who felt they were insufficiently paid by the state for children in their care. A claim I find very odd since the Family Policy Institute of Washington posted on their web page February 8, 2010,

“In 2007, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) approached child care centers (not home day care centers) in Washington about joining the union. After learning that the union would not disclose how much membership was going to cost or specify the benefits that the centers would receive, they declined.”

Yet, Jaime told her constituent that the providers she says contacted her “felt the need to unionize.”

I have yet to understand why any childcare provider that “felt the need to unionize” would need state legislation to do so. FPIW tells us the Unions

“went to their friends in the legislature who take lots and lots of their money for campaigns and asked the legislature to force daycare centers to reap the blessings of union membership—whether they like it or not.”

Jaime made no mention of any providers contacting her and who “felt the need to unionize” during the phone call she placed to me February 9.

An even more apt example of why I question her judgment has surfaced in an article found on the Washington State Wire website on how the SEIU is winning a $6.5 Million award from our state during these difficult economic times for an SEIU-Backed “rigorous state-supervised training and certification program for people who care for the sick and elderly.” Initially voted in under I-1029, Governor Gregoire suspended the measure due to tight fiscal restraints and that the Seattle Times even recommended rejecting.

It was voted in largely in part to the SEIU investing nearly one million dollars in backing the measure.

In reading through the Washington State Wire article linked above, it strikes me that this could very easily be an article from the future over problems that will inevitably beset childcare centers that end up being pushed into Unions, like it or not. From the article, I read in part,

“Over the last decade [SEIU] has made a big push to organize home-care workers, starting with Initiative 775 in 2001, which allowed collective bargaining for those under state contract. Recently the state recognized the union as the official representative for all the independent care providers working for the Department of Social and Health Services. That caused some consternation. It meant people who draw state paychecks to care for relatives in their own homes had to start paying union dues.”

“The rules cover everyone who provides care in a home setting, from non-union employees of regulated private agencies to those who tack up their cards at the local Safeway bulletin boards and offer their services.”

I urge you to read the entire Washington State Wire article and just imagine it is actually from the future and about the same problems seen now in home care giving, yet in childcare centers that today are facing joining unions under state legislation and that Jaime not only voted for but co-sponsored.

And ask yourself, if childcare centers really “felt the need to unionize,” couldn’t they do so without legislation mandating they do so? Especially since they were first contacted by the SEIU?

Another constituent accusing me of being a “Herrera hater” stated to me, “Frankly this SEIU business is blown completely out of all reasonable proportion.”

I don’t believe it is blown out of proportion at all and it does cause me to question the judgment of a person seeking to be a United States Representative representing Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Instead of supporting a candidate out of friendship or because of geography, I prefer to support and hope to see elected a candidate that has trained their judgment in such votes to actually be for the best for residents in the district, not for the betterment of a Union.

Maybe in time, Jaime will better train her judgment.