Archive for September 22nd, 2010

September 22, 2010

Is This How City Council Listens to Citizens?

by lewwaters

H/T NoTolls.com

Jim Moeller arrived late and that I saw that evening, did not fill out a card to request to speak. He was the only person to speak all evening in defense of council member Jeanne Harris.

It should be no surprise that Moeller, who has never met a tax he doesn’t like, also favors slapping citizens with heavy tolls to bring Portland, Oregon’s near bankrupt Max Line into downtown Vancouver.

Why does the Vancouver City Council continue to “update” their guidelines where citizen communications are concerned?

Will we eventually get to the point where citizens are denied speaking to council and end up being dictated to?

Guidelines for citizen communications in effect Monday evening were as follows;

Click image to enlarge, see item number 4

Vancouver City Council Ethics Panel Decision HERE

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.