Archive for March 12th, 2011

March 12, 2011

Smoke & Mirrors on CRC & Loot Rail

by lewwaters

I applaud the Columbian’s editor, Lou Brancaccio for ending their relentless assault on successful businessman David Madore and sitting down with him and giving him a fair ear. It’s nice to see someone actually giving an ear to the community over our deep concerns about the boondoggle Columbia River Crossing project and extending Portland, Oregon’s Loot Rail a short distance into our community.

It was refreshing to see Lou’s Saturday column, Let the community be heard and the seemingly supportive voice in putting the thing to a vote of the people. However, I still have questions on the sincerity as the call isn’t for a binding vote by the people, but a non-binding advisory vote.

In other words, we say what we prefer and the elected ruling class does as they please, exactly has been going on for some time now. Although a step in the right direction in asking for a vote, the newspaper of record could have stepped up and supported a binding vote.

As is usual in these columns and articles, comments from citizens go back and forth from both sides, those that support the project and the rest of us who oppose it. A rare treat though, was seeing city council member Pat Campbell, a staunch supporter of this project added his two cents in.

He first says, “One of the jobs of Council is to study the facts and science of matters that might impact us,” and then goes on listing “a great resource in the community, the USGS David A. Johnston Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1300 Cardinal Court, Vancouver 986683; phone 360.993.8900.”

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March 12, 2011

Public Union Thuggery Headed to Washington State?

by lewwaters

Like Wisconsin, Washington State faces a multi-Billion dollar budget deficit and is constitutionally required to balance the budget. Past efforts have come up short and although balanced on paper, have resulted in the deficit gap just being kicked down the road to be dealt with later.

Later has arrived and even governor Gregoire is calling for drastic cuts in areas she doesn’t agree with. But, difficult decisions must be made in order to avoid slipping into bankruptcy.

Democrat Representative of the 49th legislative district, Jim Moeller continues to create ways to take more money from citizens in the state, showing his unwillingness to cut out wasteful spending, which has gotten us into this budgetary crisis. One such example would be his tax we all dubbed the ‘candy & soda tax’ that heaped taxes on some candy bars and other comfort products. It was easily thrown out by voters in the November 2010 election, after we succeeded in having his legislation put before voters.

One area of concern that has been the subject of calls to be dealt with by taxpayers is public union benefits and wages, often that are much more generous than those a private sector counter-part. A report issued by the State Auditor’s Office in December 2010 shows that the State’s Unfunded Liabilities are a Whopping $24.1 Billion, a significant portion of which is union pensions.

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March 12, 2011

Obama Continues Tap Dancing on Energy and the Economy

by lewwaters

As reports of the horrific devastation Japan suffered from the 9.1 earthquake experienced on March 11, 2011 continued coming out in the news, Barack Obama, like all before him, held a news conference vowing help and support for the displaced people of Japan. Scheduled before the earthquake occurred to discuss rising gas prices and economy, Obama did step up and offer assistance to the beleaguered nation, overshadowing his original intent for the conference and reminding me of our long held attitude, “We’re Americans. This is what we do.”

In vowing assistance to Japan “to help with Japanese nuclear power plants and any breaches in the safety system,” he also touched on “The U.S. will also provide heavy lift equipment to clear transportation systems of the massive debris” adding “U.S. aircraft carriers and ships are also steaming toward Japan, loaded with supplies.”

Our generosity is always helping nations when tragedy occurs brings us back to the original intent of the news conference, energy. Or, should I say the current lack of it as we see fuel prices rapidly climbing again due to the rising cost of oil we depend on from the troubled Middle East.

Touching on this and the devastation of Japan’s refineries in the earthquake, Obama said, “We are confident about our ability to fill any potential gaps in (oil) supply,” as he mentioned tapping into our Strategic Petroleum Reserve if need be as those before him have done during times of crisis.

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March 12, 2011

MSNBC’s Ratigan Admits Left is Scared to Criticize Obama Because He’s a Black Liberal

by lewwaters

We’ve known this for some time. Didn’t think I would ever hear them admit it, though.