Archive for September 12th, 2011

September 12, 2011

What do You Think of your Opponent?

by lewwaters

At a September 9, 2011, Bart Hansen incumbent Vancouver City Council member and his challenger, Josephine Wentzel were both asked by the Columbian’s Andrea Damewood, “what do you think of your opponent?” Such questions might seem irrelevant, but they are not. Simple questions as this gives voters insight into the candidates and how they view those within the community that disagree with their actions on council. It also lets us see how council members will interact with citizens.

See the full interview and other city council interviews at CVTV

While I am still not endorsing any city council races, I am struck by Bart not answering the question and instead diverting his reply to all about him. Is there a particular reason Bart doesn’t want to state what he thinks of Ms. Wentzel who has appeared before city council spoke several times in the past?

Does he admire Josephine for standing on her values in opposition to his stand? Or, does he hold her in disdain for opposing his stands taken?

Does he look poorly upon citizens who disagree with him? A lot could be read into this diversion to himself and not answering a direct question.

Living outside the city limits, I don’t get a voice in who is chosen to sit on city council, but when I see a politician slyly not answering such a simple , direct question, I am left wondering, “why?”

September 12, 2011

Obama’s New and Improved Jobs Plan, Still Misses the Mark

by lewwaters

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. In a nutshell, that is how the new & improved jobs plan Barack Obama repeatedly told congress “you should pass right away” is best summed up. Same old, same old that plunges us deeper in debt, taxes the so called rich and places more burdens on business, which will cost us jobs, not create them.

Shortly after being coronated as king in 2009, in the minds of many liberals, Obama rolled out his multi-Billion dollar “stimulus” to spur job growth with the warning of it had to be passed to keep unemployment below 8% in America. Within months, we exceeded 10% unemployment and have remained above an 8% rate ever since, slightly above 9% at this time.

Oh, we’re told how well that one worked and saved jobs. DNC chair, transplanted Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying, “[The] mantra that the Recovery (stimulus) Act did not work is such baloney,” adding in regards to the new & improved plan, “the plan would be paid for by ‘closing corporate loopholes,’ bringing jobs back to the U.S., and by raising taxes on the ‘wealthy and more fortunate’.”

The very acts that sent American jobs overseas in the first place!

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September 12, 2011

Vancouver Remembers the Lives Sacrificed on 9/11

by lewwaters

The ending minutes of the 10 year anniversary services held in Vancouver, Washington in remembrance of the over 400 Firefighters and Police who lost their lives on September 11, 2001

The Columbian’s coverage of the services here