Rep. Moeller Inadvertently Admits, “Portland Is More Important Than Vancouver”

by lewwaters

Since 2002, Democrat 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller has successfully warded off challenges to his seat by some very capable Republicans, often winning by large margins exceeding 60%. Obviously, he is an effective campaigner, but 5 consecutive wins seems to have gone to his head as today we see him wearing his arrogance over those wins on his sleeve as proudly as he does his homosexuality.

He is well known for snarky comments left for constituents who disagree with him as much as he is his love of taxing the pants off of his constituents (no pun intended).

But his effectiveness in the Washington Legislature is questionable. Yes, he is very effective at pushing through special interest matters while ignoring the growing budget gaps every session, but a quick look shows that his district, the 49th is much worse off today than it has been for some time.

The 49th, wholly contained within Clark County struggles in its 4th year straight with double digit unemployment. When I contacted Mr. Moeller, along with several others back when Oregon passed their massive anti-business tax increase (measures 66 & 67) outlining we had a “golden opportunity” to attract those much needed jobs to Washington State, he responded,

“Thanks for your email. Yes! I saw the wonderful election results last night from our neighbors across the river. Although, we clearly differ on the two measures effects on small business, one thing we do agree upon, this is a great opportunity for Washington!

And what a victory! This was not just another liberal Multnomah County election result but a state-wide repudiation of the failed fiscal policies of conservatives that the only way to create prosperity is to cut taxes and shrink government services. Clearly the voters understand that simply cutting taxes and basic government services like education cannot continue and have any semblance of public education – the hope for our future, or other essential services for our elderly or disabled.

Although we have a very different tax system here in Washington we (like Oregon) will look at targeted tax increases (along with cuts and efficiencies) to help fund the basic building blocks of prosperity like education and public health and freight mobility. We will focus on rebuilding the economy and the creation of jobs in Clark County and across Washington by keeping our eye on the ball and the basics that gave us the prosperity to start with.

Finally, this was a great opportunity to affirm that progressive taxes on the successful and the wealthy is supported by the public when the voter knows what the taxes from the two measures will be used for.

Thanks for writing Lew, please write again.

Rep. Jim Moeller”

I don’t know about you, but that reads to me that we don’t need to attract new business and their jobs to Washington, but that we should follow Oregon’s lead and tax the daylights out what business we have left in Clark County!

Since then we have seen Jim Moeller write and pass a ridiculously confusing “Candy Tax” that was overturned in the very next election by citizen initiative by a wide margin.

For right at a decade, Jim Moeller has sat in the majority in Olympia writing checks constituents cannot afford and building his ego and arrogance, but nowhere is this displayed more than in his dismissive attitude for so long when it comes to serious red flags raised pertaining to the Columbia River Project and dragging Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail across the state line and into our community, even though voters have indicated more than once that we do not want it.

I have long been curious why such strong support in the face of so many troubles with the project, often assuming his allegiance lies more with Portland, Oregon that with constituents in the district he swore and oath to represent.

Today, October 18, 2012 in the comments below a Columbian article poo pooing the latest revelations for a forensic audit of the project, he confirmed my suspicions with his reply to my comment that our questions have long been ignored or silenced,

“Or is this just one more issue for you to hide behind and try to delay if you can’t outright kill the project and push your radical right-wing agenda while keeping Clark County from joining the 21st century with a new bridge and light-rail that connects it to the economic powerhouse accross the river and fuels 60,000 jobs a day? Whew! :-)” (emphasis added)

Confirming to me what I read in his previous statement on attracting jobs an business to our community, it is clear that Jim Moeller has no interest in that, but is only interested in keeping businesses in Oregon’s Multnomah County with our citizens forced to pay Oregon’s income tax and spread their money within Oregon, not our own community.

He shows no intention of helping our still struggling community recover. Instead, he would rather our community continue to be drained of our dwindling revenues and they be sent to Portland, Oregon to bail them out from their own folly, at such a time we need to beg for federal funds to keep a much needed fire station open and keep Police on our streets.

He ignores the crime that seems to follow light rail, that doesn’t matter to him any more than growing jobs in our own community matters to him.

You would think he believes he has been elected 5 times to the Oregon Legislature instead of the Washington Legislature since clearly his heart lies with Oregon over constituents in his district, the same ones he is suing to invalidate their votes last election.

Add to this the arrogance of an elected official telling a constituent, “I don’t give a damn what your opinion is.”

Clearly, if we in the 49th Legislative District, Clark County and Washington State are ever to recover from this economic nightmare we remain mired in, we have to replace arrogant, self-serving politicians like Jim Moeller who are more interested in supporting communities outside of our own state than they are with looking out for those who elect them.

Moeller has outlived his usefulness to the 49th and must be turned out this election. Again we see a Republican challenger with the credentials and experience running against Jim Moeller who actually cares about the community she lives in and wishes to represent our interests, not those of Portland, Oregon.

I invite you to look at Carolyn Crain and support her. While you’re at it, give Debbie Peterson and Eileen Qutub a serious look too and let’s start pulling ourselves out of this mess we have been put in by the likes of Jim Moeller.

They want to represent Clark County citizens before Portland, Oregon’s citizens.

5 Comments to “Rep. Moeller Inadvertently Admits, “Portland Is More Important Than Vancouver””

  1. In the 49th, Jim “My middle name is Hussein” Moeller is living proof that you can fool all of the people, all of the time.

  2. The revelations of CRC contract irregularities is not new, it’s growing. In spite of these serious concerns about the project, Rep. Moeller championed another $25 Million for the CRC from WA while there is still no accountability for CRC spending. Calls for a halt to CRC spending until correct accounting requirements were fulfilled were ignored by Moeller.
    Carolyn Crain advocated an investigation into the concerns when they became public. An investigation is called for, and a halt to CRC spending until the financial safeguards are in place. Furthermore, the contractor has failed in their duties, and WA taxpayers should not have to pay for their glaring mistakes in bridge design, first an untested untried design, and now a bridge too low. The lax oversight by Moeller will not resolve the situation.

  3. The fact is that the federal money to pay for this bridge portion ($450,000) is not a grant and when we the people realize that we have been taken by our own government rep it will be too late. If the shovels are turned it is a done deal. Moeller himself on August 20th at the CRC Oversight hearing made a statement “when are we going to scrap this project and start over”? However he is the one writing the pro statement in the pamphlet on proposition 1 which is more like propaganda 1 if you ask me. So I will ask when are we going to get an honest representative? Are you ready for down to earth honesty? Vote for me!

  4. It amazes me that these “progressive” politicians want to build 19th century technology “to solve our transit problems.” Street cars (aka “light rail”) were torn up in the middle of the 20th century for very good reasons. They are expensive to operate, inflexible (can’t move tracks easily), and can not adapt to changing development patterns or changes in live/work/commute patterns. For example, when the San Francisco Bay Area transit system was designed, the suburbs were feeding workers into downtown Oakland and downtown (financial district) San Francisco. By the time BART was complete, the trend had started to move “back office” jobs out of the city centers into the suburbs where there were plenty of willing workers who did not need to commute long distance. (San Francisco helped by increasing payroll taxes, making it far more financially feasible for employers to move as much payroll out of the city.)

    So, now BART, designed to serve a very dense central city business district, only poorly serves widely dispersed employment centers scattered throughout the suburban communities. Other stupid, restrictive, housing development “smart growth” policies forced new housing to be built in a new, far outer ring that is well beyond the core service area of BART. (Subsequently, after a decade-long delay for planning and financing arrangements, BART is extending its lines further out into the suburbs — just in time for massive foreclosures and vacancies in the outer ring developments — most sold during the peak period of the housing bubble.

    So, now the Politicians in Southwest Washington have an opportunity to observe and learn from California — a state that is fast heading for bankruptcy — and kill this 19th century street car project before it burdens Clark county and the State of Washington with construction costs and large ongoing operation and maintenance costs that will burden the economy and make it difficult to grow businesses and create jobs.

    The most effective means to stimulate private sector growth is to limit the size and scope of the government at all levels. Maximize individual liberty so that people can freely enter into businesses to create jobs and economic activity with as little regulation and taxation as possible. Those policies have been proven numerous times. And the opposite policies — those that the Progressives desire — tend to create stagnant economies. The do result in more “equality” of results — we’ll all be equally impoverished and needing hand-outs from the government — but the government will be bankrupt. (Example: the former Soviet Union.)

  5. “Politicians in Southwest Washington have an opportunity to observe and learn from California”

    Yes they do, but unless we radically change their composition, they won’t. Liberals (and unfortunately even some so-called conservatives) live and die by the idea that good intentions are all that matter – not good results. And when their heavy-handed, top-down, spend-thrift approach inevitably fails, they conclude that the solution is to double-down.
    That is the lesson of California, and, astonishingly, Californians themselves still haven’t learned it. One reason why there are so many ex-Californians around here (including me 🙂

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