Posts tagged ‘Election 2012’

November 10, 2012

Oh America, What Have You Done?

by lewwaters

Do you ever find yourself sitting down, conflicted on sacrifices made in the past and wondering why any such sacrifices were made after seeing those sacrifices in essence thrown right back in your face? That is where I sit now, on the eve of Veterans Day 2012 and seeing how our recent elections turned out.

I think of all of the hardships we endured over the years defending this nation from Communist aggressors, standing up against them in foreign lands and more than once, engaging them on the battlefields of Korea and Vietnam. I recall the aid poured into other countries to assist them in their struggle against such oppressive foreign interference and how we stood our ground during the Cold War in Europe, President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural words ringing in my ears, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

JFK must be turning in his grave as we now see the country being handed over to leaders who have shown that the very oppressive government we fought and stood up against for so long is what a majority of our citizens now desire, believing that offers of “free stuff” is better than actually working for yourself.

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November 5, 2012

Romney, The Only Choice

by lewwaters

Within the next 48 hours we should know who the next president will be. In spite of there being multiple choices on the ballot, it boils down to Republican Mitt Romney or Democrat Barack Obama who has led the country deeper into oblivion this last 4 years and currently trying to tell us how much better off we are.

Regular readers know that Mitt Romney was not my first choice, but he is who has prevailed through the primary elections and tedious process to come out ahead of several others as the countries choice to face Obama.

Throughout the process, Romney has articulated a different approach from that of Obama and the Democrats, one that I firmly believe will turn the country around and get us back on track to solvency and prosperity. One that will actually begin lowering the burgeoning unemployment rate we have seen over the last 4 years.

Obama came to office with high promises of “Hope & Change” and has failed. The Hope is gone, replaced by despair, higher unemployment than when he took office, more people dependent upon food stamps than ever before and a national debt increase in 4 years higher than any other president added in 8 years.

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September 24, 2012

Washington State Democrats Stick Their Finger in Jim Moeller’s Eye (UPDATED)

by lewwaters

It looks like Washington State Democrats and their chair, Dwight Pelz have broken ranks with 49th Legislative District incumbent representative, Jim Moeller and finally come out and endorse the only Democrat to challenge Republican, Jaime Herrera Beutler for her 3rd Congressional District seat.

If readers recall, it was Jim Moeller and his inflated ego who led the effort at the Democrats State Convention to deny Haugen the party endorsement, primarily due to his sensible stance on the Columbia River Project, covered at Why Was Jon Haugen ‘Sanctioned’ By the Democrats?

Now that it appears the wheels just may be falling off of the CRC, the Columbian is reporting State Democrats endorse Haugen — finally where they state,

“Democrats didn’t say exactly what made them decide to now endorse Haugen, but Washington State Democrats’ Chairman Dwight Pelz on Monday called Haugen a ‘strong candidate.’ Pelz also said Democrats ‘will spend the next six weeks working (to) elect Democrats and ensure this election keeps our state moving forward’.”

Left out of the article is that it was Jim Moeller leading the charge to deny Haugen the endorsement, presumably due to Moeller being one of the Columbian’s sweethearts who does no wrong.

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August 11, 2012

Does Herrera Beutler Endorse Marc Boldt or Not?

by lewwaters

It was just this past May when Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler raised a few eyebrows around her district over a comment she made and reported in the May 4, 2012 Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC and Democrat Party, that she intended to endorse both incumbent County Commissioners up for reelection, Republican Tom Mielke and alleged Republican Marc Boldt.

Considering that Commissioner Boldt has been sanctioned in November 2011 by the Clark County Republican Party for abandoning the party platform, turning his back on constituents who elected him and began siding with Democrat Steve Stuart, even to the point of saying “nothing would get done if he didn’t compromise with Stuart,” Herrera Beutler began catching flak, just as she predicted she would.

One such example was an open letter written to her by Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun with a copy posted on her blog, Cry Beloved Country.

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July 16, 2012

Representing Constituent Views Earns Commissioner Mielke the Columbian’s Scorn

by lewwaters

Predictable, the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party in Clark County has now endorsed a straight Democrat ticket in the Primary Election coming in August. Oh, they’ll claim they endorsed a “Republican” with Marc Boldt, who left his conservative base in the dust long ago to embrace the Liberal Democrat values, but the release of their endorsement for Democrats Joe Tanner and Ron Barca completes the picture of desiring a one party rule on the Clark County Commission.

Ever since Tom Mielke, a Vietnam Veteran Decorated for Combat Valor when he served with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam, won a narrow victory over Democrat Pam Brokaw in 2008, the lackeys at the Columbian have written everything negative about the man they could find. Unlike Marc Boldt, Mielke votes the conservative view as the conservatives who elected him would expect.

Trying to look out for the well-being of taxpayers, keeping taxes reasonable, questioning the boondoggle CRC and ramming Portland’s light rail down Clark County Citizen’s throats against our will and opposing construction of $24 Million baseball stadium to house a losing minor league team earns Mielke the label of the “No guy” from the Columbian.

In the past 4 years, you will be hard pressed to find a kind word about the man in the pages of the Columbian.

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July 15, 2012

From “Three Nuts and a Boldt” to “Darling of the Columbian.” Just Sell Out the Voters

by lewwaters

With the primary election just a few weeks away from us, the local newspaper of record, also known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party, the Columbian is making their usual endorsements for the top two primary. Who they endorse if more than two candidates in a race is as predictable as the sun rising every morning.

Conservative Republicans really don’t stand much of a chance when it comes to their endorsements, although RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) stand a little better chance. The more they have abandoned their conservative base to embrace a liberal position, the better their chance.

Such is the case in the Columbian’s recent endorsement for Clark County Board of Commissioners, District 2.

Four candidates are running for this position, incumbent Marc Boldt, allegedly a Republican, Roman Battan, a young Democrat that has never held office before, former one-term Vancouver City Council member Pat Campbell who claims no party preference and very successful businessman and owner of US Digital, David Madore, a conservative Republican.

Boldt, once considered a strong conservative who the Columbian labeled “an embarrassment to Clark County” in the 1997 Tom Koenninger editorial, “THREE NUTS AND A BOLDT”? THE REAL ISSUE IS COMPETENCE seems of late to have gained the favor of the paper.

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July 1, 2012

Liz Pike, Ready to Restore Washington State

by lewwaters

The 18th Legislative District has been a strong Republican district for a long time. It is noted for electing strong conservative Republicans like Joe Zarelli, Ann Rivers and Ed Orcutt.

The recent redistricting saw Democrats licking their chops in hopes they might gain a foothold with Orcutt being districted out. Enter Liz Pike, a long time Republican who wants to see the 18th remain in the GOP’s hands and is facing two before unheard of Democrats, David Shehorn, retired computer systems worker and Ryan Gompertz, barely out of High School and studying history and economics at UW.

Neither Democrat has any political experience to speak of other than volunteer work with the party.

Liz Pike, on the other hand, comes with the experience of running for and winning an election to serve the community on the Camas City Council, as well as owning her own small business, Pike Advertising Agency.

She currently serves as Political Affairs Director for the Building Industry Association of Clark County as well and true to her roots growing up on a Clark County Dairy Farm, operates Shangri-La Farm, a small scale sustainable farm in Fern Prairie. She also was a volunteer co-organizer for the Washougal Farmers’ Market as well as an avid promoter of the “buy local, slow food” movement and more.

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June 4, 2012

Obama Campaign Continues to Slam Romney Governor’s Term, Ignoring Obama’s Term

by lewwaters

Not unexpected, but the New York Times has an article out New Obama Ad Continues Focus on Romney’s Term as Governor

As we saw in 2008, the media wants no part in looking at Obama’s record or past, just those who oppose him.

The Democrats ad claims,

“When Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs. And fell to forty-seventh in job creation. Fourth from the bottom.”

Mitt Romney was the Massachusetts governor from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007 which is also a period when Democrats were claiming how bad everything in the country was under President George W. Bush and making all sort of wild claims of how it was so unbearable and only they could fix it.

They successfully seized all congressional power in the 2006 election and took over both houses of congress in January 2007. Although we might expect some media attention to how the Democrats have spearheaded the country’s economy, we have come to see it will not happen as they supply cover for the Democrats. So I will do what an unwilling media refuses to do.

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May 1, 2012

Test of Fire

by lewwaters

December 2, 2011

Illusory Unemployment Drop Celebrated, While Real Job Growth Remains Blocked

by lewwaters

This holiday season is bringing more of the same bad news that millions of jobless workers heard last year… American workers are weathering the effects of an economy where there is only one job for every three individuals searching for a job.

No, the above isn’t addressing our current economic quagmire, it is two sentences contained in the first paragraph of a letter sent to former President George W. Bush by Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader and Tom Daschle, Senate Democratic Leader in November 2003 complaining about what they felt was high unemployment then and urging more unemployment funding to combat it.

After suffering the worst terrorist attack in history, an attack right in the heart of our financial district and lingering effects of a recession that began shortly after taking office, unemployment had peaked at 6.3% in June 2003 and was dropping; reaching 5.8% in the very month the letter was written.

Democrats were complaining how unacceptable such unemployment numbers were as we heading into the 2004 election season.

Contrast that now as we see celebratory headlines like: Unemployment rate falls to 8.6 percent, lowest in 2½ years, with good signs for small business

Through the first two years of the Obama administration, Democrats had full and complete control of the government to implement the very policies they called for back in 2003. Unemployment, after dipping to 4.4% during the Bush administration, was setting at 7.8% when Obama took office, after two years of Democrats seizing control of both houses of congress in the 2006 election.

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October 11, 2011

Meet & Greet for Shahram Hadian, Tuesday October 18

by lewwaters

Shahram Haidian, hoping to be Washington States next governor, has scheduled a Meet & Greet for Tuesday Evening, October 18, 2011.

I hope as many as can will attend and let’s hear what he is for to ensure we choose the best possible candidate for our next governor.

Time Tuesday, October 18 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location US Digital
1400 Northeast 136th Avenue
Vancouver, Washington

More Info Come and meet Shahram Hadian, Candidate for Washington State Governor!

“Our state and nation are in moral, economic, and national security crisis and now is the time for Courageous Leadership.” –Shahram Hadian

Hadian for Governor

Hadian is an unknown for us in Clark County and the parties have already lined up behind Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee as the choices they are giving us.

We owe to ourselves to meet and listen to what other candidates stand for and then determine who we want, not who the major parties say we will have.

October 2, 2011

Do We Have a Viable Alternative Candidate for Governor?

by lewwaters

Shahram Hadian

With a little over a year to go to our next governor’s election, both political parties in Washington State have once made our selection for us on who we get to vote for. The Washington State Republican Party has given us State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who has long had his eyes fixed on one day occupying the governor’s mansion. The Washington State Democrat Party has decided on 1st District U.S. Representative Jay Inslee to occupy the governor’s mansion next, given that current Democrat Christine Gregoire has announced she will not seek a third term.

The establishment in both parties have drawn the lines and decided that is our choices, whether we like them or not.

For too long now we have had party elites deciding on who we get to vote for on many levels. Woe be upon any candidate who doesn’t just go along with the party elites. I saw a close up and personal view of just that in the 2010 election as the GOP undermined and back stabbed a good conservative candidate to ensure Jaime Herrera, the hand-picked and groomed candidate of the GOP establishment’s choice won the nomination.

With this in mind, I am pleased to see a third candidate standing up and willing to give us another choice to look at. Shahram Hadian is stepping up to the plate and by all outward appearances is a man deserving of our attention.

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