Posts tagged ‘I-1053’

March 1, 2013

Democrats Waging War Against the Middle Class in Court

by lewwaters

Poor ManThe middle class in Washington State was struck a cruel blow yesterday when the State Supreme Court ruled against citizens and sided with Democrats and Education Union Groups in finding unconstitutional citizen initiatives requiring the state legislature to reach a 2/3 supermajority vote in order to raise our taxes.

Most telling is just who the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed shortly after voters for the 4th time approved the requirement of a 2/3 supermajority in I-1053 in 2010.

In addition to the League of Education Voters and the Washington Education Association we also see Representative Laurie Jinkins (D. 27th); Representative Jamie Pedersen (D. 43rd); Representative Deb Eddy (D. 48th); Representative Sam Hunt (D. 22nd); Representative Jim Moeller (D. 49th); Representative Timm Ormsby (D. 3rd); Representative Eric Pettigrew (D. 37th); Representative Chris Reykdal (D. 22nd); Representative Cindy Ryu (D. 32nd); Representative Mike Sells (D. 38th) and State Senator David Frockt (46th) listed as plaintiffs against middle class citizens of Washington State.

Jim Moeller was quoted in the pages of the Columbian saying, “The constitutional legality of the supermajority has gone unresolved for many years, and I’m really pleased that the court has finally settled the issue.”

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February 28, 2013

I-1053 Ruled Unconstitutional

by lewwaters

Sure to please Jim Moeller, he has successfully invalidated voters votes

I-1053 Unconstitutional

Undoubtedly 49th Legislative District Representative Jim ‘da taxman’ Moeller is dancing on the floor of the house this morning at this stunning slap down of voters in Washington State that have voted 5 times to require a 2/3 majority vote in order for the legislature to increase taxes.

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May 30, 2012

Lone Judge Invalidates “All political power is inherent in the people”

by lewwaters

Fringe Democrats, The League of Education Voters and the Washington Education Association have won the first round in the battle to overturn the clearly stated will of the people in Washington State by ruling today that I-1053, the fourth time the people of our state have voted in the 2/3 majority requirement for the legislature to increases taxes as “unconstitutional.”

Our state constitution, Article 1, Section 1 says, “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

Note, it says “ALL,” not some or only part, but “ALL political power is inherent in the people.”

The government receives power from us, not the other way around.

I-1053 passed easily statewide by a 64% vote. In our county, it passed by an even larger margin, slightly over 71%. Even a liberal newspaper as the Seattle Times editorialized, State’s two-thirds rule on taxes should be retained as did our own Columbian with, Two-thirds approval for tax increases is necessary for low-performing Legislature.

Clearly, the people spoke loud and clear on this desire in 1993, 1998, 2007 and 2010.

But, public unions and fringe Democrats like 49th legislative district rep. Jim Moeller, who readily joined the lawsuit to thwart the will of voters, both in the state and his district, have taken it upon themselves to give us the middle finger.

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April 20, 2012

Rep. Moeller, “Constituents Make a Sham Out Of the Process”

by lewwaters

It’s no secret that Democrat Jim Moeller, Representative for the heavily Democrat 49th Legislative District in Washington State is pro taxes. We have even nicknamed him “Da Taxman” over this love of hanging more and more taxes on the backs of taxpayers, even though his district is in the 4th year in a row of double digit unemployment.

To combat this ‘tax happy’ attitude of Olympia Democrats, who have maintained a stranglehold on the state government for over a decade now, voters have repeatedly passed constitutional initiatives requiring the legislature to have a two thirds ‘Super Majority’ vote in order to stick more taxes on us.

Each has been discarded by the governor and legislature as soon as legally possible, giving the Democrat majority an easier time taxing us to death.

Enter Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 in 2010 once again requiring the legislature to achieve that two thirds majority to impose and raise taxes on us or put them to the voters for a majority vote. The initiative was passed by voters with a wide 64% margin statewide. Locally, including Moeller’s own district he says he represents, it passed by a 71.3 percent margin.

Completely ignoring that the “will of the people” is that the legislature require such a two thirds Super Majority vote for taxes, Special Interests and some Democrats, including Jim Moeller filed a lawsuit against the people’s voice claiming, “Changing the constitution and our right to vote by initiative, no matter what percentage it passed by, is unconstitutional.”

The right to Citizen Initiative is written into the Washington State Constitution, Article II Section 1.

The case was recently argued before King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller and is in his hands.

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June 6, 2011

In Washington State, It Is “Majority Rules,” Unless the “Majority Rules”

by lewwaters

Like every other state, ours has a state constitution that just like the U.S. Constitution, is considered the ‘law of the land.’ It was written and adopted as the state came into being and after much consideration and debate.

Like other states, ours also has a list of “rights” that we the people take for ourselves. Number one on our Declaration of Rights is, “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

The very cornerstone of our system of governance is that all powers to government are granted “from the people, by the people and for the people.” A simpler way to state it would be “majority rule.” With some exceptions, that has served us well. A notable exception would be when Black Americas were wrongfully denied their constitutional rights simply because of their skin color in a few states.

That too was corrected by a “majority rule” vote.

But for the most part, “majority rule” has functioned pretty well.

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November 1, 2010

The Initiatives

by lewwaters

For those few still undecided or wondering about the multitude of initiatives and ballot measures on the Washington Ballot this year, below are my personal recommendations. Time is short and as well as taking my views in mind, research quickly and vote your conscience.

I-1053 I voted YES to return our 2/3 majority vote for tax raises.

I-1082 I voted YES to allow business to purchase private insurance for workers comp, privatizing it.

I-1098, the income tax is a NO, right off the bat.

I-1100 I voted YES to privatize liquor sales and get the state out of it, other than reasonable taxation and enforcement of course.

I-1105 I voted NO on as it keeps the state too involved still. If both bills pass it would be a first as they compete with each other and I think could really muddy the effort to remove the state monopoly on liquor.

I-1107 was a YES on repealing recently added taxes on bottled water and certain candies. They don’t need more money, just less spending and prioritize what and how it is spent better.

R 52 I voted NO. http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/opinion/important-questions-ask-about-referendum-52

SJR 8225 I voted NO as I see it as giving them another way to borrow more from the feds. It’s still our tax dollars being used and does not reduce spending. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/10/13/1379976/no-its-too-risky-for-taxpayers.html

HJR 4220 I voted NO on as I see it as a knee jerk reaction to a tragic event last year. Reading over how Maurice Clemmons ended up being released before he murdered the 4 Police Officers, even if the new measure was in place he most likely would still have been released. We need to actually address shortcomings, not just hastily throw in more legislation. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/10/27/v-lite/1397701/hjr-4220-goes-too-far-in-response.html