Posts tagged ‘Lisa Brown’

February 8, 2012

The “Whims of the Majority”

by lewwaters

In the February 1, 2012 debate over homosexual marriage rights in Washington State, State Senator Lisa Brown, a member of the Democrat majority gives her reasons for opposing allowing voters in the state to voice their views through a public vote.

I guess it escapes Ms. Brown that the homosexual marriage bill passed in the Senate and the House by a “whim of the majority” there?

Isn’t it funny how majority rule only counts when Democrats are the majority?

Footage from TVW, Washington State Public Affairs Network http://www.tvw.org/

February 10, 2011

Governor Gregoire Honors Illegal Aliens

by lewwaters

Ignoring the fact that Washington State is deeply embroiled in the worsening economic decline, it is utterly unbelievable to see a group of about 400 people marching upon the capital in Olympia opposing budget cuts intended to close the multi-Billion dollar budget gap.

Even more astonishing, many in the crowd appear to be in the country ‘ILLEGALLY!’ As such, they are lawbreakers! Illegal aliens!

We recently saw in a Seattle Times report: “An estimated 230,000 illegal immigrants were living in Washington state in 2010 — 35 percent more than three years earlier,” with the claim by state senator Val Stevens, “the illegal-immigrant cost to the state is $272 million a biennium for such functions as social services, health and corrections.”

At the rally, illegal immigrants gathered to “urge lawmakers to oppose cuts to medical interpreters and health care for kids and fight bills that require immigration status checks before issuing driver’s licenses.”

While illegal aliens whine and cry for public tax dollars to support them, information entered in Immigration Form I-864, sponsorship of a legal immigrant states, “The information will be used principally by an immigration judge, USCIS or a Consular Officer to support an alien’s application for benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act and specifically the assertion that he or she has adequate means of financial support and will not become a public charge.” (pg 9)

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March 13, 2010

Olympia Democrats in Cartoon

by lewwaters

With all the tax increases being pushed through by our Dictacrats in Olympia, with no regard to what it is doing to the taxpayers, how appropriate to dedicate to them the 1967 song and cartoon by the Beatles, Taxman.

Let’s hope most of you are on unemployment after November.

March 12, 2010

Maryland’s Hard Learned Lesson To Washington State

by lewwaters

Much like Oregon and Washington have done, Maryland decided to “stick it to the wealthy” to make up budget shortfalls and increase funds received. As warned, the exact opposite happened. From a Wall Street Journal article;

“We reported in May that after passing a millionaire surtax nearly one-third of Maryland’s millionaires had gone missing, thus contributing to a decline in state revenues. The politicians in Annapolis had said they’d collect $106 million by raising its income tax rate on millionaire households to 6.25% from 4.75%. In cities like Baltimore and Bethesda, which apply add-on income taxes, the top tax rate with the surcharge now reaches as high as 9.3%—fifth highest in the nation. Liberals said this was based on incomplete data and that rich Marylanders hadn’t fled the state.”

“Well, the state comptroller’s office now has the final tax return data for 2008, the first year that the higher tax rates applied. The number of millionaire tax returns fell sharply to 5,529 from 7,898 in 2007, a 30% tumble. The taxes paid by rich filers fell by 22%, and instead of their payments increasing by $106 million, they fell by some $257 million.”

And, Maryland’s unemployment during this time?

Democrats will never learn.

March 8, 2010

Olympia Dictacrats Justify Raping Washington Taxpayers

by lewwaters

Our friends at Washington State Wire have posted a compilation of what they consider “The Best Speeches From the Senate Floor” concerning the ongoing rape of the taxpayers in our state.

Speeches are from both parties, but I paid particular notice to the comments made by our Dictacrats as they justify raping us even more with the largest budget tax increase in the history of the state, when we are also facing some of the worst economic troubles we’ve seen.

Below is my own assessment of their “justification.”

State Sen. Tracy Eide, D-Des Moines: “I would like to say this is one of the toughest votes I have taken in my political career.”

No, Ms. Eide. Tough would have been actually addressing the wasteful spending and cutting unnecessary programs an standing up to the Public Unions, like the SEIU who’s members continue to earn more wages than we in the private sector currently are.

“You know, I’ve heard nothing but terrible things about the government. It’s the big, bad wolf out there. Government’s a big, bad wolf. Well, ladies and gentlemen, do you know what government does for you?”

Yes, and you have an electorate that is rapidly going bankrupt trying to pay for Union labor on the state payroll. When do Dictacrats approach the Public Unions and overpaid College Professors for wage concessions? We’ve had to make them, when do they?

“Do I want to raise taxes? I say no. Hell, no. I don’t want to raise taxes. Who does?”

Uh, you voted for them, didn’t you?

State Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: “[It] has been said many times is that this budget is going to cost jobs. And I agree… So again I say jobs are important, but state jobs – jobs of people that are doing the services that ours citizens ask us for – are also legitimate jobs and also part of our economy.”

No one denies that public sector jobs aren’t also important, but how many? What level of wages need paid, with benefits, compared to private sector jobs that actually fill the treasury with tax dollars to pay these public jobs? And, why must public sector jobs be union jobs complete with higher wages and benefits we in the private sector only dream of, but paid for by us?

State Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent: “We’ve heard…, that the reason we’re having this problem is because state spending is out of control, that state spending keeps going up and up and up… We spent a lot of dollars on public education, as we should – it’s our paramount duty.”

As if that is the only place spending has increased? Yes, some budget cuts were made last year, but what about all the previous years? The Seattle Times in 2008 published, How state spending rose $8 billion under Gregoire.

And, those education dollars. How much to teach children of ILLEGAL immigrants? What about healthcare and welfare to those who cross our borders in violation of our laws, who seem to easily find work while we see double digit unemployment for Washington taxpayers?

Maybe our Olympia Dictacrats would do well to consider the account given between Davy Crockett and Horatio Bunce.

“We’re not overspending. We are doing our job.”

Horse hockey!

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle: “It seems it’s fine to say it’s okay to cut jobs if they are state employees. It’s not okay if jobs in the private sector are cut. It seems that it’s okay to have people paid more highly in the private sector, but not okay for people to make good wages in the public sector.”

Does this woman come from the Twilight Zone? Does she not see the unemployment rate in our state? Would she do away with private sector jobs, opting for all public sector? Where would she figure on filling tax coffers then?

“We also have bemoaned over the years that we hear from constituents that they don’t like that their kids can’t get into the University of Washington, and isn’t that horrible?”

Is there a reason kids today can’t be expected to work their way through college?

State Sen. Randy Gordon, D-Bellevue: “We’re trying to fix this problem any way that we can.”

Bankrupting taxpayers is “fixing the problem” that you people caused?

“Government is for the people. Thirty cents to preserve these things is a small price to pay, and the average price to a Washingtonian is actually $29.33 for this tax.”

I think we are going to pay a bit more than just 30 cents per $100. That is just the teaser they pushed off on us, in hopes we will approve of taking it off later in favor of a progressive income tax. Oh yes, it will only be on the so-called wealthy… to start.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane: “I think you know we are in the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression. All of our families are feeling it, and I’m sure your community is as well as mine.”

And, with that attitude, you commence to raping taxpayers that are now struggling even more?

“I’m happy to say that we have managed to balance our budget by passing this bill today. That serious economic recession that we’re undergoing opened up a gaping $12 billion hole in our two-year budget.”

And just what do you intend to do for the next budget? Will you raise taxes on what few businesses may be left? Extend your hoped for income tax downward, like we all know you will do anyways?

“We’ve done reductions in every functional area of state government that is not constitutionally protected or part of some kind of federal match that we can’t cut.”

What about concessions from Public Unions? I don’t recall hearing about those. Did she intentionally miss Democrats Quietly Restored $6.5 Million for an SEIU-Backed Training Program?

And we should not forget that it is Lisa Brown who teases us with the sales tax increase and promise of removing it in November, should we approve of their Progressive Income Tax, as she laid out on her blog post Letting the people decide.

Funny, she wants us to “decide” on an income tax after gutting I-960 that we already decided on in 2007.

State Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue: “I believe it’s too large, and more importantly, I think the inclusion of the sales tax is very harmful on an economy that is struggling to recover… I don’t think we have fully recognized exactly where our economy is, that it is very tenuous, it is very fragile. If you look at the economic numbers in Washington state, our unemployment is 9.2 percent. Nationwide, it’s 9.5 percent. If you look at underemployment, underemployment is at 17.4 percent… If you look at corporate America, they’re making those tough choices they’re slashing payrolls 20 to 30 percent. They are slashing their expenses 10 to 30 percent. What are we doing?”

Voting for massive tax increases, just as you did!

How many more reasons have to be given for you to vote Republican in November?

March 7, 2010

The Rape Of Washington State Citizens Continues

by lewwaters

Following suit with California and Oregon in becoming a high tax state, Washington State’s Democratic/Dictacratic Party led legislature continued raping Washington citizens today as the passed through a whole slew of new or increased taxes on an already struggling populace.

From an email received from Senator Mike Hewitt, Republican 16th District,

“Today the state Senate passed two bills that will raise taxes nearly $3 billion over three years – the largest operating budget tax increase in state history. The two measures include:
· an increase in the state sales tax of .3 percent between June 1, 2010 and June 30, 2013, expected to raise taxes by about $1 billion over three years;
· higher business and occupation taxes on employers;
· an extra $1 a pack tax on cigarettes; and
· a tax on bottled water estimated to raise $30 million between now and mid-2011.

Substitute Senate Bill 6143 would raise or reinstate 21 taxes at a cost to taxpayers of about $830 million between now and July 2011, including a sales tax increase slated to raise $313 million in the next 16 months (almost $1 billion over the next three years) and a $184 million business and occupation tax increase on service-related employers.

Senate Bill 6874 would increase the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar per pack, to $3.02 in tax alone.”

Senator Don Benton, Republican 17th District attempted a procedural motion during final debate on Senate Bill 6143 today to require separate votes on each of the 21 tax increases in the omnibus tax bill.

Benton said,

“We might have had a chance to defeat some of these tax hikes if members of the majority party had to vote on each one. They were being pushed to take an ‘all or nothing’ vote, which forced support for elements some members didn’t like.”

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, in his role as Senate president, ruled against Benton’s motion.

Benton went on to say,

“And now, in the middle of a devastating recession, the Democrats have added new spending of about 400 million dollars in their budget for the remainder of this biennium. We are in the middle of an economic crisis and they add new spending? They could have cut their tax package nearly in-half if it wasn’t for this.

“Not only is this Legislature about to impose the largest operating budget tax increase in the history of our state, it is the largest job-killing bill in the history of our state.”

Senator Hewitt added,

“These bills would tax people to the bone to support a spending plan that plays all kinds of shell games with the budget. They’re transferring money around from account to account, counting on federal money that may or may not arrive, and making it almost impossible to track where the money is coming from or going.”

“These new taxes are also being rammed through at a record pace.”

“We saw the ‘21 taxes’ bill for the first time Friday night, and they’re rushing it to a vote over the weekend. That isn’t open government.”

“This spending plan will cost a family of four more than a thousand dollars over the next three years. I’m sure not many of those families want to bail out the state’s over-spending with another thousand dollars in taxes.”

“The majority party talks a lot about ‘Washington values.’ It is not Washington values to raise taxes on people who are unemployed to give pay raises to those who already have jobs. It isn’t Washington values to take health care away from people and give increased benefits to those who already have it. A better approach would be to look at every state expenditure line-by-line and prioritize state spending, bringing it back in line with the amount of revenue coming in the door. That’s the way to avoid historically large tax increases like what the Senate approved today.”

As reported at Washington State Wire, we should not forget that Democrats Quietly Restored $6.5 Million for an SEIU-Backed Training Program, at a time we are expecting wasteful spending to stop.

We’ve seen how the Dictacrats Planned Subterfuge to impose an income tax on us later this year, with an empty promise of a minimal sales tax decrease that today they just increased.

The majority party in Olympia gives a whole new meaning to the term scallywag.

Our state is following California and Oregon down the drain of higher and higher taxation, which has California already bankrupt and Oregon close behind. Dictacrats haven’t a clue still in how to cure this mess they caused, other than stick it to us in our collective rears again.

You and I did not cause this debacle as we struggled to raise our families and enjoy a small amount of leisure, but we are getting stuck with new bills at all levels from the leftist government.

You fell for promises of “Hope & Change,” but didn’t realize all it would end up being is “Rope & Chains” of enslavement to the leftist shills in our government.

It’s time to open your eyes and throw these bums in Olympia out. Remember the names Berkey, Brown, Eide, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Gordon, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, Shin and Tom as the ones who voted Yea on one or both of these massive tax increases that is going to deny you caring more for your own family.

Do you really need more reasons to vote Republican in November?

March 4, 2010

Olympia ‘Dictacrats’ Ready To Rape Taxpayers Again

by lewwaters

The assault on taxpayers in Washington State continues. With total one-party control in our state, we have seen spending skyrocket since Christine Gregoire effectively stole the 2004 election.

No sooner than she got in, along with a Democratic majority in state congress, spending drastically increased along with taxes and fees.

With the economy steadily heading south, as Democrats gained complete control of the federal government in 2009, not withstanding their stranglehold on congress during the last 2 years of the Bush administration, we ran out of money as unemployment in our state soared.

Democrats, or as I like to call them now, ‘Dictacrats,’ combining dictator to Democrat, an apt description I feel, began seeking ever new and creative ways to “raise revenue,” or as it should truthfully be known, rape us through taxation.

When Oregon Democrats passed their measures 66 & 67, raising taxes on the wealthy and businesses there, we had a golden opportunity to seduce business into our state, especially in hard hit Clark County. Instead, Democrats, like the 49th Legislative District’s Rep Jim Moeller, blasted any who felt Oregon’s move on raising taxes was folly.

Instead of recognizing the gift Oregon handed us, Democrats in Olympia continue flipping off constituents, even to the point of approving the reversal of I-960’s 2/3 vote requirement on raising taxes and approving keeping the names of who voted to increases our taxes out of the voters pamphlet.

And now, here they come again.

Today, March 4, 2010, our Dictacrats in Olympia used a political sleight of hand trick to introduce a substitute bill SB 6520 that will not even be available for public viewing until the public debate begins.

Adding insult to injury, or maybe just an old fashioned slap in the face to taxpayers in Washington State, Democrat Lisa Brown, from the third district (Spokane) blogged on the Senate Dictacrats blog, Letting the people decide that addresses the Dictacrats latest plan to shove an income tax down our throats in Washington State.

As Brown puts it,

“what if voters had a direct say in how we balance the state budget and could choose between a temporary sales tax increase and a high earners’ income tax similar to what Oregon voters approved earlier this year?
The idea is simple:
1. The Legislature passes the temporary sales tax increase, which would go into effect immediately to help alleviate our state’s looming cash-flow problem.
2. It would also pass a referendum to the people, giving them the opportunity in November to repeal not just that three-tenths-of-a-cent increase, but an additional one cent off the state sales tax – taking the state rate down to 5.5 cents, a level not seen in thirty years.
3. In its place would go a high earners’ income tax of 4.5 percent on all income over $200,000 for individuals, $300,000 for heads of households, and $400,000 for married couples.”

See how simple that is? Just approve a “temporary” sales tax increase (when was the last time you ever heard of anything temporary from the government?) and approve an income tax on the wealthy and all will be good.

In the leftists dream of class envy, we once again hear “tax only the wealthy,” you know, those people that create all of the good paying jobs in our state.

But, did we not also once hear that if voters approved the seat belt law, drivers would not be pulled over and ticketed solely for not wearing the seat belt? Did we not hear that if we approved Gregoire’s 9.5 cents per gallon tax increase on gasoline, our roads would be fixed and all would be well?

Voters in Washington State have consistently rejected an income tax, but Brown seems to feel by playing the middle class against the wealthy, Dictacrats will get their foot in the door for voter approval this time.

Early polling in the Seattle Times shows a nearly 3 to 1 rejection of yet another income tax proposal.

Republicans have offered several viable alternatives to get state spending under control, balance the budget and relieve the burden we taxpayers face. Dictacrats can only see raising taxes as the solution and are empowered by Oregon’s folly, falsely believing redistributing the wealth is the only answer.

It’s long past time we made some corrections in our state and cleaned out the swamp in Olympia. Dictacrats there care only about buying votes to retain their power grab. They have shown they have no common sense or fiscal sense, as they expand government, gut citizen initiatives and basically keep raising their middle finger at us.

As our unemployment remains high in the state, it is time to put every last single Democrat/dictacrat on unemployment as well. Their arrogance and raping of taxpayers must come to an end.

How many reasons do you need to vote Republican this November?

Oh, that slap in the face I mentioned above? If you recall, Lisa Brown calls for “Letting the People Decide” in implementing a state income tax. Did she forget that “the People” decided to implement I-960, that Brown and her fellow Dictacrats just gutted.

Help me save Washington State from further rape by Dictacrats. Vote Republican in November. GOP candidates for the 18th Legislative District Ann Rivers and Bob Dean have both been opposed to raising taxes, including imposing an income tax, since they entered the race.

February 4, 2010

Democrats Continue Jim Jack’s Claim, “I Don’t Know How To Solve It”

by lewwaters

During the 2008 campaign, now elected Representative for the 49th Legislative District, Jim Jacks, made a startling admission in the August 2008 debate against Debbie Peterson concerning the growing tax structure problem when at the end of his comment he stated, I don’t know how to solve it, I’m not a tax expert, I’m not a revenue expert.”

A little over two years later and he, along with his fellow Democrats, continue to prove that they haven’t a clue of how to lift our state out of this fiscal morass they have plunged us into.

Washington State Democrats continue to thumb their noses at the voting public as they work to amend I-960 the 2007 voter driven initiative that placed restrictions upon Olympia concerning their freely raising taxes on us as they saw fit, and impose higher taxes on us, even though we are suffering some of the highest unemployment in the country, especially in hard hit Clark County with a 14.3% unemployment.

Completely ignoring the will of Washington voters, Democrat State Senator Lisa Brown calls the measure a “straightjacket” as they struggle to find more ways to stick it to taxpayers in the state as the spend happy history of Democrats in Olympia is coming back to bite all of us.

I guess Ms. Brown misses that a “straightjacket” placed on the legislature is what exactly I-960 was designed to do.

State Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt sees how out of touch Democrats remain as he states,

I am incredulous that Democrats are setting the stage for raising taxes in this economy. People are terrified right now. Everybody knows someone who’s lost a job. Working people and employers are just trying to survive in this economy. They should not be asked to bail out poor state spending decisions through higher taxes.”

Democrat House Speaker Frank Chopp says,

the I-960 changes are needed to allow passage of bills that close tax loopholes and raise other revenue to avoid cuts to health care, education and college student aid.”

Isn’t it odd that when Democrats are being pushed into living within their means, as does every family in the state, that is where they always claim cuts will have to be made, nowhere else?

Our governor has stated that she has “made drastic cuts” and there is nothing left to cut.

Fine, how about eliminating then? Why not begin with doing away with the state owned and operated liquor sales industry? Sell it off to private interest and just collect the taxes, end the massive overhead we must pay in storage, distribution and Union wages to state employees whose only job is retailing liquor.

Surely there are other areas that could be eliminated as well, like maybe some Public Employee Union Contracts?

Perhaps stop public assistance to ILLEGAL immigrants here in violation of our laws? Why do they deserve public assistance and jobs when taxpaying citizens must do without?

Republican State Senator Don Benton spoke before the senate just today, telling them,

I implore you, ladies and gentlemen. Do not follow the example at the federal level that has done so very much to alienate the people from their government, causing such widespread dissatisfaction and consternation among the people we would govern.”

He added,

Why do we fear the will of the people. Does I-960 make raising taxes more difficult? Of course it does, but whoever said that the job of governing should be easy? The will of the people means to me that the people of this state have spoken and as their elected representatives we must listen.”

Isn’t it strange that in Washington State, the will of the people only matters if it is a Democrat left-leaning matter?

We also hear today that a King County judge ruledThe state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty.”

Isn’t that a convenient ruling just when Democrats are working so hard to rape the taxpayers with higher taxes while our incomes are decreasing?

Then, students at the Salmon Creek campus of WSU stage a lunchtime rally crying education is their right!

I suppose working their way through college is out of the question? It’s their right, but you and I have to pay for it?

Over the years, Democrats have pushed for higher mileage vehicles and now, they complain because gas tax revenues are down.

They pushed for and won tobacco tax increases, ostensibly to force people to stop using tobacco and to also fund pet projects. As people continue to stop smoking, they cry tobacco revenues are down. Duh!

Back in August 2008, Jim Jacks was speaking for himself. February 2010, he and the full Democrat Party in Olympia keep proving his words true, “[We] don’t know how to solve it.”