Posts tagged ‘Olympia Washington’

September 29, 2011

Washington State, Let’s Honor Our South Vietnamese Allies

by lewwaters

Most of us have heard the derision against the ARVN (Army Republic of Viet Nam), “Want to buy some ARVN rifles? Never been fired and only dropped once!” That it is a rehash from earlier times makes it no less stinging in its denunciation of the South Vietnamese Forces that fought in South Viet Nam many years ago.

It’s also very untrue. The South Vietnamese soldiers, sailors and airmen fought for their country as hard as any other soldier ever has.

While America lost over 58,000 of our sons in Viet Nam, South Viet Nam lost about 266,000 of theirs. In all, the South Vietnamese Forces were effective fighters, even though they were often under trained and under armed while facing a hostile communist force well trained and well armed by the Communist Chinese and the former Soviet Union.

Knowing this, I am left perplexed reading the Olympian’s headline, Plan to honor Vietnamese soldiers on memorial in Olympia angers U.S. vets.

It seems that a small band of U.S. Veterans groups, Vietnamese Veterans and community members has been working with the State Department of Veterans Affairs to add an inscription alongside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Olympia to honor both Republic of Vietnam and American soldiers who fought in Viet Nam.

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March 27, 2010

Citizens Support Rob McKenna

by lewwaters

Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General, was well supported Saturday, March 27, 2010 on the Washington State Capitol steps as more than 2,000 citizens rallied to express support for his joining in with 13 other states in filing a lawsuit against Barack Obama’s takeover of our Medical Insurance Industry.

KOMO News Seattle described it as Rock star reception for health plan rebel McKenna while the Olympian headlined it as “I represent you,” McKenna tells large crowd of supporters on Capitol steps and trying to write off attendance as a mere 850.

Sorry, Olympian, but Washington State Police told us it takes 2,000 people to fill Capitol steps and not only were those steps filled, the crowd spilled over to half fill the street between the Capitol Building and the Temple of Justice.

Obviously referring to governor Gregoire’s words, “I completely disagree with the Attorney General’s decision and he does not represent me,” McKenna opened his 15-minute speech with, “My name is Rob McKenna and I represent you.”

The Capitol steps erupted in loud applause and vocal approval.

His speech centered on individual freedom and opposing mandating citizens to purchase a product as he stated, “We are not bringing this case to defend the state’s rights to impose an individual insurance mandate on us, we are bringing this case to defend your rights of having it imposed upon you.”

At one point, he acknowledged that most gatherings at the Capitol Building usually result in the people assembled standing below the speaker at the top of the steps and how it is more fitting that he stand below at ground level as the citizens filled the steps of “their Capitol” with their backs towards the Legislature, which has been steadily piling more taxes and fees upon Washington taxpayers.

Republican state Senators. Mike Carrell and Val Stevens and Republican state Representative Tom Campbell followed with speeches of their own, supporting McKenna and informing those present of Legislative steps being taken to oppose forcing Washington Citizens being forced to comply with the Healthcare Insurance reform against their will.

Clark County resident Tom Niewulis inspired the crowd as he made an appearance in the guise of Samuel Adams.

A few candidates also made appearances and spoke after talk-radio hosts Kirby Wilbur and David Boze. David Castillo and Jaime Herrera, both seeking to win the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Brian Baird spoke, as did David Hedrick, seeking the same seat.

Art Coday, hoping to unseat Democrat Murray also gave a short presentation.

I am sure other candidates spoke as well, but I missed their speeches as I fell back to speak with McKenna and others who had gathered.

McKenna seemed appreciative when I told him that I have not always supported him and probably opposed many of his stances in the past. But, he has my total unwavering support in this.

Milling about as the crowd began dispersing, I was particularly pleased to meet and speak with Col. Pham Huy Sanh Sr. (Ret), Executive Board Chairman of the Republic Of South Viet Nam Armed Forces Veterans Confederation of Washington State.

That South Vietnamese showed up in support of McKenna’s stand speaks for itself, they not wanting to see their adopted country fall to communism as did theirs when our Democrat led Legislature completely abandoned the struggling ally in April 1975.

In all, the rally went well without incident. No anarchists or other liberal/oppressive appeared to make trouble. Speaking with State Troopers afterwards, they acknowledged we conservatives cause them no worries when we gather and are well behaved.

To Governor Christine Gregoire, I hope you heard us from the Governor’s Mansion. The support showed Rob McKenna on this issue greatly minimized the 50 or so of your followers who protested outside of the Attorney General’s office Friday.

Why don’t you open your ears and see that you are the one going against the will of “We The People.”

A five part video series of much of the rally;

Video One

Video Two

Video Three

Video Four

Video Five

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February 9, 2010

What Are Democrats In Olympia Up To Now?

by lewwaters

Strange happenings in Olympia, Washington today. The Independent Policy Analysts, Washington Policy Center informs us of Senate Bill 6853, introduced today that says virtually nothing!

There is no actual text in the bill, but it has been sent to the Ways & Means Committee, who may decide to approve it and send on to the full Senate.

The bill says it is “An act relating to creating the legislative review of tax preferences act of 2010.”

No independent review can be made nor can Washington State voters decide whether or not they prefer this.

Are Olympia’s Democrats preparing to shove something down our throats, like it or not?

November 6, 2009

Russell’s Apologists Cover For Poor Council Performance

by lewwaters

Washougal City Councilman Jon Russell, eager to run against current congressman Brian Baird for Washington’s Third Congressional District, recently made news along with the defeated mayor of Washougal, Washington.

Russell Shows Lack of Experience on City Council

Apologists for Russell now claim Jon was unable to convince “progressive council members” that the actions of the mayor were inappropriate over the two years he claims he saw what was happening and what brought about the current state audit that broke in the last week of the campaign, helping bring about the defeat of the Republican mayor by a Democrat candidate.

Expressing disappointment in what apologists label “political opponents within the Republican Party,” they fail to recognize that in apologizing for Jon, they freely admit to the very claim made by this “political opponent within the Republican party.”

That being, Jon was unable to stand up to a small town mayor of some 9,000 people.

If Jon indeed did see the inappropriate conduct and improper actions of the Republican mayor and brought it up to the rest of the city council, how is it he was unable, in two years, to rally support, although remaining vigilant and voicing his concerns with a greater position of strength?

Personally disappointing is that after admitting Jon’s inability to rally support, we are told Jon is exactly the sort of person we should send to Washington D.C. to stand up to the likes of Nancy Pelosi or whoever would replace her as Speaker of the House.

I would also ask the apologist, if Jon was unable to rally support amongst 6 fellow council members over a 2-year period, how would he rally support amongst 434 fellow congressmen in the House, the majority of which are also “progressive?”

Showing naiveté, or wishful thinking, apologists expect that Nancy Pelosi will be gone in 2010 and the Republican Party will regain a majority within Congress. I certainly hope they are right, but realistically, to regain a one-seat majority in the House, Republicans would not only have to retain every single one of the 177 seats currently held, but gain 80 seats as well.

No thoughts are given from apologists on just how to accomplish such a tall order in such a short time.

Possibly due to being prior to their moving to Clark County, no mention is made just how it is that Jon is now uniquely qualified to defeat a 6 term incumbent congressman, after 2 years of inability to rally support amongst fellow council members or how that translates into a qualification when Jon was unable to make it past the first round to gain the seat on our state legislature vacated by scandal ridden Richard Curtis in 2007 and now occupied by Representative Jamie Herrera.

Also left unexplained is just how Jon came to leave his position as a Legislative Assistant that he so proudly lists as a qualification, after a short time.

In classic Ron Paulian speak, apologists warn, “you should be giving more sober thought to how your words and especially your actions, fit in with the current political landscape,” after a brief reminder of the backing of New York’s conservative candidate over the liberal claiming Republican who backed the Democrat.

I don’t think I need remind anyone that the Democrat won the race, as much as I dislike it.

Fronting an inexperienced candidate with dubious qualifications and who is willing to throw others under the bus instead of accepting responsibility and standing on their own record is far from any “new political landscape,” it just the age-old politics we have all grown tired of.

Is this “new political landscape” standing on a candidates inability to “rally support” as needed? Last I heard, a good legislator must be able overcome the partisan rancor and engage those across the aisle to “rally support” for proposed legislation, not just follow lock step with a majority.

Attacking those who support a more qualified candidate and accusing them of manipulating direct quotes is also more of that old tired political tactic we have grown tired of.

It isn’t manipulating to point out direct quotes. It is, however, manipulating voters to exaggerate a resumé and provide cover for a weak candidate’s inability to rally support on a small town city council or stand up to the mayor of that same small town of 9,000 over a 2-year period.

For newcomers to our community I will only say, maybe you should listen to those who have nearly three decades in the community before you assume to know better for us. This isn’t Los Angeles.

If all your candidate has is ad hominem against others and tearing down opponents at every chance, perhaps he is not so uniquely qualified as you think.

David Castillo is running on his own merits without engaging in ad hominem or taking convenient slaps at others and exaggerating a resumé.

When will Jon Russell?

December 7, 2008

Rep. Moeller: Citizen Help Needed In Raising Taxes

by lewwaters

jim-moellerUnbelievable as it may seem, given that we are in a severe economic downturn in Washington State, Clark County and yes, the entire nation, Democrat State Representative for the 49th Legislative District, Jim Moeller, wrote a letter to the editors at the Columbian actually requesting citizen input on where to raise taxes! Or, as he put it, “I believe citizen input is needed to help identify new revenue.”

Citizens’ help needed in budget crisis

Governor Gregoire is warning of “ugly cuts” ahead, acknowledging that raising taxes is the “wrong step in an economic downturn.”

Moeller wraps his plea for help in identifying where and who’s taxes to increase around a November 23, 2008 Opinion piece in the Columbian, “Cuts to public health funding could prove lethal.”

This of course begs the question, why is it during economic downturns, Public Services are the first thing to face the chopping block by Democrats?

State spending increased $8 Billion after Christine Gregoire became our governor, with Democrats controlling both houses of the State Congress along with the governors office. Moeller can’t see any wasteful spending in that?

State Expenditure History (pdf file)

Granted, much of the spending was increased due to voter-approved initiatives. But, how much money was thrown at those voters in efforts to convince them of dire consequences to them and their children if they didn’t approve such massive spending increases?

How much were those who opposed such large spending increases as too expensive and unnecessary ridiculed and shouted down by special interest groups and Democrats in Olympia? And now, we face a potential $5 Billion budget shortfall and all Moeller can think of is asking citizens to help identify who’s taxes can and should be increased?

Vitriolic Columbian Opinion Editor John Laird, in his weekly trashing of any and all not liberal, offers much the same dire words about the “ugly cuts” we face, but does extend some credit to Republican State Senator, Joseph Zarelli for, “several remedies that would be meaningful but not drastic.”

If Moeller is really serious about “identifying new revenue,” allow me to offer a few suggestions.

1. License and tax bicycles and their riders. Riders should have to pass a riding test to purchase a “bicycle endorsement” on their driver’s license, just as motorcycle riders and car drivers must. Bicycles should be licensed, just as cars and motorcycles are and renewed annually.

Underage riders could receive a special “restricted license” good only for bicycles, with parental approval and payment.

2. Since bicyclist don’t pay the current gasoline tax on riding their bicycles, a tax should be added to ‘Gatorade’ and other energy drinks they are so fond of.

3. The latte tax defeated in King County in 2003 needs to be immediately instituted on all caffeine users. Caffeine is an addictive substance much like tobacco and alcohol, so taxes equivalent should be imposed.

4. Oregon residents could to be required to pay Washington sales tax as well. Washington resident working in Oregon must pay Oregon’s Income. It would only be ‘fair’ that they pay our taxes over here as well.

5. Since education is one area facing those “ugly cuts,” how about an “ignorance tax?” The Washington Educator’s Association prohibits merit pay for teachers that excel, one thing that cost the state to lose a $13.2 million grant to some of our schools. So, why not tax parents who children aren’t performing to average standards?

Cutting the top-heavy administration costs in our school system could help balance the budget. But, we know the WEA will fight that tooth and nail and as much as the Democrats are beholding to the union, we can’t expect them to stand up to the teachers union, so we must hold the parents responsible.

6. Does the cost of ILLEGAL immigration ever enter into the Democrat mind? Do they not see that ILLEGALs working for lower wages, drives wages down across the board, resulting in even less revenue reaching Olympia?

Does Moeller consider the billions of dollars sent back to home countries by ILLEGALs, instead of being circulated in our economy? Surely an equivalent portion of those funds sent out of country comes from ILLEGALs in Washington State.

7. Why not impose a “poverty tax” as well? Since Democrats have told us several times over the years that tobacco and alcohol needed higher taxes to discourage the use of those items, why not tax those who earn less that $20,000 a year? Doesn’t it add up that if they must pay an extra tax they will strive harder to get out of poverty and earn higher wages?

8. While we are on tobacco, why not repeal I-901? That was one of those ‘fearmongering’ initiatives nanny staters scared voters into passing and ever since, not only have some private businesses gone under, revenues off of tobacco have decreased.

Let those that want to allow smoking in their private businesses allow it. Let those that wish to smoke, smoke. Let the state reap an increase in revenues from those taxes.

Don’t worry about increased medical costs, smokers die younger anyways, we are told, so they will use less medical care in the long run, right?

9. Why not charge Realtors a surtax on properties they sell? Homeowners must pay them exorbitant fees to sell their homes in a depressed market, so shouldn’t the Clark County Association of Realtors help out a little more than middle class tax payers? Or, do they receive a pass due to endorsements?

Well, Jim, you asked for input, so there you have it. Anyone else who has ideas to input may contact Rep. Moeller direct through his legislative web page, or add your ideas here for him and others to see.

Don’t be bashful. Speak up. Share your ideas. Let’s help Rep. Moeller increase taxes where they can be. We have nothing to fear but fear itself, right Jim?

Even though Rep. Moeller has a history of cynical replies to constituents, he may have mellowed out since he retained his seat against challenger Mike Bomar, who had ideas on the budget crisis without seeking citizen input on sticking it to other citizens.

62.44% of Clark County re-elected Moeller. You get what you vote for.