Posts tagged ‘Tax and Spend’

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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August 8, 2011

Accusations, Finger Pointing & Blame Game. But no Viable Ideas

by lewwaters

As expected and as I predicted at the small Tea Party rally July 28, 2011, America’s credit rating has been downgraded from AAA to AA+, with expectations that it might even sink further. We didn’t need to allow that to happen, but in today’s air of hyper-partisanship, party power being more important than the good of the country on both sides of the aisle, it’s what we received.

Our problem remains our ridiculous staggering debt, now with the limit approaching $16 Trillion. Our elected officials seem only able to address the deficit between what they spend and what is received in taxes, spending greatly outpacing tax receipts.

Seeing how our Congress can only spend, spend, spend, we have lost the AAA rating we have depended on. The S & P Report cites among their reasons, “We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process.”

The left immediately focuses on “raising revenues,” increasing taxes on the wealthy, and completely ignores “containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements.”

Instead of rolling up their sleeves and setting to actually fixing the problems, what do we once again see?

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April 15, 2010

Shouldn’t We Have Gotten Dinner and a Movie?

by lewwaters

April 15 is passing again and if you are like me, it hurt this year. With the increased taxes given us and passage of even more by our ruling party in Olympia, more money was taken out of me, even though my wages are down. I’m left feeling screwed.

Unemployment here in Clark County remains well over 14% and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, just more taxes coming at us and potentially more lay-offs and more bankruptcies. Democrats answer? Raise taxes, the exact opposite of what we really need to spur job growth and recover from this economic downward spiral we have been in for well over a year now.

Unable to agree on just how to stick it to us during regular session, Governor Gregoire ordered the legislature into special session where the arguing amongst Democrats over what to tax continued until they adjourned the session Monday night, April 12.

Particularly troubling to me was seeing not only so many new taxes, on candy & gum, bottled water, mass produced beer (leaving micro breweries beer that liberals and the wealthy often consume alone), a 20% increase in the Business and Occupation tax, but as Senator Joe Zarelli said, the majority Democrats

“included some familiar majority accounting gimmicks, such as sweeping $461 million from accounts intended for environmental cleanup, public works projects and other specific activities into the general fund and drained the $229 million remaining in the rainy-day.”

Saddest was seeing a handful of Republicans in the House join with Democrats in draining what was left in the rainy day fund that included 18th District Representative Jaime Herrera, who was taken to task for her vote on the Victoria Taft program in March.

Ed Orcutt, also from the 18th, released a statement addressing the session that included,

“This is an $800 million-a-year financial hit that our families, our employers and our economy cannot afford. If Democrat budget writers had put half as much effort into balancing the budget through true government reforms and efficiencies as they put into arguing with each other over which taxes to raise, we’d have a balanced budget, no tax increases and no special session.

Instead of spending 30 days sharpening our pencils, applying the priorities of government process and implementing meaningful government reforms, budget writers from the majority party haggled over who would be the ‘winners and losers’ while resorting to tax increases.

This is a sad day for struggling families and employers. This tax increase represents the largest tax increase in state history and it will have a negative impact on our chances for economic recovery.”

Senator Don Benton released a statement also saying in part,

“It’s unconscionable to dump 1.7 billion dollars in new taxes on the people of Washington during the worst recession since the Great Depression. With hundreds of thousands of people out of work already, this will hit the economy like an earthquake. The 20 percent increase in the business and occupation tax on service businesses, which is about 80 percent of Washington’s small businesses, will put more people out of work. This is flat-out wrong. We have already lost more than 190,000 jobs.”

Benton also said that not one of the 55 reform ideas put forth by Republicans over the past 5 years has even been considered.

While we are told of harsh cuts by the governor just last year, left unexplained is how spending increased with those harsh cuts until we realize that to a Democrat, a “cut” is actually a reduction in the amount of expected increase.

We would never get away with balancing our own checkbooks in such a manner or paying our bills. If we tried we would see our homes in foreclosure.

For this massive screwing we just received, Governor Gregoire says,

“the budget passed by lawmakers is ‘fair and reasonable’ and will not significantly impact the average Washington family or penalize local businesses.”

With our ever increasing unemployment, I fail to see anything “fair” or “reasonable” in this continued raping of Washington State and Clark County citizens. All I see is more troubles ahead as once again the problem is just kicked downstream to await the next legislature.

Listening to Senator Lisa Brown and her anticipations, we can once again expect to see a proposal to change our constitution to hit us with an income tax that will offer a reduction in the sales tax of a minor amount.

We cannot continue in such a manner and thrive. Taxes must be returned to a reasonable rate and state spending must be critically scrutinized across the board. Pie in the sky spending sprees in hopes of temporary jobs for some will not pull us out of this severe slump.

Relying on receipt of federal money is equally as ludicrous. It may not come, might not be enough and where does it come from in the first place? You and I. It was our money first before taken by income taxes.

Adding taxes on every item imaginable in hopes of closing loopholes is self defeating as time and again it has been shown doing so results in less consumption of those products. Less consumption means less revenue collected. It’s that simple.

The Democrat majority that controls our state legislature continues to show us they have no idea of what to do. They just argue back and forth about what to tax next and by how much. Then, regardless of how much worse it becomes, they tell us what a great deal we are getting and how “fair and reasonable” it is.

It is time we took control of the state back and initiated a new approach. As we see, Democrats continue in that status quo they blame on others and their “hope and change” is in reality just more of the same borrow, tax and spend we have seen for years.

There is no fiscal responsibility or true leadership, just more of the same. Surely, of those 55 reform proposals put forth by Republicans over the past 5 years, some should have been considered.

It is time to give someone else a chance and that someone else is in the form of candidates offered by the Republican Party.

Several Republican candidates are hoping to gain your trust and are offering true reform and ideas for creating jobs and prosperity in Washington State.

Even those Democrats such as Tim Probst, who campaigned on opposing tax increases and has voted against obvious tax increases, knowing there is a large enough Democrat majority for it to pass anyways, are suspect and deserve scrutiny.

Did Probst support any of the Republican proposals or amendments to reduce taxes? Did any of his votes actually help with bills that gave us backdoor tax increases?

Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks of the 49th are as tax happy as any Democrat I have seen.

Deb Wallace is stepping down but what of the Democrat candidates vying to take over the seat she occupied? Will they support bi-partisan measures to regrow the economy? Or will they just follow along lock-step with other Democrats in raping the blue collar workers in the state?

Do we even want to vote them in and see? Not me, I’d much rather see a party with a different philosophy in the majority and implementing a different approach. I’d rather see the governor in her final two years in office, barring a recall effort, not have the rubber stamp of her party that she currently enjoys.

It’s time for real hope and change and that will only come from new leadership. Leadership that actually has people in mind, not special interests or pet entitlement programs to those who shouldn’t be entitled.

March 23, 2010

Governor Gregoire Must Resign or Face Recall

by lewwaters

Governor Christine Gregoire, first elected as Washington States governor in 2004 and under some fishy circumstances, is now working against the desires of voters within our state and has led our state to near bankruptcy.

She must resign or be recalled and soon. We can little afford to see her finish her term to 2012.

Her arrogance has gotten out of hand and she has shown that the will of the people does not matter to her. She no longer represents the people of Washington State, but represents the interests of her party and the deep pockets that have elected her twice now.

Under her domination, state spending has drastically increased, taxes have increased and we voters have had our voices ignored.

She has lied on not wanting to implement an income tax, unconstitutional in our state.

We are bankrupt and in deeper debt than ever and her answer is to stick it to voters, the taxpayers, and us with no regard to our well being or desires.

She was all to happy to sign away the will of the people of Washington state and to deny us our right to know how our elected officials voted on more tax increases when she signed the suspension of I-960.

And now, she has even gone beyond that! Seattle Times.

As I touched on earlier today, Attorney General Rob McKenna has announced he intends to join in with other states in filing lawsuits in opposition the recent unconstitutional seizure of our healthcare system voted in by House Democrats March 21, 2010.

Several states see this seizure as usurpation of states right, violation of the Tenth Amendment and places an even larger burden on our already over stretched budget. Every poll I have seen on this vote clearly shows the overwhelming majority of American Citizens and Washington State citizens are angry and opposed at the Democrats seizure of our healthcare system in this manner.

Governor Gregoire, totally ignoring the will of the very people she has sworn an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the state of Washington, and [to] faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor to the best of [her] ability.”

She has violated that oath by her actions listed above and now, she once again violates our trust by attacking Attorney General Rob McKenna over his standing up for the people of Washington State in fighting this unconstitutional seizure of our healthcare system.

Gregoire has said,

“I don’t know who he represents. He doesn’t represent me. I don’t think he represents a million and a half Washingtonians that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents small business that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents Medicare people who will be helped by this.”

Can she be that out of touch with her constituents?

AG McKenna represents me, Governor. He represents the approximately 650,000 taxpayers seeking jobs. He represents every taxpayer that sees their tax bill keeping them from providing properly for their families. He represents those who can ill afford to pay the federal fine for not having government approve and mandated health insurance. He represents every single person in our state that is tired of the budget deficits and rising taxes and tired of being raped by spend happy Democrats who pass oppressive taxes, fees and charges that you sign into law.

That’s who he represents, Governor.

Who do you represent, Governor Gregoire? Surely not the people of Washington State who must bow before your gilded throne of power.

In her arrogance, Gregoire adds,

“[I] told him to ‘get ready to represent me’ because [I] intend to file a legal brief opposing McKenna’s action.”

Gregoire then said she believes he had a ‘duty’ to consult with other top state officials before agreeing to sue the U.S. government.

The unmitigated gall of this woman to speak about “duty” after her treatment of Washington citizens and violating our trust. When has she shown any sense of “duty” towards us?

The very first section of the Washington State Constitution 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.”

Our constitution also says at

SECTION 33 RECALL OF ELECTIVE OFFICERS. Every elective public officer of the state of Washington expect [except] judges of courts of record is subject to recall and discharge by the legal voters of the state, or of the political subdivision of the state, from which he was elected whenever a petition demanding his recall, reciting that such officer has committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office, stating the matters complained of, signed by the percentages of the qualified electors thereof, hereinafter provided, the percentage required to be computed from the total number of votes cast for all candidates for his said office to which he was elected at the preceding election, is filed with the officer with whom a petition for nomination, or certificate for nomination, to such office must be filed under the laws of this state, and the same officer shall call a special election as provided by the general election laws of this state, and the result determined as therein provided. [AMENDMENT 8, 1911 p 504 Section 1. Approved November 1912.]

My fellow citizens, we not only have the right, we have the duty to stand up to these tyrannical politicians who continue to tax and spend the state, and us, into bankruptcy.

We must stand together and in a loud voice demand that Governor Gregoire resign her office. If she will not voluntarily step aside due to her egregious conduct, we must begin legal proceedings to remove her by recall,

UPDATE: I have set up a facebook page open to all interested as an initial step for getting this effort going. Recall Governor Gregoire

Lend your voice and expertise and let’s actually do this.