Posts tagged ‘Tax increases’

June 20, 2013

I’m With Andy

by lewwaters

A great ad released by Washington State Senator Andy Hill (Republican) on the budget negotiations

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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November 17, 2012

Brancaccio Reveals Truth, Agreeing With Him Is ‘Nonconstructive’

by lewwaters

Winston Churchill famously said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

Who knew that Columbian editor, Lou Brancaccio would present a perfect example proving the truth behind those words?

As we know, Lou does a regular Saturday column, “Press Talk.” In his Saturday November 17, 2012 column, Of good people and listening more, he is talking about a recent Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s Authors & Illustrators Dinner and Silent Auction he attended featuring “New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks” as guest speaker.

Lou goes on to lament of what he got out of the talk, mentioning “volunteering” for doing something “rewarding” and in the bigger picture he asks, “Where do we go from here?”

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August 14, 2012

Public Safety Band-Aid Fix Coming Loose

by lewwaters

As the Vancouver City Council unanimously approved acceptance of a $2.3 Million SAFER Grant to reopen Fire Station 6, almost exactly one year ago, council member Jack Burkman was quoted, “We’ve wounded a neighborhood and now we need a Band-Aid” as he referred to the city as using a “broken business model.”

Fire Station 6 had been closed for much of 2011 due to budgeting problems in the city.

Other city council members applauded accepting the grant while reminding all of it gives the city a “temporary fix” and two years to work out a permanent solution.

Crews were hired and trained and the station was reopened on November 7, 2011 to a jubilant neighborhood, just in time for the November 8, 2011 elections where three Vancouver City Council members were up for reelection.

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May 22, 2012

How Many Ways Can the Leavitt Cabal Squeeze Taxpayers?

by lewwaters

It seems there is hardly ever a city council meeting in Vancouver that we don’t hear of BRT, LPA, CRC, LRT, C-Tran or any other maze of abbreviated acronym for any number of projects favored by Vancouver Mayor, Tim Leavitt and 4 other members of the city council, Jack Burkman, Jeanne Harris, Bart Hansen and Larry Smith.

Rarely do we hear relevant questions coming from any of them as to just how they expect citizens to pay for all of these “pie in the sky” projects apparently believing each is the only thing citizens will be paying for.

Public hearings have all of the appearance to be shams, held only to satisfy a legal requirement to allow citizens to speak while those same citizen concerns remain ignored by the cabal as they ram full speed ahead with little or no clue on just how these many projects favored by the council majority will be paid for.

Only two council members seem willing to get down to the nitty gritty of asking how such projects will be paid for with both, Jeanne Stewart and Bill Turlay being kept in a minority as the rest come across as their minds being firmly made up to forge ahead long before any public hearings are held.

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May 13, 2011

Leavitt to Announce A Ball Team Coming to Vancouver?

by lewwaters

KPAM News has reported ‘no show’ Leavitt has announced a press release for 1 PM to say a deal has been reached to bring a Minor League ball Team to Vancouver.

Updates will be following, but I have to wonder, since a stadium will have to built to accommodate them, how much will taxpayers be on the hook for that, where exactly where it be built?

Initial word was it would be built on Clark College property in the Arnada Neighborhood. But, isn’t that where they also announced a parking facility for Loot Rail once it is shoved down our throats?

I’m not opposed to a ball team coming to Vancouver, but I am concerned on just what this will cost Clark County taxpayers on top of every other pie in the sky scheme this Mayor is proposing, CRC, waterfront project, acquisition of the new city hall building, while closing fire stations.

Has he bought a printing press to print his own money?

Public to hear details of baseball proposal Friday

September 29, 2009

Gov. Gregoire Ready To Renege On Tax Pledge

by lewwaters

Few things in life are guaranteed we all know that. Amongst those few would be Democrats and their love of raising taxes on citizens. They have yet to learn that Robin Hood was but a mythological person with his taking from the wealthy to give to the poor.

With Democrats it seems they love poor people so much they create as many as they can whenever they hold governmental majorities.

Many of us were surprised last year when Governor Gregoire took on a ‘no tax raise’ pledge in facing the burgeoning deficit Washington State faces.

Last December she said, “There is no way to tax your way out of this problem. We have to live within our means.”

Fellow Democrats groaned while Republicans applauded her words.

She proposed cuts that mirrored some recommended by Republican challenger Dino Rossi. She made cuts that were painful. In fact, she vetoed spending bills prior to the election that “miffed” some Clark County Democrat lawmakers, says the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin.

Sure to delight Democrats, especially 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller, who went as far as writing a letter to the editor asking for citizen input in finding new sources of revenue last December, Gov. Gregoire announced just this morning “that she is not as hostile to tax hikes as she was a year ago. And she will entertain proposals if lawmakers or interest groups bring them to her.”

Just today, September 29, The Olympian ran an article announcing Gregoire’s “change of heart.”

The quote our governor saying, “I didn’t want revenue last year because I couldn’t figure out how you could do a revenue package that wouldn’t hurt the economy, either individuals or businesses. We’re still stuck in that rut but I’ve told the leadership, ‘Come make your case. My door’s open, you can make your case.’ But I don’t want to do anything that adversely impacts our economic recovery.”

And, if I may ask of the governor and Democrat leadership, what has changed other than the economy has gotten worse, unemployment has sharply increased, wages have been cut and businesses have failed and closed their doors.

Raising taxes at this time can only make matters worse as so many are struggling and cannot afford to pay more.

Companies too are struggling and raising their costs can only “adversely impact economic recovery,” the very thing Gregoire says she wish’s to avoid.

I am constantly amazed at the notion of “cuts are either social services, corrections, health care or education.”

I’m even more amazed that she says, “you take too big a toll on higher ed[ucation] and it won’t recover any time soon. … You can give it more money but once you’ve lost those Nobel Prize educators you don’t get them back.”

What about jobs, governor? What about small businesses that create the bulk of our jobs? How many of them have we lost that we won’t get back?

With all due respect, “Nobel Prize educators” do not create jobs. Yes, they are impressive, I suppose, in their intelligence and knowledge, but do they also engage in social engineering in their classrooms instead of just imparting their knowledge upon students?

I don’t see them signing and handing out paychecks, do you?

Why do we continue to pay for ILLEGAL immigrants, who send much of their sub-par wages back to their native country instead of circulating it in our economy?

Why are we looking at an overly costly Light Rail in Clark County that voters have rejected?

I’m sure our Democrat elected officials will be delighted in hearing the governor is receptive to raising taxes how and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see another attempt at an income tax.

They just don’t get it that in order to see state revenues stop their decline; citizens must be working in decent jobs, not ILLEGAL immigrants.

Businesses need a fair environment to compete with a reasonable level of taxes.

The governor says, “At some point the people, I assume, don’t want us to take any more cuts.”

With all due respect, Governor, at some point the people do not want their paychecks cut any more.

August 11, 2009

Rep. Moeller, What Are You Smoking?

by lewwaters

jim-moellerJim Moeller, Democrat Representative for Clark County’s 49th Legislative District, Position 2, is surely no stranger to controversy or positions that involve a cranial anal inversion disorder.

Although he has a history of petty sniping at others, especially constituents that disagree with him and continually displays a dramatic passion for raising taxes, I have to admit his latest tirade in a letter to the editors of the August 11, 2009 Columbian shocks even me.

In the July 29 edition of the Columbian appeared an editorial, Thanks, Oregon, in which the editors acknowledged the Oregon legislature’s efforts to “backfill their budget with $733 million in new personal and corporate income taxes,” which carries the potential to drive many wealthy and businesses to relocate to Washington, very likely Clark County.

Our own legislature plugged our deficit by making some very deep cuts that curtailed much spending. It may hurt some, but in times as these sacrifices across the board must be made.

Moeller, instead of being pleased that we now face a good likelihood of gaining wealthy residents, who would purchase upscale homes, deposit money in our banks, make purchases in Clark County, paying our sales tax, possibly starting businesses or relocating businesses, which means jobs, jobs, jobs, to supply wages to middle class workers unemployed currently, who then would also pay more in taxes through increased purchases, wrote a scathing letter that was published.

That letter says,

Working folks make up tax difference
It’s been hot. Way too hot. And we all know how too much sun can make you hallucinate and think recklessly. Clearly The Columbian editorial board needs to come in from the sun.

In the July 29 editorial, “Thanks, Oregon,” dangerous lightheadedness evidenced itself in their whining about the efforts the Oregon Legislature to raise taxes on the wealthiest of Oregonians and corporations from an obscenely low amount of $10 a year to a percentage accurately reflecting the profits they reap. This all done in an effort to save programs designed to help the most vulnerable of Oregonians, with The Columbian stating it’s wrong to “single out and punish the better-off residents or the business community.”

Excuse me, but who profited in the economies of the last 30 years but the very wealthiest? All as their tax contributions were repeatedly slashed. Today the wealthy and corporations contribute a measly proportion of taxes compared to a generation ago — and ordinary working folk have been forced to make up the difference. Talk about punishment?

The editorial board suggested recently that Democratic legislators “pull their head out.” I suggest the editorial board come in out of the sun, or at least put on a hat. Preferably a thinking cap.

Rep. Jim Moeller

Is this man nuts? Does he not know who pays the most taxes already?

An April 2009 CNN Money article reveals the top 20% of wage earners paid 69.3% of federal taxes, the middle 60% of wage earners paid 29.7% of federal taxes with the bottom 20% paying 0.8% of federal taxes.

As he rails on about all the breaks the wealthy received over the past 30 years, we need only look to the National Taxpayers Union to see that the amount of taxes paid has gradually and steadily increased for the top wage earners while the bottom 50% of wage earners actually saw what they paid in taxes decrease.

This during those years of “tax breaks only for the wealthy” Democrats used to slander President Bush.

Moeller says in his letter, “ordinary working folk have been forced to make up the difference.” Would that difference be in paying in fewer taxes, Jim? They sure didn’t pay more, unless he means the tax increases we have seen fronted by him and the rest of the Democrats in our legislature today.

You vote to raise taxes on tobacco claiming it will result in less smoking. You raise taxes on energy and gasoline claiming it will result in less usage. You want to raise taxes on fatty foods claiming it will result in less obesity by those foods not being consumed as much.

And somehow you don’t think raising taxes on business will result in less business and jobs.

In a December 7, 2008 letter to the editor, Moeller wrote asking for “Citizens’ help needed in budget crisis”

In that letter he said in part, “Our state faces a revenue shortfall of several billion dollars. Hard economic times dictate tough budget choices lurking dead ahead. I’ve heard it described as a knife fight, amongst friends, in the dark,” and “We need a public commitment of new tax dollars,,,” and “I believe citizen input is needed to help identify new revenue.”

And now that we face a “gift” from Oregon, he complains in favor of Oregon?

Personally, if those looney liberals in Oregon want to drive their wealthy businesses and taxpayers to our side of the river, who are we to stop them? Don’t we need the revenue here? If enough come over, will we really need Loot Rail for travel to Portland for job seekers? Will we really need to anticipate outrageous tolls to pay for it?

Moeller campaigned last time on the slogan, “Leadership That Works For Us.” Maybe that slogan should be changed to “Leadership That Works For Portland.”

I hope you aren’t too comfortable in that legislative seat, Jim. Advocating Portland over Clark County, you just may lose it next election.

UPDATE: KGW in Portland reports today, Portland fifth in nation for small business bankruptcies