Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A prime example of this would be the impeachment proceedings of former President William Jefferson Clinton over his lying to Congress about sexual relations he was accused of having with a young White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.
The country became fixated on that scandal and the Republicans fell for it hook, line and sinker.
If you think back, Ken Starr was getting close to the Clinton’s in his investigation of the many scandalous acts of the Clinton’s when suddenly, news broke of he was receiving oral sex from a young intern and a dress had his semen on it. The country’s attention became fixated on that allegations while Republicans in the House launched impeachment proceedings over his lie of “Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you!”
It was also about this time we saw Hillary Clinton blasting Republicans over a so-called “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” to support her husband.
In the meantime, Republicans were scoffed at as being prudes, infatuated with sex, being uptight and not “with it” today and more.
Clinton finished his term and went on to be hailed a hero, well liked while the media continued with despising Republicans.
Gone from public view were the many serious scandals Special Prosecutor Ken Starr was investigating and eventually won convictions of lesser known individuals involved, while the Clinton’s skated, even though it is now alleged they were very close to also being indicted before the country’s attention was diverted to the sexual affair.
By now you are probably wondering just what relevance does this trip down memory lane have to today, considering old B.J. Clinton is long out of office and the impeachment is a mark in our history? But it is relevant as by all outward appearance, the Democrats are engaging in yet another “circle the wagons” around an equally inept and corrupt President, Barack Obama.
Since first announcing his intent to run for President, mid-way through his first term as a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama has been surrounded by rumors and allegations of scandalous past conduct, ignored by all lamestream media as they flew to Wasilla, Alaska to dig up any and all dirt they could on Sarah Palin, then Vice Presidential candidate for the Republicans.
But some they have not been able to ignore and news grew, even though the lamestream media attempted to ignore them or marginalize them. Fast & Furious, the gun running scandal that sent thousands of illegal weapons into the hands of Mexican Drug Lords without the knowledge or cooperation of the Mexican Government, the Economy, Bail Outs to ‘Green’ companies that filed bankruptcy, Obamacare, Gun Grabbing, Ammo stockpiling, Non-enforcement of Immigration Laws, Assassinations, Drones over America, Turning a blind eye to a terrorist attack at Ft. Hood, ties to the domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and more.
But none rise to the level of what occurred at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the subsequent cover-up attempt by the Obama Administration as whistleblowers line up to reveal what really happened and how it was allowed to happen, with allegation of the direct involvement of Barack Obama.
As even some in the lamestream media have taken notice and actually reported on it, lo and behold, all of a sudden we begin hearing about the IRS targeting and auditing conservative Tea Party groups during last year’s campaign and even tapping phones of the Associated Press.
While scandalous itself, such wrongful actions do not rise to the level of what is coming out about the Benghazi Terrorist attack and subsequent attempts to cover it up, also involving former First Lady and then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, expected to be the Democrat candidate for President in 2016, if Obama actually leaves the White House.
But, if you take notice, the lamestream media and many conservative outlets are beginning to focus in on the IRS Audits as the effort switches to color Benghazi as merely ‘political circus.’
Let’s face it, whatever comes out on the IRS Audits will be laid in the lap of the IRS, Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney already reminding the nation that the head of the IRS at the time was actually a George W. Bush appointee.
Even if tied to Obama it would amount to little more than a “sorry ‘bout that” as even Obama expresses questionable outrage over the targeting along with his doubtful vow “to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting turn out to be true.”
In my view, while this too should be investigated, we cannot lose sight of the main scandal of the ineptness and potential treason of the Obama Administration over what happened in Benghazi, Libya last September 11.
It just seems too convenient that the long suspected targeting of conservative groups last year suddenly turns out to be leaked and made public, as the Benghazi Scandal continues to grow.
We must remain steadfast and focused in demanding the truth of Benghazi and not let ourselves become distracted again by a much lesser scandal that will never touch an inept, corrupt President.
Don’t let the Democrats create another distraction to circle the wagons where we need and deserve answers.
Posted by Lew Waters at 11:54 AM
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Comedian George Carlin said the above in 1990 as part of a much longer routine, Euphemisms, on how we have taken the humanity out of words to make them sound softer and with less importance.
While I do not fully agree his assessment of the Vietnam war as “lies and deceits surrounding that war,” he does make a valid argument on Veterans in the past not having the help they would need in dealing with the horrors they might have been subjected to when they try to return to their previous lives.
As explained before, PTSD is very real and fortunately not every Veteran is afflicted with it. Of those that are, most have found the fortitude to face it and seek help offered. But as with virtually everything, some, only a few, either do not recognize they may have it or attempt to deal with it on their own for any variety of reasons.
All too often, those few turn to alcohol or drugs that only compounds the problems they are dealing with and all too often, lands them in legal trouble, facing a jail or prison term for DUI’s or domestic violence mostly.
In the past those few were treated like every day criminals and just locked up with no regard for the what or the why of their problems, completely ignoring how the very war society sent them too created their troubles. In turn, this treatment not only compounded their problem, it all too often resulted in homelessness or worse, suicide.
Whether or not we agreed with or disapproved of their being sent off to war, we as a society did send them into harm’s way and subjected them to the horrors and brutality of war. As a society we owe them much, not the least of which is assistance in dealing with the very demons we gave them.
Recognizing the failure of society in helping those Veterans, a Judge from Buffalo, New York, Judge Robert Russell, who was instrumental in creating that cities drug and mental health treatment court, created the “nation’s first veterans treatment court” where instead of jail time for minor infractions of the law, “the veterans [are] required to get mental health or addiction counseling, find jobs, stay clean and sober and get their lives back on track.”
Through a program of mentoring by other Veterans and directing the Veteran to the Veterans Healthcare facilities, treatment they either did not know about or were hesitant to seek, taxpayers are saved thousands of dollars from their incarceration and the Veteran receives the needed care, helping them to get their lives back in order, become productive members of society again and prevent a future suicides.
As news of Judge Russell’s successful efforts spread, we began seeing similar programs appear in cities across America. Results seen in community after community have shown a high success rate.
In Minnesota the Hennepin County Veterans Court is seeing “83 percent committed fewer offenses after six months in the program as compared with the six months before entering.” Of that success rate, Hennepin County Court Administrator Mark Thompson says, “This is a particularly troubled population when they come through the door. My guess is 75 percent would reoffend within a year, so 83 percent not reoffending is an amazing statistic.”
In a short term study, Montgomery County Pennsylvania concludes “A recent 2011 study by Widener University School of Law concluded that the recidivism rates of veterans treatment courts is similar or possibly lower than other specialty courts. Research on other specialty courts (drug, mental health, and DWI) has shown their effectiveness in reducing future criminal behavior.”
Down in San Diego, California, Superior Court Judge Roger W. Krauel, a Vietnam veteran who presides over the court signed a report concluding, “The veterans treatment court model that we use here in San Diego is a good tool. It costs less than incarceration and works better than incarceration. To date we have saved over $2.1 million dollars in jail costs. We’re changing lives and keeping a community very safe,” as expressed by Jude Litzenberger, the court’s coordinator.
Study after study shows the success of Veterans Courts. Even here in Clark County Washington, similar successes have been shown in past posts on this blog promoting fundraisers for our Veterans Court.
District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman, founding presiding Judge of the Clark County Veterans Court said, “The Vets Court has had approximately 35 Veterans enter since its start in March of 2011. It has the highest graduation rate of any specialty court in Clark County. More than double most other courts as the Veterans really want to succeed. From a taxpayers viewpoint it is a great deal as the VA has the space and time to do all the treatment for the Vets and therefore the average of $6000.00 set aside for treatment costs in the other courts is not necessary. So one way of looking at it is we save the county $60,000 for every 10 Vets that we treat in Vets Court. Plus by treating the Vets as opposed to incarcerating them at $76 a day is a savings too.”
The Clark County Veterans Court was started with a federal grant that is soon expiring and is not taxpayer supported. It remains in operation due to generous contributions from Clark County citizens and those fund raisers this blog and others have promoted.
April 27, 2013, just next week will see another star studded event at the Luepke Center, featuring such local entertainment as Ricky Lee Jackson and Shawna Quade, a top 20 Elvis Tribute Artist, Marc Stevenz and several more.
For an admission price of just $15, you will receive some of the best entertainment in Clark County and be treated to beverages and gourmet desserts provided by Goldies BBQ at no extra cost to you. In addition there will be Hawaiian style BBQ available for purchase along with some Hawaiian entertainment.
But more importantly, you will be helping to fund a very successful program assisting Veterans in need as they regain the lives they had before we sent them off to war.
To be candid, April 27 looks like it is going to be a very busy day in our community as several events are also planned on that day. With the Luepke Event scheduled for two shows, a Matinee Concert from 2 to 4:30 pm and an Evening Concert from 5 to 7:30 pm, you can easily do both in the same day without interfering with other fundraisers you may desire to attend.
But as said above, the important thing is that you will be helping those Veterans in need when they need and deserve our help the most.
Mark Silverstein, legal director of the Colorado ACLU once opined, “Should the criminal justice system take into account PTSD when it arises from military service but disregard it when it stems from different but nevertheless horrific life experiences?”
Society has long offered victims programs and counseling to others who may suffer a traumatic event, even to the extent of sending counselors into an area for their assistance.
Veterans, on the other hand, have been required to seek it out on their own or struggle with their demons by themselves. Veterans Courts recognizes their need and pushes them towards the treatment needed by those few, hopefully before they become violent or are driven to suicide.
I hope you agree that these men & women deserve a second chance and that you will take time out of your busy day next week to come to Luepke Center and offer your support to our Veterans Court.
You can obtain your tickets at Beacock Music, Music World, Young Art, HairBlenders Salon, Goldies BBQ or you can order then online at www.ClarkCountyVetsCourtBoard.org.
Come on out and show the community that you care about our Veterans.
Posted by Lew Waters at 3:12 PM
Friday, April 19, 2013
As we have gotten all too accustomed to today, speculation immediately focused on unknown conservatives, creating false links to “right-wingers” and “Tea Party” to smear conservatives in America as leftwingers continues their assault on traditional minded Americans.
Late Thursday and early Friday morning the smoke began to clear as we heard of a raging gun battle occurring in Massachusetts where two individuals seen walking through the crowd at the marathon were acting suspiciously and appeared to leave backpacks in the vicinity of the explosions were located.
One was killed in that gun battle and the younger brother is the effort of an intense city wide manhunt as I write this.
Who are these two brothers suspected of being the bombers?
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, refugees from the fighting in Chechnya, Russia who came to our shores over a decade ago. We’re told Tamerlan, who died in the gun battle after throwing a pressure cooker bomb at Police, “was a southpaw heavyweight boxer who represented New England in the National Golden Gloves and talked about competing on behalf of the United States.”
His 19 year old brother, Dzhokhar is said to be “a skateboarder who listened to rap and seemed easygoing to other kids in his Cambridge, Mass. Neighborhood and is now being sought by Police.
Neither appears to be a conservative or tea partier or right-wingers at all. All we hear so far is both are Naturalized Citizens and devout Muslims.
Little else is known just yet, but it is obvious that the media’s effort to smear conservative Americans was intentional as well as grossly erroneous.
One Aunt demands to see evidence that they are connected. Killing a Police Officer, engaging in a firefight with Police to include throwing a pressure cooker bomb at them after carjacking a car, ramming Police vehicles trying to escape and the discovery of bomb making materials in their residence would be strong evidence to me.
An uncle tells Dzhokhar to turn himself in, ask forgiveness of the people and accept his medicine. He adds the family will not offer forgiveness as they have brought shame to the Chechnyan community and the family.
Their father in Russia, obviously mourning the loss of one son, warns retribution of his younger son is killed.
As can be expected, the same lamestream media that was quick to speculate on motive when they were trying to tie the bombing to conservatives now can’t seem to speculate on any motive seeing the two suspects are Muslim.
Let me be clear here, unlike others I do not affix blame to all Muslims any more than I would affix blame on all Christians for the actions of the Ku Klux Klan years ago.
But as Christians in America are increasingly under fire for their beliefs we see Muslims being treated kindly and with kid gloves, even though the current trouble makers continue to come out of their midst.
Whether or not they are members of an organized group like Al Qaeda is also unknown at this time. We do see where they appear sympathetic towards Al Qaeda, though.
While the media has temporarily ceased their speculative assault on conservatives, other agenda driven liberals have not.
Their speculation has ranged from it being tax day retaliation to showing the need to repeal the second amendment. Republicans have been blamed because they have not blindly given Barack Obama carte blanche to continue raising spending by Trillions more every year.
Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank accuses cutting taxes on middle class Americans saying, “No tax cut would have helped us deal with this.”
Even some Republicans have lent their voice to the ongoing discussion as immigration reform is brought up with efforts to weaken our immigration policies defended.
We even now see Secretary of State John F’in Kerry, who is said to have served in Vietnam saying, “For this entire week, we’ve been in a direct confrontation with evil,” adding “President Obama has made this a critical component of his foreign policy, and obviously this just emphasizes that.”
How nice that he finally notices.
If you will recall, after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and especially during his failed 2004 run for the Presidency, it was Kerry objecting to labeling those we were looking for as “evil,” and advocating more “diplomacy” over Military action.
It was they who objected to President Bush’s effort to seek out and kill terrorists or subject them to intense interrogation to draw much needed information out of them.
It was they who called for heads to roll when troops were accused of “torture” that amounted to little more than a college prank, or when Troops were accused of “cold blooded murder” by members of Congress.
They got their wish and obtained complete political control of America.
Nancy Pelosi proclaimed “Real Security for America” in her takeover as House Speaker.
Obama promised “hope & change” and a “transformation of America.”
What we have received is higher unemployment, more division, less security and now, another terrorist act on our soil.
And their goal remains to continue efforts to disarm or make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to obtain a legal firearm to defend themselves against such acts by people like these two brothers.
We can do better, we must do better.
Posted by Lew Waters at 2:23 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Jane Fonda, aka 'Hanoi' Jane Fonda for her treasonous exploits offering aid and comfort to our enemy at a time we had Troops in harm's way doesn't seem to like that so many Vietnam Vets still despise her. Part of why was stated in Hanoi Jane, It Wasn’t a ‘Mistake,’ It Was Treason
She clings to the canard that all she did wrong was succumb to the moment, posing for a very inflammatory set of photos of her sitting at an anti-aircraft gun. The below video should explain why her actions are considered "treasonous" by us and that it goes much further than those photos.
She expressed "regret" for the photo, but stands by her other actions and today, claims, "I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us."
And now, she says that we need to "get a life?"
Posted by Lew Waters at 9:16 PM
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Hanoi Jane Fonda is at it again. She just can’t shut up and fade away to the cesspool of herself. And as expected, being a leftist loon, she plays the victim over her treasonous activities long ago during the Vietnam War.
In her latest rant she cries, “I Will Go to My Grave with Unforgivable Mistake,” the “mistake” being the infamous photo of her sitting at an enemy anti-aircraft gun in North Vietnam taken during her 1972 visit to the communist nation while our Troops were engaged in war against the Communist North Vietnamese.
The rest of the treasonous actions she committed over several years, she fully stands by noted in a previous outburst where she whined,
“Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths.”
Bleating on the Oprah Winfrey Network she now says,
“I made one unforgivable mistake when I was in North Vietnam, and I will go to my grave with this,” and that she “knew immediately that she had made a mistake and has apologized repeatedly, both privately and publicly.”
Those of us who fought in Vietnam seem to have a different view of her conduct as well as her pitiful attempts to excuse herself that she falsely labels “apologies,” as expressed in a CBS News Column from September 22, 2009: Fonda’s Pseudo-Apology.
Author Dexter Lehtinen says in his column,
“‘Hanoi Jane’ expresses ‘regret’ for one thing -- being photographed with an anti-aircraft gun. ‘I do not regret that I went. My only regret about the trip was that I was photographed in a North Vietnamese antiaircraft gun site.’ Fonda amplifies: ‘That two minute lapse of sanity will haunt me until I die.’ She is ‘innocent of what the photo implies,’ but ‘the photo exists, delivering its message, regardless of what I was really doing or feeling.’ She makes it abundantly clear, without apology or regret, that what she was ‘really doing’ was aiding the Communist enemy (who ‘touch our hearts’), and that what she was ‘really feeling’ was that U.S. aviators were war criminals.”
Her efforts at focusing attention solely on that one photo falls flat, though, considering she freely made numerous radio broadcasts from North Vietnam, accusing U.S. Solders and Pilots of being War Criminals, gleefully boasted to UC Berkeley students of 34 American B-52s being shot down with complete disregard for the fate of the American crewmembers and once said to students at the University of Michigan in 1970, “If you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that one day we would become Communist.”
About 1999, someone began circulating and email that blended fact & fiction on her activities in an effort, I believe, to discredit the truth of what she did do during Vietnam.
Even left-leaning Snopes.com in discrediting the email admitted,
“But she didn’t go to North Vietnam to try to bring about peace, or to reconcile the two warring sides, or to stop American boys from being killed — she went there as an active show of support for the North Vietnamese cause. She lauded the North Vietnamese military, she denounced American soldiers as ‘war criminals’ and urged them to stop fighting, she lobbied to cut off all American economic aid to the South Vietnamese government (even after the Paris Peace Accords had ended U.S. military involvement in Vietnam), she publicly thanked the Soviets for providing assistance to the North Vietnamese, and she branded tortured American POWs as liars possessed of overactive imaginations.”
My thoughts on this were reinforced years later with the release of the book The “Myth” of Hanoi Jane Fonda.
A 2004 interview with CNN’s Paula Zahn saw her respond to a question on how we Vietnam Veterans view her and her phony apologies on whether or not she’ll ever be able to satisfy us,
“No. There’s a lot of people who – who – it’s a cottage industry to hate me. And if they – if they stop, that might mean that they’d have to look at some things that would question their own identity. And that’s – it’s very hard for people to do.”
Yes, it seems especially hard for a rich liberal as Hanoi Jane Fonda to stop and look back at what she did as she tries to deflect her actions to a lone photograph.
And earlier bogus apology came in 1988 as she faced scorn from Vietnam Veterans protesting her making a movie in a certain locality. She appeared on Barbara Walters expressing, “there were times I was thoughtless and careless.” She also lamented, “It was preposterous that I described myself as a revolutionary woman. I didn’t even know what that meant.”
Jane Fonda was in her mid-30’s when she made that visit, hardly an impressionable youth.
Also, once all American Troops were withdrawn in 1973, her efforts continued by advocating cutting off support for the struggling South Vietnamese and for them to be conquered by oppressive Communism.
The outcome of that as far as how many formerly free South Vietnamese people died in reeducation camps or perished in the South China Sea escaping the brutality of Communism may never be fully know, but it amounts to millions of people.
While many Vietnam Veterans returned to a nation despising us, either by physical confrontation or in the many movies, books and TV shows depicting Vietnam Veterans as “deranged,” thanks in part to her very vocal activities before and after the trip, she went on to create vast fortune for herself, abandoning the very Communist ideals she advocated others be subjected to.
And now all she can do is cry about a single photograph?
Ms. Fonda, that photograph is the least of your treasonous activities you were never prosecuted for, as you should have been.
Rot in hell, Bitch.
Posted by Lew Waters at 9:08 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The wooden cross erected in what was open land in 1934, sat silently in the desert, subjected to the weather, occasional vandals but maintained by those Veterans and later by friends of the Veterans.
The land was made part of a Federal Reserve in 1994 and due to deterioration of the original wooden cross, caretakers replaced it with a metal cross, somehow enraging a park ranger, Frank Buono who waited until he retired on a comfortable taxpayer paid pension, to seek the assistance of the ACLU to file a lawsuit to have it removed.
The court battles lasted over a decade, seeing the cross at one time fully covered a in a wooden box, just in case someone drove over a hundred miles out of their way and happened to stumble across the cross in the middle of nowhere to ensure their sensitivities would not be offended.
Even after the courts ruled the cross could be uncovered, unknown vandals snuck into the desert and stole the cross in the dead of night while the ACLU fought against a replacement being allowed erected on the original spot.
Eventually, the case was settled with a land swap first offered at the beginning of the controversy and the replacement metal cross that was stolen was found, re-erected and rededicated.
Veterans and freedom loving Americans won one.
My friend and former ACLU attorney, Rees Lloyd forwarded me a short post he has authored reporting that now, for the first time in over a decade, 2013 will see Easter Sunrise Services held at the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross.
I’ll let you read Rees’ words for yourself.
Comrades, Colleagues, and Patriots:
Allow me perhaps politically incorrectly (for which I have absolutely no apology), to wish one and all – “Happy Easter!”
It is a particularly happy Easter for me because -- as told in the accompanying story published by www.WND.com -- for the first time in some twelve years Americans will be able to exercise freedom of religion by attending Easter Sunrise Services at the resurrected Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross.
This is because patriotic Americans, including particularly the wartime veterans of the VFW and The American Legion, took a stand for freedom of religion and defeated the self-righteous, intolerant, totalitarian, secular-extremist progressive liberals of the ACLU, the Taliban of American Liberal Secularism, who sued for over ten years to destroy that Cross in the desert honoring veterans.
I salute and thank all those who stood, fought, and caused the ACLU ultimately to surrender in its cross-destroying secular-cleansing fanaticism, attempting to transform America by wiping out our own American religious history and heritage from the public square, and thus from the public memory and contemporary public mind.
Most particularly, I thank the two self-described “ordinary Americans trying to do the right thing” at the heart of this victory for religious freedom, Henry and Wanda Sandoz of Yucca Valley, CA, modest models of American patriotism, possessed of common sense and humble faith in God and country, without whom the ACLU could not have been defeated and the Cross honoring veterans resurrected.
Please, on this Easter weekend, a time of resurrection, take a moment to read about Henry and Wanda Sandoz and this victory for freedom in www.WND.com, which has provided the most accurate, most consistent reporting on this long battle against the ACLU for religious freedom for over a decade in www.WND.com and WND’s “Whistle-blower” magazine, for which I thank WND.com, its founder Joseph Farah, Managing Editor David Kupelian, and all of its editors and reporters:
This Easter, a cross the ACLU can't touch
(Life Member Riverside Post 79; Past Commander District 21;
Co-founder and Director, Defense of Veterans Memorials Project of The American Legion Department of California.)
Yes, inviting news to read the ACLU lost one and people are once again free to exercise their choice of religion, even when they choose out in the middle of nowhere.
But we cannot let our guard down with one victory. Sadly, Veterans Memorials remain under assault all across America by Secular Atheist groups who demand their destruction if they contain a simple cross, even though they might have stood peacefully for several decades.
Mt. Soledad Cross has been the subject of an ACLU assault since 1989 to have it declared “unconstitutional.”
This assault has yet to be settled as litigation continues.
The fight goes on as we battle Secularism to preserve our Veterans Memorials.
But we can take a few moments of respite this Easter to once again reflect on what our freedoms cast and honor not only the resurrection of Christ, but pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order for us to worship as we choose.
Posted by Lew Waters at 11:24 AM
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
|Gov. Jay Inslee|
At such severe economic times as we have seen since 2008, one would think growing private sector jobs to rebuild lost revenues would be a paramount duty. But not so with both states under heavy control of the Democrat Party.
|Gov. John Kitzhaber|
Sad to see, but from Barack Obama on down and all across America, potential well-paying jobs have not been created due to government foot dragging, environmental over-concerns and simple short-sightedness.
While the struggling middle class faces the highest sustained energy prices seen in our country and with unemployment and underemployment unreasonably high, millions of jobs sit in limbo while politicians drag their feet over coal exports, opening up known oil and gas reserves for recovery and building the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta Canada to the Gulf of Mexico where Canadian Shale Oil would be refined by American middle class workers and exported to other countries in need.
In the Pacific Northwest currently it is Coal Exports to Asia that has become the target of those opposed to letting middle class workers regain decent wage jobs in the private sector.
With plans to construct newer export terminals in both states, you would think the governors of both states would gladly accept those newly created jobs and begin recovering from the economic morass both states have been mired in now for 5 years or more. But not so with both Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon.
Even though numerous studies have shown claimed dangers along the rail routes coal trains would take to arrive at the terminals are overblown, both Governors have taken it upon themselves to request additional studies, not American use of coal, but potential dangers of countries like India and China using coal.
In a letter to the Council of Environmental Quality asking the White House to “investigate the climate impact of exporting coal.”
In their request they state a need for a “full public airing of the consequences of substantial new investments in coal generation and the infrastructure to transport coal, extending the world’s reliance on this fuel for decades.”
Pushing back, the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports, an “Alliance of companies, labor, civic and other organizations who understand the importance of exports to our region and want to strengthen our trade economy” issued their own statement today, March 26, 2013.
In the statement, Lauri Hennessey, spokeswoman for the trade advocacy group said, “Just last week the U.S. Senate voted to oppose any new requirement or regulation that federal agencies account for greenhouse gas emissions in their analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Such a requirement could be particularly damaging to the Northwest, where trade and exports are so vital to the local economy.”
Mike Elliott, Spokesman for the Washington State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) added, “We have always been and remain committed to making these projects a reality. We will continue working with the Oregon and Washington Governors towards the best outcome for these multi-commodity facilities.”
Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business says, “Existing federal law requires exhaustive environmental review of development projects to ensure that our environment is protected. In addition, Washington has some of the most stringent environmental standards in the nation and every project must meet or exceed those standards in order to go forward. Imposing additional, unwarranted and unnecessary regulatory burdens in an attempt to derail a particular project would set a dangerous precedent that will jeopardize our state’s economic future. We continue to support a balanced approach that ensures both environmental protection and economic opportunity.”
Both governor’s, with the support of far leftist Senators like Oregon’s Ron Wyden throw us out of balance by demanding time consuming studies that block construction of the terminals while at the same time, both advocate a multi-Billion dollar boondoggle bridge project to replace the current functional bridge spans between the two states on Interstate 5 that people on both sides of the river continue to say we do not want.
We don’t need decades, if not generations of debt, tax increases, tolls on top of tolls and other forms of repayment to be heaped on the backs of struggling middle class workers while these two governors obstruct real job creation.
Both advocate “Green Energy” sources like windmills, even though windmills have been shown to also be overly expensive, unreliable and inefficient, a Spanish study indicating the loss of two jobs for every job created.
Can we forget Representative Robert Kennedy Jr. breezing into our town years ago to preach against the use of coal while at the same time standing opposed to the construction of a wind farm in his own backyard of Nantucket Sound where they would remain reliant upon gas and coal fired electricity plants?
But the importance now is jobs. We need jobs so people can not only care for themselves and their families, but rebuild state coffers for legislators that can’t seem to get their overspending under control.
Asian countries have decided they will bring lower cost electricity to remote regions of their countries and increase their manufacturing base by using coal. If the concern really is the environment, doesn’t it make more sense for them to be able to purchase and use America’s low sulfur coal than forcing them buy higher sulfur coal mined in other regions?
We need to demand both Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon and Governor Inslee of Washington State to stop working against the struggling middle class and allow us to return to decent wage jobs in the private sector.
Their efforts at foot dragging on job creation must be opposed.
Posted by Lew Waters at 12:21 AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Unbelievable the gall of someone knowingly in the country illegally and expecting free benefits. How bold that they feel comfortable enough to produce a video ad of their expectations.
Our country is nearly $17 Trillion in debt, millions of citizens remain unemployed, U-6 Unemployment sitting at 14.3% and lawbreakers think they are entitled to freebies.
Not surprising, California, probably the single worse off state in the country, rapidly heading into bankruptcy, losing citizens and businesses daily is set to approve free healthcare for illegal aliens.
Tuition assistance for Veterans in California has been cut and unpaid medical bills just for illegal aliens in California has reached $1.25 billion per year, but California liberals, bleeding heart liberals are poised to give illegal aliens even more benefits.
Read more at Stand With Arizona
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:22 PM
Thursday, March 14, 2013
This blog was among many that posted last year of the Medal of Honor Society search for others in civilian life who have bravely risked their own lives to save or benefit others. Hundreds of heroes were recommended, but only a few selected as semi-finalists and now, four have been selected to receive the Citizen Service Before Self Honor from the Medal of Honor Society.
Amongst finalist is 15 year-old Marcos Ugarte of Troutdale, Oregon who risked his own life to rescue a smaller boy from the second floor of a burning home last year.
The story of his heroic rescue made national news and was even a feature in the March 2013 edition of Readers Digest Everyday Heroes.
Also selected for honors was Father Joe Carroll of San Diego, California for his “developing and running a multi-faceted homeless support center offering assistance, counseling and job training, that is now modeled throughout the U.S.,” father/son Jesse Shaffer III and Jesse Shaffer IV of Braithwaite, Louisiana for “during Hurricane Isaac, this father-and-son team used their boat to rescue 120 people from their flood-ravaged town after official rescues were called off.”
Their story was also featured in an April 2013 edition of Reader’s Digest.
Recipients will be presented with their awards on Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Perhaps it might be perceived unfair for me to single out Marcos Ugarte, but what with the generational friction often seen, I cannot help but note that there are teens who act selflessly, who care deeply about others and their communities and one day soon will be the adults responsible for caring for our country.
We should be proud of each of these four honorees as well as any who were recommended. It is everyday citizens who act selflessly towards others who keep our country and the world running.
I can only end with, Well Done. Well Deserved
Posted by Lew Waters at 4:50 PM
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
One Veteran, medically discharged from the U.S. Navy has alleged he is the victim of a staff member assigned to care for him while he was an inpatient at the Vancouver Campus. To say the least, this particular staff member has quite a peculiar background that leaves me questioning just how he was able to gain employment at the Veterans Hospital.
An inquiry submitted to Public Affairs Officer, Dan Herrigstad has not yet been responded to. But the history of this staff member, Patrick Henry is well documented as he was the subject of both a book titled Deadly Intentions and two subsequent made for TV movies on his conviction for attempted murder of his ex-wife in Tucson, Arizona in 1979 that led to his being stripped of his license to practice medicine as a Doctor and another on his “itching to exact revenge on those who put him away while at the same time working hard on destroying the sanity of his second wife.”
Dr. Patrick G. Henry graduated from the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine in 1971, marrying the sweetheart he met while a student in 1967 that same year. By all outward appearances he was destined for a brilliant career in Dermatology. But he soon revealed a much darker side unnoticed before.
From an August 18, 1986 People’s Magazine article on the fear his ex-wife retains, we read that Henry began to call his wife by a “private, ugly nickname: ‘Toad’.” He would sometimes sit for hours and just ignore her.
When he did speak, the conversation was often directed towards what he would “do with anybody who crossed him.”
“I’d get even no matter how long it took me. First I’d stick pins in their eyes.... If you put a knife in their lower abdomen—stick it straight in—you can pull it up in a single movement and cut someone wide open.... That’s one of the most painful ways to die. I’d take explosives—not big ones; they’d have to be small, or I wouldn’t be able to stay close enough to watch.... If it was a woman I’d put it in her vagina and ass.... I’d stand close and watch while they went off.”We also read,
“On a vacation trip to Florida, she was swimming alone in a remote lake when Pat shouted to her to get to shore fast and not to look back. She swam furiously and as she did, Pat aimed his camera and clicked away. She hit the beach just seconds ahead of an alligator. When she broke down sobbing, Henry laughed hysterically.”After some very dangerous incidents involving their infant son and much soul searching, his wife had had enough and left him in 1974, moving back to Tucson, Arizona to live with her parents and filing for divorce.
We read that
“within a year Henry remarried, adopted his new wife’s two daughters and settled into the life of a suburban Baltimore physician. He waited three years and eight months from the day his wife left him before returning to Tucson in disguise, planning the revenge he had so often described to her.”Through the diligence and suspicions of an American Airline’s ticket agent, in 1977 Henry was caught trying to leave Tucson with an attaché case found to contain a “.32-caliber pistol, nine bullets, a glass cutter, glue, pliers and a plumber's helper, as well as 23 firecrackers, string, three books of matches and a double-edged hunting knife.”
Questioned by Police in Dallas, a really bizarre scheme involving false identity, a cheap wig and padded clothing to disguise himself was revealed, resulting in his being indicted and tried in 1979. It took the jury about six hours to reach of verdict of guilty for attempted murder in the second degree.
He was sentenced to 5 to 15 years and was released on parole in 1986 after serving 6 ½ years of the sentence, Warden Lloyd E. Bramlett describing Henry as “Pretty much a model inmate. No violence. No discipline problems,” even though 3 years earlier he had been shifted to maximum security when it was discovered he might have been laying the groundwork for an elaborate escape.
Contrary to his Lawyers claims of “He has too much to lose. He’s got a wife. He’s got two children he loves. He wants to continue in the practice of medicine,” Henry wasn’t to stay out of trouble very long.
He settled in Mobile, Alabama where he worked as a Physician’s Assistant while trying to have his Medical License reinstated.
In late August 1987 he was again arrested after his second wife contacted Police after finding “a munitions box in her home containing manuals on explosives and fake identities, as well as a pistol” along with a quantity of marijuana.
FBI agents arrested Henry on drug charges. In March 1988 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Federal marijuana and weapons charges, prosecutors alleging he “planned to use blood serum containing the AIDS virus in a revenge scheme and planned to kill a former Federal prosecutor.”
District Judge Emmett Cox ordered Henry to “a prison where he could receive psychiatric treatment.”
Unknown to me when he was released, he ended up moving to Portland, Oregon where he at some time became employed by the Veterans Hospital as a CNA at the Vancouver Campus and in 2011, is alleged to have “terrorized one of the patients” between April and September.
Apparently unable to catch him in the act, it would take until September 2012 before he was caught placing nails under this same patient’s car tires when he would return to the campus for outpatient care or volunteer work with other Veterans.
According to Court documents I obtained, He was summoned into court at the direction of the Vancouver City Attorney’s Office, making his first appearance on Feb. 28, 2013 in front of Judge Darvin Zimmerman who placed him immediately on supervised release and ordered him to have no contact with the victim or the Veterans Administration campus.
Charged with attempted Third Degree Malicious Mischief, a gross misdemeanor, he is next scheduled to appear in Clark County District Court on April 24, 2013 and is to remain in the immediate Portland / Vancouver Metropolitan area where he shares a home with his wife Helene in Portland.
I am unable to confirm at this time whether he is still employed with the VA or has been placed on administrative leave.
But I am concerned with how such a person, whether he once was a doctor or not, came to be employed at the facility, caring for patients or why he was allowed to remain after complaints were leveled against him.
The victim claims he has tried to submit TORT claims for damages, but has been denied by all levels of the Veterans Administration and is currently seeking legal help in pursuing his claims.
This will be updated as more information becomes available.
Posted by Lew Waters at 1:14 PM
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Friday, March 01, 2013
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.”
Unfortunately for Jim Moeller, the legality of the supermajority has not been settled as we see the Senate Majority Coalition propose a constitutional amendment the very same day.
Unlike Democrats who have aligned themselves in opposition to the middle class in Washington State, we see State Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry (R. 13th) announce, “All 25 [majority alliance senators] have pledged to support a two-thirds constitutional amendment.”
Democrats, who have held the majority in Olympia for over a decade are falling back on claims of combating “the tyranny of the minority” in opposing the middle class in Washington State with State Senator Ed Murray (D. 43rd) saying, “You are voting against a core principle that this nation was founded upon.”
The “core principle” found in Article I Section I of the state constitution that “all political power is derived from the people” and the fact that the people have voted a 2/3 supermajority requirement on the state legislature apparently is not worth considering.
Republicans are vowing to make it a campaign issue in Democrats standing in opposition to middle class voters preparing to ask them “Will you stand for what your constituents want?”
Jim Moeller, Speaker Pro Tem in the House is vowing any 2/3 supermajority constitutional amendment sent to the house is dead!
Representative Sharon Wylie (D, 49th); State Senator Annette Cleveland (D, 49th); and Representative Monica Stonier (D. 17th) have all joined Moeller saying they would not support a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3 supermajority in the legislature to increase taxes.
Wylie also said, “The supermajority rule prevents you from doing any kind of meaningful tax reform, including getting rid of tax loopholes,” completely ignoring that it is the middle class that always ends up hurt by “meaningful tax reforms” that are in reality always means to increase taxes.
Indicating how pleased she was with middle class constituent votes being invalidated, Cleveland said she “[is] pleased with the courts decision because I’ve always believed that efforts to require a two-thirds majority really reverses the fundamental tenet of our democracy. Our nation’s founders left Europe because they were tired of ‘minority rule by a privileged minority’.”
She too somehow misses that the efforts of her and her fellow Democrats is a minority of opponents of the 2/3 supermajority vote in the legislature overruling a majority of middle class voters in the state.
Siding with middle class voters, the Columbian editorialized Time to Rescue Supermajority and correctly noting, “We’re not big believers in changing the state constitution, but when an ill-advised court ruling forces the hand of the people who have consistently asked for this provision, we are left no choice.”
State Senator Don Benton (R. 17th) summed it up as “Washingtonians have seen one majority toss out what another majority has approved time after time.”
Benton correctly notes that middle class voters have approved I-601 in 1993, R-49 Reaffirming provisions of I-601 in 1998, I-695 in 1999, I-960 in 2007, I-1053 in 2010 and I-1185 in 2012, all requiring a 2/3 supermajority for the legislature to increase our taxes.
Yesterday, February 28, 2013 the State Supreme Court tossed all of those in the nearest trash can.
In an email reply to me, State Senator Ann Rivers (R. 18th) said, “I’m going to do what I was sent to Olympia to do and represent the people. The people of my district, by a 72% majority told me that they like the 2/3 mandate and I look forward to voting yes on a constitutional amendment to allow them to remain in charge of their government.”
Representative Brandon Vick (R. 18th) issued a statement saying in part, “With the decision today the state court demonstrated that it is not listening to our citizens. Just as a one-party controlled Legislature has not listened for years. The people want bipartisan agreement in order to raise taxes and as representatives of the people we must ensure that they have a voice. We can still uphold the will of the people, and I am working to do so by co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 4206 to put the two-thirds requirement in the constitution once and for all.”
Representative Liz Pike (R. 18th) also issued a statement saying, “Today’s ruling is a direct affront to a majority of Washington residents who voted overwhelmingly to require a two-thirds majority of the Legislature in order to raise taxes. Voters spoke loud and clear and said with their vote they want government to live within its means without raising taxes.”
“Voters are smart; they realize a two thirds majority requirement will make it very difficult for us to raise taxes. Elections have consequences and it’s our job in the Legislature to keep faith with the voters who put us here.”
Instead of living within our means, elected Democrats wish to be able to easily increases our taxes whenever they choose, locking out moderate Democrats and Conservatives who wish to see the middle class be relived of the ever increasing tax burden on our backs.
The Senate Majority Coalition is a bipartisan effort with 2 Moderate Democrats aligning themselves with Republicans on many issues in support of the middle class. Those two are Senator Rodney Tom (D. 48th) and Senator Tim Sheldon (D. 35th).
For taking a stand with the middle class, both are facing condemnation & censure from the Washington State Democrat Party.
The Democrats War Against the Middle Class goes on.
Posted by Lew Waters at 9:11 PM
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The latest song from Micheal & Angela Souders featuring the great kids from Tussing Elementary School. We Will Stand With You is dedicated to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Get the FREE sheet music, and share your love with them, too. http://www.restored.faithweb.com
Posted by Lew Waters at 9:15 AM
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Some have been very objectionable such as a page labeled “Ann Romney’s Magical Mormon Cunt” depicting Mrs. Romney with vampire fangs.
Complaints on that offensive page received a reply from facebook of, “we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
You judge if the page would be considered objectionable to you in the screenshot below.
That particular page is now gone, presumably because the election is over and whoever set it up took it down. But there are others people find objectionable like, Wolf Butchering, Cooking and Recipes seen by many as an animal abuse page.
Facebook sat idle while two men shared child porn on their pages.
There have been pages demeaning our Troops and Veterans that facebook let stand.
So why would they find a page promoting heterosexuality objectionable and pull it down?
A few months ago a page was created called Heterosexual Awareness Month that stood for heterosexuality and approached the subject with humorous cartoons and images. It did not bash homosexuals, but said there was nothing wrong with being heterosexual, since we are male and female for a reason in nature.
As we all know, agenda driven homosexual activists despise heterosexuality and want their lifestyle promoted over any other, even though they cannot reproduce amongst themselves. They cry hate and homophobia any time someone speaks up in appreciation of heterosexuality, even though those people never say anything about homosexuals.
To those types in the homosexual community, and not all homosexuals buy into it, any mention of heterosexuality is enough to send them in a frenzy.
I would have to think that is what was behind the creation of the facebook page, Stop “Heterosexual Awareness Month” that bills itself as
“dedicated to stopping LGBT HATE GROUPS on facebook like the so-called ‘Heterosexual Awareness Month’ page.”While these sort of groups have no problem promoting the made up word “homophobia,” they have made up a derogatory definition of the term “heterophobia” of
“They are not spreading awareness... they are spreading animosity.”
“a neologism used as a snarl word to delegitimize the gay rights movement's campaign for equal treatment and an end to anti-gay bigotry.”Standing up for the natural order of male & female is anathema to them and must be silenced. No tolerance or acceptance given at all. None, just their agenda is all that is to be promoted today in the new politically correct times we live in.
The creators of “Heterosexual Awareness Month” were equally astonished to find their page removed without warning or notice and sent out the notice,
“We did not approach the protection of marriage as many others have done in the past, but with a humorous and more satirical point of view. We had almost 6400 fans, we kept our posts as clean and fun as possible, and we were shut DOWN. How’s that for First Amendment rights? Someone remind me again about equality. Being a heterosexual and pro marriage is now considered ‘in violation of policy,’ apparently.”They have opened a new “Heterosexual Awareness Month” page and will continue to promote our lifestyle, the natural order if you will as the struggle to stop the bashing and demeaning of heterosexuals continues.
As for facebook, I can’t say how disappointed I am that they would do this while letting obvious hateful sites remain.
It may be popular to follow the idiotic P.C. nonsense, but to actually shut down the promotion of heterosexuality while allowing homosexuality to reign throughout their site doesn’t endear me to them and might make me reassess my involvement with facebook.
At the very least, they should be ashamed of themselves.
UPDATE: It looks like facebook caved to SHAM (Stop Heterosexual Awareness Month) again. As stated in the post, these homosexual activists will not tolerate anybody not in line with their views.
Some examples taken from SHAM’s facebook page
Posted by Lew Waters at 2:19 PM
Friday, February 22, 2013
The middle class has never been worse off since.
Winning office in the early 1990’s as just a “Mom in tennis shoes,” the now 62 year-old has shown herself to be more of a “Mom in muddy shoes,” sparing no effort to retain her cushioned seat of authority, promoting a Progressive agenda on the backs of the middle class while catering to big labor and selected corporate special interests.
Deflecting any and blame, Murray and other Democrats ignore that unemployment among the middle class quickly doubled after they assumed control of congress and the entire government with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
Murray first came to office in 1993 along with President B.J. Clinton, giving them full control of the government. Unemployment was sitting at 7.3% still reeling from the disastrous luxury tax Democrats drew up and convinced President George H.W. Bush to sign into law in violation of his famous “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge. The promptly made their tax a campaign issue against him and used it to oust him from office and elect B.J. Clinton.
As history shows, the luxury tax against the wealthy decimated the middle class as the wealthy either stopped buying the items with the higher taxes of bought elsewhere, putting companies that employed the middle class to manufacture luxury items out of business.
The 1994 elections saw Murray relegated to minority party status as Republicans led by Newt Gingrich won control of both houses of congress based upon their “Contract with America.” By 2000 unemployment had dropped as low as 3.8%.
In the years leading up to the 2006 elections, unemployment went up and down with the economic recession of the early 2000’s, the most devastating terrorist attack in history and going to war to fight terrorism. Yet unemployment never exceeded 6.2% and averaged 5.1% for the years 2000 through 2006.
When Murray and the Democrats assumed control of congress in January 2007, unemployment sat at 4.6% as the wailed how bad the economy was and such a number of unemployed was “unbearable.”
By the time Barack Obama was inaugurated unemployment was 7.8%, quickly exceeding 10% and only dipped slightly under 8% for a very short period leading up to the 2012 election.
As boring as this may be to read, it is to give you some back ground on just how well these so-called “champions of the middle class” have benefited the middle class in America. The relevance is in that Patty Murray graced Clark County with her presence recently stumping for the largest and most expensive project ever to hit our region, the Columbia River Crossing that will replace both spans of the Interstate Bridge linking Clark County to Portland, Oregon and that is primarily designed to force Clark County’s middle class to not only accept Portland’s financially ailing light rail that we have voted down in the past, but to pay for it as well.
In promoting the boondoggle heavily opposed by the middle class taxpayers in Clark County, Murray, taking aim at the County Commissioners the middle class turned out in droves to support and elect to oppose the CRC, labeled their recent effort in passing a resolution opposing the CRC by a 2 to 1 margin as ‘turning their backs on the region’s economic development.’
Speaking before a select group of special interest business owners in the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), Murray took aim at the selection of the middle class she boldly claims to “champion” condemning the recent actions of County Commission to end tax dollars paid to CREDC since they support the CRC and light rail when voters have clearly rejected it, most recently by proxy vote defeating the proposed sales tax increase intended to fund light rail operations & maintenance.
Apparently clueless, Murray lied with, “A light rail component is absolutely necessary to secure federal funding for this project.”
Although claimed for many years, it was revealed that the federal government has no such requirement for light rail in their mandate of some form of rapid transit being part of such projects. Less expensive buses or even a bus rapid transit would fulfill the need and still qualify for the federal funding.
Oblivious to such an ambitious project being a burden on the middle class that has seen over 4 years of double digit unemployment in Clark County, Murray calls for “local revenues and tolling” to pay for the monstrosity that would be more affordable if not for forcing light rail to be part of it.
Those so-called “local revenues” currently being discussed amount to an additional 10 cent per gallon gas tax that would return Washington State to the highest gas tax in the nation, a $20 additional fee for yearly licensing your car, the possibility of an increase in the employer tax, the fee of $25 added to bicycles that cost at least $500 and whatever else our Democrat controlled legislature can dre4am up to stick it to the middle class.
Addressing the numerous design flaws uncovered in the project, such as inadequate clearance for river commerce traffic that would put businesses upriver out of business or cause them to lay off middle class workers to cut back on their services as well as several downtown businesses being displaced and torn down to accommodate the eyesore bridge, Murray says, “any further attempt to change the current bridge design will cause years, if not decades of delay.”
In other words, we are crossing a bridge in the dark at high speed and seen in the headlights ahead that the bridge is washed out. But, we have gone too far now so just keep going over the edge, even though we know it is going to kill us.
Ignoring the concerns of the struggling middle class in both states of Oregon and Washington, Murray flippantly states “no plan is perfect” and adding, “the CRC plan has been agreed upon and studied time and time again.”
Who agreed upon it? Surely not the middle class that has been denied promised votes time and again since we first defeated the notion in 1995.
And what studies? The glossed over reports that ignored the many design flaws associated with the current design?
Moving ahead with this boondoggle promises to add about $2,000 a year to the average Clark County middle class citizen who must travel to Portland for a job, since neither Murray or her party will do much to attract jobs to our county. Oh, she claims they work hard to “create jobs” on this side of the river, but where are they? Why have we been burdened with over 4 years of double digit unemployment?
And if they are about “creating jobs,” why do they continue to block expansion of our ports to accommodate shipping coal to Asia who is going to buy and use coal no matter what we may think. Why do they continue to deny recovering our own energy sources resting beneath our own land and within our borders? Or even the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico where a refined product would be shipped to foreign lands?
These are all middle class jobs denied due to restrictions placed on the backs of job creators prepared to hire middle class workers.
But for Patty Murray to portray herself as a “Champion of the middle class” and then condemn the actions the middle class elected two County Commissioners to take is completely hypocritical, as is expecting the middle class to be forced to accept and pay for a project that instead of being a benefit to us, will bankrupt us.
It’s as if Murray and the Democrats stand before us saying, “we have to destroy the middle class in order to save it.”
Posted by Lew Waters at 2:52 PM