Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Local losers and winners in the gas tax debacle.


1.  Loser - The people of Clark County (1)

While there are those who are, in fact, paid to lie, such as Mark Brown, who falsely claimed 
"This is a damn good package for Clark County," said Mark Brown, a lobbyist who represents the region in Olympia.
That's the kind of thing he's paid to say.

What... does anyone expect him to tell the truth?

"This packaged sucked and the Senate ought to be ashamed of themselves?"

Fat chance.

The idea that 1.3% of this GOP Con Job equates to a "damn good package" for ANY county is insane, let alone the 4th or 5th largest county by population in the state?

PARTICULARLY when half the money will be wasted on constructing a CRC project that at the Mill Plain/I-5 freeway intersection that we do not need or want.

2.  Loser - The People of Clark County (2)

The GOP Senate made it clear that they don't give a damn what the people of this state want, and the GOP Senators voting for this crap pile have made it just as clear that when it comes to their agenda, they're no different than democrats.

Those voting for this idiocy locally, including democrat pols Cleveland, Moeller and Wylie as well as Republicans King and Rivers, did so deliberately, KNOWING that they had shut the people out of the equation.

The democrats voted for this shit because they never give a damn what the people want except to lie to them in the run up to the general election.  But as soon as they're (re)elected, that stops being a concern.

In the end, the thing that matters the most in this package will get the least:  Roads.

And the special interests calling the shots?

Well, I'm sure they'll provide suitable rewards.  After all, what they wanted certainly was more important... MUCH more important... than what the people of these districts wanted.... right?

3.  Loser - Sen. Ann Rivers (R-18)

When you run for the Senate on a platform that states this:
  I believe in the concept that every dime of taxpayer money (meaning every dollar of revenue from whatever the source) should be squeezed until it screams. I will not support an increase in the gas tax. I will not support increases in tab fees. The people have spoken and I have listened. We will spend billions to move the tiniest number of people when we should be finding an implementing new and innovative ways to move the MOST number of people for the LEAST amount of money. Wasteful spending like that on the CRC is not what we want or need. Massive projects like that MUST have the permission of those who, allegedly, will “benefit” from such a project at the ballot box. At minimum, ALL of the financial impacts, including the obvious negative impacts on families and small business depending on the hundreds of dollars per year must be considered: not just the cherry-picked variety favored by proponents of light rail and replacing a bridge in the same location. The Rivers Wheels Plan: Transportation that Works
And then you turn around and vote for legislation that, in fact, is the biggest increase in the gas tax in this state's history to make it the highest, or among the highest in the country.... if you vote for legislation that allows municipalities to IMPOSE tab fee increases without a vote... and you vote for this MASSIVE tax increase after supporting an emergency clause and making sure that no referendum clause is attached... what, exactly, do you call that in the face of Sen. Rivers' promises to the contrary?

Rivers will be vulnerable to a challenge from her right based on the claim that, well, she lied.

And in mouthing the falsity that Inslee was going to implement this huge tax that he couldn't implement as the excuse for this nonsense?  Well, that doesn't explain the House bill to allow him to implement that tax, the GOP applied emergency clause and the lack of a referendum clause... does it?

The fact is that few of us in this county and even fewer in this district will realize anything positive from this betrayal of populism.  But we will feel the pain EVERY time we gas up.  And that could be a serious problem for her, since it completely overshadows the allegedly... but questionably... no new tax general fund budget.

4.  Loser - The GOP Senate.

Does anyone believe they have a hope in hell of retaining control after showing that it realy makes no difference, one way or the other if they do?

5.  Winners - Sen. Don Benton (R-17) and Sen. John Braun (R-20)

The local democratian and the C3G2 hate group would love to have everyone believe that Benton is radioactive. 

I don't think so, any more than I believe Madore is.  That the left hates him doesn't mean that the rest of the more normal world does.

In this instance, he was one of two Clark County senators to actually vote for the people instead of the downtown mafia.

Braun represents the very northern area of the county, which after redistricting is also the very southern end of his district.

They will both do well because of their vote here.

6.  Winners - Rep. Pike, Wilson, Vick, Harris, Orcutt and DeBolt.

While taking flak from many of the tin-pot dictators in the district, such as Sean "Fake Cop" Guard, Commissar of Washougal, Pike voted the overwhelming will of the people and was very vocal in her opposition.

When it comes to populism, this will strengthn the popularity of all concerned.

Their districts were very safe, much Like Moeller, who will continue to abuse his will get reeelected until he dies... of ends his political career by running for Lt. Governor.

Nevertheless, glimpsing the Facebook traffic of Guard with Pike where he made it clear that like most leftists, he could give a rat's ass about what the people want, tremendous pressure was brought to bear.

More as I get it.

The whole story of how the gas tax happened and the corruption that caused it.


Let me say at the outset that this was a carefully scripted, carefully orchestrated  scam from the get go... a con job from the start.

The script called for Inslee to panic the people by announcing last year that he, unilaterally, was going to do something that he could not do, counting on the ignorance of the people on government process and the state constitution... as well as the Gruber-like "stupidity of the voters"... by threatening to jack up the gas tax by as much as $2.00 per gallon.

That Inslee and the left have zero interest in committing political suicide for the next decade by doing such a thing never seemed to enter into the equation, particularly when those who wanted the gas tax the most... the Senate GOP... began to carry Inslee's water for him.

The GOP Senate immediately came out with a gas tax scam that makes the CRC rip off look like a fender-bender.

Included within the Senate plan is language referred to as a "poison pill."
But as part of the deal, Senate Republicans have insisted that if Inslee began drafting a new fuel standard then hundreds of millions of dollars would be diverted from public transit into road projects. They contend the standard will drive up the price of gas and thus drivers should receive a greater share of the benefits in the package.
The problem with that is four-fold:

First, once the money for any project, regardless of where it's going, is bonded out, that revenue stream CANNOT be interrupted.

Courts at every level all over the country have ruled thus, and as a result, if anyone even TRIES to implement this clause, it'll lose in the first court it's argued... and any court after that... as the Senate well knows.


Second, Inslee had no intention of doing this, since he knows he can't, legally, unilaterally collect any tax without legislative authority.  That's why the bill to collect a carbon tax died in the House; the fact is that if he COULD collect such a tax without Legislative approval...


...then why did he have a bill in the House to allow the tax to be collected?

Third, presuming that Inslee COULD collect such a tax on his own, who in their right mind believes he would be stopped or dissuaded from doing so by an 11.9 cents per gallon tax when he could get a lot more, a lot faster, merely by waving his pen?

Fourth, the political fallout of such a move would be practically incalculable.

Such a tax at that level, and those behind it, would be reinforced to everyone who owns a car every time they filled up.

With the new gas tax, every time you put 20 gallons of gas into anything, you'd be sending WADOT $13.60 or so of the cost, no matter how much the price of gasoline goes up... as it inevitably will.

Put Inslee's $2.00 per gallon gas tax on it, and you'd be sending them $51.00 or so.

Residents of border counties would buy their gas in Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.  Such a decision would crush the dems around here to below super-majority levels.  It would have made the Trade Authority fistfight (Where, come to think of it, it was the GOP who caved on that as well) look like a fender-bender and it would have crushed any possible reelection bid for Inslee and most other dems in this state, immediately turning this state from the deep purple color it is now to a pale pink.

This was the start of the conjob.  And senators who took that message out... that they HAD to jack the gas tax to stop Inslee, are just as guilty of lying to us as he is.


Another part of the gas tax scam was the GOP Senate's "Transportation Reform Package," a package that has, for the most part disappeared, if sources are correct.

The two biggest reforms in sheer dollars were ending the Sales Tax scam where transportation dollars were shifted to the general fund through forcing sales tax to be paid on these state-financed projects... and getting rid of prevailing wage for these projects.

We were told, repeatedly, by proponents of this scam that these two would save us well over a billion out of the $15 BILLION to be wasted for this scam.

Well, none of that appears to be happening.  But it sounded GREAT at town hall meetings, didn't it?

More following the PDF below.

Summary of Senate Transportation Reforms


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The GOP Senate's Swindle Sheet


Then, of course, was the Brad Owen Scam.

Owen, as Lieutenant Governor, is also President of the Senate.


He runs the senate (To the extent the GOP Leader lets him) and makes decisions on parliamentary procedure, points of order and the like.

The GOP Senate, concerned they didn't have the votes, had Owen declare the rule that THEY, the GOP SENATE IMPLEMENTED, unconstitutional.

The GOP Senate COULD have challenged the decision and overturned it by a simple majority (25) (and the GOP Senate has 26 GOP Caucus members) but they did nothing.

And they did nothing because they wanted Owen to make that particular ruling to get the gas tax passed.

Oddly, however, a month or so later when the general fund/operating budget came up for consideration, Owen suddenly reversed himself and voila'!  The formerly UNconstitutional rule was now, inexplicably... Constitutional!

Now... why do you suppose Owen would do THAT?

We all certainly heard in the media of the Owen decision to throw the rule out for being "unconstitutional." (Which he has no right to do; he cannot determine the constitutionality of a rule or a bill... that's for the courts to decide.) But we did not hear a PEEP out of anyone that Owen had reversed himself on the general fund budget.

So, what was the cause of the media blackout on THIS minor detail?

No matter, I suppose.

Meanwhile, MY Senator, Ann Rivers, who ran on the following transportation platform back in 2012:
I believe in the concept that every dime of taxpayer money (meaning every dollar of revenue from whatever the source) should be squeezed until it screams. I will not support an increase in the gas tax. I will not support increases in tab fees. The people have spoken and I have listened. We will spend billions to move the tiniest number of people when we should be finding an implementing new and innovative ways to move the MOST number of people for the LEAST amount of money. Wasteful spending like that on the CRC is not what we want or need. Massive projects like that MUST have the permission of those who, allegedly, will “benefit” from such a project at the ballot box. At minimum, ALL of the financial impacts, including the obvious negative impacts on families and small business depending on the hundreds of dollars per year must be considered: not just the cherry-picked variety favored by proponents of light rail and replacing a bridge in the same location. The Rivers Wheels Plan: Transportation that Works
In fact did that very thing.

She DID vote for an increase in the gas tax.  She HAS voted for legislation that allows local municipalities to jack your tab fee... without a vote from you.

I am at a loss, personally.  And this kind of thing is part and parcel as to why I left campaigning altogether a few months ago.

MEANWHILE, there was a staged set-piece drama, again, carefully scripted, where Inslee CAVED on his carbon tax scheme that he couldn't/wouldn't implement anyway and that he never had any intention of implementing, all to provide additional cover to the GOP Senate for their part of the scam.

All of this could have been avoided, of course, had the GOP Senate insisted on a referendum clause and avoided stupidly putting an emergency clause on this obviously non-emergency legislation.

Even I would have supported this legislation had the final word been left to us.

All the GOP Senate had to do was put this to a vote of the people.  But as it turns out, the GOP Senate is just as terrified of the will of the people as the fringe-left they had defeated to take control

The end result?

Clark County gets 1.3% or so of the entire package ($200 million out of $15 BILLION) and half of that is spent on an unneeded, unwanted rebuild of the mill Plain/I-5 freeway intersection.

The likely result for the GOP, however, will have long-lasting ramifications.

I would never consider voting for anyone who voted "yes" on this rip off or was involved in setting up/implementing this con job.

For the GOP to treat the people precisely and exactly like the democrats they had replaced to take charge of the Senate is inexplicable and inexcusable. And my guess is they will now lose the Senate and cripple House chances in 2016.

This is precisely the same way the democrats were treating us on the CRC/Loot Rail scam because, well, hell... now we know for sure that NONE of those voting for this crap give a damn what we think.

How... democrat of them: And the left wants this witch to be president?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Local gas tax insanity;

If someone had asked me before this past session, "Hey, you wanna bet that the GOP State Senate will slam us with a gas tax, allow the Lieutenant Governor to scam us on the GOP Super Majority rule, cave on promised reforms to get it, lie about Inslee's bogus carbon tax threats, slap a fake emergency clause on it and refuse to put a referendum clause in it?"

I'd have bet my house that they'd never do such a thing.

But that's exactly what happened.

Of the 4 local Republican Senators, 2 sold us out.

Sen. Curtis King (R-14) and Sen. Ann Rivers (R-18)

Vancouver's Hobbit, Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-49) naturally flipped when it mattered and provided a "yes" vote on this travesty as well.  After all, the 49th is getting most of the few crumbs in this rip off that Clark County is begging for ($98 million) to waste on a CRC intersection project that's a complete, unneeded waste of money... so why not?

Sen. Don Benton (R-17) and Sen. John Braun (R-20) were the GOP senators who, well, acted like GOP senators.

Meanwhile, the GOP Senate will now undoubtedly lose control of that body in 2016 because frankly, they've eliminated any reason to vote them.

I know I will not be voting for any Republican running for the state senate in the next election, incumbent or otherwise.

I will not reward the GOP Senate with my vote for this rape of the people.

And then, this insanity: One of the local paid liars, Mark Brown (Who makes major, 6-figure money to lie to support his causes representing local governments, including the Vancouver Soviet) tells us THIS whopper:
"This is a damn good package for Clark County," said Mark Brown, a lobbyist who represents the region in Olympia.
That's a crock, of course.  It's a lie based on a lie.

First, the promised reforms, getting rid of prevailing wage and ending the sales tax on these projects so that a huge percentage of these funds are not shifted from transportation to the general fund... are gone.

But then, you knew they would be.  And so, we get screwed out of billions right there, money wasted that will not make one inch of transportation improvements.

Second, Clark County stands to get right around $200 million of this package.

Out of a $15 BILLION pot.

That's right, gang, those voting for this crap pile sold us out for around 1.3%.

And Brown tells us this is a "damn good package for Clark County?"

Yeah.  And Rachel Dolezal is black.

Let's review the bidding to set the stage, shall we?

For months before session, Inslee babbled about... and everyone ran in horror from... his fake threat to implement a tax... unilaterally... without legislative approval... on carbon emissions.  That, of course, was the set up for everything that happened after; pure political cover for the GOP Scam.

The corruption on the part of the GOP Senate began implementation with the widely spread-by-the-media decision by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen that the newly implemented GOP Senate Rule requiring a super majority to increase taxes or start new taxes was "Unconstitutional."

I said at the time that was a crock, that he had no such right to make such a ruling and that, unless a deal had been cut, the GOP Senate, who IMPLEMENTED THE RULE IN THE FIRST PLACE, would appeal the decision through a simple up or down vote to overturn that "ruling."

They, the GOP Senate, did nothing.  No effort was made to overturn the Owen ruling.

And that's when I knew it was over.  That this gas tax was GOING to happen because the GOP... The REPUBLICANS... WANTED IT TO HAPPEN.

And then I saw where those SAME REPUBLICANS, had SLAPPED AN EMERGENCY CLAUSE on this bill and had MADE NO EFFORT TO ALLOW US TO VOTE BY PUTTING A REFERENDUM CLAUSE IN IT.

And to JUSTIFY this "out-democrating the democrats" scam, we were lied to using the meme, previously set up with Inslee to provide the GOP with political cover... that Inslee was going to wave a wand and do something he had zero legal authority TO do: implement a huge (As much as $2.00 per gallon) carbon tax increase and that they HAD to jack our gas tax to keep that from happening.

What a fricking lie.

Here's the thing: there are a wide variety of ways to stop that from happening.

None of them need involve jacking up the gas tax.

But taking it a step further, what we were being told was that by screwing us for an almost 12 cent gas tax increase, that somehow would keep the governor from arbitrarily implementing a TWO DOLLAR GAS TAX, which would be the equivalent of pulling a political gun, sticking it next to the head of most every democrat in this state and then, pulling the trigger?

How does THAT work?

Yeah, yeah... I know all about the bogus, unconstitutional language in the bill: if Inslee does X, then Y will happen to the gas tax revenue... at least until the Court throws the bill language out since monies once bonded CANNOT be withheld.

And the LAST thing the Republicans could do was allow a mere pittance like the Will of the People to get in the way of all that... could they?

After all, what if we said "no?"

So, here's today's quiz, boys and girls.  Name the governors of this state who have EVER unilaterally, without legislative approval, implemented a tax or a fee.

Go on... I'll wait.

(Tick, tock.  Insert Final Jeopardy music theme here.)

Give up?

The answer is:  NONE.

It's NEVER happened.  The authority to unilaterally implement a tax or a fee without legislative approval DOES NOT EXIST.

Much like the ability of the Supreme Court to force the Legislature to go along with their idea of school funding: THAT AUTHORITY DOES NOT EXIST.

THEN, we fast forward to the general fund/operating budget.

And guess what?

That SAME Lieutenant Governor REVERSED HIMSELF, and the previously UNCONSTITUTIONAL Rule is suddenly and inexplicably, well, CONSTITUTIONAL again!

LEGISLATIVE MAGIC!

"There's no place like home, no place like home..."

You remember back when Owen killed the rule and how that got so much coverage by the local media?  Well, they didn't seem to have anything to say about Owen reversing himself for the General Fund Budget.

Wonder why?

Where have you heard about that... except here?  Why wasn't declaring the rule constitutional given as much coverage as declaring it UNconstitutional?

Aspiring gubernatorial candidate and GOP Chief Budget writer Sen.Andy Hill (R-45) was like a kid in a candy store as a result.

He could take all these leftist votes and make all these leftist amendments to the budget that he KNEW were not going to pass... even with 29 votes (30 were needed under the GOP Super Majority rule) and Hill was, frequently, the 29th vote.

And that garbage will look GREAT on a campaign flyer, won't it?

Now, the GOP Senate, having screwed us without even the benefit of lubrication, has provided all the cover local pols need to follow suit: watch now, as cities left and right jack the tab fee without asking and find various other insidious ways to hurt our wallets even more.

After all, they're only doing what the GOP Senate has done, so who can get mad?

THIS is the microcosm of why I am out of campaigns, permanently.

THIS is the kind of crap the left is known for.  The GOP is SUPPOSED to be BETTER than that.

And those I believed in... worked so hard to get elected... many of them have thrown it all away.

I am simply too old for this... and I'm done.  And when asked "why," this is what I am going to point to.  My personal betrayal and the betrayal of the people of this state by politicians who view their vision as supreme and who look down on us because they believe we simply can't understand, or they feel compelled to exhibit that nonsensical "leadership" word that's kicked around whenever they intend to bend us over.

The problem is that many of us DO "understand."

All too well.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The list of Senators who voted for and against the gas tax.


Wow. And it was so damned important for the GOP to take over the state senate as much as it was the US Senate.


Bold Faced Senators represent some part of Clark County.

2ESSB 5987
Transportation revenue
Senate vote on 3rd Reading & Final Passage

6/29/2015

Yeas: 39 Nays: 9 Absent: 0 Excused: 1

Voting Yea: Senator Angel, Bailey, Baumgartner, Becker, Billig, Brown, Chase, Cleveland, Conway, Dammeier, Darneille, Fain, Fraser, Frockt, Habib, Hasegawa, Hatfield, Hewitt, Hill, Hobbs, Honeyford, Jayapal, Keiser, King, Kohl-Welles, Liias, Litzow, McAuliffe, McCoy, Miloscia, Mullet, Nelson, O'Ban, Parlette, Pedersen, Rivers, Schoesler, Sheldon, Warnick

Voting Nay: Senator Benton, Braun, Dansel, Ericksen, Hargrove, Padden, Pearson, Ranker, Roach

Absent:

Excused: Senator Rolfes

So, who's screwing us on the massive state gas tax increase? Here's a hint: their initials are G.O.P.

WOW! Did the GOP ride to the rescue on the general fund budget battle, or what?

Or what.

Be careful about the "slight of hand," we may... MAY... have dodged a bullet on the general fund budget... but on the gas tax?

We're getting run over by a WADOT Truck.

The reality of the gas tax... the indisputable reality... is this:


1. The corruption of the GOP Senate is responsible for this.


2. It was widely disseminated that Brad Owen, who has zero right to do so, declared the GOP Senate Super Majority tax increase
rule (requiring a super majority vote for new taxes and tax increases) "unconstitutional," and he did that specifically so the gas tax could pass out of the Senate, since there were not enough votes otherwise, and, of course, it would not pass under the Senate rules.

The GOP Senate failed to challenge his ruling, which they could have overturned with a simple majority vote.

There are 26 Members of the GOP Caucus.  They would have needed 25 votes to overturn Owens.


3. Not mentioned was a month later when the "unconstitutional" GOP Senate Super Majority rule suddenly BECAME constitutional again when the same Brad Owen, now let off the hook by the GOP Senate from his ethics changes, reversed himself and said that rule was OK on the general fund budget to give Andy Hill several campaign photo ops to begin his campaign for governor by making all these democrat-type amendments to the general fund budget... and even though many of those amendments received 29 (!) votes, they needed 30 and they lost, but Hill is on record of voting FOR them.

4. The GOP Senate made sure that there was no referendum clause AND that there's an emergency clause on this crap pile, making it, effectively, impossible to put to a vote.

5. Of the BILLIONS in this package, Clark County stands to get a whole 1.5% or so of all of that money, most of which is being sucked up by the unwanted, unneeded CRC-project-I-5 Mill Plain intersection scam. That leaves practically nothing for other NEEDED projects in Clark County.

6. MY senator (Rivers) told me that she HAD to vote for this, otherwise her district would get zero projects. The problem I had and still have with that is that Cleveland, in the 49th, was a "no" on this scam, yet where is the most money going?

Right to Cleveland's district for that I-5/Mill Plain rip off..

7. I was also told that they HAD to vote for this scam because if they didn't, the governor, Inslee, was going to do something that he had no way OF doing, specifically, jack up the gas tax $1.60, arbitrarily and on his own by edict as if there was no legislature and this 11.7 cent scam contains some unenforceable poison pill to allegedly keep him from doing that.

As if.


8. Folks, once that money is bonded out, you CANNOT stop it. Courts have ruled that repeatedly. And that's why the GOP-controlled Senate slapped the emergency clause on it and refused to put a referendum clause in it.

You know... like the democrats?

Do not listen to what they say. Pay the closest possible attention to what they do.

This is a Puget Sound, Big Bertha/Floating Bridge scam that makes the horror of the CRC/Loot Rail rip off look like a fender-bender in comparison.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Legislative "Deal." Grab your crotch... and your wallet. (Reminder: the GOP state senate is screwing us on a massive gas tax increase)

Wow, everyone with the letter "R" after their name is telling us that a "deal" has been reached and the "deal" is without any tax increases.

Well, the devil is always in the details, and their may be dozens of ways to jack our cash in this deal.

But what remains increasingly likely is that the State Senate GOP, including our own Sen. Ann "Bridge Killer" Rivers, have screwed us into the ground with the largest gas tax increase in the history of this state that will, in fact, result in billions of additional revenue to pay for a wide variety of things that have nothing to do without roads... all without asking us and, in fact, with steps taken to make as sure as possible that we will not have any say.

Here's the story that I put up months ago that explains it.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

When does a rule declared "unconstitutional" by the President of the State Senate suddenly become constitutional again?

Earlier this session, a couple of things happened simultaneously in our state senate that homeboy (me) cordially detested as a betrayal of GOP tenets.
The signs were startlingly clear; in everything from allowing a bogus, nonsensical emergency clause to refusing to add a referendum clause, they could also have overturned the lieutenant governor's bogus edict that the farce of a GOP senate rule was "unconstitutional" (As if that was his call) by implementing the rules of the senate that REQUIRE a vote to change the rules... 
The Senate could vote to overturn Owen’s ruling. Majority Republicans, who pushed through passage of the rule at the beginning of the 105-day legislative session in January, didn’t tip their hand about whether they would challenge it.
They didn't.  It was a vote that never came... And that means the GOP Senate has made it clear that they WANT to impose this massive tax increase on us.
They've made it just as clear that they don't WANT us to have any say.
I have yet to hear how that is different from the democrats.
We are selling our gas tax souls for a paltry 1.3% of the total package... less than $200 million out of $15 billion statewide... goes to Clark County.
Well.... guess what?

The rule... declared unconstitutional by our esteemed Lieutenant Governor so that the GOP could ram a gas tax down our throats... is suddenly back in effect!
The first instance occurred back on Jan. 12, the opening day of the 2015 legislative session. In a 26-23 partisan tally, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus passed a new rule that required a two-thirds vote to pass any new taxes. That rule would have effectively scuttled a capital gains tax proposed by House budget writers. Lt. Gov. Bruce Owen, who presides over the Senate, declared the rule unconstitutional and void on March 1. On Thursday, Owen, a conservative Democrat, did an about-face, declaring the 60-percent-amendment rule valid.
Wow.

"Unconstitutional" (Which is not something the Lieutenant Governor CAN rule) when they need it to be (i.e., to get a gas tax rammed down our collective throats) and then suddenly completely "constitutional" when they need it to be (Budget votes.) all without one word of protest from the GOP majority who easily could have overturned Owen's bogus decree, but who obviously choose not to in order to get the gas tax jack through.

So, now that the rule that brought us the gas tax is back, does that mean that the GOP Senate is now going to reconsider their betrayal and run this legislation through the same filter, this time with the allegedly "unconstitutional" rule back in place?

Nah.

The GOP scam continues... because you have DAMNED sure not heard about the rule change until now... this very minute.

Wonder why?
Well, we also know that the GOP Senate let the Lieutenant Governor off the hook from his ethics charges.

Put it all together and this variety of corruption stinks.

Meanwhile, when the GOP wanders around telling us what a great job they've done with a "no tax increase budget," remind them of the massive gas tax increase THEY are going to be responsible for with the transportation budget.

Remember that they lied to us when they told us they HAD to do it this way to keep the governor from doing something he could not do anyway: arbitrarily jack up the gas tax on his own (The so-called carbon tax) as much as $1.60 per gallon.

That was as much a lie, which I've been trying to tell everyone from the beginning, as Owen's determination that the off-again, on-again GOP tax rule was "unconstitutional."

Remember who did this to you... to us.  Remember, this is yet another example... at all levels... that there's damned little difference between the GOP and the democrats.

Because what the Republicans in the Senate are doing to us on the gas tax rip off is what the democrats have done for decades.

And out-democrating the democrats is no way for the GOP to continue to expect to govern.

Boehner's latest official portrait

When you have cowards running government, a cowardly president, a cowardly Senate majority leader and, of course, our coward of a Speaker, the current rate of destruction of our country is to be expected.

The NEW and IMPROVED John Boehner.(Credit - Drudge)


Who knew that the GOP majority in Congress would be so politically expedient that the leaders of these Houses would have worn out a gross of kneepads in front of this scumbag?

These people have been out-thought, out-played and out-politicked by an ignorant twit.

Everyone was so excited when the GOP fought their way to control of Congress on a platform of, among other things, getting rid of Obamacare.

Well, that same GOP Congress has sat on it's ass hoping the Chief Leftist of the Supreme Court would do their dirty work for them.  And as unlikely a scenario as that was, common sense, let along common POLITICAL sense, would indicate that two plans should have been in place: one - what does the GOP do if the Court rules against Obamacare?

Two: what does the GOP Congress do if the Court rules for Obamacare?

Clearly, these incompetence had a plan for neither.

So, the signature issue of the GOP in the last cycle, the elimination of Obamacare: the entire reason they were elected... remains unaddressed and as much in effect now as it was a year ago.

And it's the GOP's fault, start to finish.

In honor of that and other political betrayals such as giving the president even MORE power by voting for bills they never bothered to read and which were kept secret from the American people, like so much of what our government does, I provide you all with the latest portrait of Speaker John Boehner.

Although a meld with the Belle of Botox, Nancy Pelosi, would be much more appropriate since there genuinely is no telling them apart, this is the best that could be done on short notice.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lying Lefty Lou: "You're a scumbag."

It's become clear to me over the years during Lying Lefty's tenure here as our own local version of Goebbels, that he is little more than a whiny bitch.

Generally, Lying Lefty's columns can be divided into 3 categories:

Self-congratulatory.

Among the very most self-congratulatory leftists among us, Lying Lefty has one of the larger soapboxs around to pat himself on the back as someone he claims to know, well, dies.... so he can babble about he used to get that person his coffee and a pastry back in 75, or something.

Those he pats himself on the back WITH, likely have no recollection of this back-bencher wallflower, likely had no idea who Lying Lefty actually was/is, you understand, but Lying Lefty's self-loathing forces him to take every opportunity to tell us how great he thinks he is.

No one I've read in print pats himself on the back with such frequency and such force.

As if that mattered to anyone but him.

Lying in support of his agenda.

And how that man can lie.

From the charter scam where he finally broke and told the truth, that our entire system of local government was trashed by those on the left who hated David Madore, to his dogged support of the CRC/Loot Rail Scam, through the ballpark scam... their was no lie, either through commission or omission, he would not use to buttress his agenda.

For example, 3 years ago it was discovered that the Oregon State Supreme Court had ruled that the entire purpose of the CRC Scam was to stuff loot rail into Clark County.

Those words have never appeared in an article in Lying Lefty's democratian rag, because they never fit Lying Lefty's meme: that we needed to replace the I-5 Bridge because of age, or safety, or something.

Putting out the truth as determined by Oregon's Supreme Court?

That would NEVER do.

So, he never did it.  And it's not like he didn't KNOW.  It's much more like he knew that would be the death knell for his dying project.

Hatred of the right generally, Benton/Madore and Mielke specifically.

This represents the vast majority of Lying Lefty's efforts.

Literally for years, now, Lying Lefty has used his column of lies to trash those men smart enough to disagree with him and to whip up those incapable of thinking for themselves, which is the standard definition of your average, run of the mill leftist.

I say "men" because he's much more circumspect when it comes to women who oppose his agenda.  Many have been quite effective in putting a stop to his political idiocy on projects such as the CRC/Loot Rail scam... with an outcome that made Lying Lefty Lou's dogged insistence on the CRC Scam's completion look as foolish as, well, Marc Boldt's.

Yet, Lying Lefty is ever the gentleman... because, of course, he fears being characterized as someone who beats on women... personally or in print.  So, Sen. Ann "Bridge Killer" Rivers and Rep. Liz Pike don't feel the sting of Lying Lefty's editorial whip.  While Lying Lefty attempted to trash Jeanne Stewart for standing with the people, it was a half-hearted effort at best.  His last effort was to beat her up over David Madore's support in her election against Pridemore.

The end result is that they call her "Councilor," and Pridemore "loser."

Lying Lefty feels no such compunction when it comes to local male political targets, however.

Face it: locally, David Madore was a huge player in killing the CRC Scam, even before he took office.  He went out of pocket to hire the forensic accountant, Tiffany Couch, who ferreted out most of the corruption of the CRC Scam and publicized it, also providing ammunition for Benton and Rivers in the Senate to kill this crap pile off.

Everything Madore does or tries to do is grist for Lying Lefty's hatred.  Doesn't matter what or how.  And, I admit, some of that is self-inflicted.

But instead of countering Madore's vision with any viable alternative, what does Lying Lefty do?

Where, for example, is Lying Lefty's plan, or any OTHER CRC cheerleader's plan, to address our cross-river transportation issues, save for resurrecting the CRC Scam, most recently tried during the current legislative session by Vancouver's own Hobbit, Sen. Anette Cleveland?

No where.

Even those who fought the CRC Scam have foolishly bought into the "must replace the I-5 Bridge rip off, this time without loot rail" scam, when the LAST thing we need to do is to replace that bridge AFTER two additional bridges are built to the west of the I-5 Bridge to bypass the Portland traffic hell-hole altogether, and one to the east of I-205 in anticipation of the massive growth that will be taking place in east county.

On the political front, Tom Mielke was the lone voice on the county commission to fight this insidious fungus that showed both the best of politicians who actually listened to the people and did their best to represent us, and the very worst: those in government who knew our minds but ignored us regardless.

Combine that with the Mielke-Madore successful effort to dump the local Pravda as the "official newspaper of Clark County" which cost the rag a few bucks... but not nearly as much as Lying Lefty's fringe-left attacks against anyone to the right of Mao... and this is what you get.

And Benton had been among the very loudest voices in opposition to the CRC rip off from the very beginning, way back during the first effort in the 90's, a  effort crushed 70/30 county-wide back when we were actually allowed to vote.

Lying Lefty went all in on the downtown mafia project, and he got his ass handed to him in a basket.  And somebody has to pay for making Lying Lefty look like an idiot.

Although he frequently manages to do that on his own, without any one's help.

So, in the end, today's column was a Cat 3 combo: a combination of hatred of Benton, Madore and Mielke, and some of his own whiny, sniveling, "I'm a victim" crap that is sickening to read.

Because, in reality, Benton was dead on:  Lying Lefty Lou IS a scumbag.  And while the truth must hurt Lying Lefty, it is refreshing to read it in print.

His fellow leftist nutjobs will be "outraged," of course, though most of them have said far worse about Benton as Lying Lefty himself has written far worse.  The C3G2 ("Clark County Citizens for Leftist Governance) hate site is replete with trash talking, fringe-left insults against those three.  Lying Lefty and his minions are folk heroes over there.

This is just another of the many signs that Lying Lefty can dish it out, but like most playground bullies, he can't take it.

Everyone has a lot in life, Lefty.  Yours just happens to be that of "scumbag."

And you should be used to it by now.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Supreme Court fails us again.

I suppose we should get used to Supreme Courts doing this sort of thing.

Our own state's Supreme Court has no legal ability to force the Legislature to do anything, any more than the Legislature can force the Supreme Court to do anything.

You wouldn't know it by the state GOP Senate's actions, though, as they go through the motions to satisfy their Supreme Court Masters by wasting additional billions on the state education plant that they do not have to spend.

At the national level, yesterday was the Supreme Court's misfeasance in acknowledging a law,
 “In this instance, the context and structure of the Act
ignoring the plan language reading of the law (See footnote Carcieri)
compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.”
And then legislating what they think the law SHOULD be.

In reality, the proper decision would simply be to throw the law out and to tell Congress to fix it.

That was their only job.

Instead, they ignored what was right in front of them, ignored established precedent (Plain language) and then simply made it up as they went along.

How this is supposed to inspire the American People to have any confidence in their Judicial System is beyond me.

Don't like the law?  Ignore it and turn it into whatever you want.  Yesterday, Pandora's judicial box was blown open, and now judges everywhere will be emboldened to do the exact... same... thing.

Today, we get more of the same on gay marriage.

Laws against gay marriage were never discriminatory.

I, for example, could not marry someone of the same gender.  Nor could anyone else.

That is non-discriminatory in every sense of the word.  But the socialization and politicization of gay marriage has twisted the word "discrimination" into knots.

Merriam-Webster defines discrimination thusly:
: the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people
Clearly, then, if a restriction is placed on all people equally, that cannot be discrimination.  And restrictions against same-gender marriage applied to all, regardless of gender.

With equal clarity, without discrimination, there should be no judicial remedy.  That there has been is a rank bastardization of the entirety of our judicial process.

And for me, this issue does not involve morality, or biblical teachings or religion or anything else.

It involves the law.  It involves how government at all levels and in all branches ignore the law when they see fit and how they do so without being held accountable for their acts.

To suddenly discover a non-existent right that has lain dormant in the Constitution, unseen or unheard of since the 18th century when it was written, is utterly absurd... utterly disheartening... and shakes the very foundation of our government and what the concepts of freedom genuinely mean.

We are a country where, literally, up is down and down is up.  In everything from declaring women a minority for purposes of affirmative action even though they are numerically superior as a part of our population to declaring a basketball is a watermelon as the Court did yesterday on Obamacare, our government continues to fail us at every level.

We truly have the government we deserve.  And since the GOP is complicit, there really is no hope.

Carcieri
Reversed and remanded. Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the court.[2]
Thomas determined that the authority of the BIA to take Indian land into a trust status hinged on the phrase "now under Federal jurisdiction" in 25 U.S.C. § 479. Using rules of statutory construction, he determined that this phrase limited the BIA to only take Indian Land into trust if the tribe was federally recognized in 1934 at the time of the laws enactment. This holding excluded the Narrangansett tribe from turning land over to the BIA as they were not federally recognized until 1983.[3]

Thursday, June 25, 2015

More leftist hypocrisy: Benton wouldn't shake Lying Lefty Lou's hand?

Imagine, a slimy leftist worm upset that Don Benton wouldn't shake Lying Lefty Lou's hand.

Here's the whiny, sniveling little letter to the editor this putz penned:
Letter: Right to disagree ... respectfully 

Published:  
I attended the Tuesday Clark County council public meeting. Prior to the meeting, I saw Don Benton, one of our state senators and director of the Clark County Environmental Services Department, come up the aisle toward Lou Brancaccio, editor of The Columbian. Brancaccio extended his hand to Benton, who refused to shake it and said something to Brancaccio, then turned his back and walked away. Judging by the way Brancaccio's jaw dropped I could tell the comment was not a positive one. 
This is no way for a public servant and county employee to act. Benton has every right to disagree with Brancaccio, but should not make derogatory comments in a very public place. Benton was at the meeting in his official capacity as a county employee. As such he is expected to act in a professional and courteous way and not make demeaning comments to a citizen of the county, whom he is hired to serve. A professional would have shaken hands and moved on down the aisle. Obviously, Benton is not able to respond in a professional way. 
This is not the first time Benton's interpersonal skills have been questioned, which leads to the question: why is he still an employee of the county? 
Charlie Roe
Vancouver
Considering Lying Left Lou's decades of lies, attacks and character assassination against Benton, Lying Lefty is damned lucky that Benton didn't bust him in the head with a chair.

"Respectful disagreement" is something that only the left wants to receive... never provide.

The routine leftist insults and lies towards Benton, Madore and Mielke from Lying Lefty Lou is despicable.

Lying Lefty's jaw dropped?

He's fortunate it didn't get fractured.

The hypocrisy of this fringe-left author is clear: when Lying Lefty trashes Benton or the others or whips up the lynch mob as Lying Lefty is wont to do, there was no letter of outrage from any of the leftist scum infesting us.  In fact, they'd routinely cheer Lying Lefty on.

So, this is one of those occasions where I can actually applaud Benton's tolerance.  I might not have been so charitable to the Fresh Prince of Just For Men.

Corruption at all levels: Supreme Court fails to read; GOP Congress too cowardly to act; and a dictator in the White House.

Congratulations to the US Government.

Today's Supreme Court decision, much like the previous sell out in deciding that the concept of forcing Americans to buy something... anything... somehow passes Constitutional muster is now joined by a politically driven failure to read... the ... law.

The wording of the law is quite plain and unambiguous.  Any ignorant leftist, for example, understands these words:
“The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so,” Scalia wrote.
 Scalia added, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state Exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’ And it is hard to come up with a reason to include the words ‘by the State’ other than the purpose of limiting credits to state Exchanges.”
Even the scumbag Chief Justice admits that he's ignoring the actual plain meaning of the words that are in the law, words which,on the surface
“In this instance, the context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.”
The only thing that keeps this nation together is some level of confidence in our branches of government that our freedoms are protected by these branches doing their jobs.

Legislators legislate.  Judges judge what is there, not what they wish was there.  And the President has the basic competence to run an elevator.

None of that is now in place.

The cancer of ISIS grows unabated.  Our debt is bankrupting us.  Our military is gutted by budget cuts and idiotic social programs.  Millions of illegal aliens pour over our borders to suck at the taxpayers apparently limitless tit as the left strives to grab the illegal alien vote and the right shrinks in horror. The GOP Congress lied itself into control.  The president at best is a complete moron, at worst is some sort of 5th columnist bent on destroying this country, since he's done more damage in real terms than any enemy this Nation has yet faced.

Government as a term becomes less and less meaningful when that government abrogates their responsibilities in favor of a self-perpetuating, amorphous blob that has long since reversed it's position from serving us... to having us serve them.

This Nation does not have an indefinite time remaining.

Let freedom ring?

Today, the US Supreme Court sounded our death knell.  Because now, any court, anywhere, can simply ignore what the law says and interpret it the way the may want in response to whatever pressure or agenda the judge may have.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, in no way begins to resemble what the Founding Fathers envisioned or what the Constitution actually either says or intimates.

I am disheartened by this decision, not only because of what it actually means concerning the insanity of Obamacare, but the ripple effect throughout the judiciary branch as, according to Justice Scalia... judicial notice has just been provided that in fact, words no longer have any meaning.

Before today, I always felt that you could call a basketball a watermelon, but that wouldn't make it so.

The scum in the majority of the United States Supreme Court have just proven me wrong.