The stench of hypocrisy continues to fill the air in the central Vancouver Soviet, reeking like a pre-pollution control Camas paper mill, with the source emanating from Lying Lefty Lou Brancaccio's office as always.
Councilors Madore and Mielke understand that in gerrymandering the CTran taxing district, the scum involved in that effort, including my own brother-in-law; former commissioner Marc Boldt (who voted for this insanity) views the rural part of the county as mere vassals, peasants to subsidize their urban master's transportation system, run by those as arrogant as Jimmy "Molehill" Moeller on his best days.
Using the lack of reasoning and logic the local disgrace of a newspaper is known for, the clown writer of today's idiocy of an editorial compares apples and oranges so poorly that it's clear the moron who wrote this doesn't even know anything about fruit.
Using unmitigated stupidity such as this:
Based on the faulty logic of Clark County Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke, Oregon residents who stop for dinner in Vancouver should be able to cast ballots on this side of the river. Clark County residents who buy a cup of coffee in Chehalis should be added to voter rolls in that city. And citizens who pay federal taxes in Peculiar, Mo., should feel right at home voting in Clark County elections.The blithering idiot who troweled out this garbage neglects just a couple of facts that make his inanity look, well, retarded.
Those commuting through our community, of course, don't live here. Thus, they have no say. We do, and we pay because we have no choice in the matter since none of those who rammed this down our throats cared to put it to a vote before the nailed us with it.
Those commuting through our community likely have retail establishments where they live, and few to zero of them would come here and spend money IF they had to pay sales tax, since no such tax is collected in Oregon, although the simpleton who wrote the rag's moronic effort this morning acts as if Oregon, in fact, DOES have a sales tax.
Those who live here were not asked if we wanted to subsidize the arrogance of the scum running the CTran Board or their operation.
Those commuting through our community have many alternatives to the retail centers stuffed inside the gerrymandered retail establishments boundary, wherein most every store that sells anything found itself within the boundary of the CTran tax district in an effort to make sure that the 60,000 or so of us excluded from voting on CTran extortion also had to pay the usurers taxes that my brother-in-law helped to yoke us with out here in the hinterland.
If you're one of the Vancouver-centric, special-interest controlled scum that run the board, it was the perfect solution: tax the people while silencing them by excluding their vote, but not their money.
Madore and Mielke take a different view.
They understand that those of us smart enough to live out in the rural area do not exist to serve our urban masters. They see this scam for exactly what it is: a government effort to tax us without having to bother to represent us or answer to us for their Mussolini-like imitation of governance.
The rag, of course, strenuously objects. After all, the MONEY from us folks on the rural plantation is jus' swell, Massa... but any say on where or how that money is spent? In the rag's case, they jus' as soon tie us'n up to a post and whip us 'til we bleed.
Take this moronic observation, for example:
That area includes about 80 percent of Clark County’s population, but that is not enough for Madore and Mielke. The problem, in their minds, is that residents in rural Clark County sometimes travel inside the C-Tran service area for purchases, which means they pay sales tax that goes to support public transit. “It’s like taxation without representation,” Mielke said in a miscalculation of the situation.
Here we have yet another example of the rag's self-serving "figures don't lie, but liars figure" meme.
Our current population around here is around 430,000 or so.
That sort of thing means, by using their own numbers that they, of course, don't want you to think about... that the voters within that 80% HAVE a say, while the number this clown wrote about means that the voters within 20% have NO say beyond the ability to pay their tax.
The trouble here is that the paltry 20% he's babbling about equates to a not-so-paltry 86,000 people.
Of course, like any other part of the rag's agenda, they could care less what the people want, and silencing the voters in an admitted population block of 86,000 while continuing to take our money?
That's just par for their pro-CRC scam course.
The rag has zero problem with that, and they continue to buttress their fallacious logic with additional idiocy:
Which brings us back to the fault in the logic. The truth is that rural Clark County residents who make purchases within the C-Tran boundary do so out of choice, not compulsion. Should Skamania County residents who come to Vancouver for goods and services complain that they have no say in Clark County tax rates? Should residents from other states have representation on the C-Tran board because the agency receives federal funding? Of course not. Which suggests that there is a deeper motivation to the proposal.Which brings us back to the editorial writer's stupidity. The truth is that rural Clark County residents who make purchases within the C-Tran boundary do NOT do so out of choice. Unless the citizens of this Clark are willing to leave the county to buy something, there is, essentially, zero choice in the matter. Skamania County residents are just that: they don't live here and their purchases where they live are not taxed for CTran. Residents from out of state, such as Oregon, do not pay the CTran tax either, unless they're blithering idiots unaware of the tax exemptions.
Which suggests the rag and the downtown mafia have a deeper motivation to their opposition: their addiction to unrepresented money.
That's right: millions of dollars come from those of us who live here but have zero say over any of this. We've been given the status of second class citizen because we have the temerity to say "no" to CTran extortion, much of which was supported by my brother-in-law Boldt and which would be again in the unlikely event we're stupid enough to elect him.
When you're as addicted to the money drug as the scum running CTran, there simply is no argument or position those who say "no" can take that would meet with the addicts approval. Using those of us on the rural plantation to subsidize the big House may have been quaint back in the day, but here's a bulletin to these scum:
Mr. Lincoln done freed the slaves.
And if the rag doesn't like it, that's just too... damned... bad.