Daily Archives: December 4, 2008

Bio diesel Hit on Taxpayers: Just the Beginning

The bio diesel story in the Trib today is an object lesson in what will happen when government begins to dictate winners and losers in the name of saving the planet from AGW (“Manmade Global Warming”). The upshot: Taxpayer costs will go up, up, up and there will be little to nothing to show for it. We see this from government already, but the fortuitous timing of the story in the Trib may get people thinking about it again. Nut ‘graf from Nick Budnick’s story:

…the city recently paid its Eastern Oregon suppliers about $6.75 a gallon for a large shipment of 100 percent biodiesel. That’s a steep hike over what the city paid earlier in the year.

In contrast, Jim Charriere, McCall Oil & Chemical Corp. CEO, said that his company – which stores Portland’s biodiesel – today sells regular 100 percent biodiesel for $2.50 a gallon to wholesalers.

The contract was hammered out by Randy Leonard and the folks at the Rainbow City Council.
This microcosm helps explain why the new study on the Western Climate Initiative (cap and trade and energy rationing in Oregon, Washington, California and other states and Canadian provinces) shows that the projected Oregon economy in the year 2020 would be cut in HALF because of the dampening effect of the WCI plan. The enviros’ talk of sustainability always ends at your wallet.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Government Run Health Care

In both Washington and Oregon universal health care supporters are lamenting cuts in the programs. Supposing that’s true and it’s not just a decrease in an expected increase, isn’t this rationing? Isn’t this the best reason why there SHOULDN’T be government run health care?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

On the Grill: Taxpayers

Today in the Zero I see that the top cops at PPB will receive a 7.5% increase to compensate them for “giving up” executive leave. This reportedly is equivalent to two to three WEEKS of time. Now, the rank and file are grumbling that THEY TOO should receive this raise. Uh, hey chumps (hey taxpayers, that’s you), remember when Randy was going to be the Police Commissioner and the union was all atwitter because Randy would bring home the bacon for them? Fire up the Traeger ‘cuz a big ol’ slab of thick sliced bacon is here. Who saw this coming? Me. You too, huh?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

What Recession? Oregon Budget Spending *GROWS*

From NW Cable News: “Oregon Braces for Revenue Shortfalls”
From the Zero: “Recession Slices Nearly $1 Billion from Oregon Budget”
From the Statesman Journal: “Feds Can Help States Dig Out of Fiscal Hole”
From OPB Oregon People’s Broadcasting: “Economic Storm Batters Oregon Budget”
Let’s say all of those headlines were true. They’re not, but let’s say for argument’s sake they are. How do they explain the fact that Orego
n is receiving $1 billion dollars MORE in state revenue–which it’s spending, AND increasing taxes and fees by $2 billion more? How is that a “revenue shortfall?” How is that a “slice” in the Oregon budget? How is that a “fiscal hole,” exactly? Is this evidence of an “economic storm?” If you’ve got a billion dollars more this biennium, how is that a fiscal hit that needs an additional 2 billion dollar fix? How is a 7% increase in spending revenue “shortfall,” exactly?
The media adopt the governor’s mantra about ‘cuts,’ but he’s talking about reduced amounts of INCREASES as ‘cuts,’ not REAL cuts!
You’ve been duped by the lazy media. And once again the
house republicans have done their job for them. While some areas took budget hits, most notably the E board (-82%), veterans affairs (-17%) and the legislature, there doesn’t seem to be a recession in most other areas of government. Here are the numbers:

  • Dept of Administrative Services +133% (not a typo)
  • Education +4.6% (Student Assistance +47%)
  • DHS Overall +18% (DHS Administrative Services +23%)
  • Public Safety +24.7%
  • Natural Resources +4.4 (DEQ +16%, DOE +15%, LUBA +13.7%)
  • DOT +23.7% (where we’re going we don’t need roads)
  • Oversight Boards +27.9%

Locally: Cops get 7.5% increase in pay, Portland gets a $140K toilet for drunks, illegal Aliens get more services at the illegal illegal alien day labor center, Portland proceeds apace to spend tens of taxpayer millions on a new ballyard (while still paying the bonds on the upgrade to PGE Park), the quest for bike paths is ongoing and in the plans and you get stuck with the bill.

Government never has a recession. Just you.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Bio diesel Hit on Taxpayers: Just the Beginning

The bio diesel story in the Trib today is an object lesson in what will happen when government begins to dictate winners and losers in the name of saving the planet from AGW (“Manmade Global Warming”). The upshot: Taxpayer costs will go up, up, up and there will be little to nothing to show for it. We see this from government already, but the fortuitous timing of the story in the Trib may get people thinking about it again. Nut ‘graf from Nick Budnick’s story:

…the city recently paid its Eastern Oregon suppliers about $6.75 a gallon for a large shipment of 100 percent biodiesel. That’s a steep hike over what the city paid earlier in the year.

In contrast, Jim Charriere, McCall Oil & Chemical Corp. CEO, said that his company – which stores Portland’s biodiesel – today sells regular 100 percent biodiesel for $2.50 a gallon to wholesalers.

The contract was hammered out by Randy Leonard and the folks at the Rainbow City Council.
This microcosm helps explain why the new study on the Western Climate Initiative (cap and trade and energy rationing in Oregon, Washington, California and other states and Canadian provinces) shows that the projected Oregon economy in the year 2020 would be cut in HALF because of the dampening effect of the WCI plan. The enviros’ talk of sustainability always ends at your wallet.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Government Run Health Care

In both Washington and Oregon universal health care supporters are lamenting cuts in the programs. Supposing that’s true and it’s not just a decrease in an expected increase, isn’t this rationing? Isn’t this the best reason why there SHOULDN’T be government run health care?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

On the Grill: Taxpayers

Today in the Zero I see that the top cops at PPB will receive a 7.5% increase to compensate them for “giving up” executive leave. This reportedly is equivalent to two to three WEEKS of time. Now, the rank and file are grumbling that THEY TOO should receive this raise. Uh, hey chumps (hey taxpayers, that’s you), remember when Randy was going to be the Police Commissioner and the union was all atwitter because Randy would bring home the bacon for them? Fire up the Traeger ‘cuz a big ol’ slab of thick sliced bacon is here. Who saw this coming? Me. You too, huh?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

What Recession? Oregon Budget Spending *GROWS*

From NW Cable News: “Oregon Braces for Revenue Shortfalls”
From the Zero: “Recession Slices Nearly $1 Billion from Oregon Budget”
From the Statesman Journal: “Feds Can Help States Dig Out of Fiscal Hole”
From OPB Oregon People’s Broadcasting: “Economic Storm Batters Oregon Budget”
Let’s say all of those headlines were true. They’re not, but let’s say for argument’s sake they are. How do they explain the fact that Orego
n is receiving $1 billion dollars MORE in state revenue–which it’s spending, AND increasing taxes and fees by $2 billion more? How is that a “revenue shortfall?” How is that a “slice” in the Oregon budget? How is that a “fiscal hole,” exactly? Is this evidence of an “economic storm?” If you’ve got a billion dollars more this biennium, how is that a fiscal hit that needs an additional 2 billion dollar fix? How is a 7% increase in spending revenue “shortfall,” exactly?
The media adopt the governor’s mantra about ‘cuts,’ but he’s talking about reduced amounts of INCREASES as ‘cuts,’ not REAL cuts!
You’ve been duped by the lazy media. And once again the
house republicans have done their job for them. While some areas took budget hits, most notably the E board (-82%), veterans affairs (-17%) and the legislature, there doesn’t seem to be a recession in most other areas of government. Here are the numbers:

  • Dept of Administrative Services +133% (not a typo)
  • Education +4.6% (Student Assistance +47%)
  • DHS Overall +18% (DHS Administrative Services +23%)
  • Public Safety +24.7%
  • Natural Resources +4.4 (DEQ +16%, DOE +15%, LUBA +13.7%)
  • DOT +23.7% (where we’re going we don’t need roads)
  • Oversight Boards +27.9%

Locally: Cops get 7.5% increase in pay, Portland gets a $140K toilet for drunks, illegal Aliens get more services at the illegal illegal alien day labor center, Portland proceeds apace to spend tens of taxpayer millions on a new ballyard (while still paying the bonds on the upgrade to PGE Park), the quest for bike paths is ongoing and in the plans and you get stuck with the bill.

Government never has a recession. Just you.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com