Daily Archives: December 28, 2010

Blumenauer: Citizens "Weird" for Questioning "Death Panel" Language HE PUT BACK IN OBAMACARE. 503.231.2300 or 202.225.4811**With Update!! "Keep Running, Buddy!"

From Congressman Blumenauer’s Twitter Account Today
We’re “weird” for being skeptical of government intrusion into our end of life care? How silly of me! Why shouldn’t I trust a Congressman who purposely sought to keep from voters his ‘death panels’ language which was reinserted into ObamaCare regulations! From the Wall Street Journal:

The draft legislative language on what is known as advance-care planning would have given specific directions to doctors on what they should tell patients, including discussion of palliative care, hospice and other services that could cost less than an all-out effort to prolong life.

How “weird” of me to not trust a Congressman who instructed his favored followers to keep quiet about the insertion of the ‘death panel’ language back into the ObamaCare regulations being written by the HHS Secretary.  From the Wall Street Journal:

The New York Times reports on how an Obama ally in Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, responded after the administration made a regulatory decision he had urged:

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’–e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.

Even though Blumenauer sent the warning not to send emails about the regulation by email, both the regulation and the effort to keep it a secret remained secret until yesterday when the Times reported them.
Apparently November meant nothing to Blumenauer. Same old, same old. 
Keep running from your constituents, buddy!

Gee, it reminds me of something:

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A Light Shines Very Briefly in Olympia

Moments of lucidity, however brief, are rare from our Democrat led state legislature in Olympia. We see them so rarely that once one happens, no matter how brief, it just amazes us. But, just as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened,” we can rest assured those moments won’t last long.

In this case, an article originally appearing in The Spokesman-Review, As gasoline use drops, so does state revenue, leaves me nearly speechless that they didn’t know this would happen as they pushed for less driving and more dependence upon public transportation.

Our elected officials sent to Olympia, as well as the governor, have steadily raised gasoline taxes, called for less driving, called for gas conservation, forced public transportation on us and they just now realize that revenues off of the taxes goes down?

The article explains the drop more as, “Greater fuel efficiency is a big reason for the decline, along with the current economic recession.”

No mention of Olympia’s efforts to separate us from our cars and leave us dependent upon public transportation.

We also read, “the state will have unfunded transportation needs of about $175 billion to $200 billion through 2030…”

The light came on, no matter how dimly, and allowed them to briefly see the problem they have created. Raising taxes, writing a budget dependent upon those taxes raised while you discourage the use of the product taxes were raised on is a recipe for failure.

The answer ought to be fairly obvious, make taxes reasonable, allow people to use their vehicles freely (stop demeaning the car in favor of bicycles, that contribute no revenues for their use) and direct funds to maintain where the revenues come from.

Following what Churchill said, Olympia rapidly turns that dim light back off as their proposal comes down to, “cutting engineering and technical jobs, reducing ferry service and increasing ferry fares (Puget Sound Region), recommending switching from a flat gas-tax charge to an indexed charge that would increase with inflation (tax raise) and of course, Tolls,” which will add to the burden of already struggling taxpayers as they drive to work, for those lucky enough to still have a job or seek a job.

Much like they did when tobacco taxes were raised astronomically, supposedly to fund child health care, but also to discourage people from smoking, necessitating tax revenues come from somewhere else to fund child health care, they fail to look beyond the end of their liberal noses at the vicious circle they continue to perpetuate.

It was a little refreshing to see someone realize the problem they created in Olympia, but alas, once stumbling upon the truth, they picked themselves up and scurried away like they never saw it.

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Mr Why: Understanding Sellwood Bridge/Clack Co Car Tax Issue in One Sitting

The entire Clackamas County vehicle registration fee debate has played out at this Oregonian story. Supporters of the fee tried every lame angle over and over again. See the give and take after the jump.

richard2 December 20, 2010 at 7:40AM


It sure is amazing how this story gets twisted.
Over and over again the $5 dollars, or it’s near collapse, or the vital link, or who uses it, or that Multnomah County is stuck with a $19 fee obscures the real oppostion and problem.
Forget all of those. Here is why Clackamas County will not go along with this scheme.
1. Negligence. Portland and Multnomah County have neglected their bridge for decades as they diverted countless millions away from this “vital link” in the past.
2. Continued negligence. Nothing has changed. Portland, Multnomah County, Clackams County and the region are currently planning to divert 100s of millions more from other infrastructure needs to pay for Milwaukie Light Rail.
3. Conniving. Portland Mayor Sam Adams is planning on raiding $20 million from the Sellwood bridge funding for Milwaukie Light Rail.
4. Not a priority. Clackamas County residents do not want the $1.5 Billion Milwaukie Light Rail.
5. Commissioners wrong. Clackamas County commissioners are thumbing their noses at their own county as they misappropriate millions more.
6. The Sellwood Bridge replacement has never been dependent upon a Clackamas County fee. The bridge will get rebuilt without it while officials throw a tantrum.
7. Clackamas residents will pay a share anyway through the ODOT and fed shares.
8. Clackamas residents know the $5 fee will become permanent, increase to $40 and be misappropriated by their commissioners.
9. Portland can pay for their own design. They have selected a new bridge design with same 24 ft of travel lanes and 37 feet of ped/bike surface.
10.Clackamas County residents are rejecting their commissioner’s attempt to follow Multnomah County’s agenda.
chasbo44 December 20, 2010 at 8:36AM

Richard2 is right on the money. In addition to the points he mentioned there are other points to be made.
(1) Why would Clackamas County residents want to pay for the infrastructure in another county? I can think of countless areas in Clackamas County used every day by residents from neighboring counties. Are we going to stand there with our hand out each time they pass by?
(2) Portland has a saying that they wish to “keep Portland weird”. Residents of Clackamas County certainly love our strange neighbors to the north, but we like to keep it somewhat normal out here, just to help balance out the area a bit. The picture Portland has in mind with respect to mass transit, development, and other metro issues does not very often line up with the future direction Clackamas County residents might hope for. A 5 dollar fee may not be a lot of money, but to be in favor of this sends a message that Clackamas County residents are in line with the direction Portland Government is headed. A vote of the people might reveal a different mindset.
richard2 December 20, 2010 at 9:36AM

macmccown
Your dishonest red herring that the bridge may be lost is right out of Peterson’s play book.
The bridge will get rebuilt without this ginned up fee.
However if the bridge fell down tomorrow it would be the fault of those you support who diverted billions into boondoggles over decades.
And they continue their madness today. It’s indefensible and why their cronies like you use these red herrings and attack the messengers.
There is no need for tolls or any other connived idea.
The Sellwood bridge replacement is long over due there is plenty of existing money to pay for it.
While claiming there is not, conniving politicians are working with TriMet and Metro to hijack 100s of millions from gas taxes meant for existing infrastructure, property taxes meant for schools and public safety & Lottery profits meant for essential priorities.
All of which feed existing jobs and payrolls.
$200 million from Metro flex funds alone are heading to the MLR instead of the Sellwood bridge and other priorities.

Sam Adams and Chair Lynn Peterson (former Metro employee) insist on spending 100s of millions on their agenda instead of the public’s priorities.

Anyone who has any integrity will admit the Sellwood bridge replacement is a much higher priority than the Milwaukie Light Rail or the tax subsidized development plans that follow it everywhere it goes.
The press and everyone honest needs to know exactly what is going on here.
Starting with this recent poll the media is suppressing.
Nov. 22 Survey of Clackmas County residents
Pay for Sellwood Bridge No 76%
Car Tax No 84%
Milwaukie Light Rail No 71%
Chair Peterson has been working behind the scenes to subvert the will of the people. In the fee hearing process Peterson attempted to rig the process by stacking the deck with e-mail support from Portland bike groups masquerading as Clackamas residents. She got help from Portland resident and left wing activist Jonathan Nicholas. Her peer from the Metro bike committee they both serve on.
Their methods are only further angering Clackamas residents which is building towards recall efforts.

Instead of criticizing Clackamas County taxpayers, Multnomah County taxpayers should be grabbing their own pitch forks and fix their own county. Repeal your fee and demand the misappropriation stop.
But perhaps you are a lost cause? The bridge replacement design with 24 ft for road surface and 37 ft for ped/bike use suggests so.

richard2 December 20, 2010 at 11:15AM

Becky,
Multnomah County residents are already paying the fee because they are Multnomah County and incapable of resistance. I wonder if there is any price that will anger them enough.

It’s a meaningless cannard but Clackamas County residents DONOT use the bridge more than Multnomah County and they already are paying out something toward the new bridge. Their gas taxes are going to the bridge through the Oregon Department of Transportation and federal shares.

econoline,
Yes it is very much like Clark County. They don’t want any of the costly Portland agenda either.
Not the outrageously expensive Light Rail or any of the subsidized development that Metro calls “smart” growth.

The $100 million CRC planning has already been made entirely dysfunctional by the Sam Adams/Portland involvement. Raising the cost of a new bridge by probably 2 billion.
Good thing Clark County is rejecting the conniving agenda just like Clackamas County.

It appears Washington County may have had enough as well. Recognizing the waste of WES, big disputes over Metro’s urban/rural reserves sham and the halt to Beaverton’s big Portland-like Urban Renewal Plan are good signs.

richard2 December 20, 2010 at 5:23PM

It’s obvious what is going on here.
The portland/bike/trimet activists are stacking the comments.
Notice how none of them address the real core reasons for the Clackamas oposition?
That’s exactly what the county commissioners have been doing.
I challenge any of you to respond to the 1-10 numbered reasons in my first post.
boomer1949
Boy are you ever right out of the halls of TriMet.
And lying like it’s the honorable thing to do.
TriMet was a huge advocate for WES, took the point, managed the public campaign, TriMet’s Joe Walsh ran out the propaganda, they got the feds to change their funding rules and managed the entire project.
Never did TriMet ever do anything but support and promote the project.
People should take note of your claim that “TriMet was just stuck with running it” and know this is how the conniving TriMet/Metro cabal operates.
With guys like you delivering the ginned up crap and ignoring the real debate.
And you tell me to do my homework?
Even today TriMet is proud of WES and seek to expand it to Salem.

Why don’t you stick to real opposition?

And go out and start a petition to stop the collection of the $38 fee in Multnomah County?
There is no need for any news fee or toll for the Sellwood bridge.
We need only widen the demand for current funding to be used.
But you aren’t paying attention. Otherwise you would realize Metro will be diverting $200 million from regional funds (more cc share) to Milwaukie Light Rail.
TriMet is to blame.
Go back and re-read the earlier comments and be honest about the real reasons why Clackamas County voters will kill the new fee.
richard2 December 20, 2010 at 8:35PM

ohreallyfactor,
Hey you’re starting to get it finally. Except the fence is being built by Clackamas and Clark Counties because they do not want the TriMet/Metro agenda Multnomah insists is the model for the nation.
davejor,
Bingo,,,nail on head, home run. No they don’t like public votes.
That’s exactly what the Clackamas County commissioners are trying to avoid.
Guess who did the Sellwood bridge “Travel Forecasting” with all of the flawed assumptions and conclusions used to promote a two lane bridge replacement and north-south light rail?

Assumptions like a “four lane bridge would increase traffic 15% on the bridge. Followed by concluding that added traffic would “conflict with plans for more mixed use development on Tacoma Street”.

http://www.sellwoodbridge.org/ProjectLibrary/SouthWillametteRiverCrossingStudy-May1999.pdf

Travel Forecasting
Lynn Peterson, Transportation Modeling, Metro (Current Chair, Clackamas County Commission)

imoksoami December 21, 2010 at 7:40AM

Wonder why no one is addressing Richard2’s post. This does look like more unneccesary taxes – why should light rail come b4 funding a bridge that is ready to collapse? Sounds like people are ok with being suckered by Sam and friends.

richard2 December 20, 2010 at 7:40AM
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It sure is amazing how this story gets twisted.
Over and over again the $5 dollars, or it’s near collapse, or the vital link, or who uses it, or that Multnomah County is stuck with a $19 fee obscures the real oppostion and problem.
Forget all of those. Here is why Clackamas County will not go along with this scheme.
1. Negligence. Portland and Multnomah County have neglected their bridge for decades as they diverted countless millions away from this “vital link” in the past.
2. Continued negligence. Nothing has changed. Portland, Multnomah County, Clackams County and the region are currently planning to divert 100s of millions more from other infrastructure needs to pay for Milwaukie Light Rail.
3. Conniving. Portland Mayor Sam Adams is planning on raiding $20 million from the Sellwood bridge funding for Milwaukie Light Rail.
4. Not a priority. Clackamas County residents do not want the $1.5 Billion Milwaukie Light Rail.
5. Commissioners wrong. Clackamas County commissioners are thumbing their noses at their own county as they misappropriate millions more.
6. The Sellwood Bridge replacement has never been dependent upon a Clackamas County fee. The bridge will get rebuilt without it while officials throw a tantrum.
7. Clackamas residents will pay a share anyway through the ODOT and fed shares.
8. Clackamas residents know the $5 fee will become permanent, increase to $40 and be misappropriated by their commissioners.
9. Portland can pay for their own design. They have selected a new bridge design with same 24 ft of travel lanes and 37 feet of ped/bike surface.
10.Clackamas County residents are rejecting their commissioner’s attempt to follow Multnomah County’s agenda.
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richard2 December 21, 2010 at 8:37AM

Don’t worry there is an Oregonian editorial coming with every bromide, cannrd and red herring the Clackamas County commissioners and their bike army have coughed up.
At the Dec 9th hearing when the fee was adopted Commissioner Bernard gave a powerpoint to justify his vote. He showed pictures of the collapsed Minneapolis bridge and other irrelevent filler.
Anything but address the malfeascence that has angered the public.
Other commisioners lectured the public on the responsibility to mainatina infrastructure.
Since they are the neglecters of infrastructure they could not be more hypocritical and insulting.
If anyone in Clackamas County had any remaining doubts about their County Commissioners acting as Portland lobbyists this should remove them.

It’s bad enough the newspapers refused to report the poll of Clackamas County residents.

Pay for part of Sellwood Bridge 76% NO
New car registration tax 84% NO
Milwaukie Light Rail 71% NO


But they have no problem reporting anything cooked up by the County Commissioners.

After 185 people show up at one hearing, 175 at the second and a county poll showing overwhelming opposition to the county plan for a vehicle registration fee for Multnomah County’s Sellwood bridge County Chair Lynn Peterson comes up with this.

“The commission had heard from a vocal contingent of opposition to the fee increase during a three-part public hearing, but counted a larger number in support of the fee, including correspondence and phone calls.”

http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/story_2nd.php?story_id=129192587479001100

So how does Peterson come up with that?
She recruits her Metro/TriMet/Bike pals to stack the deck with emails.

http://www.metro-region.org/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=30925
Jonathan Nicholas has been elected chair of the newly-formed Executive Council for Active Transportation.
Metro and the Executive Council, working with local governments, will develop concept plans to allow people to get from one place to another without the need of a motor vehicle.
Nicholas is joined by Clackamas County Commissioner Lynn Peterson , Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, Dr. Christopher Achterman of Legacy Hospitals, and Randy Miller of the Moore Company, as new members of the Executive Council. Other members include:
Scott Bricker Executive Director Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Jay Graves, CEO The Bike Gallery
Rex Burkholder Councilor Metro Council

Metro’s Jonathan Nicholas, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance & BikePortland.org, nearly all of which are from Portland stuffed the hearing by e-mail.

Their call to action.

http://bikeportland.org/2010/11/26/koch-funded-anti-tax-group-protests-sellwood-bridge-funding-plan-43557

Wednesday’s hearing was the first reading of the proposed ordinance, and it’s slated to come back to the Commission for a potential vote on December 9th. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is urging their members to speak up in support of the new fee. Email your comments on the issue by December 8th to bcc@co.clackamas.or.us.

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http://www.bta4bikes.org/btablog/2010/11/23/action-alert-for-clackamas-county-support-sellwood-bridge-funding/

Action Alert for Clackamas County: Support Sellwood Bridge Funding
Posted by: Margaux
Nov 23 2010, 9:14 am
The new Sellwood bridge needs money from Clackamas County to fund the county’s 7% share of the $330 million project. This Wednesday, the County Commission will consider a dedicated $5-per-year vehicle registration fee to raise the money for a new bridge.
Do you live in Clackamas County? Tell your County Commissioners why you support the bridge and why they should vote in favor of the vehicle registration fee.
• The bridge must be replaced. The current one is insufficient, it is crumbling, and it cannot accommodate buses.
• You support the current design recommendation for two 6.5’ bike lanes, two 12’ sidewalks and two 12’ vehicle lanes.
• You support the use of vehicle registration fees to improve transportation facilities. We need to pay for the wear and tear our vehicles cause and we need a stable funding source to build this bridge soon. The BTA does not support a registration fee for bikes.
Email your support: bcc@co.clackamas.or.us
Speak up in support: Wednesday November 24th, 10:00 am, Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

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macmccown December 21, 2010 at 9:11AM

richard and smokin … first of all … the bridge repair is not directly tied into the light rail discussion; they are two distinict and seperate projects. your constant assertions to the contrary does not make it any more true. your complaints about the commissioners ignoring the bridge in the past should be addressed to old clackamas county commissioners, like Dan Halladay, who were responsible for doing nothing.
finally, richard your hysteria about the supporters of the bridge supporters communicating and taking action together is rather strange considering your side of the discussion have been meeting regularly in attempting to sabotage and defeat the proposal. i guess what is good for the goose isnt good for the gander in your mind. see you on the streets for the election if one is held.
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richard2 December 21, 2010 at 11:08AM

macmccown,
Are you an uninformed juvenile?
You can’t even read and comprehend the issues and comments.
You’re wrong and disingenuous.
Of course the bridge is directly tied into the light rail discussion.
As has been mentioned over and over again. Sam Adams will be taking $20 million form the bridge funding to use on the Milwaukie Light Rail.
Moreover the behind the scenes scheming to advance light rail and the Portland way has planned to hijack $200 million in Metro flex fund for MLR that could go to the bridge. That same approach has happened over and over again for years. These future flex funds are needed for future infrastructure projects.
So the pattern continues with the current Mult Commissioners and JPACT partners are ignoring infrastructure just as they did the Sellwood bridge for decades.
Not only that other MLR financing pieces will raid schools, public safety and other essential services.

Your crackpot suggestion about “old clackamas county commissioners” is completely irrational.
And Dan Holladay was never a County Commissioner. He was an Oregon City city councilor.
You can’t even grasp who has been “responsible for doing nothing” about the Sellwood bridge for so many years? FAIL
As for the conniving politicians using Nicholas and Portland bike groups to rig phony Clackamas County support for the new fee, that’s exactly what it is. And it’s unethical. Something these politicians no nothing about.
As for my “side of the discussion” it’s been county wide grass roots with many groups and individuals, along with a poll showing overwhelming opposition to the agenda.
Your side can’t stand being rejected by the populous so you conspire to avoid public votes.
It was 185 in one hearing and 175 in another who actually showed up to oppose what the County is imposing.
The fee will go to the ballot and be defeated by a wider margin than the recent TriMet levy 60%-40% loss in Clack Co.
The Commissioners and you et al can’t even have a normal discussion on what the exact problems are.
Instead you try and sabotage and defeat the opposition by distorting the objections and smearing the messengers.
Your losing message on the streets will be no more than it is here. Dishonest and laughable.
From Mollala to Lake Oswego to Canby to Boring, Oregon City, Damascus and Wilsonville the voters
will reject Portland’s Peterson led assault on their county.
It’s not just the voters either. There is also widespread opposition to Peterson throughout the County agencies.
Never mind her unethical attempt to take control of the elections office and to silence the Sheriff and Fire Chief from speaking out about crime and her Urban Renewal schemes. The rank and file throughout the county bureaus have big problems with the Board of Commissioners.
The Peace officers assoc and fire fighters unions supporting conservative Paul Savas’ election to the board is another huge indicator. Many other loses for the agenda folks county wide make the trend clear and unavoidable.
But Peterson and the sitting commissioners are tone deaf and I suspect the unethical stunts will continue leading to eventual but inevitable successful recall efforts.

Now do you have anything at all that addresses reality?

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OregonShout December 23, 2010 at 8:17AM

I think that about sums it up Richard>LOLOLOL

richard2 December 21, 2010 at 1:08PM

Oh stop with the strawmen.
No one is arguing the bridge doesn’t get used by everyone in one way or the other.
“If we decide infrastructure costs selfishly”
That is exactly why the Sellwood bridge is in the condition it is and why similar neglect can be found underway region wide.
Because misguided and dishonest politicians have been selfishly and zealously deciding to push a reckless agenda that misappropriates countless millions from legitimate needs and priorities.
These commenting activists who can’t grasp the lengthy pattern of reckless spending that leads up to a
Sellwood bridge being so neglected that buses and trucks can’t use it are hopeless.
The urgent need isn’t new. It should have gotten the attention of the politicians every time they agreed to spend regional funding on light rail. This past summer they didn’t even discuss the “urgent need” Selwood bridge as they voted to divert millions more from regional flex funds into Milwaukei Light Rail.
Not a word.
Not a word of concern is what happens over and over again as countless millions are misspent.
Right now the entire funding for the Sellwood bridge is available yet staged for lower prioity projects.
The voting down of the Clackamas County share will not halt the Sellwood Bridge replacement.
If the bridge goes down before the new one gets built it’s Portland/.Mult Co & your fault for electing and re-electing the politicians who neglected it for decades.
If you’re worried about it falling down why aren’t you demanding they fund it first and start the project immediatley?

richard2 December 21, 2010 at 9:50PM


qashqai
You’re not addressing the 10 main reasons for the fee opposition.
I’m glad you agree that PDX city hall has wasted huge sums on frivolous, agenda-driven projects. But you seem to be under the impression that was then. It continues today with all the region’s partners and it’s never been worse.
The $1.6 Billion Milwaukie Light Rail is the ultimate misappropriation. At least half of which will be recklessly taken from essential services and other long neglected infrastructure needs with the identical disregard as the decades of Sellwood bridge neglect.
You cannot demand they fund it first then simply give them a pass by hoping the “Next election provides a clean sweep” That is precisely the status quo. Procrastination.
Instead of complaining about Clackamas County residents, their Multnomah County & other critics should be joining their outrage and stop this madness now. It wouldn’t take that much more if they would help.
But in reality many of these critics are as reckless and disregarding as the politicians. They want the fantasy of more light rail and the Metro plans at any and all costs.
None of them address the real problems either. Even when they are listed and numbered.
There is a reason people do not respond to things. They want to respond to things they find easier to attack.
Like, “those selfish people are whining about $5”.
Or try this one. Not one of the critics at any level has responded to Mayor Adams’ plans to take $20 million from the Sellwood bridge for MLR.
Chair Peterson and the Clackamas County Commissioners could care less as well. But it is they who are the irresponsible ones in Clack Co.
They have agreed to divert the county’s share of $200 million in regional flex funds away from their own countywide infrastructure for MLR. Again more neglect for frivolous boondoggles. Peterson, on JPACT, was one of the loudest voices pushing for the Metro Flex funds to be taken.
So it is worse than “straw man” to then label Clack Co residents as “just head-in-sand selfish”. It isn’t they who have their heads in the sand.
Voting down Clack. Co fee and $22 million share will not stop the bridge replacement at all. Commissioner Bernard admitted that at one of the fee hearings. The idea that project hinges on the fee and clack share is total BS.

The only reason there are these new fees for the bridge is to sustain the practice of misappropriating other millions.

If the partners refuse to re-allocate available funds it is their fault for any delays. This idea that the funding is fragile is their making. The too close for comfort is their making.
No one needed reminding the bridge is “very close to the Clack Co line”. That’s one of the tired straw men used to avoiding the real problems.
The 10 main ones I already posted.
And you don’t outweigh them with meaningless rhetoric about “Multi-source funding is a stop-gap” until we can move the bridge to Metro or the State”.
I doubt you can you even explain what that lipstick on a pig means?:)
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petrosian December 21, 2010 at 9:56PM

OK Richard 2, not too interested in how we got here at this point, more interested in the here and now. I’m in for the $5 a year. Are you?
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richard2 December 22, 2010 at 8:58AM

petrosian
Can’t read?
The here and now means your $5 will go to Milwaukie Light Rail. Along with your property taxes and gas taxes that you think are going to higher priorities.
This bridge funding scheme is a cover up of the raiding of millions that should go to the bridge.
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nankoweap December 23, 2010 at 12:22PM

When the big earthquake hits, this bridge may be the only one standing, which means it may be the only way for emergency service providers to get across the river. I’ll give up a happy meal a year for that. The vehicle reg fee is dedicated to the bridge.
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richard2 December 23, 2010 at 12:54PM

nankoweap
If you demonstrated anyting like you knew what you were talking about, you wouldn’t appear to be simply helping the deceit.
Everyone knows the new Sellwood bridge would have to be built to today’s seizmic standards.
However under the current campaign of public deceit it is far more than a happy meal at stake here.
The rampant missspending of billions and the push for more is what has created this bridge funding scheme and the aged condition of the current bridge.
You hair brained advocacy to help the con job amounts to no more than the same diverting deceit by the commissioners.
For the 100th time commissioners have already bragged about the “fee” kept and raised to fund more of their Portland agenda.
Telling people it is limited to $5 and solely for the bridge is blatant dishonesty and typical of how nearly all
of the agenda Peterson pushes is advanced. She long ago adopted unethical manipulation as an acceptable method of operation.


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Who’s More Clueless, Oprah or Joe Biden?

 If we ever needed more proof of just how clueless the left in America is, these two noted individuals, TV personality Oprah Winfrey and career politician Joe Biden show us beyond any shadow of doubt that they remain completely detached from reality.

Oprah was interviewed recently by Parade magazine, mostly on her soon to be launched TV Network. After the usual gushing praise and butt-kissing, readers were treated to the following little exchange.

Can I ask about President Obama? Are you concerned, disappointed?
“No. I think that no one understands until you’ve been in that seat the enormous pressure to please and satisfy everybody. And I think instead of being grateful for where we are and what he has done, we’ve forgotten that we were on the brink of a depression when he took over this office. And as everybody celebrates the holiday season and sits around with their families, regardless of your circumstance, we could’ve had breadlines. How soon we forget that.”

Depression? Breadlines, Oprah?

Just this morning, an email arrived in my inbox from barackobama.com with the name of Joe Biden attached. He chimes in much like Oprah did.

“ I’ve been in Washington for almost 40 years. I’ve seen a lot of Congresses come and go. But I can’t remember a group of lawmakers who accomplished more than the folks who just wrapped up their work.”

“With their help, we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and ratified the START arms control treaty. We passed a new law to rein in the abuses on Wall Street and protect consumers. We reformed the health care system and passed the Recovery Act to get our economy growing again.”

“Two years ago, we were staring into an abyss. The financial crisis was the worst this country has faced since the Great Depression.

“But this Congress passed the largest set of tax cuts for the middle class since President Reagan, the largest education reform since President Johnson, the largest infrastructure investment since President Eisenhower, and the largest clean-energy bill ever.”

“Now — even though we still have a ways to go — the economy is growing again.”

When Democrats took control of Congress, unemployment was 4.6%. When Obama took office unemployment was at 7.7%. November 2010 unemployment is 9.8%.

http://www.bls.gov/cps/prev_yrs.htm

We also see that the 111th Congress Added More Debt Than First 100 Congresses Combined.

According to Rasmussen Reports for December 28, 2010, “28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.”

Just prior to the mid-term elections, the Washington Post said about the Democrat Speaker of the House, “Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heads into the midterm elections less popular among U.S. voters than at any other time in her historic tenure.”

Voters turned Democrats out of the House in near historic proportions, setting up this lame duck congress that just rammed some of the worst legislation we have seen down the country’s throats.

Joe Biden is moderately wealthy, but has lifetime benefits we can only dream of from his career in government, all paid by the taxpayers.

Oprah is wealthy beyond anyone’s wildest dreams as well. They are insulated from the actual suffering of the masses they try to convince how much better off they are.

Neither seems prepared to “redistribute their wealth,” but are only too ready to redistribute someone else’s.

If Oprah has breadlines on her mind, it must be from visions of her staring in a remake of the late 1930’s depression era book and later propaganda movie, the Grapes of Wrath, A John Steinbeck story about “a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies,” they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future.”

And who comes to their rescue? Government!

Of the story, Steinbeck is quoted as saying, “”I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects].”

Sounds very familiar to me.

Sounds too like the breadlines are more a possibility now than I’ve seen in my entire adult life.

Obviously, Oprah and Biden have completely detached themselves from the reality of what is happening in America.

What would we do without wealthy Democrats, wallowing in their own wealth and greed, telling us we are too stupid to know how much better off we have it with ever increasing taxes, unemployment and strapping future generations with unimaginable debt?

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Bow Tie Blumenauer Gets His ‘Death Panels.’ Tells Backers, "Shhhh" Phone: (503) 231-2300 (202) 225-4811

But urges supporters to say nothing in emails else the emails be forwarded to … us, the constituents. The New York Times reported it. Christmas Day, you know, when you were[n’t] paying attention. Here’s an excerpt from Best of the Web at the WSJ:

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’–e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

 Phone: (503) 231-2300 • Fax: (503) 230-5413 • Phone: (202) 225-4811 • Fax: (202) 225-8941 •
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Blumenauer: Citizens "Weird" for Questioning "Death Panel" Language HE PUT BACK IN OBAMACARE. 503.231.2300 or 202.225.4811**With Update!! "Keep Running, Buddy!"

From Congressman Blumenauer’s Twitter Account Today
We’re “weird” for being skeptical of government intrusion into our end of life care? How silly of me! Why shouldn’t I trust a Congressman who purposely sought to keep from voters his ‘death panels’ language which was reinserted into ObamaCare regulations! From the Wall Street Journal:

The draft legislative language on what is known as advance-care planning would have given specific directions to doctors on what they should tell patients, including discussion of palliative care, hospice and other services that could cost less than an all-out effort to prolong life.

How “weird” of me to not trust a Congressman who instructed his favored followers to keep quiet about the insertion of the ‘death panel’ language back into the ObamaCare regulations being written by the HHS Secretary.  From the Wall Street Journal:

The New York Times reports on how an Obama ally in Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, responded after the administration made a regulatory decision he had urged:

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’–e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.

Even though Blumenauer sent the warning not to send emails about the regulation by email, both the regulation and the effort to keep it a secret remained secret until yesterday when the Times reported them.
Apparently November meant nothing to Blumenauer. Same old, same old. 
Keep running from your constituents, buddy!

Gee, it reminds me of something:

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A Light Shines Very Briefly in Olympia

Moments of lucidity, however brief, are rare from our Democrat led state legislature in Olympia. We see them so rarely that once one happens, no matter how brief, it just amazes us. But, just as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened,” we can rest assured those moments won’t last long.

In this case, an article originally appearing in The Spokesman-Review, As gasoline use drops, so does state revenue, leaves me nearly speechless that they didn’t know this would happen as they pushed for less driving and more dependence upon public transportation.

Our elected officials sent to Olympia, as well as the governor, have steadily raised gasoline taxes, called for less driving, called for gas conservation, forced public transportation on us and they just now realize that revenues off of the taxes goes down?

The article explains the drop more as, “Greater fuel efficiency is a big reason for the decline, along with the current economic recession.”

No mention of Olympia’s efforts to separate us from our cars and leave us dependent upon public transportation.

We also read, “the state will have unfunded transportation needs of about $175 billion to $200 billion through 2030…”

The light came on, no matter how dimly, and allowed them to briefly see the problem they have created. Raising taxes, writing a budget dependent upon those taxes raised while you discourage the use of the product taxes were raised on is a recipe for failure.

The answer ought to be fairly obvious, make taxes reasonable, allow people to use their vehicles freely (stop demeaning the car in favor of bicycles, that contribute no revenues for their use) and direct funds to maintain where the revenues come from.

Following what Churchill said, Olympia rapidly turns that dim light back off as their proposal comes down to, “cutting engineering and technical jobs, reducing ferry service and increasing ferry fares (Puget Sound Region), recommending switching from a flat gas-tax charge to an indexed charge that would increase with inflation (tax raise) and of course, Tolls,” which will add to the burden of already struggling taxpayers as they drive to work, for those lucky enough to still have a job or seek a job.

Much like they did when tobacco taxes were raised astronomically, supposedly to fund child health care, but also to discourage people from smoking, necessitating tax revenues come from somewhere else to fund child health care, they fail to look beyond the end of their liberal noses at the vicious circle they continue to perpetuate.

It was a little refreshing to see someone realize the problem they created in Olympia, but alas, once stumbling upon the truth, they picked themselves up and scurried away like they never saw it.

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Hippies, "Social Justice" Groups, The Usual Suspects: The Groups Behind the Multnomah Food Action Plan

The Multnomah Food Action Plan (discussed in a previous post here; find the plan here) in short seeks to control the food sold and eaten in the region–for our own health, of course. These goals sound aspirational but government will make decisions based on these aspirations and you’ll have to live with them. Think pie in the sky emission standards aspirations which translate to $20,000,000.00 in sewer fees being ripped off for bike paths and you get the picture of what happens with government aspirations and guidelines. Government’s ‘want – to’s’ often become our ‘have – to’s.’

If you like a hippy dippy-sustainable-CSE-compost lifestyle you should live it. You can now without government diktat. For the rest of us, we’ll have our Koi Fusion and VooDoo donuts, eat granola and our CSE provided swiss chard when we want, thank you very much.
So who’s behind this plan besides government? I’ve already mentioned a couple of groups in my first post. I’ve reposted the info on these groups below. But who else is involved? Glad you asked. Today we go over a couple more of these backers of the food plan.
The 47th Avenue Farm started in a vacant lot on, you guessed it, 47th Avenue. It has since branched out and is a political supporter of –surprise! Rex Burkholder of Metro (another supporting group) and is now engaged in a land grab on an island on the Willamette River.

Protect Grand Island!

Our newest farm is on Grand Island, a beautiful little island in the Willamette River with a strong agricultural heritage and a promising agricultural future. Recently a rock company applied to convert 225 acres of prime farmland into a gravel quarry. Help us protect the farms on Grand Island!

Look for one of the results of the Multnomah Action Food Plan to order whoever owns this plot of land to “donate” it to the hippies (I’m assuming the owner to be Dr. Robert Pamplin–my boss–who’s “donated” huge swaths of land already).

Meantime, over at “The Dirt” they’re imagining a life without carbon. I’m not kidding. They may be farmers or dirt lovers or something but don’t know much about the “carbon” they want to get rid of. They’re part of the TransitionPDX which is, in turn, affiliated with other groups. You see, if you LOOK like there are MORE groups out there agitating for the take over of the food production around here they’ll be accorded more power than you.
Among the groups urging more government involvement–if not takeover–of the food available in Multnomah County are those whose fortunes will rise with the government’s increased involvement including Whole Foods and New Seasons. With a possible government mandate coming down on food requirements, these two grocery stores will be situated to reap the benefits versus Safeway which may have to find new vendors and would be put at a disadvantage with new requirements. There’s something in it for them. Nothing wrong with that as long as you know that altruism isn’t the only thing motivating them.

ReCode Oregon meets in the “Che” (Guevarra) room of a local church. Their goal is “legalizing sustainability.” Various farmer’s markets support the plan. We can agree that farmer’s markets are wonderful community assets. But they’re private and they’re “markets.” They would become even more beholden to government under this plan.
TransitionPDX is a group created to agitate for government control of food. The group invokes the belief of ‘peak oil’ and ‘climate change’ as reasons to transition to government control over food.

Their objective? 

“Inherent within the challenges of peak oil and climate change is an extraordinary opportunity to reinvent, rethink, and rebuild the world around us.” – Rob Hopkins, The Transition Handbook.  

More later. Meantime, check out the groups for yourself! 
Multnomah Food Initiative Steering Committee organizations:
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