Daily Archives: July 11, 2011

What Portland Really Thinks of Vancouver: Vantucky

I’ll be synthesizing more from this article on the wasteful (and crony) spending on the Columbia River Crossing, but for now I’ll leave you with this little gem from Rep Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer’s former right hand man who got a sweet gig (even increasing his hourly rate just for this project!) at the CRC. Tom Markgraf’s job was to market how wonderful the bridge is:

“I think this is the hardest project in Oregon’s history,” he said. “It’s nuts. You’ve got double the politics. There are two of everything, two governors, two legislatures, two departments of transportation. You’ve got a governor (Ted Kulongoski) who on this issue was checked out, a mayor who professed to support the project, but whose staff was trying to kill it. You had a prima donna at Metro (Bragdon) and you had this deep arrogance in Portland about Vancouver. “Vantucky,” that’s a phrase that originated in Portland.” 

Former Metro Councilor Patricia McCaig (who worked on Kitzhaber’s campaign–move along, nothing to see here) who basically moved him out.
Portland elites prefer to impose their will on Vancouver to mold it into another transportation utopia, as they see it. They would rather Vancouver be called Vancouver, Oregon or, as Lew likes to call it, PortCouver.
Vantucky? Keep it classy, Portland elites.

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President Peter Pan

 Peter Pan

He’s living in a fairy tale where you never have to grow up. He showed it in today’s presser about a “balanced” approach to the debt ceiling decision.

The President is in “my way or the highway” mode. It’s a disgrace that this ‘smartest President ever’ has no ideas–none, nada, bupkis–to be fiscally responsible. His aim, of course, is to consolidate the huge increases he’s made in the size and scope of government and then spend more. 

He’s has called for a TRILLION DOLLARS IN NEW TAXES in this deal. 

Here’s what we need to do: We need to get on the horn RIGHT NOW to our elected officials in Washington, DC. I don’t care if they’re almost all Democrats, they still need to hear from you.


 

Here’s the number 202-224-3121. Ask for your Rep or Senator

Oregon Senators:

  • Jeff “The Accidental Senator” Merkley
  • Ron “I live in Manhattan, Oregon” Wyden

Oregon Congressional Reps

  • Earl “Bow Tie” Blumenauer
  • Kurt “It’s Not Adultery if I’m Divorced” Shrader
  • David “Where’s My Tiger Suit” Wu
  • Peter DeFazio
  • Greg “He’s Our Only Friend” Walden

Washington Senators

  • Patty “The Dumbest Woman in America” Murray*
  • Maria “Can’t Do Well” Cantwell

Congressional Rep

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler

*Ann Coulter

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

What Portland Really Thinks of Vancouver: Vantucky

I’ll be synthesizing more from this article on the wasteful (and crony) spending on the Columbia River Crossing, but for now I’ll leave you with this little gem from Rep Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer’s former right hand man who got a sweet gig (even increasing his hourly rate just for this project!) at the CRC. Tom Markgraf’s job was to market how wonderful the bridge is:

“I think this is the hardest project in Oregon’s history,” he said. “It’s nuts. You’ve got double the politics. There are two of everything, two governors, two legislatures, two departments of transportation. You’ve got a governor (Ted Kulongoski) who on this issue was checked out, a mayor who professed to support the project, but whose staff was trying to kill it. You had a prima donna at Metro (Bragdon) and you had this deep arrogance in Portland about Vancouver. “Vantucky,” that’s a phrase that originated in Portland.” 

Former Metro Councilor Patricia McCaig (who worked on Kitzhaber’s campaign–move along, nothing to see here) who basically moved him out.
Portland elites prefer to impose their will on Vancouver to mold it into another transportation utopia, as they see it. They would rather Vancouver be called Vancouver, Oregon or, as Lew likes to call it, PortCouver.
Vantucky? Keep it classy, Portland elites.

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