Daily Archives: August 10, 2011

Despite Wisconsin Disappointment, Democrats Vow This Morning To Go After Gov Scott Walker

After blowing $20-$30 million dollars in the Wisconsin Recall Campaign, Democrats and Unions still pledge this morning to fund a recall effort against Governor Scott Walker.
Of the six races Republicans won four. The other two involved an R living in a mostly D district and an R who had lost support of females when it was revealed he’d had an affair before he was officially divorced from his wife.
The Republicans hold onto control of the state senate.

An actual note slipped under door of lawmaker

Next Tuesday the recall election against the Democrats occurs. I wonder if it will be as ugly as it has been with the various thugs, ne’er do wells, SEIU, Teachers Union, AFL CIO henchmen and Obama for America troops coming in to support the Democrats. 

And what of civility? More on that over at Big Government.

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Three GOP House Members Named to "Super Committee"

Speaker John Boehner made the announcment this morning:

Washington (Aug 10)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced his intent to appoint the following three lawmakers to represent House Republicans on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:
  • House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) 
  • House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)

Speaker Boehner has tapped Chairman Hensarling to serve as a co-chair of the joint select committee.  Boehner issued the following statement regarding the appointments of Chairmen Hensarling, Camp, and Upton:

“Our debt and deficits are a threat to our economy, and America cannot achieve long-term job growth until we take action to address this crisis. In the weeks ahead, a serious, bipartisan committee of lawmakers will begin the hard but necessary work of making the tough choices needed to rein in mandatory and entitlement spending, which are the drivers of our debt.  The lawmakers I have appointed to serve on this joint committee are proven leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their colleagues and constituents.  They understand the gravity of our debt crisis and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this panel.


Paul Ryan’s name is conspicuous by its absence, but apparently he asked not to be on the committee saying he’ll need to conceive of the budget these guys come up with .

Still the intellectual fire power certainly resides with the Republicans on this committee. I mean just look at these dim bulbs here.
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CRC Planning Poohbahs Consider "Pre-Completion" Tolling (Hint: Pay Now Get Soaked Later)

Photo Credit Andrew Hall

Momentum builds for tolling the existing Interstate Bridge to save up for a new bridge for light rail. This week the CTran board approved an “Impact” statement for the new Columbia River Crossing. The planners are floating the idea of tolling ASAP and do something–who knows–with the money:

CRC planners have said there is a possibility of “precompletion” tolling to collect money for the project sooner. That is, drivers would pay a toll to cross the existing I-5 Bridge that’s spanned the Columbia River for decades, before the new bridge is open.

When you understand that motor vehicles will have to shoulder the burden of the cost of building this light rail bridge you begin to get the picture of what a boondoggle this Columbia River Crossing is.

I want a new bridge. I think a draw bridge on one of the most important interstate routes in the country is downright silly in the 21st century. But let’s be honest. We could build a heckuvalot cheaper bridge with more capacity for less than the $10 billion dollars economist Joe Cortright predicts the bridge in its current form will cost.

If you remove light rail you remove an estimated 30%-40% of the cost. If you remove some of the major interchange work you cut the cost even more.

Critics of the plan opine that all the interchange work was thrown in to make the light rail portion look smaller. CRC folks asked for funding from the FEDERAL TRANSIT dollars NOT HIGHWAY FUNDS. That’s an important distinction because by adding hundreds of millions of dollars in interchanges (without adding any news lanes of traffic) they reduce the percentage of light rail to construction and get light rail mostly paid for by the Feds.

Speaking of the interchanges Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt is still talking about tolling those:

“The concept of pre-completion tolling, I, personally, have some heartburn with,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, one of nine C-Tran board members.
Leavitt suggested exploring the idea of tolling onramps to the new system south of the actual bridge. That could collect revenue from Oregonians who will use and benefit from the new infrastructure connected to the project — in the Jantzen Beach area, for example — without crossing the river, he said.

The most ignorant statement in this article comes from someone who knows better:

“I want to make it crystal clear,” said Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, the C-Tran board chairman.

“no CRC-related expenditure will materially result in a reduction to current transit service levels.”

No offense, Marc, you seem like a nice guy, but all you have to do peek across the river to discover how much light rail has blown a hole in other transit modes. (here here and here)

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Did Sam Adams Compost His Own Poll?

When Mayor Sam Adams holds says 87% of the people in a food scrap composting pilot program think it’s great or are “satisfied” as the Portland Mayor puts it, I have an insatiable desire to see the poll and the poll questions for myself.

Alas, I can’t see the poll because they can’t find it.

Apparently the good apparatchiks at Portland’s City hall in the Office of Sustainability and at the Mayor’s office where my producer has called several times can’t produce the poll that Sam keeps touting on the air and on his own website:

Eighty-seven percent of the pilot households reported being satisfied with the new system and garbage generated in the pilot area dropped by almost a third. What’s more, only seven percent of pilot residents upgraded to a bigger garbage can, and only 60 percent of garbage cans were full on collection day.

You’d think anyone with an 87% approval rating for a new program that will reduce services (garbage pickup) and cost MORE MONEY would be waving that poll like a big fat flag, but nope. They can’t find it.

To be fair, it sounds as if there are two polls. One, in 2007, and the second sometime in the last year which produced that whopping 87% approval rating!

They can find neither.

Why do I ask? Because the last time Sam Adams waved a poll around saying everyone was in favor of banning “plastic” bags I nosed around and got a look at the question the pollster, Grove Insight, asked on behalf of the city.

Here’s the ridiculous question they supposedly asked Portlanders:

“Single-use petroleum-based plastic shopping bags pollute our land, contribute to a swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas off Oregon’s coast, and continue our dependence on dangerous foreign oil supplies. Making paper shopping bags is a toxic process that pollutes our rivers. To encourage more use of reusable shopping bags, do you favor or oppose banning plastic bags in the City of Portland and requiring a 5-cent fee on paper bags?”

They forgot to ask when you beat your wife last and have you drowned any puppies lately, but at least they actually had a poll.

Sam later disavowed the poll, telling me on the air recently that it wasn’t their poll. He, however, couldn’t produce the mysterious OTHER poll he’d been quoting from.

And you wonder why we ask the questions…

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

Despite Wisconsin Disappointment, Democrats Vow This Morning To Go After Gov Scott Walker

After blowing $20-$30 million dollars in the Wisconsin Recall Campaign, Democrats and Unions still pledge this morning to fund a recall effort against Governor Scott Walker.
Of the six races Republicans won four. The other two involved an R living in a mostly D district and an R who had lost support of females when it was revealed he’d had an affair before he was officially divorced from his wife.
The Republicans hold onto control of the state senate.

An actual note slipped under door of lawmaker

Next Tuesday the recall election against the Democrats occurs. I wonder if it will be as ugly as it has been with the various thugs, ne’er do wells, SEIU, Teachers Union, AFL CIO henchmen and Obama for America troops coming in to support the Democrats. 

And what of civility? More on that over at Big Government.

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

Three GOP House Members Named to "Super Committee"

Speaker John Boehner made the announcment this morning:

Washington (Aug 10)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced his intent to appoint the following three lawmakers to represent House Republicans on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:
  • House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) 
  • House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)

Speaker Boehner has tapped Chairman Hensarling to serve as a co-chair of the joint select committee.  Boehner issued the following statement regarding the appointments of Chairmen Hensarling, Camp, and Upton:

“Our debt and deficits are a threat to our economy, and America cannot achieve long-term job growth until we take action to address this crisis. In the weeks ahead, a serious, bipartisan committee of lawmakers will begin the hard but necessary work of making the tough choices needed to rein in mandatory and entitlement spending, which are the drivers of our debt.  The lawmakers I have appointed to serve on this joint committee are proven leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their colleagues and constituents.  They understand the gravity of our debt crisis and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this panel.


Paul Ryan’s name is conspicuous by its absence, but apparently he asked not to be on the committee saying he’ll need to conceive of the budget these guys come up with .

Still the intellectual fire power certainly resides with the Republicans on this committee. I mean just look at these dim bulbs here.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

CRC Planning Poohbahs Consider "Pre-Completion" Tolling (Hint: Pay Now Get Soaked Later)

Photo Credit Andrew Hall

Momentum builds for tolling the existing Interstate Bridge to save up for a new bridge for light rail. This week the CTran board approved an “Impact” statement for the new Columbia River Crossing. The planners are floating the idea of tolling ASAP and do something–who knows–with the money:

CRC planners have said there is a possibility of “precompletion” tolling to collect money for the project sooner. That is, drivers would pay a toll to cross the existing I-5 Bridge that’s spanned the Columbia River for decades, before the new bridge is open.

When you understand that motor vehicles will have to shoulder the burden of the cost of building this light rail bridge you begin to get the picture of what a boondoggle this Columbia River Crossing is.

I want a new bridge. I think a draw bridge on one of the most important interstate routes in the country is downright silly in the 21st century. But let’s be honest. We could build a heckuvalot cheaper bridge with more capacity for less than the $10 billion dollars economist Joe Cortright predicts the bridge in its current form will cost.

If you remove light rail you remove an estimated 30%-40% of the cost. If you remove some of the major interchange work you cut the cost even more.

Critics of the plan opine that all the interchange work was thrown in to make the light rail portion look smaller. CRC folks asked for funding from the FEDERAL TRANSIT dollars NOT HIGHWAY FUNDS. That’s an important distinction because by adding hundreds of millions of dollars in interchanges (without adding any news lanes of traffic) they reduce the percentage of light rail to construction and get light rail mostly paid for by the Feds.

Speaking of the interchanges Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt is still talking about tolling those:

“The concept of pre-completion tolling, I, personally, have some heartburn with,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, one of nine C-Tran board members.
Leavitt suggested exploring the idea of tolling onramps to the new system south of the actual bridge. That could collect revenue from Oregonians who will use and benefit from the new infrastructure connected to the project — in the Jantzen Beach area, for example — without crossing the river, he said.

The most ignorant statement in this article comes from someone who knows better:

“I want to make it crystal clear,” said Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, the C-Tran board chairman.

“no CRC-related expenditure will materially result in a reduction to current transit service levels.”

No offense, Marc, you seem like a nice guy, but all you have to do peek across the river to discover how much light rail has blown a hole in other transit modes. (here here and here)

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

Freedom Prevails in Wisconsin

Breaking from the Washington Post: Wisconsin GOP holds off Democrats in recall elections

“Republicans held onto control of the Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday night, beating four Democratic challengers in a recall election viewed as a referendum on Republican policies in that state and beyond.”

“The Associated Press declared Republican Sens. Alberta Darling of River Hills, Robert Cowles of Allouez, Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Luther Olsen of Ripon winners. The AP also declared Democratic challengers Jennifer Shilling of LaCrosse and Jessica King of Oshkosh victors.”

Of note, next week sees two Democrats facing recall challenges in Wisconsin. Should both retain their seats, congressional control will remain with Governor Scott Walker an the Republicans.

Unions and Democrats suffered a “crushing defeat” tonight after pouring millions of dollars into the state in a futile effort to wrest control away from the Republicans.

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Did Sam Adams Compost His Own Poll?

When Mayor Sam Adams holds says 87% of the people in a food scrap composting pilot program think it’s great or are “satisfied” as the Portland Mayor puts it, I have an insatiable desire to see the poll and the poll questions for myself.

Alas, I can’t see the poll because they can’t find it.

Apparently the good apparatchiks at Portland’s City hall in the Office of Sustainability and at the Mayor’s office where my producer has called several times can’t produce the poll that Sam keeps touting on the air and on his own website:

Eighty-seven percent of the pilot households reported being satisfied with the new system and garbage generated in the pilot area dropped by almost a third. What’s more, only seven percent of pilot residents upgraded to a bigger garbage can, and only 60 percent of garbage cans were full on collection day.

You’d think anyone with an 87% approval rating for a new program that will reduce services (garbage pickup) and cost MORE MONEY would be waving that poll like a big fat flag, but nope. They can’t find it.

To be fair, it sounds as if there are two polls. One, in 2007, and the second sometime in the last year which produced that whopping 87% approval rating!

They can find neither.

Why do I ask? Because the last time Sam Adams waved a poll around saying everyone was in favor of banning “plastic” bags I nosed around and got a look at the question the pollster, Grove Insight, asked on behalf of the city.

Here’s the ridiculous question they supposedly asked Portlanders:

“Single-use petroleum-based plastic shopping bags pollute our land, contribute to a swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas off Oregon’s coast, and continue our dependence on dangerous foreign oil supplies. Making paper shopping bags is a toxic process that pollutes our rivers. To encourage more use of reusable shopping bags, do you favor or oppose banning plastic bags in the City of Portland and requiring a 5-cent fee on paper bags?”

They forgot to ask when you beat your wife last and have you drowned any puppies lately, but at least they actually had a poll.

Sam later disavowed the poll, telling me on the air recently that it wasn’t their poll. He, however, couldn’t produce the mysterious OTHER poll he’d been quoting from.

And you wonder why we ask the questions…

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

‘Baghdad’ Jim McDermott Divorcing, Asks for his Privacy to be Respected

In what must go down as one of the most hypocritical comments ever spoken, Washington Democratic congressman Jim McDermott has announced he and his wife of 14 years are divorcing. He issued the statement, “The end of a marriage is difficult and painful. This is a personal matter and I hope you will respect our privacy.”

KOMO News

McDermott it should be remembered, fought unsuccessfully for several years against charges he “violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters” in 1996, violating the civil rights of now Speaker of the House John Boehner.

McDermott leaked the illegally obtained phone conversation between Boehner and then Speaker Newt Gingrich to the New York Times. He was ordered to pay more than $700,000.

McDermott had no respect for others privacy and now that he might be embroiled in scandal, depending on the reasons for his wife divorcing him; he asks that his privacy be respected?

That is hypocrisy at the highest level.

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Washington Senator Murray, "Stupidest Person in America" Tapped to Save The Country

Harry Reid must really hate this country because the Senate Majority leader named some of the dumbest stumps in the Senate to “lead” America out of its economic morass.

Washington Senator Patty “Osama bin Laden built day care centers in Afghanistan” Murray [See Patty Murray: The Stupidest Person in America here], John “I Served in Vietnam” Kerry, and Max “ObamaCare will correct the maldistribution of Wealth” have been named to the so called “Super Committee” that will supposedly come up with all the answers to get us out of this Barackalypse.

That’s right, the same folks who now castigate the Bush administration for “running up the bills” with his Medicare Part D program are the same folks who voted for ObamaCare, bail outs, TARP, and went along with the nationalization of student loans, car companies and cash for clunkers/homes/idiots.

In short: they’re the same people who ran up $4 Trillion of NEW bills which has put us in this double A economy.

God help us. No really, God help us. 

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