Daily Archives: August 15, 2011

More Wa. State Lawmakers Request Salary Cuts, But…

Since word was first received that state legislators in Olympia could voluntarily reduce their wage by 3%, matching the cut they voted in for many state workers, only one Republican was included in the initial 4 that signed on, Ann Rivers of the 18th legislative district.

Much has been said to claim Democrats, who slowly sign on to the wage cut in more numbers than Republicans are who actually care about taxpayers. On the surface, that claim appears true since it appears numbers wise, Democrats still outnumber Republicans in signing on to the measure.

Besides the fact that Democrats continue to hold the majority on both houses, outnumbering elected Republicans, two points have come out showing that Democrats really don’t care more for taxpayers in these economically depressed times.

Brad Shannon of the Olympia has a column appearing in Sunday’s Tacoma News Tribune, More state lawmakers request salary cuts.

Reading through the column, it is discovered,

“The dozen new House requests were filed by Republican Reps. Brad Klippert of Kennewick, Larry Haler of Richland, Susan Fagan of Pullman, Hans Zeiger of Sumner and Norma Smith of Clinton. The Democrats were Reps. Roger Goodman of Kirkland, who is running for Congress, David Frockt of Seattle, Ruth Kagi of Lake Forest Park, Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, Kathy Haigh of Shelton, Andy Billig of Spokane and appointee Sharon Wylie of Vancouver.”

Several members have said it was a matter of showing solidarity with public-sector workers whose pay has been cut to help close a $5 billion budget gap.”

Far from showing any concern for struggling taxpayers across the state, they wish only to show Solidarity with state public union workers who have been asked to share in the sacrifice. Where has their solidarity with private sector workers, many who have struggled and continue to struggle these last few years and still face high unemployment, wage cuts and higher taxes?

Democrat representative from the 49th legislative district Jim Moeller has no problem sticking each and every one of us with restrictive and burdensome taxes as he did with his now taxpayer repealed “candy tax.”

Showing even more disdain for the average taxpayer in Washington State, Jim Moeller is one of those Democrats who have signed on to the lawsuit to overturn “the Voice of the People” who voted for and passed I-1053, reinstating the 2/3 requirement to raise of impose new taxes that taxpayers have voted for numerous times, and Democrats vacate one way or the other.

Then, Jim has the audacity to accuse me, in yesterday’s John Laird column, in the comments, “promoting throwing out our own constitution here at home by changing it with an initiative!” He continues, “Perhaps you can start by recognizing OUR constitution first as the law of the land and a voice of the people and NOT just an inconvenience that can be tossed aside when it doesn’t fit your politics.”

Citizen initiative is written into our constitution at ARTICLE II SECTION 1, “LEGISLATIVE POWERS, WHERE VESTED. The legislative authority of the state of Washington shall be vested in the legislature, consisting of a senate and house of representatives, which shall be called the legislature of the state of Washington, but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose bills, laws, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislature, and also reserve power, at their own option, to approve or reject at the polls any act, item, section, or part of any bill, act, or law passed by the legislature.”
“(a) Initiative: The first power reserved by the people is the initiative….”

The “voice of the people” has repeatedly said they want a 2/3 majority requirement for raising or creating new taxes and Jim Moeller and several other Democrats have signed onto a lawsuit to thwart the “voice of the people.”

Moeller has also stated he will not ask for the wage cut, but claims he will donate that 3% to charity.

But, where has the concern or solidarity been towards the overall vast majority of taxpayers in the state? Why do these Democrats who now say they will accept the 3% cut “to show solidarity with public unions” continue to thumb their noses at private sector struggling taxpayers?

Also of concern and doesn’t bode well for elected lawmakers,

“Many lawmakers also said they hadn’t waived their pay sooner because they didn’t know about bill language that created a pay waiver form at www.salaries.wa.gov. SB 5860 passed 72-24 in the House and 36-10 in the Senate.”

They voted for it, passed it and now say they didn’t know what was in it? Sharon Wylie, appointed to replace Jim Jacks who walked out on constituents mid-session voted for that bill too and is finally among those who signed on to the cut.

Is she also one saying she did it to show solidarity with public unions over private sector taxpayers? Is she one who voted for the bill, not knowing what was in it?

The only way we will turn this state around is by replacing those who so cavalierly look down their noses towards taxpayers and place public unions far above private sector workers who must pay the taxes in order for those public union members to be paid.

Sharon Wylie is up for election this November. She continues to hide her positions on issues from voters.

Her opponent, Craig Riley lists his position on several matters of concern to us in the 49th, unashamed of where he stands.

If Democrats like Ms. Wylie cannot show solidarity with the struggling middle class taxpayer and instead only shows solidarity with public union workers, we need to vote her out in November.

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A Former Member of the Professional Planner Class Speaks Out on Parking Scandal, Light Rail, Fascism

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Guest blog by Richard Carson, former planner for Metro, Clark County, Oregon City and the State of Oregon
 
I find the whole Ellis McCoy parking scam story amazing. What is amazing is that I think the city of Portland is one of the most corrupt and nepotistic city governments in America and the residents are too stupid to realize it. Ellis McCoy is a person who inherited his well-paid position by virtue of the power of his father and mother. It is that simple. He was part of the Portland institution of giving people jobs that don’t deserve it on merit. People are given jobs based on nepotism.

I met once a month for some 10 years with Mayor Vera Katz. I was part of her Growth Management Committee. We met in the Rose Room to talk about the future of the city. When she left office, and at our last meeting, 


she asked me if I was going to apologize for my behavior. By that she meant that in those meetings I would speak up and say things were wrong.

In 2007, I was a finalist for the position of director the Bureau of Development Services. The day before the interview I withdrew. I told them that in all good conscience that I could not work for a person like Randy Leonard or for such a corrupt city. In all fairness, I did apply for the job. But at the end of the day, I just could not compromise my principles for more money.

You want examples?

  • It was wrong to build a light rail system the voters rejected twice. I personally like light rail. It is good to give those who can’t afford a car to have a great way to get around. But is wrong to ignore the voters and intentionally work around them. 
  • It is wrong to take the money from people paying for a essential service like water and use the money for ridiculous projects. 
  • It is wrong not to care about improving streets because you want to force people out of the cars. Anyone delusional enough to think that “Keep Portland Weird” is reality is wrong. Try a bumper sticker that says “Keep Portland Corrupt.”


I am now semi-retired and a doctorate student at Washington State University. My doctorate is in “organizational development” in the public sector. I have a Masters degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I also have been a public sector manager for over 30 years. I was Metro’s planning director and helped build the first regional solid waste management system, the first regional parks system (Greenspaces) and the first regional land use plan. I served under two Governors during the last recession (Atiyeh and Goldschmidt) and helped rebuild Oregon’s economy. So I dedicated my life to good government in Oregon.

Mayor Sam Adams said about this incident that “This is a city and a state that prides itself on, you know, clean government.” That is not true. These people are morally bankrupt ideologues. To say they are socialists would be to underestimate them. I am fine with socialists and capitalists. These people are fascists. They force you to do their bidding.

For the record, I never lived in the city of Portland or in Multnomah County because the politics were so corrupt. I left Oregon in 2000 and moved to Clark County, Washington. I did so because I could no longer stomach Oregon politics. I wanted a better school system for my daughters. I wanted to live in a place where there was real “clean government.”

An Oregonian reporter once called me the “contrarian planner.” He was right. In Oregon I never bought into the fascist belief system of the city of Portland or Multnomah County. So I moved on. And I am very happy I did. I live in the rural area on 21 acres; I have three horses, a John Deere tractor, a Dodge Ram truck and three miles of trails. It is a very good life, a good place to raise kids and light rail will never get here.

Richard Carson is a doctorate student at Washington State University. He is a former planning manager for the state of Oregon, Metro, Oregon City and Clark County Washington.

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A Note to Clackamas County Commissioners: We’re Watching

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We’ve seen the arrogance of power by elected officials on full display in Oregon and SW Washington recently.

Concerned citizens have been gaveled down in Clark County, ignored routinely in Multnomah County–there’s not even a pretense that conservatives should be represented by ANY elected official–and now citizens have been openly laughed at in Clackamas County.

Laughed at.

  Continue reading A Note to Clackamas County Commissioners: We’re Watching

More Wa. State Lawmakers Request Salary Cuts, But…

Since word was first received that state legislators in Olympia could voluntarily reduce their wage by 3%, matching the cut they voted in for many state workers, only one Republican was included in the initial 4 that signed on, Ann Rivers of the 18th legislative district.

Much has been said to claim Democrats, who slowly sign on to the wage cut in more numbers than Republicans are who actually care about taxpayers. On the surface, that claim appears true since it appears numbers wise, Democrats still outnumber Republicans in signing on to the measure.

Besides the fact that Democrats continue to hold the majority on both houses, outnumbering elected Republicans, two points have come out showing that Democrats really don’t care more for taxpayers in these economically depressed times.

Brad Shannon of the Olympia has a column appearing in Sunday’s Tacoma News Tribune, More state lawmakers request salary cuts.

Reading through the column, it is discovered,

“The dozen new House requests were filed by Republican Reps. Brad Klippert of Kennewick, Larry Haler of Richland, Susan Fagan of Pullman, Hans Zeiger of Sumner and Norma Smith of Clinton. The Democrats were Reps. Roger Goodman of Kirkland, who is running for Congress, David Frockt of Seattle, Ruth Kagi of Lake Forest Park, Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, Kathy Haigh of Shelton, Andy Billig of Spokane and appointee Sharon Wylie of Vancouver.”

Several members have said it was a matter of showing solidarity with public-sector workers whose pay has been cut to help close a $5 billion budget gap.”

Far from showing any concern for struggling taxpayers across the state, they wish only to show Solidarity with state public union workers who have been asked to share in the sacrifice. Where has their solidarity with private sector workers, many who have struggled and continue to struggle these last few years and still face high unemployment, wage cuts and higher taxes?

Democrat representative from the 49th legislative district Jim Moeller has no problem sticking each and every one of us with restrictive and burdensome taxes as he did with his now taxpayer repealed “candy tax.”

Showing even more disdain for the average taxpayer in Washington State, Jim Moeller is one of those Democrats who have signed on to the lawsuit to overturn “the Voice of the People” who voted for and passed I-1053, reinstating the 2/3 requirement to raise of impose new taxes that taxpayers have voted for numerous times, and Democrats vacate one way or the other.

Then, Jim has the audacity to accuse me, in yesterday’s John Laird column, in the comments, “promoting throwing out our own constitution here at home by changing it with an initiative!” He continues, “Perhaps you can start by recognizing OUR constitution first as the law of the land and a voice of the people and NOT just an inconvenience that can be tossed aside when it doesn’t fit your politics.”

Citizen initiative is written into our constitution at ARTICLE II SECTION 1, “LEGISLATIVE POWERS, WHERE VESTED. The legislative authority of the state of Washington shall be vested in the legislature, consisting of a senate and house of representatives, which shall be called the legislature of the state of Washington, but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose bills, laws, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislature, and also reserve power, at their own option, to approve or reject at the polls any act, item, section, or part of any bill, act, or law passed by the legislature.”
“(a) Initiative: The first power reserved by the people is the initiative….”

The “voice of the people” has repeatedly said they want a 2/3 majority requirement for raising or creating new taxes and Jim Moeller and several other Democrats have signed onto a lawsuit to thwart the “voice of the people.”

Moeller has also stated he will not ask for the wage cut, but claims he will donate that 3% to charity.

But, where has the concern or solidarity been towards the overall vast majority of taxpayers in the state? Why do these Democrats who now say they will accept the 3% cut “to show solidarity with public unions” continue to thumb their noses at private sector struggling taxpayers?

Also of concern and doesn’t bode well for elected lawmakers,

“Many lawmakers also said they hadn’t waived their pay sooner because they didn’t know about bill language that created a pay waiver form at www.salaries.wa.gov. SB 5860 passed 72-24 in the House and 36-10 in the Senate.”

They voted for it, passed it and now say they didn’t know what was in it? Sharon Wylie, appointed to replace Jim Jacks who walked out on constituents mid-session voted for that bill too and is finally among those who signed on to the cut.

Is she also one saying she did it to show solidarity with public unions over private sector taxpayers? Is she one who voted for the bill, not knowing what was in it?

The only way we will turn this state around is by replacing those who so cavalierly look down their noses towards taxpayers and place public unions far above private sector workers who must pay the taxes in order for those public union members to be paid.

Sharon Wylie is up for election this November. She continues to hide her positions on issues from voters.

Her opponent, Craig Riley lists his position on several matters of concern to us in the 49th, unashamed of where he stands.

If Democrats like Ms. Wylie cannot show solidarity with the struggling middle class taxpayer and instead only shows solidarity with public union workers, we need to vote her out in November.

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

A Former Member of the Professional Planner Class Speaks Out on Parking Scandal, Light Rail, Fascism

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Guest blog by Richard Carson, former planner for Metro, Clark County, Oregon City and the State of Oregon
 
I find the whole Ellis McCoy parking scam story amazing. What is amazing is that I think the city of Portland is one of the most corrupt and nepotistic city governments in America and the residents are too stupid to realize it. Ellis McCoy is a person who inherited his well-paid position by virtue of the power of his father and mother. It is that simple. He was part of the Portland institution of giving people jobs that don’t deserve it on merit. People are given jobs based on nepotism.

I met once a month for some 10 years with Mayor Vera Katz. I was part of her Growth Management Committee. We met in the Rose Room to talk about the future of the city. When she left office, and at our last meeting, 


she asked me if I was going to apologize for my behavior. By that she meant that in those meetings I would speak up and say things were wrong.

In 2007, I was a finalist for the position of director the Bureau of Development Services. The day before the interview I withdrew. I told them that in all good conscience that I could not work for a person like Randy Leonard or for such a corrupt city. In all fairness, I did apply for the job. But at the end of the day, I just could not compromise my principles for more money.

You want examples?

  • It was wrong to build a light rail system the voters rejected twice. I personally like light rail. It is good to give those who can’t afford a car to have a great way to get around. But is wrong to ignore the voters and intentionally work around them. 
  • It is wrong to take the money from people paying for a essential service like water and use the money for ridiculous projects. 
  • It is wrong not to care about improving streets because you want to force people out of the cars. Anyone delusional enough to think that “Keep Portland Weird” is reality is wrong. Try a bumper sticker that says “Keep Portland Corrupt.”


I am now semi-retired and a doctorate student at Washington State University. My doctorate is in “organizational development” in the public sector. I have a Masters degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I also have been a public sector manager for over 30 years. I was Metro’s planning director and helped build the first regional solid waste management system, the first regional parks system (Greenspaces) and the first regional land use plan. I served under two Governors during the last recession (Atiyeh and Goldschmidt) and helped rebuild Oregon’s economy. So I dedicated my life to good government in Oregon.

Mayor Sam Adams said about this incident that “This is a city and a state that prides itself on, you know, clean government.” That is not true. These people are morally bankrupt ideologues. To say they are socialists would be to underestimate them. I am fine with socialists and capitalists. These people are fascists. They force you to do their bidding.

For the record, I never lived in the city of Portland or in Multnomah County because the politics were so corrupt. I left Oregon in 2000 and moved to Clark County, Washington. I did so because I could no longer stomach Oregon politics. I wanted a better school system for my daughters. I wanted to live in a place where there was real “clean government.”

An Oregonian reporter once called me the “contrarian planner.” He was right. In Oregon I never bought into the fascist belief system of the city of Portland or Multnomah County. So I moved on. And I am very happy I did. I live in the rural area on 21 acres; I have three horses, a John Deere tractor, a Dodge Ram truck and three miles of trails. It is a very good life, a good place to raise kids and light rail will never get here.

Richard Carson is a doctorate student at Washington State University. He is a former planning manager for the state of Oregon, Metro, Oregon City and Clark County Washington.

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A Note to Clackamas County Commissioners: We’re Watching

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We’ve seen the arrogance of power by elected officials on full display in Oregon and SW Washington recently.

Concerned citizens have been gaveled down in Clark County, ignored routinely in Multnomah County–there’s not even a pretense that conservatives should be represented by ANY elected official–and now citizens have been openly laughed at in Clackamas County.

Laughed at.

  Continue reading A Note to Clackamas County Commissioners: We’re Watching

Union Goon Places Daughter in Front of an Oncoming Truck

Even children are not safe from union thuggery, especially ones own daughter.

WARNING! FOUL LANGUAGE!!

It appears union goons don’t believe we are still deep in the midst of a worsening economic recession. But, to place your own daughter in front of a truck and tell her to stay there while he walks off to berate others who most likely have been out of work for some time and wish to feed their own families is a bit ridiculous.

Keep it classy, unions.

H/T NJ.com

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