Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
The Chicago-style backroom deals that have been done over the healthcare bill, and have become the hallmark of the Obama adminstration, are enough to make you lose permanent faith in honest and transparent government. Meanwhile, here at home, taking its cue from the "leadership" being shown on this issue in other Washington, the Democrat-controlled State Legislature blatantly introduced in your face legislation to undo the will of the people — Senate Bill 6843 — which negates Initiative 960.
I-960 forced our legislators to reveal how much new legislation would actually cost the taxpayers. Last year, under I-960, we learned that some proposed bills were shown to cost billions. The bottom line is, while some of that legislation sounded really nice, we didn’t have billions to spend. Once the actual cost was attached to a bill as required by I-960, it often — and rightly — failed. If Senate Bill 6843 becomes law, that kind of transparency will be gone forever.
I-960 also required a two-thirds vote in the Legislature — or a simple majority vote of the Legislature along with a vote of the people — to increase taxes. In other words, we demanded the legislature live within our means! Through blatantly arrogant political maneuvering, legislators are now trying to ram this bill down our throats without allowing we taxpayers to even read the bill, or comment on it.
The legislature's absolute arrogance in flaunting our will is appalling beyond belief.
Supporters of the bill whine and carp about how Tim Eyman has done our state irreparable financial harm. However, in my view at least, if the legislature cared about what the taxpayers actually think or want, Eyman wouldn't be a factor in their lives. The bottom line is, if SB 6843 bill passes, you can bet there will be a continuing series of large tax increases for all of us, while giving the legislature the ability to spend without restraint or oversight, as our state continues down the road to permanent insolvency.
Finally, just remember, the entire state legislature is up for re-election in November.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
In a survey of 500 registered voters in Washington done on Jan. 24-25, 45 percent of the respondents said they would vote for Rossi, who twice lost the election for governor — the first time in a highly contested 2004 election considered by many to this day to have been fraudulent.
Forty-three percent said they would vote for three-term incumbent Patty Murray, while nine percent were undecided. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Moore added that the poll is a snap shop in time of the voters' mood — which right now appears to have some dark clouds on the horizon for many Democratic incumbents. Asked which party's candidate they would vote for in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives, voters were evenly split at 35-35 between Democrats and Republicans. The rest were undecided.
"The last time I saw these kinds of numbers was back in 1994" when Republicans took control of Congress, Moore was quoted a saying in a published report. "Democrats are not as popular as they were in 2008 and the Republicans have a real chance to pick up some seats."
In spite of the closeness of the poll, Rossi claims he isn't running — but he didn't exactly slam the door shut either.
Asked if the poll results, coupled with the current political climate would tempt him to mount a political comeback, Rossi gave his usual semi-denial: "I never said I would never run again for public office."