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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the People, who have… a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers. There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free ‘government’ ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among people.”

John Adams

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Planned Parenthood: shocking and disgusting, as usual.

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

Outrage over Planned Parenthood Christmas ‘gift’ cards

“Planned Parenthood, which in past years has promoted a “Choice on Earth” abortion campaign during the Christmas season, has a new outreach, offering Christmas gift certificates to be used for abortions.”

“According to the Lone Star Times, the nation’s leading player in the abortion industry is ‘celebrating the most important crisis pregnancy of all time by selling gift certificates, perfect for the woman who has everything but moral fiber … And it’s so much easier than finding the perfect ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ ornament.'”

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Google ‘censoring’ anti-Obama bloggers?

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

Google ‘censoring’ anti-Obama bloggers?

“Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs claims the search engine giant has banned her groundbreaking articles about Obama-a technique many people refer to as ‘sandboxing.'”


Hmm…Google, getting a head start on the Fairness Doctrine?  Look for more suppression of free speech as the Obama administration gets rolling–this guy can’t take criticism and the MSM (including Google, apparently) is going to continue to help him out.

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Socialism = “free” flip-flops

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

Britain to Supply Flip-Flops to Drunks Hobbling Home

“Partygoers who’ve lost their shoes or can’t make their way home safely in stilettos or platforms will receive the government-funded footwear as part of a program intended to reduce the impact of drunken behavior on the area’s police and emergency services, Inspector Adrian Leisk said.

Torbay, a seaside resort on England’s southwest coast, is popular with British vacationers and the waterfront can attract as many as 10,000 people on weekend nights over the summer, Leisk said. He added that the area gets ‘very, very vibrant.’

He said special policing teams already had been deployed to cut down on violent crime in the area, and that authorities were now focusing on mitigating the health impact of heavy drinking.

That includes deploying volunteers to stalk the streets handing out water bottles, advice and information on sexual health and alcohol use. It also includes giving flip-flops emblazoned with educational messages to partygoers who might be a little unsteady on their feet.”

Dare I say that for some people, waking up in the morning with a sprained ankle or glass shards embedded in the heel might serve as an important lesson?  The benevolent nanny state of Great Britain is not doing its subjects any favors by mitigating the consequences of stupidity.  America needs to pay attention to the example that Great Britain is setting for us.  Great Britain has traveled much further down the road of socialism that we have thus far and it is not working! 

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Chaos in India vs. chaos in America

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

TIMELINE-Attack on Mumbai

Mumbai Terror: Five Hostages Dead

“…firing has intensified at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel where commandos are battling another group of terrorists.

Sky’s India correspondent Alex Crawford, who is within yards of the hotel, says gunshots and grenades are being fired inside and outside the building.

‘The gunfire appears to be coming from the window of the second floor. They (the attackers) are really going for it this time to show they really mean business,’ she said.”

“Commandos involved in the operation have described the terrorists as ‘showing no remorse, firing at anyone who moves.’

With his face disguised by a scarf and sunglasses, one commando said he had seen around 50 dead bodies in the building and explosives capable of causing ‘major damage.’

The wave of terror attacks began more than 36 hours earlier after small groups of militants, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, entered the city by boat and fanned out.”

“Several British survivors have been speaking of their shock as they return home.

Joey Jeetun was in a cafe when a group of gunmen stormed in, pushed him to the ground and told him to ‘stay down.’

He said: ‘I could hear people shouting and screaming. Straight after there was blood everywhere. My friend had got shot in the leg and everyone else around me was getting hit, some shot in the head.'”

Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede

“A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.”

If these stories don’t highlight how trivial our daily lives in America can become (if we allow it), I don’t know what would.  I have nothing but gratitude for the standard of living that we enjoy today but the terror attacks in Mumbai should serve as a reminder to Americans.  Our society tends to take for granted the wealth and security that makes it possible for some of us to spend the day after Thanksgiving wrestling over an X-Box 360 or a FurReal Friend.  This Wal-Mart worker lost his life in the name of Christmas bargains and people in Mumbai are living a nightmare.  Thankful and sad at the same time; that pretty much sums it up for me today.

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When is it going to be enough?

Posted by Liberty on November 26, 2008

WA cities can add $20 car tab fee

“Olympia might be the first city in Washington to use a state law that allows a $20 fee on vehicle registrations without a public vote.”

Property taxes, sales taxes, sin taxes, fuel taxes, fees, fines, licenses…when are the people of Washington State going to finally say, “NO MORE!”  If memory serves, Washington voters passed an initiative limiting vehicle tabs to $30.00.  The arrogance of government bureaucrats is simply appalling.

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Two classic Thanksgiving editorials from the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Liberty on November 26, 2008

The Desolate Wilderness

The Wall Street Journal has published this same editorial before Thanksgiving every year since 1961.  Our standard of living is so high and our modern life so comfortable that it is easy to forget the hardships faced by our forefathers.  The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in September of 1620 and came ashore in December.  At least half of their colony died during that first harsh winter. 

“Having settled in a relatively poor region, and lacking the excellent natural harbor of Boston, the Pilgrims never developed the fishing or trading business of their counterparts.  But the Pilgrims rightly hold a place of high esteem in American history, largely because unlike the Virginia settlers, the Separatists braved the dangers and uncertainties of the voyage and settlement in the New World solely in the name of their Christian faith.”

From A Patriot’s History of the United States  [pg. 28]; Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen

The Wall Street Journal has also published another Thanksgiving editorial since 1961. 

And the Fair Land

“Any one whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.”

These two beautifully written editorials may just be the antidote for the gray days of this November.  Let us not forget that even in times of economic uncertainty, America is still the best country on Earth.  And for that, let us be grateful.

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Queen Christine’s one-gal budget oversight committee

Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008

After letting my thoughts on the Washington State budget crisis gel for awhile, I decided it was about time to e-mail my ideas to Governor Gregoire.  Here is what I sent:

Dear Governor,
In light of the looming budget deficit, here are some ideas for saving money.
*Make sure only people who are legal US citizens and Washington State residents receive state benefits.
*Provide services and documents in English, not 15 different languages.
*Remove the requirement that road projects include art.
*Auction the sculpted salmon currently over I-90.
*Remove state mandates on health insurance so that health insurance would be more affordable, thus reducing the need for state coverage.  People are smart enough to purchase plans that cover what they want–they don’t need the legislature to tell them that their plans have to cover mental health, accupuncture, birth control, etc.
*Get rid of the poet laureate program.
*Streamline adoption–make it faster, less expensive and easier–to get kids out of state care.
*Continue with performance audits so we will find out where waste and abuse are occurring.
*Renegotiate gaming contracts with Indian tribes to include revenue sharing with the state.
*Pay teachers based on merit, not the number of degrees they have or their tenure.
*Disband public employee unions, including the WEA.
*Eliminate ethnic commissions such as Washington Commission on African American Affairs.  Such commissions are really unnecessary and the services they provide are probably redundant. 
*Focus on easing the burden for the taxpayers, rather than providing more redistributionist programs.  Give people back more of their own money.
*Keep your promise not to institute a state income tax.  It will stifle growth, punish productivity and give already over-taxed people one more reason to get the hell out of Washington!

Very sincerely,


Conservative blogger extraordinaire

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America’s future?

Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008

Pre-Budget report: National Insurance rise adds to high earners’ woes

Some British taxpayers will soon have up to 61% income tax rates.

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Budget cutting ideas for Washington from Crosscut

Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008

Two ways to make deep cuts in government services

Some interesting ideas in the article and comments.  Will the State of Washington (or municipalities) ever make meaningful cuts?  Probably not.

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NTSB to Washington State: combat DUI’s with sobriety checkpoints

Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008

State DUI policies criticized

“An NTSB review puts Washington among the 25 states that have not made changes to combat drunken driving that the federal safety board has recommended.”

“Chief among the NTSB complaints against Washington is the state’s reluctance to allow police to conduct sobriety checkpoints.

In states where such checkpoints are allowed, police stop all cars on a road to check to for drunken drivers.

Washington’s checkpoint law was struck down as unconstitutional in the late 1980s, and the state does not use them.”

And…a companion story from Goskagit:

Man with 14 DUI arrests gets 20 months

Let me get this straight.  The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board aka THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT) is telling Washington State that sobriety checkpoints are the way to combat drunk driving?!  Screw the Washington State Constitution.  What about people like 46 year old Aaron Bridge (Mister 14 DUI’s) who was recently sentenced to 20 months by Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan Cook? 

“Cook sentenced Bridge to 20 months in prison, the maximum under his sentencing range.

‘All we can do is incarcerate him for 20 months, and those are 20 months he won’t be on the road,’ said Sloan Johnson, of the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

This was Bridge’s first felony DUI. A state law, which went into effect in July 2007, makes a defendant’s fifth DUI offense within the past 10 years a felony.

Johnson said people like Bridge are exactly why legislators passed the law. But, he said, the law has some kinks that need to be worked out. One such kink would be allowing a judge to sentence Bridge to more prison time, he said.”

Exactly!  Our felony DUI law is one baby step in the right direction but its efficacy is limited by the sentencing guidelines.  There are a lot of chronic offenders out there with multiple DUI’s.  Isn’t it obvious that we should crack down on the people that we KNOW are driving drunk before we go out looking for people who MIGHT be?

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Don’t get used to cheap gas

Posted by Liberty on November 24, 2008

Lawsuits Stop Offshore Drilling in Its Tracks

“Oil and gas companies appeared to score an all-out victory over the summer when President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling and congressional Democrats let a moratorium expire soon after. But those who think nothing stands between oil rigs and the outer continental shelf are dead wrong.”

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Obama team promotes [government] job plan

Posted by Liberty on November 24, 2008

Obama team promotes job plan

“The emphasis on the economy began Saturday when Obama outlined the framework of a plan to save or create 2.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. The scope of the recovery package is far more ambitious than what Obama had spelled out during his presidential campaign, when he proposed $175 billion of spending and tax-cutting stimulus. The new one will be significantly larger and would incorporate his campaign ideas for new jobs in environmentally friendly technologies – the ‘green economy.’ It also would include his proposals for tax relief for middle- and lower-income workers.”

Obama Proposes Big Stimulus Package, Tax Increases on Wealthy

“President-elect Barack Obama unveiled key elements of his blueprint for turning around the economy — and the team tasked with making it work — including a massive stimulus package and tax cuts for a ‘vast majority’ of Americans paid for by the nation’s ‘wealthiest.'” 

Obama’s socialist “job creation” plan will include thousands of make-work, FDR-style government jobs on road and infrastructure projects.  Instead of reviving the economy, his plan will only serve to empower and enrich entrenched bureaucrats and unions.  The only way to successfully fight this recession will be to empower and enrich private industry, not expand the least productive sector of modern society–government.

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The case for keeping Guantanamo open: Thomas Joscelyn in The Weekly Standard

Posted by Liberty on November 24, 2008

Clear and Present Danger

Terrifying, to think that the Islamic terrorists incarcerated in Guantanamo could potentially be given lawyers and trials.

“The most dangerous men currently incarcerated at Guantánamo are the 14 ‘high value’ detainees. The Bush administration gave them this designation because they are uniquely lethal, having planned and participated in the most devastating terrorist attacks in history. Their collective dossier includes, among other attacks, 9/11, the American embassy bombings (August 7, 1998), the USS Cole bombing (October 12, 2000), and the Bali bombings (October 12, 2002). They are responsible for murdering thousands of civilians around the globe, from the eastern United States to Southeast Asia. Had they not been captured, they surely would have murdered thousands more.”

“It is not clear from the early press reports whether the Obama administration will continue preventive detention in any form. Some accounts suggest that the president-elect wants to abandon it entirely, rather than reforming it. During the campaign, Obama said he wanted to return to the way we did things in the 1990s, when terrorists were put on trial after the fact. ‘And, you know, let’s take the example of Guantánamo,’ Obama said. ‘What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks-for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center-we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated.’

This is not true. The chief bomb designer for the 1993 strike on the World Trade Center, Ramzi Yousef, was eventually detained years after the attack and was then convicted, and imprisoned. But the man who mixed the chemicals for the bomb, Abdul Rahman Yasin, is still at large, having fled to Saddam’s Iraq shortly after the bomb left a crater several stories deep in southern Manhattan. More important, Obama’s comment misses the fundamental lesson of 9/11. The successful prosecution of some of those responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing, as worthwhile as it was, did little to disrupt the broader terrorist network, which grew exponentially between 1993 and 2001. The best evidence of this is the fact that Ramzi Yousef’s uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (“KSM”), continued to operate unmolested long after his nephew was confined at a maximum security prison in Colorado.”

“KSM and Khan were not the only high value detainees to give up crucial, life-saving details during their interrogations. In March 2002, Abu Zubaydah was captured at his safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan. In At the Center of the Storm, Tenet says that Zubaydah unwittingly gave up information that led to the capture of Ramzi Binalshibh on September 11, 2002. At the time, Binalshibh was plotting an attack on Heathrow Airport in London. At least several of the detainees at Guantánamo were captured along with Zubaydah at his safe house in 2002, and they too were involved in al Qaeda’s post-9/11 plotting. For example, Zubaydah intended to use one of them in an attack on Israel.

The greatest success of the Bush administration is that it stopped all of this, and more, from happening. The continental United States was under attack from an enemy unlike any other this nation has ever faced. There was no easy legal precedent or historical analogy. In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration had to make up new rules as it went along. Critics are free to charge that the administration went too far. But the Obama administration may rapidly discover that treating the terrorist threat like any other matter in federal court, as candidate Obama proposed, is not only unrealistic but also dangerous.”

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Mayor Greg Nickels: ideology before common sense

Posted by Liberty on November 24, 2008

Nickels expects December start to city gun ban

The Seattle P-I has confirmed that Seattle’s anti-gun activist mayor will go forward with his plan to ban all concealed weapons on city property.  The Washington State attorney general has told Nickels that his rule would violate state law but Nickels doesn’t care.  This rule will certainly be challenged by gun rights supporters.  How much tax money will Nickels waste defending this rule that has already been deemed illegal?  And will this damage his re-election hopes?  Sadly enough, behind  the deep blue iron curtain of Seattle, probably not.  If you have an opinion on this subject, you can submit it to the City of Seattle at

The Puget Sound region experienced a particularly bloody weekend with eleven people shot.  No surprise–most of the incidents are thought to be gang related.  Will Nickels advocate gang-banger control?  Probably not.  Will he take advantage of the recent violence to advance his anti-Second Amendment agenda by placing more restriction on law-abiding citizens?  You can bet on it.

11 shot, one stabbed; three dead, no arrests

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The sham of sex harassment training

Posted by Liberty on November 23, 2008

The sham of sex harassment training

“Four years ago, the governor signed Assembly Bill 1825 into law, requiring all California employers with more than 50 people to provide sexual harassment training for each of their employees. The University of California raised no objection and submitted to its authority.

But I didn’t. I am a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine, and I have consistently refused, on principle, to participate in the sexual harassment training that the state and my employers seem to think is so important.”

I heard a radio interview with this professor this week.  So rare to find someone really willing to stand against political correctness.

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Didn’t I call this one?

Posted by Liberty on November 23, 2008

Obamas Pick Sidwell Friends School for Daughters

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A timely quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” 

Ronald Reagan

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WSJ Commentary on the mythical uninsured

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

What Do We Really Know About the Uninsured?

William Snyder points out some interesting facts that are being left out of the socialized medicine debate.  For instance:

“Many Americans believe that the uninsured are too poor to purchase coverage and that government programs aren’t available to them. But a study published in Health Affairs in November 2006 estimated that 25% of the uninsured were in fact eligible for public coverage, and another 20% probably could afford coverage on their own. If we apply those percentages to today’s uninsured population, roughly 25 million people would need assistance in order to get health insurance.”

“A study published by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) in April 2000 found that, of the uninsured California residents whose household income was at least twice the poverty level, 50% (about 1.3 million) had received care in the last year for which they were charged, and another 8% had received care for which they weren’t charged. The study also found that 89% of these people were either somewhat or very satisfied with the care they received, and that only 15% went to the emergency room versus a doctor’s office or clinic when they got sick.

Another recent study, published in Health Affairs in August, had similar findings, and estimated that uninsured Americans will receive $86 billion worth of health care in 2008.”

“These two studies also provide evidence that disputes the free-rider myth. The CHCF study found that of the 1.3 million uninsured who received care for which they were charged, 80% had paid for it, and almost half of the remaining 20% were paying in installments. The study published in Health Affairs estimated that the uninsured would pay for $30 billion of their health-care costs this year — more than one-third — out of pocket.”

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Does Obama understand how Joe the Plumber feels now?

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

Obama’s Cellphone Account Breached by Verizon Employees

Breaches in security like this are completely unacceptable.  That said, where was the righteous mainstream media outrage when Joe the Plumber was given a full-on anal exam by government bureaucrats?!  Why is it right to spread the wealth around but not the indignation?

Inspector general rules: Ohio agencies snooped improperly on Joe the Plumber

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The U.K.’s socialized medical system–childrens’ hospitals “worse than the developing world”

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

Scandal of care at top children’s hospital

“Treatment at one of Britain’s leading children‘s hospitals is worse than that in the developing world, according to a damning doctors’ report uncovered by The Observer which also reveals how parents are “told lies” to cover up sub-standard care.”

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As heard on Rush Limbaugh’s Open Line Friday this morning

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

Jennifer James of the L.A. Times Kids’ Reading Room Page called in to Rush today to talk about learning the true story of Thanksgiving as an elementary school-er.  She told how her teacher taught that the Pilgrims’ initial strategy of collectivism was a failure.  Prosperity only came to the Pilgrims after Governor William Bradford made the decision to allow private ownership of property and encourage free enterprise.  Instead of growing food to maintain a common supply for the entire colony, each family was given the responsibility of producing for their own families’ well-being.  Bradford was wise enough to know that people need the incentive of keeping the fruits of their labor, not spreading the wealth around.  Jennifer has written a brief kids’ story about this on the Reading Room Homepage. 

“Giving Thanks”

Thank you, Jennifer, for doing your part to set the record straight for kids.  Thank you for providing a little bit of balance on the subject of Thanksgiving.  The public schools focus on the idea that the Indians were the ones who saved the Pilgrims from starvation and were repaid by having their land stolen and their populations decimated by European diseases.  There are probably some kids out there who think that the traditional Thanksgiving dinner came about because the Pilgrims wanted to show their appreciation to the Indians.  Wrong!  The Pilgrims were Christians (can they even mention that in school anymore?) and they feasted in Thanksgiving to God for the gifts that He had bestowed upon them.  Their dinner was a celebration of the bounty that they were able to produce with the abilities and resources that the Lord had provided.  It wasn’t about Squanto showing them how to grow corn–it was a way for them to worship God and show Him their gratitude.  How fundamentally American–to start at rock bottom, take responsibility for your destiny, work for the betterment of yourself and your family and eventually, enjoy the bounty of your labor while giving thanks to God!

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From “The Fix”: One author’s analysis of the GOP bench

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

The Friday Line: Ten Republicans To Watch

In the spirit of GOP renewal, here’s Chris Cillizza’s top picks.  There are names any avid politico will will recognize like Lousiana governor Bobby Jindal and former presidential candidate & Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney but Cillizza has also included a couple of lesser known’s like Steve Poizner and John Huntsman Jr.  I’m encouraged by a couple of these choices and I highly recommend taking a look at Mr. Cillizza’s list.  I’ll leave you with one quote from Mister #6, Mark Sanford, South Carolina governor and newly elected chair of the Republican Governor’s Association.

“Some on the left will say our electoral losses are a repudiation of our principles of lower taxes, smaller government and individual liberty,” wrote Sanford in an op-ed piece for “But Tuesday was not in fact a rejection of those principles — it was a rejection of Republicans’ failure to live up to those principles.”

This next generation of Republicans just might get it!

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Al Franken is challenging what?

Posted by Liberty on November 20, 2008


This is one of the ballots that Al Franken is challenging in the Minnesota Senate Race.  Read about it in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune’s Whistleblower Blog here.

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Washington’s Democrat legislators express shock at $5 billion budget shortfall

Posted by Liberty on November 20, 2008

$5 billion budget gap means Washington faces painful cuts

“‘We knew it was going to be awful. But it was more horrible than we were talking about,’ said Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Margarita Prentice, D-Renton.”

Margarita, it’s been primarily your party that’s been spending millions and millions of the people’s money.  How can you be surprised–don’t you remember all of the spending increases that have happened lately?  According to this Seattle Times story,

“State spending has increased by $8 billion since Gregoire was elected governor in 2004. Half of that money, around $4 billion, was spent on public schools and higher education. The current two-year general-fund budget is $33.6 billion.”

Also, Washington has 852 laws archived between 01/01/07 and 11/20/08.  I clicked through quite a few pages of these laws and they were all marked as passed and signed.  Our wallets would be a lot safer if the first thing that Washington State furloughed was the legislature.  Also, Washington Republicans, I don’t see that there was a lot of conscientious opposition to many of these bills.  Even though you are severely outnumbered, we still need you to attempt to hold the line on spending, redistribution of wealth and the loss of our liberties.

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