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Stimulating the destruction of health care as we know it.

Posted by Liberty on February 10, 2009

Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey

The Senate is poised to pass Obama’s massive “socialize America” stimulus plan.  Thanks to human jellyfish pseudo Republicans like Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, news blips everywhere will praise the bill’s passing as “bipartisan.”  The unfortunate thing is that there is policy buried in this stimulus that will change the course of our society as we know it. 

Most people don’t even have a clue–they’ve bought the Obama bill of goods that the stimulus will build roads and schools.  Obama has done this country a major disservice by doing his best to shut down discussion on this bill.  If there had been a more honest, open debate, perhaps more people would know about the back-door transition to socialized medicine that’s been included under the guise of improving our economy.  Here I reference a piece that was published yesterday on Bloomberg.com.  Betsy McCaughey has done the work that the celebutard pre-occupied main stream media has refused to do.  Debate rages about Jessica Simpson’s weight gain, Alex Rodriguez’s steriod use and whether or not some R&B artist beat up his girlfriend when it should be focused on the fraud being perpetrated upon us all.  The numbers included in the quotes I’ve pulled from Ms. McCaughey’s article are the page numbers in the  H.R. 1 EH, pdf version.

“The bill’s health rules will affect ‘every individual in the United States’ (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and ‘guide’ your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what [Tom] Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and ‘learn to operate less like solo practitioners.’”

I don’t know about you but I trust my doctor.  That’s why I go to her instead of down to the DMV when I need medical care.  If you’re wondering what exactly it means to have the federal government “guide” your doctor’s decisions, read on.

 

“Hospitals and doctors that are not ‘meaningful users’ of the new system will face penalties.  ‘Meaningful user’ isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose ‘more stringent measures of meaningful use over time’ (511, 518, 540-541).

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the ‘tough’ decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept ‘hopeless diagnoses’ and ‘forgo experimental treatments,’ and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.”

Is this what you want?  To accept a “hopeless diagnosis” like a European?  To just give up?  What about hope?  Isn’t hope the very thing we’re supposed to have now that Obama has been elected?

“Daschle says health-care reform ‘will not be pain free.’ Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.”

Quick, can somebody tell me who the AARP endorsed in the 2008 Presidential election?

The hypocrisy here is simply appalling.  These same “compassionate” liberals that don’t believe in killing terrorists and think that every child should start the day with taxpayer-funded Lucky Charms are implementing policy that will deny medical treatments for the elderly.  How long is it going to be before the doctor approaches the family gathered around dear old aunt Mary’s bedside and says, “The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research says there’s nothing more we can do.  I think it’s time to put her down.”

“If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. ‘If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,’ he said. ‘The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.'”

Arrogance!  Unbelievable arrogance!  Not only does Daschle think that he is above paying taxes, he believes you should not have a say on the implementation of socialized medicine.  Don’t comfort yourself for a second by thinking that at least Daschle has withdrawn his nomination.  That isn’t going to slow this plan down in the least.  The Senate is scheduled to vote today.  You can still call them.

Update, 11:22 am

The bill passed.  Our only hope for stopping this is in the conference committee now.  I thought of two things since I originally posted this morning.  Liberals whipped themselves into a hysteria over the Bush administration’s wire taps on suspected terrorists.  Civil libertarians were absolutely crazed over it.  Do you think they’ll have a problem with a federal bureaucracy over-seeing our health care? 

Also, what about the “my body, my choicer’s?”  They want choice when it comes to killing babies and under Obama’s plan, that’s one option that will probably always be there.  But what will your choices be when the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research dictates your treatment for diabetes, arthritis, kidney stones or any other condition to your doctor?  Why is it important for you to have the choice to kill babies but not to choose what course of treatment is best for cancer, MS or neo-natal care?

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Washington State legislature and out of control taxation: will the family farms survive?

Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009

Ag legislator sends out alert about proposed B&O tax

“A bill that would require Washington state farmers to pay the business-and-occupation tax if their gross income is more than $200,000 was sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday, Feb. 6.”

You read that right–gross income.  I don’t know how many of my readers know much about agriculture but I know a little.  You would certainly not get the full picture by looking only at a farm’s gross income.  Farmers face a lot of variables–the cost of inputs like seed, fuel and fertilizer; labor costs; the cost to upgrade and replace machinery.  [For those of you not familiar with how expensive that can be, here’s a little comparison.  For the cost of a new John Deere combine, which a good sized wheat farm may use for a month out of the year, you could buy a decent house.  And you could use it all year long.] 

For a lot of farms, gross income probably looks pretty good.  And then the farmer gets to pay the bills.  There’s no guarantee that those bills won’t be as much or more than the gross income.  And that’s without the state of Washington with their hand out for B&O tax. 

“The bill completely or partially repeals seven deductions or exemptions, according to a recent tax alert sent out by Rep. Mark Schoesler, R- Ritzville, ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and also a member of the Ways & Means Committee.

”This is such a step backwards from what we’ve been trying to do,’ Schoessler said in an interview Friday, Feb. 6, with the Capital Press. ‘We knew people would be looking for money under every rock but we didn’t expect this shot across the bow so soon.’

Schoessler refers to the tax as the ‘most mean regressive tax’ that can be put on agriculture.

Pointing to the $200,000 threshold, Schoesler said that it wouldn’t even take a circle of potatoes in the Columbia Basin to hit that threshold.

‘And yet there’s no guarantee about profits,’ Schoesler said. Farmers also face high levels of expenses to plant, care for and harvest their crops.

Schoesler, an Eastern Washington farmer and rancher, aid that a gross income of $200,000 is right about where many farming operations become commercial and full-time.

‘This tax could spell trouble for farms that have been struggling and discourage smaller farms from expanding,’ he said.

Schoesler said is that a farmer grossing more than $200,000 could, because of expenses, earn barely enough to avoid qualifying for food stamps, free school lunches, or subsidized children’s health care. Yet that same farmer would have to pay the business-and-occupation tax if the bill becomes law.

The bill number is SB 5911.  The toll free phone number for the Washington State Legislature is 1-800-562-6000.  If you’re so inclined, give your legislator a call and let them know that spending is the problem.  Not revenue.  And give the farmers a break.  Whether or not those liberal Democrats from big city districts in Western Washington understand this or not, agriculture is a vital part of our economy.  Farmers have plenty of economic factors working against them.  Our state government needs to help facilitate the growth of all kinds of businesses, not kill them through punitive taxes.

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Dear old Nancy, then and now. What does the future hold for bipartisanship?

Posted by Liberty on February 7, 2009

Nancy Pelosi, quoted in an October 28, 2008 KGO-TV article:

“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there.  But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.”

From a November 6, 2008 Boston Globe article:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday pledged that the Democratic-controlled Congress would take a bipartisan approach in working with the incoming Obama administration, saying Democrats need to ‘govern from the middle’to accomplish an ambitious agenda on the economy, energy independence, and healthcare.”

Speaking of the immigration bill in an interview with Al Hunt, re-printed on Real Clear Politics June 15, 2007:

“…we’ll work together in a bipartisan way. This bill affects too many people over a long period of time. We want it to be bipartisan and comprehensive.”

From The Politico, February 6, 2009:

“In a statement sure to rile Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday dismissed calls for bipartisanship as ‘process’ arguments extraneous to passing a stimulus bill — and warned Senate Democrats against slashing proposed increases to education spending.

Pelosi — speaking to reporters on the second day of her retreat with House Democrats at a swank Williamsburg, Va., golf resort — was clearly annoyed with Senate attempts to slash up to $100 billion in spending from the $819 billion package the House passed last week.

At the same time, she urged the need for speed in passing the package — and stopped short of saying that she’d insist on her demands during upcoming conference negotiations with the Senate.

‘Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,’ the California Democrat said, seeming to sweep aside the Obama administration initial desire to have broad GOP support for the plan.”

Democrats only like bipartisanship when Republicans cross the lines and vote like Democrats!  They like to pretend that they’re just naturally more open-minded and cooperative [ie. bipartisan] than Republicans but it’s a myth.  The word “bipartisan” has become misconstrued to mean “Democrats getting their own way.” 

I say, it’s time to chuck the concept of bipartisanship.  Our elected Republicans [with the notable exceptions of Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter] should be reveling in their new-found strength and mentally deleting the word “bipartisan” from their vocabularies.

I appreciate how the majority of Republicans in the Senate have hung together in opposing this shameful pork-packed “stimulus” bill.  If the stimulus is such a great and necessary piece of legislation as the Democrats claim, why don’t they just pass it themselves and get it over with?  They have the votes, especially with human jellyfish pseudo-Republicans like Snowe, Collins and Specter on their side.  Better yet, why don’t they write it up as an Executive Order and Obama can just sign it all into law with a stroke of his mighty pen?  [Picture this…Obama signs the Executive Order to socialize…I mean, “stimulate” the economy and then he turns to Greg Craig to ask what exactly is in the bill.]

The answer is, of course, that the Democrats don’t want to own the consequences of this massive spending plan.  They don’t want the American people to blame them when the economy gets worse instead of better.  They don’t want the electoral consequences when the voters figure out that the stimulus has less to do with fixing the economy and more to do with paying off Democrat supporters like unions, bureaucrats, community organizers and abortionists.

Republicans have probably had about as much influence as they will get over what goes into this bill and how much is spent.  The only thing to do now is to take a principled stand against the stimulus.  We’re going to lose this argument but at least we can go down fighting.

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A pattern of arrogance

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Husband’s Taxes Delay Solis’s Hearing

“U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis’s nomination to lead the Labor Department was sidetracked Thursday by the disclosure that her husband paid $6,400 Wednesday to settle tax liens outstanding against his auto-repair business.”

Hilda Solis is the fourth Obama appointee to have tax issues.  We’re seeing a real pattern of arrogance in the people that Obama is choosing.  Are they all just above the law, or what?

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Senator Debbie Stabenow favors silencing Conservative dissent…because she knows liberalism is an inferior philosophy and it can not withstand scrutiny

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine

Michael Calderone’s Blog on The Politico has a brief summary of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow’s conversation on Bill Press’s radio show.  Press asks Senator Stabenow if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.  Here is her response:

“I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.”

I was under the impression that Senators take some kind of oath about protecting the Constitution.  This woman clearly has no understanding of the real intent of the First Amendment.  It specifically protects political speech, even political speech that the Democratic majority finds offensive.  The Fairness Doctrine was morally wrong and unconstitutional when it was first imposed and it would be morally wrong and unconstitutional today.  The ability to speak freely in the arena of political debate is fundamental to America.  American political writers like Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams fueled the Revolution by informing and energizing the masses.  Today, Conservatives count on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram and others on talk radio to perform the same Constitutionally-protected function.

I have always found it interesting that liberals that push for the Fairness Doctrine only target talk radio, which is largely Conservative.  Senator Stabenow, will your “standards” and “accountability” version of the Fairness Doctrine also apply to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The Seattle Times and other newspapers?  What about Time, People, US Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair…do I need to go on?  What about network news on ABC, NBC, CBS?  Where in the hell is the fairness on those networks?  How about cable news on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, etc?  Are you going to require the Daily Kos to also publish Ann Coulter?  Mark Steyn on Huffington Post?  Don’t you see the hypocrisy in targeting only one type of media…the one type of media that is known for political views that you don’t like? 

Michael Calderone also points out one tiny little conflict of interest that Senator Stabenow has on this subject.  Stabenow is the wife of Tom Athans, who is a liberal talk radio executive.  Liberal talk radio is a colossal failure–perhaps Stabenow is still a little bitter.  Oh, and didn’t Hillary Clinton talk at some point during the Bush administration about how dissent and disagreement is patriotic?  Don’t be unpatriotic, Senator Stabenow!

Even intellectually honest liberals should admit that granting the government the right to shut down political dissent is a dangerous thing.  If you’d like to contact Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, her direct phone number is 202-224-4822.  E-mail at http://stabenow.senate.gov/.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only Senator with censorship on her agenda.  The main Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  The main House switchboard number is 202-225-3121.

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Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray: check your voicemail, will ya?

Posted by Liberty on February 5, 2009

I intended to post this reminder earlier this morning but I wanted to make sure that I practiced what I preach first.  Whether it’s a futile gesture or not, you need to call your Senators [for Washington, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray] to let them know your opinion of the Capitalism-killing pork plan that they’re currently debating. 

You can reach the main Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Find your Senator’s direct line here.

Maria Cantwell’s direct phone number is 202-224-3441.

Patty Murray’s direct phone number is 202-224-2621.

As of about an hour ago, nobody answered either of those numbers.  My call went to voicemail for both Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.  And both voicemail boxes were completely full.

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Here’s a thought? How about capping salaries & benefits for bureaucrats?

Posted by Liberty on February 5, 2009

Executive pay cap could have unintended consequences

“By limiting annual pay to $500,000 and dishing out additional pay in restricted stock that can’t be cashed in until the government bailout money is paid back, a host of unintended consequences may result, ranging from a brain drain of top talent to a potentially less-generous approach to paying employees at other financial firms.”

Obama Lays Out Limits on Executive Pay

“The plan, which represents the most aggressive assault on executive pay by federal officials, includes salary caps of $500,000 for top executives at firms that accept ‘extraordinary assistance’ from the government.

It also restricts severance packages, known as ‘golden parachutes,’ for dismissed executives and requires the disclosure of policies on so-called luxury spending on things such as holiday parties, corporate jets and office renovations.”

The President has spoken.  He has waved his magic wand and limited how much money an executive can earn.  I would say, this is a good example why businesses should not accept government money.  [Although, some of those banks were strong-armed into accepting bail-out money just as strong-armed into making loans to uncreditworthy borrowers.]  A government with the power to give also has the power to take away.

So, here’s what I think.  What’s good for Wall Street ought to be good for all of those bureaucrats in D.C. and beyond.  How about some salary and benefit caps for people working for the government?

Oh, and by the way:

Obama’s Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free

“America’s CEOs are coming under fire these days not just for their hefty salaries but also for their use of private jets, limos with drivers and free trips to posh resorts.

But they aren’t alone in living this lavish lifestyle — the president of United States gets all these perks and more.

And unlike some of his Cabinet appointments, he doesn’t have to pay taxes on these benefits.

It might be a bit of a stretch to compare today’s corporate titans with the commander in chief, but some Wall Street bloggers clearly upset with President Obama’s attempts to rein in executive pay are doing just that.”

Interesting perspective coming from ABC news!

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An Obama appointee with integrity–she’s withdrawing!

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

Performance Czar Killefer Withdraws Candidacy

I’m experiencing that feeling of deja vu this morning.  Yet another Obama appointee has tax issues!  Wow!  Let me predict what is going to be said about performance czarina Nancy Killefer’s tax problem.  “It was an honest mistake.”  Or perhaps, “She had a little glitch with her Turbo Tax.” 

“Ms. Killefer, 55 years old, failed to pay employment taxes on household help for a year and a half, the Associated Press reported. In 2005, the AP said, the District of Columbia filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay the unemployment compensation tax. The error was resolved five months later.”

Oh…the old employment taxes on the household help.  Well, we’ve all had that problem, right?  I couldn’t find the box on the 1040 for that one, either.

As it turns out, though, silly excuses probably won’t be necessary.  Nancy Killefer is withdrawing her candidacy, saying that she doesn’t want her tax problems to be a distraction for the new administration.  There goes the only Obama appointee [so far] who possessed an ounce of shame.  Tom?  Tim?  What about you guys?

Oh, and one more thing.  How badly would the MSM be savaging tax-challenged appointees to a Republican administration?

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Will Obama voters notice the hypocrisy here?

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

Obama is forced to bend firm rule on hiring ex-lobbyists

Remember hearing Obama bashing lobbyists out on the campaign trail?  He used to say that he didn’t take their money and would not provide them with positions in his administration.  He used to accuse lobbyists of being part of the problem with how business works in Washington D.C.  He even went so far as to publicly make a rule against lobbyists in his administration. 

And now, the bait and switch has been done all over again.  Notice the use of the word “forced.”  The A.P. headline writer has made a subtle effort to absolve Obama of responsibility.  What I have to wonder is this:  how will this play with the Hope-n-changer’s?  Will they even notice that Obama is now governing against his own campaign rhetoric?

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British government official advocates two child policy

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

Two children should be limit, says green guru

“Couples who have more than two children are being ‘irresponsible’ by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the government’s green adviser has warned.

Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, says curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming. He says political leaders and green campaigners should stop dodging the issue of environmental harm caused by an expanding population.”

This should make us think hard about exactly who [besides tax cheats] is being confirmed into positions with the Obama administration.  This guy isn’t just some environmentalist fruitcake [ok, he is a fruitcake].  He is the chair of a government commission…influencing policy.

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King County’s gain is America’s loss

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

King County Executive Sims Nominated For HUD Job

“President Barack Obama is nominating King County Executive Ron Sims for the No. 2 job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

King County out from under the thumb of nanny Ron?  Oh, the possibilities!  But, if this is a typical Obama appointment, we’ll hear about the unpaid taxes in a week or two.

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“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

Michelle Malkin has brought this salient quote to the public forefront today.  The question is, does Tom Daschle regret these words?

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”

Or, are tax laws advocated by uber-libs like Daschle only for us little people?

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Say bye bye to Blago

Posted by Liberty on January 29, 2009

Prosecutor: ‘pattern of abuse’ by Ill. governor

“The prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he’s proven ‘a pattern of abuse of power.’In his closing argument Thursday, prosecutor David Ellis said the evidence shows Blagojevich knew his conduct was improper.”

It looks like Blago’s goose is just about cooked.  I do have to give Blago credit for believing in himself–he’s been off on a media blitz this week, all the while proclaiming his innocence.  And this despite the tapes that the prosecutor has been playing for the jury.  You know the tapes…the ones you’ve heard on the news that clearly feature him talking about seeking favors or money for the messiah’s Senate seat.  Blago is either shamelessly dishonest or totally off his rocker.  Or both. 

Oh, and I do have to give the AP credit.  They actually mentioned in this article that Blago is a Democrat.  Oh, really?  Hmm…I had no idea.  Of course, if the story were about a corrupt Republican, they would have put the word, “Republican” in the headline and 15 times throughout the article also.  Oh well.  Progress is progress.

Embattled Blagojevich arrives at Capitol

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Grocers don’t like state liquor store plans

Posted by Liberty on January 26, 2009

Grocers don’t like state liquor store plans

“Independent grocers don’t like Gov. Chris Gregoire’s plan to raise money by opening more state-controlled liquor stores.

It’s part of Gregoire’s plan to bridge a nearly $6 billion deficit. She hopes to get about $21 million over the next two years by opening more liquor stores, and expanding Sunday sales.

But the Washington Food Industry group, which represents independent grocery stores, is against that idea.

President Jan Gee tells The Olympian that state liquor stores should get out of selling beer and wine, because they compete with private businesses. State liquor stores already have a monopoly on hard alcohol.

House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, also worries about the state competing with business.”

I agree with Minority Leader DeBolt–doesn’t the state of Washington do enough to make things tough on business owners?

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Apocalypse now?

Posted by Liberty on January 24, 2009

In the days since Obama was elected, I’ve been trying to find reasons for Conservatives to stay positive.  That has not been easy.  Conservatives know what the GOP needs to do to win elections but they haven’t been listening.  The GOP has been ignoring their largest voting bloc in favor of chasing elusive groups like Independents, Hispanics, Walmart voters, etc.  Maybe somewhere in the US today, there are Republicans starting to do the right thing.  Maybe somewhere there is a groundswell of Conservatism growing.  Unfortunately, living in the deep blue state of Washington–behind the Iron Curtain, so to speak,–I’m not seeing it.  I hope it really is happening and that we have strong Conservatives candidates ready to take on the libs with guns blazing in time for the midterm elections. 

A conversation that I had last night further pushed me into a state of worry.  It’s hard to know how bad the economic picture under the bad policies of Obama and the radical liberal Democrats in Congress.  But, it will be bad.  We are headed for some hard times–probably harder than anything my generation has ever seen.  I got some good advice last night and I’d like to pass it along.  Get rid of debt.  Don’t take on new debt.  Watch for the stock market to rise briefly in an “Obama rally” and try to salvage some of the principle that you have in the market.  And then, hoard some cash, just in case. 

I don’t like the thought that the economy is going to head even further south.  This kind of negativity is just the opposite of the thought process I’ve been trying to cultivate.  But, we have to be honest.  I have it on good authority that the banking crisis is not over yet, not by a long shot.  And I also firmly believe that Obama’s Socialist policies will push us further into trouble.  So tighten up the budget, kill your debt, put some cold hard cash in a safe spot and take care.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better but we’ll survive just fine.

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Democrat Senator Ken Jacobson wants to silence the voter

Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009

2009 Senate Joint Resolution 8202 (Relating to the constitutional provisions regarding initiatives and referendums)

“Introduced by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on January 14, 2009, proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to modify the powers of initiative and referendum.”

There is precious little information out there so far about whatspecifically would be modified but the bill is scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections today [January 22].  Having a state Senator pushing for modifications to our right to put forth initiatives and referendums is worrisome.  I can only suppose that a liberal Democrat from Seattle wants to put up roadblocks to more initiatives to limit car tab taxes, repeal fuel taxes or affirm our gun rights.  I will confirm with more specific information as soon as it is available.

We know these big-spending libs hate seeing our silly little citizens’ initiatives on the ballot.  They don’t appreciate it when the people paying the bills actually want to have a say in state government.  How dare us common people usurp legislative authority!  They can’t stand it when we attempt to limit either their power or the amount of money that they can confiscate from us!  Who do we think we are?!

We’re the voters!  And, we will write, we will call, we will e-mail! 

Senator Ken Jacobson  [Visit his webpage to e-mail him.]

237 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40446
Olympia, WA 98504-0446
(360) 786-7690
Fax: (360) 786-1999

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Will Washington’s economy withstand four more years of Gregoire “leadership”?

Posted by Liberty on January 21, 2009

Wash unemployment rate jumps to 7.1 percent in Dec

“Washington’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.1 percent last month, the largest one month increase in more than three decades.”

Gregoire pushes cap-and-trade bill

“A cap would be placed on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that companies release, and companies would be required to buy permits in order to emit at the acceptable level. Companies also could auction off their permits between each other, creating their own market system.”

Good thinking, Queen Christine!  Let’s make doing business in Washington State even more expensive.  All based on the flawed theory of man-made global warming.  Way to go.  Oh and isn’t it ironic that a “market system” would be great for auctioning these worthless carbon emission permits but the free market can’t be permitted to work in ways that would really help Washingtonians?  How about a free market for health insurance?

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Stupid potential Washington laws, Volume 2

Posted by Liberty on January 20, 2009

2009 House Bill 1345 (regarding blood level screening)

“Introduced by Rep. Zack Hudgins, (D-Tukwila) (D) on January 19, 2009, directs the department to give high priority to conduct lead blood level assessments for persons under the age of twenty-one receiving social security.”

Why is this a high priority?

2009 House Bill 1359 (Regarding the practice of landscape architecture)

“Introduced by Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) (D) on January 19, 2009, prohibits a person from practicing landscape architecture in this state unless the person is licensed or authorized to practice in this state. Changes the name of the state board of registration for landscape architects to the licensure board for landscape architects. (See also Companion SB 5273).”

I understand having certain licensing requirements for certain professions…like doctors.  But landscape architects?  What ever happened to the concept of buyer beware?  If people want professional landscape architecture, let them search out the most qualified landscape architect themselves and leave the state of Washington out of the equation.

2009 Senate Bill 5254 (Granting authority to a watershed management partnership to exercise powers )

“Introduced by Sen. Margarita Prentice, (D-Renton) (D) on January 19, 2009, authorizes a watershed management partnership to exercise powers of its forming governments, including the power of eminent domain. (See also Companion HB 1332).”

Whoa!  Let me see here, a watershed management partnership will be able to exercise the powers of its forming governments including the power of eminent domain.  Any other private property owners a little nervous about even more bureaucratic authority working against you?

2009 Senate Bill 5283 (Concerning the replacement of nonfunctioning cell phones)

“Introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent) (D) on January 19, 2009, requires a wireless communications service provider to replace the wireless communications device of any subscriber under contract with the service provider if the subscriber’s wireless communications device ceases to function due to a defect, malfunction, or failure of one or more components of the device.”

Uh, can’t we handle this on our own…without help from Senator Keiser and the state government?

2009 Senate Bill 5282 (Prohibiting the use of bisphenol A or BPA)

“Introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent) (D) on January 19, 2009, prohibits a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer from manufacturing, knowingly selling, offering for sale, distributing for sale, or distributing certain items that contain bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, a polymer in plastic containers.”

This will be a bureaucratic nightmare.  California has already tried this.  A couple of days ago I posted an article about how the new toxic toy law is basically driving small retail shops including baby consignments out of business.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  As a parent, I’m just going to say to the legislators:  I have it covered.  Why don’t you guys worry about fixing the budget and I’ll worry about keeping my kid safe.

Still to come, outstanding and necessary legislation.

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Welcome to the Obama era…pass the scotch, please

Posted by Liberty on January 20, 2009

Yay!  A terrible downer of a speech that told us how awful life in America is.  An incomprehensible poem of pure drivel.  A blatantly racist benediction.  And the MSM going on and on about what a great day it was.  It’s going to be a long four years…

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Stupid potential Washington laws, Volume 1

Posted by Liberty on January 16, 2009

From the Washington Votes.org e-mail update:

2009 Senate Bill 5139 (ergonomic requirements for the solicitation of air travel)

“Introduced by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on January 15, 2009, to require the general administration to seek out ergonomic seating for state employees when they travel. This would require airlines to supply ergonomic seating.”

Glad to see there’s someone in Olympia tackling the really…UNIMPORTANT ISSUES!

2009 Senate Bill 5140 (provide language access services in health care and insurance matters for limited English persons)

“Introduced by Sen. Paull Shin, (D-Edmonds) (D) on January 15, 2009, to require health care and insurance providers to provide language access services to persons with limited English. This bill also directs the insurance commissioner to study the obstacles that are present for persons with limited English in purchasing health insurance.”

How do all you unlimited English persons feel about your health care and insurance costs going even higher on behalf of those limited English persons?  After all, that would be a lot easier that limited English persons actually learning English!

2009 Senate Bill 5158 (beer and wine sales at the legislative gift center)

“Introduced by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, (D-Seattle) (D) on January 15, 2009, to allow the retail sale of beer and wine at the legislative gift center for off-site consumption.”

I can see how they might need beer and wine flowing freely in Olympia to help them make sense of all the silly laws they’re proposing.  Then again, it is entirely possible that most of these laws are being written while the legislators are under the influence of adult beverages.  That should probably stop!

2009 House Bill 1299 (local government crime-free rental housing programs)

“Introduced by Rep. Al O’Brien, (D-Mountlake Terrace) (D) on January 16, 2009, to create a local government crime-free rental housing program. The purpose of the program is to allow local governments to designate areas of rental housing as crime-free. This act provides direction to the local governments for the implementation of the crime-free rental program including, landlord participation, education courses and other necessary programs.”

Let me get this straight…a “local government crime-free rental housing program.”  So if we just designate areas of rental house as “crime-free,” they will just magically be…”crime-free!”  How about this?  Instead of wasting money making another stupid, pointless program, how about we give the funding to law enforcement instead?  That way, instead of having little pockets of supposedly “crime-free” rental housing, law enforcement officers can strive to make entire jurisdictions a little more “crime-free?”

Oh, you Democrats just make this too easy.  On a more positive note, I intend to sift back through the updates I’ve received to find some examples of outstanding, necessary legislation that’s been proposed thusfar in Olympia.  Believe it or not, there are some of those, too!

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So if this guy isn’t smart enough to fill out a tax form, is he smart enough to be in charge at Treasury?

Posted by Liberty on January 14, 2009

Tax problems may plague Obama’s treasury pick

I hope tax problems plague Obama’s treasury pick!  I know that scrutiny of “the chosen one” and his cabinet appointments is not the hip thing to do right now but seriously folks!  Are we going to forget about the way that the Left in this country treated people appointed by Conservatives?  Bork, Gonzales, Roberts, Alito, Thomas…do those names mean anything to you?  We as Conservatives, not to mention the MSM, should be asking serious questions about Obama [although it’s a little late for that, agreed?!] and the people that he’s choosing for his cabinet.  

“A Capitol Hill grilling is likely for Timothy Geithner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to head the Treasury Department, after public revelations he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes several years ago. Senate Democrats are pressing to schedule a quick confirmation hearing for Geithner on Friday, hoping to tee up swift approval of his nomination on Inauguration Day. But newly released information about the tax goofs by Geithner, regarded as a brilliant financial markets specialist well-positioned to deal with the nation’s considerable economic problems, could complicate the process.”

Oops.  $34,000 in unpaid taxes.  Just a little goof!

 

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Tunnel vision

Posted by Liberty on January 14, 2009

Tolls and taxes would help to pay for tunnel

So Queen Christine…oops, I mean Governor Gregoire has finally made a decision about replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  This was supposedly an urgent problem a couple of years ago when she and the state legislature raised our gas tax–just in case you’re not paying attention, it’s one of the highest in the entire country.  Even though they now collect $0.375 on every gallon of gas purchased statewide, the Governor and assorted other politicians are wondering how in the world they’re going to pay for the tunnel.  [Incidentally, the tunnel is the most expensive option for replacing the viaduct.] 

The entire state of Washington has been paying ridiculously high gas taxes for quite some time now.  People in Eastern Washington are paying a disproportionate share of these taxes that go for primarily West side projects.  The gas tax package was passed and a subsequent repeal initiative failed because these politicians fomented hysteria over “crumbling” infrastructure like the viaduct, the 520 bridge and rock slide-prone mountain passes.  So where did all this money go?  Down the rat-hole of state government, that’s where.  And guess what?  It wasn’t enough!

“A new package of tolls and taxes would pay for part of the $4.2 billion tunnel destined to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.”

What can you do but laugh? 

“In addition, King County has asked legislators for authority to levy a 1 percent vehicle license fee to help raise its $190 million share of the project that will come in the form of additional transit service to substitute for reduction in the number of lanes and help commuters during construction. The tunnel would have four lanes; the viaduct now has six.”

Two things.  First, why should vehicles be taxed more to pay for transit?  Maybe the people riding the transit should pay the actual cost of hauling their bus-riding butts around!  Second, the tunnel is the most expensive option to replace the viaduct and it will represent a net loss of capacity–four lanes as opposed to six.  These people are criminally incompetent and yet, they keep getting elected!  And, in the future, when the city is bigger and there is more traffic, how easy is it to expand the tunnel to accommodate more cars?  Hey, maybe it’s a moot point–maybe cars will be illegal by then.  Or perhaps they’ll be just too darn expensive to license and fill with gas.

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I told you so…

Posted by Liberty on January 14, 2009

http://nwrepublican.blogspot.com/2009/01/washington-state-engine-displacement.html

The engine displacement tax reared its ugly head last session as well.  This plan is yet another way for Washington State government to thwart the will of the voters [$30.00 vehicle licensing, anyone?] and separate you from a little [or a lot] more of your money.  Basically, the larger your vehicle’s engine, the more you’re going to pay.  From the NW Republican blog:

Engine Size (in liters) Fee Schedule
Up to 1.9 $0
2.0 to 2.0 $70
3.0 to 3.9 $225
4.0 to 4.9 $275
5.0 to 5.9 $325
6.0 to 7.9 $400
8.0 or over $600

The sponsors of this bill are all Democrats, no surprise there.  These arrogant, self-righteous liberals want to punish you for driving what you want.  Perhaps in their ideal world, we’d all be driving Toyota Prius’s or Smartcars and thus not paying any additional displacement fee. 

Actually, now that I think about it, since their primary concern is state revenue, our current situation is probably closer to their ideal.  They know that many people choose to drive SUV’s for the safety, comfort and capacity.  They know that thousands of businesses from farms to construction companies to cable installers have fleets of pick-up’s, vans and large trucks.  They know that many people have vehicles for recreation–motor-homes or trucks to pull their boats and trailers.  They know that not everyone can afford to race right out and buy the very latest politically correct little hybrid status symbol.

And they also know that plenty of people in Washington State are struggling right now.  They know that piling on additional taxes in a down economy will be a burden on a lot of families who really just need more of their own money.  They know that Washington State’s high taxes already contribute to our business-unfriendly climate.  And they don’t care! 

Earth to Senators Tom, Kohl-Welles, Pridemore, Keiser & Kline!  Our engines are none of your business!  Your attempt to legislate us into smaller and smaller vehicles is ridiculous and arrogant.  Even more offensive is the very idea that you could propose even more taxes!  Your focus should be on cutting and streamlining state government and reforming and eliminating redistributive entitlement programs, not imposing higher taxes! 

Check out the text of this bill and find out where it’s at right now on Washington Votes.org:

http://washingtonvotes.org/2008-SB-6900

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Holy Botox!

Posted by Liberty on January 12, 2009

Be careful when you open this link!  The picture of Queen Christine is huge and it startled me for a second there!

Dems in control but not in sync as Legislature opens

I think I agree with the premise of this article–we have a lot of Democrat infighting on the way.  Queen Christine spent her first term expanding the scope of Washington State government, creating new programs and increasing funding to old ones.  There are a lot of favors owed to unions, environmentalists and Indian tribes after a contentious campaign but she’s also pledged not to raise taxes.  Something’s gotta give!

Oh, and my favorite quote from this article:

“‘Everybody’s puppy got squashed,’ said Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee.”

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The City of Seattle doesn’t plow snowy roads–is it so they can afford salary hikes for pencil pushers?

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

From Crosscut & Kent Kammerer this morning:

Memo to city pols: times are tough

“We are now experiencing the full impact of WaMu layoffs and downsizing of hundreds of other Seattle area employers. While local businesses and the public are feeling the pinch, Seattle decision makers seem much less concerned.

Consider that the City just passed an increase in spending. Seattle’s budget for 2009, will be $3.9 billion. The general fund, which pays for most City functions, is $910 million, up 1.6 percent from 2007, and is projected to rise to $925 million in 2010. To fund the increase, the City will raise parking fees, raise the garbage rates 42 percent and water rates by 38 percent to help pay for the increase in spending. At the same time, it will reduce city revenues with property tax deferments to developers.

Mayor Greg Nickels also just announced that a Seattle top administrator needs a 37 percent pay raise to $302,000 per year. So, is spending on City employees getting out of hand, particularly in a time when many others are making salary sacrifices?”

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