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The Washington Democrat power play: encourage the felons to vote

Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009

ACLU wants to restore voting rights for ex-convicts

“Over 160,000 Washingtonians cannot vote because of prior convictions. Support has been growing for ACLU-backed legislation to automatically restore the right to vote to individuals who have come out of the criminal justice system.”

More:

“Under the current system, people convicted of a felony and who have served their time still can’t vote until they’ve paid all of their outstanding court fees and legal financial obligations. As a result, people of means can vote, but those with limited incomes cannot. The system also disproportionately affects communities of color: The disenfranchisement rate among African-Americans is five times that of the general population and roughly three times as high among Latinos. And the system for restoring voting rights is so convoluted that even elections officials have difficulty determining who is and is not eligible to vote.

We support legislation proposed by [added by Liberty: Democrat] Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and [added by Liberty: Democrat] Rep. Jeannie Darnielle that automatically restores the right to vote to individuals once they have exited the criminal justice system. The legislation would not relieve anyone of the obligation to pay court-imposed fees and penalties—but that obligation would no longer be tied to the right to vote. The legislation would create the bright-line rule so badly need for voting rights restoration to be effective. In enacting this legislation, Washington would join a growing list of states, including Oregon, that have successfully implemented automatic restoration.”

Cementing your power by sucking up to criminals.  Nice.

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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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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.

Posted in Arrogant politicians, Bureaucratic ineptitude, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Social engineering, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

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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But the intention was good. Isn’t that enough?

Posted by Liberty on January 5, 2009

Charity homes built by Hollywood start to crumble

“Residents of a model housing estate bankrolled by Hollywood celebrities and hand-built by Jimmy Carter, the former US president, are complaining that it is falling apart.

Fairway Oaks was built on northern Florida wasteland by 10,000 volunteers, including Carter, in a record 17-day ‘blitz’ organised by the charity Habitat for Humanity.

Eight years later it is better known for cockroaches, mildew and mysterious skin rashes.”

Jimmy Carter…a failure as a president, as a Middle East peace negotiator and as a builder.

Jimmy Carter aside, after reading the comments, I did have to wonder how much blame the residents have to bear for the state of their houses.  If they were the kind of people who weren’t willing or able to get a home on their own, were they really the kind of people who would take care of a house that was given to them?  It also brought to mind the phenomena of the homeowners who were fortunate enough to have foreclosure postponed that still aren’t paying their mortgage.

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Seattle Homicide Stats Don’t Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF

Posted by Liberty on January 5, 2009

Seattle Homicide Stats Don’t Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF

“Homicide statistics for 2008 in Seattle do not justify a proposal by anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels to ban legally-carried handguns from public property, nor his plan to lobby for a change in the state’s preemption law, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation said today.

 

‘Less than half of Seattle’s homicides in 2008 involved firearms,’ noted SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, ‘and about one-third were gang-related. Yet Mayor Nickels would have the public believe there is a dire need to violate state statute and the civil rights of law-abiding gun owners, by challenging a state preemption statute that has stood for more than two decades as a model of efficiency and effectiveness that other states have copied.’

 

Gottlieb noted that Seattle’s 28 homicides pale in comparison to those logged in similar-sized cities, where concealed carry is forbidden. Milwaukee, WI reported 71 homicides in 2008, and Washington, D.C. posted 186 killings. Only in Seattle may citizens legally carry concealed handguns. In Baltimore, MD, where it is virtually impossible to get a carry license, there were 234 slayings last year.”

Posted in Constitutional Rights, Crime and Punishment, Guns, Liberalism, Social engineering, Washington State | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

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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