Posts Tagged ‘Arrogance’
Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009
“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?
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Innate hypocrisy, Just plain dishonest, Liberalism, Obama, Taxes | Tagged: Arrogance, Hilda Solis, Obama, Tax cheat | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009
“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!
237 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40446
Olympia, WA 98504-0446
Fax: (360) 786-1999
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Constitutional Rights, Liberalism, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Arrogance, Initiative, Ken Jacobson, Referendum, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008
From Crosscut & Kent Kammerer this morning:
“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?”
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Arrogance, Budget, Economy, Fiscal irresponsibility, Seattle | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 21, 2008
“The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters.”
Memo to Jerry Brown: California’s “ban” on same-sex marriage was about more than which marriages will be recognized by the State of California. It was also the common man’s pushback against judicial tyranny. A vote of the people is how these matters should be decided–it’s how more issues should be decided, in fact.
California’s voters spoke decisively [with a 52% majority] to affirm that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized by state government. They also made it clear that they would not accept radical policies forced upon them by activist judges. If Jerry Brown cares so much about the Constitution, perhaps he would recognize that creating law is not the function of the judicial branch of government.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Constitutional Rights, Judicial malpractice | Tagged: Arrogance, California, Gay marriage, Judicial activism | 1 Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 16, 2008
“True to her campaign promise, Gov. Chris Gregoire plans this week to release a balanced budget that does not rely on new taxes to deal with a $5.8 billion deficit.
But that doesn’t mean taxes won’t be increased. And lawmakers could raise them without breaking Gregoire’s promise, provided voters go along with the idea.”
So on the one hand, we hear continuously about how bad the economy is and how people are signing up for food stamps, clearing out the food banks and getting behind on the mortgage. But…our esteemed legislators consider raising taxes an option.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes | Tagged: Arrogance, Arrogant politicians, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 12, 2008
Look out! Dan Grimm says sales tax on services would help fund education changes!
“The chairman of a legislative task force exploring how to improve the way the state pays for K-12 education says a tax increase is the responsible way to pay for the roughly $3 billion worth of ideas in the group’s final report.
Dan Grimm, a former state legislator from Puyallup as well as a two-term state treasurer, said Thursday that he was inspired by a phone call and letter from Gov. Chris Gregoire to propose an extension of the sales tax to services. That would make things such as doctor’s visits and financial advice subject to sales tax.”
If this governor “inspires” anything in me, it’s a desire for a Boston Tea Party-style tax revolt! When will it be enough?
Luckily, there is a website for the Basic Education Finance Task Force. I’ll be contacting them to voice my opposition to more taxes for public education. Dan Grimm, the task force chair, can be reached at email@example.com. The full contact list is here. Public schools in Washington State already get lottery money, timber money, money from the general fund, federal funding, as well as local bonds and levies. The problem is how schools choose to spend the money, not that Washington taxpayers don’t pay enough. In light of the weak economy, it would be highly irresponsible for the legislature and Queen Christine to force any more taxes upon the already over-taxed State of Washington!
Posted in Public education, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Arrogance, Public education, Queen Christine, Taxes, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 9, 2008
First of all, just more evidence of how corrupt Chicago politics are. Eventually more of us are going to regret electing a president that comes from this kind of farm team. Also, if Blagojevich were a Republican, the headline would be “Details of Complaint Against Republican Blagojevich” and the words “Republican,” “GOP,” “Right-wing” and Conservative would be used copiously. Because he’s a Democrat and this story is bad news about him, the fact that he’s a Democrat is buried. In fact, just using Ctrl+F to search the text of this story, I didn’t find the word “Democrat” anywhere!
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Crime and Punishment, Liberalism, Obama | Tagged: Arrogance, Corruption, Democrat, Liberal hypocrisy, Obama | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on December 6, 2008
By Adam Rodriguez
“BOISE – Joe Stewart is used to giving tours of his dairy farm. But kids usually stay home. They say it smells funny.
“You stand around several hundred cattle and it’s not that offensive,” Stewart said. “The public restroom smells a lot worse than this does.”
But the Environmental Protection Agency is worried about the smell of methane, a gas that’s produced by cows when they digest hay. Scientists believe methane contributes to global warming. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the EPA was responsible for regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases like methane as pollutants.
The decision has the EPA considering a “cow tax” to curb greenhouse emissions.
According to the New York Farm Bureau, the tax could cost farmers up to $175 per cow – $87.50 for each head of beef cattle and $20 for a hog.
Local dairyman Mike Garner says it would be a death sentence for the already struggling dairy industry.
“I don’t know any dairy that could sustain that kind of fee,” Garner said. “It would put us out of business.”
An EPA media representative for region 10 (Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska referred all questions to a national spokesman in Washington, D.C. A call to the office was not returned.”
Here’s a little more in-depth coverage:
“For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law.”
“‘This is one of the most ridiculous things the federal government has tried to do,’ said Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, an outspoken opponent of the proposal.
It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog.
The executive vice president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Ken Hamilton, estimated the fee would cost owners of a modest-sized cattle ranch $30,000 to $40,000 a year. He said he has talked to a number of livestock owners about the proposals, and ‘all have said if the fees were carried out, it would bankrupt them.’
Sparks said Wednesday he’s worried the fee could be extended to chickens and other farm animals and cause more meat to be imported.”
No surprise here but these regulations are supported by the radical animal rights activist group, PETA. They are hoping to use regulations like this to force farmers into producing crops that are more acceptable to their radical agenda while forcing American consumers to cut back on their meat consumption. Note to PETA: stick to what you do best: protesting the circus and assaulting little old ladies in fur coats.
So, we’re already dependent upon other countries for our oil because environmental activists have made domestic production and exploration so difficult. The price spike that we saw with oil this past summer will be only the beginning. If the environmentalists get their way on these regulations, it will drive American livestock producers out of business and we’ll be stuck getting even more of our food from overseas. As it stands currently, we have an extremely safe food supply here in America but if we deliberately drive our farmers out of business, we open ourselves up to more than just exorbitant prices. Why is our collective memory so short? Not too long ago, America was up in arms because pets were poisoned by melamine-tainted food that was produced with ingredients from China. And how about this summer’s salmonella outbreak that was linked to produce grown in Mexico?
The entire premise behind these regulations is a lie. Global warming is an unproven theory and we shouldn’t be regulating American farmers out of business because of it. It is completely illogical that the natural by-products of breathing and living should be considered as pollutants. It’s my opinion that environmentalists are so tainted by their own feelings of guilt and self-loathing that they simply can’t relate to the rest of us who don’t believe that the Earth is going to hell in a handbasket. I’m an optimist, I love America and I want our society to grow and prosper–environmentalists are pessimistic and frightened and they want to use their negative, alarmist agenda as a club to force the rest of society into submission. This is not to say that Conservatives want a dirty, ailing planet–we’re just seeking balance between responsible stewardship and the growth and potential of all mankind.
[Just a footnote:
If some day we import all of our food from foreign nations and we have to depend upon our socialized health care system to help us recover from food borne illness and industrial chemical poisoning…we are screwed.]
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Environlunacy | Tagged: Agriculture, Arrogance, Environlunacy, Global warming | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on December 3, 2008
“When Seattle artist Deborah Lawrence was asked to create an ornament for a holiday tree at the White House, nobody familiar with her work could have imagined she’d stick to snowmen, Santa Claus or Mount Rainier bathed in festive red, white and blue.
That Lawrence submitted an ornament with the words ‘Impeach Bush’ on its surface is also no surprise, except to the people responsible for picking her.
The 9-inch ball Lawrence created is covered with swirly red and white stripes and features a picture of Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle, who signed a House resolution to consider the impeachment of President George W. Bush. Tiny glued-on text on the ornament hails the impeachment resolution.”
“Lawrence, 55, is pointedly political. She’s anti-Iraq war, anti-torture, pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-feminism, pro-diversity and pro-spreading-the-wealth. Those aren’t just her personal opinions; those are the issues that fuel the paintings she collages with printed messages.
‘Her work is all about social justice,’ said Catherine Person, who exhibits Lawrence’s work at Person Gallery in Seattle. ‘She’s the most political artist I know and the most political artist I represent by 100 miles. She’s a firebrand. Her last show in September was completely devoted to anti-Bush statements.’ McDermott, whose office was responsible for the selection of Lawrence, said the ornament’s content came as a surprise.”
It’s an honor to be chosen to to create an ornament to decorate the White House Christmas tree, regardless of political differences that you may have with the President. This woman deserves coal in her stocking. Neither she nor McDermott have any class.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Arrogance, Liberalism, Seattle, Washington State | 5 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on December 3, 2008
On occasion, I have the opportunity to use the word “arrogance” in reference to something political. In many cases, the word “arrogance” really is the most appropriate to use when I describe how a government acts with reckless disregard for the will of the people. Or, when a politician claims to know how to take care of your business better than you do. Or, when redistributionists clamor for more of your money to pay for yet another government handout. Today, I thought I’d look up “arrogance” in the dictionary, just to make sure I’ve been using it correctly. And here’s what I found:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Speaking of arrogance, here’s what Majority Leader Reid had to say at the grand opening of the Capitol Visitors Center:
“My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway,” said Reid in his remarks. “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.”
And, from Merriam-Webster:
Arrogance: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
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