Posts Tagged ‘Queen Christine’
Posted by Liberty on February 24, 2009
If this bill makes it through the Senate and is signed by the Governor, it will be illegal in Washington State to lie in the course of a campaign for public office. My first thought was, “Couldn’t they make this retroactive and nail Queen Christine for the lies she told about the state budget?” But the real focus of this law appears to be lies about a candidate’s opponent.
“The bill, passed out of the House on a 92-2 vote, seeks to reinstate an old law that was thrown out on free speech grounds by the state Supreme Court in 2007. The court said the state’s former ban on lying in campaigns violated the First Amendment because it did not require proof that campaign falsehoods were defamatory.
Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, said this year’s attempt at reinstating the ban on campaign lies addresses the court’s problems with the old law. Specifically, the bill approved Monday would prohibit false statements that are libelous or defamatory, and committed with actual malice – a key legal test in free speech case law.”
Posted in Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Campaign lies, Miloscia, Queen Christine | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 2, 2009
Washington State Patrol officers asked drivers stopped on suspicion of DUI where they had been drinking.
“Statewide, the Tulalip Resort Casino topped the list with 58 reports of people citing the business as the last place where they drank.”
WSP will use this information to fine-tune their enforcement tactics in the future.
“Authorities use the information to boost patrols, bar and restaurant visits and conduct undercover operations, Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith said.”
Here’s what I think is ironic: all of this enforcement costs money. And, that’s fine. In fact, I would put stopping drunk drivers on my extremely short list of things that the government actually should be doing. What I think is ironic is that Queen Christine signed gaming agreements with the tribes that don’t require revenue sharing. Their facility is clearly a problem as far as drunk drivers go but it will be the taxpayers that bear the burden, not the tribes. Ironic.
Posted in Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Casino, DUI, Indian tribes, Queen Christine, Washington State | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on December 16, 2008
With the Washington State legislative session coming up in January and budget issues aplenty, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to what’s happening in Olympia. Washington Policy Center is a think-tank that centers on finding free market solutions to the problems our state is facing. They have a lot of their research posted on their website.
This week, on the WPC blog, Jason Mercier has compiled a list of ideas to help the state fix the budget. He took the suggestions submitted to Governor Gregoire [remember that? I blogged it on November 17] and compiled a master list of sorts. There are some terrific ideas on this list and thanks to Jason for sorting through the raw information to find them. I hope that Governor Gregoire will study these suggestions in earnest.
Posted in Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Queen Christine, Taxes, Washington State | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 11, 2008
“A Kansas-based church that has blamed deaths in Iraq on U.S. tolerance of homosexuality has asked Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office to approve a “Santa Claus will take you to hell” message to display among other religious statements in the Capitol’s third-floor hallway.”
This would be the lunatics from Westboro Baptist Church, best known for protesting at military funerals. Governor Gregoire, do you now see where having no standards takes us? And why in the world are we hosting displays for whackos who don’t even live in Washington State? I can’t believe I’m asking for more government regulations but before next Christmas, there needs to be some standards laid down concerning what is allowed to be displayed in the Capitol.
Posted in Constitutional Rights, Washington State | Tagged: Capitol display, Christmas, Queen Christine, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 9, 2008
“Nearly 80 percent of job openings in Washington last year paid less than a living wage for a single parent with two children.”
These were the findings of Gerald Smith, associate director of the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations.
“Among other strategies, the study advocated for taxpayer support for economic development; more investments in training, education and apprenticeships; increased wage progression; and use of living wage figures to set wage policies and determine eligibility for public assistance.”
The very concept of a “living wage” is a nebulous thing. It depends a lot upon the relationship between needs and wants that we all struggle with. I think we also need to be very careful about what these groups might really stand for and what their genuine agenda may be before giving their findings any credibility. They certainly seem to support redistributive policies and government dependence, which will only lower the standard of living for more people.
Coincidentally, Queen Christine met with business leaders to troll for ideas on fixing Washington State’s economy.
Governor Gregoire, I’ll give you one hint: redistributing wealth, increased wage progression and the use of living wage figures to set wage policies is how NOT to help Washington’s economy. Cutting taxes and getting the state government out of the lives of business owners and citizens alike is what we all desperately need.
Posted in Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Living wage, Queen Christine, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 4, 2008
“An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and “holiday tree” on display during December.
The atheists’ sign was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis.
With a nod to the winter solstice – the year’s shortest day, occurring in late December – the placard reads, in part, ‘There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.'”
After this story was featured on The O’Reilly Factor last night, Queen Christine’s office has been deluged with calls for the atheist display to be removed. It helps that O’Reilly gave her phone number out on national TV–its 360-902-4111, just in case you’re wondering. Rumor on the street is she’s got that phone number going to voice mail at this time, so persistence is key. You can also call the general information number at the Capitol at 1-800-562-6000.
Kirby Wilbur, a local talk show host on AM 570 KVI [5:00 am to 9:00 am, also streaming live] has been making the point that the Christmas tree, Nativity scene and Jewish menorah are all symbols. Rather than promoting atheism, the atheists are simply making a statement against religion. What a petty gesture from people who are nothing more that self-absorbed activists. Their pathetic little sign certainly isn’t affirming the joys of atheism…because there aren’t any. While Christians and Jews use positive symbols like trees and menorahs in their celebrations, the atheists are relying upon and spreading negativity. Most of us celebrate this season as a time of hope for mankind, joy and gratitude for our many blessings. It almost makes me feel sorry for these silly atheists. Their lives must be so empty.
Posted in Constitutional Rights, Washington State | Tagged: Atheist, Christmas, Queen Christine, Washington State | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on December 4, 2008
“Gov. Chris Gregoire says Washington state needs at least $600 million in federal money for short-term road and bridge projects to help kickstart the state’s struggling economy.”
Wait a minute…didn’t she say during her campaign that this Washington’s economy is strong and that the budget is balanced?
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Redistribution of wealth, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Queen Christine, Redistribution of wealth, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
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:
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!
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Posted in Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Queen Christine, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008
“Like the rest of the country—indeed the world—we are in the midst of an economic slowdown. State government is going to have to sacrifice and make hard choices just like Washington families. But families know, and we know, that tough people always outlast tough times, and together we will emerge stronger from the challenge.” Governor Chris Gregoire
First of all, let me be really clear. I thought that the best way for the State of Washington to fix its budget problem was to elect a Conservative like Dino Rossi. Since that’s off the table, the next best option is going to be participating in the Governor’s outreach attempt here and letting her know what you think about how the State of Washington spends your money. If you have ideas for the Governor, you can submit them through the magic of the internet here: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp#startform.
And…through the magic of the internet, your free-market, low-taxes, personal responsibility solutions will be magically translated into something like this:
“Dear Governor Gregiore, the economy is so bad, we can’t make it on our own. Please raise taxes and give us free health care, free child care, free food, free public transportation, free housing…”
But, it’s worth a shot. Even in a deep blue liberal stronghold like Washington, Conservatives need to speak up, just on the off chance that we can change even one person’s perspective.
Posted in Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Queen Christine, Taxes, Washington State | 4 Comments »