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It’s not a partisan gap, it’s Democrats

When I look at our financial state of affairs in Olympia I don’t see a partisan gap issue as many in the news have said, I see a problem with the Democrats who have had too much control and for too long.   The real problem is not that there is a gap between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, the real problem is that there is a large gap between the will of the people of Washington and the will of the party in power, the Democrats.  

It’s no secret that many of our financial issues stem from government overspending and it takes only the average person to understand that to fix things we need to limit the taxes that are feeding our state’s spending addiction. 

  • 1993 – Voters pass Initiative 601 which demands that “state expenditures be limited by inflation rates and population growth, and taxes exceeding the limit be subject to referendum?”
  • 1998 – Voters pass Referendum 49 which says that “motor vehicle excise taxes be reduced and state revenues reallocated; $1.9 billion in bonds for state and local highways approved; and spending limits modified?"
  • 2007 – Voters pass Initiative 960 which “required that in order for the Washington State Legislature to raise taxes, the legislature would have to approve any tax increases with a two-thirds supermajority vote or submit tax increase proposals to a statewide vote of the electorate”
  • 2010 – voters pass Initiative 1053  which requires that "legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval, and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval."

For two decades the average people of our state have been speaking to this issue and the Democrats we put in power have been ignoring us.   It seems that each time we try to limit spending the Democrats try to limit our power over them by using whatever technicality they think they can get away with. 

In the waning hours of the "budget focused" special session Democrats in the House and Senate both attempted to cue up votes on a tax bill not assumed in the budget that no one expected to pass. The strategy was to try to gain legal standing to sue the voters to overturn the 18 year old 2/3 vote requirement for tax increases.  Washington Policy Center

Approved by 64 percent of voters last November, I-1053 prohibited unelected bureaucrats from unilaterally imposing taxes and fees. After it passed, Gov. Chris Gregoire said: "I’m not gonna let 1053 stand in the way of me moving forward for what I think is right."  Seattle Times

A coalition of House Democrats and education advocates are asking the courts to void the supermajority required for tax increases in Washington, arguing that it’s an unconstitutional limit on legislative authority. The Spokesman-Review

I’m not a lawyer so I can’t speak to the technicalities of the various legislation, loopholes and lawsuits that the Democrats have used, but suffice to say that the Democrat legislation, loopholes and lawsuits were not implemented to properly enact the will of the people, but rather to oppose the will of those who elected them.

There’s a gap for sure, but it is not between political parties, it is between the average people of this state and the Democratic Party.

 

references http://ballotpedia.org

Time for the drama to end in Olympia

There is just too much drama coming out of our state capital and it needs to end.  I’d love to see the drama queen’s show be cancelled mid season, but that would be too much to even hope for.  I’ll settle for her contract running out at the end of this season, but that is just about  the max time that I can avert my eyes and ears from her ghastly performance as our governor.

In what I can only describe as one of her career’s most pitiful performances the drama queen has been attempting to scare the money from deep in our pockets.  I got news; what’s coming up ain’t money, but it is more colorful than just plain ol’ green. 

Go read AP’s story Gregoire: Tax hikes are needed to save state programs in the Herald.  In that story we see her using some despicable scare tactics, and using them most liberally.  She says that if we don’t pay more taxes then the elderly, the children, the disabled, foster kids, volunteers, the hungry, the pregnant; why they will all suffer.  And not just a little.  They will have things done to them that have words like eliminate, suspend, reduce, cut, and even the ominous chopping block words. 

expenditures

What you don’t find her talking about in the news, is reality.  The reality that the budget she is asking us to fund with more of our money, does not really represent a reduction in overall state expenditures.  The number according to Sunshine Review for 2009-2011 is and increase to $69,592,333,000.  That is a touch over $400 million dollars more than for the fiscal years 2007-2009 as seen in the chart above which is also from Sunshine Review.  Did anyone see that bit of information in the article?  Nope we’ve only been hearing about chopping, sacrificing and suffering.  I’d guess that there are a lot of people in our state that would gladly suffer only a little increase in their income.  Why the drama from our elected officials?

What I see is that for the last 2 decades our state government has been making double digit leaps in their spending and now the drama queen, rather than just sulking or just doing her job, has turned on a little poutrage at the thought of teeny tiny little cut.  Remember all those scary words she used?  Well how scary is it really to come up $2.6 billion short? 

$69,176,289,000/($69,592,333,000-$2,600,000,000) = 0.968

  or a 3.2% decrease in spending.  Not too freakin’ scary is it?

So after the budget increases of 13%, 10%, 8%, 13%, and 14% over the last two decades, and in pretty tough economic times, our state needs to trim it’s spending 3% and our Governor Gregoire is having a problem.  And she is scaring the elderly, the children, the disabled, foster kids, volunteers, the hungry, and the pregnant with talk about how they will suffer if their neighbors don’t pay up.  Her behavior is greedy, unforgiveable and it makes me ashamed to call her our governor. 

I don’t know anyone who isn’t watching how they spend their money right now.  A 3% restraint is mild to say the least.  If our governor can’t balance that budget without a tax increase, then in my book, she is no more than a scary talentless drama queen. 

Time for her to hang it up.  Perhaps she can move onto an infomercial or Dancing with has been Governors.

EFF: 105 days, 105 ways to balance the budget, cut government waste and stimulate the economy

105-web-bannerI don’t think there is any doubt that we have a budget balancing problem in our state.  While some of our problems may stem from recent issues with our national economy, the majority of our problems started back much earlier and have been building toward this crisis ever since then.

Like any problems we face in life, clear recognition of the problem is the first step towards a solution.  Thankfully after 4 years in office, and almost 4 years of denial, our Governor Gregoire has finally faced the fact the our state budget was in crisis.  We pay a lot in taxes, but the Democrats who we voted into office have proven that they can spend all of our tax money and more.  We are heading for a budget deficit of monumental proportions and have reached a crossroad where in order to balance the budget, we taxpayers need to pony up some monumental tax increases or we need to demand that our legislatures make some monumentally changes in the way they spend our hard earned money; like quit spending it!

In spite of the whole hope & change feeling thing going around in the Democratic Party, ideas for monumental spending changes may not come easy for the progressive and here to for the tax and spend types who have run our state budget into the ground.  It’s not that the solutions don’t exist and that there aren’t a bunch of them, it’s just that the Democrats will have to go against there socialist template to find them.

Help is on the way though, just today the Evergreen Freedom Foundation embarked on a 105 day journey which will present 105 ways to balance the budget, cut government waste and stimulate the economy.

The legislature increased spending by 34 percent in the last four years—contributing mightily to our current budget debacle. Actually, the so-called budget deficit is the difference between how much lawmakers would like to spend versus the smaller amount we taxpayers have to give them. In fact, the governor’s proposed budget actually increases spending by 3.2 percent.
For our state to truly live within its means, spending should be cut immediately by the decrease in money they expect to have this year—that would be $500 million. It comes down to simple economics.

And that was just today, for tomorrow they propose that our legislators actually prioritize spending.

The state budget is not on fire, but it is drowning in red ink—more than $6 billion—thanks to four years of lawmakers spending much more than they took in. The state desperately needs a program to prioritize items in the budget, so it doesn’t give the same weight to funding the certification of animal masseurs (the state apparently doesn’t want any stressed critters running around) as it does to the prison system.

Prioritized spending?  hmmm?  Where would my wife and I rank animal masseur certification in our family budget?  Where would you rank it in your budget?  And why the heck are any of our elected officials wasting our taxes and their taxpayer funded salaries even talking about animal massage?

Debate: Four way tie

4way I’ve watched or listened to two debates in the last few days and for the most part found them to be like JV football games.  I felt like I had to be there because my kid was playing, but as a game/debate it really wasn’t much hold my interest nor to talk about afterwards.  Sen. Rossi, Sen.Obama, Gov. Gregoire and Sen. McCain all spent way way way, ok one more way too much time with campaign points. 

No matter what the question or rebut, all responses seemed to be something I’ve heard before.  I don’t think I learned a single new fact, not a single apparent factual paradox resolved, and certainly the only candidate who seemed to lose there composure a bit was Gov. Gregiore, but that seems to be the norm for her anyway.  I also saw/heard a continually arrogant Sen. Obama, a too polished Sen. Rossi and a John McCain who was confident, yet still a bit too reserved. 

I can say I felt the debaters landed in a four way tie, but I’m still stumped as to whether it’s a winning tie or a losing tie.  I’ll hope that a little later in this now short season, we will be past all the campaigning and start the debating.

Oh, just a couple of ridiculous things

You get to reading for awhile and suddenly realize that you are reading one of the most ridiculous things in your life.

1st Ridiculous thing: A blog-versation between AFY and Sam Taylor trying to fact each other into a corner over how much Gov. Gregoire has increased spending in our state.  Is it $8.05 billion, $33.65 billion, 26%, $25.6 billion, $2.7 billion this year, 14% since 2005…..  Ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous; just settle for she spends like a crazed woman and then taxes us in any way shape and form imaginable so she can spend more.  The only people in Washington state that aren’t over burdened with taxes are the people who run casinos.  Does the average elected Democrat in our state realize that the first step in any home or personal budget is to cut spending?  The first step is not go and squeeze more money from your friends and relatives, it is to cut spending.

2nd Ridiculous thing: The One ad I watched at Washington Outsider.   It may have been put out by the McCain camp, but in my book it is truly sad, not very becoming to John McCain and yes ridiculous.  And on the same anti-christish message, Time magazine titled an article An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad? and yes the article was ridiculous too.  But what is most ridiculous is that anyone could still be planning a vote for a person who has so much anti-christish stuff said about him.  I didn’t and wouldn’t vote for Al Gore, Christine Gregoire, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi to name a few, but I don’t think I’ve read much about them being confused for the anti-Christ.  Don’t ya think being thought of as even anti-christ like, let alone the real deal, would deter people from casting votes their direction?  And isn’t it ridiculous to think that we need a big made up Hollywood production to conjure up visions of the anti-christ, when we could simply do a reality show about Barack Obama’s position on killing unborn and recently born children?

Sometimes I wish I had grown up illiterate.

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