I AM STILL ALIVE…..

…BUT IT WAS A busy week, between AFP meetings, filling in for Dori all week, Senate candidate forums, WOW meetings ( my favorite ), setting up the No on 1077 committee ( that’s the state income tax initiative )and, a bit of sleep. I will try to be more timely in the future, especially with everything that is happening.

I WILL BE FILLING in for David Boze tomorrow, Monday the 26th, 3-6 PM, KTTH 770. We’ll be talking about the state income tax, the phony finanacial review bill before Congress and a new book written by a friend of mine, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War.

WELL, AN INITIATIVE was filed last week, 1077, to impose a state income tax on ‘the rich’, cut the state portion of your property tax ( probably about a 4% total cut ) and reduce the B+O tax on smaller businesses. The key issue here is the opening of the door to an income tax. The legislature can modify any initiative after two years – remember what they did to 960. In two years, facing another budget crisis ( which will be happening as long as they refuse to face that their problem is one of spending, not revenue ), the legislature can change the rates and levels to anything they want, including reimposing the taxes cut and eliminated in the initiative. I don’t think the public will buy this, especially in light of what happened to 960 this session. I actually think that if it makes it on the ballot, it could help the R’s and hurt the D’s. Look to see how many prominent D’s endorse and support it. The Governor doesn’t count since she doesn’t face re-election this year. I think Frank Chopp and other D candidates and consultants are praying that it fails to get the signatures to qualify. BTW, I will be heading up the No on 1077 campaign, filed as a committee last week and our website should be up soon.

WHAT HYPOCRITES THE LEFT are, in politics and the media. They spend lots of time crying about the ‘violent’ tea partiers, the threats, shamelessly using the memory of the Oklahoma City bombing to suggest that another one is right around the corenr, and some crazed tea partier will be responsible, or Rush Limbaugh, or anti-government rhetoric. Then some activists on the Left announce planes to crash the tea parties, with intent to provoke the violence, since there is none happening. Then, in a real and true case of threatened violence, when an Islamic website threatens the creators of South Park with death, it’s gets strangely quiet. Where is Bill Clinton? Where is MSNBC? Where is President Obama? And, all those media types who like to parade themselves as vessels of courage and truth, as defenders of the First Amendment, they are all strangely quiet again when Comedy Central censors the episodes – with the sole exception of John Stewart and the Daily Show. Their credibility should be shredded, they should be ashamed. They can defend freedom of speech against non-existant threats, but turn to Jello when there is a real threat.

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FYI, I WILL BE FILLING IN FOR DAVID BOZE on Wednesday, April 14, KTTH, 770 AM, 3-6 PM. and, all of next week for Dori Monson on KIRO 97.3 FM, noon-3.          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     HEADLINE IN MONDAY’S SEATTLE TIMES: MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED MAY NEVER RECOVER. Of the 15 million unemployed, 44% have been out of work 6 months or more.  Two thirds of these have been out of work a year or more. There are 5.5 unemployed workers for every job opening.  Federal spending on unemployment could hit nearly $170 billion this year.

TAX QUOTE OF THE DAY, from the Economist: “Politicians use the tax code to encourage things they like, such as driving hybrid cars, and to discourage things they don’t like, such as work.”

GALLUP DAILY TRACKING FOR THE week ending April 11 puts Republicans ahead of Democrats 48% to 44% among registered voters in Congressional voting preferences. Since the passage of health care reform three weeks ago, Republicans have led or tied three weeks in a row. Gallup called it “rare” that Republicans lead among voters on this issue. ( NOTE: many polls use ‘likely voters’ which is different from ‘voters’ ). Gallup reports that only twice – in 1994 and 2002 – have Republicans shown this strength in this poll question. November is coming.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND $31,406 per household in 2010 according to the Heritage Foundation. ( Are you getting your money’s worth? I am if they are spending all of my money on drones and UAVs to kill terrorists, or highways or Gitmo….otherwise, I think not.). This is the highest level in American history. It will collect $18,276 per household in taxes. The difference is the deficit, which equals $13,130 per household. Of the $31,406, $9,950 is for Social Security and Medicare, $6.071 for defense, $5,466 for anti-poverty programs, $1,640 for unemployment benefits, $1,585 for interest on the national debt and $470 for mortgage bailouts.

THE GOVERNMENT PROMOTES SOLAR POWER as clean and non-polluting but there are other hazards when it is used. Solar Millenium, a California firm, planned on placing a 250 megawatt solar plant in the California desert but the California Energy Commission recommended killing the project because of the ground squirrel, considered endangered. Seems the plant would bisect two major populations of the critter which would, in the words of one official, ” preclude the transference of genes, or the connectivity, and the ability of the species to move through that area and pass genes eithrer to the north or south.”

ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, the Obamacare bill ” apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges. But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect…Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.” Nancy was right, we had to pass the bill to know what was in it.

APRIL 15 TEA PARTIES

FOLKS,  I KNOW THAT most of you have real lives but I hope you can take some time out next Thursday, the 15th and attend a local tea party. There are lots of them to choose from and there are some after work hours as well. The tea party movement has contributed significantly to turning the tide here in our country and I am proud to be part of it. If you go to the website for AFP, www.americansforprosperity.org , you will see a link about halfway down on your right which will take you to the list of all the confirmed tea parties around the state.  I will be speaking at the Olympia and Moses Lake events.  April 15th is also Tax Freedom Day here in Washington State, a very appropriate day to coincide with the tea parties. Tax Freedom Day marks the day you start working for yourself. Washington State is # 5 on the list, meaning 44 other states have earlier days, a lesser tax burden. Something to think about.

IF NOT YOU, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

You can also join AFP wehen you visit the page to check on the tea parties. As State Director, I am biased, but it’s a good group and one you should be a part of.

UPDATE ON HEALTH CARE, THE ECONOMY, OBAMA, SEATTLE SCHOOLS, SO MUCH MORE…..

FIRST, LET ME APOLOGIZE TO you all for not having posted anything substantial in a week or so. Demonstrations, AFP work, it’s been busy. Please understand that sometimes, ideas for rallies and demonstrations are thought of the day before, or maybe two days before, so I don’t always have a lot of time to tell you, but better late notice than no notice. There will be many tea party demonstrations on April 15, morning, noon and night. If you know of one, plesase let me know and I will post it at the AFP website for all to see. www.americansforprosperity.org has a link on the title page to all known tea parties in the state on that day, at least it will as of Monday.

IT IS AMAZING what is going on in Olympia. The Democrats have a 20+ vote margin in the House, a 13 vote margin in the Senate and they hold the Governorship, yet they are about to enter the third week of a special session and they have no budget. No budget after three months of a legislative session whose purpose is to devise a budget.  They shut the R’s out of the process from the beginning, so they have no excuses, except, they are obviously unable to govern. And, that is why we elect people to Olympia, to govern. The state Democrats are unable to govern, and this should be the Republican battle cry this election year.  The Republicans have some incredible candidates, especially in the suburban crescent of King County, like Andy Hill in the 45th, Greg Bennett in the 48th, Joe Fain in the 47th. The theme should be ” they ( the Ds ) can’t govern!”.

LOTTERY PROFITS ARE down in Oregon, some 20% this year, so the answer the legislature came up with is to cut programs for gambling addicts. Actually, those addiction programs are funded by 1% of lottery profits, so there is less money to fund them, but as Josh Barro recently noted in National Review, the growing dependence of states on gambling revenues is a disincentive for the state to discourage and help addicts. The state encourages us to eat healthy but encourages us to gamble. And, state-sanctioned gambling is a tax that preys on lower income people and addicts: 50% of video lottery revenue in Oregon comes from the 10% of gamblers who lose $500 or more a month. Think about that.

THE NEW YORK TIMES reported last week that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a  “major policy revision” that aims to give walking and bicycling the same policy and economic consideration as driving ( italics mine ). Read that again. The same consideration.  ” This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.” wrote the Secretary in his blog. Stop the world, I want to get off.   Enjoy shipping your freight by bike.

THE WASHINGTON POLICY BLOG, brought to you by the Washington Policy Center, told a story last week, on March 29, of the editor of Seattle Business magazine, Leslie Helm, who, along with other parents with kids in the Seattle schools, hired an outside teacher for their kids to learn Algebra I. For two years in a row, Leslie’s son had the same incompetent math teacher, he wasn’t learning anything, so Leslie used Craig’s List and hired a woman with a PhD in philosophy who had taught math at the college level in California.  Thirty kids were divided into two classes for 45 minutes a day. They paid $250 each to cover the teacher’s salary, and completed the entire Algebra I curriculum. Kids who had hated math learned to enjoy it. A twist: the private teacher had applied for a job with Seattle schools but was told she wasn’t qualified.

ON FRIDAY, MARCH 26, the Seattle Times reported that the Public Disclosure Commission cleared Dino Rossi of allegations he illegally coordinated fundraising with the Building Industry Association of Washington during his 2008 gubernatorial campaign. These charges were levied against Dino and BIAW during the campaign and undoubtedly hurt his chances. Now, 18 months later, he and BIAW stand cleared of the smear. Too bad it didn’t come 17 months ago.

SURPRISES KEEP POPPING UP about what’s in the Obamacare bill. For instance, W-2s must now declare the value of your health care benefits; businesses of 50 or more employees MUST provide a private area ( not a bathroom ) for nursing mothers to use their breast pumps for a year after giving birth ( not sure where in the Constitution they get that power ); insurance premiums are expected to rise 17% for young people after the mandate kicks in, because insurance companies are prohibited from charging older folks more; tanning salons now have a 10% Federal tax imposed on them.

Oh, have you heard about the Zoll Medical Corporation in Massachusetts? They make defibrillators, which save heart attack victims. The new tax on the medical device industry will cost the company between $5 and $10 million a year. Their profit last year was $9.5 million. Hope you don’t need one of their defibrillators sometime in the future. They may not be there.

ONE OF MY NEW HEROES is Dr Jack Cassell of Florida, a urologist, who posted on his office door a note saying that if you voted for Obama, you might want to go somewhere else. Of course, the left went nuts, and he did say he wouldn’t turn anyone down, he just wanted people to think about what just happened. He said he was particularly motivated upon seeing the timeline of when all the changes begin, especially next year, 2011, when significant Medicare cuts begin, a new annual tax on brand name drug companies starts,  along with a new tax on private health policies, and your W2 will have to start to show the value of your health benefits, among many others. I hope more doctors speak up, heck, I wish more had before it passed. Nancy Pelosi was right, we had to pass it to find out what is in it.

FINALLY, I MUST MENTION THE THREE STOOGES, the three Democratic Congressmen who made really stupid comments last week. Congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee, who said all that was missing from the tea parties were ‘robes and hoods’. Then, there was Phil Hare from Illinois who, when asked where in the Constitution the Federal government was given the authority to impose a health care mandate, said ” I don’t worry about the Constituion.”. When pressed, he cited ” life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”. When told that those words were in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, he said, ” Doesn’t matter. Either one.”. And, then there was Hank Johnson form Georgia, who at a Committee hearing, expressed concern to an Admiral that stationing more Marines on Guam might cause the island to capsize and tip over. My friends, this is the party of Obama, the 21st Century Democrat party, the folks that have brought you Obamacare, 10% unemployment and a growing national debt that will equal 90% of our GDP in less than ten years. May God bless the United States of America.

NIL DESPARANDUM – Never despair! Fight for your country, your future, your liberty, your kids. Remember in November. Join a tea party, or Americans for Prosperity. Wake up on November 3rd, saying ” We did it!”, not ” I should have done more.”.