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20
Apr
2015
by: T. Jefferson 2 Comments
Categories: Economics, Government

Klamath-childrenOf course you’re going to support the farmers, ranchers and children by voting Yes on 18-101: the KBREC OSU Extension Center levy. Who would be against such a thing? 

This is the perpetual lie of the Left. They claim that if we continue to acquiesce and send more of our disposable income to government that County and State officials know best how to bring about utopia. 18-101 is no different.

Previously the OSU Extension Center and 4-H were funded by our general property taxes. This meant the County Commissioners looked at their budgets and allocated a certain amount for these services. Since 2007, when the housing bubble burst and economic collapse ensued, the Commissioners have steadily been setting aside less and less for this program. It isn’t that they think the OSU Extension Center is a bad program or that 4-H is not worth funding, but the County Commissioners had to make a decision with their limited resources and decided that the county had higher priorities that needed to be funded. (Why can’t we also claim the same thing with our limited budgets without being labeled “selfish”, “cheap” or “uncaring” by those with a differing opinion?)

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1984-george-orwellThe one thing the Left is very good at is bending language to favor their point of view. 

One such example is the Public Safety Levy. Just think about that for a moment. Why didn’t they call it the “Fund The Jail Levy”? Because no one wants to pay more taxes for a jail, but many will pay more to stay or be safe. But that begs the question, how safe? How safe is safe enough? Do we need to pay for police officers on every corner? That would be safer, but really expensive.

Rarely do public officials use hard data UNLESS it favors their position. Instead they prefer to create a nebulous world with language, talking endlessly about keeping you "safe" or "safer". But those of us in the real world who have limited resources must have a better metric to determine if the level of safety today is adequate not — and that data is often difficult to come by, or people are too lazy to look it up. So the Left wins their argument by claiming to be the champions of safety and all opponents are people who are obviously cheap, uncaring and selfish. (Learn more about the Jail levy — including great and easy to understand data).

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11
Apr
2015
by: G.W. Washington 1 Comment
Categories: Government, Culture

Farmers-ranchers-republicansIf you are Republican of any flavor it is not hard to see what a mess the party is in. The only saving grace is that the other side is in as bad of, or worse, shape. However that is not enough to win elections or to bring real change to this country in order to live once again as a free and prosperous people.

The Republican party is in trouble because it has left its founding principles. Many in the Republican party, at the national, state and local levels, claim to be for fiscal responsibility and limited government. These same Republicans become upset when our tax dollars are used to help illegal aliens receive benefits meant for tax payers or for citizens in distress. However, when you dig a little deeper you often find a hypocrisy among these Republicans that they are unaware of — and what’s more, when you point out this hypocrisy to them, they get very upset.

For the most part I consider these Republicans well meaning but lost. What has happened is that they have moved from a principled view of government, where they claim to believe in the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and moved to a preference view of government.

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1940s-bank-robberLast night I had the opportunity to attend the Klamath County Republican Central Committee meeting. A gentleman spoke on reasons why we should vote no on both the Public Safety levy and the KBREC levy. It was an entertaining and informative talk.

What surprised me were two men who disagreed with the speaker’s point of view. During the question and answer session there was some discussion about how the county jail has been funded with Road Fund dollars and whether that was a good or bad idea going forward. One of the two gentlemen blurted out “We can’t continue to steal from the Road Funds.” Note, he is in favor of passing the Public Safety levy.

That comment stuck in my craw the wrong way until I realized why. This pro-Public Safety levy man was claiming it was wrong for the government to take money from one government account (set aside for a specific purpose, in this case roads) and use it for another government need (the jail). However at the same time he was perfectly fine taking money from my (personal) account to use on another government need (the jail). That’s when I had that “ah-ha” moment. What had bothered me was his hypocrisy, because if one action was stealing, then both actions were stealing. It just so happens that one scenario “steals” from a government account he wants to protect, but when “stealing” from my wallet — he could care less. “Hand it over”, in other words.

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No on 18-100, Public Safety LevyA new website, KlamathJailLevy.com sprung up this week to defend tax payers, explaining why Public Safety Levy 18-100 is a bad deal for Klamath County residents. We endorse this effort and hope you will take five minutes to learn the whole truth about the Public Safety levy before voting. What's more, please share this website to friends and family through email and Facebook.

The data on this website is not well known. Don’t expect the Herald and News or the proponents for this levy (Commissioners and Sheriff) to help you learn about it either because the information on this website is detrimental to their cause. That is exactly why you need to first learn the truth by visiting the website, and then spread the word to like minded conservatives.

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17
Mar
2015
by: A. Smith 4 Comments
Categories: Government

Serfdom Next ExitIt seems like every government agency and its dog is looking for “secure funding”. Whether it is the jail, OSU Extension Service, the public schools, the museum, the public library,... the list is almost endless. Every government agency now wants their own taxing district so they can ensure funding from year to year without worry whether the Commissioners might cut their budgets because of poor cost management and/or declining tax receipts.

What if JELD-WEN wanted the same thing, secure funding? As one of the largest employers in Klamath County, what if JELD-WEN asked tax payers for just $1.00/$1,000 in order to ensure they could keep jobs here in the Klamath Basin instead of shipping them to North Carolina? What if the local bakery wanted the same thing to help local bakeries be better prepared to survive a future economic down turn? And how about all the lawyers and accountants? We certainly need their services in our little community, so why shouldn't the rest of us sacrifice just a little bit more to ensure secure funding for these businesses too?

Hopefully you can quickly see how this idea is endless and unworkable. So this begs the question, why does government need “secure funding” when the rest of us (who pay the taxes) don’t get such assurances in our personal or professional lives? I suppose the response would be, “Well Mr. Smith, that's because we need certain government services, and we can't afford to not have them.” I agree with this statement to a point — if we can properly define what the word “need” means. There are indeed a few services a county government needs to and should provide. But those services belong to a very limited set. Most of the things county government provides are really wants by special interest groups cleverly disguised as community needs.

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06
Mar
2015
by: P. Henry 0 Comments
Categories: Government

Just days after successfully helping President Obama secure funding for his illegal, Executive Amnesty program, Representative Greg Walden quickly went to his computer to make sure his constituents know he is fighting against Obama? What??? Here is his email to the district:

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Walden, Fundraising, 7 dollarsSo is this what “conservative” representation now looks like? Our “conservative” representative voting to get Obama’s Cromnibus budget thorough Congress, and two months later joining more Democrats than Republicans to help Obama get his illegal amnesty program fully funded? Of course it isn't. This is a Republican whose first name is RINO. Don't be suckered by the charm and ah-shucks presentation of this inside-the-beltway, DC schmoozer.

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Greg-walden-headshotThis has been a very bad two weeks for our nation. Last week five unelected FCC officials (thank you Congress for “overseeing” their activities) voted 3-2 to make the internet a regulated utility, now under the jurisdiction of the FCC. The liberal lie of Net Neutrality won, and another sector of the free market economy falls.

Not to be outdone, earlier this week our beloved Congressman, Greg Walden, joined 74 other Republicans who voted to fully fund Obama’s executive order — making millions of illegal aliens legal. In other words, Walden voted for Obama’s Amnesty.

You can read the full story here. I’m certain Walden will soon be traveling the district (on the tax payers dime), giving excuses for this traitorous behavior. Get ready to hear:

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01
Feb
2015
by: P. Henry 0 Comments
Categories: Government, Culture

Public Education 2+2=5You can credit liberals with one thing — they are a persistent lot. The Herald and News once again carries their water with this story “Advanced Diploma, fifth-year program pays off.” Sounds like a great success, right? The Advanced Diploma Program allows students who failed to graduate their senior year to attend KCC the following year, earn their high school diploma AND receive credit for their first year of college. The Advanced Diploma Program classes magically count for both their high school and their college education. The Advanced Diploma program propels the Klamath Falls City School graduation rate of 47% and the Klamath County Schools graduation rate of 67% to 90%. Wow. Simply amazing. Isn’ this great?!?

Unfortunately, as with most liberally slanted stories in the Herald and News, this story omits any analysis as to whether this program is truly a benefit for our community or not. This piece does not give the “other side of the story”, so that is what I intend to do. At the end of this article I hope you have a clearer understand of what is really going on and therefore can make an intelligent decision whether to raise your pompoms in praise of this “progress” in our children’s education or not.

Suppose there was a parent of a 13 year old boy. One night at the table, the 13-year old refuses to eat any of his vegetables. He is ready for a fight. He wants to show a little independence and he has decided to stake his flag on not eating vegetables. The parent first tries to reason with with the boy, but he refuses. Next the parent tries an emotional plea but that fails as well. Exasperated the parent resorts to offering him a special desert at his favorite restaurant in exchange for him eating his vegetables. The boy smiles and agrees. A few days later that same parent learns the boy refuses to clean his room. Again reason and emotion fail to persuade him, so the parent offers to pay for him and friends to see a movie, if he would only clean his room. The boy smiles and agrees.

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21
Jan
2015
by: P. Henry 0 Comments
Categories: Government

Repeal ObamacareWhen Obamacare became law in 2010, the overwhelming response of the Republican party was “Repeal Obamacare”. It was Obamacare, coupled with the Obama’s Economic Stimulus (borrow and print) Plan, that caused voters to reject President Obama’s agenda. The 2010 mid-term elections returned control of the U.S. House back to Republicans in order to prevent Obama from further transforming America into a socialist nation. Our own congressman, Greg Walden, benefited from this shift in power and was promoted to U.S. House leadership, where he echoed the “Repeal Obamacare” mantra as he traveled Oregon’s 2nd congressional district.

In 2012 Mitt Romney led the charge against Obamacare with the slogan “Repeal and Replace”. The idea was that Obamacare was bad, but Republicans needed to be seen as the party with a better idea, and not just return the health insurance system back to the broken system before Obamacare. Congressman Walden stood alongside Romney, encouraging everyone in the district to join him to fight Obamacare and to replace it with a better, Republican health insurance plan. Leading up to the 2014 mid-terms Congressman Walden ran campaign ads asking for online donations to “Fight Obamacare”. 

This all sounds so good, and that’s why I’m worried — and you should be too. Are we victims of the old “bait and switch” tactic?

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