My fellow author’s article last week about Donald Trump seemed to stir up quite a negative reaction from those who firmly stand behind “The Donald”. After reading G.W.’s article and then the comments that followed, what I gleaned was fascinating — the term “conservative” seems to have lost any real meaning.
To be a conservative now-a-days seems to be someone who claims to back a particular set of policies.
Can we tell if someone is a real conservative if they are for:
“The Donald”, as he is often called, is #1 one in all of the summertime Republican primary polls — and all of the Washington insiders are dumbfounded. The 2016 Republican primary contest was to be like 2012, where the establishment GOP put up their candidate, this time Jeb Bush, and the rest of the field, made up of self-proclaimed conservative purists, wrestled each other for the crumbs. This is how 2012 turned out. Then the candidate of choice was Mitt Romney. Romney stood tall and smiled while everyone else tried to show why they were the best anti-Romney candidate. We all know how that turned out. Romney won the Republican primary and then lost the general election to the weakest sitting president since George Herbert Walker Bush (Bush 41).
The establishment has given us some real “winners” over the years: Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. While all fine men, none of them were conservative in their core governing values. And without that your elected official can change their position on any issue, at any time because nothing really anchors them. They just float around looking for the popular choices to make and avoid standing out with any of the controversial ones.
So what of Donald Trump? Why is he popular? First people loved his television show. They liked that in a culture, that for decades has been feminized, here stood a masculine hero that was not afraid to tell celebrities they screwed up — “You’re fired”. Right next to celebrity is leadership. The Apprentice always made Donald Trump the leader, the man in charge. People like that. And so with celebrity and the aura of leadership Trump enters the Presidential race leveraging these two assets.
Harsh words maybe, but unfortunately true. Sometimes the truth can hurt. Greg Walden’s editorial published in the Herald and News is yet another example that demonstrates what is wrong with Washington, as well as with Mr. Walden’s thinking.
Walden’s plan is nothing but another “shuffling the deck chairs” to make you think he is working hard and that he is getting something done to better Oregon’s forests. While all the activity and smoke created by Walden & Co. might produce something slightly better, in essence all will be the same. One has to ask, is that what we want from our Representative — a lot of activity but little real change?
The problem is not how well the US Forest Service or BLM manage forests in Oregon. The problem is that the US Forest Service and BLM manage forests in Oregon.
The Founding Fathers empowered the Federal government with a very narrow scope in how to govern the union. Believe it or not, managing forests was not one of the powers granted the Federal government. Read the Constitution. Read all of the amendments. Read the Declaration of Independence. The word “forest” is absent in all of them. Why? Because the Federal government was never meant to, nor designed to, manage forests all across the nation. This responsibility was to be “reserved to the States, or to the people.”
Would you continue to hire a babysitter who, when watching your children, only honored your wishes 40% of the time? How about 50% of the time? What about 60% of the time?
If you answered no, then why do you put up with a congressman who does the same thing?
You’ve probably heard this argument before. The thinking goes that because Greg Walden is the only Republican from the State of Oregon who represents us in Washington DC, as Republicans we must support him. He is our only voice. That sounds good on the face of it. But what if that Republican (Greg Walden) votes more often like a Democrat? What if that Republican is doing a terrible job representing conservative values? Do you still believe the same thing?
Welcome to beautiful and smoky Klamath County. What?!? Smoky? Yes, smoky. With several forest fires in full swing, the Klamath Basin looks like San Francisco with a bank of fog that will never leave.
But fear not. The EPA has one air quality monitor in Klamath Falls that will record the poor air quality and issue fines for Klamath County not meeting the EPA’s air quality standards. What’s that? The EPA does not measure air quality during the summer months? What?!? The EPA only measures air quality during winter months when people heat their homes with affordable firewood? Hmmmm. Seems like another government policy that sounds good, “prevent poor air quality” but really has a hidden agenda — eliminate the use of fire places and un-sanctioned wood stoves.
We can cry and bellyache all we want about Democrats. But we at least should know what to expect: socialism. However, when Republicans, especially Republican Leadership in the House and Senate, also act like Democrats, we have a serious problem. Watch the following video to see how Senator Ted Cruz is unafraid of those who try to bully him into submission. He stands up for us. He stands for truth. He does not let “leadership” — even Republican leadership — get away with telling a lie.
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You probably did not know this (and that’s why we work hard at KlamathNews.net, to report the truth), but your dedicated Klamath County Commissioners received a 1% raise on July 1, 2015. This is only fitting. You see Klamath County Commissioners have not received raises since way back in 2010, and the time had come to correct this problem. We can’t have these public servants starving or falling behind. $68,000 a year is just not enough in 2015.
But wait, the two oldest tenured commissioners started serving in 2013. Both Commissioner Bellet and Mallams have only gone through two budgets without a raise (in other words they haven’t even finished their first term). Kelly Minty Morris has barely got her new curtains up in her office and she also got a raise.
The justification for the Commissioner salary increases can be seen in this presentation (PDF). The bottom line is that other Oregon counties of similar size are giving their commissioners raises, therefore Klamath should as well. That type of thinking is like your teenager demanding that you to buy them a car because their friend’s parents bought them a car. Government employees should only receive a raise if that person is doing a superior job compared to the previous year. Using that logic, Minty-Morris should not get one, because she has barely warmed her chair. Bellet and Mallams also should not get one either because they continue to support (or remain silent on) tax levy after tax levy each election.
To start at the beginning of this article, be sure to read Road Funds or Public Safety Funds? - Part I
How best to spend the “Road Funds” (on roads and bridges or public safety) is a distraction; moreover, it is symptom to the larger and real problem: Klamath County Government is living beyond its means. In other words, County Government is spending more money than it receives each year in tax receipts. How to best spend the Road Funds is a silly question and feigns the idea that County Commissioners are truly looking for the wisest ways to spend your tax dollars. Wisdom says:
The Klamath Patriots Conservative PAC has recently released a new website that does an excellent job of aggregating U.S. Representative Greg Walden’s voting record. The website is called WaldensRecord.com.
The website has compiled information from conservative watchdog groups Freedom Works, Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Conservative Review so that you can easily weigh Rep. Greg Walden’s words against his actual voting record. A sidebar tab quickly lists key votes with links to more explanation from several conservative websites.
The website also sports a simple and secure online donation form to help the Klamath Patriots Conservative PAC in its efforts to support conservative ballot initiatives and candidates. Finally, there is an email update sign-up that will keep you informed about his voting record going forward.
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It seems these days any level of government that is “working hard for the people” is busy reforming itself. While the word reform used to mean making a substantive change for the better, when government officials use this term, it means just the opposite. Those in government who use the word reform want you to think they are doing things to benefit you, but what is really going on is “pretend reform”. The result is inevitably more government control. Very little real substantive change ever happens when government reforms itself. Government reform is like shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic — while a lot of activity takes place and things may look different, the activity translates into very little substantive change.
Why? Because much what the government is doing and involved with is not good. It is bad. So if you reform a bad behavior on the outside, but make no real changes on the inside, the result is only the appearance of good behavior, but nothing really changes. Much of what our government does is contrary to the Constitution and its founding principles of a free and virtuous people who consent to be government by a limited government. So if something is not good, reforming it without really changing the fundamentals yields a mere illusion of change without any real reform. For example, if you heard an alcoholic say they were are going to reform their behavior, what would you expect? The alcoholic would stop drinking. But in government-speak, reform would mean the alcoholic would not start drinking until after 11:00 A.M. Did change happen? Yes. Did true reform take place? No. The new “reform rules” for the alcoholic only give an appearance of change without changing the final outcome. If the alcoholic makes his announcement with a sincere and concerned voice, as if his reform will mean anything substantive, then politics is likely in his future. (A little sarcasm there — just a little).