What is it that most of us do not like about politicians? Is it that we can't pin them down? Is it that they are often squishy on things we think are easy to define? What is it that makes us hopping mad at them? There's one word why politicians are so disliked in modern America. That one word is dishonesty.
We Americans are a forgiving lot. We will put up with almost anything. But one thing we won't stand for is being made a fool. We won't let someone get away with deceiving us. However, that is exactly what Congressman Walden did during his past two trips to Klamath County. During his Town Hall Meeting at OIT in February and again during a fund raiser in April, Mr. Walden trumpeted the fact that he helped put in place the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. What he told everyone the bill did was to stop paying congress if they didn't pass a budget this year. The Senate hasn't passed a budget in nearly four years. This would ensure Congress did, so the two Chambers could go to conference and produce the first budget in four years.
Sounds like a good bill right? Who would be against something as simple as that? Look, if we don't do our job, we shouldn't get paid either. It was a common sense, no-brainer, easy bill to be for — and you know what? The Senate did pass a budget. But here's the problem... there has not been any conference. There still is no budget. Moreover that's not all the bill contained. According to Representative Justin Amash’s Facebook page:
A group called, Voters for Fiscal Responsibility filed a petition last Friday at the Klamath County Clerk's office to recall Dennis Linthicum as county commissioner. Sherri Biggs of Malin Oregon filed the petition on behalf of the group. Voters for Fiscal Responsibility claim that they have become frustrated with all three commissioners and as soon as Tom Mallams and Jim Bellet are eligible for recall, a similar effort will be made on their behalf.
This effort seems like déjà vu all over again. In 2011 Chuck Collins filed a similar petition to recall Commissioners Switzer and Hukill. We wrote about that in the following two articles:
What makes this so familiar is that the action and the reason for the recall is the same, but we just have different actors involved. It is as if Ms. Biggs is channeling Mr. Collins.
Every cave could really use a top of the line GPS. Just think how many of the now idle would be put to work if it became law that every cave in the USA be outfitted with a Global Positioning System. Merely replacing the units damaged by moisture, falling rocks and critters would plunk billions upon billions of equipment and salary bucks into the economy.
Can you imagine the number of extremely well compensated, benefited and richly early retired employees it would take to negotiate the permitting and environmental impact obstacles alone? The creation of even more stringent regulation barriers could potentially produce another 3, 000,000 or so insanely important positions. That in turn would result in a huge increase in medical and mental health career opportunities as the demands upon our medical and mental treatment facilities attempting to treat all of the stress related regulation issues would be horrendous. Just think how many more straight jackets we would need!
We could then repurpose all of that oddly considered unnecessary hunting, commercial, industrial, farm and range land into domestic GPS assembly sites (parts made in China and assembled here). It could all be green powered too. Instead of fossil fuels we could move progressively forward by using bike pedals, sails, drum thumping, hard labor, ruby red slipper tapping friction fiction and related over optimistic silly thoughts.
If you read the Herald and News today it has two Letters to the Editor by Michael J. Fitzgerald and Dan Keppen. While both are well written, both miss the point of those opposed to the Klamath Schools Bond measure. Whether ignorance or arrogance, they are missing the point.
The main point they are missing, and it is a very important one, is that Klamath Schools receive approximately $100 million (that's $100,000,000.00) each year. That's a lot of money, especially in our sparsely populated county. Both Fitzgerald and Keppen ignore this fact. It's as if they believe every penny of this money is wisely spent or that we shouldn't count this money when it comes to buildings and maintenance. Why not? Good question.
Suppose you were a generous parent and you gave your son a weekly allowanceof $100. At the end of the end of the week your son comes to you in a panic and says, "Hey, look, I'm out of money and I'm out of gas. I can't drive anywhere! Can you give me an extra $30 this week? I'll pay you back... I just need to put some gas in the tank." What would your first response be?
A recent Letter to the Editor and a radio ad campaign by the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC take direct aim at Dennis Linthicum, by launching several personal attacks. Isn't it interesting that when someone opposes the Left (increasing taxes to solve a problem) that the person who stands up against these “elites” who “know what’s best for you” is personally attacked? Well it should be no surprise. Rule #13 in Communist Saul Alinsky's handbook, Rules for Radicals, states:
Note: This article has been updated. Thanks to a reader (Ed) who pointed our chart original chart was incorrect.
The wise book states that you can tell where a person’s heart is by seeing where their treasure is also. Below is a chart to help you understand who exactly is supporting the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC.
Last week the Herald and News continued to spread its progressive, liberal filth on the innocent in Klamath County. I've attached a clipping of the article in found in View Points (page 1, page 2). It only requires reading the first paragraph to understand that the person (or group) who wrote this article either lives in an alternative universe or can not let the facts get in the way of their ideology.
“Anyone who attended the inaugural Klamath County Crystal Apple Awards ceremonies Tuesday night for teachers and school staff were surely impressed with the caliber of educators in this county.”
Now wait a moment. Is this the same group of fine educators that produces a 73% graduation rate in the County Schools and a 57% rate in the City Schools? Combined the two districts spend $100,000,000.00 each year to educate our children and 1 out of 3 do not receive a diploma. Moreover of those that do graduate many are not proficient at math or reading. That said, we can be certain that all of them know how to place a condom on a banana and where at their school they can score some funny weed. What's more these students are well versed in the pilgrims bigoted lifestyle, the awful sins of Washington and Jefferson for owning slaves and how much a debt our society owes to the native tribes who were here before us (we're sorry we stole your land, how can we make this up to you?).
There once was a Lady who loved her dog. She had specially selected her puppy from the local Humane Society. The Lady called her dog "Mrs. Hound" and loved her dog as much as one could love dog. The Lady walked Mrs. Hound every morning and every night. The Lady also bought Mrs. Hound the best dog food available to ensure a long, happy and healthy life. It was a match made in doggie heaven.
But one day the Lady had to go back to work. You see, the Lady had adopted the puppy during her two week vacation in the summer, and now that time had now come and gone. So the Lady found a local kennel who would pick up Mrs. Hound each morning and then drop her off in the evening after the Lady had returned from work. The kennel bragged about its programs for puppies and ensured the Lady that Mrs. Hound would be a far better dog for attending their special canine training. They would also provide Mrs. Hound proper socialization, so Mrs. Hound would know how to act around other dogs and people. Naturally Mrs. Hound would receive excellent care while at the kennel. The Lady agreed to the monthly fee, and the next Monday morning the service picked up Mrs. Hound promptly at 7:45 in a special doggie van.
Summer quickly turned to Autumn and soon Winter would be here. Mrs. Hound was growing up and the Lady couldn't be more proud of her.
Have you ever made a decision that later on you regretted making? The answer to that question is, "of course." We have all made decisions that we wish we hadn't made. Sometimes those decisions don't really matter, yet sometimes they can significantly alter the course of our lives. The fool continues to make the same poor choices over and over. The fool doesn't learn from their mistakes. One poor decision after another. The wise person learns from the errors in the past and tries to prevent from making them again going forward.
So why do we make such foolish choices?
Well in some cases it is inexperience. We just don't have enough information or experience in a particular matter so we make an error in judgment. Fair enough. This is one way we develop as a child, through adolescent, to maturity as an adult. As we live our lives we add more and more experience to our knowledgebase. But in most cases as adults, our foolish choices are caused when we let our emotions get the best of us.
Senator Marco Rubio talks about the problem with the current direction President Obama and the Democrats want to take the nation.