We've written about this before, but it is good to be reminded about principles that make the world work, so that we aren't easily swayed by good story tellers and fairy tales. Recently the Herald and News’ editor published a piece titled “Building The Local Economy From Within. Following is the money quote:
Lead by facilitator Gary Weldon, the group included city and county officials, chamber of commerce members, people from Klamath County Economic Development Association and the South Central Oregon Economic Development District, tourism representatives, and officials from Oregon Tech, KCC, Sky Lakes Medical Center, banks and utilities.
Now carefully look at that list and tell me how many government / government funded / government regulated entities are listed versus how many private sector businesses/industries. Hmmm. This is like trying to solve a physics problem and inviting all the English and History professors into a room to figure out the answer. In both scenarios we've got the wrong people in the room. Why? Because the groups listed in the Herald and News story don't offer their products or services in the competitive world. Being competitive, aka profitable, need not apply. For the most part all of these entities are all monopolies. Yet this is the brain trust called together to solve our economic problems? Woe to us.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
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CONTACT: Dani Nichols
KLAMATH FALLS, ORE. - Today, Constitution Day, at the Klamath County Commissioner’s Weekly Public Meeting, Dennis Linthicum announced his intention to explore pursuing the U.S. Representative position in Oregon’s Second District.
“After talking to the people of Klamath County and surrounding areas, I’m convinced that those in the 2nd District of Oregon are looking for leadership and strong, Constitutionally conservative values,” Commissioner Dennis Linthicum said before the meeting. “Our economy is struggling and, at the county level, I see every day how individuals, families and businesses are impacted by bad policies and tone-deaf regulation. My goal with this exploratory effort is not to turn away from Klamath County’s issues, but to be able to represent them, and other counties in the 2nd District, in a more substantial way at the Federal level.”
When our daughter returned from the campground restroom she tried her best to tell us what she had just seen and heard. It took a while for her giggles to refrain into intelligible words and I must say that along the way her breathless laughter became really, really contagious. Just like the majority of U.S. Senators and media types when the current president speaks, we had no clue as to what we were so convulsively happy about. But that lack of wisdom did not quench our giddiness.
What had actually happened was that as she neared her destination she detected both male and female voices enthusiastically arising from the ladies side of the outdoorsie facility. Upon cautiously entering, therein she discovered two twenty somethings busily fidgeting to get just the right long lens, tripoded, really nice camera shot in the gloomy incandescent toilet room light. As it turned out though the subject was a large plastic spider. Yet to the environmentally sensitive superior and fair minded city folk it was an amazing and possibly undiscovered spidey species.
I knew instantly what she was referring to as there was a matching obviously plastic representation on the fellow’s side. I was wishing that I had been the one to think of that prankish deception. Those in attendance were surprised if not unconvinced that I was not the perpetrator.
Someone once said a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore...
Like so many battles ongoing in our society the Klamath water struggle is simply (beneath the spiritual level anyway) an issue of Left vs. Right, Competing Marxisms vs. Capitalism, oppression vs. freedom.
The mind set of those who cut our irrigation water off and continue to fiendishly dominate it hasn’t changed. The mind set of some of those affected by the 2001 water cut off has changed however. To them the bad guys are now the ones who were the victims then and continue to resist those same scandalous forces now. Some say that a change of that nature may indicate that they have actually taken on the perspective of the aggressor. That new worldview may have been adopted for any number of reasons, many of which could well have been good and noble in the beginning.
The veiled essence of that regressive Progressive perspective is captured in a You Tube video titled; “Occupy Cascadia Documentary”. After viewing such you may start to understand why it was that a May 30, 2013 rally was held some six + hours away from Klamath Falls in Portland, Oregon. The event was organized to thank Senator Ron Wyden for his support of the KBRA/KHSA. As some may know, Portland is the political heart and soul of Cascadia. And no, K Falls isn’t a yarnhead controlled commune locale yet, so an assembly as such would not come off quite so well appreciated here - local newspaper coverage aside.
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:
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
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.
One thing you have to admit, Liberals are a patient lot. Liberalism didn't just appear in America one day. Instead, slowly but steadily Liberalism has been advancing the cause of an all powerful state, an irrelevant church, and the subservient individual.
A popular tactic of the Left is called incrementalism. It is a slippery slope that gets the public to buy into a liberal idea — but slowly over time. Incrementalism typically ties itself to an emotional or compassionate cause (we need to help the needy, the children, the elderly, etc). The way incrementalism works is similar to boiling a frog. If a frog were placed into boiling pot of water, the frog naturally reacts by immediately jumping out of the pot containing certain death. However, if you place a frog into cool water and slowly over time warm the water to a state of boiling, the frog will never know what has happened until it is too late.
In Klamath County we see this playing out with the County School Bond Measure soon before us. The plea is "Just a little bit more". Even though the County and City school districts receive nearly $100 million each year (that's nearly $1 Billion spent on public education in our county in just 10 years), they will be asking you for just a little bit more: a mere 53¢ per $1,000 on property taxes. That sounds harmless enough. This blog has several reasons to be against this bond measure, but this post looks at what's happening incrementally.