If you have read this blog for any time, you have quickly come to realize that none of us here are fans of the KBRA. We have philosophical differences that quickly lead to practical differences in how to solve the problem. And what is the problem? There (apparently) is not enough water in the Basin to support fish, farmers and native American traditions.
Since there is not enough water, a political solution was dreamed up by the KBRA geniuses. Here are some highlights:
- 92,000 acres are given to the Klamath Tribes (also known as the Mazama Tree Farm) funded by taxpayer money.
- Hydroelectric Dams are removed along the Klamath River (paid for in great part by the tax payer).
- Subsidies are issued to Klamath farmers in low water years when they won't be given water (think Welfare for Farmers)
Again this is a political solution. It doesn't recognize that when dams are removed along the Klamath river it will take more water to maintain river levels minimums required by biological opinions — in other words, less water in the lake and less water available for Klamath farmers. That seems backwards, doesn't it? But that is what political solutions do: they remove reality from the equation and use taxpayer money to pacify people who might otherwise object.
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.
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:
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
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?).
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.