Coffee shops are known around the world as not just a place to grab a good cup of a Joe, but as a place to sit down and catch up with a friend, for small business owners to strike deals with new customers and a great place to chill while listening to some eclectic music. Coffee shops are for students to do homework and for business people to work while on the road in between appointments. Coffee shops are where new ideas are talked about and where a community truly comes together. Matter of fact the hallmark of a thriving community is that good coffee shops are in its midst.
Therefore because of all the benefits coffee shops bring to a community what if one day the County Commissioners, City Council and other community leaders decided to put forth a ballot measure for a new coffee shop taxing district? For only $0.49/$1,000 the county could provide three fantastic coffee shops in Klamath Falls (maybe one that was even open 24-hours a day) and then six more satellite coffee shops in Malin, Merrill, Keno, Bonanza, Chiloquin and Gilchrist.
To make the coffee shop experience accessible to all, a basic cup of coffee (and refills) would be free. All specialty coffee drinks would only be $1.00, and food items would top out at $2.50. Again, the idea is for no one to be excluded from the cultural and educational benefits of coffee shops — especially the poor and under privileged. Children (26 years old and under) would be allowed to have food for free, and instead of free coffee could get a nice cup of hot cocoa (with parental approval of course).
Wednesday morning at Klamath Community College a group of about 30 government officials and state-wide bureaucrats gathered to congratulate each other for signing a non-binding agreement to launch the Klamath IDEA project. Klamath IDEA stands for Inspire Development – Energize Acceleration. According the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce’s website, the big idea (pun intended) is to
“...focus local, regional, and statewide resources on the creation of a business incubator and accelerator in Klamath County. The IDEA will promote, support, consult, and provide business and marketing advice to local entrepreneurs in the development of start-up and business expansion opportunities in Klamath County.”
If you’ve surfed the web anytime since January, you were bound to see a Greg Walden ad. The picture above shows two ads. The one of the left is from February, which has now been replaced with the ad on the right. Notice any difference?
The change is subtle, but that is exactly how career politicians work. They slowly shift from one position to another all the while claiming to have your best interest at heart. But do they? Does he? Let’s examine the change and then you can decide for yourself.
Political signs, like Spring tulips, are dotting the basin floor. One of those signs is “Yes - Klamath Museums”. Ballot Measure 18-95 will add a mere $0.05/$1,000 of assessed value to your property taxes. For that tax you get a Klamath County Museum, Fort Klamath and the Baldwin Hotel. In addition, you get free admission to the museum for school children and other children's programs.
Sounds like a bargain right? Actually, it is socialism in full bloom.
A few/minority of people who have a vested interest in keeping these enterprises open are asking for everyone else to pay for their wish. Let me ask, how many times in the last three years were you at any of these venues? If none, then you should ask for a refund.
This video appeared yesterday and is an interesting look at how Rep. Greg Walden’s voting record isn’t so different from the other four representatives in Oregon — all democrats.
Rep. Walden likes to make the case since he’s the only Republican in Oregon, that we can’t un-elect him. Watch the video and see if that is such a good idea now that the truth of his voting record is coming to light.
Suppose I were to list a set of qualifications and then ask you a question after each, “Would you vote for that person? Yes or No?” Well suppose no longer. That is exactly what this article does.
- Would you vote for someone who had spent 30 years in politics?
- Would you vote for someone who had spent 30 years in the private sector?
- Would you vote for someone who has a record of increasing spending?
- Would you vote for someone who has a record of being a fiscal conservative (not increasing spending)?
- Would you vote for someone who has a record of raising taxes?
- Would you vote for someone who has stood strong against new taxes?
- Would you vote for someone who has voted to allow the NSA to continue spying on Americans?
- Would you vote for someone who has said he would vote to unfund the NSA so it could no longer breach the 4th Amendment?
- Would you vote for someone who has continued to fully fund Obamacare?
- Would you vote for someone who has said they would not vote for any funding of Obamacare?
Look at your answers:
- If you answered No to the odd numbered questions and Yes to the even numbered ones, then you are a conservative.
- If you answered Yes to any of the odd ones or No to any of the even ones then you probably are a moderate.
That is the exact difference in this year’s primary. Greg Walden represents saying Yes to the odd numbered questions (moderate). Dennis LInthicum represents saying Yes to the even numbered ones (conservative).
We've all seen them. We all know one. Hypocrites seem to surround us. But fortunately we can usually order our lives to make their impact minimal. However, when one of them our sitting congressman, that is tough to do. Every vote he makes does impact our lives.
Why do I call Rep. Greg Walden a hypocrite? For a couple of good reasons.
1. Walden’s Claim That He Is A Fiscal Conservative Is False
Rather than use rhetoric and fancy slogans, I'll provide some evidence to prove my claims. First let me ask, if you think Mr. Walden is a fiscal conservative, where did you get that idea? Most likely it was from listening to Mr. Walden himself. Let me suggest, you can not conclude Greg Walden is a fiscal conservative from looking at his voting record. For if you were to do that you would find what I did:
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.
One of the more famous rules in baseball is “three strikes and your out!” If only that were true for politicians. This year is just six weeks old and already Congressman Greg Walden has whiffed twice on important legislation. He says he’s proud of his record, but I wonder who he has in mind when saying that — those of us that foot the bill for his spending spree or the lobbyists who reap the rewards of said legislation.
Congress has voted on three very important pieces of legislation in 2014. Unfortunately Representative Walden isn't representing us very well. Ask yourself, how would you have voted on these three bills?
- $1.1 Trillion Dollar Omnibus Bill — fully funded Obamacare for another year
- $950 Billion Farm Bill — 80% will go towards Food Stamps; the rest to Big Agriculture
- Increase Debt Ceiling Limit — with no required reduction in spending
Most conservatives and fiscally responsible Republicans would have voted “No” on all three bills. However our nice-guy, Congressman Greg Walden, voted to approve the first two spending bills. Walden voted no on the Debt Ceiling increase (but it passed anyways). In baseball that's what we call “down in the count.” Unfortunately in politics that's what's called “business as usual.” The funny thing is if you look at Walden's last six votes on the Debt Ceiling increases, he has voted three times for and three times against. When it comes to being a consistent player at the plate, Mr. Walden can be depended on only 50% of the time. When it comes to the budget and borrowing, our country needs someone who can be depended on 100% of the time.
Last night a debate between Commissioner Tom Mallams and Kate Marquez took place. The topic: The proposed change in county government, also known as the Klamath County Charter. Mr. Mallams is against the Charter. Ms. Marquez is a proponent for the Charter.
The issue is not that complicated. Ms. Marquez’ main argument is that this move will place a professional in charge of management, and then be overseen by three part time county commissioners. This move will save the county money and better county government will follow because of a full time expert will be running the show.
Mr. Mallams counters these claims of cost savings. He has a three-page paper that documents why the proposed Charter form of government will actually cost more than what is spent today on county government. Mallams further's his case against the Charter by saying the comparison of this Charter proposal to Jackson county's form Charter run government is like comparing apples and oranges: this proposal has part time commissioners while Jackson county's are full time.