If you are Republican of any flavor it is not hard to see what a mess the party is in. The only saving grace is that the other side is in as bad of, or worse, shape. However that is not enough to win elections or to bring real change to this country in order to live once again as a free and prosperous people.
The Republican party is in trouble because it has left its founding principles. Many in the Republican party, at the national, state and local levels, claim to be for fiscal responsibility and limited government. These same Republicans become upset when our tax dollars are used to help illegal aliens receive benefits meant for tax payers or for citizens in distress. However, when you dig a little deeper you often find a hypocrisy among these Republicans that they are unaware of — and what’s more, when you point out this hypocrisy to them, they get very upset.
For the most part I consider these Republicans well meaning but lost. What has happened is that they have moved from a principled view of government, where they claim to believe in the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and moved to a preference view of government.
Last night I had the opportunity to attend the Klamath County Republican Central Committee meeting. A gentleman spoke on reasons why we should vote no on both the Public Safety levy and the KBREC levy. It was an entertaining and informative talk.
What surprised me were two men who disagreed with the speaker’s point of view. During the question and answer session there was some discussion about how the county jail has been funded with Road Fund dollars and whether that was a good or bad idea going forward. One of the two gentlemen blurted out “We can’t continue to steal from the Road Funds.” Note, he is in favor of passing the Public Safety levy.
That comment stuck in my craw the wrong way until I realized why. This pro-Public Safety levy man was claiming it was wrong for the government to take money from one government account (set aside for a specific purpose, in this case roads) and use it for another government need (the jail). However at the same time he was perfectly fine taking money from my (personal) account to use on another government need (the jail). That’s when I had that “ah-ha” moment. What had bothered me was his hypocrisy, because if one action was stealing, then both actions were stealing. It just so happens that one scenario “steals” from a government account he wants to protect, but when “stealing” from my wallet — he could care less. “Hand it over”, in other words.
A new website, KlamathJailLevy.com sprung up this week to defend tax payers, explaining why Public Safety Levy 18-100 is a bad deal for Klamath County residents. We endorse this effort and hope you will take five minutes to learn the whole truth about the Public Safety levy before voting. What's more, please share this website to friends and family through email and Facebook.
The data on this website is not well known. Don’t expect the Herald and News or the proponents for this levy (Commissioners and Sheriff) to help you learn about it either because the information on this website is detrimental to their cause. That is exactly why you need to first learn the truth by visiting the website, and then spread the word to like minded conservatives.
It seems like every government agency and its dog is looking for “secure funding”. Whether it is the jail, OSU Extension Service, the public schools, the museum, the public library,... the list is almost endless. Every government agency now wants their own taxing district so they can ensure funding from year to year without worry whether the Commissioners might cut their budgets because of poor cost management and/or declining tax receipts.
What if JELD-WEN wanted the same thing, secure funding? As one of the largest employers in Klamath County, what if JELD-WEN asked tax payers for just $1.00/$1,000 in order to ensure they could keep jobs here in the Klamath Basin instead of shipping them to North Carolina? What if the local bakery wanted the same thing to help local bakeries be better prepared to survive a future economic down turn? And how about all the lawyers and accountants? We certainly need their services in our little community, so why shouldn't the rest of us sacrifice just a little bit more to ensure secure funding for these businesses too?
Hopefully you can quickly see how this idea is endless and unworkable. So this begs the question, why does government need “secure funding” when the rest of us (who pay the taxes) don’t get such assurances in our personal or professional lives? I suppose the response would be, “Well Mr. Smith, that's because we need certain government services, and we can't afford to not have them.” I agree with this statement to a point — if we can properly define what the word “need” means. There are indeed a few services a county government needs to and should provide. But those services belong to a very limited set. Most of the things county government provides are really wants by special interest groups cleverly disguised as community needs.
Just days after successfully helping President Obama secure funding for his illegal, Executive Amnesty program, Representative Greg Walden quickly went to his computer to make sure his constituents know he is fighting against Obama? What??? Here is his email to the district:
So is this what “conservative” representation now looks like? Our “conservative” representative voting to get Obama’s Cromnibus budget thorough Congress, and two months later joining more Democrats than Republicans to help Obama get his illegal amnesty program fully funded? Of course it isn't. This is a Republican whose first name is RINO. Don't be suckered by the charm and ah-shucks presentation of this inside-the-beltway, DC schmoozer.
This has been a very bad two weeks for our nation. Last week five unelected FCC officials (thank you Congress for “overseeing” their activities) voted 3-2 to make the internet a regulated utility, now under the jurisdiction of the FCC. The liberal lie of Net Neutrality won, and another sector of the free market economy falls.
Not to be outdone, earlier this week our beloved Congressman, Greg Walden, joined 74 other Republicans who voted to fully fund Obama’s executive order — making millions of illegal aliens legal. In other words, Walden voted for Obama’s Amnesty.
You can read the full story here. I’m certain Walden will soon be traveling the district (on the tax payers dime), giving excuses for this traitorous behavior. Get ready to hear:
You can credit liberals with one thing — they are a persistent lot. The Herald and News once again carries their water with this story “Advanced Diploma, fifth-year program pays off.” Sounds like a great success, right? The Advanced Diploma Program allows students who failed to graduate their senior year to attend KCC the following year, earn their high school diploma AND receive credit for their first year of college. The Advanced Diploma Program classes magically count for both their high school and their college education. The Advanced Diploma program propels the Klamath Falls City School graduation rate of 47% and the Klamath County Schools graduation rate of 67% to 90%. Wow. Simply amazing. Isn’ this great?!?
Unfortunately, as with most liberally slanted stories in the Herald and News, this story omits any analysis as to whether this program is truly a benefit for our community or not. This piece does not give the “other side of the story”, so that is what I intend to do. At the end of this article I hope you have a clearer understand of what is really going on and therefore can make an intelligent decision whether to raise your pompoms in praise of this “progress” in our children’s education or not.
Suppose there was a parent of a 13 year old boy. One night at the table, the 13-year old refuses to eat any of his vegetables. He is ready for a fight. He wants to show a little independence and he has decided to stake his flag on not eating vegetables. The parent first tries to reason with with the boy, but he refuses. Next the parent tries an emotional plea but that fails as well. Exasperated the parent resorts to offering him a special desert at his favorite restaurant in exchange for him eating his vegetables. The boy smiles and agrees. A few days later that same parent learns the boy refuses to clean his room. Again reason and emotion fail to persuade him, so the parent offers to pay for him and friends to see a movie, if he would only clean his room. The boy smiles and agrees.
When Obamacare became law in 2010, the overwhelming response of the Republican party was “Repeal Obamacare”. It was Obamacare, coupled with the Obama’s Economic Stimulus (borrow and print) Plan, that caused voters to reject President Obama’s agenda. The 2010 mid-term elections returned control of the U.S. House back to Republicans in order to prevent Obama from further transforming America into a socialist nation. Our own congressman, Greg Walden, benefited from this shift in power and was promoted to U.S. House leadership, where he echoed the “Repeal Obamacare” mantra as he traveled Oregon’s 2nd congressional district.
In 2012 Mitt Romney led the charge against Obamacare with the slogan “Repeal and Replace”. The idea was that Obamacare was bad, but Republicans needed to be seen as the party with a better idea, and not just return the health insurance system back to the broken system before Obamacare. Congressman Walden stood alongside Romney, encouraging everyone in the district to join him to fight Obamacare and to replace it with a better, Republican health insurance plan. Leading up to the 2014 mid-terms Congressman Walden ran campaign ads asking for online donations to “Fight Obamacare”.
This all sounds so good, and that’s why I’m worried — and you should be too. Are we victims of the old “bait and switch” tactic?
Klamath County — at or near 10% unemployment for over six years straight. Many are homeless. Many are on State or Federal subside programs while at the same time almost everyone employed by a government agency has not felt one drop of the economic tragedy since the housing collapse of 2008.
So the leftists go to work. They are going to bring economic prosperity through more programs, better public school buildings (not education), more parks and improved public safety. But that is not how the real world works. Improving those items are nice, and may earn one accolades by fellow citizens because it all sounds so wonderful and noble. However, that is not how to build a local economy.
On Monday we lost a great, conservative county commissioner and replaced him with a moderate politician. Kelly Minty-Morris was sworn into office on Monday as the next Klamath County Commissioner. Even though the Commissioner seats are now non-partisan, as a Republican Minty-Morris joins two other Republicans in office: Jim Bellet and Tom Mallams.
We see this change from Linthicum to Minty-Morris as an unfortunate setback for conservative values in government. Linthicum continually opposed ballot measures that restricted the people’s liberty and/or raised taxes (which if you think for a moment are one in the same). He fought hard to make government do with less, so that the people could do more. However, the three commissioners now in office (for the next two years) may claim they hold these same principles, but in practice it is far less certain.
Three reasons to worry: