Friday, July 29, 2011

Our own coward of a congresswoman votes to cave by going with Boehner.

I am opposed to the Boehner plan.

Our congresscritter, obviously, is not since she voted for this horse-hockey.

We fork over $900 BILLION in increased debt ceiling... and next year, we get a $7 whole billion reduction in our budget INCREASE.

Meanwhile, the can is kicked down the road again, when we get to do the same thing, with the same verbiage, all over again, solving... and changing... nothing.

We are spending ourselves into Weimar Republic bankruptcy.

We're lied to when we're told that failing to give into this scam would be a "disaster."

I always thought that when the Titanic was cruising along at full speed and slammed into that iceberg that had they faced the oncoming disaster with a little more caution... you know, slowed down, maybe, and turned to port a few degrees, that wouldn't have happened and James Cameron would have had to find some other disaster to make bank off of.

We see the iceberg ahead. And instead of changing course and slowing down, we're speeding up and turning into it. We see Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain. And do we take the steps to avoid becoming like that?

Hell, no.

We see the talking heads babbling about out "downgrade" if this thing isn't passed. Well, what are we going to do when it IS passed, and they DOWNGRADE US ANYWAY, because the rating firms know the entire bow of our ship of state is rotten clear through, and likely to sink any minute?

What then?

Well, Ridgefield Barbie's boilerplate press release doesn't talk about that, does it?

Will it be tough to default? Sure. But there will be a great many benefits as well, such as torpedoing the moronic CRC rip off. I'd go through with it just to accomplish THAT.

This is a bad bill. It doesn't cut nearly enough. And one of the problems DC has is that while they expect everyone ELSE to sacrifice... none of them are lined up to join with us in that requirement.

So, here it is: Jaime's cowardly explanation, given to her by CMR, no doubt, as to why she tossed us under the bus... again.

Rep. Herrera Beutler votes for Boehner debt limit plan, releases statement

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joined a slim majority of House members Friday in voting in favor of House Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling proposal. The measure needed 217 votes to pass; it passed 218-210, with 22 Republicans voting no.

Herrera Beutler released this statement after the vote:

“All through the debate over how to address the debt ceiling, I have maintained that our solution must meet three criteria. First, it must protect Social Security. Not only does this plan include no cuts to Social Security benefits, it helps us meet our debt obligations and stops the administration from making a decision to withhold Social Security checks.“

“Second, I said I could not support a plan that included any increase in tax rates on families and small businesses in my district. This plan does not include a single tax increase.”

“Third, the plan must put our country back on a financially responsible path by addressing Washington, D.C.’s overspending problem. This plan not only changes the trajectory of this country’s spending, it makes a down payment on lowering our nation’s debt.

“I do not want August 2 to pass without a solution to our country’s impending debt ceiling issue. This plan represents the second solution in that many weeks that I have helped send to the Senate, after last week’s bipartisan ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ proposal. The plan I voted for today isn’t perfect, but it’s a serious proposal to meet the nation’s debt obligations without issuing D.C. another ‘blank check.’”

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bailing on the GOP AGAIN, RINO Ridgefield Barbie votes with the democrats...AGAIN.

With her history of co-sponsoring and voting for SEIU legislation while working to help the fringe leftists in the legislature empty out the state's emergency account, it's not surprising that she's turned her back on Republican principles.

Voting with her buds is something we've come to look forward to from Babs.

Her first time of note in Congress involved only one other GOP'er when she voted to continue funding Obama's mortgage savior program that, not surprisingly, saved practically nothing.

Now, she votes to keep funding the horrifically expensive and unsuccessful Endangered Species Act, one of the most moronic pieces of legislation ever passed.

Here's a sample of their idiocy:

Four trash fish in Colorado - the squaw fish, two types of Chub and a sucker, which, until a few years ago were poisoned by the USFWS, arenow listed on the ESA? Their recovery is estimated to cost $60 million dollars and impacts costs are over $650,000,000. Meanwhile, in the state of Washington, anglers are paid $3 by the USFWS for every squawfish caught that measures over 11 inches.

That's right, folks. We spent a fortune to kill the squaw fish off in Colorado... then have spent tens of millions to restore them... and we're doing our very best to kill them off up here on the Columbia.

That's what our cardboard cut out of a congresswoman voted for.

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.

Our gutless congresswoman falls down for the troops: Ridgefield Barbie refuses to sign discharge petition to put military, retiree, and disability 1st

Of course, I would have been stunned had the cardboard cut-out of a congresswoman had the guts to actually do this, but hope springs eternal:

Michael Angley

Congress Fails To Put Military Pay First, Effectively Joining Obama’s Threats To Our Heroes

Our Congress continues to disappoint. Texas GOP Representative Louie Gohmert began a petition drive to introduce a “Pay Troops First” bill to guarantee funding for military pay, veterans benefits, and military retiree income. He began the effort because of President Obama’s threats to not pay these patriots in the event of a government shutdown due to the debt ceiling crisis. Although Gohmert expected to easily obtain the 218 signatures necessary to bring the bill to the House floor, in two weeks time he had received only 9 signatures.
That’s sad and shameful.

Concurrently, Texas GOP Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced similar legislation in the Upper House, but the Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid, refused to allow the proposal to leave committee.
Both Gohmert’s and Hutchison’s proposals seemed like no-brainer, sail-to-victory pieces of legislation, but they failed to muster any movement.

What’s going on?

Apparently both Reid and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), wanted to keep the troop pay issue alive as they wrangle over competing proposals for addressing the debt crisis:
Leaders on both sides do not want to remove military pay from the debate because they believe that having it at risk will make it easier for lawmakers to go along with a deal for which they otherwise would not vote.

And no, I don't get a dime in disability.

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The cowardice of Jaime Herrera: We can't touch Social Security.

Ridgefield Barbie sign off on yet another propaganda piece prepared for her... showing yet again that the one thing we can count on her for is to lie, and the other is to lack the courage and vision that members of Congress MUST have to get us out of this mess.

She tells us:

"I am not a DC veteran?" Seriously? Part of your election campaign shtick was your lies about the job you had getting coffee for Cathy McMorris Rogers... you know, that "Senior Legislative Assistant" lie of yours?

How come you were a DC veteran THEN... but you're not a "DC veteran" NOW? Obviously, whoever wrote this garbage for you doesn't know you.

Your bizarre insistence that Social Security is off the table shows you to be the gutless disappointment I knew you were going to be.

EVERYTHING has to be on the table. EVERYTHING. And that INCLUDES Social Security. Because as much as people depend on it now, they'll depend on it even more when it disappears because gutless empty suits like you put your re-election ahead of doing what's needed.

As for "Congressional Leadership," you wouldn't know it if it bit you in your wide-glide butt. Leadership means doing the tough thing... the hard thing... when it needs to be done. And that's simply not possible for a coward like you.

You had... and failed... your first test when you mixed it up with Tim "The Liar" Leavitt and he slapped you so hard your mom felt it and you went silent on the bogus issue you were trying to convince people you were on... but many of us knew you were just playing politics and you didn't... really... mean it.

We have the government we deserve. But I am ashamed that you're a part of it.

Cross posted on Clark County Politics.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hererra's latest babble confirms it: the "vote" word is missing from her lexicon.

The crap has hit the fan on the CRC financing rip-off package, and our typically day-late, dollar-short congresscritter had to weigh in.

What she said, like usual, doesn't matter. In this instance, she didn't say it anyway; her little slimeball staffer from her campaign said it, since God knows that woman can't speak for herself.

She's written a couple equally meaningless letters babbling about a vote for this waste of billions.

Of course, by failing to wind up the hammer by conditioning her support and threatening to kill the funding for this entire project unless there is a vote and unless the bridgers/looters agree to abide the results, her letters were, and are, worthless eyewash, designed to confuse the electorate into believing that she actually opposes this project... and this rip-off's tolls.

Tim "The Liar" Leavitt smacked her upside the face for daring to step out of line, and like the good little girl/empty-suited coward she is, she's caved.

You can read her garbage here. But it's a waste of time, ascii and her relentless, vacuous babble that means nothing because she lacks the balls to actually LEAD.

If only we had Allen West.

Cross-posted to Clark County Politics.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

If only Allen West was our congressman: West bitch slaps Wasserman-Schultz

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a typically gutless democrat congressman. And this time, it blew up in her face like a well-paced IED.

Allen West metaphorically bitch-slaps Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

And a well-deserved metaphorical bitch-slapping it was (brought to you courtesy of the DNC public relations arm known as Politiho).

Florida GOP Congressman Allen West this afternoon dispatched a scathing personal email to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, calling her "vile, unprofessional ,and despicable," "a coward," "characterless," and "not a Lady," and demanding that she "shut the heck up."

Wasserman Schultz, in whose neighboring South Florida district West lives, provoked his tirade with remarks after he left the House floor today, in which she responded -- without naming him -- to the Tea Party freshman's support for "Cut, Cap, and Balance" legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

"The gentleman from Florida. who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a Member from South Florida," Wasserman Schultz said, saying the legislation "slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires, and companies who ship American jobs overseas."

Her criticism of the legislation -- more or less what most Democrats are saying today -- provoked a furious response. West copied members of House Republican and Democratic leadership on the email, as well as his chief-of-staff, Jonathan Blyth.

From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Steadfast and Loyal

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

Wasserman-Schultz is -- provably -- a Marxist hack. She is unconcerned with her constituents and seniors in particular. According to its Chief Actuary, Medicare is set to collapse in just ten short years. Instead of working to save it, this ludicrous excuse for a politician instead demonizes Paul Ryan's courageous plan and the heroic Rep. Allen West.

Instead of working to save Medicare, she intones platitudes like "shared sacrifice", "winning the future" and "giving tax breaks to big oil and millionaires."

Hey, idiot: it's not "big oil and millionaires" that destroyed Medicare: it's you. You're an embarrassment, Debbie. And I can't wait until Allen West is House Speaker; I hope he puts your office in the basement with Melvin and his red stapler.

Hat tip: Ace o' Spades.

MY H/T to the ubiquitous Doug Ross @ Journal.

Our local member of Congress can't even handle a ferret like Tim "The Liar" Leavitt. West would have dropped him in his tracks by now... and Herrera runs away and hides.


Cross-posted on Clark County Politics.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Jaime Herrera, playing to form: Tim "The Liar" Leavitt wins.

As Tim "The Liar" Leavitt predicted, Jaime Herrera is folding like the cheap suit she's proven herself to be since they parachuted her in here to get this congressional job in the first place.

As a brief review, Herrera wrote a couple of nebulous letters that really said... well... nothing.

Ultimately, The Liar, knowing he was dealing with a lightweight, proceeded to bust her in the chops with his response.

I advocated that Ridgefield Barbie kick him in what's left of his testicles that he hasn't stuck in a jar and handed over to the downtown mafia/identity Vancouver cult that owns his ass like the 13th Amendment never existed.

Her response to Leavitt's uber-juvenile BS?


But really, did we ever expect anything else?

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tick, tock, Jaime: time is running out on you.

It was just a few days ago that our local slimeball Mayor, Tim "The Liar" Leavitt sent you a letter no doubt written by Steve Stuart, blasting you for your half-hearted attempt to get a district wide vote for the CRC debacle.

Now, we're going to find out: are you all show and no go? Or are you going to crush Leavitt's marble-sized political testicles with your stiletto-heeled boots?
The cricket chirps since he troweled out that manure are growing louder. So, what's it going to be? Are you going to be as silent over this as you were over the Bin Laden job?

Or are you going to cowboy up and knock his political teeth out?

We're waiting.

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The ball's in your court, Jaime. Now what?

So, you and "The Liar" Leavitt have gotten into it. Must feel pretty intense down towards the bottom of the funnel, eh?

So far, your efforts have been weak and half-hearted. Do you believe, for instance, that if Allen West was our member of congress that a gutless little worm like Leavitt would have written HIM a letter like that?

Which, of course, begs the question: why did he think he could write something like that to you?

Because his perception of you roughly matches mine and many other political insiders. Like me, he doesn't think you've got the chops for an old fashioned, good ol' political fist fight.

He troweled out that slop to you because the people who own him like the 13th Amendment didn't exist wanted him to. He wanted to put you in a position where you either have to fish... or cut bait, counting on the likelihood that you'll cave.

Well, your tenure in elective office will never be a new chapter in "Profiles in Courage." Clearly, Leavitt has no respect for you, but then, neither do I... and that's because you have done absolutely nothing to earn it.

Well, Babs... here's your shot. You want respect? You want to BE somebody instead of an anonymous back-bencher, destined to be a Baird-like sub-committee coffee gofer? You want me to get off your case? (And I know damned well you do based on the backdoor messaging I've been getting...)

Then earn it. Give me a reason. Knock that excuse for a man on his political ass.

Or, get used to being used and abused by him and his ilk for what's left of however short a time you'll have in Congress.

Mix it up with this clown. Be fearless. Remember that his political career is over because it's rare that psychopathic liars can get re-elected. That makes him dangerous and puts him in a position to beat on you like a drum because he knows he's got no future. To that end, negotiating with him is as moronic as negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Take the bull by the horns. Grab the funding spigot for Vancouver in every area and turn that damned thing off.

There's nothing the two state cows can do about it as long as CMR backs your play.

You must respond and soon to this punk's tactics... otherwise, you come across playing to type: all show and no go... and everything that many insiders tell me they actually do think of you.

It's in your court now, Jaime. What'cha gonna do when they come for you?

Cross posted in Clark County Politics.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Tim "The Liar" Leavitt is a total slimeball: whined to Herrera that she should ignore the people and just do what he wants.

Readers of any duration know I'm not a big fan of Jaime Herrera. But compared to Tim "The Liar" Leavitt, she's a paragon of virtue.

While Herrera has yet to show any real strength, and easily has it within her power to force a county-wide vote by killing any federal funding for this massive waste of money, she has begun the process to provide herself with a thin veneer of cover by her weak, unsupported push to force the downtown mafia/Identity Vancouver types to put at least part of this stupidity to a vote.

Leavitt is by far the biggest liar SW Washington has ever seen in politics... and there has been a few. But as a result of Herrera's efforts, as weak as they are, Vancouver's slimeball mayor wrote Herrera a letter that should earn him a kick in his tiny testicles.

Besides having the ethics of a snake, this moron actually seems to believe that the will of the people is a meaningless phrase, to only be used to help lie one's way into election. The following is a letter the whiny little bitch sent to Herrera as a result of her letter to C-Trans, and I, personally, can't think of any other single event that would make me kill ALL of the federal funding for this thing faster than The Liar's sniveling.

June 29, 2011

Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
3rd Congressional District, Southwest Washington General O.O. Howard House 750 Anderson, Street, Suite B Vancouver, WA 98661

Subject: Projects of Regional and National Significance (PNRS)

Dear Congresswoman:

I am writing in response to your most recent letter to the C-TRAN Board of Directors (BOD), dated June 15, 2011. Your first letter, dated May 12, 2011, stated support for the CRC project. That is appreciated and did not go unnoticed.

However, your position on the matter of saving the PNRS program is both disappointing and perplexing. Senators and Representatives throughout our Country have supported this bipartisan effort to save the PNRS program, recognizing that large-scale infrastructure projects with regional and national significance merit substantial federal financial support. Given your previous and public comments about the importance of the federal financial role in the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project, we believed you would be a champion for the supposition that indeed our federal government pay its fair share of these crucial transportation projects – projects that must meet competitive national criteria. An earmark was not requested.

Protecting the PNRS account would help our nation compete globally and will alleviate the burden on local communities like Clark County to unfairly fund large scale projects of national significance. Without question, Interstate 5 is a federal asset of national importance. And according to your letter, we both agree that "...our region needs a new bridge that relieves congestion and moves freight efficiently." However, without a PNRS account, it appears likely that this infrastructure project will either stall -- costing even more money in the long run -- or our local residents will have to pay more of the burden. I know we can do better.

There are few projects around the country as important and nationally significant as the CRC project; both the President of the United States and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has highlighted our region’s project in their fiscal year 2012 budget. As the transportation reauthorization bill moves through your committee, I hope you will reconsider the basis for your objection, re-calibrate your position, and join the large bi-partisan effort to protect the future economic vitality of SW Washington and our entire Country. Leadership from you is necessary.

Regarding your position on the matter of a sales tax increase for the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) light rail annual operating and maintenance (O&M) cost, I will remind you of both the legal and procedural steps that must occur before the C-TRAN BOD is fully informed to make a determination of the appropriate voting boundaries for the CRC light rail O&M sales tax increase. Specific to this issue, I suspect you may also receive a response from the C-TRAN BOD Chair, County Commissioner Marc Boldt.

The C-Tran Board has elected to place on the ballot for a public vote two (2) separate issues.

Most pressing and timely is a ballot measure that requests voter support for the preservation into the future of current levels of both fixed route and para-transit (Americans with Disabilities) service. The C-TRAN BOD has decided, as a nearly unanimous body, to focus all energies and effort on near-term success of this ballot measure. As would be expected, our public within the entire C-TRAN Service Area will voice their will on raising sales tax an amount of 0.2% -- or two pennies on a $10 retail purchase -- at the ballot box this coming November. If not successful, the residents of SW Washington will realize dramatic cuts to transit service levels, on the order of 30-40%. It must be noted that if this measure is not successful, the mandatory cuts will clearly have the most impact on the already limited transit service to areas outside the urban core – residents in Yacolt, Battleground, Washougal, Camas and Ridgefield will suffer most. Thus, this ballot measure is of utmos t priority to the entire C-TRAN BOD.

The second ballot measure will request an increase in the sales tax to support both the CRC light rail annual O&M, and, the construction and annual O&M of bus rapid transit in the Fourth Plain corridor of Vancouver. Both the Vancouver City Council and the C-TRAN BOD have affirmed on numerous occasions, including with adoption of the CRC Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) in 2008, that high capacity transit is a vital component of an effective and efficient regional public transit system. The C-TRAN BOD, with support from the Vancouver City Council, agreed that including voters in a funding request of the CRC light rail transit annual O&M cost was prudent. Also, important to note is that during adoption of the CRC LPA, the C-TRAN Board did not make premature decisions about who was appropriate to ask for an increase in sales tax, nor when such a proposition would occur.

By statute of the State of Washington, prior to placing a high capacity transit-related measure before voters, an expert panel must be established that will review and approve any such plan for high capacity transit, including associated costs to implement that plan. C-TRAN is in the process of putting a panel together, that includes the Washington State Secretary of Transportation and other individuals from around the state. Once this state-mandated process is completed, the C-TRAN BOD will more fully understand and thus be better informed to make important decisions about the impacts and costs of high capacity transit in our County. When more factual data is collected and planning is completed, the time would be prudent for the C-TRAN BOD to take action on the high capacity transit located in the urban core of the City of Vancouver.

Congresswoman, the citizens of Southwest Washington cannot afford the consequences of inaction to bring our regional infrastructure into the 21st Century. At stake is the viability of our economy and job growth, the cleanliness of the air we breathe and the waters of the Columbia River, the safety and reliability of driving vehicles throughout the Metro area, and quite simply – the quality of life we enjoy with our families, friends and neighbors. The Interstate 5 corridor is quite literally the life-blood of the entirety of SW Washington.

Our region must see this project come to fruition now, and the federal government must be a significant partner in both the needed highway and transit improvements. Working together I’m confident we will do what is indeed in the best interest of our future generations. I would appreciate a private meeting with you to further discuss this issue.


Timothy D. Leavitt, Mayor

Hopefully, her response went something like this:

Dear Mayor Leavitt,

Since you lied your way into office, it's clear to me that you are unfortunate enough that you truly do not believe you can, or should, be held accountable for your actions. I disagree.

As a consequence of your despicable behavior during the course of your election and your subsequent arrival at your true position, which is to enslave the people of this region with injurious and unnecessary tolls, I have made the determination that as long as you remain in office in any capacity, anywhere, I will kill the funding for this unnecessary and monumental extension of your ego.

Meanwhile, do not ever darken my doorway or communicate with me again. As it is, I will do all I can to stop any federal funding for ANY project that impacts Vancouver in any way as long as you are the mayor of that unfortunate city.

Thank you for your time.

Love, Jaime.

That's the kind of response The Liar's bullshit deserves. Unfortunately, Jaime Herrera has yet to prove herself even capable of carrying Allen West's luggage, let alone punishing those who would attempt to intimidate her as a result of their corruption.

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.