Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Time for the drama to end in Olympia

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

There is just too much drama coming out of our state capital and it needs to end.  I’d love to see the drama queen’s show be cancelled mid season, but that would be too much to even hope for.  I’ll settle for her contract running out at the end of this season, but that is just about  the max time that I can avert my eyes and ears from her ghastly performance as our governor.

In what I can only describe as one of her career’s most pitiful performances the drama queen has been attempting to scare the money from deep in our pockets.  I got news; what’s coming up ain’t money, but it is more colorful than just plain ol’ green. 

Go read AP’s story Gregoire: Tax hikes are needed to save state programs in the Herald.  In that story we see her using some despicable scare tactics, and using them most liberally.  She says that if we don’t pay more taxes then the elderly, the children, the disabled, foster kids, volunteers, the hungry, the pregnant; why they will all suffer.  And not just a little.  They will have things done to them that have words like eliminate, suspend, reduce, cut, and even the ominous chopping block words. 

expenditures

What you don’t find her talking about in the news, is reality.  The reality that the budget she is asking us to fund with more of our money, does not really represent a reduction in overall state expenditures.  The number according to Sunshine Review for 2009-2011 is and increase to $69,592,333,000.  That is a touch over $400 million dollars more than for the fiscal years 2007-2009 as seen in the chart above which is also from Sunshine Review.  Did anyone see that bit of information in the article?  Nope we’ve only been hearing about chopping, sacrificing and suffering.  I’d guess that there are a lot of people in our state that would gladly suffer only a little increase in their income.  Why the drama from our elected officials?

What I see is that for the last 2 decades our state government has been making double digit leaps in their spending and now the drama queen, rather than just sulking or just doing her job, has turned on a little poutrage at the thought of teeny tiny little cut.  Remember all those scary words she used?  Well how scary is it really to come up $2.6 billion short? 

$69,176,289,000/($69,592,333,000-$2,600,000,000) = 0.968

  or a 3.2% decrease in spending.  Not too freakin’ scary is it?

So after the budget increases of 13%, 10%, 8%, 13%, and 14% over the last two decades, and in pretty tough economic times, our state needs to trim it’s spending 3% and our Governor Gregoire is having a problem.  And she is scaring the elderly, the children, the disabled, foster kids, volunteers, the hungry, and the pregnant with talk about how they will suffer if their neighbors don’t pay up.  Her behavior is greedy, unforgiveable and it makes me ashamed to call her our governor. 

I don’t know anyone who isn’t watching how they spend their money right now.  A 3% restraint is mild to say the least.  If our governor can’t balance that budget without a tax increase, then in my book, she is no more than a scary talentless drama queen. 

Time for her to hang it up.  Perhaps she can move onto an infomercial or Dancing with has been Governors.

Priorities for federal spending

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Dean Kahn’s join the conversation column over at the Herald today has to do with the new federal budget and what our feeling are regarding priorities.

Join the conversation:What are your priorities for federal spending?
People are paying their federal income tax. How would you like to see your money spent?”

I put my budgeted 2 cents into the comment section.

Primarily defense from both foreign and domestic enemies of our nation. Secondarily to protect our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That would be a good start.

And of course it was immediately picked apart as per comment section usual.

giving it to the fat cats in washington so they can play there WAR GAMES wally. did you fight in a war??? are you in va therapy too??

Fortunately for me, I have this blog and don’t have to explain myself in the comment section. Here is my explanation:

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We have been attacked and are at war with any and all nations that support terrorists who would do us harm. Our federal government must step up and provide for the common defense of its member states. I would eat Top Raman safe and sound in my home rather than buy steak dinners and ignore the mortgage. Defense must be priority or we won’t have a nation to call home, or we will be calling it home followed by “all praise and gratitude be to Allah.”

Dean Kahn asked U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for his priorities. Rick Larsen’s response was a little cryptic, so I’ve provided my simplified interpretations in italics on the right.

Rick Larsen says:

supports education for a 21st century workforce – more taxes

expands health care for our children – more taxes

budget restores fiscal responsibility – more taxes

addresses federal spending – more taxes

businesses and farms have the resources – more taxes

access to capital – more taxes

communities have the resources they need – more taxes

support initiatives to fight hunger – more taxes

make sure that our federal spending – more taxes

I did find his response a little disturbing, yet not unexpected. Lots of taxes and spending. Isn’t that what budget means; increase taxes to cover spending?

Like I said, I would want to see our defense budget expanded and other items reduced so that we can meet or exceed whatever military need arises. I say if our military leaders need money, troops and equipment, then lets give it to them money, troops and equipment; without exceptions, without conditions, and without surrendering. But Rick Larsen and the Democrats say:

This budget leads us in a new direction – taxes not going to our common defense.

There is only one good thing about this budget and it is still a mixed blessing.

resources to ensure that soldiers and veterans get the care. – Good

Good, because we need to take care of these guys after all they have given for our nation. The mixed blessing is that tragically there will be more veterans needing this care when the Democrats “new direction” budget starts cutting off supplies, reinforcements and equipment to our overseas armed force who are in the middle of a war.

Will our soldiers quit defending our nation as their supplies run low and then run out? I doubt it. More will die and their blood will be on the hands of Democrats like Rick Larsen who can find innumerable ways to spend our taxes until there is nothing left for defense. More people need to tell them that the enemy is no longer at the gate; they flew a few airliners right through it on 9/11.