Aug 29 2013

F.D.R. Warned Us!

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From the New York Times: Even uber liberal FDR said

 “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”

Public sector unions insist on laws that serve their interests — at the expense of the common good.

The founders of the labor movement viewed unions as a vehicle to get workers more of the profits they help create. Government workers, however, don’t generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money. When government unions strike, they strike against taxpayers. F.D.R. considered this “unthinkable and intolerable.”

And unions contribute to the campaigns of legislators (democrat) who negotiate for higher wages. A conflict of interest don’t you think?

H/T Sandy!  This is from the Freedom Foundation: Read more »

Sep 30 2012

Auditor’s Race: Candidate Watkins writes about opponent Kelly

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From James Watkins, candidate for state auditor:

Friends – this is an unpleasant post to write.

As soon as State Representative Troy Kelley entered the race, my campaign started getting bizarre tips and allegations about Troy – things like misappropriation of funds, suspicious office fires, theft, and offshore bank accounts in Belize.  The tips increased after he spent a record amount of ‘his’ own money to fool voters into thinking he was endorsed by Brian Sonntag for state auditor.

So, in a manner similar to traditional whistle-blower allegations, my team of volunteer researchers checked it out.  Unfortunately, we uncovered a trove of lawsuits and court documents that detail an otherwise unbelievable story – a story that voters deserve to know.

But I’m not asking voters to take my word for it.  Detailed case summaries, time-lines, and searchable PDF’s of the original documents are posted at Certified copies of case files can be obtained from the original courts of jurisdiction.  Voters can read the summaries and documents and decide for themselves.

Brief summaries are below: Read more »

Jun 30 2012

The City’s SPU Acquisition Shell Game

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Pay close attention because this pertains to a measure that will be on the ballot for the November election.

The City of Shoreline has been playing fast and loose with their City Council Meeting Agenda Planner. Click to enlarge the table above to see how many changes have been made since April to upcoming meetings that appear related to the City’s efforts to acquire the Seattle Public Utility’s (SPU’s) drinking water system. The City does not make a history of changes to its Agenda Planner available to the public, so the SPU shell game would not be obvious to an infrequent visitor to the City’s website.

So why all the changes? Is it deliberate deception or mere incompetence? One thing is certain: The City would have you believe they know all there is to know to conclude that acquiring the utility would be a good thing. They have never jumped around on that the way they have with the Council’s Agenda.

You can look forward to a barage of campaigning this summer and fall to convince you they know what they are doing up at City Hall. But do they?

Jun 17 2012

School Choice

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From the Freedom Foundation:

Education reformers filed a charter school initiative . If they get enough signatures, voters will have a chance-again-to decide whether to give parents this modest choice.

Earlier this year, we partnered with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice to release a poll showing that fully 60% of Washington voters support the idea of charter schools. Only 23% of voters were opposed. Read more »

Jun 11 2012

Jane Jacobs

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Check out Jane Jacobs on the nature of economies.”The New Urbanists want to have lively centers in the places that they develop, where people run into each other doing errands and that sort of thing. And yet, from what I’ve seen of their plans and the places they have built, they don’t seem to have a sense of the anatomy of these hearts, these centers. They’ve placed them as if they were shopping centers. They don’t connect.”  –Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Jun 04 2012

Water you talking about, Shoreline?

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The City of Shoreline is attempting to dupe the public into voting to acquire the Seattle Public Utility’s (SPU) water system. More to come…

May 17 2012

Richmond Beach: Woodway’s mud room

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In the ongoing free-for-all for Pt. Wells tax revenues, Woodway pitches smaller plan for Point Wells.

May 15 2012

It is time to change Shoreline’s idea of open government

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Authorized Personnel Only

This intimidating sign is posted just outside a short hallway near the restrooms on the first floor of the City of Shoreline’s City Hall at 175th and Midvale. The hallway leads to a rather unassuming conference room where most of the City Council’s ‘dinner meetings’ are held. It is a typical conference room with a big table, seating perhaps 16, and a few side chairs along the walls. These meetings are informal affairs, where actual conversations take place and genuine ideas are born. And yet, despite the insinuation of this sign’s message, dinner meetings (with a few exceptions) are open to the public. Read more »

May 02 2012

A sense of place

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Apr 30 2012

Stunt your growth management

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First they will stack and pack us in mixed use towers in Town Center, all in the name of the Agenda 21 euphemism, Growth Management. Only after that mission is accomplished will they proceed to trot out the ‘research’ on the effects of second-hand smoke in apartment buildings, which they will use to justify an ordinance for ‘tobacco-free high-density housing’. They have 2 Visions for 2029: the one they let us see, and the one they don’t.