Embracing the Keynesian myth: government is our savior

One of my liberal friends from the wet side sent me an email this week pointing out the hypocrisy of some of the Republican legislators in Wisconsin. Seems there are a number of them that are receiving farm subsidies. And according to my friend farm subsidies are just “welfare for the wealthy.” The implication is that no one with their head in the public trough can address the problems of government.

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Legislators want to sell dope to balance the budget

It has often been said thatpolitics makes strange bedfellows. Well, apparently it would appear that someof our representatives feel it’s time to surrender to the war on drugs and sellmarijuana through our state liquor stores. Does sort of cause one to wonderwhat they have been smoking in all of those committee meetings.

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Out of My Mind 26

‘Do Not Track’ bill a good idea

I was quick to sign up for the “DoNot Call” Registry when the program was made available and for the most part,it has worked well. Except for a few persistent callers who seem to blatantlyignore the law – mostly it seems, windshield repair services – I’ve been happywith the drop in cold calls wanting to sell me something I don’t want. Perhapsthe best comedic line concerning these pests came from Jerry Seinfeld when heasks a phone salesman what time he eats dinners so he can call him back then.Of course the salesman was indignant at the very thought someone might disturbhim while he was eating.

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Washingtonians owe twice as much in state debt

Moody’s Investors Service is a credit rating agency that performs international financial research and analysis on commercial and government entities. In December of 2009 Moody’s downgraded Washington’s bond rating outlook to negative. On Jan. 13 of this year, Moody’s said Washington’s net tax supported debt of $2,226 per capita is more than twice the national median of $936.

Let that sink in for just a moment.

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Out of My Mind 25

Don’t kill the messenger

Two issues back we ran an article on the Oroville SchoolBoard meeting with a headline announcing the fact the state Office ofSuperintendent of Public Instruction has put the Oroville Junior-Senior HighSchool on a list of 50 “persistently low-achieving” schools. SuperintendentSteve Quick was upset the newspaper used that as a headline, rather thansomething more positive like we did for the Tonasket School Board article.

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The party of no was right all along: Obama care is unconstitutional

Don’t pardon the pun and excuse me for gloating.

I’m gloating because Judge Vinson in Florida still understands the Constitution and the history of how freedom and competition is what has made our country exceptional.

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Conventional wisdom trumps Obamanomics

President Obama gave his “State of the Union” speech last week where he was supposed to snow us about how well his administration is doing in meeting the country’s challenges. I’ll admit I didn’t watch the live event. I just couldn’t stand all the contrived pomp and circumstance.

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Facts about the Coalition for Property Rights

As the Co-Chairman of the Coalition for Property Rights I would like to take this opportunity to provide Okanogan County residents with a few facts about our organization.

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Washington citizens deserve better than broken promises, budget gimmicks fr

It’s no secret Washington is in a financial hole. The current budget is still $600 million in deficit and the projected spending gap for the 2011-13 budget is nearing $5 billion. We believe it is past-time to take bold actions that put our state on solid financial footing. State government needs to get realistic about what we taxpayers can afford, and what we can’t.

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Oroville school doesn’t belong on ‘persistently low-achieving’ list

I would like to clarify the information that was published in last week’s Gazette-Tribune about the Oroville schools as well as point out that we had a very productive board meeting last week that was not reported on, except for one item. I was more than a little disappointed that only one item from our meeting was given any attention. We actually honored our board members, as Tonasket did, and had some excellent reports given, yet our headline was very negative. For complete and accurate board meeting agendas and minutes please visit our district’s website at www.oroville.wednet.edu.

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