Conservative News & Commentary

Jul 13, 2013 — by: J. Madison
Categories: Government


The most divisive issue in Klamath County is the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. You will be hard pressed to find someone who either doesn't know anything about it or doesn't have an opinion about it — well except Congressman Greg Walden.

In both 2010 and 2012, three county commissioners were not re-elected because they stood for the KBRA — Elliott, Switzer and Hukill. They were replaced by three commissioners who stand strongly opposed to the KBRA — Linthicum, Mallams and Bellet. State Representative Bill Girard was elected in 2010. He was anti-KBRA. His 2012 replacement, Gail Whitsett is also publicly against the KBRA, while her opponent was a big supporter for it (he lost). Then there is the State Senate seat held by Doug Whitsett — and as you guessed it — he too is against the implementation of the KBRA.

Then there is U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, who is has dropped into Klamath several times over the past three years. And his stance on the KBRA is _____________??? That's right, he has made no official stance. His only comments usually come in the form of saying there are some good parts and some bad parts to the KBRA, but he is careful not to define what those are. One would think we should get more from the Walden than, “no comment” concerning the biggest issue in the Klamath Basin. His lack of public opinion on the matter is as slippery as a sacred sucker fish.

But this isn’t the only issue where Congressman Walden is silent. He also is interestingly quiet concerning the current immigration debate in congress. Serving his eight term in office (that's 16 years), and according to his own statements as the “5th most powerful man in congress” shouldn't we expect leadership from this man? It’s easy to sit on the fence, to wait for a side to win and then shrug his shoulders as if he didn't have a dog in the fight. But again, is that why we elected this congressman — to sit on the fence concerning issues that will deeply impact this great Klamath community going forward?

If you follow other conservative legislators they have little difficulty expressing their views. From Texas Senator Ted Cruz to Representative Justin Amash (who by the way posts all his votes and why he votes on his Facebook page — now that’s a representative who is not hiding from his district) there are many conservatives who proudly voice their opinions publicly and then back them with votes.

Yet Where’s Walden? Where is he? He’s had plenty of time to study the KBRA and have an opinion. All we ask is that he quit dodging the tough issues and let us know what he really thinks. Remember, he is supposed to work for us.


  1. Jeff Ball ~ Jul. 29, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    Lack of a public position on the local water controversy does not appear to have impacted the Congressman's leadership role with the House GOP or with his record level campaign war chest. Hard to imagine he will even see a real primary challenger and in the general the district is totally locked down by the republicans. So your point is? #
  2. J. Madison ~ Aug. 10, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    The point is, if Walden Can't be transparent on the difficult issues then maybe it's time for a change. What he shows us time and time again is that he is a career politician -- and a good one at that. His record is not conservative but Republican - and there is a big difference. One agrees with the assumptions of the liberals but wants to manage those assumptions differently. Real conservatives totally disagree with Liberals from the get-go and want to return the republic to a limited Federal Government with only particular enumerated powers, not the bureaucratic mess that ruins our lives on a daily basis with regulation after new regulation. A mess is a mess no matter who is managing it. Time for a change, a conservative change. #
  3. Finnious T Fogbottom ~ Aug. 19, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    As per reality as per usual it all comes down to down to earth math: If you don’ have a representative majority, all of the chest beating in the world can only give you a sore chest. With free big left mania media propaganda, government sponsored propaganda, public education lefty green party line half truths, the huge number of tax $ sucking citizens, all of those who don’t think we are actually on the verge of financial etc. chaos and all of those voting non-citizens out there, winning the ideology battle is kinda like paddling a tippy canoe upstream with a tooth pick – you don’t even have enough oomph to spin in circles. The Maidinator went off to Sacramento dragging his knuckles, beating his chest and calling girly men, girly men etc. etc. Then he got his math lesson and Calif is worse off than ever. I do think it would have been a decent man-up type situation though if Congressman Walden would have come out against the KBRA on and for the very same grounds on which he dissed the Affordabull Hell Care Act. It’s pretty apparent that some of his bigger local supporters were also New Democrat moderate green KBRA’s. His resultant and associated KBRA silence is and was a bit way way way too wimpy for me. Still, just who are we going to get to run against he who has amassed some pretty good political power regardless of the established power structure? Sure, there are quite a few knucklers out there who would just love to do the Arnold run. So? Just thinking aloud, Finnious #

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