from February 2014, Government
Suppose I were to list a set of qualifications and then ask you a question after each, “Would you vote for that person? Yes or No?” Well suppose no longer. That is exactly what this article does.
- Would you vote for someone who had spent 30 years in politics?
- Would you vote for someone who had spent 30 years in the private sector?
- Would you vote for someone who has a record of increasing spending?
- Would you vote for someone who has a record of being a fiscal conservative (not increasing spending)?
- Would you vote for someone who has a record of raising taxes?
- Would you vote for someone who has stood strong against new taxes?
- Would you vote for someone who has voted to allow the NSA to continue spying on Americans?
- Would you vote for someone who has said he would vote to unfund the NSA so it could no longer breach the 4th Amendment?
- Would you vote for someone who has continued to fully fund Obamacare?
- Would you vote for someone who has said they would not vote for any funding of Obamacare?
Look at your answers:
- If you answered No to the odd numbered questions and Yes to the even numbered ones, then you are a conservative.
- If you answered Yes to any of the odd ones or No to any of the even ones then you probably are a moderate.
That is the exact difference in this year’s primary. Greg Walden represents saying Yes to the odd numbered questions (moderate). Dennis LInthicum represents saying Yes to the even numbered ones (conservative).
We've all seen them. We all know one. Hypocrites seem to surround us. But fortunately we can usually order our lives to make their impact minimal. However, when one of them our sitting congressman, that is tough to do. Every vote he makes does impact our lives.
Why do I call Rep. Greg Walden a hypocrite? For a couple of good reasons.
1. Walden’s Claim That He Is A Fiscal Conservative Is False
Rather than use rhetoric and fancy slogans, I'll provide some evidence to prove my claims. First let me ask, if you think Mr. Walden is a fiscal conservative, where did you get that idea? Most likely it was from listening to Mr. Walden himself. Let me suggest, you can not conclude Greg Walden is a fiscal conservative from looking at his voting record. For if you were to do that you would find what I did:
We've written about this before, but it is good to be reminded about principles that make the world work, so that we aren't easily swayed by good story tellers and fairy tales. Recently the Herald and News’ editor published a piece titled “Building The Local Economy From Within. Following is the money quote:
Lead by facilitator Gary Weldon, the group included city and county officials, chamber of commerce members, people from Klamath County Economic Development Association and the South Central Oregon Economic Development District, tourism representatives, and officials from Oregon Tech, KCC, Sky Lakes Medical Center, banks and utilities.
Now carefully look at that list and tell me how many government / government funded / government regulated entities are listed versus how many private sector businesses/industries. Hmmm. This is like trying to solve a physics problem and inviting all the English and History professors into a room to figure out the answer. In both scenarios we've got the wrong people in the room. Why? Because the groups listed in the Herald and News story don't offer their products or services in the competitive world. Being competitive, aka profitable, need not apply. For the most part all of these entities are all monopolies. Yet this is the brain trust called together to solve our economic problems? Woe to us.
One of the more famous rules in baseball is “three strikes and your out!” If only that were true for politicians. This year is just six weeks old and already Congressman Greg Walden has whiffed twice on important legislation. He says he’s proud of his record, but I wonder who he has in mind when saying that — those of us that foot the bill for his spending spree or the lobbyists who reap the rewards of said legislation.
Congress has voted on three very important pieces of legislation in 2014. Unfortunately Representative Walden isn't representing us very well. Ask yourself, how would you have voted on these three bills?
- $1.1 Trillion Dollar Omnibus Bill — fully funded Obamacare for another year
- $950 Billion Farm Bill — 80% will go towards Food Stamps; the rest to Big Agriculture
- Increase Debt Ceiling Limit — with no required reduction in spending
Most conservatives and fiscally responsible Republicans would have voted “No” on all three bills. However our nice-guy, Congressman Greg Walden, voted to approve the first two spending bills. Walden voted no on the Debt Ceiling increase (but it passed anyways). In baseball that's what we call “down in the count.” Unfortunately in politics that's what's called “business as usual.” The funny thing is if you look at Walden's last six votes on the Debt Ceiling increases, he has voted three times for and three times against. When it comes to being a consistent player at the plate, Mr. Walden can be depended on only 50% of the time. When it comes to the budget and borrowing, our country needs someone who can be depended on 100% of the time.
Last night a debate between Commissioner Tom Mallams and Kate Marquez took place. The topic: The proposed change in county government, also known as the Klamath County Charter. Mr. Mallams is against the Charter. Ms. Marquez is a proponent for the Charter.
The issue is not that complicated. Ms. Marquez’ main argument is that this move will place a professional in charge of management, and then be overseen by three part time county commissioners. This move will save the county money and better county government will follow because of a full time expert will be running the show.
Mr. Mallams counters these claims of cost savings. He has a three-page paper that documents why the proposed Charter form of government will actually cost more than what is spent today on county government. Mallams further's his case against the Charter by saying the comparison of this Charter proposal to Jackson county's form Charter run government is like comparing apples and oranges: this proposal has part time commissioners while Jackson county's are full time.
When we started this website back in 2011, my anonymous colleagues and I stated our goal was to inform people about what really is going on in Klamath County, in Oregon and Washington D.C. We sought out to find stories that are important and then propose the way a conservative should approach that issue. To some that may make us "biased" because we're not “open minded” — the holy grail of an intellectual (according to some). Being open minded is over rated. Those people who are truly “open minded” have little care for the particular issue or little knowledge about it.
For example, I'm open minded on who wins this year's Stanley Cup in hockey. I don't care and I don't know which teams are good and which are awful. I'm open minded, persuade me. But when it comes to something I know, something I do care about and therefore I have spent much time pondering, I will not be open minded. I will listen and I will be fair but I certainly will not be easily persuaded. You will have your work cut out for you because I have come to my conclusions based on good thought and reason, not just by group-think, convenience or popularity.
So what does this have to do with our current congressman Mr. Walden? Quite a bit actually. Mr. Walden has been very “political” lately. Today in Medford he stood up in front of a pliable media and proclaimed he was directing the federal government investigate Cover Oregon. Hundreds of millions of federal tax payer dollars have gone into this Obamacare program and still no one has signed up on Oregon’s exchange using the website. I would applaud Mr. Walden for going after the apparent waste and fraud, but unfortunately I know he is really being two-faced.