Conservative News & Commentary

Apr 25, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Economics, Culture

No_on-18-105On our ballots this May you will find Measure 18-105, which will make the production, access and distribution of marijuana/cannabis far more readily available to the general public in Klamath County.

All of the anonymous blog writers at urge a strong No vote on 18-105. If passed, there is nothing this ballot measure will do  but make a few people a little richer while sending more of our citizens into a downward spiral of despair. Is that what we have now become? A people who are willing to profit and prey on the weakest among us in order to make a few bucks?

In addition, ask any of the three Sheriff’s candidates if they are in favor of this measure. See if they think crime will go up or down with the passage of 18-105. If you think the Sheriff’s budget is stretched thin now, just wait!

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Apr 20, 2016 — by: G.W. Washington
Categories: Culture

CompromiseThe left has done a magnificent job of twisting our English language to work in their favor. Instead of being taxed for education, we now “invest” in education — in Oregon that “investment” has led to a 68% graduation rate. Public “servants” compensation is often significantly more than an equivalent job in the private sector — you know, the people who pay the public servants salaries + benefits. Public safety no longer means watching out for yourself or your neighbor but instead arming and funding your local police like a mini-military.

One other term that the left has co-opted for their benefit is the idea of “compromise”.

The left has turned this word into a virtue, in and of itself. It doesn’t matter what the compromise is, it doesn’t matter where it leads, if you compromise, then you are person of virtue. To that I say horse-hockey!

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Mar 25, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Government

The KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) was written in secret, behind closed doors by self-appointed people. After finalized, the KBRA was sold to the broader community as the best way forward to solve all water issues. Tribes would get prime timber land, fishermen would get fish, farmers would get water — what’s not to love in this wonderful agreement? It’s a win-win... or so the proponents claimed.

The problem with the KBRA/KHSA is that they both promoted special interests over the interest of the people. While these groups (Tribes, some farmers and fishermen) got what they wanted, the burden (aka the cost of this agreement) would fall on Pacific Power rate payers and tax payers. This is always how special interests work — benefits for the few at the table, and everyone else ends up with the bill.

Now think about the write-in candidates that challenge Dennis Linthicum for the State Senate and E. Werner Reschke for State Representative. A group of self-appointed people met in private to draft candidates. When their decision had been made they began to sell these people as the best way to move forward in Salem. Sound familiar? Once again, this is not the will of the people, but the will of a special interest group who are angry there is not a liberal or Democrat in the race they can support. Therefore they have drafted two write-in candidates, with R's on their name badges, but who have policies that align well with liberal ideas, not conservative ones. It is no coincidence advocates for the KBRA are also the same people who have drafted these write-ins.

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Mar 11, 2016 — by: G.W. Washington
Categories: Government

On Tuesday, former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum and local businessman E. Werner Reschke filed to run as State Senator and State Representative. The following day, State Senator Doug Whitsett and State Representative Gail Whitsett decided not to run for re-election and withdrew their names from the ballot.

The Herald and News is busy trying to kick up dust in a rain storm as they are out beating the brush to find anyone who will say that the process was unfair, that it was unethical or it was illegal — anything to support their view, which is any conservative in office is a bad thing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. From where we stand Linthicum and Reschke will be excellent replacements for the Whitsetts. Their political views are nearly identical. If you were planning this election cycle to vote for either Whitsett and were not upset that they were likely to be unchallenged, then you should have no problem supporting and voting for Linthicum and Reschke, who are now in a very similar position.

Those that say this process was unfair are the ones that didn’t think to run against the Whitsetts. Apparently Linthicum, who has run against an incumbents previously (John Elliott in 2010 and Greg Walden in 2014), and Reschke decided the risk was worth the $25 filing fee. The fact that they waited until the last moment is actually a shrewd strategy, certainly not unethical. Perhaps those who are complaining and were not courageous to step forward, also are not savvy enough to be your Representative or Senator. If they were so timid to be this easily out-played, how would they fare in Salem — where the professional politicians live?

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Feb 12, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Government

Donnie Boyd, Klamath County CommissionerDonnie Boyd recently announced that he was getting into the race for Klamath County Commissioner, Position #1. This office is currently held by Tom Mallams, who is running for reelection after his first four-year term. Donnie’s campaign is backed by one of the wealthiest (if not the wealthiest) family name in the Klamath Basin: Wendt, as in jeld-WEN.

Donnie is not holding back on spending money to win this race. Early this week he rented a vacant office on Main Street for his campaign office. It has nice desks, new computers and big signs out front making anyone walking by take notice.

Despite his deep pockets for the campaign, and his connection the farming community from his time as owner/operator of the local John Deer dealership, Floyd A. Boyd, Donnie has a serious flaw — he was an advocate for the KBRA/KHSA. Being an advocate of this failed agreement doesn’t make Donnie a bad guy. But what it does do is tell you a lot about how he views the role of government in our lives. Moreover it shows you that Donnie thinks it is okay for private groups to make deals and then raid the government and rate payer piggy banks to fund such a deal.

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Feb 4, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Government, Culture

In God We TrustWho would have ever thought four little words would make people so angry? That very well may be what happens on Tuesday, February 9th at the Government Center around 10:00am.

[ Correction: The Meeting Starts at 9:00am. ]

Even though the Commissioners voted in favor 2-1 (Minty-Morris opposed) of posting an “In God We Trust” sign in the Government Center, Minty-Morris wants more public comments, which will happen this Tuesday. Her hope is to have enough people against the plaque show up or for enough people to cause a controversy that Commissioner Bellet will change his mind. It is an election year after all, and the last thing politicians like is a controversy that might cost them votes.

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Feb 3, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Government, News, Culture

In God We TrustIn a vote of 2-1, the Klamath County Commissioners yesterday approved placing a sign “In God We Trust” in the public meeting room at the Government Center. The sign will be developed from private donations and defended, should someone bring a lawsuit, by the Pacific Justice Institute of Sacramento. In other words the sign will not cost the tax payers a dime to develop or defend. Carol Warren led the effort with the help of Commissioner Tom Mallams to get the item on the commissioner’s agenda.

You can read the Herald and News version here

Of course, when a positive thing, a conservative thing, happens in this county the Herald and News is quick to find dissenting opinions. Klamath Falls City Councilwoman Trish Seiler is one who is opposed to the sign. Per the paper Seiler said that county government “needs to stay out of religion, and religion stay out of government.”

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Jan 24, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Economics, Government

Economic DevelopmentWe are gearing up for another election year in Klamath County. One of the new phrases you may hear by those running for public office (whether it be city council or county commissioner) is “Economic Development”. Economic Development is such a positive sounding term. When someone running for office says it most think, “This is a wonderful person who wants to help our economy.” However, if you think a little more, you have to ask yourself, “What do they really mean?”

To be frank, Economic Development is another leftist term — or at least one that has been cooped by the central planners. When someone running for office (or in office) refers to “Economic Development” what they mean is that they want to use tax payer dollars to lure a particular industry or business to Klamath. More often than not that industry or business will personally or politically benefit the public official in some fashion (a form of crony capitalism). The other problem with this approach is that there is no way a few government officials can possibly know of all the options and all the opportunities in the county in which to make the best decision. So by definition, the best they can do is make a decision that is less than the best. Often times government directed Economic Development is simply a waste of tax payer dollars, because there is no penalty for risks taken — it is not their money and they’ll get another stash of tax dollars next year — and without risk, decision making becomes very skewed or warped.

The answer to this dilema is to bring in “economic experts”. In Klamath’s case these experts wear the name KCEDA (Klamath County Economic Development Association). This private organization raises money by extracting tax dollars directly from the city, the county and through grants offered by state and federal agencies. For instance in 2016 Klamath County will give KCEDA around $200,000. For what purpose? Economic Development. And what is that? Anything KCEDA needs it to be. Since KCEDA are not elected officials they can spend the money virtually anyway they want. What’s more KCEDA is not directly held accountable by tax payers for their results (or more often the lack of results). In essence, our tax dollars pay people to run around trying to recruit new business to our area. When one does come (whether through the efforts of KCEDA or not) KCEDA will run in front of the cameras to take as much credit as possible.

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Jan 20, 2016 — by: P. Henry
Categories: Government, Culture

Sarah-palinWhy do most people think that when a conservative like Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump yesterday, that made Donald Trump more conservative? Why don’t people think when Sarah Palin endorsed populist Donald Trump yesterday, it revealed to us that Sarah Palin is really a populist?

It is a very important question to ponder. I believe most of us have incorrectly pegged Sarah Palin as a philosophical conservative — one whose ideas bubbled up from the same ground springs in which the Founding Fathers drank. However, yesterday’s announcement made it abundantly clear that our understanding of Sarah Palin has been incorrect. She too is a populist. For another set of exhibits to prove my argument: when have you heard Sarah Palin ever talk down any of Senator John McCain’s populist, big-government ideas? Answer, never. She is loyal to the establishment while wearing red, white and blue.

Unfortunately, most of us were fooled, for Sarah is one who latched onto popular conservative ideas and railed against the left. However, when it came time to stick her neck out, instead of endorsing the true conservative, Ted Cruz, she goes with the popular choice, Mr. Apprentice. She calls that picking a winner. I call that hedging your bets and accepting the under-the-table offer by Trump.

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Jan 16, 2016 — by: G.W. Washington
Categories: Government

Klamath County Government CenterIn May 2016, we will have the opportunity to vote for two of the three Klamath County Commissioners. Position #1, currently held by Tom Mallams, and Position #3, currently held by Jim Bellet, will both be on the ballot. For position #1 there seems to be a long line of people interested in taking on Mallams, while on the other hand Bellet has only one challenger so far.

2014 was the first time the County Commissioners race was non-partisan. What this means is that Republicans and Democrats do not use the May primary to pick their favorite candidate to run in the general election held in November. Instead everyone is on the ballot, no matter of party affiliation, and the two candidates with the most votes in May face-off in November. The only exception is if someone receives over 50% of the votes in May, then that person automatically wins the seat. This is what happened with Kelly Minty-Morris in 2014, as she secured over 50% in May primary and did not have to run again in November.

What Should Conservatives Look For In A Good Candidate?

First and foremost, we need County Commissioners that are unequivocally committed to limited government. This means lower taxes, lower regulation and less government, not more of it. While County Commissioners are really an extension of State decisions, County Commissioners do have power to keep local tax measures from easily making their way onto our ballots. They also have the ability to wisely manage the budget and to not over-spend. Moreover they can avoid supporting programs that benefit a few, but are paid for by everyone else.

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“When people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.”

— Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775

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