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Archive for October, 2007

Reagan – Episode 2

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 31, 2007

Republicans who are searching among the GOP presidential hopefuls for a reincarnation of Ronald Reagan need to remember that Dutch was divorced, once a union president and a Democrat, flip-flopped on abortion, racked up a huge deficit and dodged impeachment over the Iran Contra scandal in part due to his popularity and Republican control of the Senate.

Yet despite these “faults” he was elected President twice and changed the course of history. He won the Cold War, freed Eastern Europe, and with classic economic policy and buoyant optimism led the nation out of the Jimmy Carter doldrums. The overwhelming outpouring of sorrow and love shown by the nation at his death shocked the Left but sealed his place among the great presidents.

Is such a man to be found among the Republican presidential candidates today? I don’t know but I am sure we need a winner in 2008. Forget the litmus paper, we need someone who is a conservative where it counts – The War on Terror, tax and spending restraint, judicial appointments.

The thought of Democratic control of the House and Senate coupled with Hillary and Bill back in the White House should be incentive enough to work hard for whoever is the Republican presidential nominee.

For an excellent opinion piece on the subject by Charles Krauthammer, read “Since you mentioned the Gipper…” and I think you will agree that the Republicans have several potential winners in the stable.

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Recommendations on Initiative 960 & Referendum 67

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 27, 2007

Initiative 960 – Tim Eyman initiative requiring two-thirds vote of Legislature or voter approval to increase taxes and fees; requires publishing of certain information and advisory ballots.

Sorry Tim, but this one over reaches in an attempt to control taxes and fees. The two-thirds majority requirement is excessive and gives too much power to a small minority. The advisory ballot on any taxes and fees passed by the Legislature will clutter the ballot with essentially meaningless items. Vote No.

Referendum Measure 67 – Should we approve law that makes it unlawful for insurers to unreasonably deny certain claims under penalty of treble damages?

This one pits the trial lawyers against insurance companies. While there is probably a need for such legislation, the new law as passed by the Legislature has several fatal flaws. It does not cover medical insurance or claims against someone else’s insurance. The term “unreasonable” is a low standard for a lawsuit and the law does not define the term. The Legislature needs to try again. Vote No.

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Seattle School Board and City Council – Recommended Candidates

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 27, 2007

School Board

Four years ago the School Board took the hit for an accounting screw up and four new “reform” members were voted in; two Green Party members and two City of Seattle employees. It didn’t take long before people wished they had the old board back. Fortunately, two of the new members have chosen not to seek reelection but sadly, Sally Soriano (Green Party) and Darlene Flynn (city employee) are running. Voters have a chance to elect four private sector adults to the School board who have experience in law, finance and board governance.

Vote for Peter Maier, Sherry Carr, Harium Martin-Morris, and Steve Sundquist

Seattle City Council

Just when you thought the City Council couldn’t go further Left, a left of left Seattle school teacher is challenging incumbent Jean Godden. Vote for Godden.

With Venus Velazquez DUI arrest, Vote for Bruce Harrell.

See my post on “Della vs. Burgess – What’s a Republican to do?” Vote for Burgess.

Sally Clark is acknowledged as one of the better Council members but Judy Fenton would diversify the Council with a much needed conservative viewpoint. Vote for Judy Fenton (www.judy-4-seattle.com).

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Humor Sent by a Friend

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 24, 2007

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference
that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, ‘whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.’ He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied ‘Maybe
it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German’

You could have heard a pin drop!

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Newt Gingrich on Terrorism

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 22, 2007

The below 5-minute CNN video was sent to me by a friend and is a must viewing.

Newt Gingrich answers a question at the National Press Club about the war on terrorism.  He says things that others are thinking but are afraid to say. He says things that we all should consider when we vote in 2008.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/08/gingrich/index.html#cnnSTCVideo


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Get Serious on DUI

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 21, 2007

Justice Bobbie Bridge, King County Councilwoman Jane Hague, Seattle City Council Candidate Venus Velazquez, DUIs all, generate a few days of letters-to-the editor and talk radio indignation but then it passes until the next death or near tragedy. Why do we tolerate this crime that is responsible for the deaths of over 17,000 Americans a year? Is it that booze is just part of our culture and we have to accept the good with the bad, or the government needs the tax revenue from alcohol sales, or most people drink and may occasionally become impaired but only a small minority drive drunk or get arrested?

We didn’t seem to have a problem seriously restricting smoking when the health hazards became a proven fact. No smoking rules at work, on airplanes, in public buildings, restaurants, they have all gained public acceptance. There are even proposed laws to ban smoking in private apartments and condominiums. Obesity is the latest big health issue so out goes the soda pop and junk food at schools; no more trans fat at McDonald’s and we all pronounce that good.

Smoking and poor diet largely affect only the individual abuser but drunk drivers kill the innocent, thousands of them. Yes, we need more and earlier education regarding the dangers of alcohol. Yes, we need to provide rehab for the chronic alcoholic. But we also need to get tough on the social drinker who drives under the influence and then expects an apology, a not guilty plea and possibly a large fine to make it all better.

Some serious jail time, public humiliation working on a DUI chain gang, something is needed to get the public’s attention and make responsible behavior part of our culture too.

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Run Al, Run!

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 19, 2007

Al Gore, we need you one more time. Sure, you have served in the Senate and as Vice President not to mention your stint in the Army holding down a desk job in Viet Nam. Yes, you’ve shown amazing leadership on global warming with an Oscar and a Nobel Prize to prove it. But now more than ever, your country calls.

If you don’t run and win the Democratic nomination for President, Hillary could actually become Commander-in-Chief. Only you have a chance to stop her and guarantee a Republican White House win in 2008.

Do it Al! Do it now before global cooling starts (instantaneous if the Ice Queen ever sits in the Oval Office).

 

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Global Warming – Not all mainstream media are on board.

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 19, 2007

John Stossel was on on ABC’s 20/20 Friday night, October 19th with a contrary view of mankind’s responsibility for global warming.

Check News Max for the story.

http://newsmax.com/insidecover/global_warming/2007/10/17/41855.html

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Seattle City Council Position 7 – Della vs. Burgess – What’s a Republican to do?

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 19, 2007

One term incumbent David Della is being challenged by Tim Burgess who supported Della four years ago. Among key issues for Della is that Burgess has supported some Republican candidates in the past and his marketing company actually once had a conservative client. This is a real issue in Seattle where even a taint of Republicanism is unacceptable to the left wing majority. Their definition of inclusive and diverse excludes Republicans of any stripe. Della, an Asian-American, also charges that “race played a factor in his losing the endorsements of mostly white groups.” (October 17, 2007 Seattle PI)

In this non-partisan contest, should politically right thinking voters embrace Burgess? Probably not. He agreed to speak to the April meeting of the 46th District Republicans only if they would not endorse him. After his presentation, he was in no danger of that. More recently, at a candidate’s night, Burgess was reported as saying he’s “…just as far left as any other candidate…” As usual in Seattle, conservatives don’t really have a choice save that Burgess was once a police detective and might appreciate the need for stronger public safety. So for what it’s worth, I plan to flip my two-headed coin, call tails, and vote for Burgess.

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Prop 1 – Roads and Transit – A Loser. What to do next?

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 19, 2007

Do It Again in 2008

With the likely defeat of Proposition 1 –Roads and Transit (even the Sierra Club and King County Executive Ron “Better Late Than Never” Sims oppose it), it is time to immediately prepare a revised submittal for the 2008 ballot. This time, instead of trying to force voters to accept an all or nothing approach, break the proposal into several separate ballot propositions. In the ballot titles, include best estimates of cost and funding sources. For example, a ballot title for a new 520 bridge might be worded as follows:

Shall the 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge be replaced with a new six lane bridge with improved connection to I-5? The estimated cost is $5 billion. Funding will be $2 billion from existing Federal and State highway taxes, $1.2 billion from a .007 cent increase in the sales tax (up from 8.8% to 9.5%), $0.8 billion increase in car taxes and $1 billion in tolls.

Separate propositions for roads, major bridges, light rail to Northgate, light rail to the Eastside etc. will give voters clear choices. Supporters would be able to make their case for each project unencumbered by baggage from other projects.

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