“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Governor Gregoire proposes "temporary" sales tax increase.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday!  I didn't post because I thought everyone was too busy with family, friends, and food!!!!

No matter -- our esteemed Governor, Chris Gregoire, isproposing a "temporary" sales tax hike.  This hit the news just before the holidays, which I find to be interesting timing, especially given as how the Obama Administration likes to make all their bad news announcements on a Friday night......

In any case, I suggest that everyone look at this CLOSELY, and contact your state representative.

My first issue is that sales taxes assume a given state of commerce, which in turn assumes that the economy is going in a given direction.  If those (among other) assumptions fail to pan out, this particular attempt to close the spending gap fails. 

And it’s important to note that very few organizations have called this economy correctly, and most of THEM have offered bleak outlooks.

My second issue is that taxes as counterproductive; taking money away from people means they have less to spend, which means they’ll spend less (if they’re smart, that is).  Which, in turn, means the sales tax will have a smaller commerce base to draw on, and the state won’t collect as much as they estimated.

Which makes the idea of a tax increase at this time a bad idea.  Mike Hewitt says pretty much the same thing in the linked article.

Finally.....who ever heard of a “TEMPORARY” tax increase?  That’s a rare animal indeed.

In any case, read the article, make your choice, and contact your representatives.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


The "Occupy" movement is not of direct interest to our group (unless you are watching the "Occupy Walla Walla" or "Occupy Tri-Cities" Facebook pages). But it is a good example of how the left operates......and just what they really support, and who supports the left.

A key part of this is the open support of the media, and how they try to cover for the #Occupy[Insert Location here] groups. But they can't cover everything up, and don't. Instapundit has a great roll-up of of #OccupyFail that is a good review of how this is all working out for the Democrats.

That is to say....not too well.

New Addition To Our Information Network

Thanks to Mark, we now have our own web site, www.wallawallateapartypatriots.com!

This rounds out our capabilities.  Blogger is a good web service, but it's not suited for a small group like ours.  Posting documents, references, and other information is difficult, especially since we can't organize it for easy reference. 

The new web site will handle that nicely.  The blog will continue to be a source of immediate news and information, as will Facebook, but can be linked to the new site for permanent reference. 

A "tab" system for categories simplifies finding information.  There's a "Contact" page if you wish to send a message to the Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots, even if you aren't a member.

There will be more information added to www.wallawallateapartypatriots.com, so stay tuned!

Apologies for the hiatus!

I've been wrapped up in work and personal matters, so posting here and on the Facebook page has been scattered.  Regular posting will resume after Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

We Are The 53%

"My husband worked on a drilling rig 12 hrs a day for 301 of 365 days last year in the heat & cold to provide for our family.  The petroleum he helped produced created the INK for your protest signs, the STRINGS for your guitars, the contacts and glasses you need to watch your speakers, the ICE CHESTS that hold your organic milk, the black nail POLISH you are wearing, the rubber tires on your bikes and the soles of your protesting shoes, the TARPS & TENTS you are sleeping under, the CAMERAS you use to capture images of police brutality, and the port-o-cans you are demanding from the city.  Even the microphones you use to condemn the evil Oil Companies, banks, & corporations are made from petroleum.  The pensions you expect contain 27% of oil stocks.  So until you're willing to A) Do my husband's job or B) give up your iPhone for a goat & cotton tent -- Go home you HYPOCRITES.  WE ARE THE 53%"

Funny, But Sadly True

OccupyWallStreet Comes To Harvard

Harvard Students Channel ‘Occupy’ Movement, Protest Economics Class
Protests that began on Wall Street and spread to cities across America have now reached the pristine halls of Harvard. That’s right, the country’s oldest university is experiencing walkouts by students sympathizing with the “Occupy” movement.

The source of their frustration: Students don’t like the content presented in an introductory course in economics. The professor, Greg Mankiw, is one of the world’s best-known economists and served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bush.

Never mind those credentials, however. According to some students, Mankiw is indoctrinating America’s vulnerable and unsuspecting youth with a “strongly conservative neoliberal ideology.”
Seriously.  Read The Whole Thing for a view of how the "flagship" of American education really looks.

H/T to Jim H., posted on our Facebook page, who notes, "Imagine what you can think of when someone else is paying for your tuition!"

It's Been Three Years

One year from now, on Election Day 2012, Americans will have the opportunity to vote Barack Obama and his failed policies out of office. After three tough years of record-setting deficits and high unemployment, the American people are ready to change direction.

Keep in mind though, that BHO is the symptom. Federal overreach is the problem.

H/T:  Smitty at The Other McCain.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

House Job Plan versus Obama Job Plan


House Republican Study Committee introduces new jobs plan
From the folks who brought you “Cut, Cap and Balance” comes a plan to create jobs by growing the economy — not the government. The Republican Study Committee this morning unveiled the Jobs Through Growth Act, a bill that incorporates tax reform, regulatory rollback and boosts to energy production. The legislation builds upon the past work of House Republicans, packaging “the best of the best” into one neat program.

Among other things, the bill creates a new optional tax system, in which taxpayers pay just two rates: 15 percent on the first $50,000 of income for single filers or the first $100,000 of income for joint filers and 25 percent on all income above that. The system also includes generous deductions for dependents and eliminates the marriage penalty. No matter what — even if no taxpayers were to opt in to the new system — the bill eliminates the Alternative Minimum Tax and caps the tax rate on investment income at 15 percent. Jobs Through Growth also lowers the corporate tax rate to 25 percent and eliminates the Death Tax.
And then.....

Obama: God wants people back at work

Urging Congress again to pass a portion of his jobs bill, President Obama claimed Wednesday that God is on his side.

Mr. Obama was standing at the D.C. side of the Key Bridge, calling attention to America’s crumbling infrastructure and the need to put more construction workers back on the job. He criticized House Republicans for ignoring his legislation while approving a measure that reaffirms “In God We Trust” as the national motto.

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.

  Read both articles, and you'll see that Obama loses.  Hands down.

Words of Wisdom, Part II

Words of Wisdom