Jobs top question for HerreraBy CATE GABLE
Observer correspondent | Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:00 pm
SEAVIEW — On summer break after raucous debt-ceiling debates, our congressional Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler made an appearance at a fundraising open house at the Seaview home of Brett and Nansen Malin [I know (?) malin from the local arts community and she appears to be nothing more than an opportunist and social climber] last Thursday evening.
“We’ve been meeting our constituents all around the county,” said Herrera Beutler. “We were in Cathlamet this morning for coffee. We stopped by to talk to the Nisbets at Goose Point Oysters. I spoke to Fritzi Cohen at the Moby Dick [Cohen is no longer a dependable liberal or any other sort of political ally. Her live-in boyfriend (handler) is the guy who is well known as NAZI or skinhead and a very violent reactionary person]. I love being back home.”
Herrera Beutler looked relaxed as she stood speaking to groupings of potluck diners, about 60 in number. This was not an official visit so her entourage was not accompanying her. Herrera Beutler simply listened to the concerns of constituents.
Jobs, jobs, jobs [NOPE, not a single jobs bill]
[Notice the non-answer to the jobs questions as is her 'style']“Everyone I’ve spoken to has said jobs need to be our first priority,” Herrera Beutler said. “I’ve heard that from everyone across the board. But the question is, how can we work together for a solution?” [ you and the teepublicans have offered NO bills or usable ideas for job creation other than to de-fund important programs for everyday Americans and to block everything the President attempts]
“I’m not convinced that we need to throw money at the problem,” she said. “And let me get one thing straight — I want fair taxes. One person, a small business owner, brought in 15 years of tax returns to show me what he’s up against. I do think there are some tax loopholes [AFTER we bring the credit rating of the USA to it's knees and work on abortion and keep the President from getting anything through or anyone appointed] to close — I support that.”
Earlier in the day during a visit to the Chinook Observer, she noted that “ending the ethanol subsidy isn’t a tax increase.” Tax fairness is “a passionate issue for me,” she said. “I don’t think families and small businesses should be asked to prop up spending by Bush or Obama.”[evidently NOBODY needs to pay for any federal government programs]
Later in Seaview, she added, “And we need to get our financial house in order. Congress can help by cutting out some of the fat — at the Pentagon or EPA,” the Environmental Protection Agency. [that darned EPA - teepublicans don't need no stinking clean air or water, why do the REST of them think they need it?
“At Goose Point, I was told that they have four different agencies that come around to test or evaluate the same things. And they have to write a report to each of those four agencies and get an independent audit. There must be some regulation streamlining that we can work together on — even the president has called for that.” [so, as the teepublicans believe, if they just de-fund the agencies without any regard to their usefulness, all will be fine in teepubblicanville]
The debt deal
At the Observer, Herrera Beutler talked about the recent compromise that resulted in a last-minute increase in the nation’s debt ceiling. She said that the across-the-board cuts that will impact the U.S. military are a “very strong deterrent” to the six Republican members of the “super committee” working on the next phase of debt reduction. There already has been a lot cut from Pentagon spending, and the GOP will work hard to come to an agreement [meaning 'our way or the hiway'] to avoid additional blanket cuts, she said.
She said that although she is a strong supporter of the military, it is appropriate to look for savings there. The nation should be much more selective about where it stations troops and what wars it fights, Herrera Beutler said. We had good cause to go into Afghanistan [Bin Laden was in Pakistan, you twit!], she said, but have no business being involved in the Libyan civil war.
Airline baggage fees for the military
Karla Webber, a South Bend resident at the Seaview gathering, asked about the airline fees for the military, an issue which has received some attention in the Chinook Observer’s letters to the editor section.
“I have a son in the military. There was a letter that said you voted against this,” Webber said to Herrera Beutler.
“I did not vote against this — I co-sponsored the bill,” said Herrera Beutler. “Maybe it was a ‘vote to recommit’ problem.”
[Herrera explained that the vote to recommit is a gimmick used by both sides of the house to make it appear that representatives are taking positions counter to their party’s intent. When a bill is proposed, it is often followed by a ‘vote to recommit’ which although not its original purpose has now become a standard way to trip up representatives. If a majority votes “Yes” on the vote to recommit, the original bill is killed; so a “No” vote actually supports the original bill.
Casey Bowman, Herrera’s communications director, further explained that the military airline baggage fees was an action, co-sponsored by Herrera, not a bill per se since Congress does not want to be in the position of mandating how businesses are run. It was a suggestion. It was the vote to recommit on this action that Herrera voted no on, allowing the action to stand.]?
Bowman also noted that “Jaime’s percentage of votes in the 112th Congress (2011-12) were 87 percent with her party.” Representatives’ votes, both past and current, can be found at the Washington Post Votes Database: www.tinyurl.com/3dslkjl.
Downturn in natural resources businesses
Jamie Webber, president of Willapa Bay Hardwood in north Pacific County, made his concerns clear. “The economy is so awful in our area. So many natural resources businesses are hurting. The business in our mill is way down. Job creation is what we need.”[lumber mills are having to compete with log exporters who evidently have deeper pockets than they do. Log exports do NOT help the economy, only a few fallers, truck drivers and the exporters. Oh yea, and easy money for the local port authorities]
When asked what Webber would suggest as possible solutions, he said, “Regulations — not more, fewer! We have to have a storm water permit that costs $3,000. Wastewater must be as clean as drinking water. An air pollution permit, that costs $1,500 to the Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency.” [which might all be of little consequence if the wholesale clearcutting and shipping of timber were stopped. REMEMBER the muddy floods?]
The other trend Webber sees is the shipping of Pacific Northwest wood overseas. “They’re [China, Russia] willing to buy more lumber than we can saw. China wants hemlock and spruce, white wood, because they have a tariff dispute with Russia — and they’re just using it to make concrete forms. But getting into the shipping business is complicated.”
“Timber has been oversupplied in our market so the prices are down.”[WTF? If prices are down why aren't builders buying the stuff at low prices and stockpiling it?]
Anita Baker, West Point graduate from the class of 1982, visiting her parents Bonnie and Konrad Muench, was concerned about the debt. “Obama really got us into debt. But I guess we have to blame both parties for the messy process.” [why do people so ill informed get so much press space?]
Nancy Gorshe, of Seaview, was also on hand speaking to people informally about the need for new leadership at Ocean Beach Hospital. Gorshe is running against incumbent DeWayne LaPointe, chairman of OBH’s board. Gorshe made the rounds at the open house, talking about her education in health care administration at the University of Washington. “We need a change,” she said. “I’m disappointed because these financial problems at the hospital have been known about for six months or so. Why wasn’t the problem addressed sooner?”[one has to wonder what sort of PRICE the organisation HEALTH DIMENSIONS GROUP, would charge the hospital district for the consulting and guidance they would offer through Ms. Gorsche]
Mid-way through the evening, dinner hostess Nan Malin [picture here]formally introduced Herrera Beutler by saying, “I strategized with Ryan Hart after we heard that Congressman Brian Baird was going to step down. We knew right away that Jaime would be perfect.”
“In fact, at her wedding, right after her wedding dance, I caught up to her on the dance floor and said, ‘Would you run for Congress?’ and here she is!” [followed by much clappity clapping and pate' munching fun]
Herrera ended the evening with a few public remarks about her service to date. [evidence here of her 'service' priorities] “I’ve been in D.C. eight months and it feels like 1,000 years. But the best thing is that a year ago we were still talking about how much we would need to raise the budget, and now we’re talking about how much we’ll need to cut it. We’re not out of the woods but we’re taking baby steps.”
“The problem is that we’re spending more than we’re taking in. We all have to have the discretion and wisdom to make the right decisions. We’re at a hinge point in history — either we’re going to be in that slow decline or we’re going to pass on to our kids and grandkids a better life.”
“Both parties put us here [REALLY rep. (tea.Wa) HB?] — and frankly, sometimes it’s members of my own party that I’m frustrated with. I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘I’m happy to pay my fair share of taxes but quit expecting my taxes to get the country out of this mess.’”
“This situation is not going to turn on a dime,” she continued. “It took us 40 or 50 years [actually, no, miz H-B] of spending to get into this mess. Someone told me it takes five miles to turn around an aircraft carrier — so that’s how I’m thinking about it.”
Herrera Beutler ended the evening on a gracious, upbeat note. “I’m very humbled to get to do this job — I love being your representative. And I’m confident that we can be the nation we have been blessed to be.” [enjoy your one term in wa dee see mz H-B]
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