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I 1053 Hearing on Saturday the 13th

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s the most recent email from Tim Eyman on Saturday’s hearing in Olympia.    Keep in mind that, while they’re voting FOR a bill to release our personal info to homosexual thugs who would use it to harm us, they’re voting on something that will eliminate our right to know what they’re doing in Olympia and who is voting for legislation that will harm us! 

Hmmmmm….. I wonder how that “Card-Check” scheme is rolling out.

February 16, 2010

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc’d to all media outlets — reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV — House & Senate members, and the Governor)

From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse,  http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information)

On Saturday morning, Olympia’s Democrats in the House had a hearing on their repeal-of-Initiative-960 bill. Those opposed to the Democrats’ bill did a great job in their testimony.

Here’s what I calmly said (in a suit and tie and without ever raising my voice):

“My name is Tim Eyman from Mukilteo and I’m opposed to the bill. “For the past two years, under I-960, the Legislature was forced to follow the law, abide by the Constitution, and keep the people and the press informed on what the Legislature was doing.

“Two years. “Chairman (Ross) Hunter is quoted as saying that I-960 makes the process “unworkable.” It’s quite an admission that Olympia can’t function if it’s forced to follow the law, abide by the Constitution, and keep the people and the press informed.

“For two years, I-960 has worked exactly as voters intended. “Two years — the voters have learned that that’s the maximum amount of time the Legislature can be restrained by a citizens initiative like I-960.

The rest of my testimony was read directly, without voice inflection, but was intended to be taken as sarcasm, “When we did I-960, we made a mistake: we allowed a legislative session to be held without I-960’s protections. We assumed that restrained by an upcoming election, that the Democrats would never, ever disrespect the voters this much. “We were wrong. The voters, our supporters, and the sponsors of I-960 underestimated the Democrats’ audacity, their arrogance, their shamelessness.”

Ross Hunter (D-Redmond) then interrupted, slamming down his gavel, upset that I had criticized the Democrats, urged on by cheers and catcalls from the anti-960 people there.

I took a deep breath and calmly continued: “We can never make that mistake again. Two years is the maximum. “The 2010 legislative session must always serve as the poster child of what happens when Olympia is not restrained by the law, not bound by the Constitution, nor obliged to keep the public and the press informed. “Voters have approved I-960’s policies 3 times, in 1993, 1998, and 2007. Yet without hesitation, Olympia’s Democrats are getting rid of them.

The Legislature does not want the citizens to know what it’s doing, they want to keep it all a secret, and it’s very unfortunate …” Hunter interrupts again: “That’s it. Next.”

 — END — There’s nothing fair about us being forced to pass initiatives requiring the same policies again and again and again, especially when voters have approved these policies 3 times already. But as the saying goes ‘life’s not fair’ — it is what it is — it’s the reality we’re faced with — rather than whine about it, let’s get to work and do it again.

Help us get I-1053 “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative” on the ballot this November so voters can be given another opportunity to resurrect I-960’s taxpayer protection policies, protecting us for another two years from BILLIONS in higher taxes.

Petitions are printed and each of our supporters was mailed one petition on February 5th. If you haven’t received it yet and/or you need more, hit ‘reply’ and let us know how many you want and where you want them sent.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, we really need your financial support for I-1053’s signature drive. Please fill out the form below and send us a donation TODAY of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more (there are no limits on the amount that can be given) to our offices in Spokane. Or, you can do a SECURE online donation by going to our website: http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com — we accept VISA AND MASTERCARD and PAYPAL. Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW. Help us fight back against the Democrat politicians’ arrogant effort to take away citizens’ rights, increase taxes on struggling taxpayers, and hurt our fragile economy. FULL STEAM AHEAD! Regards, Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information) SAVE THE 2/3’s VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES • PO Box 18250 • Spokane • WA • 99228 • PH: 425-493-8707 • FAX: 425-493-1027 • http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

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