by A. Smith, 3/25/16, KlamathNews.com
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Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing. Let’s do something and actively stand behind these conservative candidates! If we do not, we only have ourselves to blame.
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.
But that is not enough. This special interest group is also encouraging Democrats and Independents to switch to the Republican party for the primary. People are not switching because they are changing their political views and now want to become Republicans, but to help steal the Republican nomination away from conservatives — the base of the Republican party and the base of this community.
So once again special interests are pushing their agenda as if it is best for the everyone. In reality, it is a win-win them and for their write-in candidates. Should the write-ins win, who do you think they will have an allegiance to — the people or the special interests? And then who do you think will bear the cost for their grand write-in idea?
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