'Game' was rigged to limit participants
Letter to the editor by Werner Reschke, Malin 10/25/15
In his novel 1984, George Orwell beautifully illustrates how the
political left manipulates language to pacify a society into
compliance. The KBRA uses this same technique to control public
We have all heard about the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
“stakeholders.” Like in a poker game, a stakeholder is one who
sits at the table with a stake, something to win or lose. While
proponents claim all the stakeholders gathered together and
crafted the KBRA agreement — that is not what happened.
Two major “players” were purposely omitted from this grand poker
game: Basin electric ratepayers and taxpayers. Both groups were
never invited to the table when writing the KBRA.
Instead, the game has been rigged by the “stakeholders” (tribes,
environmentalists, fishermen, some in agriculture) so they
become the winners. The rest of us are the losers: more national
debt passed to our children and increased power rates from the
destruction of four hydropower dams — the cheapest power source
in Pacific Power’s portfolio.
While the “stakeholders” walk away with the jackpot, the rest of
us lose big time, never having a chance in this pre-determined
game. Higher electric rates are assured, which means the Klamath
Basin can kiss goodbye any chance of landing a big enterprise
seeking cheap power.
These stakeholders have a better name, and you know what it is —
special interest groups. That is the Orwellian trick.
The KBRA proponents have replaced their “special interest” label
with something more public-friendly, “stakeholders.” When their
false label is removed, and real label revealed, it becomes
clear that the KBRA stakeholders are no different than any other
special interest groups — a few who band together for their
exclusive benefit, to gang up and take from the rest of us.
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