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Friday, October 16, 2009

Time to vote NO on Tim Eyman's I-1033

The voting has begun.

Throughout the last few days, county elections officials across Washington State have been sending millions of ballots out on their way to voters' mailboxes.

Vote NO on Initiative 1033The very first thing that voters will see at the top of their ballots is Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 (unless you're in King County, then it's at the bottom of the first column).

Imported from Colorado, I-1033 is Eyman's scheme to freeze services at their current recession-era levels and then raid future revenue out of our public treasury, funneling money to rich property owners that would otherwise go directly to essential public services like schools.

Initiative 1033 is a cynical, reckless, and unfair wealth distribution scheme that has been explicitly designed to bankrupt our common wealth and widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots, in the haves' favor.

See... rich people like Eyman's donors Michael Dunmire (an investment banker) and Kemper Freeman, Jr. (who owns Bellevue Square) just aren't rich enough.

That's the whole premise of I-1033.

I-1033 makes them richer by giving them a tax cut so big that over time it would cancel out the state's schools levy. Renters, who don't own property, wouldn't see a dime, and most homeowners would get a measley pittance compared to the big payouts that the likes of Freeman Jr. would enjoy.

Meanwhile, public services that we all rely on in our daily lives would be eviscerated. Jobs would be lost, facilities shuttered, hours reduced, service cut back. We'd all lose out under this reverse Robin Hood style wealth transfer, which has been designed to cripple government so it can't work.

That's why even reasonable conservatives oppose Initiative 1033... because they don't want to live in a dysfunctional society that can't take care of itself.

The time has come for us to keep The Evergreen State from turning into the Evergreen Chaos. Vote NO on Initiative 1033.


Blogger lilzilla said...

The dangerous thing is it's not at the top of the ballot - it's hiding down in the lower left corner under the instructions.

October 16, 2009 12:20 PM  
Blogger United Way said...

Let's plan for the future and remember that what we do now will effect the next generation. Vote No on Initiative 1033 !

Nick K

October 19, 2009 9:48 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

So, let me understand this correctly: It's OK that government is unbridled from any restriction on spending regardless of economic conditions and the taxpayers should be left to foot the bill for this government spending without regard to purpose, efficiency or need? Wouldn't it just be easier for the government to seize ALL your earnings and wealth and dole it out as they see fit? Sure would reduce the hassle factor for our poor civil servants.

Hopefully that solution sounds ridiculous! But so do the predicted horrid events that will occur should this measure not be defeated (job loss, government services collapse, etc.) There's a fail safe in voting yes for this bill. It's the provision that exempts voter approved revenue bills from the measure. What's wrong with demanding that government live within their means as the economic environment changes?

Keep over taxing the "rich" and you'll see them take their evil wealth and go elsewhere. Witness the exodus of wealth in California.

But that's OK. Y'all keep taxing the productive in society as if it's a crime to make good decisions, save your money and start a business. We need all those folks who grow weary of carrying the hapless on their backs down here in Georgia as employers. :)

Have a wonderful day everyone!

October 19, 2009 10:56 AM  

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