I have to start off by saying I like County Commissioner Frank Gordon. I really do. Despite the polar opposite we find ourselves concerning general political philosophy. If I could get him to keep his hand out of my pocket in the realm of taxes, he would be as close to a perfect County Commissioner as I could imagine.
I am particularly fond of his stance on the coming oil trains into Grays Harbor. We share the churning in our guts over what could happen. Frank has even stated he is willing to lay down on the tracks if necessary. It brings a tear to my fiscally conservative eye. I vow to be right there behind him, and a little to the left, supporting him when and if that day comes. Its the least I can do.
Frank also drew my applause during the recent dust up concerning the games the local Grays Harbor Democrat Central Committee played concerning the sham appointment list to the County Prosecutor vacancy. Calling out his own party for their child-like and self serving behavior. He recently called for the resignation of our County Assessor over the waste of so much money in regard to the failed software. I could go on. But I won’t. It’s time to talk politics.
Frank Gordon finds himself the lone Democrat on a County Commission that also contains a single Republican, Wes Cormier. Their two political ideologies couldn’t be different when it comes to taxation. Wes, will never vote to raise your property taxes without the direst of reasons. Frank has demonstrated, via his record, that he will pretty much raise them for no reason. Well, no reason other than to take care of his voting block. That being the 25% of those in the county who don’t produce, the now institutionalized food stamp crowd, and the public employee unions bleeding the county dry. I don’t fault him for it, it’s his base.
The problem is for 70 plus years the county has been in a downward spiral. Unfriendly to business and coddling to those who will never, ever pull themselves up out of poverty. Going on four generations now. You can’t blame the Republicans for the state of things. The mess this county is in is at the feet of the local Democrat party. Completely. Rather than go to where the jobs are, they are content to sit here and collect their benefits and do the under the table work for extra money. It has turned into a way of life and in many cases….the family business. It is my opinion that this is the reason Frank is so heavily involved with the current Commissioner race between Al Smith and Vickie Raines. Gordon knows, if Raines gets in….it’s all over.
Frank recruited Al Smith and has been the steady hand leading him. We can expect a matched pair should Smith prevail in the general election. The Democrat party here in the county has done everything they can to keep Vickie Raines from winning in the coming primary. They know, if Raines moves on to the general, she will win. Grays Harbor has twice voted to put Republicans in charge of the check book. The Democrat Central Committee dodged a bullet with Herb Welch, who never was a Republican, but it worked for a while.
The main point the local Democrats are using to prop up Smith is his stance on the oil trains. Hey, I don’t want them coming in here either and agree with him 100%, however, our local county Commissioners have absolutely nothing to do with them. They can’t do anything more than talk about it. Words are nice, but that doesn’t negate the never ending assault on our homes. That is the real world implication of this election. The strategy of the Democrats seems to be look over here…..to keep us from looking over there. Where the real issues are. I guess I am not so easily diverted.
Al Smith called for the support of the new hospital district last week. Despite knowing that, as designed, the measure will suck as much as a hundred million dollars out of the county via our homes to pay off their debt and maintain their comfy lifestyle via new taxes….which includes going on 10 million dollars of old union pensions. We all know what is going on. The entire hospital district proposal is a sham to take care of the unions and continue the ability of a dozen or so of the big boys over there to divvy up the two million in salaries at the top of the pyramid. 600 votes there to bow down to and buy. I am not going to speak for Vickie Raines here concerning the Hospital District, but she has a much more reasoned position that doesn’t include saddling the home owners of this county with as much as hundred million in debt and taxes over the next twenty years.
It shows such bad judgement on Gordon and Smiths part – and such total disregard for the people of the county that can’t afford to pay the new taxes, that I have to break Raines way. Why Gordon and Smith didn’t bother to call the hospital out on hiding their debt as well as explain the mysterious “cuts to services” is not acting in the public interest. It is strictly acting in the interest of those who stand to gain at the hospital. A private business that controls over 600 votes. Again, we all know what is going on here.
Combine this hospital issue along with the never ending levy shift taxation to pay for perks for the county employees, (another 400 or so votes), and you can see the future. The county can not afford another four years of unfettered taxes under the direction of Frank Gordon. Make no mistake about it. A vote for Al Smith is a vote for the pair of them.
While Vickie Raines will drive me nuts here and there….she is a true independent voice and will look out for those of us in the county who are actually paying the bills around here rather than cater to a specific voting block. It is in my best interest to get Al Smith in there. I have a better personal relationship with him. But here is the deal and apparently where I differ from quite a few around here. I actually care about the people on fixed incomes having to cut their pills in half to pay these taxes. I actually care about breaking the institutional poverty of this county over maintaining a voting block. But perhaps the biggest difference is…..my vote isn’t for sale.