Friday, January 20, 2012
Representatives of the people usually end up being no such thing.
Here is a case in point. Back in the early 1990's my ex and I moved to a tiny little town in Eastern Washington (Republic) to get away from the rat race and try again from a rural place. She ran a clinic in the local hospital, I wound up being the city planner.
Now, don't kid yourself, this was not a big operation. Tax revenues were miniscule, the City Council worked for free, the Mayor got paid $2,000 a year to help with gas and running around, and the highest paid worker on the city payroll (there were six of us) was around $30,000 (with overtime for snow removal being included in that total).
Now, as you can probably guess, a town of 1,000 in a county of 7,000 is one poor-ass town. So when I got hired to write the comprehensive plan, the first thing that I did was go out and scour the woodwork for federal grants and other freebies to pay for my salary. The State had thrown a little money to the City as part of the dumbass law that required a city of 1,000 to do a comprehensive plan, but if anything was going to get done, I had to go out and find the money to do it.
At that time, I tried to enlist the help of the folks who represented us in the Congress and the Senate. Tom Foley was still speaker of the house (and if there was ever a more likable thief in America, I would have liked to meet him), Slade Gorton was the Chief Senator, and Patty Murray was a newbie Senator with nothing going.
Now, at this time, Tom Foley was Speaker of the House. Big swinging dick in DC-Land, but he would go out of his way to do things for folks, even baby little pissant towns like Republic. His office made calls, and helped us find the money to line a sewer pond to clean up a local stream, pave a road that folks used to get to the only grocery store in 75 or so miles, managed to help us pay our two (2) cops, and gave us advice on how to keep the little industry we had (Couple of poorly producing gold mines).
Slade Gorton's office helped a bit, but they really couldn't be bothered. He was worried about Seattle, Microsoft, and Boeing, in that order. So no joy there.
Then there was Murray and her office. Democratic party zealots with no tolerance with anyone who didn't fully support their agenda. When I called and asked for help, the first thing their office did was look at how Republic voted (they went for the Republican by around around 55-45 if memory serves). When they found this out, I was told in no uncertain terms that we would get no help from her office if we didn't vote for her.
During the next two years, her office made every attempt to short circuit anything we did. When we tried to get an exemption for a 100 year old mine that was the reason for the town being there, her office tried to stop it. They made life hell for us. When we wrote letters supporting saving some of the remaining old-growth trees, her office sent copies of the letters to the local lumber mill (along with a request for donations). When we tried to keep the mines open or log some scrub, she sent copies of letters to environmentalists (along with a request for donations).
So that is who Patty Murray is. She has never had a real job. Zero. She stated out as a "citizen-lobbyist" and never looked back She is intent on forcing her dreamworld views on others, and shows a nasty, vindictive streak whenever anyone opposes her. She sucks for money with the best of Washington and uses her office to enforce her view rather than representing the people who elected here.
I have no use for her.
at 5:30:00 AM