To Rural Landowners, Government Types,
Interested Parties and the News Media:
Since we started this barrage of
almost daily e-mails, over two years ago, our primary focus has been on
disappearing property rights and make no mistake, they are disappearing.
Here is one of the major reasons why. YOUR TAX
DOLLARS fund disappearing property
As we read the paper each day, we
specifically look for articles that spend YOUR TAX DOLLARS. We look for
the reasons why those dollars are being spent and how
it effects property rights. In today's King County Journal there were
two articles of direct interest, both effecting your property rights. The
first article was governmental entities arguing over how much of the King
Conservation District Money each will get and the autonomy each district will be
allowed to exercise in the spending of YOUR MONEY to save salmon. The
TAX DOLLARS TO HELP SALMON AT
By Dean Radford, Journal
the King County Conservation article, they are talking about a paltry
$5,800,000, which of course is chicken feed in comparison to other projects,
like Ron Sims' request for $355,000,000 of YOUR TAX MONEY to attend to river
levies to protect 25,000 acres of King County flood plain. 25,000 acres is
about 2% of the total land area of King County and works out to a cost of over
$14,000 per acre, which Ron wants of YOUR TAX MONEY.
All of this saving-salmon
stuff is driven by the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and this
is the same Act that wiped out over 40,000 logging jobs, lumber processing
mills and wood products employees by designating the Northern Spotted Owl
(NSO) as endangered, when in fact the NSO was endangered for purely natural
reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with logging or loss of habitat.
This is the same Act that drove the State Fish and Wildlife Department to
fine and possibly throw in jail, one Gwen Bartol (Covington,
WA-K/C Journal, Sunday, July 16th 2006) for daring to clean up her
property around a salmon-bearing stream. This is the same Act that drives
state (the GMA) and local governments (the CAO) to take away your property
rights. This same Act, over 31 years old, has maybe saved 10 species
out of over 1,300 listed as endangered. But this same Act has done more
damage to property rights than almost any single act of the U. S.
Congress. And the U. S. Congress has just renewed this abject failure of
legislation, when it should have been repealed outright.
But there was another article in the
King County Journal this morning about the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) (http://www.pugetsoundpartnership.org/) which
I have written about before. The PSP is Queen Gregoire's pet baby to "Save
Puget Sound" with YOUR TAX DOLLARS. Unfortunately, we are unable
to provide a link to the specific article because it was taken
from the Associated Press. However, what we can provide is their
budget. The article says they are going to spend $150,000,000 in the next
two-year budget cycle, but their website says something QUITE
different. Take a look at their budget at:
In our first e-mail message on
PSP (5-26-06) we said: We just recently sent an e-mail to the entire
Washington State legislature about WWRC, Washington Wildlife Recreation
a government organization that has spent over $360,000,000 over the last
10 plus years of OUR tax money, to buy up 150,000 acres of private
land for some nefarious, radical environmentally driven, reason. NO
RESPONSE from any one legislature. Not one.
Now we discover that our
illustrious governor has established the Puget Sound
with a beginning cost of
$42,000,000 (for planning and ramp up of course) and a 2005 - 2007 biennial
budget of just under $572,000,000. That's over a half a billion dollars my
learned representatives and senators. Here is the organizations proposed
budget (pdf). Take a look. It should blow your socks off. But
Hey. What's a few billion here and there.
Both of these programs to save salmon
or to save Puget Sound are just more ways for government to come up with reasons
to exercise more control over you and your land.
With regard to saving Puget Sound, in
an e-mail to the legislature in our e-mail of May 26th, 2006, when we
discovered the PSP, we asked the following questions of the legislature, to
which not one of the legislators answered:
1. What will the
health of Puget Sound be by 2020, if we do nothing? A very important
question before spending billions of dollars on clean up. Mother nature
has ways of "healing itself".
2. When is the City
of Seattle going to stop flushing its collective toilet into Elliot Bay, every
time a major rain storm overflows the sewer system into the storm drains?
Another very important question.
affect does British Columbia's City of Victoria flushing its untreated
collective toilet into the Straits of Juan de Fuca, have on the overall health
of Puget Sound?
I'm sure that there are many more
questions that could be asked before spending $572,000,000 of OUR TAX MONEY, but
PSP is on a fast track. Queen Gregoire and her covey of special interests
and so-called stakeholders, are going to shove this tribute to her legacy down
your collective throats. They will use every trick in the book and some
blatant propaganda, spending YOUR TAX MONEY, to convince you that this tribute
to her legacy is in your best interests, no matter how much you have to pay, or
how many freedoms you have to give up.
I'm not saying that we shouldn't do
some important things to make sure Puget Sound stays reasonably
healthy, but a true cost/ benefit analysis must be applied to the most
important of those priorities. Stopping the Seattle and Victoria BC
collective toilet flush could go a long way towards this goal. But what
they will do instead is to put more restrictions on land development by
stopping any new on-site sewage treatment systems and spending millions more
working out a monitoring system for on-site systems, giving government more
authority to trespass on your property.
In the final analysis, all of this
control over your lives and your property is being funded by YOUR TAX
MONEY. Until WE THE PEOPLE take back control of our government and OUR TAX
MONEY, this travesty of lost freedoms and property rights will continue
unabated. Government is hopelessly out of control and WE THE PEOPLE
let them get there, using OUR TAX MONEY as their weapon.
"The brutal reality is that
only a ground swell of national rural outrage will reverse the course of
socialism and environmental extremism in America and return us to a
Constitutional Republic. Farmers,
ranchers and rural landowners can and should be the catalyst to incite that
outrage because they are being required to bear the entire brunt of
environmental protection, while city folk get off scot-free. Rural landowners own the 'land' and the
'land' is their power, if they will use that power ……. before they lose it
"Never have so many
participated in their own demise, while not lifting a finger in their own
“There are those that recognize
danger and act. There are those who "see" it, but do nothing.
But unfortunately there are way too many of those who don’t "see"
anything at all.”
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA
425 222-4742 or 1 800
(Fax No. 425 222-4743)
"THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL
The National Association of
Rural Landowners (NARLO) is a non-profit corporation, duly licensed in the State
of Washington. It was formed in response to draconian land use ordinances
that were passed by King County in Washington State (Seattle) in the late
Fall of 2004, after vociferous opposition from rural landowners. NARLO's
mission is to begin the long process of restoring, preserving and protecting
Constitutional property rights and returning this country to a Constitutional
Republic. Government has done a great job of dividing us up into little
battle groups where we are essentially impotent at a national level. We
will change all that with the noisy voices and the vast wealth tied up in the
land of the American rural landowner. The land is our power, if we will
just use that power, before we lose it. We welcome donations and
volunteers who believe as we do, that government abuses against rural landowners
have gone on for far too long and a day of reckoning is at hand. To learn
more, visit our website at www.narlo.org.
President Roosevelt, in his 1933
inaugural address said, “…. The only thing we have
to fear is fear itself”.
I maintain that the only thing we have to fear is unbridled
government. The only
way unbridled government can exist is if WE THE PEOPLE allow it. Unfortunately, we