April 15, 2010
State can't afford accountability

A million here... $10 million there... But Washington can't afford $11,000 for accountability of how the millions and billions are spent.

Well... Washington can afford it, but our elected Legislature lead by Sen. Lisa Brown, Rep. Frank Chopp and Christine Gregoire won't pay the pittance. They don't want accountability for how your money is spent.

Evergreen Freedom Foundation

Government accountability was a casualty in this year's budget crisis. The legislature, which was frequently criticized this session for its lack of transparency, had a final flip of the bird for the public.

The legislature's operating budget cut the funding for the Attorney General's Public Records Exemptions Accountability Committee (also known as the "Sunshine Committee"), which makes recommendations to the legislature for making government more open. There was talk in the legislature of eliminating the committee altogether, but they settled on a funding cut. The budget eliminated $11,000 that had been budgeted for the committee's 2011 operations. Janelle Guthrie, the AG's communications director, told me the AG's office will cover the costs from other parts of its budget.

It's so hard to find money for something you don't want.

This is in addition to killing I-960's provisions to shine light the effects of tax increases and who votes for them. Sound Politics - Seattle Times

Posted by Ron Hebron at April 15, 2010 08:08 AM | Email This
1. Very simple...it hurts more if it's exposed; they're sparing us the added pain - you should be thanking them. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 08:38 AM
2. Whew!!! and thanks for the new topic, Ron; that tea bagger horse must be stone-cold dead by now, after the severe beating it took. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 08:54 AM
3. #2 "that tea bagger horse must be stone-cold dead by now"

And yet you feel compelled to bring it up.

Posted by: Gary on April 15, 2010 08:59 AM
4. #3 Pleasure doin business with you 'Gary'; I actually do enjoy your posts. Peace! :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 09:07 AM
5. When will Washington's brain-dead voters get a clue? Why do the same people who rail against tax-and-spend politics re-elect the same losers to represent them, year after year?

Stupid is as stupid does, I reckon.

Posted by: Saltherring on April 15, 2010 09:09 AM
6. that tea bagger horse must be stone-cold dead by now, after the severe beating it took

Yet, your banality continues Duffman.

You seemed at one point to be a contributor, now you're becoming a troll.

Posted by: Palouse on April 15, 2010 09:10 AM
7. They waste billions and the only place they can find room to cut is for accountability measures.

How convenient.

Here's another little secret they don't want you to know:


The voters of this State just never learn.

Posted by: Kato on April 15, 2010 09:11 AM
8. #6 We're all 'tagged' as something, aren't we. Such a ridiculous gesture, when we're all simply human beings. But...if you must...

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 09:22 AM
9. The voters that brought us this one party rule were the extras in the movie Midnight Express that shuffled in the circle together. No training or acting lessons required.

Posted by: PC on April 15, 2010 09:23 AM
10. #8. Let's see, you start by calling people "tea baggers" and then get upset about being called a troll?

Posted by: Gary on April 15, 2010 09:30 AM
11. @8, Yes, Duffman...We are all simply human beings. However, some humans are more aware than others. Unfortunately, you're slumping rapidly into mediocrity and beyond. But then, you're a Liberal and nothing more is expected.

Posted by: Daniel on April 15, 2010 09:39 AM
12. Just for the record (as I've said before) I regard myself (politically) as an 'independent' (by definition, not as 'tagged')...but if it floats your boat to paint me as something else, so be it..., like you say 'nothing more is expected'. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 09:45 AM
13. Duffman, I have defended you before because you usually maintain a civil tone. However, you have to acknowledge that using the term "Teabagger" to describe supporters of the Tea Party movement is pretty vulgar and insulting, and you seem to be doing it deliberately and with glee. Not up to your usual standard at all....

Posted by: katomar on April 15, 2010 09:54 AM
14. Duffman, you can call yourself anything you want. The truth is, a number of Liberals don't want to be recognized as Liberals, at least not publicly. It's embarrassing to them. They got nothing to be proud of except, for one disaster after another.

Posted by: Daniel on April 15, 2010 09:59 AM
15. Appreciate that kato...only used it for sake of identity and brevity; certainly did not mean it in the way it is vulgarly used. Apologize to all who may have taken it that way. I think the movement is actually healthy for our Country and I have no problem with it. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 10:01 AM
16. This state deserves every pinhead politician they put in there. We are quickly assembling the identical political framework that has California in the crapper and yet, like a moth to a flame, this state and the majority of ignoramuses that vote to elect our "leadership" in Olympia, insist on traveling that same path to financial ruin. The last I checked, leaders led. This state is definately a clear example of why this is a false assumption.

Posted by: Rick D. on April 15, 2010 10:01 AM
17. Duffie
Apologize to all who may have taken it that way.

Sorry NOT buying it. This isn't the first time you've gone off the rail.

Now your looking for excuses on your actions.

Posted by: Medic/Vet on April 15, 2010 12:59 PM
18. Wasn't trying to sell it to ya, M/V; it's the truth and you can take it or leave it...matters not to me...I meant nothing untoward, or pejorative. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 01:09 PM
19. It's clear that Duffman would rather be a vulgar troll then a contributor. Pay him no more heed.

Posted by: Doug Smith on April 15, 2010 02:09 PM
20. ...and do not 'heed' spelling and/or word structure from #19 'then'?...but, I shan't label you. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 02:13 PM
21. Yeah, Duffman...Liberals always find grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling far more important than content. For it is not what you say, it is how well you said it. It is not what you write but, how well it is written. Truth and meaning have little value to a Liberal. It is the window dressing and all that pleases the emotions rather than, substance. Such a Deal!

Posted by: Daniel on April 15, 2010 02:30 PM
22. Very good #21, you got through that one Okay, unlike your previous post (#14) 'They got' ?? Just teasing...see you this evening at the tea party...Dori s/be speaking at approx. 18:00. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 15, 2010 02:37 PM
23. At #19
Duff who?

I pay him no heed because he never has anything intelligent or interesting to say.

Posted by: Amused by Liberals on April 15, 2010 04:19 PM
24. Where is that "ignore" button when you need it? :(

Posted by: It Takes A Village To Convene A Grand Jury on April 15, 2010 09:52 PM
25. It's amazing how you guys focus so much more on the people (and painting them with some label so you don't have to listen to or analyze the things they say on their own merits or lack thereof) and thus end up filling half the comments with attacks on duffman, who has always been gracious even when disagreeing with you.

Posted by: Andrew Brown on April 16, 2010 10:18 AM
26. At#25,

Attacks, what attacks?
Displays of gracious banality are worthy of what?
Gracious but insulting nonsense is no substitute for intelligent and/or interesting.
This is a political blog where people go to discuss events of the day; not a sewing circle.

If you have a point --on topic-- make it graciously or otherwise . . . or go away.

I would very much enjoy exchanging views with anyone (including you) who has intelligent and interesting things to say.
However, mostly, Duffman has neither.

Posted by: Amused by Liberals on April 16, 2010 11:07 AM
27. Thank you Sir, may I have another.

Posted by: Duffman on April 16, 2010 11:17 AM
28. Won't get into a pissing match with you, but I'll just say that you're doing a fine job of displaying what appears to be your elitist attitude and superiority complex. IMO, part and parcel (to some extent) of what is so distasteful about the Republican Party and it's minions. [Yes...to an extent the Dem's also]. :)

Posted by: Duffman on April 16, 2010 11:30 AM
29. Yes and maybe (to some extent) Presbyterians and people with feet.
Nice job duffer.

Posted by: Amused by Liberals on April 16, 2010 11:12 PM
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