Monday, May 04, 2009

Janis Kristiansen: "WA Democratic Leadership Is Corrupt"

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A little over a week ago, Rep. Dan Kristiansen's wife, Janis, sent out an email as a result of a phone conversation with her husband, the Representative.

In it she expresses, in detail, the frustration many people toward the present condition of Washington State government.

Her remarks are directed specifically toward the budget process and the deceptive way in which it was handled.

Many feel other issues, such as social issues, are being handled in the same manner.

Governor Gregoire has yet to sign SB 5688, although the Legislature has passed it.

Why would she delay signing a bill that she wholeheartedly supports?

Are those who sponsored the bill purposefully delaying getting it to her in proper form for signature in order to delay and eliminate some of the time allotted for signature gathering, should a referendum be filed?

Who knows what goes on in the darkness.

Janis Kristiansen's email will not be encouraging, but it will certainly be enlightening.


Corrupt Democrat Leadership in WA State
By Janis Kristiansen
3:40 pm
Thursday, April 24, 2009

Since NO ONE in the press is going to report this, I will. I just got off the phone with my husband, State Rep. Dan Kristiansen.

In summary, this is what he said.

At the beginning of session this year, the Democrats in control in the House changed the rules and eliminated the 24 hour rule from when the budget is introduced to when it can be voted upon. In the past, the budgets were rolled out for review, and no vote on any budget could happen until at LEAST 24 hours had passed, giving time for the minority party (read Republicans) to review the budget, and make an intelligent vote on it.

This morning, April 24, three days before the end of session, the Democrats announced that NO amendments to the capitol budget could be introduced (most amendments are offered by the opposing party, usually) after 3 pm today. Guess when the Democrats released the capitol budget today, for the Republicans to get a first review of it? At 3:25pm, 25 minutes after cut-off for any amendments to be offered. So, for the Republicans, NO amendments can be offered because the Democrats released the operating budget for the Republicans to see 25 minutes after the deadline for amendments to be accepted. This is CORRUPT.

The story is not over. The operating budget, separate from the capitol budget, was emailed to the Republicans this morning at 1:30 AM, early in the morning. It is several hundred pages. The Democrats then said NO amendments were going to be allowed to the capitol budget after 12 noon today. So, in the middle of the night the Democrats release the capitol budget, and then announce no amendments are allowed after 12 noon, AND they are voting on this budget this afternoon.

This is the corrupt nature of the Democrats in control. How are Republicans supposed to vote yes or no on these budgets, hundreds of pages long, that spend approximately $34 billion dollars each biennium, when they are given no time to review it, or offer even hurried amendments to it? The Democrats realize they have almost a super majority; so in essence, it’s OK to ignore the Republicans during the budget process.

Please email this article to everyone you know in WA. The 5000 people who came to the Tea Party in Olympia, myself included, and who participated in one of the 30 tea parties across our state, need to know this is the level of corruption in the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives in WA. Rep. Dan said this Operating Budget offered sets our state up for an approximate $10 billion shortfall in the 2011 biennium. This is outrageous! Where is self-restraint? Where is responsibility? Where is the good stewardship of tax payer dollars?


  1. I can understand both sides of this for both of the two budgets - the two incidences of obvious dodging the extensive yammering by The Party of 'No' when ultimately it would have just cost money and been ineffective anyway, with the tradition of letting everyone have their say regardless of if it actually changes anything.

    Of course they shouldn't have been cut out entirely, and of course, with modern tech what was in the capital budget was pretty much known piecemeal before an official posting, doubtful it held real surprises for anyone.

    The dueling poles to this problem are staying in budget and dismantling government to a point it could take the state decades to recover, raising more money from an electorate strapped for cash and many avenues for raising more blocked by past populous initiatives, or deficit spending to get us through and work on more income down the road.

    There is was no 'right' or easy solution to this session's budgets.

    I am curious - what amendments would have been submitted to the capital budget? And what amendments to the operating budget didn't make it in due to the short time period? According to my sources the content of these budgets is widely known ahead of time and amendments are prepared before the budget is released - what features of the operating budget were so surprising that there was no time to draft a fitting amendment?

    Anyone know specifically what amendments didn't make it for either budget?

  2. "Anyone know specifically what amendments didn't make it for either budget?"

    I think that was the real issue , none of the legislators knew.
    Allowing the party of no not to have their say and represent the folks who wanted them to say no appears to be the point. If the people can not get represented in the legislature because they are the minority , where the heck can they ?

  3. If the behavior of Democrats in the legislature is so unprecedented, why is it that none of the GOP members are willing to speak up themselves? Why are they hiding behind Mrs Kristiansen's apron skirts?

  4. [b]If the behavior of Democrats in the legislature is so unprecedented, why is it that none of the GOP members are willing to speak up themselves? Why are they hiding behind Mrs Kristiansen's apron skirts? [/b]

    I've wondered about that myself - it does seem odd, like the legislators know that everything happened just as it should, or at least was decided, it should and they are letting her layman 'outrage' stand on its own to see the result.

    Where are the 'yeah she's right!' even from her own husband? I suspect that all happened just as it was supposed to happen and she is just the person at the meat counter who wandered back and saw a glimpse of how the sausage is really made - the butchers sure aren't rushing to her defense.

  5. This lady's comments are in line with those of the President's prior pastor(J. Wright) - hate filled. How is it that hate-filled comments generate the applause of the audience? either at a church or at this gathering?


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