A principle the Founders used in forming our great nation was “equality for all, special privilege for none.” King George was well known for his favoritism towards the well connected in Britain at the expense of the colonists in America. When forming a new government the Founders wanted to ensure such favoritism in government was eliminated. However, we have strayed far from this founding principle. Obamacare is a modern day example. Nearly 2,000 pages granting hierarchy of special privileges.
Another example, more close to home, is the KBRA, KHSA and other associated hydro-electric power plant (dam) removal plans. While hydro-power provides consistent (24/7/365), affordable power for everyone, the Democrat led Oregon Legislature, Obama Administration and local allies seek to change all that. Their energy policy seeks to significantly reduce hydro-power and coal-power, replacing it with green power. The end result will be a remarkable increase our electric rates. But fear not, if your use of electricity falls within a government approved special class then you will not have to pay full price like everyone else — a special privilege.
Does this Democrat energy policy follow the Founders “equality for all and special privilege for none” principle? Absolutely not. Will this new energy policy reduce Oregon’s carbon footprint? Absolutely not. Will this new energy policy enhance government power by transferring wealth from all of us to the government and government approved special groups? Absolutely.
The suggestion that centrally planned of public projects will lure new business to our area puts the cart before the horse. It is economic opportunity that lures people and businesses here, which then creates the jobs and tax base to fund those public projects.
While parts of Oregon are doing well economically (Portland/Willamette Valley), Klamath and Lake counties continue to struggle, trying to keep their heads above water in a post-Obama Great Recession world. There are two answers to this problem: Economic Development or Economic Opportunity.
Economic Development is a key buzz word used by leftists and central planners. They believe your tax dollars should be funneled in a manner they determine in order to bring about jobs and prosperity. The problem with this method is that excess public money is spent with little accountability — worse, the return on investment is poor and seldom are there tangible results of any significance. These Economic Development masterminds think they know best. If they can bend certain economic conditions (with your tax money) then maybe a stray business or two will come to our part of Oregon. Economic Development advocates are very skilled at public relations and also good at creating lots of activity — meetings, forums, trade shows, etc — in order to appear as if they are making progress. They often grab the headlines by talking about “job creation”. However, in the final analysis the only real jobs and economic certainty created are their own jobs and future. This is wrong. Beware of anyone who extols the catch-phrase of “economic development”. Empty results are the reality for the rest of us.
My campaign slogan, “Your Liberty First” is more than just a slogan — it is a guiding philosophy and reminder that the people come first, not the government.
It used to be that you could pick up the newspaper or watch a news program on television to get the daily news in an unbiased, informative manner. That is no longer the case, even in our tucked away corner of the world.
Start counting how many times my opponents get favorable coverage (also known as push pieces) in the media. Also notice how I am ignored or marginalized in that same coverage. Observe how many times my opponents’ pictures appear and my picture is not displayed.
In order for liberty to thrive and for our economy to grow, government must be limited in size and scope.
Recently I took an agricultural tour of four businesses located in the Willamette valley. Visiting these agricultural businesses was interesting, yet it did not stray too far from what I see everyday in Klamath and Lake Counties. While the particular crops may differ, the struggle of each farmer and rancher is all too familiar.
First, we visited a tree seedling farm that produces 10 million seedling trees each year. Their primary crop is Douglas Fir for reforestation efforts. They also produce several other varieties for shipment nationwide. Next, we stopped at a blueberry and hazelnut farm that also packs fruit for other farmers. We sampled fresh blueberries and observed the packing process of fresh blueberries. Third, we visited a small vegetable farmer who was clever in finding profitability by growing vegetables others deemed too difficult to grow in Oregon. Finally, we ended the tour at a beautiful cattle ranch, where a wise rancher talked about the foolishness of dam removal on the Klamath river.
I have received many questions about the upcoming “Marijuana” ballot measure in Klamath County. If passed ballot measure 18-105 would “... require Klamath County to allow State-approved licenses, allowing medical dispensaries, retail farms and retail sales to conduct business within the County.”
The perceived benefits are increased local tax revenue, an economic boost to the local economy and the promotion of liberty. These arguments sound good on the surface, but upon further investigation they are nothing but permission to provide harm to our community, in order that a few can benefit. In other words the special interests are at it again (a few benefit while everyone else pays the price).
In the mid-1800's America grappled with the problem of slavery. As a matter of fact America had been struggling with this problem before the revolution. The proponents of slavery argued that slavery helped the South boost their local economies and that the 10th Amendment granted them the liberty to do so. Sound familiar? So how did Abraham Lincoln combat these apparent obstacles? He took the moral high road and said while what the South was saying might be true about slavery, slavery was also wrong.
May 2, 2016
For Immediate Release
Klamath Falls, OR — State Representative Gail Whitsett has written a letter of endorsement for Republican Candidate E. Werrner Reschke. The following endorsement was sent to Reschke’s campaign:
After having worked at the Oregon Legislature for 12 years, serving for two of those terms, it is clear that those who represent rural Oregon need to be willing to have solid fiscal and social conservative values to offset the extremely liberal progressive socialist agenda of the majority Democrat party. From my own experience, I have found that the majority party leaders respect those who come to Salem and represent their constituencies, and who speak with loud, strong voices and vote accordingly. Those who will represent the Eastern Oregon Counties should possess the following abilities: stand firm for what they believe; be unyielding in their beliefs that private property and water rights are paramount to the people – not the state; fight every day for the rural way of life; not succumb to altering laws on drugs, demand that their rural schools, community colleges and universities be included equally in the state budget; work toward the goals of agriculture and small businesses being treated fairly and try to remove the myriad of over regulation which is strangling our small town economies.
On February 2, 2016 I made an appearance with five other people before the Klamath County Commissioners. My objective was to urge the Commissioners to accept a plaque that stated “In God We Trust”. I wanted all who entered that room to see the plaque. Here are my notes from my 3-minute testimony:
In God We Trust - 4 simple, but profound words
WHY they are important? It is our Nation’s Motto:
Oregon missed a unique opportunity — one that is only available about once every 50 years — and our unelected Governor and her team of Democrats blew it. What am I talking about? The new 2016 Minimum Wage Law.
Recently, Seattle raised its minimum wage to $15/hour. California did as well. What if Oregon’s only action would have been to eliminate a state mandated minimum wage — where the minimum wage would have fallen to the Federal level of $7.25/hour? Think about this for a moment. If you were a medium to large business, looking to expand on the West Coast, which State would you pick? Washington or California? No. Oregon would be the sweet spot, offering the most flexibility for employers with a minimum wage over 50% less than its neighbors.
Politicians (and want-to-be politicians) claim they can create jobs. This is non-sense. Legislators, Commissioners, and Governors do not create jobs that generate wealth (the kind of jobs necessary to propel an economy forward). Elected officials can only create an environment for private businesses who decide the reward is greater than the risk and invest capital in a certain location. The only way elected officials create a business friendly environment is to lower taxes, lesson regulations, and give employers the maximum flexibility when it comes to employee compensation.
Klamath Falls, OR — Two former Klamath County Republican Central Committee Chairmen have endorsed local businessman and former Klamath County Chamber Board member Werner Reschke for State Representative.
The following endorsements were sent to Reschke’s campaign:
“I trust Werner Reschke because he has proven his true conservative nature with actions beyond only words. Werner will represent us well by standing for limited government and fiscal responsibility in Salem.”
Klamath Falls, OR — Oregon Firearms Federation has endorsed E. Werner Reschke for State Representative #56. The Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) is Oregon’s only no-compromise gun rights organization. OFF’s mission is to protect gun owners’ rights in Oregon and the United States.
E. Werner Reschke is a strong advocate of the second amendment and gun ownership rights. The following endorsement was sent to Reschke’s campaign:
The Oregon Firearms Federation Political Action Committee is pleased to endorse Werner Reschke for House District 56.