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.
Why do Dams drive liberals crazy? It seems whenever there is something good for the people at large, that is what the liberals want to destroy.
I stand for an energy policy that puts rate payers first, and environmental extremists and liberal policies last.
Why attack the dams on the Klamath River? They provide a clean source of renewable power that is affordable. Farmers, ranchers and everyone else in the region can keep their cost of living to a minimum. What’s wrong with that?
This issue is bigger than environmentalists simply resisting dams. The fundamental reason for dam removal is an important tenant of liberal theology. The driver behind the dam removal plans is to make Americans poor. We have seen this with the Obama Administration’s environmental agenda over the past seven years. Every possible form of affordable energy is being attacked and shut down. In its place we are told “clean energy” (solar and wind power) will be the replacement. However, solar and wind power sources are far less efficient than traditional energy sources making the cost per kilowatt higher. This translates into everyone paying higher prices for electricity. Furthermore, how does clean energy provide consistent power at night with no sun, or days with no wind? These are reasonable questions.
March 29, 2016
For Immediate Release
Klamath Falls, OR — Oregon Right To Life has endorsed E. Werner Reschke for State Representative #56. Oregon Right To Life is a non-profit organization that advocates for the most vulnerable human beings whose right to life is denied or abridged under current law.
E. Werner Reschke is a long-time advocate for Oregon Right To Life. The following endorsement was sent to Reschke’s campaign: