April 23, 2012

What a weekend! Molly and I had the opportunity to participate in the Love and Respect Conference in Richland over the weekend. It was a fantastic program and I would recommend it to anyone. Dr. Eggerich is a great presenter and the material is incredibly useful. We drove up to Spokane Saturday afternoon for Tiffany’s last volleyball tournament of 2012 club ball. While the tournament itself wasn’t all that great (the girls didn’t play that well) the trip itself was good. It was really nice just getting away for a couple of days with Molly.

I saw an article last week about how some economists think Washington could face a $1.7 billion budget shortfall next biennium. I’m not sure how to describe how frustrating that is to hear. We spent an entire Special Session”negotiating” a budget that left a budget reserve of approximately $340 million … an amount that pays for less than 8 days of operation … and now we could face another $1.7 billion deficit? At some point the Legislator’s need to let go of their”pet projects” and start prioritizing where we spend YOUR money.

Here’s a quote from our Founding Fathers …

"If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that the people have less regular control over their agents, than their rights and their interests require." –Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1816

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