Washington State's Correct Coarse for
Washington State Economic Development Corp.
Given 7/10/2010 @ the Adams County Farm Bureau BQ
Formal Citizen's Request to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Well the campaign season is here! I would like to ask you to be the leader of Washington State to walk across the political isle and ask the other 10 Washington State Legislators to form a "Washington State Green Team"!
Use the leadership example
and skills of Senators John McCain and Maria Cantwell and ask President Obama to put
this project at the top of his
public works agenda for
"Fast track Completion" of the
Columbia Basin Project!
Youtube video of Maria's and John's Bipartisan legislation
As I discussed with you in
March of 2009 at your weekly
And as I wanted to at your
weekly coffee in November of
2009 when you were late coming in from your Spokane public meeting. Where you reported over 800 citizens came to meet with you about the need for new jobs in Spokane and
Your statement was you could
see the fear in there eyes!
I don't know if you have helped anyone find any new jobs yet?
But, I do remember saying I
would like to help you bring this project to fruition, and it was a
I don't remember receiving a
phone call from you or a email
offering to work with me on this project from your office, saying
"lets get together on your proposal Glen", and put these "Washington Citizens" back to
But I know you have been really busy!
As I mentioned to you during
our March meeting, I thought
both of us could play an
important role in bringing this
project to Washington, and I still
I had also mentioned to you at
the March meeting, "I believed
there were too many followers
setting in the seats where "real
leaders" should be, who were
there to create a job for thier-
selves and stroke their own egos instead of serving their constituents needs", in my opinion.
For the record I voted for you
to help put you into your current office.
I have found you to be a very
honest person on many issues,
and we think alike on many
But it is my opinion you could
use a few lessons in bringing projects like this one to the
National Stage for completion,
and I would still like to offer help
OUR State on that goal!
As you can see below Cathy, I
have asked Senator Patty Murray, Senator Cantwell, and
Congressman Inslee to reach
across the isle and invite you to
help form a
"Washington State Green Team",
to work on a "bipartisan effort" to help the unemployed of
I believe you understand
President Obama is making a
effort in rebuilding America, and
he has a great admiration for
President Franklin D Roosevelt's achievements!
It is with this understanding
(the President was looking for
new Public Works Projects),
I traveled nearly 6,000 miles to deliver my project to him in
March of 2009 at the bequest of
the 1st Lady.
I was at Ex-Governor
Gary Locke's confirmation
hearing for Secretary of
Commerce, and I requested he
deliver my proposal to President Obama, and he assured me
(in camera) he would deliver it to
the President for me!
Cathy, I know President
Obama has received my request because I have hand delivered it
to David Plouffe's office on K
Street in DC.
Please act as the "Real Leader" for the 450,000 unemployed Washingtonian's!
Walk across the isle and extend your red hand to the other 8 Washington State Democratic leaders and between all 11 Washington Representatives form the "Washington State Green Team"
So today June 10th, 2010.
I want to publicly ask you would you to be the "Real Leader" Washington State desperately needs to bring new employment and Economic Development, and the need to Balance the coming 5 Billion Dollar projected deficit in Washington's up coming bi- enium?
Will you lead the effort to HELP form a Bipartisan team and
Bring this Project to Washington State?
Completion of this Project is a Guaranteed National Winner!!!
Glen R. Stockwell
The Washington State Democratic Party
The People's Party of Roosevelt;
"Great New Ideas" & "ACTION"!
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers has a lot of fine
qualities, but in my opinion she needs to start becoming
more "Pro-active and Vocal" like a real Congressional
leader, promoting the completion of the "Columbia Basin
Cross the isle and join with the other Washington State
Congressmen & Congresswomen to form the Green Team"!
Cathy has been and is currently a "quiet supporter of
the project"! She should understand the important role
Agriculture plays in National and World Markets. She
realizes the economic benefit this project would play in
rebuilding America and employing thousands of people in
years to come! She just needs to start acting like a leader!
Watch the videos at You Tube (You tube only has 10 min. videos and we had to split it up into 3 segments)
History proves President Franklin D. Roosevelt lead
with authority and for the last 60+ years Washington State and the Nation has repeat the benefit of his leadership!
It is my belief "Real leaders should lead the herd", they
shouldn't be "quiet followers warming a seat of leadership
just collecting a pay check"!
Take the example of two real leaders Senator Cantwell
and Senator McCain. Real leaders are known by their
actions, not by just warming a seat and looking like a
ON Dec. 16, 2009 : Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., joins
Morning Meeting to discuss the bipartisan financial reform legislation she plans to introduce with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Wednesday morning.
If you don't, I will! If the voters of the 5 district really
need jobs and a new beginning.
Our State is so far in the Red it looks like it will bleed to
death! People need jobs now, not latter!
Here's a television interview that Stockwell gave during
his run for the 9th Legislative District's House seat (2009)
in Kennewick discussing completion of the Columbia
Basin Project, and how it will renew the USA and
Washington State Economies without any new taxes!
Cartoon Drawn by Shaun Reimers
Ritzville High Graduate 1994
If you don't understand how to bring this project to
Washington State, I will offer to help you!
If you don't start acting, Lord willing, this will be
Congressman Stockwell's office!
I have met with Cathy this year bringing his proposal to
her asking her to become a "real leader" of the "Fast Track
Phased Completion" of the Columbia Basin Project! On
November 6th I delivered the video of the Columbia Basin
Project to Cathy's office!
One of Cathy's fine staff helped take these pictures! Thanks!
The Irrigation Pumps are already in Place and we have a
legal right to the water! President Obama this project will
work for your Administration and will demonstrate your
& Cathy the Pumps are
already in! Just flip the Dam switchs!
I will be glad to help call me!
Our Nation needs
"REAL LEADERS" like
"Franklin Roosevelt" again!
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(Jan. 20) -- Forget about the Washington pundits and the political class, what do Americans around the country think about President Obama's first year in office? To help get an answer, AOL News solicited comments through Seed.com
and selected a sampling of responses. (The following were edited for length and clarity.)
Not the Change We Wanted
Jeremy Barns, Alabama
One year ago, we elected a new president. We were promised change we could believe in, and people were left chanting, "Yes, we can." Now that the honeymoon is over, where do we stand at the end of the first year of President Obama's term? As a bill collector from Alabama, maybe I don't have the political savvy to know everything that's going on, but a year into Obama's term, I am forced to realize he really hasn't accomplished anything of value.
In fact, more often than not, he is plunging this nation further into debt and deeper into political partisanship. He seems out of touch with the security issues facing our nation. Whatever accomplishments you may see, to me he has only managed to increase the levels of government control and decrease transparency in government operations.
This isn't the change most Americans had in mind.
A Lost Opportunity
Jeffrey Taylor, Arizona
President Obama had a unique opportunity to lead America with his control of both the Senate and the House. How did he manage to blow it? He simply did not listen to the people and find them jobs. Without income, everything comes to a standstill. Passing reforms means nothing to people if they cannot put food on the table.
Susan Walsh, APPresident Barack Obama speaks at the White House during an event honoring National Mentoring Month on Wednesday.
Can he get himself out of trouble before midterm elections? I don't think so. When people are scared they will vote for whomever they believe can solve problems. The American public, unfortunately, has short-term memory loss and will probably put the Republicans back in charge of Congress, setting up a three-year struggle between the president and Congress.
Triumphs and Letdowns
Jelena Woehr, Colorado
For many young progressives like myself, President Obama's first year in office has been marked by both triumphs and letdowns.
Within his first 100 days in office, President Obama supported women's rights by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and fulfilled a campaign promise by ordering the closure of U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay. A date was set for the cessation of combat operations in Iraq. Obama immediately lifted his predecessor's ban on funding stem cell research.
Yet, at the end of President Barack Obama's first year, many of his ambitious goals remain incomplete. I've been discouraged by setbacks during President Obama's first year, but I've also seen the president display impressive grit, courage and perseverance. I supported Barack Obama in 2008. I continue to support President Barack Obama today and I look forward to his next seven years in office.
An 'F' for Frustrating
Richard Keller, Delaware
While others are rating the first year of Barack Obama's presidency as "D" for disappointed, I would consider it more a "F" for frustrating. So much promise came out of the election and inauguration that it soon became tough to watch as the year progressed.
It was a promise of unity for a fragmented country; a hope that things would finally turn around after years of financial and global stresses. But that promise and hope hasn't fully come to form. True, there have been some glimmers in areas of economics and foreign affairs; however, those accomplishments have been overshadowed by the continuing partisanship of the country.
President Obama will now have the next 11 months to prove that he can unite the nation and provide the hope and promise he spoke of in the election. If this can't be done by the midterm elections, the frustration may continue until the country elects a new president.
Not the Leader We Need
Jordan Henderson, Florida
One year ago, we were assured that President Obama would finally bring the nation together. No longer would there be a Democrat or Republican America, but simply a United States of America working in unison to bring about the change we all craved so much. We would be much safer by his diplomatic efforts and ending President Bush's tactics in fighting terrorism. We could also expect transparency from his post-racial presidency.
How has he done so far? He gives himself a B+. It seems an F+ would be more appropriate. Indeed, it is difficult to think of a single issue he has handled well. He has shown his inexperience in handling national security. He has failed to bring transparency in handling health care. His injecting himself into the Henry Louis Gates debacle showed that he certainly is not post-racial, even if much of the rest of the country is.
The one thing he has followed through on since his campaign is blaming his predecessor. This falls far short of the leadership the world now needs.
View From Abroad
Wendy Gould, Indiana
I spent much of Obama's first year in office living and traveling out of the country (Southeast Asia, to be exact). That includes the day he was elected, as well as his historic inauguration. On both those days I witnessed eye-opening behavior by non-U.S. citizens: uninhibited cheering and faces full of hope. That hope, the one that Obama built his campaign on, still remains in the hearts of those outside of the U.S.
Over the course of his first year, I watched the global perspective of the U.S. change in a way that almost shocked me. In fact, there is no doubt that the world view of the U.S. has changed in a positive way since Obama took office, and that is something that historians will take note of and something that the current U.S. family should take note of.
Back in the U.S. I do recognize a sort of waning approval of Obama by Americans. But that doesn't change the fact that the world has taken notice and that their views of the U.S. has improved since his inauguration. That proof lies in his unprecedented talks with the Middle East, his courageousness in stepping up to the Haiti crisis and, yes, his well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize.
Words Into Action
Nana-Adwoa Ofori, Massachusetts
As a first generation American, it was instilled in me from childhood that America was a country filled with endless opportunity. I watched my Ghanaian parents accomplish amazing feats and beat obstacles. Although their experience taught me resilience and optimism, I had developed a notion that there were limitations to "endless opportunity" in America.
I believed that the racial history of U.S. was too long and painful and the hope of an African-American president would be a dream deferred that the next generation might have the opportunity witness. But on election night in Brooklyn, I saw families, friends, loved ones and strangers cheer and dance together in the streets. I saw tears of joy and the promise of hope on each face.
President Obama hit the ground running within his first few days of office. He has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that his campaign messages were words he has put into action. There is still so much to be tackled, but I am hopeful that the remainder of his presidency will be a fruitful and historic one.
Smoke and Mirrors
Buzz Venhuizen, Minnesota
Do you feel like I do when it comes to politics today? Politics and politicians are all smoke and mirrors, and lights and makeup.
I own a small business in small rural town in Minnesota called Mora. Just like every other company in the nation, we are hurting from the downed economy and are dreaming of getting back the nation we once knew only just a few years ago. And just like everyone else, we saw history made as the first African-American was elected as president.
But where is the "change" we were promised? I feel "change" was the smoke, "small-business initiatives for rural America" the mirrors and promises of "straightening out our economy and adding new jobs" the lights and makeup.
I'm sure President Obama does want our country to succeed. However, I can't help but feel that all this stimulus money going out to create or save jobs, the health care reform bill, the bailouts and many other so called "changes" benefit President Obama's buddies and contributors first. I have no proof of any of this. All that I have is a realistic view of just how hard it is still, one year later, to run a small business.
A Teacher's Grade: Solid B+
Karen LoBello, Nevada
President Obama has given hope back to the United States during his first year in the White House.
He is polishing America's image, badly tarnished by the previous administration. His conciliatory approach is opening new doors globally and allowing us to once again hold our heads high. He prevented what could have spiraled into a depression. His stimulus spending kindled the economy. He spearheaded the passing of long-overdue credit card protection laws. "Cash for Clunkers" bolstered car sales. Green jobs were created and our infrastructure, finally, is getting desperately needed attention.
As a teacher in Nevada, I appreciate the role model that Barack Obama has been to our youth. An affable, well-respected leader is a nice change. He's not perfect, but given the unrealistic expectations he faced a year ago, I'd give him a solid B+.
Change Is Still Possible
Travis Boyer, Pennsylvania
Hope and change: two principles upon which President Barack Obama's road to the White House was built. After one year in office, the American people can still cling to the hope that the state of the nation will change under Obama.
As a college student from Pennsylvania, we are taught to believe that we are the change in the world. Maybe we are naive and inexperienced, but we still hold out hope that the world is not as rotten and vile as our parents have portrayed it to us.
After one year in office, Obama has fallen short of his lofty goals. Granted, it was unrealistic to expect change in one year. It was foolish to believe that a change of administration would produce instant satisfaction.
However, one man cannot accomplish it all by himself. The power for change lies within the people who believe that they can be the change they want to see in the world.
Laying the Foundation
B.J. Keeton, Tennessee
Living in rural Tennessee, working as an adjunct English professor, one would think I automatically lean toward being an Obama-ite, what with all the leftist, liberal stereotypes among liberal arts colleges and their faculty. But while I certainly did vote for Obama, I do not think he is the Golden Child many in the mass media claim he is.
His first year in office, for instance, has been surprisingly dull after the lofty promises and sensationalism we dealt with during the campaign. "Yes, we can!" has a seeming addendum of "at some point in the next three years!"
But I'm OK with that. The first year of a president's administration always lays the foundation for the good (or bad) work to be done for the rest of the term.
For his first year, Obama hasn't done much. But that doesn't mean he won't in the next three.
Ernesto Aguilar, Texas
Obama adopted a wrecked country, courtesy of George Bush and Dick Cheney. Pile on to that terrorism, a global financial meltdown and those within his own party either putting their fingers in the till or stabbing him in the back and it's any wonder Obama didn't just throw in the towel.
Whereas the ham-fisted GOP approach helped fashion the political juggernaut into the Party of No, Obama presented a vision where the public would have health care, voters would be respected and America would no longer be seen as the purveyor of torture.
Courageous or foolhardy?
Either way, Obama must be credited with being willing to say things needed to change. In re-election-conscious Washington, such admissions are minor miracles.
Nowhere to Go But Up
Cheryl K. Chumley, Virginia
President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen below the 50 percent mark. Why so low?
Obama's campaign pledges for open government are gone by the wayside, his reaction to a terrorist attack against this nation is woefully placid and his promise to return a bipartisanship atmosphere to the political process is laughable. The economy continues its free-fall, despite administration assurances that printing more money, spending more tax dollars and partially taking over the auto industry would restore the nation to financial health.
Still, there is a bright spot for 2010: Obama's ratings have fallen so low that perhaps now there is only one direction they can head.Filed under: Opinion
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