In Praise of Countrymen - Pas de Pays sans Paysans
A brief essay, an homage, to people of the country. Country People.
Fri, June 3, 2011
Senator Patty Murray filed a new bill in May to help get Gateway Pacific up to $500 million in U.S. federal grants or loans. Patty? Our liberal, Democratic, environmental Senator? Is she just asking all us environmentalists in Whatcom County to abandon her? Does she really want to spend our tax dollars to destroy the quality of life here in Whatcom County? Is she totally out of touch?
Check out Senate Bill 942 - introduced by Patty just four weeks ago on May 10. I didn't see anything about it in our local daily newspaper. Probably no press release from her office. She is not nuts. But there it is - a bill to dole out billions to the large corporations wanting to ship coal to China. All carefully phrased in double speak.
The fix has been in on this project since it ramped up in February. Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Governor Gregoire, and our Representative Rick Larsen are all behind it. They are all in on the fix and were no doubt brought in over the past couple years. What's in it for them? Probably campaign contributions and promises of no aid for their opponents. Stuff like that - stuff we will never know. They don't go out on a limb for a project like this for nothing. Hell, if Gateway Pacific gets a $200 million grant, or if Burlington Northern/Santa Fe gets $300 million for new double tracks to Bellingham, then why not toss a few thousand to Patty? And now - thanks to the Supreme Court - it can be done secretly and directly. We will never know anything. This is how to destroy democracy - and Patty is part of it.
If Patty does not like what I've said above, then let her speak out - and withdraw her bill to give even more money to Goldman-Sachs. Let her visit Whatcom County and tell the residents here she made a mistake and will not support this coal port. Let her tell us she wants to protect the environment.
I'll be adding more to this one post as time goes by.