It's been nearly 15 years since I was trapped into taking on actions by King County for a developer that were wrong. I am a strong conservative, and corporate welfare is not part of my beliefs, even if welfare to Washington's growth industries seems to take precedence among most Washington State and King County Republicans, as well as many Democrats.
With more alleged wrongdoing than can even be remembered, the shear absense of media coverage has allowed King County to run amok under the leadership of Ron Sims and his predecessor Gary Locke. Agencies within King County are no longer responsive to the people (if they ever were), and the people are increasingly powerless to do anything about it.
My current focus surrounds the arrangement between King County and Weyerhaeuser to urbanize 2,500 acres of forested land in the rural area and the incredible number of alleged improper, biased and even illegal acts committed along the way to make it happen.
My principal objections are related to the hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies that have been secretly extorted from the public through collusion between this massive corporation and our government officials and bureaucrats. And all without the knowledge of the overwhelming percentage of the electorate on the hook to pay these costs.
The wrongdoing that has been witnessed will be hard for most to believe, and only after repeated exposure over the years have I come to accept it as the rule, and not the exception. Without exposure and reform, these continuing acts, most recently characterized by a hearing examiner as "arbitrary and capricious", have spawned only more eggregious acts by our representatives in government, and created further risks to our's and our children's futures.
King County is a cesspool of loyalties to every special interest except the people. Very few, if any decisions are made without political consideration and consideration of consequences to special interests like Weyerhaeuser. The citizen is being removed more from processes every day by our elected officials who would prefer we just stay quiet and let them distribute our wealth as they deem appropriate. Many of us have been left with the choice to take it or leave it. Leave King County or the state, that is.
Enough is enough! It's time for citizens to learn what is going on, as uncomfortable as that may be, and stand up and be counted. It's time to take King County back from the developers and other growth pimps that are bleeding us dry with unfunded infrastructure and road costs.
I will endeavor to fair and unbiased, but please be tolerant of my occassional diatribes, as my once strong optimism has been replaced with a level of cynicism and pessimism that even I find distateful.