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Matt Manweller presents platform

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Matt Manweller

WA St. Representative - Thirteenth District

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 9:00 am

I am running for the Washington State Legislature because I believe we need to shrink government, grow jobs, and unleash the potential of Washington.

The people of Washington are hard working and creative. They are simply overburdened by excessive regulations, burdensome taxes and an overly intrusive government. We can unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of

Washington by getting government out of our way.

I have the education, experience, and understanding of public policy that will make me an effective advocate on behalf of the citizens of Grant County. The same cannot be said of my opponent.

Time after time, Mr. Selmann has exhibited an ignorance of public policy that is simply alarming. When he addressed the Realtor's Association, he indicated Washington State should take back its water rights from the federal government. What rights would those be Mr. Selmann? At the Warden

Development Council, he admitted he did not know what the E-Verify Program was. Are there any farmers or orchardists who want someone who doesn't know what E-Verify is to be their Representative? At the Big Bend Community College forum he noted he wasn't an educator instead announcing "I have to work for a living." Is this the advocate Grant County teachers want in Olympia?

At the same time, Mr. Selmann has continually shown he is out of step with Grant County values. He has publicly and repeatedly endorsed gay marriage and abortion. He is, of course, welcome to his private opinions on those sensitive issues. But, do we want him casting votes for us while having those values? I for one will always defend traditional marriage and fight to protect the unborn.

At our numerous debates, Mr. Selmann has been an unequivocal supporter of

President Obama and an advocate for ObamaCare. Mr. Selmann shows us an ideology that sees government as the solution to most of our problems and more spending as a way to grow the economy. I have a different view. I believe government should be smaller, less intrusive and less expensive.

As we all cast our votes in the next week, it is important to remember that values matter. I offer a vision that seeks solutions in the private sector, respects property rights, encourages innovation and rewards hard work. These are the founding values of this country. They are the values that made us the most prosperous, successful and free country in the world. I believe these are the values we should rediscover.

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.

7 comments:

  • Constituent06 posted at 12:08 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Constituent06 Posts: 2

    Check this out: Traditional Marriage, "Manweller Style", Posed this morning on Slog.TheStranger.com.

    He met his first wife while he was teaching at the high school she was attending... he was 29 and she was a high school sophomore! You can see the 97-98 school yearbook on the Hurricane High School's website showing Manweller as the boy's team soccer coach and his x-wife, Oralynn Reeves as the team manager! She graduated in June of 2000 and they married June 23rd, 2000!

    So the "CWU affair" appears to just be the tip of the ice-burg. This man clearly has a problem with abusing his authority positions over women and he cannot be trusted with more power. Think of the interns, the pages, or even the common citizens that will be in his office regularly with concerns. We've got to get the word out - we need to vote for Manweller's opponent Kaj Selmann!

     
  • SteveVerhey posted at 7:07 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    SteveVerhey Posts: 5

    There are two posts about the Manweller affair here: http://whathappensinthecourthouse.blogspot.com/ .

    Manweller will be unable to carry out his duties as "Representative" if elected. He should withdraw.

     
  • chiefaeronca posted at 9:02 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    chiefaeronca Posts: 27

    Mr. Manweller, I don't believe water was an issue till Mr. Selmann started stressing it. I am not sure you even knew about the CBDL and their efforts to finish the build out of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, as well as restoring the Odessa aquifer.

    Additionally, you still haven't taken a stance on 'transportation infrastructure', and the need for rail service into the Port of Moses Lake. Do you really understand the real issues and needs of Grant County, much less Lincoln County or the 13th District?

     
  • chiefaeronca posted at 7:01 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    chiefaeronca Posts: 27

    "At the Big Bend Community College forum he noted he wasn't an educator instead announcing "I have to work for a living." "

    I was at that 'forum' (debate), Mr. Manweller. I heard what Mr. Selmann said, and you have completely misquoted him. The point he was making: You, as an educator, have three months of Summer and multiple other holidays to do your campaigning. Where he, and other non-educators, have to keep working to feed his family. Since you waited till you were "fully tenured" (your words) so your income stream wasn't interrupted when you took time to campaign, he doesn't have that liberty. Especially when self employed, every day he takes off is a day he doesn't receive an income. However, in your defense, you probably wouldn't understand that part of 'economics' since you've never had to experience an honest day's work.

     
  • SteveVerhey posted at 9:54 am on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    SteveVerhey Posts: 5

    Speaking of values, CBH readers should be aware of Professor Manweller's past behavior toward female students. This is being covered by the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Ellensburg Daily Record.

    The full report on his behavior is currently available at the Herald-Republic's website: http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2012/10/29/report-released-manweller-neither-disciplined-nor-vindicated .

    Some will say this is politically motivated, but facts are facts, and this is a political campaign. I grew up in Grant County, and Manweller absolutely does not represent Grant County values.

     
  • Brittanicus posted at 4:53 pm on Sun, Oct 28, 2012.

    Brittanicus Posts: 3

    California is a Sanctuary State for illegal aliens, shielded by a Liberal Governor Jerry Brown, and a near Socialist Sacramento assembly, that have an outrageous nerve to ask for more money for education. The school system is drowned in illegal alien children, which are forced on the taxpayers by the courts in uncompensated financial requirements. A state measure 30, a so called temporary tax to fund schools and 38 which is another measure for even extra funding for schools to employ thousands of more teachers is a ridiculous burden. This is the never ending cycle when California voters are being scammed to empty their pocket books. This is just another travesty of an educational system broken, as more of the taxpayer’s money is just be absorbed to pay for the overcrowded schools, but not just in California, but across the 50 states to pay for the education of illegal alien children. Just go into the schools in Los Angeles, and half the staff in the office is bilingual and the classrooms are overloaded with kids who can hardly comprehend English. It surprised me before I left California that the school my son was in, that an American flag was even flying? States as California and many others have no real protection against voter fraud, whether at the voting precinct or especially absentee ballots. Other methods of election frauds is a legal voter, ushered from one state to another; where they once resided. Assuredly, there will certainly be irregularities in states with large illegal alien populations, but before or after the election anybody being found to be a non citizen will be prosecuted, in either party.

    Californians or come to that, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico in the Southwest need more tax money, but the issue is it just attracts illegal migrant and immigrant females in smuggling a large majority of unborn babies across borders or on international flights. The American federation of Immigration Reform (FAIR) in a report estimates that over 400.000 babies are smuggled into America annually through this method. All those children receive free delivery and as they are credited with immediate citizenship, the parent or parents are able to settle here for good. This is a carefully orchestrated situation that the politicians say little about, as they have already been coerced by the migrant organizations as the radical La Raza, Communist founded groups as the ACLU. The smuggling of the unborn is the origination of the children of the Dream Act. Hundreds of billions of dollars are needed every year, because the parents recognize the more children they conceive, the more difficult it is to deport them. Then even should the parents leave the child is still a holder of a U.S. passport and can return at a later date.

    At the age of 18 they can their sponsor the parents, as then they are supposedly are able to financially support them. In most cases this is seldom happens in perpetuity, for then the parents are then catered to by the U.S. government after the sponsors no longer keeps them financially stable. Now enter--“THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT, which will eliminate these entries, so at least one parent must have valid citizenship, for the child to gain citizenship. This would be very financially beneficial to U.S. taxpayers that would halt this activity, and would save over 100 billion dollars a year. This law will bring to halt illegal aliens bringing their children here to take advantage of our health services, educational system and many more free programs with cash benefits. Our borders still remain wide open in many places, including Canada for the illegal importation of drugs and people. For the record an estimate of a million legal immigrants are admitted to this nation each year, but we should recognize in this global market we should allow a steady stream of the paramount top list of Scientists, Technology, Engineering and mathematicians (STEM WORKERS) who would be highly beneficial to Americas future. What we don’t need are more people with no qualification, no education and adding to our own people who live in poverty.

    Under another Obama 4 year administration is a promise to the 20 million plus illegal aliens a Path to Citizenship. So not only illegal aliens will be tempted to vote for the man, but many will and Democrats will intentionally stay oblivious. The cost according to the Heritage Foundation is well over TWO TRILLION DOLLARS to complete the process, which includes Social Security, Supplementary Social Security, retirement, pensions, health care, education and other different financial programs; much of it paid for by taxpayers. At a working age, American citizens begin paying for their retirement, having paid into these systems, but illegal migrants and immigrants in the majority have not? In fact they are even fraudulently using their children to collect 4.6 Billion dollars in child credits, which this government and probably the previous ones don't think its worth prosecuting?

    Adding further to restrictions THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT (E-Verify) should also be implemented, so businesses and the agricultural industry can no longer just hire illegal workers without penal implications and harsh fines. As we need temporary workers, then a fully regulated system should be installed as it was with the 1940’s “Bracero” Program. This worked well, but greedy politicians in collusion with the business community closed it down. Now we have a corrupt system that has been highlighted by many companies being raided by ICE and the owners punished. So getting back to the California state voting measures and probably in other states, illegal immigration is a very expensive situation, which needs a solution? But its not being continually taxed to pay for the illegal entry of illegal aliens and their children. Honest immigrants wait years to get an entry visa, while the other types get rewarded by Washington and individual states with a cornucopia of free welfare programs. The Legal Workforce bill could drive illegal aliens home, as if they cannot be hired, then they will leave. Instead of listening to my personal suggestions, go to TEA PARTY.ORG, NumbersUSA and JudicialWatch.org and you can judge the absolute financial negative effects of illegal immigration. Remember--this November it’s illegal and a felony for non citizens to vote, but then the Democrats have proven time and time again they don’t care who votes. Illegal or not?

    Regarding third party candidates—the two party systems are in collusion to keep further interference in their political games. That’s why the TEA PARTY (THE PEOPLES PARTY) the moderate Conservatives have had to slip through the obstacles, by infiltrating the Republican Party to claim a place in Congress.

     
  • thecryoflove posted at 10:04 am on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    thecryoflove Posts: 1

    Funny... Matthew Manweller saying "values" matter. What does "the private sector" have to do with values? Sure, your strategies to help WA economy might make sense, but those aren't "values"; and the "values you've shown here in Kittias County have turned us off to you. You might have a chance getting votes where people don't know how mean-spirited you are.