5.30.2016

Arrested Economic Development: Can Sequim Survive Washington Government?

Isn't it amazing what new information you can discover for yourself when you research something and read? 

For instance, during tonight's research I discovered that the Clallam County Economic Development Council, a private non-profit organization advocating for commerce in Clallam County, has a working draft Strategic Direction 2014-2018 Report in which they make a bold statement. 

How bold a statement is it? It is so bold, upon reading it all I could hear in my head was John Travolta telling me that it is a bold statement. Now, that's a bold statement.
On Page 5 of the EDC's report at the bottom begins the section entitled Challenges and Constraints (or in other words -- Opportunities).  The fifth bullet point down, which is at the top of Page 6, states as follows: 
The tax and regulatory environment, both state and federal, make it increasingly difficult to sustain historic County natural resource-based industries, and create significant obstacles to expansion, and even survival, of business in general.

See, I told you it's a bold statement. 

When the local economic development council is saying that taxes and regulations from both state and federal agencies are creating difficulties for businesses to not only grow and expand, but to survive in general in Clallam County, it is finally time to get out of denial and recognize the obscene fact that businesses in Washington State are being run out of business by their own leaders in government.

And after that, then maybe, just maybe, people will start to recognize that government is not here to help the people. On the contrary, government is here to help themselves to the money that the people earn on their time...time which people will never ever ever get back, ever.
Pardon me for not painting a rosier picture of the reality I see around me and that has now been confirmed through the local EDC. 

The EDC's report isn't about the world at large, or America, or another state, or some other area of Washington State. The report is a reflection of the county where I live, my home base of operations; and even though I do not want to be here forever, I am here now and want to see this place grow in business, commerce, and thriving lives.

When I look around the Sequim area, I see so much potential for growth with the empty strip malls, store fronts, and business space; it truly confuses and saddens me why there isn't more growth going on for all the needs that are not being met in this area. 

But, is it really all because of Washington State's and DC's overwhelming taxation and regulations? That is what I have suspected all along since returning to this state in 2012, and after reading this report I don't know what else it could be; do you? Granted, more research may give me new answers, so the possibility of hope is there that something else is causing the arrested economic development of the Sequim area, even though the realist in me suspects there is no hope where government is involved. 

In a digressive conclusion, I ponder: 
1. Is Clallam County and the Sequim area forever doomed to dwindle away under business-crushing taxation and regulations from government bureau'rats...with nobody saying anything or taking a stand against it? 

2. And if the majority of people here don't care and don't take a stand against government, should the minority of people go along with it...to just give up and willingly die in government's crushing grip? 

Pardon my dissent, but I'm not gonna do that.
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5.09.2016

The Joy of Sexism: Why It's Good to be Sexist

Pardon my dissent, but I love sexism. Nothing makes me feel more girly than when a man willingly chooses to be sexist towards me.

To be sexist is to discriminate; and to discriminate is to make a distinction in favor of (or against) a person based on gender rather than individual merit. 

So, I'm supposed to be offended when a man treats me favorably, due to the fact that he distinguishes me for being what I can't help but be...a female? Now, why exactly am I supposed to be offended by that? If anyone can clarify, please do so.

I can't help but love it when a man favors me for being female; because it reminds me that I am a female, and that someone sees me as being a female, and that I should enjoy all the honors and benefits thereof; to wit:

- men opening doors for me
- men pulling out chairs for me
- men talking with me
- men complimenting me
- men admiring me
- men wanting me
- men defending me
- men doing gross tasks for me 
- men recognizing my feminine limitations
- men minding their manners around me
- men helping me
- men protecting me
- men supporting me
- men being nice to me

Granted, these perks should not go to one's head, nor should they be abused or taken advantage of; they should be reciprocated in kind. As I have learned through experience, it doesn't hurt to let a man be a little sexist when he chooses to be, and to be a little sexist in return for fair play. 

In fact, what I find to be more offensive than a man being sexist towards me is when a man thinks I am one of the guys and behaves like one of the guys (i.e., a pig) in front of me. Sure, it can be a fun new thrill when young, but wait until you are halfway through your thirties and you will realize that it is more enjoyable to be treated like a woman than a pig.

While I appreciate pigs and love having them in my life, especially when they bring home the bacon, it doesn't mean I am going to let a pig treat me like a pig; because I am not a pig, period. 

Just because I like hanging out with guys does not mean I am one of the guys or that I want to be treated like one of the guys. What it does mean is that I like guys, and I like to be around guys, and I like to learn about guys. What do you expect from a curious heterosexual female?

And, whether guys like it or not, I want to give them a reason to raise their standards above pig when in my presence, because I favorably recognize them as being more than pigs and distinguish them as being men. That's the joy, and power, of sexism.

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