April 27, 2012

The Perfect Slogan

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 7:23 am

“Decline to Sign” is the perfect slogan for those who don’t want you to be able to vote to recall Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem, Council President Mike Kennedy, Councilman Woody McEvers, and Councilman Deanna Goodlander.

“Decline to Sign” is catchy and easy to remember.  It also hints at the underlying philosophy of those named in the recall:  Never trust the voters.

Next time you see or hear “Decline to Sign,” remember that behind it is an organized effort to keep you and your friends and neighbors from voting to either retain or remove those named in the recall petitions.  You will only get to vote for the recall if  there are sufficient qualified signatures on the recall petitions.

Preserve your right to express your preference in the privacy of the voting booth.  If you’re legally eligible to vote in Coeur d’Alene City elections, please sign the recall petitions so you, your friends, and your neighbors will be able to vote.


  1. We need our representatives to treat each dollar as if was hard earned. It was. By a taxpayer.

    When they forget who is paying the bills, it is our duty to remind them. I created 3 more short videos in an effort to hold them accountable and support the recall vote.

    Comment by Granny — April 27, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  2. Good job Granny!

    Comment by LTR — April 27, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  3. “Decline your right to Vote” is ultimately what is written between the lines.

    That simple.

    Comment by old dog — April 27, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  4. There are approximately 14,000 households in the city of Coeur d’Alene. Divide the $14 million up. Would you rather take $1,000 off your taxes or have more grass downtown?

    Voice your choice.

    Comment by Granny — April 28, 2012 @ 9:39 am

  5. A certain commenter that we’ve all become accustomed to will argue that Granny is wrong in that only 10% of the city’s taxpayers paid into the TIF (LCDC’s slush fund)that will contribute at least 11 million…and he is right, except he thinks it is just fine that these folks get ripped of for the amenities, so called. And of course its for downtown, which for a lot of folks is another world removed from the rest of the community.

    Comment by Gary Ingram — April 28, 2012 @ 10:15 am

  6. See the following for data that will drive the LCDC apologists crazy:

    Comment by Pariah — April 28, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  7. Granny,

    The following is from the City of Cda. Water Department website….

    “The system has over 16,000 active accounts.”

    The above is early 2011 number of water accounts that shows us approximately how many households.

    Comment by LTR — April 28, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  8. Id gladly pay more than $1000. I know ill see a return on ivestment. Some may not.

    Comment by adamgraves — April 28, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  9. Hey graves, while you are at it, why don’t you pay for all of the people withOUT jobs or mommy and daddy’s money that were promised jobs then. You know the ones that are having to leave their home town, the only way of life they know. Your fellow classmates.

    The ones that were promised JOBS,JOBS JOBS by the mayor.

    That is the problem with you elite, you cant even pay a livable wage. MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MINE MINE MINE MINE.

    Comment by concerned citizen — April 29, 2012 @ 6:47 am

  10. Id (sic) gladly pay more than $1000. I know ill (sic) see a return on ivestment. Some may not.

    I am OK with you choosing higher taxes for yourself Adam, especially when you believe you will get something for that investment. Come up with a scheme that lets you choose yes and others choose no – and only the yes votes pay the extra taxes. That would make for a truly just system, actual voluntary taxation with perfect representation.

    Until then, expect resistance to large scale spending on non essentials during an economic downturn. Especially when you have arrogant, elitist politicians involved.

    Comment by Pariah — April 29, 2012 @ 6:57 am

  11. I can see where a business owner might consider LCDC projects might provide a return on monies spent, sadly that is not always the case. A huge majority of the property owners do not own businesses and will never realized such a return. Those experiencing tough times are impacted to a greater degree while others much closer to the benefit of these projects just continue stacking projects on top of projects that they expect a return from one day.

    The spin is taxes aren’t raised, but the fact is they could otherwise easily be lowered absent the taxpayer’s revenue that is spent on these projects. I’m no math scholar and no matter the spin put on it, eliminating lower taxes as a result of not directing them to LCDC projects is obviously raising taxes for the populous in my opinion.

    Comment by Appalled — April 29, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  12. To all the Recallers: There are 11,200,084 reasons why the real conservatives of Kootenai County are behind you. Go Recall!!! Every property owner in Kootenai County, regardless of where they live, pays the tab to make up for the incremental value property tax dollars that go toward urban renewal. For those of us that live in the “county”, it means we have taxation without representation. Oh, wasn’t that term coined a few years ago? What has changed?

    This year alone there are 5,655,488 reasons for the ‘towners to instigate the “decline to sign” campaign. What ever happened to saddling your own horse? If the “decliners” so favor eliminating “blight” in CDA why don’t they act like real philanthropists and pony up the cash out of there own pockets? Sigh….A sense of entitlement to the assets of another seems to permeate our great nation.

    The following are excerpts from Cliff “Hayes calculated that $11,200,084 in incremental tax dollars will be collected for URAs.” “Under state law, cities can create URAs funded by tax increments to reduce blight and dilapidation.” And just what is the cut for the beloved LCDC “the Lake City Development Corp. will receive $5,655,488”.

    Comment by Marc Eberlein — May 1, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  13. Corrected link Clerk Cliff Hayes calculated…..

    Comment by Marc Eberlein — May 1, 2012 @ 8:51 am

  14. I notice John Austin is unusually silent on this topic.

    Thanks for the post Marc, you’ve earned my vote.

    Comment by dinosaurman — May 1, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

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