The Kirkland Reporter: Recession gave Darnell new perspective as she runs for state House seat | Vote 2016
From the Kirkland Reporter:
"Michelle Darnell is running for the 48th District's House Position 1 as a Libertarian against Democratic incumbent Patty Kuderer. The Reporter caught up with Darnell to talk about her platform and what inspired her to run for office.
The 46-year-old paralegal said she wasn't invested in politics until the housing market crash and recession in 2008, during which her ex-husband, who was a contractor, found himself out of work."
Read the entire article on the Kirkland Reporter website.
When elected, I would work to repeal or amend legislation to provide relief for businesses struggling to grow and provide the sorts of jobs and opportunities our region desperately needs. I would also work to level the playing field. It is not right that one group would be taxed less or has a competitive advantage, simply because they had better representation in Olympia. A company like Boeing, though great for our region, should not escape the B&O tax, while the burden of paying for our education shortfall this shifted to everyone else. That is unequal protection.
I would reach out businesses to hear what they say. In fact I already have and well before this campaign started to do so. I was encouraged to run for office because they wanted a voice. They tell me that if they did not have the burden of the B&O, a complicated tax on their gross before they ever turn a profit, they could invest in marketing and advertising and grow their businesses. One woman who owns a cleaning business, says she would be able to hire help and not have to work such long hours.
They tell me that a statewide $15/ minimum wage would not only destroy their businesses and increase unemployment, and it still would not be enough to keep up with the high cost of living and increasing rents in our region. We need more jobs and better jobs, not just arbitrary increases in the minimum wage that increases the cost of labor and goods and services. The largest of companies will absorb this and automate but our smaller businesses will go under. These businesses are our neighbors and our friend and don’t have the option of moving out of state to find cheaper labor.
I have been told how regulation is inhibiting building affordable housing and restricting innovation by over 100 years! It was explained to me that the inability to get an occupancy permit for a home built with hemp products, for example, is suppressing the growth of a new innovative market and opportunity to build affordable, environmentally friendly, non-combustible homes.
Zoning regulations are preventing the opportunity to build “mother in law units” and explore other options in response to our affordable housing crisis. I was told that over 50% of our land is zoned single family and this limits the opportunity to build multi-family units in a time when apartments and micro housing options are desperately needed. Also, regulation adds so much to the cost of building, that the smaller builders must build over a certain number of square fee or they can’t turn a profit.
Burdensome licensing and permitting requirements are stifling business start ups. The licenses can be expensive and the process arduous.
These are just a few of the sorts of things I would look at when considering how to respond to our economic inequality and affordable housing crisis. I do not think raising the minimum wage or raising more taxes to support programs is the answer. This is simply redistributing the wealth and putting more pressure on businesses who are wealth creators and producers of job, products, services and opportunities that this region so desperately needs. So when elected the first thing I would do would be to reaching out to my community and other stakeholders and engaging them in the process of repealing unnecessary and burdensome regulation. I don’t presume I have all of the answers. But I can see the problems and I would listen to my constituents and the experts to arrive at solutions that make sense and increase prosperity for all, not just well funded special interest groups.
I care about business owners and I believe they need a voice in Olympia. I will listen and I will be that voice.
- Michelle Darnell
Michelle Darnell has taken on personal efforts to see the end of Homelessness in King County (Seattle) and the greater area. The "Seattle is Weak" project looks to have a long term and short term solution to the issue. Michelle was a guest speaker at the "Plan of Action" launch this year. Michelle hopes to do her part in the House as a candidate in the 48th District of Washington State.
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I have been a foreclosure defense advocate since 2011. I first testified in Olympia on this issue then. I then trained as a paralegal because I thought that justice would be found in the courtroom. I soon discovered that he who has the most money wins. I then pivoted and now mostly advocate for homeowners via WA State Foreclosure Fairness Act mediation program where borrowers with the help of an aggressive advocate can avoid unnecessary foreclosure AND unnecessary litigation. I have been very successful resolving mortgages there. But it is hard work. The banks like to just go through the motions because the homeowners have little leverage. It should not be this hard!
Before doing this work, I did extensive research and what I uncovered was massive corruption and the theft of 40% of middle class wealth via the mortgaged backed security system and the post-bailout foreclosure of 15 million families and counting in this country. That is the entire population of Canada : man woman and a couple kids. That does not even speak to the job loss and other economic impact. 40% of middle class wealth was extracted.
MOST of these people were preyed upon. I have heard countless stories of bank abuse. Most of these people were told to stop paying to qualify for HAMP, not knowing what would happen next and 82% were later denied the modifications and foreclosed upon.
I wrote about what I saw here.
Few homeowners challenge the issue in court because they lack the resources and the case law works against them. The few that do, find little help there as the courts summarily find in favor of the banks, despite massive evidence of their abuses of our system and their customers. Banks have deep pockets. Homeowners do not.
This has impacted our country’s economy, state budgets, and individuals. It has literally destroyed lives. We are now experiencing the fallout. We have increased crime, homelessness, mental health issues and a host of other problems that we now must deal with. Meanwhile the banks have enjoyed the spoils and the state governments have enjoyed settlement money (hush) money as they look the other way.
Greece is the canary in the mine as they too suffered. Iceland dealt with it and is recovering. The US has not.
BILL WELD “GETS IT”
I have been challenged to get any state politician to listen and respond. Bernie Sanders references it but his solutions are misguided. Bill Weld responded. In a private conversation, he asserted that a Johnson/ Weld administration would be prosecuting where appropriate and responding to this issue, after all Gov. Weld was a prosecutor and known for prosecuting corruption. I asked him if he might be concerned about making this a campaign plank because of the immense power of the banks. His response: “I ain’t afraid of banks.” This told me a lot and those 5 words secured my support.
If you are tired of the control of “too big to fail” banks and the corruption, Johnson and Weld are your guys. They get it. In an environment where there are so many other issues, to me this is THE ISSUE. People who have lost their wealth, property and power to the banks are not free. Families have lost everything and this is why you see millennials decry the capitalist system: because of what they saw their parents go through. But this is not capitalism. It is corporate socialism: privatized profits and socialized losses. This is socialism at its worst. Why would we want a bigger and more powerful government controlled by their very interests that destroyed our middle class?
We do not need to break up the banks, as Bernie puts it. We do not need more government programs or “free stuff”. We need to enforce the law. We need attorney generals that will protect the people from abuse. We need public officials who will not turn a blind eye and then wring their hands over the consequences and demand more taxes. It is a proper function of government to protect it citizens from enemies foreign and domestic, and that my friends is it is very Libertarian.
Support Johnson and Weld. They are America’s hope. They get “it’.
- Michelle Darnell
I DID see this coming though. I PRAY that Bernie was not part of the game. I did suggest 6-9 months ago that to get Democrats to hop on to the Hillary train, Bernie could go out and recruit them and then when he did not get the nomination he would join Hillary and they would hold their nose and vote Hillary.
What I did not predict was the Trump phenomena but it makes sense to me now. Trump is SO bombastic he is driving even republicans away as he gets increasingly racists and sexist.
He started up with just enough to blow Rand out of the water (who was the real threat to the establishment...maybe Cruz) but remain slightly credible. Now he is going to get really wild and drive republicans in to the arms of Hillary.
Dems will vote Hillary with Bernie at her side and Republicans who are sick of Trump will vote Hillary because "Oh My god, we don't want a fascist racist dictator!!" BUT I think this was ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS about getting Hillary elected and it was not a Democrat v. Republican battle as much as it was an establishment v the People battle. The establishment realized that America was waking up quickly.
Now where do we sit? Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are our only hope IMHO. We MUST go third party. We each must do all we can to share the information. Social media is our tool. (Wait for something to happen there. . . . )
We must convince people to take a chance. We must get the Anti Trump Republicans and the burned Bernie ppl. We must also convince enough Libertarians that while Johnson and Weld may not be pure, they are one hell of a lot better than the alternate an beggars cant be choosers. We must convince the "My vote doesn't matter" people to vote as well. We have a huge battle ahead. I don't know if we can do it or not. But I won't stop trying and I am building a rag tag bunch of passionate patriots here in Washington to stand our ground.
I have been working at the state level to try to build coalition but that has its challenges too. We are all so accustomed to division. But I think down ticket campaigns and activist should be working together more. This is not a game. There is a lot at stake. This is not even about party. It is the People v. the plutocrats!
How to get Bernie folks? Ask them "Why would you want a bigger and more powerful government controlled by the very interests you protest?"
We need to build bridges NOW n quickly. Stop the infighting and quarreling. When the house is in flames you don't argue about the flowers in the front bet. You find a place in the hose!
Let me share who woke me up (in addition to Ron Paul)
This kid. I actually got my political start as a Ron Paul Occupyer. His video should go viral.
I really truly believe our last chance in 2016 is Johnson Weld, for many reasons. It is time for WE the people to unite and stop this insanity because I am telling you, this does not end well and Hillary, Trump and their Plutocrat friends care nothing about YOU: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Gay, straight, Christian, atheist, Muslim, black or jew, pro-choice, pro-life, pro 2nd amendment, pro gun safety. WE ARE BEING PLAYED AND DIVIDED. Divided we fall!
They care about power and money and they want your power and your money and they will sacrifice our country and all the values we hold dear, to get it and you know in your heart that that is true.
SO Please let us rise above the divisions and Unite as Americans and work together to fight this tyranny. LIBERTY, LOVE AND LOGIC MUST PREVAIL.
I think i may have just drafted my kick off speech.
- Michelle Darnell