Rick Walther’s hard work getting sigs for $30 tabs is inspiring — keep going everyone!!
I’m truly inspired by Rick Walther. I met him in person a few months ago when he turned over 1000+ signatures for our $30 Tabs Initiative. Back then, we met in Puyallup and I awarded him his uber-orange $30 Tabs t-shirt. He and his wife could not have been nicer.
He said he was super excited to keep going.
Last week, he sent me this pic:
He sent me this:
“OK Mr Tim, I have sitting on my table 2341 $30 car tabs signatures. If you add these to the 1200 I gave you previously my combined total as of right now is 3541 signatures!!!”
Rick is a total rock star.
We’ve all worked really hard this year on this signature drive. I could not be prouder of all of you. As I’ve traveled the state collecting sigs, I’ve met and talked with so many hard working, inspiring people like Rick. Folks who’ve collected signatures, folks who’ve signed petitions.
The stories from these people choke me up, they are so inspiring.
For Jack, Mike, and I, bringing back our $30 tabs is personal. We led an inspiring army of supporters to qualify Initiative 695’s $30 tabs for a vote in 1999. We worked hard to qualify Initiative 776’s $30 tabs for a vote in 2002. Voters passed ’em both.
Speaking for myself, these initiatives are like my children. I love them all. I take it personally when they are attacked by politicians. Why? Because I know how hard I/we worked in 1999 and 2002 to qualify them for a vote and how overwhelmingly they were embraced by the voters.
But as much as I love these initiatives, I love our supporters even more. You are my best friends. Many of you have commented that you admire my/our persistence. I’ve always believed that it our collective persistence that is the secret sauce of our success.
All our initiatives limit the government’s power and that’s something the government doesn’t like. Initiatives are hard anyway, but initiative’s like ours that put a check on government’s taxing ability? Woo boy, that makes ’em even tougher.
So why do I do them? Exactly because they are so difficult. If they were easy, everyone would do them. I embrace the challenge. Recently, I had a supporter tell me “Tim, I got hooked on you when I read this at the bottom of your first letter: ‘There are thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and special interest groups working each and every day to raise your taxes. Shouldn’t there be at least one person, one team, one organization that fights to lower your taxes?'”
That’s as true today as it’s ever been.
Regarding the signature drive for our $30 Tabs initiative, it all boils down to these final weeks of December. Make sure to mail-in your partially-filled and fully filled petitions to Spokane BEFORE CHRISTMAS!! There’s are tons of petitions “out there”, we just need them to be sent in.