English: The Metolius River near Wizard Falls on June 18, 2007, taken by WorkinStiff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Piled higher and Deeper, that is. On the heels of yesterday's exposure of her most recent lie - in which she first scheduled a town hall meeting and then abruptly canceled it, citing a nonexistent "scheduling conflict", she then attempted to play the "victim" card. Following a sympathetic portrayal of her trials and tribulations in The Zero, comments have flown fast and furiously (so to speak) on their website, with Burdick supporters accusing the videographer of "crimes" ranging from stalking to outright treason, and everything in between.
So Ginny, portraying herself as a victim of intimidation, vows not to yield - but interestingly, as noted here yesterday, she hasn't hesitated to engage in harassment and attempts to intimidate others. And a little cursory poking around has yielded other insights into the character - or lack thereof - of the Portland Democratic. In early 2009, she led the fight to block a proposed eco-friendly development called the Metolian, which was planned for an area around the scenic Metolius River in central Oregon.
The development would have taken place on land previously logged, would have featured no golf courses, and limited housing designed to "environmentally-friendly" standards. Given the depressed economic conditions in the area, it seemed like a perfect match; affording greater access to the Metolius basin while preserving the environment and providing needed jobs.
So why would Ginny and her fellow Democratic, Betsy Johnson, lead the charge to scuttle a project desired at the time by Jefferson County? The answer is transparently simple: they're both Democratics, which in Latin means "corrupt", and they got theirs - commoners not permitted. As The Oregonian noted:
Two of the lawmakers fighting the Metolian are among the privileged few: Sen. Betsy Johnson's family has 130 acres at the headwaters. Sen. Ginny Burdick's family owns one of the 108 Metolius riverfront cabins on land leased from the U.S. Forest Service.
The Oregonian's Jeff Manning wrote in a Jan. 31 story: "Burdick expresses regret that the normal land-use process isn't being allowed to work in this case. But she candidly admits that she's not objective about the Metolius. 'I'm a very rational person,' she said. 'I have a land-use background. But when it comes to the Metolius, the principles that I know are important sort of go out the window.'
In Ginny's world, principles don't matter all that much. As Manning noted, It could further the festering belief in rural counties that they don't control their own destinies, that they're held to a planning process that the powerful don't hesitate to circumvent when convenient.
Obviously, the counties have justification for such beliefs, thanks to Democratics like Ginny Burdick.