Elect Inslee, get bigger government
September 7, 2012 · Updated 11:29 AM
You can imagine my surprise when I read the letter from my old buddy Hal Hoover encouraging the vote for Jay Inslee to be our governor — the same Congressmen Inslee that voted for virtually every bill that put us in the financial crisis that we now enjoy (page A4, Aug. 31 Herald).
I’ll grant Inslee one thing, he sure picked a good time to leave Congress and start collecting his extremely generous pension. Now he would like to join the double or triple dippers with a governor’s pension.
But wait a minute, what’s going to become of all these pensions when the government can’t borrow enough money to pay for them? The Chinese and the French will no longer loan us money. Maybe Greece or Spain? No, the only thing left is to raise taxes on people who are increasingly unable to pay, or to print more fiat money, which lowers the value of all the fiat money and raises the price of all commodities. When all the pensions can’t even buy you a loaf of bread, will you finally understand?
All government jobs are counter-productive to the economy, including teachers and administrators. Some jobs are necessary, some are not, but nobody that is paid with taxpayers’ money can possibly pay more than they consume.
Bigger government and higher taxes are not the answer but they are all that Inslee will bring.