Letters to the Editor

Not impressed with ‘progressive’ Inslee

I cannot appreciate Jay Inslee, Democratic candidate for governor. He is the quintessential progressive, believing that government can manipulate the private sector and somehow “create” jobs.

Government is the entity that drove corporate jobs overseas through NAFTA, CAFTA and similar programs. Corporations in league with politicians gutted the manufacturing base of America and moved their operations to foreign soil, avoiding U.S. corporate taxes at 35 percent, Environmental Protection Agency oversight, health care and pension mandates from U.S. labor organizations, and pennies-on-the-dollar salaries to American worker counterparts in Third World countries.

A Seattle Times article from Sept. 25 reports that if elected, Inslee has plans to create a government office of “Economic Competitiveness and Development.” How much will this cost taxpayers? Will this office eventually be provided with the ability to bring businesses into court to ensure compliance?

Jay Inslee’s ideas include the development of an “Advanced Sustainable Biofuels Center of Excellence.” Wow. What a fancy name. He states it will be linked to Washington State University. Epic. More waste of our tax dollars. But Inslee would always be eulogized by his sycophants for its inception.

The Times lists Inslee’s other taxpayer-funded ideas like a new “Washington Center for Marine Innovation,” which includes strengthening the private shipbuilding industry. That feat and its innovation was not explained in the article. One might question: has Inslee garnered political favor from the maritime industry’s wealthy contributors?

The glaring issue of our federal deficit comes into focus: More than $15 trillion dollars and a government monthly expenditure of more than $300 billion. Of that, tax revenues barely cover two-thirds, leaving Mr. Obama to borrow $180 billion. These are the methods Jay Inslee’s Progressive format have inflicted on America taxpayers.

I challenge your readers to level their Internet searches on economically destitute cities like Detroit, Mich., Cleveland, Ohio, or Memphis, Tenn. We do not need another situation where our state government mimics the federal government’s remarkable failure.

Jay Inslee’s designs will bankrupt the lot of us; we must shrink the behemoth we know as government and rely on free market capitalism (not corporate capitalism).

In the words of academic Thomas Sowell, “It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.”

Barry Clemons


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