The people of Washington are being Grubered.
Gov. Inslee has dribbled out his plans for increased State spending by $5 billion dollars. An increase in State spending of 15%. While he promises $1.5 billion in increased public employee wages and benefits, while he talks about income equality, taxing the profits of stock and bond sales, taxing the polluters and a Partridge on a Pear Tree for You.
Gov. Inslee has packaged all of this under the typical wrappings of we have to do this for the children, the poor, and to protect the people from the evils of greedy businesses.
Gov. Inslee must think that Washingtonians are stupid…that we do not understand that people pay these taxes their government imposes upon them. Businesses do not pay taxes…they are a passed through and paid by the people.
Statement by Gov. Inslee: “Both parties are going to conclude — and write this down because it’s going to come to pass — both parties will have to find some revenues to meet our educational commitment to our children,” Inslee said. “And when they do, I believe when they open their minds to new ideas … they may conclude it’s better to tax pollution than voters.”
With statements such as this the Governor expects you and I to believe that it’s all about how much money you spend that will cure all problems. If that were true then there shouldn’t be any problems, anywhere in the United States because we spend money like it grows on trees.
It’s not about how much money you spend, but on how you spend that money. Money spent on things that actually make a difference. That have measurable improvements on the intended outcome. Actions and reactions speak louder than all the money spent to impress yourself and others.
If we want to improve education, strengthen families, grow business and jobs, stimulate the economy…it’s about having the right programs, balanced regulations based on proven science (not theory), and a public sector that understands what an economy is, how it functions, and how it relates to their everyday lives.
~ Kris Halterman