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Time for the drama to end in Olympia

There is just too much drama coming out of our state capital and it needs to end.  I’d love to see the drama queen’s show be cancelled mid season, but that would be too much to even hope for.  I’ll settle for her contract running out at the end of this season, but that is just about  the max time that I can avert my eyes and ears from her ghastly performance as our governor.

In what I can only describe as one of her career’s most pitiful performances the drama queen has been attempting to scare the money from deep in our pockets.  I got news; what’s coming up ain’t money, but it is more colorful than just plain ol’ green. 

Go read AP’s story Gregoire: Tax hikes are needed to save state programs in the Herald.  In that story we see her using some despicable scare tactics, and using them most liberally.  She says that if we don’t pay more taxes then the elderly, the children, the disabled, foster kids, volunteers, the hungry, the pregnant; why they will all suffer.  And not just a little.  They will have things done to them that have words like eliminate, suspend, reduce, cut, and even the ominous chopping block words. 

expenditures

What you don’t find her talking about in the news, is reality.  The reality that the budget she is asking us to fund with more of our money, does not really represent a reduction in overall state expenditures.  The number according to Sunshine Review for 2009-2011 is and increase to $69,592,333,000.  That is a touch over $400 million dollars more than for the fiscal years 2007-2009 as seen in the chart above which is also from Sunshine Review.  Did anyone see that bit of information in the article?  Nope we’ve only been hearing about chopping, sacrificing and suffering.  I’d guess that there are a lot of people in our state that would gladly suffer only a little increase in their income.  Why the drama from our elected officials?

What I see is that for the last 2 decades our state government has been making double digit leaps in their spending and now the drama queen, rather than just sulking or just doing her job, has turned on a little poutrage at the thought of teeny tiny little cut.  Remember all those scary words she used?  Well how scary is it really to come up $2.6 billion short? 

$69,176,289,000/($69,592,333,000-$2,600,000,000) = 0.968

  or a 3.2% decrease in spending.  Not too freakin’ scary is it?

So after the budget increases of 13%, 10%, 8%, 13%, and 14% over the last two decades, and in pretty tough economic times, our state needs to trim it’s spending 3% and our Governor Gregoire is having a problem.  And she is scaring the elderly, the children, the disabled, foster kids, volunteers, the hungry, and the pregnant with talk about how they will suffer if their neighbors don’t pay up.  Her behavior is greedy, unforgiveable and it makes me ashamed to call her our governor. 

I don’t know anyone who isn’t watching how they spend their money right now.  A 3% restraint is mild to say the least.  If our governor can’t balance that budget without a tax increase, then in my book, she is no more than a scary talentless drama queen. 

Time for her to hang it up.  Perhaps she can move onto an infomercial or Dancing with has been Governors.

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