March 25, 2009
Gregoire: Beyond Belief

Governor Gregoire said this week, in backing a new bond measure, that "it ... prepares us for the next version after this recession so we're ready to really kick-start the economy now. But we're also investing in the economic future both for our kids and for all of us."

So we do what you say and when the next downturn comes, we'll be ready for it, eh? That sounds familiar. Perhaps like something she said just three years ago.

Our state budgeting has been like a roller coaster. We spend when we have a surplus and we struggle to make painful cuts when the economy slumps. It's time we even out the road. When the roller coaster, while it's fun at an amusement park, it is no place and no model for state budgeting. By treating our budget like a family's budget, we will ensure stability, we will avoid tax increases, and we will avoid Draconian cuts.

Not for nothing, but how's that working out for you? It seems to me -- tell me if I'm wrong here, because that would be really funny -- that what she said we should not do in her State of the State Address in 2006, is precisely what she and the Democrats in the legislature did for her first four years in office. We had big spending with the surplus (33 percent increase), and now we face tax increases or Draconian cuts.

Even as recently as a year ago, Gregoire had the gall to say that this was actually working:

Just like families, we are making wise investments for the future and we are saving for the less prosperous times. For too long state government has spent in the good times, and then made painful cuts when our economy would slow. We're getting off that roller coaster, and we're making progress.

Anything she says about preparing us better for the future that does not actually significantly curb the growth in spending -- not just now, but for the future -- is beyond belief.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Posted by pudge at March 25, 2009 08:54 PM | Email This
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1. What if they shut down the government, and nobody noticed?

Posted by: Cryptometaphor on March 25, 2009 09:06 PM
2. What if they shut down the government, and nobody noticed?

Posted by: Cryptometaphor on March 25, 2009 09:06 PM
3. Witness the Obama campaign. These Dems will lie and say anything to get and stay in office, and then do precisely the opposite once they get their power.

Remember the Gregoire rainy day fund? Well it's raining. Oops, they blew that too.

And note how Goldy over at HA is playing the violin about the "painful" cuts, as he and the rest of the media chorus pave the way for a WA income tax.

And what will they do with all of the new revenue? Fix the deficits? Balance the budget? Nope, they will squander that too.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 25, 2009 09:15 PM
4. Hey Gregoire...You need to borrow O's teleprompter...O traded it for a flat screen last night.

http://baracksteleprompter.blogspot.com/2009/03/hurtful-words-and-point-of.html#comments


Sen. Mike H. - There's not much to smile about is there!(First Video)

Posted by: Glenno on March 25, 2009 09:26 PM
5. How many new names can Gregoire paint on Taxes.

New Bonds,

New Fees

Massive Property tax hikes

Same B different day

Posted by: gs on March 25, 2009 09:27 PM
6. B.S.
Investing schminvesting. Borrowing to keep everyday functions of government going is NOT a strategy. It's a very bad idea. If Gregoire really wanted a SUSTAINABLE (like that word, libs? Then live by it in the area of budget, too) budget, she would tell the legislature to live within its means like any family would have to do and spend only what we have. Not what we haven't. Is that so hard to understand? No, it's really quite simply. Take the advice, Christine.

Posted by: Michele on March 25, 2009 09:47 PM
7. She said during her campaign, NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR NEW TAXES.

NOW she is calling it Bonds eh thats NEW TAXES

I just got an $1100 increase in my property taxes eh thats NEW TAXES

And they now are all besides themselves how to word their new fee hikes and taxes eh thats just NEW TAXES

Cut 25% out of government and no one would even notice.

Put a bunch of Bonds and crap on the ballot and watch them die!

Posted by: gs on March 25, 2009 10:37 PM
8. She said during her campaign, NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR NEW TAXES.

NOW she is calling it Bonds eh thats NEW TAXES

I just got an $1100 increase in my property taxes eh thats NEW TAXES

And they now are all besides themselves how to word their new fee hikes and taxes eh thats just NEW TAXES

Cut 25% out of government and no one would even notice.

Put a bunch of Bonds and crap on the ballot and watch them die!

Posted by: gs on March 25, 2009 10:37 PM
9. She's a lot like Obama--do one thing, then try to say something else and hope people don't notice.

Not. Working.

Posted by: Michele on March 25, 2009 11:21 PM
10. Obviously the Union Goons have been whispering in her ear..."Screw our kids, we want more money NOW".
Borrowing to finance current expenses is bad policy on all levels.
This "spend our way" out of the recession is the ultimate lie...it will just make us more beholding to big government.

Get ready for lots of stories about kids dying, old folks starving and freezing to death due to global warming, and all kinds of desirable things being held for ransom....the ransom being voter approval of a major bond (BORROWING)

Tax, Borrow & SQUANDER...it's the Washington Democrats way!

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 25, 2009 11:32 PM
11. But But but but of course we can continue to increase spending 400000% every year! All we have to do is increase taxes on your rich RETHUGlicans by 4000000000000%!!!!

Posted by: No Facts Support None of My Positions on March 26, 2009 12:14 AM
12. How is it that this state insists on following the blue print for failure that California has already lined out for us? I understand now that the only way for this state to turn around this culture of failure instilled by Democrats and the droids that vote them in is to call for a mandatory corrective high-colonic cleansing of the region directly above their shoulders for every person in the Puget Sound area, but that's not likely to happen.

Since I believe that you get the government you deserve, I can only look for an exit strategy out of here and wish the Californians that fled that state for the past 25 years (..and fled here only to recreate the same atmosphere in this state) good luck in finding the next state to F&*K up with their collective insanity. Just don't make it the one I'm going to.

Posted by: Rick D. on March 26, 2009 06:23 AM
13. We have no reason to doubt her abilities based on how well she handled the monies from the tobacco companies. Right?

Posted by: PC on March 26, 2009 07:30 AM
14. Problem for Gregoire is that she doesn't have a Bush to blame for "inheriting" her deficit. Obama seems to love using that excuse to create trillion dollar deficits into the foreseeable future.

It also seems like Democrats got together and strategized how best to disguise the word "spend", so they came up with "investment", which sounds a lot more palatable to the average plebe.

Posted by: Palouse on March 26, 2009 08:16 AM
15. 'Problem for Gregoire is that she doesn't have a Bush...'

Now now #14 let's try to keep this conversation above belt and acceptable to a general audience.

Posted by: PIFan on March 26, 2009 08:26 AM
16. Why is it that the legislature has been in session for close to 90 days and they are only now releasing a budget?

Shove it down our throats ala Obama and the Dems on the "stimulus which ain't" package?

Posted by: swatter on March 26, 2009 08:45 AM
17. Michele @ #9, Yew sez: "She's a lot like Obama--do one thing, then try to say something else and hope people don't notice. Not. Working."

I disagree completely, it's working like a charm. She got re-elected didn't she and by a comfortable margin this time. Obama got elected, is implementing his program to Chavez-ize the U.S. of A. and he's STILL is enjoying great poll numbers. The people that don't pay taxes or receive a government check (What? 5 out of 10 now?) will re-elect these bums even if the few skeptical voters left won't.

The problem is that we have hit the tipping point. Two or three generations of indoctrination by the government run maddrassas has completely changed the equation and now those very same maddrassas (in this state at least) are pimping for one billion more (got the postcard in the mail yesterday) to keep up the propaganda campaign that allows these know nothing, business hating, condescending creeps to stay in office indefinitely . . . while protecting the planet of course.

Look at Barney Fwank. He's got the names and addresses of people that got retention bonuses and he's sent the marching hordes to their front doors! Barney Fwank is the one they should be marching against . . . but the maddrassas don't teach simple economics, simple math or how markets work in a free society so Congressional damage gets a complete pass. A complete pass and made into the only savior!

We are in deep doo doo folks and not to many seem to care at this point.

Posted by: G Jiggy on March 26, 2009 11:13 AM
18. The Tax Extortion Plot has been launched....starting with creating a new term for a tax increase or fee increase.
According to Governor Gregoire it is not an increase, IT'S A SURCHARGE!

OH, in that case...plaster us with all kinds of "surcharges". We just don't want any increases dammit!

LISTEN..The biggest fight in Washington Political History is unfolding. It was not the Rossi contest....IT IS THIS TAX INCREASE EXTORTION.

Whether it is a bond or a tax increase, we need to mobilize and deliver the message HELL NO!
The only way to rein in these KLOWNS is to TAKE AWAY THE MONEY!
If you vote YES or don't fight twice as hard as you did for Rossi, you deserve the consequences.

The Ultimate Battle is upon us.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 26, 2009 01:02 PM
19. State income tax is coming! Have no doubts about it as the Democrats will NEVER cut spending to balance the budget.

Posted by: Crusader on March 26, 2009 02:07 PM
20. Just Vote No No No on all Bond hikes, Tax hikes. and then government will have to cut.

Let them cut the 8 Billion she blew

She stopped the hiring freeze for C Sake

How serious is she about cutting anything.

It is fun to watch her wiggle, as staggering unemployment and businesses are failing.

And she wants More MOre More More More

"This is NOT the time to be raising taxes"

Her exact words!

Posted by: GS on March 26, 2009 09:13 PM
21. look...people voted for this bunch of liars and crooks KNOWING that we faced severe economic problems with a huge multibillion dollar deficit.....

so, what can you say.....Gregorire was glorified and took all the credit when we were running good and she insisted on spending our massive budget surplus on her teacher buddies and casino buddies, but now, now that we have this huge deficit.....its not her problem, its' Bush's I guess....his fault....and instead of changing the way govt runs...by cutting govt and saving money for emergencies....we instead are going to keep knocking our heads against the wall and keep taxing, taxing, taxing...

Posted by: lee on March 26, 2009 10:00 PM
22. EEGGGHH....I started puking when the witch in the picture began to TALK! Sorry...I need to wipe my mouth off now....

Posted by: Saltherring on March 27, 2009 06:38 AM
23. You know when gregoire is lying when her mouth is moving. I still don't know why people voted for her.

Posted by: Thomas B. on March 27, 2009 05:48 PM
24. I would gladly take Chicago or Detroit corruption in government or the purely inept and incapable government we have here in Washington. At least in Chicago and Detroit, stuff gets done that the people can benefit from. Has the government in Washington ever done something successfully?

Posted by: Brian on March 30, 2009 11:28 AM
25. I would gladly take Chicago or Detroit corruption in government or the purely inept and incapable government we have here in Washington. At least in Chicago and Detroit, stuff gets done that the people can benefit from. Has the government in Washington ever done something successfully?

Posted by: Brian on March 30, 2009 11:29 AM
26. David Ross and David Goldstein made fun of Jindal -- it was easy to do by missing his point -- about volcano monitoring, a program that may or may not be useful. Jindal's necessary question was about the usefulness of larding volcano monitoring into a stimulus package to kick-start the economy.

Robert Samuelson of "News"week (2 March 2009 issue), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Obama, has similar concerns: "By using the stimulus for unrelated political and policy goals, Obama mandates delays. Obama brags that there are no 'earmarks' in the package. ... But hundreds of billions are 'earmarked' for identifiable constituencies. ... Politics cannot be removed from the political process. But here, politics ran roughshod over pragmatic economic policy."

Posted by: The Volcano Lover & The Sontag Archipelago on March 30, 2009 01:38 PM
27. Volcano: right. Volcano monitoring was not STIMULUS. That was the point. And it was obvious to everyone who wasn't already biased in favor of the Dems, or against the GOP.

Posted by: pudge on March 30, 2009 06:06 PM
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