October 15, 2012
The Seattle Times Calls Out Jay Inslee
Not just once, but again and again, for his ad attacking the bipartisan tax swap plan.
First, there was the "Truth Needle",
which judged the ad "half true" (perhaps showing that grade inflation is not confined to our
It is true, as Inslee's ad asserts, that a tax swap as outlined by either Zarelli or Hunter
would result in taxes going up in property-rich school districts such as Seattle and Bellevue,
although those districts would receive no additional funding.
But the ad fails to mention that property taxes would go down in many property-poor
school districts, such as Yakima.
. . .
Inslee's attack ad is correct in that the tax-swap concept endorsed by McKenna almost
certainly would cause taxes in some places to go up.
But Inslee is off the mark in dismissing the idea as a mere gimmick with no benefit
to schools. And he gets extra demerits for offering no credible alternative.
For those reasons, we rule Inslee's claims half true.
Then the editorial board had
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee not only misleads voters about Republican
Rob McKenna's education funding plans in a recent campaign ad, he exposes his own tenuous
grasp on the topic.
Not satisfied with that, editorial page editor Kate Riley hit Inslee
The effect of the state's overreliance on local education levies is a disparity between
school districts that are property rich and can generate more local levy dollars and those
that are poor. Under the swap, the local levy taxes would disappear and the revenues
would be transferred to the state, which the court wants in charge of education
But the real damage of Inslee's line of attack is to undermine the focused bipartisan
work now being done to answer the court's mandate. What if these lawmakers come
to agreement across the aisle? Would Inslee veto the bill? Would a riled-up
and misled public sink its chances?
The Times could — and should — be even tougher on Inslee's
sleazy ad, but we have to give them some credit for going as far as they
Why is Inslee doing something that will make it harder for him to govern, should he be
elected? He probably hasn't thought much beyond the election, and he knows the
vote is likely to be close.
I suspect his political team also wants to neutralize the tax issue. Many voters
have noticed that our Democratic governors tend to promise no tax increases during the
campaign — and then break that promise with so much haste after the election that
it is clear to all that they never meant it. By running this ad his team may hope
to make voters forget about that record of broken promises.
Posted by Jim Miller at October 15, 2012
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1. All Inslee does when he gets into power is raise taxes on small business owners. Every single time.
2. I find the criticism of McKenna being part of the Olympia gang quite funny. I would return the favor by pointing out that Inslee, on the other hand, is part of the Washington D..C. gang which has given us the highest corporate taxes on the planet while running up the highest debt burden. What does he have to recommend him as being fiscally responsible? He was part and parcel of the group that brought us the real estate collapse. Just think what he can do for Washington State.
Jay probably figures there are enough low information voters to carry him over the finish line even with his lack of credibility. Has this state collectively become "numbed" into accepting mediocrity of Governors mainly because they are not Republican ?
There are too many anti-conservatives here, who are largely low information voters here and in California as the state financial train is heading for the cliff, due to practice of liberalism. The public sector unions have way too much influence, which is pushing this anti-conservative sentiment.
"But the ad fails to mention that property taxes would go down in many property-poor school districts, such as Yakima."
Isn't that socialism? Why should I have to subsidize those lazy losers over in Yakima? I say: Get a job you Yakima bums and hippies!
Inslee has set a new record for blatant dishonesty even for himself and he's been doing it for decades.
Without a doubt -- it's INSEE HIMSELF who is not who he says he is. Sleeeaaazzzyyy.
6. The number of gullible and low intelligence voters are what Inslee needs to win. (Note - I did not say dead people's votes other illegal votes from King County this time)
7. Hello have a look at my own website also. I am hoping we have some lighter moments products also.
Inslee's newest pile of hogwash tries to say McKenna is a Tea Party candidate -- which he's not and never has been -- and then talks about party issues that don't represent McKenna at all.
I have never seen such outright disgusting lying by any candidate in this state - and we've had some real doozies.
Why no opinion about Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark ?
He is a strident environmentalist who opposes the extraction of any state natural resources.
Get rid of him.
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11. @4 Why do you assume the folks in Yakima are "lazy losers"? Without those farmers, you'd have a lot less food in the produce section of your grocery store.
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