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ELECTION: Inslee will help put us back to work

Letter by David F. Bart, Tacoma on Aug. 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm with 33 Comments »
August 2, 2012 3:14 pm

In the 1990s, it seemed like there were more positions available than employees to fill them. Times have changed significantly since then.

As I walk through neighborhood after neighborhood, I see signs indicating that a particular store has closed or is going out of business soon. I see young people moving back in with their parents. And I see so many hard-working people in fear of their jobs, terrified of the next round of budget cuts, and worried about being laid off.

Our workforce cannot compete with other states or the rest of the world without a quality education. Workers lacking access to health care cannot perform their duties well if they are unhealthy. Public sector services that promote our community’s prosperity cannot function without adequate funding. Workers left out of the job market for too long see their skills wither when there are no jobs in which to employ them.

Overseas our competitors are investing heavily in green energy technology, biotech, education and health care. We cannot compete with that if Rob McKenna slashes funding for basic services, education and technological development.

Jay Inslee will promote and expand our state’s capacity to thrive, and pull us out of this recession. Tacoma cannot grow and prosper unless Tacomans are put back to work developing our city’s infrastructure so it can be ready to handle to innovative technologies. Inslee knows that Tacoma needs to educate its work force and ensure that its graduates have jobs to go to once they graduate.

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  1. LeePHill says:

    David – as a Democrat, I’m going to say that neither Inslee nor McKenna have the ability to create jobs. The market must create demands, especially for products and services that are domestic.

    Let’s see if we can strengthen our campaign issues beyond weak promises that Mitt Romney is wearing out.

  2. One way government can create demand is creating private jobs for public projects.

    Such as repairing and replacing infrastructure.

  3. State government always claims they will spend money on the decaying infrastructure, but they always seem to spend the cash on filling holes in their own health and pension plans, teachers salaries and their monetary supporters such as the Indian tribes.

    Oops, I just described the Gregoire term as governor in just a couple of lines of text.

  4. LeePHill says:

    Sadly….every expendature of the State government is public information. Even more sadly…..as the last comment demonstrates….no one reads it.

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    Inslee will create jobs? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa

  6. IS does ‘government’ look like ‘inslee’ to you.

  7. Trueblue22 says:

    McKenna would be a better fit for the office of Governor. Inslee is too entrenched in D.C. institutional policies. McKenna is more likely to reach across the aisle and bring people together to resolve issues. Not so with Inslee who has a very staunch liberal voting record…even for liberals!McKenna is a breath of fresh of air.

  8. Trueblue22 says:

    “Let’s see if we can strengthen our campaign issues beyond weak promises that Mitt Romney is wearing out.”

    The topic here is who is the better candidate for Governor for the state of Washington. Not mindless biased blather about Obama/Romney.

  9. Clamat0 says:

    I’m Jay Inslee and I approved this LTE.

    (Gag reflex successfully stifled.)

  10. alindasue says:

    Trueblue22 said, “McKenna would be a better fit for the office of Governor. Inslee is too entrenched in D.C. institutional policies.”

    While I don’t know if Jay Inslee would be much better, it’s hard to argue that he is “too entrenched in D.C. institutional policies” when it was State Attorney General McKenna who fought against the wishes of his own state’s voters and our state representatives as he joined the Republican suit against “Obamacare”.

  11. citizen65 says:

    Inslees ads say it’s time for change. We’ve had about 30 years of Democrat Governors. I agree with him. It’s time for a non Democrat Governor.

  12. Excuse me! Isn’t Inslee a democrat? Do you really believe that he’ll be the first democrat in the country to create jobs? hahahaha

  13. LeePHill says:

    “While I don’t know if Jay Inslee would be much better, it’s hard to argue that he is “too entrenched in D.C. institutional policies” when it was State Attorney General McKenna who fought against the wishes of his own state’s voters and our state representatives as he joined the Republican suit against “Obamacare”.”

    Thank you, Alindasue.

    Citizen…..try running someone better than Dino Rossi. No, McKenna isn’t the one, either…

  14. McKenna is a Republican.

    Republicans do not reach across aisles.

  15. ItalianSpring says:

    But mavericks do and there far tooooo many of those.

  16. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Very simular to re-electing democrats in any capacity to solve this State’s problems. They have had their opportunity to “fix” the problems, and have failed miserably. Time for a change.

  17. If it’s time for a change, then vote for a real man of the people for governor – Shahram Hadian. http://www.hadian2012.com

  18. MrCarleone says:

    “If it’s time for a change, then vote for a real man of the people for governor – Shahram Hadian. http://www.hadian2012.com

    The Iranian Muslim running the tax emempt church ?

  19. GHTaxPayer says:

    What a laugher that people think a Democrat will improve job creation. All states that elected Republican governors in 2010 saw a DROP in unemployment:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/every-state-that-elected-gop-governor-in-2010-saw-drop-in-unemployment-rate/

    States with Dumbocrat governors saw a stagnation or rise in unemployment.

    The facts are overwhelming:
    If you want jobs, vote GOP.
    If you want more debt & poverty, vote Dumbocrat.

  20. LeePHill says:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57479932/local-unemployment-rates-increase-across-wis/

    I realize that CBS isn’t nearly as reliable a source of right wing propaganda as “Gateway Pundit”…..but Wisconsin’s famous GOP Governor is facing unemployment increase…which is what happens when you lay off so many people for the Koch Brother’s delight.

    I don’t expect conservatives to understand this. The facts are too “overwhelming”

  21. LeePHill says:

    Here….try this, Cons….

    How will McKenna be a “job creator” when his resume consists of being an attorney and an elected official?

    Heck, he hasn’t even managed a non-profit community service company…..

  22. LeePHill says:

    Gbak – since Republicans are the ones that created the federal problem which trickled down to states, it would seem the insanity would be putting Republicans in charge of anything….

  23. From one thing, Know 10,000 things.

    IS says “But mavericks do [reach across aisles] and there are far tooooo many of those.

    Mavericks reach across aisles.
    McKenna reaches across aisles.
    McKenna is a maverick.

    Republicans do not reach across aisles.
    Mavericks reach across aisles.
    Republicans are not mavericks.

    Republicans do not reach across aisles.
    McKenna reaches across aisles.
    McKenna is not a Republican.

  24. Clamat0 says:

    Wisconsin’s famous GOP Governor is facing unemployment increase…which is what happens when you lay off so many people for the Koch Brother’s delight.

    I don’t expect Larry to understand this, but the UE rate in WI is still 1.3% below Washington State:

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/2012-07-20/state-unemployment-rates-june/56364086/1

    And I don’t expect CBS to step on their headline by pointing out the fact that UE rates typically increase in a recovering (local) economy.

  25. GHTaxPayer says:

    Do all Dumbocrats lie? Here are the FACTS showing Wisconsin unemployment dropping since Scott Walker was elected:

    http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&met_y=unemployment_rate&idim=state:ST550000&fdim_y=seasonality:S&dl=en&hl=en&q=wisconsin+unemployment

  26. Clamat0, and GWT.
    The rest of the story (from your very own posts):

    Wisconsin is one of 27 states whose UE rates increases.

    Washington is one of 12 states whose UE rates were unchanged.

    The 11 remaining 11 states saw their UE rates decreased.

    Don’t know about all Republicans, but you two just got caught with your pants aflame.

  27. GHTaxPayer says:

    Xring – Are you smoking something?

    When Scott Walker was elected, UE was 9.2%. Today Wisconsin UE rate is 7.0%

    gregoire & inslee don;t know how to spell job if you spot them the j & o.
    They spell job this way: t-a-x-e-s.

  28. GHT,
    Your site also shows that under Gregoire, the UR for Washington went from 10.1% in 2009 to 8.3% in 2012.

    In fact, I only found one state (New York) that had an increase between ’09 and ’12.

    So much for the ‘economic success story of red states.’

  29. LeePHill says:

    “but the UE rate in WI is still 1.3% below Washington State”

    Am I missing something? Is it “Un Employment” thus “UE”? Probably the CONS way of avoiding the word “insurance”

    I digress.

    I guess if the US population is too big to be able to handle single payer insurance, Wisconsin is smaller than Washington, thus easier to keep employed… LOL

  30. Clamat0 says:

    LMAO, so… if 0bama were the governor of Washington State or Wisconsin – having promised at various stages of his… presidency that UE would not go above 8% , and that if he couldn’t turn the economy around in three years that he “would be held accountable”, and wouldn’t deserve another term – which state would be most likely to re-elect him.

    Wisconsin is smaller than Washington, thus easier to keep employed…

    Wow, nice grasp of the concept of percentages, Larry.

    Am I missing something?

    Uhh, yeah, but that’s an encyclopedic thread there, Larry

    Is it “Un Employment” thus “UE”?

    Geez man, get with it:

    http://www.acronymfinder.com/Unemployment-(UE).html

  31. Mr. Inslee was a do-nothing congressman and he would be a do-nothing governor.

  32. I did not know Inslee was a Republicon.

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