“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

This we don't need

Here's an interesting quote from outgoing Governor Gregoire:
Gregoire noted that the country's top oil companies have made billions of dollars in profits this year, "so I expect them to do this without passing this on to consumers."
A governor declaring how much money a company can make is beyond the pale.  And arrogant -- "I expect them"?  If it isn't in the law, why should the oil companies pay attention?  If it is in the law, how does the State enforce it, assuming that it's constitutional in the first place.

What might soon-to-be Governor Inslee say in a year or two, following this example?  "I expect everyone to pay an income tax", whether it's the law, or not? 

It's a good thing she's leaving office, but soon-to-be ex-Governor Gregoire is setting a poor tone for the upcoming budget debate in Olympia.  There's a need to balance spending and revenue, but behaving like this is not the way to get bi-partisan agreement AND not adversely impact the state economy.

Stay in contact with your elected representatives; at least with the power sharing scheme in the State Senate, there's a chance of setting an example for this sort of arrogance.