Dumb as Nails
He fails miserably at trying to make Chirstine Gregoire and Maria Cantwell look “tough as nails.” He does nothing more than illustrate the double standard applied for the benefit of the state’s women politicians. As politicians go, neither of these two are very impressive. Gregoire is illegitimate and not much liked in the state. Cantwell has the charismatic appeal of a frozen bog.
The supposed victories these two have recently taken credit for are even less impressive. Gregoire wants to spend a $1.5 billion budget surplus on social programs (either now, or next year when they balloon out of control). But, that budget surplus is a direct result of new taxes, especially the gas tax. Supposedly, without the gas tax, our transportation infrastructure would collapse due to lack of money. Now, however, we find that all that money is surplus, so it will be spent on every favorite pork program of the Democrats EXCEPT transportation? Huh?
Meanwhile, Cantwell is getting free PR out of the Seattle press for saving the caribou of ANWR from the horrors of oil drilling. In the halls of Congress, a ninny like Cantwell doesn’t do much moving and shaking. Democratic leaders are giving her the credit because they are afraid that she might loose her seat next year to Mike McGavick if she is not made a little more high profile. I sure hope those caribou appreciate the favor, because this issue sure doesn't do a damn thing for the families of Washington State. Of course, family is not something the single and childless Cantwell would know much about.
On the other hand, Cantwell did accomplish chasing new refineries out of the state. The country desperately needs those refineries because lack of refining capacity is the principle reason for the sharp spike in gas prices we experienced in the wake of Katrina. Washington could use the business too and because of our states plentiful ports we are uniquely positioned for the job. If nothing else, we could lower our own gas prices a little to compensate for the gas tax that is now being used to fund social programs. Cantwell worships at the alter of Seattle’s silly and idealistic environmentalism though, so the families of the state will just have to pay more.
Not that Connelly would point these things out. He does manage to whine about some of the political humor he saw on Sound Politics. He was upset that Sharkansky depicted Gregoire as Miss Piggy. I guess Connely didn’t notice Horsey’s depiction of a conniving Bush walking away from a tent with the GOP elephant – the obvious suggestion in the cartoon was that Bush and the elephant just made some whoopy.
Logical consistency has never been a strong point of the Seattle borg anyway. I guess you can’t expect much from a two-bit columnist working for a dying newspaper in a town as intellectually uninspired as Seattle.
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