Where the happy people reside

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2007 3:00pm
  • Opinion

During times of war, pestilence and TV reruns, it’s inspiring to find a genuinely happy group of people who are glad to be alive, enthusiastic in their work, and inspired to help others whether they want it or not.

One need not journey to the darkest reaches of New Guinea to find this happy tribe. They’re just down I-5 in a little berg called Olympia, the one place on Earth where it can truly be said that money does buy happiness, money is everything, there’s no more to life than money, and they do need a barrel of money in order to go strollin’ along, singin’ a song.

Our bright-eyed governor is singing “it’s a zippety-doo-dah day, I’m the happiest governor in the whole USA,” and our Legislature is the backup chorus. Thanks to their policies of encouraging rampant growth and wholesale destruction of our environment they’re rolling in dough and biting at the bit to spend it. The session got off to a roaring start Monday, when the governor declared, “Gentlemen, start your spending!”

Press reports say they’ve got an extra $1.6 billion lying around. If those dollars were laid end-to-end, they’d be only a fraction of what our government would really like to spend, but still, they’re thrilled to have it. With six million residents in the state, that works out to approximately $250 to spend on every person, if the estimate of someone who couldn’t pass the 10th grade math WASL is correct.

The Olympians could make a short session of it by simply mailing each of us a check for $250, but that would violate the cardinal rule of government spending in this state: “First, make sure it does no good.”

How they can spend so much money with nothing to show for it is one of the miracles of modern government. Consider how much they’ve spent on transportation, schools and medical care in the last two decades, and then realize that everything’s worse than it was when they started, and each has critical needs that absolutely must to be addressed this session! Nothing is ever adequately funded, totally finished or scratched from the budget, it’s always awaiting more money to make it better.

One top priority is to spend billions to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with something that will no doubt make traffic even worse. Another is to build a new floating bridge that will also make traffic even worse. Another is to spend more on education so less than half the students can continue to flunk the math WASL, and another is to pay more for soaring health insurance premiums for worse medical care.

Scholars estimate that if the present ratio of spending to deceased benefits continues, by 2020 Washingtonians won’t be able to go anywhere, won’t know anything, will be universally in poor health, and will be paying 100 percent of their income in taxes.

When that occurs, our Olympians will experience Legislative Nirvana, the perfect state of bliss where the government has it all and the people are penniless. At least then, we won’t be expected to make any campaign contributions.

More in Opinion

Letter: St. Clair has right skills to be elected commissioner

Editor, Janet St. Clair demonstrated that she is well prepared to be… Continue reading

Letter: I-1639 would put data, 2nd Amendment, at risk

Editor, Vote “no” on Initiative 1639. Did you know that I-1639 allows… Continue reading

Editorial: Reject I-940; lawmakers should pass compromise instead

Washington State law effectively protects police officers from being prosecuted for using… Continue reading

Letter: Everyone wins if St. Clair is chosen to be commissioner

Editor, Ahoy there over on Whidbey. I am over here, on the… Continue reading

Letter: Shake hands with the devil and you may end up in bed

Editor, Like millions of other people here in the United States and… Continue reading

Cartoon for Oct. 13, 2018

Cartoon for Oct. 13, 2018… Continue reading

Cartoon for Oct. 10, 2018

Cartoon for Oct. 10, 2018… Continue reading

Letter: Oak Harbor needs pool for recreation, exercise

Editor, I would like to personally thank all the people who are… Continue reading

Letter: So excited to get ‘back into the swim of things’

Editor, I am so excited. Because of the hard work and generous… Continue reading

Most Read