Letters to the Editor
As the campaign for governor advances, the essential contours of the debate in Washington are visible for study by all voters: A governor’s leadership in education in any state is comparable to the defense function nationally/federally. On this, who would believe that McKenna, who in concert with other Republican officials openly considers ways to reduce education funding, can carry on the education function?
The economy of Washington includes the private sector and the essential role of the governmental finance function. The essential policy of Republicans has been to dissolve a meaningful tax base, making a sustainable financial condition impossible for the state. The road system here, a primary example, is unsustainable because the tax base is.
The lopsided theory of the conservatives, regionally and nationally, is functionally illiterate because they cannot and will not recognize that building the economy means building the whole economic society (from the base up). Thus it is impossible for them to govern. The sustainable and scientific methodology for progress in Washington state is offered by the candidacy of Jay Inslee for governor.