WA governor playing politics with coronavirus, says Op-Ed

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was roasted in an Op-Ed appearing in the Wall Street Journal. (Screen snip, YouTube, MSNBC)

In a biting Op-Ed appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Governor Jay Inslee was ripped for using the term “science” as a political weapon, creating the impression he’s on top of the coronavirus pandemic panic in his state, when that hasn’t been the case.

Inslee may get more national exposure from the Op-Ed than he did while running for president in 2019, an effort that did not endear him to Washington taxpayers. His campaign trips cost his constituents a bundle, they complained, because of the required security details provided by the Washington State Patrol.

Writing at the WSJ, Todd Myers, environmental director for the Washington Policy Center, had a few choice words for Inslee and other politicians who repeatedly refer to “the science” while rarely pointing to the real deal.

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“It is a bluff designed to imply that their chosen policy is based on more than guesswork and politics,” Myers writes. “The history of the past seven years indicates that Mr. Inslee uses the word ‘science’ mostly to construct a rhetorical Potemkin village: a facade that conceals the lack of substance behind his decisions while giving the public something nice to look at.”

Inslee spent several terms in Congress, only to quit early so he could run for a different office—that of governor when his predecessor, Christine Gregoire, decided not to run for another term—which epitomized the problem with today’s professional politician. Whichever way they jump, they don’t land too far from the public trough.

Seven Republicans are running to replace Inslee, and citizens over much of the Evergreen State are anxious to see one of them win. He’s become something of a fanatic on environmental issues, has supported extremist gun control measures that have infuriated law-abiding gun owners, and critics contend he’s continued shifting the goal line when it comes to how the state has handled and is now trying to recover from the COVID-19 shut down.

His image was further muddied when it was revealed the state’s unemployment insurance system was ripped off by Nigerian fraudsters who took hundreds of millions of dollars with fake claims. The Seattle Times is now reporting that state officials have recovered “more than $300 million of the stolen funds.”

Inslee, a Democrat, is one of a handful of governors who seem almost reluctant to reopen their states, but public pressure may change that. A shutdown that was originally supposed to last only two weeks has now turned into two months. It’s an election year.

You figure it out.


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