“All of us who live in coastal Washington—Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative—have more in common with each other, economically, than we have with people living on Mercer Island or Queen Anne Hill. Urban voters know it. And they’re eating our lunch, in terms of development and growth.”This is an OpEd from a local newspaper in Aberdeen, WA.
I live a helluvalot closer to Seattle -- and Olympia -- than Aberdeen -- hell I'm in the middle of the Seattle/Olympia urban sprawl! -- but I concur.
I want to subscribe to Mr. Walsh's newsletter.
As I alluded to in my previous post, our legiscritters in Olympia don't seem to give a damn what the voters want or think. This has been going on for years. We've passed several initiatives requiring a two-thirds majority to raise taxes, for example, but they keep finding ways to ignore them.
As I mentioned in a post the other day, we voted overwhelmingly against tax funding for commercial sports stadiums in Seattle, but somehow we wound up funding one or two. (Even while the old un-paid for Kingdome turned out to be pretty damned sturdy, and a larger challenge for the demolitions crew than expected...)
Daniel Hannan and Nigel Farage can complain, justifiably, that the European Overgovernment is made up of a faceless, unaccountable appointed bureaucracy that is answerable only to itself, like our own massive Executive Branch apparatus.
But our own "elected" officials increasingly meet that description.