Reminder to Washington Voters
Patty Murray’s not very exciting or charismatic when she speaks. She’s not a salesman. She’s just a very effective senator. When the rules are being made and the pie is passed around, Patty makes sure the rules are fair to us and we get a piece of the pie. That’s her job, and she knows it. And the more time she spends in the Senate, the better she gets at it.
Patty’s leading opponent specifically says that he plans to advocate for less government spending. He says that spending less in Washington State will increase employment. First of all, that doesn’t actually make any sense. And of course, like most politicians who claim they’ll spend less, he’ll probably get in office and start running up the bills anyway. The problem is, he won’t be good at it, like Patty is. Like most politicians who claim they believe in smaller government, he’ll probably spend a lot to benefit the influential people who helped elect him and try to make rules that favor them, instead of trying to get as much assistance and opportunity as he can for the most people, the way Patty Murray usually does.
I heard about how most of those guys in Congress who voted against the recent stimulus spending went ahead and started asking for the funds once the bill passed. They claimed during the vote that federal spending would actually hurt local economies and that’s why they didn’t vote for it. Then, after the vote, they asked for their share of the money. Aren’t they afraid it will hurt their local economies? Of course they aren’t. Maybe they were blinded by their principles, or maybe they never actually believed that it would be bad for the economy, and opposed the bill because their moneyed backers wanted them to. In any case, when confronted with reality, they recognized it, and did what they could to help out their districts. They have their opponents who voted for the stimulus spending to thank for the fact that the ordinary people of Texas and Kentucky were granted any of that assistance.
Remember when Tom Foley was the Speaker of the House, the most powerful position in Congress, and Washington State voters voted him out of office? Supposedly, a lot of people who voted against Foley believed that anyone they voted for would automatically become the Speaker of the House. Pathetic, but probably true. Fifteen years later, Washington State still hasn’t recovered the influence it once had in Congress. Patty Murray isn’t smug like Tom Foley was. She seems quite nice. Please do your part to keep Washington from making another stupid mistake. Vote for Patty Murray.
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