Bringing Innovation and New Ideas to Government by Ending One-Party Rule
36 years of One-Party Rule. It’s what leads to fiascos such as we have seen at the Employment Security Department. Political appointments from a spoils system that rewards long-time donors and activists within one singular political party. That’s just bad for democracy.
Jay Inslee loves this system. Why? He’s a by-product of it. 32 years in office – going all the way back to when Ronald Reagan was still President. And for that period after Central & Eastern Washington voters kicked him out of office in 1994? He was given a cushy federal job by his good ol’ buddy boy, Bill Clinton. A reward for voting for the previous year’s massive tax increase—the largest in our nation’s history.
But soon enough Inslee returned, only this time on the Western side of the state. After a finishing in last place during a 1996 gubernatorial primary, he eventually found his way back to Congress and later the Governor’s seat he so desperately craved. And whom did he fill with appointments to various state offices? A trove of lifetime activists and benefactors to the Democrat Party. Rewarding them with jobs for their loyalty just as he had been rewarded all those years ago.
This is nothing new, of course. For 36 years our state has had the same people in power, doing the same old things, the same old way. This is the essence of bureaucracy.
It is time for a new culture in our state government. It is time to inject new lifeblood into the way we do things, to be innovative and foster new ideas, new solutions. As Governor, I will pay no regard to political affiliation, because quite frankly, it doesn’t matter to me. What does matter to me is hiring the very best people.
During my eight years in municipal government I met scores of people at the city, county, and state level, who were competent, motivated, and innovative lifelong government employees that happened to be Democrats. Those are the types of people I will hire in a heartbeat. As a lifelong Republican, I happen to know numerous qualified and intelligent individuals who have been shut out of the process, simply because they were known to have a letter “R” behind their name. Our state deserves the best and brightest in positions of leadership, not those who are simply recipients of a system that rewards patronage, as we have had now for decades.
It’s the difference between looking to have a job and looking to do a job. I will serve one term, and only one term as Governor. If I can’t do what needs to be done in that period of time, I won’t be able to do it at all. Hopefully, as I have proposed in my plans for Electoral Reform, it will be a two-year term. Furthermore, I am not going to be bound by the fears of offending certain groups, as is so often done by politicians pining towards a re-election campaign. I am going to make the tough decisions – the ones that need to be made – and then step aside and live my life as I had before. Our state was founded, in part, under the premise of citizen legislators making policy. It’s time for a citizen governor.
During my term in office, I pledge to return 30% of my salary to charities here in the State of Washington that directly assist our most needy and vulnerable neighbors. Luke 12:48, To whom much is given, much will be required. When one receives much, as my family has, we have a moral obligation to give back and help those in need. This is my pledge to you.
I don’t owe anything to anyone. That is a statement not many politicians can make. There is incredible freedom in this. When people coming looking for a job, they will be evaluated on merit and ability. Nothing more. It’s what you, my fellow Washingtonians, deserve from me as Governor.
Sweeping reforms for Election and Campaign Finance Reform
As your Governor, I will bring forth the most sweeping changes to elections in the State of Washington since the progressive era brought us women’s suffrage, the power of initiative, referendum, and recall, and popularly-elected senators, one century ago. Here are my plans.
Two-Year Terms for the Governorship
It works in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Why not here? Furthermore, why should Washingtonians have to wait 3+ years to fire a governor if he or she is doing a lousy job? They shouldn’t.
The answer is simple. As Governor, I will advance an amendment to our State Constitution establishing two-year terms for the Offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, just as we have for our Representatives. A competent governor should have no worries, he or she can make their case for re-election. For a governor that fails miserably in their first year or two in office? Voters will have the choice as to whether they retain their job. Think of it as a mid-term performance review. An office as significant as the CEO of the State deserves the same consideration as every other significant job in the public or private sector.
Upon passage of this Amendment, I support reviewing all other state executive offices to examine which, if any, would be better served in being set at a two-year tenure. Offices such as Insurance Commissioner or State Treasurer will likely remain as having four-year terms. Others, perhaps not. Some may be concerned that this will require a Governor to campaign and fundraise in perpetuity. That will not be the case under my new plan for public campaign financing detailed below.
Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), also known as Instant Runoff Voting, has been successfully implemented statewide in Maine, and is in place for elections within the states of Alaska, Wyoming, Hawai’i, Kansas, and Nevada.
This innovative method allows for voters to choose the candidate of their conscience first, instead of having to select the candidate they think to be the most “viable.” If a voter’s first choice isn’t competitive, this allows that voter, (if they should choose – it’s completely optional,) to select their next preferred option, instead of having their initial vote “go to waste.”
The political parties hate this system. It takes away their control, and places it in the hands of the voters. It allows for third-party and lesser-known candidates to gain access to the system that they would not otherwise have. For those who say it is complicated, I say Washingtonians are intelligent voters and will appreciate having the opportunity to exercise this choice.
Public financing for state executive, judicial, and legislative general elections
If the political parties and lobbyists hate my support for RCV, they are really not going to like this one!
Money corrupts. Plain and simple. This is something I noticed when I first entered politics over twenty years ago. There is just too much money in what has become a corrupt system. It’s time to fix that.
I support allowing Washingtonians to opt in and direct a portion of their taxes to a fund established to provide public financing of general election campaigns for all state offices. There would be no changes to Federal, county, municipal, and other local elections as they would remain under the purview of their respective bodies.
This is modeled after the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, established nearly fifty years ago to lessen corruption in the aftermath of Watergate. This is how it works.
Every year, you, as a taxpaying citizen of the State of Washington will receive a postcard with one simple question: “Do you want a portion of the amount you paid in state sales tax in [insert year] to go to the Washington State Public Financing Campaign Fund?” You either answer yes or no. Your choice. That’s all. The amount of revenue generated by the fund will be allocated to the campaigns of candidates for state offices upon their advancement to the General Election.
This fund will be established for General Elections only. Candidates would still be allowed to raise and spend money before the primary, to establish their viability as a legitimate campaign. (No offense to perennial candidates, such as “Goodspaceguy,” but there’s no desire to give funds to such fringe campaigns.) For those advancing to the General Election, their campaign spending and fundraising will conclude upon primary election day, and a new, level playing field will exist for both challengers and incumbents as they advance to the November election.
Political Parties hate this. Special Interests REALLY hate this. It takes away the power of lobbyists and places power in your hands. No longer will elected officials have their palms greased by the big-money donors, but rather they will be accountable to YOU. Even more importantly, they will be accountable to their conscience, and have the freedom to vote as they believe – without consideration of how much they might upset their big-donor buddies. (Politicians may decry public financing, but the truth is deep down inside, they love it and the freedom it brings to their job.)
Strong measures will be implemented to prevent graft and misappropriation of funds, (E.g. laws prohibiting spouses or family members being contracted or on campaign payroll.) With the proper protections in place, this will be a game-changer that will permanently limit the role and influence of lobbyists and Big Money in our state election process.
Fighting COVID-19 to Save Lives and Save Our Economy
Despite the protestations of my Fringe Right opponents in this race, (The Fringe Right Five,) COVID-19 is real and is a killer.
Jay Inslee’s lack of leadership and inability to bring people together has endangered lives. By alienating those with whom he disagrees, and by attempting to implement such tone-deaf policies as requiring restaurant patrons to register their name and address before dining, Gov. Inslee has lost all credibility to lead during a time in which we need leadership the most.
No amount of government regulations or liberalization can change how people will feel about the novel coronavirus. Those who aren’t afraid will go about their lives, assuming risk – as is their choice, and will either not be impacted or will be on the receiving end of the virus, in whatever form that may take.
Those who are concerned will continue to shelter and take precautions, not participating in the economy as they had before. There is no amount of cajoling, from the White House or elsewhere, that will convince them otherwise.
This is a personal subject for me, I’ve known two people lost to COVID-19. And earlier this year, after bravely battling cancer for three years, my brother developed a sudden respiratory illness in late January. Within a week’s time he was gone. We’ll never know if it was coronavirus or one of the many other respiratory illnesses which hastened his death, and in the end the cause doesn’t matter. What does matter is doing what we can to save and prolong lives in the future.
It is essential our state take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure the containment of this virus. At the same time, we recognize that we must soldier on, and that closing the entire structure of our society has a tremendous cost. Poverty costs lives. Addiction costs lives. Lack of social interaction costs lives. Depression costs lives. Stress and unemployment cost lives. Counteracting the effects of fighting COVID-19 requires bold action.
Therapeutics and a vaccine will hopefully come along in the coming months to save us from this pandemic. But hope is not a plan. Here is my plan.
As we are in the summer months, we need to reopen our society “swiftly, yet cautiously” while maintaining adherence to CDC guidelines. If we fail to do so now, our businesses and the lives we know may never be the same. And even if Washingtonians take every precaution available, we have no guarantee of limiting the virus from outside our state. That is, unless, we act decisively.
We need to spend the next four months preparing to respond to the second wave likely to hit us this fall and winter. Our state can look to Alaska and Hawai’i as models, as well as similarly sized nations such as Norway and New Zealand (5-6 million population, as opposed to our state of 7.5 mil.) to make strong decisions to protect our economy and our citizens.
It is far better to have a plan, and not need to implement it, as opposed to being without a plan, and be in desperate need of a solution.
My “Christmas in October” plan calls for a 16-day total shutdown of our state, in all forms, with exceptions for police, fire, emergency medical/home health care, press corps, and basic infrastructure. This would include closure of ALL retail establishments except for drive-through or curbside service for pharmaceuticals or medical supplies. All points of entry into the State will be blocked. Visitors from Canada will be turned around, if not in cooperation with U.S. Border Control directly at the Port of Entry, then within one mile after crossing the border. The Washington State National Guard will establish border security for anyone entering from Idaho or Oregon. Any person would be free to exit to the state at any time. However, anyone returning or otherwise entering the state whether by land, sea, or air, will be subject to a mandatory two-week quarantine, with limited exceptions provided for transportation and commerce.
Beginning in mid-October, and concluding 16 days later, this time period takes into consideration necessary commerce and agricultural seasons that are time sensitive. This will allow our state to get out in front of any second wave, so that we do not have to again go through what have experienced these past several months. At the conclusion of the two-week period, our state will completely reopen, with no restrictions outside of basic CDC guidelines of social distancing and sanitizing high contact areas being continued. By taking place in October, before flu and coronavirus season hits, we will be able to fully restore our state back to normality before the holidays, ensuring a healthy economy and a healthy population.
Like Norway and New Zealand, travel from outside of Washington into our state will be severely curtailed until such time as advancements in therapeutics and/or vaccines become present. The diversity of our economy allows us this opportunity as a state of 7.5 million strong to be self-sufficient during this time.
As stated, hopefully we will never need to implement such a plan. But by preparing today and using these next four months for this Herculean effort to prepare for such an action, our state will be better for it, whether it be for the second wave of COVID-19, or the next great pandemic.
Addressing our MASSIVE Budget Crisis
Jay Inslee refuses to acknowledge the following: our state budget is in crisis. The impacts of COVID-19 and related shutdown of our economy is causing a huge budget shortfall that worsens each day. Ignoring the problem, as Gov. Inslee has done, will not simply make it go away.
Hope is not a plan. While leaders in Olympia may hope that the federal government will swoop in, solve all our problems, and bail us out, that is not a plan we can count on.
Gov. Inslee took some baby steps in March, (all under the duress of COVID, of course, and not because it was the right thing to do otherwise,) by vetoing just some of the excess spending bills passed by the Democrat-majority legislature. It is not enough. And does anyone truly believe that Gov. Inslee will not sign those bills again at his first opportunity?
Our tax revenue shortfall will force us to come up with new ways to do more with less. That is a daunting challenge. And to be honest, there may have to be some taxes that need to be raised. Such is the mess caused by 36 years of Democrat One-Party Rule. Know this, however: as Governor, I will push back against the Democrat-majority House and Senate and demand cuts to excessive spending before any new tax bill makes it to my desk. Otherwise, any such bill is D.O.A.
Doing more with less. I am running my campaign the same way I will run our state. Unlike some of my fellow challengers who have blown through hundreds of thousands of dollars with little, if nothing, to show for it, I am modeling my campaign on efficiency. Every campaign expenditure is authorized by me. We have set a budget, and pledge to spend no more than $430,000 in a General Election campaign. Could we raise and spend more just for the sake of doing so? We could. But accountability means backing up one’s words with one’s actions. It’s 5% of what Jay Inslee raised and spent to win re-election four years ago. He’s a Democrat—he’s used to big budgets and massive spending. I’m going to let the voters of our state judge me by what I can do when money is tight.
As your Governor, one of my first actions will be to freeze all grant funding statewide, until a new methodology for such spending can be established. The biggest abuse of spending I witnessed during my time in municipal government involved such funding. It happens at all levels, local, state, federal. When “free money” is offered – irrespective of need – you can bet your bottom dollar that a government agency will find, invent, or manufacture a project to obtain that grant funding. It’s reckless and an extreme cost to us all.
I will order all state agencies to develop zero-based budgeting within their departments. While this is a time-consuming and costly procedure, the savings gained will be well worth the effort. Instead of doing things the way, “they’ve always been done,” this will force each agency to justify their expenditures as if they were being made for the very first time. It is not a necessary tool for every biennium, but if performed every 10-15 years, this is a valuable method by which we can review expenditures and gauge their true necessity.
We can strengthen our economy through investments in infrastructure. For 36 years we haven’t thought outside-of-the-box. By using bonding capacity, we can finance much-needed infrastructure projects such as our state’s bridges and highways, injecting money into high-paying union jobs here in Washington, and improving mobility for people and freight. I support consideration of a cross-Puget Sound toll tunnel. Not only will this provide a tremendous investment providing tens of thousands of union jobs, it will unleash the economic engine of our Kitsap Peninsula communities, allowing for tremendous economic growth in both the commercial and residential sectors. Furthermore, we will be able to reduce many of the long-terms costs and frustrations that are by-products of Washington’s ferry system. (For ferry lovers, don’t worry, there will always be room for ferries in our state. This just provides us with great alternatives that will help spur economic growth!)
I will order an immediate freeze and re-evaluation of all Sound Transit 3 (ST3) expenditures for projects not already under development. It was fifteen years ago, as a sitting City Councilman, when I testified before the Legislature advocating for a publicly elected Sound Transit board. I will demand Sound Transit come to the table with a hybrid plan, allowing for seats on the Board to be allocated by popular vote through the various subareas established under its enabling legislation. All of our tax funds within the state are limited, especially in the area of transportation. It is time to focus upon solutions that will work to improve our mobility, not on boondoggle projects full of delays and never-ending cost overruns.
With your help, we can block the Democrat-majority Legislature and work towards real reform in how we conduct the business of government here in the Evergreen State.
Guns! Hell Yeah! What is my position on guns? It’s this.
Owning sixteen guns doesn’t make you a man. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just plain wrong.
I support the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights, as well as Article I, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution.
I don’t support gun nuts whose lives are seemingly so lacking in purpose, that they need a cache of weapons to make up for whatever other shortcomings they may have in their life.
The right to bear arms is essential, and our society at-large benefits from this protection. Whether you own a firearm or not, you benefit when your responsible and law-abiding neighbors do so, thusly ensuring the threat of force to all those who would otherwise do harm. Whether necessary to do so in times of civil insurrection, to protect one’s home and family, or simply for hunting and sport, the right to own a firearm is an absolute protection to all legal citizens.
But with freedom comes responsibility. Gun owners have a moral obligation no different than anyone else to protect their weaponry. Responsible gun owners have no problem with keeping their families safe and upholding the law. I support the voter-approved legislation of our state, which provides protection from those who may cause harm by abusing such rights.
Those who oppose the proliferation of guns in our society had better get used to them. There are more guns than people in our country today. In today’s world, someone with a 3-D printer can manufacture their own firearm. We have so-called Ghost Guns which can be easily produced and assembled with simple tools. Instead of trying to pretend that our society can stop such technological advancements, we need to acknowledge their reality. Gun legislation should have the power to be lasting and effective. Even if the radical anti-gun lobby achieved every goal of theirs tomorrow, in 15-20 years such efforts would be moot, due to the exponential growth taking place in all facets of invention – including as it pertains to firearms. Any legislation should weigh these facts.
I believe in the Rule of Law. This differs from one of my opponents in particular who has stated his disdain for the Rule of Law in Washington, the UNelected police “chief” (he’s chief of nobody – his department has zero employees other than himself,) from a town of barely 1,000 people, Loren Culp.
As a law enforcement officer, (even though it’s for a city that is smaller than most high schools,) Mr. Culp’s disdain for the Rule of Law is revolting. Sanctuary City policy is WRONG. Whether it be the outrageous policies of Seattle, Tacoma, King County and other jurisdictions throughout our state by refusing to assist our federal law enforcement partners on illegal immigration, or be it the actions of small towns that reject the WILL OF THE PEOPLE, by ignoring state law, Sanctuary Cities and the officials who support such policies undermine the Rule of Law and our Republic in doing so. Mr. Culp’s town, unaptly coined “Republic,” isn’t worthy of the name.
Abortion: Finding Common Ground
Pro-life or Pro-choice, if you clicked on this issue, I’m not likely to win you over with my position on abortion.
But that is the first misnomer about abortion – that there are two distinct positions, one which opposes the choice of abortion under every and any circumstance, and another that supports legal abortion at any moment for any reason, up until the birthing process has begun (and in cases of partial-birth abortion even up until the baby has fully vacated the womb.) Both are extremes.
My fiancée is currently pregnant with our first child together, the first birth of a child to which I have been blessed to be a part. I love our four-year-old, being a dad to him has been an incredible and special experience. Preparing as a soon-to-be dad for the very first time is equally as exciting. I can’t wait to meet our daughter later this summer. (And Kelly will tell you, she is ready to meet her now!)
As we have gone to the doctors’ appointments and seen the 3-D ultrasounds from the early stages of this pregnancy, it’s clear there is a baby growing day-by-day. The science is clear, as is the visual and physical evidence of a human life—still very much dependent—but who will grow to be independent in time. We are eagerly welcoming this blessing into our life.
Instead of focusing on what divides us, let’s first focus upon what can bring us together.
It was a quarter century ago when none other than President Bill Clinton declared that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” It seems the left-wing in our country has chosen to forget about the “rare” part. Pro-abortion fanatical organizations such as those represented by NARAL, Emily’s List, and other health care services notwithstanding, Planned Parenthood, merely see abortion as birth control, and in many cases profiteer in the process. These organizations do not reflect the views of many of the pro-choice people that I know.
Nor do extremist groups such as Operation Rescue represent those of most of my pro-life friends. Most of them support exceptions for legal abortion in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother. Furthermore, not dissimilar from what I have stated on the matter of Guns, technology is advancing at such an exponential rate that a couple decades from now, how abortions take place will likely be very different then how they are performed today. Those who are pro-life would be wise to acknowledge this unavoidable reality, whether it be right or wrong.
I would hope we could grow to be a pro-life society. But before we change laws, we have to first change people’s hearts.
There is a middle ground we can find. No one passionate about this issue will be pleased with my position, but I hope we can all agree that our society would benefit by reducing both unplanned pregnancies AND the number of abortions that take place across our state and our nation.
Roe v. Wade should be overturned. But not for the political reasons many on the right would desire. It is simply flawed in its legal reasoning, as have been many cases in past rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. Where would such a decision leave us? Matters of abortion law would revert to the respective states.
Voters in the State of Washington have been painfully clear. They support legal abortion and have been adamant about this for fifty years. I respect that view, despite my personal beliefs on the matter.
I support laws including informed consent and a one-day waiting period before an abortion is performed outside of emergent circumstances. I advocate for limiting legal abortion to the first trimester, excluding a threat to the life or grievous injury to the mother. As a society we need to continue the success we have had recent years in preventing unplanned pregnancy, especially among teenagers, and maintain a commitment to further this goal.
If both sides are willing to come together, despite their differences, to find common ground on this issue, we can make great strides in healing our society. Protecting more unborn lives and respecting the desire of Washington voters is not mutually exclusive. In time, I hope hearts will change such that this issue is no longer divisive, but rather unifies us towards a common goal, to protect, value, and support life, in all its stages.
Race, Equal Opportunity, and Addressing Inequity
We are not all the same, yet our lives are created with equal value before God. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges such truth. Yet even today, we as men and women have failed to reach this ideal amongst each other. Why?
First, let us state this fact: white privilege is real. When I get on an elevator, no one notices me. If I leave the house and happen to forget my wallet, I don’t worry about what will happen should I be pulled over and fail to produce my driver license; I know I’ll be able to explain the situation. This is not true of many of my friends who are persons of color.
The first step to resolution and healing is acknowledging our deficiencies as a society. This is not something government can solve. This requires our culture to right its wrongs, past and present. It falls upon us.
And while white privilege is real in America, we must not forget the other privileges equally as prevalent within society. Socio-economic privilege, the privilege and blessing of having a stable family, a stable environment, privileges of intellect, of physical ability, privileges of genetics and health, and of physical beauty. Privilege is not strictly a matter of race, even when many areas of opportunity overlap and correlate to one’s ethnic makeup.
Government cannot fix all of society’s ills. It can make a difference by ensuring equal treatment before the law. And on the matter of law, we are unable to move forward until we address how the law treats all our citizens.
As Governor, I will push the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to review, and where appropriate reform, laws that have a disproportionate impact upon marginalized communities. A Black man that steals a $300 watch should not be treated more harshly than a white guy that steals $300,000 through fraud and embezzlement. Nor should drug-related crimes be treated differently based upon one’s personal background or affluence.
Defendants in court who rely upon public defense are disproportionately from minority communities. This leads to injustice. I will advocate for reforms within our criminal justice system to narrow and eliminate this gap and find alternatives for non-violent offenders. When it comes to the hiring of law enforcement officers, I will establish more rigorous standards for background and psychological profiles, as well as giving preferential treatment to new hires, regardless of race, that have a background of living or working within diverse communities.
With the partners within our marginalized communities, I will develop a task force dedicated to providing new solutions in the areas of education and social services to those most disadvantaged. The best way we can solve our problems of the future, is to invest in the children of today.
None of this will fix our problems as they stand in this place and time. That will take a commitment from us collectively. This is a start. Government can be part of the solution, but the responsibility and the dialogue as we begin the process must fall upon our shoulders. To my brothers and sisters in these communities, I cannot promise solutions, I cannot promise results, but I can promise this. I promise truth. I promise to listen. And I will make every effort within my being to lead and unite us all in this cause.
Homelessness is not a Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, or Vancouver problem. Nor is it a state problem. It is a national problem, pervasive in our large cities across the country.
Big cities provide economic opportunity. Big cities also provide substantial financial benefits and enable homelessness. Big Cities have Democrat mayors that fail to tackle problems that need to be addressed in the name of “sensitivity.” These factors combine to contribute to the problems we have across our state.
While many of the homeless in our state are from here, many are not. The days of Washingtonians subsiding the choices of those who elect to come here expecting to have their lifestyle subsidized by the rest of us needs to come to an end.
We need to address the primary issues that cause homelessness: addiction, mental health, and transient lifestyle. Yes, there may be someone that had their rent raised from $1,200 to $1,500 that now finds themself without shelter, but how often is this really the case? People move to more affordable homes farther from the city, people find roommates, they rarely become instantly homeless. Gentrification plays a role. For decades beginning a century ago, boarding houses would abound our large cities. Those are now warehouses, new condos. There is a place for addressing this factor within the context of the discussion, but the bulk of the problem is caused primarily by the aforementioned three issues.
Vagrancy needs to be criminalized. Minor drug possession laws need to be enforced. Not to penalize those experiencing homelessness, but to get them help. Enabling addiction kills. Plain and simple.
Those needing mental health treatment should have access to a well-funded system to provide such support. It is one of the greatest failings of the Reagan Administration, defunding mental health forty years ago.
Last year the Supreme Court ruled in Martin vs. Boise that vagrancy laws cannot be enforced unless adequate shelter space is available within a city. I will create a budget to fund rehabilitation centers across the state where homeless can get drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, and for those who do not fall into either category, (which is a limited number,) job training. These will not be country clubs; they will not be pleasant. But treatment rarely is. They will be safe; they will be hygienic. Furthermore, we will guarantee temporary paid jobs in public service to all involved in this program. Whether it is cleaning-up our streets, performing basic public works functions, or helping others in need, we will empower those experiencing homelessness with the dignity and self-esteem that comes through work. Those who want to leave will be free to leave. But if they decline the services generously afforded to them and engage in recidivism, they will find new punitive consequences in exchange. Homelessness may not be a choice for some. But fixing one’s life and taking advantage of the help provided by government is a choice. Those who refuse help, choose poorly, and continue to use, commit crime, and trash our cities have no place in our society. They can choose the inside of a jail cell. Or if they prefer, out of my own pocket I’ll buy them a bus ticket to city known for enabling problems not fixing them. Have fun in Portland.
In 2004, Seattle and King County issued a “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.” 16 years have gone by now, and the problem is ten times worse. Seattle failed in ten years. I will have a solution to solve the problem in ten months.