Congratulations to Senator Rodney Tom on Breaking the World Record Time for Shitting the Bed After Taking Power
Remember last month, when the Majority Coalition Caucus came into being in the Washington State Senate and released their five governing principles?
We, the members of the Coalition Caucus, come together behind the principles of:
- budget sustainability and living within our means;
- creating an economic environment where jobs are plentiful and small businesses thrive;
- providing a world-class education system through reforms and enhancements;
- governing collaboratively to protect our most vulnerable while prioritizing the needs of middle-class Washingtonians;
- and setting priorities for state government and holding it accountable.
In return Senator Tom, who worries about the middle class in the same way that a hawk worries about the number of mice in a field, calls GET a Ponzi scheme (horseshit--the money is always there for those who pay into it) and tries to argue that GET is somehow driving tuition costs when it's the legislature and the directives that they've given to the colleges that's making that happen, not GET. Senator Tom is the former chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee--he knows full well why tuition has become what it has become. I mean, really:
Tom said it's unclear exactly who the GET program helps.
It's clear as day, unless you really don't want to see. It helps middle class families, like mine. Someone who literally lives off of a trust fund may not get that, but our reality is different than his. It is heartening to see that the House Republicans, most notably Gary Alexander, have already come out against eliminating GET, and I applaud them for it.
It only took five days, out of 105 in the session, for Senator Tom to have his first several screw-ups. Here's to more of the same next week.
- Senator Rodney Tom: The Politics of Two-Faced Divisiveness by Joel Connelly at the Seattle PI
- Senator Rodney Tom: Give College Savings Program the Budget Ax by John Stang at Crosscut
- Axing College Savings Program: The Jury Is Out, ibid
- Money From Nothing?, by the only media outlet in the state that would praise Senator Tom for this.
Read more here, if any.