The Seattle Times, with the elections fast approaching, this week has turned over valuable space on its editorial page to outside writers, to let them advocate for questions which should be asked of state legislative candidates. Unfortunately, the Times editors decided that letting an extreme Democrat partisan write about public education funding would be a good idea – even though she has been part of the massive failure that has been the Democrats’ approach to public education in our state over the past 30 years.
Lisa McFarlane, a longtime collaborator with Nick Hanauer (the “brains” behind the $15 minimum wage movement in Seattle), amazingly comes to the conclusion that education reform starts with higher taxes. Her bias shows when she advances the statement that “Fixing the finance system for state schools when the underlying tax structure is broken will be impossible without strong public support. Voters need to elect legislators who can educate and persuade the public that public schools are an essential and urgently needed investment.”
That’s right, we shouldn’t elect legislators who put education first, by funding it first, but rather we evidently need more Democrat legislators who will put special interests first, and then “educate and persuade the public” that raising taxes is necessary because they spent the kids’ allowance on others things.
Gee, isn’t this approach, after 30 years of Democrat control of Olympia and the state budget, why Washington is under Supreme Court order to do its constitutional duty and adequately fund public education?