It was said that James Brown was “the hardest working man in show business.” If so, he might have met his opposite match… if he ever met Jay Inslee.
You see, our green governor isn’t exactly a prime example of a hard-driving public servant. As Shift has reported, in the last couple of months he has jetted off to Paris to attend a climate change conference he was not really invited to, missed four out of the five “five-corners” meetings – which he called – to find a solution for fully funding K-12 education (in fact, one time he chose to take a nap instead of going to the meeting), and, during one week in December, Inslee spent a whopping 36.5 hours desperately fundraising.
Not to mention that—through it all—Inslee has had time to schedule dinners with Service Employee International Union (SEIU) boss David Rolf and liberal billionaire and Democrat financier Nick Hanauer. And, if his schedule so far this month is any indication, Inslee is not ready to change his time-wasting, hyper political-focused ways.
So, while the legislature is closing in on the two-thirds mark of this short 60-day session, here are four rather shocking ways that Inslee decided to spend his time when governing might have been on his To Do list:
- Inslee’s habit of starting his days at or after 8 a.m. and finishing his day by 4:30 p.m. We can’t be sure how many governors (or executives of any type for that matter) have the luxury of starting their work day after 8 a.m. and going home by 4:30 p.m., but we are willing to bet Inslee just might be the only one. Inslee’s easy work schedule reveals just how out-of-touch he is with the average taxpaying Washingtonian who work long hours only to be stuck in the traffic (made worse by his incompetent cabinet members) on the commute going to and back home.
- Speaking of starting work late and leaving work early, Inslee’s schedule includes productive activities like playing basketball with his friends in the state Legislature and attending Husky basketball games. But, playing and/or watching games are not the only ways Inslee uses the people’s time. Believe it or not, our green governor takes time to exercise (and get haircuts) during prime work hours (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.). Since Inslee wants to make time to exercise, perhaps he should consider doing what people with real jobs do, like getting out of bed a bit earlier, and hitting the gym before work. His actions show an unbelievable disrespect for state taxpayers.
- Inslee’s schedule is also filled with fundraising (and preparing for fundraising after the current legislative freeze) for his re-election campaign. Whether its scheduling “personal time” (a.k.a. campaign time) to meet with labor union leaders or meeting with his campaign manager in the taxpayer-provided Governor’s mansion, Inslee (time and time again) has proved he is more concerned with his re-election chances than with, well, doing his job. Simply put, Inslee’s campaigning desperation is a disgrace.
- Inslee’s decision to use what time he does spend actually working in a highly partisan manner. On February 2nd, Inslee held a “Three Corners Meeting” with legislative leaders. Under previous governors such meetings consisted of “Five Corners”, meaning the governor and the leaders of each of the four legislative caucuses (two in the House, two in the Senate) would meet. The problem is, Inslee is a hyper partisan, so he sees little need to include Republicans in his meetings. As he has proven in the past (and most recently by canceling regular meetings with GOP Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, Inslee is more concerned with his extreme agenda than with acting like a leader.
Stay tuned for future looks at Inslee’s schedule, as Shift shines on spotlight on whether the taxpayers are getting their money for the salary that Inslee – the anti-James Brown – draws.
Jim Thomas says
Sounds like dereliction of duties to me…but why should we be surprised…he has been and still is clueless to what the real job of running our great State entails and then wonders why he gets no respect and has such low approval rating.
Clay Fitzgerald says
Democrats put up this dunderhead and every meat-headed liberal in the greater Seattle area voted for him, while Rob McKenna, someone with a proven track record of working hard for the people of the State of Washington was rejected. As more time passes we become more and more like our neighbors to the south, corruption and total incompetence in the governor’s office, like Oregon and California, and general incompetence in the state legislature lead by far left, liberal, secular-progressive democrats. The bigger government gets, the more corrupt and incompetent it becomes.
“.. Rob McKenna, someone with a proven track record of working hard for the people of the State of Washington was rejected.”
Attorney General McKenna claimed that portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were both constitutional and benefited citizens of Washington state. Despite this, he spent our tax money joining the all-Republucan lawsuit to have the entire ACA thrown out. Luckily for us, he failed.
His wasting of our taxpayer money pursuing a rabidly partisan policy against our interests perfectly justified our termination of his employment. His asking for a promotion just aggravated his offense against us. Good riddance.
Clay Fitzgerald says
If you wanna believe that liberal, secular-progressive horse manure, you’re perfectly free to do so. The PPACA hasn’t been good for a lot of people, like me. I’m retired, on fixed income and I’ve seen my outlay for healthcare coverage increase to over $800/month since Obamacare was implemented for the same coverage, which might not last much longer because market pressures, also caused by the consequences of it, may put my insurance provider out of business or have to merge with an entirely undesirable health insurance provider. However, according to Oblammo’s own words, if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your health care plan and the cost saving will be about $2500/year for everyone. Just the typical lies from the Oby WH.
But to the gist of the matter, Rod McKenna lost the election to the highly partisan, incompetent, totally immature and inexperienced boob the occupies the WS gov’s mansion in Oly.
All of those words, and yet not a single example of McKenna’s supposed track record of hard work.
His own self-appointed defender can’t give a single example of why we should have voted for him. Thank you for validating our choice of Inslee over McKenna.
Clay Fitzgerald says
Tell us what your little tin god, Jay-bird has accomplished since being in office. Instead of acting like a leader for ALL of Washington State, he’s become a hard left political partisan focused only on getting his way, like a spoiled adolescent. And going of on a junket to Paris to attend an event he wasn’t even invited to… at TAXPAYERS EXPENSE!
Now go out and play with the other children and let the grownups have an intelligent discussion.
So, still not a single example of that “…proven track record of working hard for the people of the State of Washington… ” that you crowed about.
You’re doing a really good job of showing us why we did the right thing in rejecting McKenna’s request for a promotion.
Clay Fitzgerald says
Since Rod is no longer holding any public office, that’s a totally irrelevant point. The issue now is around the abysmal performance of the Jay-bird. Now you tell ME what he’s really accomplished in his term as governor. All he does is take highly partisan positions on every issue, fails to negotiate with the opposition, propose every higher taxes in his proposed budgets and pushing his extreme “green” agenda that will do little except push the cost of living and doing in business in Washington State ever higher. My opinion about Inslee; highly partisan extremist, only focuses on environmental issues, wastes taxpayer money and lazy.
“Since Rod [sic] is no longer holding any public office, that’s a totally irrelevant point.”
Yet it was relevant enough for you to raise it, and to call your fellow citizens “meat-headed liberals” based on it. Only after you repeatedly failed to produce even one single fact to support it did you suddenly decide it was no longer relevant.
Thank you for continuing to do a great job of demonstrating why we were justified in rejecting McKenna’s request for a promotion.
Clay Fitzgerald says
Since you’re incapable of showing where the jerk-wad that actually got elected has accomplished anything since he’s been in office or even anything that he might have accomplished in elective positions he formerly held, it shows how bigoted, petty and infantile liberal, secular-progressive pinheads really are. Now go away and troll a lefty website forum.
How about you provide just one example in support of just one of your many strident opinions before you go demanding anyone else provide anything to you?
Until then, thanks for demonstrating how McKenna’s qualifications for office were so thin, even one of his self-identified supporters can’t cite a single thing he ever did which could justify electing him to our Governor’s office.