Dear Governor Inslee,
I was just 15 years old when I volunteered for your campaign through the IAM 751 and Seattle NOW. I was so impressed with your work in Congress and through the interview process when I was conducting endorsement interviews for the WA NOW Pac. I enthusiastically recommended endorsement to our PAC.
As of late, I’ve had to question your involvement in my fathers union issues. I have been left wondering what happened to the progressive leader who stood up for the rights of the average citizen as you poke your nose in and help extort Machinist families to take a deal that’s less about their futures and more about corporate welfare.
I understand that your healthcare is something only written about in fairy tales; that your pension is paved not with the good intentions of a volatile stock market but of a real and tangible safety net should you choose to retire. My father, who has worked hard for 25 years with toxic chemicals, back bending and twisting labor, will never know that safety. We will now pay so much more for our healthcare and at 17, I worry about my parents retirement. You see, we are a one income family, the epitome of family values, and yes, my parents struggle.
Now at 17, I wonder what taxes I will have to pay for the corporate tax breaks, (read: welfare), for the deal you chose to offer a corporation so profitable that I have a hard time understanding why they need these giveaways. I worry about my upcoming student loans and the inevitable college tuition rises as I apply to colleges. I graduate from high school this year and the world of worries in on my shoulders before I begin this future I’m supposed to look forward to. I worry about the environmental mess that Boeing caused years ago and still hasn’t cleaned up as they get this pass to not clean their mess. I love Boeing, always told my father that I would work with him one day but I love the environment too and was proud when they were taking steps to clean up the Duwamish River. But now, now my dreams of working with my father are pushed away as a childhood dream, like unicorns and swinging from the stars.
So Governor, if you don’t mind. I hope you get back to the business of working for the average citizen, the poor, the working class, and not the CEO who makes more in a year than my father makes in a lifetime.