Opinion: Governor says only he can save lives

In a one-on-one interview this week, Gov. Jay Inslee makes some eye-opening statements

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier
Washington Policy Center

Gov. Jay Inslee had a one-on-one interview this week with Mike McClanahan for TVW’s The Impact to discuss his mandates and use of emergency powers. One of the most interesting things the Governor said was this:

“There is only one person in the state of Washington who has the capability to save those lives right now and it happens to be the Governor of the state of Washington.” (16:12 mark of interview)


Other highlights from the interview:

  • Governor says we shouldn’t involve lawmakers in these decisions because we need to act right now (4:32 mark).
     
  • Governor says there aren’t specific metrics available to determine when the state should return to normal governance via the legislature (7:30 mark).

I encourage every Washingtonian to watch The Impact interview with the Governor and determine whether they believe it is time for the legislature to reform the state’s emergency powers to provide some type of legislative oversight and involvement in these governance decisions.

Jason Mercier is the director of the Center for Government Reform at the Washington Policy Center.

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Thomas Casey
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Thomas Casey
14 days ago

King Inslee needs to go.

  • Governor says we shouldn’t involve lawmakers in these decisions because we need to act right now (4:32 mark).
  • Governor says there aren’t specific metrics available to determine when the state should return to normal governance via the legislature (7:30 mark).
Thomas Casey
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Thomas Casey
14 days ago

You shouldn’t loose your job because you smoke, or are obese, or don’t buckle up. yuo shouldn’t loose your job because you don’t want a vaccine.

Edward
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Edward
12 days ago
Reply to  Thomas Casey

Poor example. Maybe smokers and fat people should not be fired, ostracised, nor executed. But their diseases are not of the contagious variety. Do you see a difference?

Jack Smoley
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Jack Smoley
10 days ago
Reply to  Edward

How about employees that are HIV+?

A. Adamson
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A. Adamson
13 days ago

I am pretty sure the health care workers working for the past 18 months with or without proper PPE, doing everything possible for others loved ones are the ones saving life’s, not the one breaking his own mandate rules during the whole pandemic. Not to mention transferring apple maggots across lines. Insleeze only wants others to suffer and follow rules. He is a joke and needs to be removed from office. I can’t believe Washington has no seat limitations for how long Governors can serve.

Polly Baker
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Polly Baker
11 days ago
Reply to  A. Adamson

This quote is taken out of context and made to seem like he is dissing healthcare workers. However when you listen to the full video you’ll realize he’s speaking about saving lives via his position as governor and making the mandate. It’s a poorly written opinion piece, but it does its job at misleading its readers.

Margaret
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Margaret
13 days ago
Scott Hooper
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Scott Hooper
13 days ago

Inslee easily survived his last election after he’d already implemented lock-downs to curb the pandemic. This suggests that most Washingtonians agree that he must do something.

If you start with the following premises:

  1. COVID is killing large numbers of people
  2. It’s largely preventable with vaccines, masks and social distancing
  3. These measures are completely safe

Then it’s obvious he’s done what is best. The problem is that some misinformed people reject the fact-based premises.

Ellie May
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Ellie May
12 days ago
Reply to  Scott Hooper

If you believe that vaccines, masks, and social distancing are the ONLY ways to deal with covid, then I see why you think Inslee is awesome. If you would use some critical thinking skills, do your own research (including studies from outside the US), and listen to some of the hundreds, if not thousands, of doctors, epidemiologists, virologists, etc. who are trying to share their knowledge and research into many other effective treatments you might see it differently.

Carolyn
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Carolyn
11 days ago
Reply to  Scott Hooper

I don’t think it’s being misinformed I think that they are listening to a man who thinks he’s President of the United States! 🤪 He really needs to be hospitalized to protect himself from further insane acts. If you went around saying that people would just think you are crazy. Crazy is as crazy acts!

The Recovering Pastor
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The Recovering Pastor
13 days ago

The founding fathers had delusional tyrannical ideologues like Inslee in mind when they created checks & balances. Our system of Government was formed in the fires that God has created us equal and that man has a wicked heart and people need to be protected from those in power. Unfortunately, many have walked away from these beliefs or have commingled with humanism which has become their new religion and would rather empower a despot like Inslee than stand against him.

Edward
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Edward
12 days ago

Founding Fathers are relics. Times have changed, bigly.

Jimmy Ellison Sr
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12 days ago
Reply to  Edward

Only those who wish to be fooled by the so called government of I’m smarter than you are only fooling themselves by trusting these SOCIALIST… Have they really became so lazy to process a thought for themselves ???

Last edited 12 days ago by Jimmy Ellison Sr
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