Wednesday, June 12, 2013

An Open Letter to the State Senators Who Are Fighting to Kill the Estate Tax

Posted by on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Dear State Senators Who Refuse to Fix the Estate Tax,

Thanks to you and your stubborn refusal to fix the technical glitch in Washington's estate tax at the heart of the recent Bracken decision, the Department of Revenue will start mailing out refund checks to millionaires on Friday—about $50 million worth by the end of the month. The total cost is estimated to top $159 million through 2015, all of it coming out of the Education Legacy Trust Account.

Good things come to those who wait, and all that.

But I just thought I'd point out that all of these refund checks will be a public record. That means that some enterprising journalist (or paid opposition researcher) can scour the records to see if any of these lucky recipients are associated with you in any way: a friend, a relative, a business associate, a neighbor, a lobbyist, a campaign contributor. And when these connections are found, dollars to donuts you'll be hounded for your conflict of interest.

You can deny corruption all you want, but the appearance will be there. And sometimes the appearance of impropriety is all that's necessary to end a political career.

So, you know, heads up.




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David Goldstein, you are excellent. :)
Posted by Ben Schiendelman on June 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 2
Cute, but we're way past the point where the RepubliKKKan party even pretends to care about corruption and conflicts of interest.
Posted by Original Andrew on June 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Sadly, @2 is correct.
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Anne18 4
Still... Goldy, you be that hound.
Posted by Anne18 on June 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Goldy, are you sure they will be public record? I hope you're right, but that seems odd.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on June 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Rujax! 6
It's gonna be ugly, but the Republican Party is dying.

Good fucking riddance.
Posted by Rujax! on June 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Goldy 7
@5 The folks getting refund checks had to petition the court for their refunds. That is a public record.
Posted by Goldy on June 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
They come from eastern Washington where stupid is required.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on June 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM · Report this

I've only ever commented on your articles because your is usually, in your own words: "stoopid"

However, I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt on this issue. It will be interesting to see if you are all talk or if you are capable of following through on a promise.

So, you know, heads up.
Goldy Hater.
Posted by Kelly L on June 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM · Report this
balderdash 10

You go, Goldy.
Posted by balderdash on June 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
What kind of ass-hat files a petition to have the education fund cut them a check?
Posted by wxPDX on June 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM · Report this
goddess bless you, Goldy, you righteous motherfucker!
Posted by gonif on June 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM · Report this
@11: A Republican.
Posted by maddogm13 on June 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
@11. A Blethen.
Posted by moretent on June 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM · Report this
seatackled 15
@11 A TFA official.
Posted by seatackled on June 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
therealtrueauthenticrobmckenna 16
Bring it on, Goldstein. This is no one's room 101. We're loud and proud about upward wealth redistribution.
It is the Lord's will.
Posted by therealtrueauthenticrobmckenna on June 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM · Report this
me thinks it isn't only "prefers Republicans" who are implicated. Fortunately we have a Senate leader on record as being most concerned about the best interests of the state, so there's no possibility the leader of the “Senate Majority Coalition Caucus” won't hound those whose name rises to the top of Goldy's list (Hi Rodney Tom!)
Posted by MikeBoyScout on June 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 18
Wonder if Rodney Tom's getting a refund?
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on June 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM · Report this
Rujax! 19
Hey Kelly @ 9...

"your" (sic) "stoopid"
Posted by Rujax! on June 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM · Report this
With #18, I wonder how many of the State senators themselves will get money?
Posted by LMcGuff on June 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 21
Goldy, are you going to be one of those hounds? I'd like to see some on the record questioning.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on June 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM · Report this
I'm confused! Aren't taxes bad? What if the rich people all go away? I need the Seattle Times editorial board to tell me what to think. They'll give it to me straight [up the ass with a handful of ground glass].
Posted by PCM on June 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this

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