After deep reflection, we, the 3.6 million registered voters of Washington State, have an admission: We’re mostly dumb as fuck (and self-defeating on top of that).
Case in point: Most of us are members of the 99 percent, but in the fall of 2010, more than two years into the Great Recession, more than 1.5 million of us (that’s 64 percent of us) chose to approve Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053, which hog-ties (we know what that is!) the state legislature by requiring a virtually unreachable two-thirds majority vote of both houses to raise any new revenue. We did this at a time when it was obvious to everyone that Washington needed billions—that’s a lotta lotta lot—in new revenue and couldn’t possibly get all that revenue through cuts without eliminating programs that we want and need.
Now, predictably, here we are, in a state with no income tax even on the wealthiest 1 percent, facing the latest $2 billion state revenue shortfall, and we, the stupid fucking people, have changed our minds. A majority of us just told the Elway Poll that we now support raising new revenue to offset cuts to things like education for our kids and health care for the neediest. We stupidly helped make these cuts inevitable by voting last year against Initiative 1098, which would have raised—wait for it—about $2 billion through an income tax on high earners.
But, of course, it’s nearly impossible to raise the new revenue we now want because of the two-thirds-majority requirement we voted for in 2010. Christ, we’re so dumb. Apologies. Feel free to slap us. We’re everywhere.