Letters to the Editor

Kilmer's a statist in sheep's clothing

Sen. Derek Kilmer has done a masterful job of positioning himself as a pro-business Democrat — despite the obvious contradiction in terms.

He’s the darling of bureaucratic oversight boards and pseudo-governmental agencies, but he’s never met a payroll in his life and even his current “private-sector” employer depends on a public subsidy.

Kilmer mouths all the platitudes about supporting business, but his answer is throwing more money at education and environmental interests — two longstanding Democratic cash cows.

I’m fed up with politicians in general and Democrats in particular who think they know more than the free market. If you want to promote business, get government out of the way and the economy will heal itself.

Kilmer wants you to believe he’s a different kind of Democrat. But underneath the slick packaging, he’s just another statist who can’t understand that business thrives with more freedom, while regulation and taxation will kill it.

If Kilmer thinks government can solve the problem, he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that government is the problem.

J.M. MEZZANOTTE

Port Orchard

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