Why I am Running for Lieutenant Governor
The most fundamental characteristic of Americans is our optimistic and can-do attitude. That is why our pride is so hurt when we see the uncertain path that we are now travelling. Our children as indebted servants to foreign powers, a lack of family-wage private sector jobs to provide for our families and communities, a decline in the average level of education to better ourselves at every level and real questions about maintaining public safety and services. This is not the American Dream we cherish.
ALL of us know that our state faces very big challenges. We ALL know that it will require real work and creativity to reinvest in our future and get back on our feet. We ALL know that the changes that need to be made will require real sacrifice and change if we are to succeed. And we ALL know that we would prefer somebody else to change before ‘we’ have to change what we are doing.
I do not believe that we have to accept such a challenging situation and await our fate. We ALL can re-energize and reinvest personally in our common future; we can act to build a successful and prosperous future for ourselves and our children. I believe that what we share is truly stronger than that which divides us.
It is time to act. If you believe that we ALL can do better to create a common sense, prosperous and fair future for ourselves and our children, then I ask for your vote.
— Glenn Anderson
My Priorities as Lieutenant Governor Will Be
The American Dream has always been about building a better future. Our state truly is a unique example of the American Spirit and we are blessed with our beautiful natural environment and the entrepreneurial character of our people.
But, over the last decade our state has lost its way. According to state data, Washington is now getting poorer, faster with a dramatic increase in the have/ have-not gap at almost all levels. Average educational levels and personal income opportunities have fallen. A few succeed, many struggle. This must change if we are to get back on track to building a prosperous future for all. The #1 concern that I have heard from citizens across our state is their frustration that they don’t know ‘how we get our future restarted and what we are trying to achieve’ as we all struggle with economic and personal challenges.
These are my priorities to get us back in the game of success;
Aggressively encourage the creation of new, family-wage, private sector jobs.
Private sector job creation is the very heart of our prosperity. It is the engine that builds the middle class and pays for the public programs necessary to support our quality-of-life aspirations. It is the only proven successful driver to narrow the ‘have-have not’ gap for the greatest number of people and prevents political opportunists from dividing us for their own benefit. The best social program is a good job.
Assure that our K12 schools, colleges and universities are adequately funded and accountable for results.
Whatever anyone’s status is in life, a good education is the one thing that nobody can ever take away from them and provides everybody with the best ‘one more chance’ opportunity when things don’t work out. A well educated public is the best defense of our freedoms, prevents many of the dysfunctions in society government is asked to remedy, thereby keeping the cost of government down, and allows employers to invest in the science and technology advances to keep the private sector jobs machine growing.
Ensure that our social safety net provides a hand up to opportunity and achievement, not a dependency on government.
Getting ahead in life can take time, be hard and unexpectedly full of demanding challenges. Those who work hard and play by the rules to better themselves and provide for their families should be provided the opportunity and reasonable incentives to achieve their success. Providing sustainable shared public/private programs for the infirm, disabled and genuinely incapacitated is a sign of our moral strength as a community, not a wasteful luxury.
Insist that state government must live within the taxpayers’ means to provide for essential services.
There is only so much public money to go around and that always means conflict over where it gets spent. It has never been any different for any government or family on a budget. That means clear priorities have to be set and clear accountability for the results given to the public. Spending public monies at a level greater than the public can afford to support with no direction or accountable outcome is a proven road to ruin.
Encourage the state legislature to act in a civil, honest and thoughtful manner to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives and loved ones in the name of our Constitutional Republic.
We are a fractious, independent, opinionated and diverse people. Our pursuit of our freedoms can be messy and, at times, conflicted. This ‘messiness’ is actually our greatest strength that keeps us fresh, sensitive and innovative, even if extremely frustrating at times. How the Legislature conducts the people’s business sets the ethical and social standard for debate of the differences among us and how to resolve them. Organized special interests of both the left and right need to understand that they are guests at the forum of the people and not owners of our government no matter how much money they spend on political campaigns and influence.
It's your government
and it's about our future.