The King and Us

The Fantastic Fogey
3 min readJan 31, 2022

The Governor of Washington and the Emperor in ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ have much in common. One is an actual King and the other thinks he is royalty. One actually wears clothes and the other is deluded into believing his nudity is clothing. Both are wrong and only one is real. Unfortunately for Washingtonians its Inslee.

Inslee’s nearly two year reign as COVID King in Washington continues, but there are signs that his subjects are chafing at his imperial yoke.

Last Thursday His Royal Doofus held a press conference in which he fielded questions on a variety of subjects, but two particular issues dominated the event.

First, he was asked about a new bill being considered by the state’s legislature that would limit his emergency authority. His response and I am quoting here;

“I’m not very excited about this.”

He’s not “very excited” about the legislature curbing his virtually unlimited power grab? His feelings seem to echo those of the American public when he ran for president. If you are just learning about Inslee’s stealth presidential run, don’t be surprised. Your lack of awareness about this effort underscores the level of apathy his campaign engendered.

His Imperial Highness is miffed at the mere thought that his emergency authority needs to be limited. Inslee’s lack of enthusiasm for diminishing his authority is similar to how Marie Antoinette felt about the guillotine. Fortunately for Inslee he’s only lost his head figuratively.

The second issue that generated more oratorical blathering was Washington’s Long Term Care bill. His signature on the updated bill means it will now go into effect in 2023. The Legislature made changes to the bill beyond its delay in implementation. These changes affect those who reside outside the state, but work within it, and those whose retirement will come within 10 years of the bill’s enactment. Both will now be spared, in the case of those nearing retirement only to a degree, the tax associated with the act and are free to plan for their retirement and care on their own.

The rest of us will surrender another portion of our hard earned dollars for a benefit that many us won’t use. According to the king the benefit will be needed by “7 out of 10” state residents. The Mad Monarch of Mandates acknowledges that we will all pay for a paltry pittance that many Washingtonians will never use.

The Fantastic Fogey

Husband, father, and generally good-natured conservative essayist.