The League of Women Voters’ Comparison of Key Issues between Candidates Joubert & Inslee

The League of Women Voters’ candidacy webpage (called is reproduced below)
The League of Women Voters is a prestigious political education organization

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Washington State Governor
Term: 4 years
Salary: $173,617
The Governor is the chief executive officer of the state, responsible for overall administration of the affairs of the state of Washington.

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QUESTION ONE FROM THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS (Same as above, but with bigger print)
What would be your top three issues of concern in your “State of the State” address in January?
Christian Pierre Joubert
1). Equal and affordable access to holistic health-care & to medical freedoms, in conjunction with regenerative and organic agriculture and carbon-reducing regulations that are more consistent with a strong “precautionary principle” regarding all of what harms the People’s health and the Environment (air, water and soil). 2). Equal and affordable access to Justice, fundamental freedoms and participatory Democracy based on electoral informed consent in synergistic association with equal and affordable access to relevant education (for both K-12 and public universities) and top schooling conditions. 3). Equal access to sustainable, ethical, meaningful and chronic-stress-free work in combination with a balanced and responsible State Budget & a State central (charter) bank that would finance equal access to collective security and equanimity, in conjunction with a holistic revamping of the State’s security system, it’s bureaucracy and its two-party duopoly system of things.
Jay Inslee
I’m proud that we’ve created over 250,000 jobs and seen the lowest unemployment since 2008. But I know too many Washingtonians are working harder than ever, and aren’t sharing in the wealth we are creating as a nation. Together, we will build a stronger middle class by raising the minimum wage, ensuring paid sick leave, and advancing policies that allow working families to thrive. As a state we need to give our children a world-class education and we’ve already made some progress — all-day kindergarten, lower class sizes, and better paid and trained teachers. But we’ve got more to do and I’m confident we can do it. Finally, we know we need big improvements in our transportation system. That’s why I insisted the legislature pass a package that creates 200,000 jobs, repairs bridges, creates new lanes, and opens the door to more light rail. We got that done. While it won’t fix everything overnight, it puts us on the right path while we address bottlenecks and find practical solutions.

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QUESTION TWO FROM THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS (Same as above, but with bigger print)

How would you approach the impasse over state funding of basic education?
Christian Pierre Joubert
By shifting the tax burden from the “95” percent of the population to the top “5” percent, where most of the money is. The focus of this shift would be on higher speculation (capital gains) taxes because that is where most of the 5 percent makes its billions. A fair estate tax for the super-wealthy & an equitable State income tax, based on a sliding-scale system, for the top 5 percent income earners comes next, followed by a revamping of the concomitant corporate tax loopholes structure in synergistic association with the creation of a new revenue called the toxicity “reckless” taxes & a holistic health fiscal incentive package in combination with over 300,000 new quality jobs, a world-class Statue of Holistic responsibility tourist market & new international trade deals, all of which would fund K-12 basic education as well as basic higher education & more, including the paying off of the 89.6 billion dollars State debt the Republicans & Democrats have accumulated over the years.
Jay Inslee
We’ve made great progress in the last three years, but we still have big challenges ahead. My top priority is fulfilling our moral duty to our children to fully fund basic education for every student. I’m confident we can do that because of the progress we’ve made so far. We’ve ensured every child will have access to full-day kindergarten. We’ve lowered class sizes for the early grades, and we’ve started to raise wages for teachers. We’ve made these key investments through economic growth, closing outdated corporate tax loopholes, and finding inefficiencies in state government. And there’s more we can do. In each of my budget proposals – when stacked against the need for additional funding for educating our kids or the potential of cutting services for the most vulnerable, tax loopholes for powerful interests just don’t stack up.

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QUESTION THREE FROM THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS (Same as above, but with bigger print)

How would you balance our state’s reliance on foreign trade with our need to keep a strong workforce here?
Christian Pierre Joubert
With Joubert’s European, French & diplomatic skills, as the State’s first holistic governor, he would tour Europe searching for ethical trade deals that will benefit both European and Washingtonian workers, including, but not limited to the hemp, algae bio-fuel, organic agriculture, heath-care and wine industries. Holistic Governance’s policies will avoid fast-track Trans Pacific Trade deals that increase toxic goods while outsourcing jobs. We will have high taxes & fees for corporate schemes that replace workers with machines without re-insertion. Likewise with predatory loans, corporate raidings, harmful mergers & abusive bankruptcies that produce massive unemployment and misery. Furthermore, Christian Pierre Joubert will travel in over 30 francophone countries where other State governors do not go to increase ethical trade and opportunities that will exchange useful, healthy goods and services while supplying lots of quality and meaningful well-paid jobs for Washingtonians.
Jay Inslee
I believe that these two factors are inextricably linked. In the last few years Washington exports grew by nearly 20 percent – more than any other state. We will continue to be a state that builds, grows and innovates precisely because we have a world class workforce that manufactures high quality pieces for aerospace, clean technology, maritime industries, and so much more. We grow 75 percent of the nation’s hops and 70 percent of the nation’s apples. Business Insider named us the #1 economy in the nation precisely because we have a high quality economy built by the highest quality workforce.

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QUESTION FOUR FROM THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS (Same as above, but with bigger print)
What is your opinion about transporting coal across the state by rail for export?
Christian Pierre Joubert
I would veto bills that would allow this monstruosity and its effects: spontaneous combustion, groundwater pollution, environment destruction, derailment, local jobs loss (fisheries), coal dust diseases like pneumoconiosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lymphoma & adrenal tumors. The risks-cost-benefits ratio is not favorable. Washington is already facing five million tons of coal transportation, five refineries and increased transports. Fossil fuels need to be replaced with solar roads & other renewable energies. Since we have until the end of 2017 before this project’s final determination is made, I would start as early as January 2017 to inform Washingtonians, Oregon, California & B.C citizens of the nefarious nature of this predatory “get-rich-quick” corporate scheme. I would also fly to China to negotiate with them ethical and advantageous deals to invest in algae biofuels, solar, hydrogen, tidal and wind energy systems instead of building one coal burning unit each week.
Jay Inslee
When any coal terminal is proposed, like Cherry Point or Millennium Bulk, and before we make substantial new investments in the infrastructure to transport coal, we need a full evaluation of the economic, environmental, and health impacts of such a path. That means an environmental impact statement that not only assesses the impact to the communities these trains will travel through, but also the impact of the burning of coal that will occur due to this new infrastructure. I’ve worked to ensure the process for these proposals are as timely, informative, and transparent as possible and I look forward to seeing the final results of both our EIS review and the federal government’s.
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According to Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations: “Climate change is the most emblematic challenge in this age of globalization. For the sake of our grandchildren, we cannot refuse that challenge.” (The Case For True Leadership on Climate Change – Kofi Annan Foundation, 30 Nov 2015) What is your opinion of this quotation?
Christian Pierre Joubert
Jay Inslee

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Please explain your response.
Christian Pierre Joubert
Climate change is emblematic of a larger problem, of this predatory narcissistic “energy” that has taken over most politicians & institutions, including the economy & collective security. Of all of climate change’s factors, war & the fossil-fuel based defense industry are the biggest climate busters. Because U.S. Mid-East Wars violate Article 39 of Chapter 7 of the U.N Charter & have not been declared, they are illegal. As Wa’s holistic governor I would thus negotiate with D.C. to use Washingtonian soldiers & its resources only to build eco-communities, organic agriculture structures & to plant billions of carbon sequestering trees in all of the areas the US ravaged. Once the trees reverse deserts’ progression, the drought will stop. With an abundance of rivers & rain, the birds, worms & soil’s bacteria will come back. Thanks to a rich microbiome soil, the energy field will make the Machrekians (Middle Easterners) grateful & peaceful. Wars will cease & the climate will be restored.
Jay Inslee
I wholeheartedly agree.
I see the impacts of climate change already affecting Washingtonians everywhere I go. None are more jeopardized by the climate related disasters like fire, flooding, and sea level rise than our most vulnerable communities. We need a comprehensive strategy that reduces carbon pollution from Washington while harnessing the jobs and economic opportunities that are coming to those who take action on climate change.
If you believe our state is affected by unusual weather patterns, what actions would you support to mitigate those effects?

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QUESTION SIX FROM THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS (Same as above, but with bigger print)
If you believe our state is affected by unusual weather patterns, what actions would you support to mitigate those effects?
Christian Pierre Joubert
1). Better regulate mainstream’s devastating energy sources: oil, coal mining, nuclear & corn-ethanol as well as chemical agriculture & stop giving these corporations tax breaks. 2). Regenerative agriculture & forestration redirect carbon back in the soil. 3). Promote solar roads, hemp & algae-based fuels, which can reach price parity with oil in 2018. East Washington has plenty of space for Wa to be self sufficient in energy (hemp & algae farms). 4). 40 percent of carbon emissions come from non green buildings. Hence H.G.’s massive public works in eco-settlement & green dwellings. 5). Small carbon tax for all & a huge carbon tax on corporate polluters. 6). Animal sanctuaries should replace carbon & pain producing animal factory farms. 7). Planting billions of carbon absorbing fruit trees, so the homeless will be able to eat. Once the homeless & the poor eat healthy foods and can safely shelter themselves, there will be less violence & misery. Then the weather will get better.
Jay Inslee
I believe that Washington can and will tackle climate change and become the beneficiary of the jobs to come in a transition to a new clean energy economy. That’s why I issued an executive order to address a wide range of issues from electrifying our transportation system to expanding renewables, from investing in clean energy start-ups to putting a long overdue cap on carbon. I’ve instructed the Dept. of Ecology to use their powers under the Clean Air Act to implement a statewide cap on carbon emissions from our biggest polluters. That effort will restrict pollution and drive investment in programs and projects to reduce pollution, create new clean-energy jobs, and make our communities more resilient to the impacts we are already beginning to see. I’ve also created the state’s first Clean Energy Fund that provides investment capital in R&D and new technologies. We should continue that work as it’s making Washington a hot-bed for smart grid technologies and clean energy jobs.*****
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In July of 2012, Christian debated with Jay at the Stranger Magazine in Seattle of multiple issues, including on recreational marijuana. Then, Jay Inslee was against marijuana legalization. Between Joubert and Inslee, there were also many other respectful disagreements, including but not limited to the  the budget, health-care, the economy and the coal train issue. Early March 2016, governor Inslee also vetoed the Legislature hemp farm bill.
Then, in 2012, like now,  Governor Inslee has shown continued ambiguity regarding the coal train (See question Four above) and climate warming issues while Joubert has been staunchly against coal train terminals in Washington since the beginning and clear about the need for a small carbon emission Tobin-like tax directed to the big polluters and top 5 percent of weatlhy taxpayers  and organic agriculture to help sequester carbon from the atmosphere.
After four years, governor Inslee still has not gotten major legislation passed regarding effective climate change measures, let alone a carbon emission tax, (according to Ballotpedia, as of March 2016). On the other hand,  governor Inslee hiked the taxes on gas upsetting a lot of people while this measure doesn’t affect Washington’s small contribution to the world’s carbon emissions problem.  And the Budget deficit is still chaotic while Washington Supreme Court’s 2012 decision on  basic education funding has not been met, one consequence of which is high property taxes that  pay for a big chunk of public education, which is yet another burden on the lower-middle class as is Washington State’s general regressive fiscal system (see Issue # 9) that exempts large multinational corporations from tens of billions of dollars of corporate taxes while the Democrat incumbent Governor and his Legislature have raised taxes, especially targeting the middle class, after promising not to do so.
In terms of international trade (See issue # 15), Governor Inslee tends to go along with Washington D.C. on the TPP (known to produce low health and environmental standards while creating massive unemployment) while Joubert favors its renegotiation and more pro-active efforts in other parts of the world, thanks to which Washington will be able to import quality non toxic products and create many thousands of jobs.
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