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Michelle Goldberg’s column is instructive in explaining the progressive’s world view.

She uses charges assessed by her bank as a justification for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If she had simply balanced her checkbook, she would have spotted the charges. Should we accept that a multibillion dollar federal bureaucracy is needed because she doesn’t check a bank statement? Rather the definition of the nanny state.

Her logic regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s potential presidential bid is similarly twisted. She cites his claim, “progressive economic policies grow your economy.” Yet, the cause and effect are exactly reversed: It’s a growing economy that funds progressive policies.

Too often we ascribe wise governing to politicians who simply happen to be in office during a time of economic expansion. Growth waxes and wanes largely independent of the president’s (much less a governor’s) political inclination.

Ross Elkin, Seattle