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Apr 16 2019

How $15 Minimum Wage Affects Seattle Employer

Moonbattery-addled Seattle was a pioneer in imposing the $15 minimum wage that has been a rallying cry for leftists like Bernie Sanders. Subway demonstrates how that has worked out for people at the bottom rung of the ladder:

Boost minimum wage, boost prices and unemployment. The only sensible explanation for their enthusiasm for minimum wage hikes is that Democrats are pursuing Nikolay Chernyshevsky’s “the worse, the better” strategy of paving the road to power with misery. There is no question that $15 minimum wage has made things worse for Seattle’s low-wage workers.

What a tangled web Big Government weaves when it ham-fistedly meddles in private economic matters. Seattle employees who have not been replaced by robot waiters have found themselves pleading for reduced hours so that the higher minimum wage doesn’t cost them subsidized housing. This results in less work, resulting in turn in less wealth for Big Government to redistribute.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Mar 23 2019

Seattle Is Dying

The consequences of liberal rule include contempt for law and order, the reverent coddling of sociopaths, and wanton lack of personal irresponsibility, all of which encourage recreational drug use. The result is the rampant decay on display in Left Coast cities like San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Regarding the latter, local KOMO reports on just how unlivable the Emerald City has become in an alarming special entitled “Seattle Is Dying”:

It’s about parents who won’t take their children into the public parks they pay for. It’s about filth and degradation all around us. And theft and crime. It’s about people who don’t feel protected anymore, who don’t feel like their voices are being heard. …

You can watch the special on KOMO 4 when it re-airs Saturday March 23 at 10 p.m. (20/20 will air at 1:05 a.m. instead) and Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m.

Or you can watch “Seattle Is Dying” below right now. It’s an hour long but well worth the time.

Don’t let moonbats do to your city what they have done to Seattle.

On tips from Jim A and Varla.

Oct 19 2018

Seattle Church Firebombed

You don’t have to travel all the way to Argentina during National Encounter of Women to witness moonbats throwing Molotov cocktails at churches while beleaguered Christians pray within. America’s utopian progressive future is now in Seattle:

About fifty people were worshiping inside a Seattle church when someone threw Molotov cocktails at it starting a small fire, the Seattle Fire Department said.

Fortunately, the fire at the Iglesia ni Cristo Church was put out before the SFD arrived. Although services were in session at the time, no one was hurt. But there is always next time.

The nontrinitarian Christian denomination Iglesia ni Cristo is big in the Philippines. Whether this is a person grudge or more acting out on behalf of the liberal mob is unknown.

Regardless, churches aflame may become a common sight if progressives continue to go off the rails. Nancy Pelosi might call it “collateral damage.”

On a tip from ComradeJ.

Sep 19 2018

Emblematic Seattle Target Rampage

Both Target and Seattle are well known for their progressive politics. What better place to relish the cultural enrichment of America’s progression into a Third World nation than in a Target store in Seattle? Jason L. Lewis, age 41, pillaged a downtown location last month.

He confronted workers, headbutted a Target sales associate, destroyed displays, tried to kick open a locked display containing Apple iPads, and threw the heavy display down a store escalator while customers scrambled to get out of the way.

Possibly not wanting to end up like Starbucks, Target management let him engage in these activities unmolested for an extended period of time.

Lewis loaded every iPad and Apple watch from the case into his duffel bag, which police say he stole the same day from the Columbia store down the street, along with the clothes he was wearing.

He walked out of the store lugging a heavy load of loot. Black Lives Matter will be horrified to learn that the racist police arrested him later that day for car prowling.

Authorities let him out of jail almost immediately. He returned to loot the same Target twice more over the next few days.

Lewis’s contributions to society unsurprisingly consist of a long criminal history.

No doubt Jason Lewis has endured a hard life of microaggressions and discriscrimination. But don’t go through too many boxes of tissues crying for him; the system that breeds and encourages Jason Lewises is sure to let him out of jail again soon.

On a tip from Dave.

Sep 08 2018

Jail Time for Putting Junk with Seattle Homeless People’s Garbage?

Let’s see, what could the moonbats running Seattle do to make the city still more tyrannical? I know — throw people in prison for the minor infraction of putting their trash with the junk the city collects from homeless encampments.

There are 10 homeless camps in Seattle where the city comes and picks up the trash as if they were legitimate addresses. When taxpayers found out and started dropping off their own trash, outrage ensued:

At a Seattle City Council committee meeting, there was talk of making illegal dumping at illegal homeless camp[s] more than just a fine — maybe jail time. It’s currently $150 fine for illegal dumping, and every offense after that is $500.

To catch non-homeless people who put their garbage with the approved homeless garbage, a local recommends mounting cameras on telephone poles.

Given the location, the cameras would inevitably record more serious criminal activity. The police had better not follow up on it, or they will be denounced for targeting the homeless, as in another Left Coast city that has been overrun by derelicts attracted by liberal policies, namely Portland.

On a tip from Jim A.

May 14 2018

Seattle’s Kshama Sawant: Way to the Left Even of Amazon

It would be hard to imagine a more liberal company than Amazon, which supports the last extremes of LGBT militancy and whose CEO Jeff Bezos owns the leftward lurching Washington Compost. But as in the case of Starbucks, pandering to moonbattery does not make it safe from moonbats. Seattle City Councilcommie Kshama Sawant ominously denounces Bezos as a bully:

“Jeff Bezos is a bully, I think we are in broad agreement on that. … What is happening is Amazon and Jeff Bezos are using their incomprehensible amount of wealth to hold an entire city hostage, to hold construction jobs hostage, saying they can’t pay a pocket change worth of taxes — that’s the behavior of a bully.”

The reference is to a greedy head tax Sawant and her fellow leftists want to impose on corporations foolish enough to do business in a burg that actually features a statue of communist dictator Vladimir Lenin.

Companies making $20 million or more annually in Seattle are to be punished for hiring full-time workers at a rate of $500 per year per worker.

Amazon announced it was pausing construction on a new office tower in downtown Seattle while the city debates a controversial “progressive tax on business.” The projects they’ve paused would bring 7,000+ new jobs to the Seattle, plus the construction-related jobs.

Not liking to have your lunch money stolen makes you a bully, according to Sawant. This odious tyrant is actually working with a union front group called Working Washington to criminally prosecute Amazon for “intimidating a public servant” for holding off on the expansion until learning whether the head tax passes.

When a progressive calls you a bully, get ready to be bullied.

On tips from Becky in Washington and Jack S.

May 09 2018

Seattle Landlords Sue for Right to Screen Tenants for Criminal History

Homelessness is out of control in Seattle. One reason is a shortage of housing. This in turn may be exacerbated by few people wanting to be a landlord in a city run by moonbats:

A landlord group has sued the city of Seattle over an ordinance passed in August that prohibits them from making rental decisions based on a tenant’s criminal background. …

The complaint alleges the city has violated property owners’ due process and free speech rights.

It also violates their property rights and their right of free association.

Landlords take a big risk every time they accept a new tenant. The wrong tenant can lead to major problems, even bankruptcy. If you want to invest in property and rent it, don’t do it in moonbatty Seattle, or any other city run by left-wing authoritarians.

But then, maybe the bliss of total equity is only one more repressive regulation away. It would be a shame to come so close to a world where no one has to take responsibility for their own behavior, but then turn back over a silly little thing like basic human rights.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 01 2018

How Moonbattery Has Made Seattle Unlivable

Science writer Alex Berezow used to love Seattle. But as he explains in an editorial, he is leaving after 14 years because moonbattery has rendered it unlivable:

Seattle has become an angry place. Councilmember Kshama Sawant called a police shooting a “brutal murder.” She also tweeted that it was “terrible” for a feminist organization to wish that Barbara Bush, on her death, rest in peace. As a congressional candidate, Pramila Jayapal supporters implied that her respectable opponent, Brady Walkinshaw, was a misogynist and racist. And former Mayor Ed Murray, whose pattern of alleged sexual behavior finally caught up with him, remained defiant until the bitter end.

Murray, accused by many of homosexually molesting underage boys, blessedly finally resigned last year.

Being run by the same sort of moonbats who run California, Seattle has the same problems,

such as a restrictive housing policy that artificially caps supply. Seattle is well on its way to becoming the next Vancouver, British Columbia, with the median housing price having spiked to an eye-watering $820,000, far outside the reach of the middle class. Unless they are able to save for about 14 years to afford a down payment, millennials can forget about homeownership entirely.

That’s why Seattle has one of the worst homelessness problems in the country.

Progressivism is a pincer attack, comprised of rich liberal overlords and the poor they farm for votes. The Left closes these two pincers on the throat of the middle class so as to gorge on the blood that spurts forth.

The $15 minimum wage has added gasoline to the fire. Though it hasn’t even been fully implemented yet, the most recent study last summer revealed that when the minimum moved from $11 to $13 an hour, low-wage workers lost about $125 per month. That means that the law raises costs for businesses and customers while actually harming employees it was meant to help.

He almost gets it, but not quite. The poor are of no use in the pincer strategy if they use the free market to climb out of poverty. It is doubtful that minimum wage laws are intended to help anyone other than Democrat politicians, who feed on unemployment.

[T]he City Council … seems far more concerned about issues over which it has zero control — such as climate change and foreign policy — than it does about issues over which it has at least a modicum of control, such as the cost of living, homelessness, crime, traffic and potholes. For our City Council, virtue signaling is more important than governing.

The same moonbattery pertains at the national level, with posturing pols promising to perfect the weather and impose a dreamily harmonious rainbow utopia rather than addressing relevant real-world tasks like balancing the budget and defending the border from incursion.

Fed to the teeth, Berezow and his wife are moving to suburbia.

We really would prefer to stay in Seattle. But if safe streets, clean sidewalks, an affordable place to live and polite discourse is asking too much, we’ll gladly seek refuge in a city where quality of life and civility still matter.

Mind the moonbats don’t follow you. You owe it to your new neighbors not to vote for Democrats.

On a tip from TCS III.

Jul 14 2017

Seattle City Councilmember Says Cleaning Excrement Off Sidewalks Is Racist

One problem with placing a courthouse too close to a homeless shelter is that jurors have to wade through human excrement to get in the door. One problem with electing moonbats is that they will object to hosing the excrement away, because that would be racist:

Councilmember Larry Gossett said he didn’t like the idea of power-washing the sidewalks because it brought back images of the use of hoses against civil-rights activists.

Anything other than wallowing in filth is racist.

Too bad we can’t power-wash the moonbats out of the Seattle City Council. But voters would just elect more of them anyway.

On tips from R F, J, and Dan F.

Jun 27 2017

Study: Seattle’s High Minimum Wage Is Hurting Low-Wage Workers

Seattle has taken the lead in hiking up minimum wage. Considering the city’s growing economy and low unemployment, if higher minimum wage doesn’t work there, it won’t work anywhere. The results are in. Minimum wage doesn’t work there:

Seattle’s first-in-the-nation $15 per hour minimum wage law is hurting the workers it aimed to help, a new study has found.

The working poor are making more per hour but taking home less pay. The University of Washington paper asserts the new wages boosted worker pay by 3 percent, but also resulted in a 9-percent reduction in hours and a $125 cut to the monthly paychecks.

The law also cost the city 5,000 jobs, the report said.

But this no reason for other cities (and whole states like California) to refrain from following suit. Any mental defective could figure out that artificially raising the cost of unskilled labor doesn’t help the poor. It just makes the poor more numerous, by sawing off the bottom rung of the economic ladder. This helps Democrats, who cater to those reliant on government handouts, and who can be expected to impose exorbitant minimum wage at the national level as soon as they are back in power.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

May 09 2017

Seattle Mayor Taxes Diet Soda to Combat White Privilege

The liberals running big cities justify their greedy soda taxes on the grounds that if they didn’t punitively tax us for our own good, we would consume too many calories and get fat. But how to justify taxing diet soda? Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has the answer — white privilege:

After it was suggested to him his proposed two-cents-an-ounce tax on soda sweetened with sugar would be borne disproportionately by the poor and people of color, Murray lowered the levy and included all sweetened drinks, including diet soda. …

Diet drinks, Hizzoner reasoned, were more likely to be consumed by “upper middle class white people.” It had become for him “an issue of equity,” a way to tackle “white privileged institutionalized racism.”

So long as it punishes white people, Seattle voters probably won’t mind if sin tax on soda has the same effect there as it did in Philadelphia:

Philadelphia’s soda tax—which went into effect in January—has seen price hikes of 30 to 50 percent along with job losses in the beverage industry. Philly.com has reported that one of the city’s largest drink distributors said it will cut 20 percent of its workforce, while an owner of several ShopRite stores said he will cut some 300 jobs.

Now for some good news. In a special election, Santa Fe just nixed a soda tax, despite extra-governmental Nanny State plutocrat Michael Bloomberg spending over $1 million trying to impose it.

On tips from Steve A and Jim M.

Apr 04 2017

Seattle’s Bike Share Program Goes Belly Up After Wasting $Millions

Moonbats, prepare yourselves for heartbreak. Seattle’s bike share program has passed away:

The program, known as “Pronto,” was launched in October 2014, costing $4.4 million (including $1.75 million in state and federal taxpayers’ money). From the start, there was fanfare and hype, with promises of widespread use of the bike sharing program — despite our hills and rainy weather.

When Pronto ridership proved to be far below projections, Transportation Director Scott Kubly urged the city to take over the program. So the city council voted to buy Pronto, wasting another $1.4 million of the people’s money. For a year, under city ownership, the program continued to fail.

Where you have moronic programs run by a bloated government, you have corruption. Turns out Kubly used to be the president of the company that operated Pronto. He was fined $10,000 for this ethics violation. No worries though; he can afford it, since he still has his cushy government job.

Now, the Seattle DOT will spend the next two weeks dismantling the 54 bike sharing stations. The program’s 500 bicycles? They might be sold at a loss to another city, but so far, no takers.

With the free market, ideas have to be sensible or it is difficult to raise the money to implement them. With Big Government, ideas only have to be moonbatty. When they fail, taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab.

On a tip from Becky in WA.

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