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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.

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