The so-called “Public Health” “Authorities”, and the so-called “Press” (scare quotes fully intended) seem to be in collusion with the state government to ruin society. If Society means people interacting with each other for mutual benefit, Society is being ruined, decimated by the reactions of Government to the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. The lockdowns that started in March, and are continuing in various forms six months later, are having deleterious effects on every aspect of Society. Here are some stories from today’s KOMO Seattle Web site. [Please note that the actions of the Seattle City Council and mayor might have taken place anyway, but are amplified due to the abrupt halt in revenue from sales taxes curtailed by business shutdowns.]
All of the above articles directly relate to the effects of government shutdowns to try and halt the spread of the virus. Please note that none of the efforts to halt the virus have been effective.
Now, to the double-whammy affecting residents and businesses in Seattle, the City Government and local “activists” add their Demands. Some of these issues stem from the death of a black man in Minneapolis that was immediately assumed to be the fault of the policeman who was arresting him, but now, with new information coming out, may have been the result of medical conditions he already had. No matter, Seattle activists and Antifa will be equal-opportunity destroyers.
Seattle businesses ask the City Council to stop the Payroll Tax That would be the tax on high-earners that would affect companies like Amazon and Bartell Drugs (a local chain which was started in Seattle in 1895)
Seattle Police arrest 4 at Cal Anderson Park for alleged criminal trespass That park was part of the CHOP/CHAZ zone that saw so many incidents of shooting, vandalism, and property destruction.
All the above stories testify to the ruination of Society in our area. Please see my post on the War of All Against All, where the governments are pitting every citizen against every other citizen. The Seattle city government is a past master at this, with their ruination of landlords by requiring them to accept tenants who do not pay rent; their ruination of area bars and restaurants by forcing them to close; and their ruination of thriving businesses with a payroll tax on their most creative and productive employees.
I feel sorry for the ordinary citizens of Seattle, who seem to be despised by the people they elect to public office. Maybe you get the government you elect. Good and Hard.