The continuing saga: Is the Wall of Stupid starting to crack in Seattle?

The continuing saga: Is the Wall of Stupid starting to crack in Seattle?

A short while ago, the city council of Seattle unanimously passed an “employee hours tax,” more commonly called a “head tax” on businesses with $20 million of gross income earned in Seattle. The tax was intended to pay for more “services for the homeless” whose plight were supposedly caused by all those disgusting, high-paying jobs that companies like Amazon were foisting on Seattle.

For months before the tax was actually passed, every local media outlet, from TV stations to neighborhood weekly newspapers to local blogs, discussed how harmful such a tax would be for the city. Of course, the individuals who were elected by the citizens of Seattle were absolutely convinced that the tax would never push any business out of the city, and would generate bags and bags of money for them to spend.

So they were shocked, shocked, when the minute that tax passed and was signed into law by the new liberal, homosexual, lawyer mayor there was a group starting a petition to have it repealed. The repeal referendum was wildly popular, backed by Amazon and Starbucks, and in only about a week garnered enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot.

Now who is shocked? The Seattle City Clowncil, under cover of darkness, just passed a new law, repealing the new tax! Madam Mayor, of course, signed it. This is getting ridiculous. That referendum petition is still in force — the people who started it aren’t totally convinced that the repeal will stick, and they say the city should be “held accountable.”

And now, there is a lawsuit against the council, stating that they violated the “open records act” when they met behind closed doors to pass the repeal. Various members of the council are trying to explain away the fierce opposition to their “tax on jobs.” One of their favorite explanations for the defeat of the tax is fairly standard these days: It was just a lack of proper “messaging” about the many benefits of such a tax! Now, where have we heard that argument before, I wonder?

To top it all off, the latest smart idea is to house the homeless in the Lobby of City Hall at night! Yep, a homeless shelter literally at the doorstep of those city councilpersons. I’m guessing, though, that those homeless individuals would have to be cleared out by 8 AM so their “hosts” would never actually have to see them or step over them on the way to their cushy offices. The homeless and street people of Seattle don’t normally move aside the moment one of their betters demands it, so maybe those who love the homeless so much will actually get to see them every day. I sure hope so.

Ed: Cross-posted over at Ricochet.com Member Feed.  Want to Join Ricochet?  We’d love to have you!  Drop on over to Ricochet.com and get a 30-day free trial.

~~~IT IS CRACKING!!!  David Horsey is a big liberal, and editorial cartoonist.  Check out his latest in the Seattle Times!  This is a miracle!

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By Permission of a Ricochet friend, “Progressive Thought”

By Permission of a Ricochet friend, “Progressive Thought”

Gender is a social construct; there are no differences between the sexes. All men are bad.

Race is a social construct; there are no differences between the races. All white people are bad.

No culture is better than another. Western Civilization is bad.

Diversity of skin color is good. Diversity of thought is bad.

Religion leads to conflict and war. Islam is the religion of peace.

An especially harsh winter in one part of the globe does not disprove global warming. A single extreme weather event proves it.

Marriage is oppression. Opposing same-sex marriage is oppression.

Segregation is bad. Black college dorms and black graduation ceremonies are good.

“White flight” from inner-cities is bad. White migration to inner-cities (aka “gentrification”) is bad.

Diversity strengthens us by bringing in different viewpoints. Adopting diverse viewpoints is “cultural appropriation.”

The Constitution is a living document. The Supreme Court’s “Roe v Wade” decision is carved in stone.

Raising the cost of cigarettes will discourage people from smoking. Raising the cost of employing workers will not discourage businesses from hiring.

Slavery – an economic system in which people can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is bad. Social Justice – a philosophy that holds that “the oppressed” can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is good.

Monopoly by corporations – which must satisfy their customers to survive – is bad. Monopoly by government – which can use deadly force to survive – is good.

There are no absolute truths. Absolutely.

And that is only the Original Post over at Ricochet.com.  Behind a paywall, so here is a selection of the additional Member Comments.

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There are no s***hole countries. It’s cruel to send illegal aliens undocumented immigrants home because their countries are s***holes.

Government should get out of our bedrooms. Government must pay for our birth control.

Whites are evil, Western Civilization is evil, corporations are evil, police officers are evil, the right is evil. Conservatives are so judgmental.

A house a block from my apartment has two signs in the front window. One reads “Hate has No Home Here.” The other reads “Impeach Trump.”

Part Two: Welcome to 21st-Century Seattle

Part Two: Welcome to 21st-Century Seattle

Just when you think it can’t get any weirder, it gets weirder.  Welcome to the city that values homeless people who contribute little to society except dirty needles, trash, and feces on the street; more than it values the companies who provide high-wage jobs to thousands of its tax-paying citizens.

The city council passed the “Amazon Tax” (socialist council-person Kshama Sawant’s own words), at a somewhat lower rate than they had been discussing.  This tax will affect not only Amazon, but hundreds of other businesses that call Seattle home, like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines, Bartell Drugs, and more.  The reaction from those companies has been understandably negative.

I had to drive downtown today to visit family, and the James Street exit from I-5 is a mass of homeless tents and piles of trash.  I was appalled!  Just today, there is a news story about a homeless man raping a woman in a car dealer’s restroom.

And the city has noted that, even if the tax does bring in some money, those homeless people are NOT required to accept help!!  So the city can hire all those expensive social workers, and their salaries will be partly wasted on people who prefer to live on the streets (at YOUR expense).  Oh, and those social workers will be drawing nice salaries and pensions, paid for by the long-suffering taxpayers of Seattle.

I try to stay out of Seattle as much as I can, and this is why.  The city is getting totally disgusting, punishing the golden-goose companies who make it a place people want to live, and rewarding street bums.  The people who run Seattle should be forced to live where they work, and walk down the trash-filled streets every single day, to see the results of their misguided policies.  Personally, I hope Amazon picks up and leaves the city-what do you think Seattle will do with empty Amazon Spheres when Amazon is gone?  I hope Bartell Drug closes all their Seattle stores, and Russell Investments goes back to Tacoma where the business conditions are friendlier.

Oh, and here’s another choice Seattle story.  It seems that the socialists of Seattle vowed to move all their business away from Wells Fargo Bank, due to all the recent bad news there.  So they prepared a bid package and sent it out to all the local big banks, asking who wanted to take over Seattle’s banking business.  And what do you think they received in return? A big, fat ZERO!  It seems that NO big bank wanted to have Seattle’s bank accounts!  That just made me laugh out loud!  So now, Seattle has to go crawling back to Wells Fargo, saying “Never mind, we’ll stay”!  Serves them right.  Thanks to ShiftWA for that choice story.

Politicians Doing Despicable Things

Just this weekend, we get news of the behavior of two political actors, one from each party.  Both of them deserve censure, and one of them needs to be perp-walked, and placed in handcuffs, then brought before a judge to answer for his treasonous acts.  You know all about the “Iran Nuclear Deal”, negotiated in secret by the Obama Administration, and never brought before the Senate for its consent (which is a requirement in the US Constitution).  Yes, that was the one where the Obama henchmen sent a full pallet of Cash to Iran. That would be Your Money!  Due to that illegal non-treaty, sanctions were removed from the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism, and many countries and businesses initiated new contracts.

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However, President Donald Trump has stated many times that he thinks this non-treaty was a big mistake, and he intends to get the US out of it.  Of course, that started the multiple cases of hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth in Europe and among the denizens of the Swamp in DC.  Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu last week publicized a plethora of new documents obtained from Iran that show unequivocally that the country has been cheating on that “agreement” from the very beginning, and continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons.  We now learn that FORMER Secretary of State John Kerry has been pursuing “shadow diplomacy” with Iran, to try to keep that illegal agreement in place.  Now, I don’t know of any agreement with the Trump administration for him to even travel to Iran, much less do ANY type of diplomacy!  This behavior is demonstrably illegal, and Kerry needs to be stopped and charged immediately. Sigh, that probably won’t happen.

And then, we have the behavior of ostensible Republican Senator John McCain.  He is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, but instead of graciously retiring from the Senate, he has stayed on, making a fool of himself, and destroying any goodwill that we may have had for him.  Yes, he is to be pitied for his health issues, and admired for his survival of torture from the North Vietnamese (50 years ago!).  But when he insults his VP Candidate Sarah Palin, and announces that none other than Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at his funeral, he puts himself beyond the pale.  This is deplorable behavior, and totally reduces his standing in the minds of all Republicans.  And all so he can get his revenge against President Trump.  This is just pitiful, and diminishes HIM, but not President Trump.  Maybe before he dies, he should become a Democrat.

Amazon Calls Seattle’s Bluff-Three Cheers!

Amazon Calls Seattle’s Bluff-Three Cheers!

Most of you have heard of the new “Head Tax” Seattle is about to enact to hit business in the city.  They are about to approve charging big companies up to $500 per employee per year, in order to pay for more services for the increasing numbers of homeless people in the city (maybe brought here by the services offered?).  Well, as reported in a very good article on the KOMO News Web site, Amazon has called Seattle’s bluff.  They have put a halt to many of the construction projects they have going downtown, and held off on leasing more office space.

Some of the remarks of Seattle City Council members are positively disgusting.  These people are dead set on killing the “golden goose” who has been a pretty good corporate citizen so far.  Here is what Mike O’Brien and Socialist Khshama Sawant have to say:

 

Two supporters of the tax, City Council members Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien, seemed unmoved by Amazon’s decision.

“I understand Amazon doesn’t like it. I’m sure they would love to go to a city that has no taxes. And maybe they will find that place,” O’Brien said.

Added Sawant, “Amazon is perfectly capable of paying that, double, even four times that.”

I normally don’t like Amazon much, as they are said to be a difficult, if well-paying, place to work, but I am behind them 100% on this.  Go, Jeff Bezos!

EDIT ON THURSDAY, MAY 3:

KOMO News does it again!  It seems that the city council person who a local radio host calls “Iwanna Iwanna”, tried to give a press conference near the Amazon construction site.  It also seems that the workers there were not big supporters of the “Amazon Tax” (this is in her words).  Link has more than one video for your viewing pleasure.

This Used to be My City..Welcome to 21st Century Seattle

This Used to be My City..Welcome to 21st Century Seattle

I have lived in Everett, 20 miles north of Seattle, for eighteen years.  Each passing year makes me happier that I moved out of Seattle.  There are constantly stories in the local media demonstrating how the cost of living in Seattle has increased so much it is pricing residents out.  People who live in Seattle most of their lives cannot afford to live there when they retire.   The median price of a house in Seattle is approaching a Million Dollars.  Average rents on apartments in the city are over $1,000 per month, and going higher.  The city has such a large population that it basically runs the state.  Things Seattle wants are imposed upon the entire state, or on Western Washington.  Sound Transit III has imposed new property taxes, sales taxes, and car-tab taxes on most of the surrounding area, when the “choo-choo-train” won’t reach out of Seattle for many years.  I especially resent having to pay for something that I will NEVER use, ever.  But that train is already killing people!

Then, there’s the crime problem, and the “homeless crisis”.  Many neighborhoods in Seattle, and even cemeteries, are being overrun with homeless encampments.  Those eyesores leave behind used needles and other drug paraphernalia, and piles of garbage and human excrement.  “Community Fed Up as Homeless Campers Turn Cemetery Into Dumping Ground” appeared in the local press today.  The city has approved homeless people living in their cars and RVs around the city, and that too brings crime and drugs into neighborhoods.  And the Seattle Police have stopped responding to property crimes, just telling residents who are burglarized to submit their claims online.  That is sick.

Speaking of drugs, nearly two years ago, Seattle and King County approved the establishment of so-called “Safe Injection Sites”, where users of (illegal) injectable drugs could come and shoot-up under the supervision of licensed medical personnel.  Just imagine, legal, illegal Heroin Dens, right in Seattle for the convenience of junkies everywhere!  By the way, community residents attempted to get a ballot measure approved, so the residents of Seattle and surrounding areas could have a say in this matter, and a judge determined that the People had NO SAY in whether there might be an addict-attractor in their neighborhood!  Apparently, those who live in Seattle have been deemed not competent to run their own locality.  Since, at last count, heroin remains a federal ILLEGAL DRUG, and opening a legalized heroin den would be subject to Federal law-enforcement, once a heroin den opens, lawsuits are sure to follow.  Per a local TV station, the city still has not decided on a location for their site, and some council members are getting antsy. Hey, I have a great idea-how about locating the first one in Councilwoman Debora Juarez’s neighborhood!  She’s so keen on it, she should be able to watch it work.

Next week is the last week of April, and you know what that means.  May Day.  Seattle, each year, is the home of large May Day “demonstrations” and “protests”, which are, in reality, riots.  Downtown Seattle merchants are forced to hire increased security, and sometimes board up their windows, to guard against the near-certain destruction by the known “Antifa” thugs.  And the Seattle Police stand by and let it happen.  Cars and businesses are trashed, at owners’ expense, so the anarchists can demonstrate their power.

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Seattle is the home of Amazon.com, and the City Council just can’t stop coveting their wealth.  The latest bright idea thought up by the social justice warriors that govern (?) the city is a “head tax” to be levied on employees of the largest companies with employees in the city.  They want to collect a tax PER HOUR for every employee of a company making more than $20 million.  You know this is aimed directly at Amazon.  They say that the tax is expected to bring in up to $75 million a year, to be used for the homeless crisis.  Obviously, the City Clowncil has never heard of the law of economics that says the whatever you tax, you get LESS of.  They just think that companies will sit still and let themselves be taxed for the Privilege of locating in Seattle.  I wonder how the people who run Russell Investments and Weyerhaeuser, who just moved their offices into Seattle, will like this big new tax on their employees?

This is no longer my city.

Whirlwind Trip to Colorado, Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar

Last week, RB49 and Hubby flew to Denver for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  I usually have an aisle seat on an airplane, but this time I had the window seat, and I saw some beautiful scenery below.

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We picked up the rental SUV, and drove south to the city of Colorado Springs, where we found the Broadmoor Resort, a very old, and very beautiful, hotel at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.  We barely had time to get settled in our beautiful room, before it was time to attend the President’s Club reception.  Here’s the view from our room.

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At the reception, we met up with some people we already knew from Ricochet, one couple who live in Colorado Springs, and a woman from Texas (yes, Hillsdale has supporters all over this country).  We went in to dinner, and had a very nice meal.  Tuesday’s dinner was Frank Luntz, a well-known pollster, who told us that he became a conservative gradually, while learning about what motivates the people he polled over the years.  His theme was “how to speak about conservatism”, and he emphasized some of the points I have been saying over the years (you can’t convert liberals by arguing with them-you need to appeal to their emotions).  Here’s one of the many slides he showed about better terms to use in your conversations.

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After that dinner, Hubby and I went on a little walking tour of the building.  The Broadmoor has dozens of original paintings and sculptures by Western artists, accumulated over the more than 100-year history of the property.

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In a dimly-lighted lounge, I spotted this cleverly-designed footstool.  Very cute!

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Can you tell that he’s a turtle?

We fell into bed, exhausted from our busy day.  The room was sumptuous by our standards, and very comfortable and quiet, even though it was just across the hall from the elevator.

The next day, after continental breakfast, there were more speakers, including Sharyl Atkisson, a rather famous journalist (whose computer was compromised by Obama stooges), and Mollie Hemingway.  Both ladies had very interesting stories to tell.  Mollie used to be an editor at Ricochet, before she went to The Federalist.

After a nice lunch and one more speaker, the conference adjourned.  We had a bit of time before we had to head back to Denver for our 8:00PM flight, so we went to the hotel bar for a quick drink.  The main building is across a small lake, and I got to capture some of the beauty of the resort on the way over.

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Once we arrived at the hotel bar and ordered our drinks, I had the opportunity to pay more attention to the inside of the bar.  Very beautiful! This picture must have been of some patrons from the Robber Baron days of the late 19th Century.  I didn’t find out who they all were.

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After our nice drink, it was time for us to head home.  As is my normal, I pay attention to architectural detail wherever I am!  Here are some creatures who saw us off from the main entrance.

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We made it back to the airport in time, dropped off the rental car, and boarded our plane.  It was a very rushed trip, but certainly productive. The venue was gorgeous, speakers were fascinating, and our friends warm.  What more could a person ask for?