A new disincentive to work in the State of Washington

The "Nanny State" of Washington has enacted a new social program, paid for by all those who are employed in the state.  Employees will now have half of 1% of their wages withheld, starting in January, for a "long-term care" tax, which will not be active until three years later.  That benefit will be a …

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Socialist Senator (and presidential candidate) Bernie Sanders gets a taste of Capitalism

But does he recognize it?   I'm guessing probably not.  This situation is the epitome of a capitalist tradeoff.  His campaign staff is unionized.  He went along with it, because he has to, as a "democratic socialist".  He is also highly in favor of a minimum wage of $15 per hour.  His campaign has a …

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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 …

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International Women’s Day, NOT celebrated here

And here's why, from Wikipedia: International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year.[3] It commemorates the movement for women's rights.[citation needed] March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day." After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national …

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Be Very Careful What You Wish For, Seattle

Tomorrow is May 1, or May Day, or "Workers of the World Unite" day. In Seattle, in the everlasting spirit of the WTO Riots of 1999, various leftist student, activist, and Anarchist groups get together and march for workers' and immigrants' "rights".  They normally start in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and march down Pine Street …

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Socialism Doesn’t Work…Even at 70K

Funny, normally the levelers known as Socialists or Communists prefer to bring the high-earners down so everyone is "equal".  This business owner in Seattle tried it the other way, making the minimum salary at his tech firm $70,000 per year.  Yes, even new hires with less experience were paid at that rate, higher to start …

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What’s The Matter with India?

In India, Toilet Paper Becomes More Valuable Than the RupeeTake a gander at this headline from 24/7 Wall Street.  www.247wallst.comHe gets it partly right, but doesn't go far enough.   Since its independence, India has been a socialist, or socialist-leaning country.  Even when they tried to ditch some of the socialist features of their economy, …

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