As an advocate for the local community, My regional perimeter is quite large. I go all the way down to Olympia to do work, and I am no stranger to Seattle (where I worked for 3 years) which is in between Olympia and where I live in Snohomish County. Seattle is turning into something it shouldn’t, thanks to the council and the mayor. I would consider myself to be a business friendly person, and most Seattlites and others in the Northwest should have mutual feelings. The private sector is very strong in our communities and offers vast amounts of wealth for our communities through employment. The opportunities here are wonderful for the community and for individuals to pull themselves up and make a living.
Let’s be real though. Homelessness is a big issue in Seattle and dealing with this problem that many feel is so important is a crucial discussion. Rents are high and products are getting more expensive. Many elements of these issues and how they occur have much to do with public policy and how it is implemented. In helping the homeless it should be kept in mind that harm done to the struggling middle class does no good, and can actually flip the situation into creating more poverty. Let’s have a look at Ed Murray and the council’s property tax increase. This tax would raise (already very high property taxes) on commercial and residential properties. This ….yes….this is supposed to help fund programs to stop homelessness. Think about that for a second, the excuse (emphasis on excuse) is to raise taxes to battle homelessness, by raising the price of living. This is a disturbing concept to me and is going to be hard on the middle class specifically. The Seattle City Council asks for more money every year to fund their fantasies (and their healthy salaries….which is something I would suggest googling….). Let’s look at the soda tax. The tax would make it so that soda is taxed so high that depending on the price of the soda, some may be taxed as much as the cost at shelf price. Once one looks at reality, they would realize that this is an overall nihilistic tax in nature. It is an economic principle that when something is taxed to high, the government receiving the money may receive less money depending on how high the tax is. Profits on Seattle soda will drop for obvious reasons. It is pretty simple to understand that people may buy soda in another city now, which is not hard to do. If profits drop, it will hurt sales for companies that hire thousands of people in this area and ultimately offer them work so they don’t end up on our streets. Another consequence of the tax is if profits drop (because people are essentially paying for nearly two soda cans per one can) the government will not turn the profit it expects to turn over. In fact, they could make less money than was originally being made at a lower rate.
Murray claims that when President Trump cuts the funds for the sanctuary cities that he has no problem with it being done in Seattle. The mayor who asks continually for you to pay more in taxes via property and soda is now going to be OK with an estimated 85 million dollar tax cut from the feds. This fascinates me, I would also be curious to ask as to who will be recovering that money? Of course, the mayor with his nearly 200,000 dollars a year salary has no problem paying a tad more in taxes. Thanks to mismanagement by Seattle and the State of Washington on identification and immigration we will all have to have more than a state ID to travel in an airport. Apparently according to the council and state government, making travel more expensive sounds great for people of the lower economic classes! How about car tabs. Voters passed the ST3 bill in the greater Seattle area, now car tabs are expected to triple. People who are barely scraping by and feeding their families (as well as feeding absurd property taxes) are now going to be expected to pay 3 times what they did last year. If this is not ridiculous I do not know what is. What if we focused on fixing our traffic epidemic that has swept the entire Puget Sound area. Costing people hundreds in gas just sitting around in their car thanks to mismanagement.
Now outside of pure economic realities that we are facing by the leadership that runs Seattle, I would like to talk about more about one that is economic in nature but contains social and cultural elements. Council woman Kshama Sawant has aggressive rhetoric that apologizes for childish and hurtful behavior. Property damage for business owners is no joke. Imagine putting your heart and soul into a business struggling to battle high rents, regulations, zoning, and property taxes plus the high competitive nature of the private sector in the greater Seattle area to have protests that develop into riots due to Sawant’s rhetoric. A woman that is supposed to lead, and guide this great region instead uses her political power to incite this bizarre behavior. This week Sawant said: “But we need to think deeply about where our strength lies and how to create disruption on an even greater scale. Working people have enormous potential power to shut down the profits of big business by taking action in their workplaces like slowdowns, sickouts, and strikes.” (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/may-day-general-strike-trump-international-womens-day/). Reading the rest of the article you soon find that she calls for airports to be shut down and highways, preventing people from places they need to go to for their daily lives. Preventing hard working individuals to get home at a reasonable time after a hard day of work. Flooding the streets making it difficult for the small- business owners from receiving a profit they need just to break even doing what they love. Preventing profits so employees can’t receive the money they need to ultimately pay the taxes that Sawant wants to fund her salary and to fund her utopia she will create in her imagination. As a community advocate I feel this behavior is not appropriate. I feel this behavior is not productive. I feel these behaviors and policies hurt the very people they claim to be helping. Blaming the private sector is difficult to do considering the private sector includes such a plethora of differing people and organizations. This war on business is nothing of the sort considering the private sector should not be seen as being separate from the people as commonly the market begins to be presented by tax-hungry politicians. The market is made up of individuals pursuing interests and attempting to better themselves and provide for their wants and families. As well as the market, property should be viewed similarly. I hope people take these matters eriously and listen to what I have written as well as doing their own personal research on every topic.