Seattle city council votes for decline.

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Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 5/18/18


When Democrats have total control of cities, they tend to go soft on crime in the name of racial equality, use public funds to line their own pockets and those of their cronies, heavily tax their most productive businesses and citizens all the while saddling future generations of residents with crippling pension liabilities set up in return for electoral support from public employee unions.

As a result, once great American cities begin to fail, falling into dysfunction, population decline, business exodus and irreversible decay. Examples include Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, Oakland, Philadelphia and Newark – among others. These once booming cities have in common the fact that they have been run by Democrats for decades. Only Baltimore and Oakland have had Republican mayors as recently as the 1960s. The rest have been dominated by Democrats for 60 years or more.

All are now significantly smaller, all are in terrible financial shape and all are beset by crime, gang wars and rampant drug use.

This history should be a cautionary tale to the citizens of Seattle, Washington. Seattle is currently riding high. It’s home to companies like Amazon, Starbucks and the airliner division of Boeing. It is one of the top places to be for young, liberal, college-educated millennials.

But the oh-so liberal Seattle city council has done what hard left Democrats who run successful cities do. They voted nine to nothing this week to impose a tax of $275 per employee per year on companies with $20 million or more in gross revenues. (It could have been worse. The original proposal was $500.)

The tax will affect a significant number of what you and I would call small businesses. Let the exodus begin.

RELATED: List of shrinking American cities.

Big company or small, an employee head tax is pure liberal idiocy. It comes from the same fevered leftist brains that voted a $15 per hour minimum wage in Seattle, thus foreclosing entry level employment opportunity for countless young people just starting out and thereby setting the predicate for future crime and homelessness.

A basic tenet of economics states that if you tax something, you get less of it. It’s an amazing irony that the same pontificating politicians who go on endlessly about “creating” jobs would in the next breath enact a tax on employment.

From my safe remove in Texas I can tell you that any affected Seattle employer who can reasonably locate to a suburb will forthwith do so. Amazon, Seattle’s largest employer, took notice. It seems that Jeff Bezos isn’t quite as liberal when it’s his own money. The company immediately announced a freeze on work on its new Seattle office building.

The stated purpose of the employee tax is to provide funds to deal with Seattle’s growing homeless problem. That’s truly rich. Because when you run businesses out of the city by taxing the very thing that keeps people off the street – namely a job – you can be sure that the homeless problem will only get worse.

Just ask Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Newark or St. Louis.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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4 Responses

  1. Idiots like the Seattle city council, find their greatest concentration on the coasts, but they can be found in pockets all across the country–any city or state where liberalism is gaining a foothold. In my own city of Arlington, while ostensibly “conservative,” our mayor and city council are fostering many of the policies–excessive regulations, more and higher fees, wasting money on a $60 million bicycle plan where no one rides bicycles, curbside cart recycling that recycles almost nothing but is a further tax on citizens, etc.–that accomplish nothing useful. Such policies do a lot more harm than just making housing ever more unaffordable. Won’t be long before we’ll see little Venezuelas dotting the American landscape.

  2. Richard Anderson says:

    Great essay, Mr. Gleiser.

    By imposing such a tax or any increase in taxes in general for that matter, is asinine and a NET NEGATIVE for sound economic policy hurting all our citizens…. the rich, the poor, & everyone in between.

    It’s the same ILLOGICAL thinking that some unknown bureaucrat within the bowels of the post office uses when proposing an increase in the price of a first class stamp, thinking that such an increase in the price of a stamp will increase revenue. INSTEAD the exact opposite occurs as our citizens use the mail less DECREASING revenue–again a NET NEGATIVE.

    American Free Enterprise Capitalist thought is surely lacking in the basic understanding of those on the Seattle city council who should know better. Specifically, that socialism or any economic component part thereof of the failed debacle of marxist thinking, has always failed, everywhere it has ever been tried. ALWAYS. No matter on what scale, it is just plain stupid.
    It is against the basic tenant of our AMERICAN founding ideal…. FREEDOM.

  3. Linda E. Montrose says:

    With the myoptic vision liberals have, along with deaf ears, the only thing it takes to convince them is FAILURE. Even then, they blame everyone but themselves. You just can not fix STUPID no matter how hard you try. So the only thing you can do is allow them to FAIL…which, as PROVEN time after time, WILL HAPPEN!

  4. Jena Smith says:

    Liberals have no common sense. I really do believe they are mental.

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