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Seattle’s bone-headed “head tax”

May 15, 2018



Chronicle opinion

(SEATTLE, WA.) – Coming up is the best quote you’ll ever hear about Seattle’s ugly new movie called “The Head Tax,” starring bone-headed bone-heads and written and produced by bone-heads.

You know, that dumb new tax. You’ve probably heard that the geniuses on the Seattle City Council, by a majority vote last week, approved the goofy $500 per employee “head tax” to “help” the homeless.

Would serve them right if Amazon and all the rest took all their thousands of jobs and split to some low-cost burg in eastern Washington.

The tax would be applied to companies with annual sales of least $20 million a year and that works out to about $275 a year per worker which the city will then spend to build more affordable housing for homeless people as well as more support services.

For too many good reasons to get into here, it was a really stupid move by the council. Seattle, which prides itself on being a “progressive” city is now the kind of operation that gives intelligent, pragmatic, sensible liberals and progressives a bad name.

"Oh. You're a liberal? You must live in that goofball city Seattle."

You know, like Donald Trump gives decent, smart Republicans a bad name. Well, the Seattle City Council is now the Donald Trump of the liberal world. It is just pathetic.

At any rate, here’s the quote mentioned above courtesy of Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat who featured the quote in a recent column.

The quote comes from a Tweet by UW public policy professor Jacob Vigdor who said: “...What we have here is a governing body that can’t govern, debating a progressive tax that isn’t progressive, for a homeless plan that doesn’t house most of the homeless.”

It’s a paraphrase from a quip made by a now deceased 1970’s Avant-garde rocker named Frank Zappa who once said: “Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read,” which is pretty funny (and spot on) when you think about it for a minute.

You know how when you spend $1900 for a custom, hand-made fly fishing rod or $600 for the services for one hour of a world class hooker (named Bambi) that it’s God's way of telling you that you’re making way too much money?

Well, this voting for a head tax nonsense is God’s way of telling the city council they got it way too good right now with far too many good paying jobs and employers in that city and that the council has no respect for those employers who, by the way, do NOT necessarily have to keep their businesses and those jobs in Seattle.

Westneat (who is certainly no hard core conservative) even notes in his column that, “The city does seem more obsessed with taxing business than helping the homeless.”

What should Seattle be doing? Identifying some type of actual strategy – along with other major cities and counties in the region, all banding together as one in this fight – that would do something to actually help the homeless (a vexing, complex, many-sided issue) rather than just throwing more money at the problem.

And then (and only THEN) go to the voters and say, “Hey. We’ve got something here you should take a hard look at in terms of investing your money to help the homeless. We think this new approach to the old problem could really work.”

Just throwing more money is not the answer to the homeless issue which is (as most sensible people know) one of those societal challenges – like drug abuse, the moronic Kanye West and corrupt politicians – that will never be “solved” in the traditional sense but only kept at bay.

Just kept at bay. Nothing more. There is no “solving” the issue.






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