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It’s been a while since I have contributed a roundup of the stories from the Puget Sound area. Now, there are a few that show how the “minds” of public officials work around here. All but one of these stories is from MyNorthwest.com.
First, we have the situation of which most of us are already well aware, the ongoing Seattle Police staffing shortage. The City Council of Seattle has for the past few years been actively hostile to law enforcement in the city. They encouraged the Obama administration to put in place a Consent Agreement that determined the Seattle Police were using too much force, especially when it came to dealing with criminals of color. So the Department has been continuously monitored for nearly ten years, and this agreement was recently renewed. Seattle police officers have been leaving in droves, due to the increasing pressure on them from all sides — the City Council, the public, and the courts. Today, we have a story of an ex-judge who is heading a new State office of investigations, which will centralize the investigations of police “use of deadly force, the first such agency in the country”.
So, not only do Seattle police have the City Council and the Feds sitting on their shoulders, the State will now be investigating their use of deadly force. Is it any wonder officers are giving up? Just recently, local radio host Jason Rantz broke a story of a crime victim who died because the police could not reach him to clear the crime scene so the medics could help him. Yes, if a person is hurt by a criminal, the EMTs cannot help him until the police show up. With a seriously depleted police force, more people may die waiting for help.
Next, for some years, the City of Seattle has had a tax in place to pay for what they call “Democracy Vouchers”. These vouchers are given to political candidates to help pay for their campaigns (public financing). It is well-known that Seattle is a mainly far-Left city, and an article has detailed how those vouchers are being used, and by whom. It seems that those vouchers mostly support “progressive” candidates, some of whom support abolishing the police entirely. Those vouchers, paid for by taxes on all citizens of Seattle, are essentially requiring conservative citizens to support candidates they vehemently oppose.
And, finally, the King County Executive, in the county which already has the highest home values and property taxes in the region, is proposing another property tax on its already-stretched citizens. That new tax, which must be approved by voters, will supposedly “conserve wilderness”. Since the citizens of Seattle, who dominate the county, never met a tax they didn’t like, the tax will probably be approved if a measure is put on the ballot in November. We will be watching closely to see if this would be the last straw.
There is also a bit of good news. The suburban city of Edmonds just voted to ban camping in public places, and fine campers who refuse offers of shelter. This, in order not to become Seattle.Published in