‘We Built This!’ Seattle Passes Small Business Relocation Incentive Plan

 

shutterstock_115433032…and it was passed unanimously to universal acclaim, establishing a national formula for bold action against the war on income inequality:

“No city or state has gone this far. We go into uncharted territory,” said Seattle City Council member Sally Clark before the council agreed to give workers a 61 percent wage increase over what is already the country’s highest state minimum wage.

“We did this. Workers did this. Today’s first victory for 15 will inspire people all over the nation,” said Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

“Today we have taken action that will serve as a model for the rest of the nation to follow,” proclaimed Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to the delight of mayors across the county.

That would be King County, which will be the primary beneficiary of the likely flight of small businesses from Seattle’s 61 percent minimum wage increase. Certain location-specific businesses such as downtown eateries will be stuck, thus ironically negating the “free lunches for all” economic theory that undergirds the new ordinance. But many other small businesses will find it profitable to open shop outside the city limits, thus spreading the wealth to neighboring cities.

Seattle Times writer Jon Talton, while unambiguously supportive of the ordinance cautioned that it might not be enough:

It would be nice to think a city ordinance could stick it to The Man. But The Man is accustomed to certain profit margins and will seek to maintain them. He won’t sell a yacht to ensure that fry cooks get a better deal.

Unfortunately, American business does not quantify or value a social rate of return or a moral return on equity.

Where does such ignorance and vitriol come from? My theory is that progressivism has played itself out in Seattle—a victim of unmitigated success in bringing “progress” on certain leading edge social issues in recent years. Actual “progress” has surpassed progressive ideas. Seattle is now turning to the harder stuff.

Last November, Seattle tossed popular councilmember and two-term Council President Richard Conlin (best known for heroically outlawing plastic bags) and elected Socialist Alternative Party candidate Kshama Sawant, whose most prominent campaign promise was fulfilled yesterday.

Sawant’s solutions (judging from her rhetoric) for sticking it to The Man are more robust than her predecessor’s small-bore enviro-motivated policies. Those policies damaged businesses only collaterally. Sawant’s policies (as confirmed yesterday) take direct aim at the bourgeoisie.

And her quote (above) suggests boundless ambition.

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  1. Spin Coolidge
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    The as yet unscheduled Seattle Meet-Up is hereby cancelled.

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  2. Spin Coolidge
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    Barkha Herman:

    Despite Seattle’s claim, the minimum wage still remains at 0.

    More and more people will now be earning it :-D.

     I will be stealing this and giving no credit to you.  Sorry.  

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  3. Susan in Seattle Member
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    I came across this today, thanks to Mr. Hemingway.

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  4. rico Inactive
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    Susan in Seattle:

    I came across this today, thanks to Mr. Hemingway.

    Thanks for posting the brief interview of a prominent restauranteur who outlines  foreseeable unintended consequences from a first-person perspective.

    The website also has a link to first-person accounts of employees working under Sea-Tac’s $15/hr minimum wage ordinance (which has already gone into effect).

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  5. No Caesar Thatcher
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    As one who is a business-starter and builder (aka entrepreneur), if Clark, Sawant, Murray, Talton etc. all think starting and running a business is so easy, and that owners are over-compensated immoral anti-social creatures, they should try doing it themselves.  

    Oh no, that would be real work.  Ignorant BS bloviating is much easier.  It is the likes of Talton, et al who are the lazy, greedy, envious, covetous, immoral, thieving parasites who provide nothing of value to mankind.  They can all go to h***.

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  6. No Caesar Thatcher
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    Chris Campion:

    This is vote-buying. For the people that get raises to meet the minimum and aren’t laid off/hours reduced, they’ll vote for the people who put this in. For those who lost their jobs, that can be blamed on “The Man” and his yacht, and people will still largely vote for the idiots who put this in and killed their job. The increase in unemployment already has a scapegoat waiting and its not those who raised the minimum wage.

    It obviously sells well already with the Left, and they will rationalize job losses as justification for more public spending on training, education, etc.

    Jobs go down, public spending goes up. How is this not a huge win for the economically stupid/socialist geniuses who seem to bury themselves neck-deep into public “service” in order to better the lives of the proles they reign over?

     Exactly!

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  7. user_339092 Member
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    No Caesar:

    As one who is a business-starter and builder (aka entrepreneur), if Clark, Sawant, Murray, Talton etc. all think starting and running a business is so easy, and that owners are over-compensated immoral anti-social creatures, they should try doing it themselves.

    In a twisted way, this ordinance is a form of these leaders’ start-up business. Now the real fun/work starts when they fleece all the various “special cases” that come groveling for an exemption. These exemptions will no doubt be granted for a not-so-modest campaign consideration.

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  8. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I think Rico residents of Seattle have a civic duty to protest in favor of a $20 minimum wage NOW! Today!! Why delay justice??! $15 is borderline “living wage.” Who do these socialists on city council think they are, denying workers their fair share right now!!

    If you’re going to have to live with government like this, you might as well out-absurd it. Could be fun, and would definitely show people the consequences of central planning up-close, personal and immediately.

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  9. Arahant Member
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    Western Chauvinist:

    I think Rico residents of Seattle have a civic duty to protest in favor of a $20 minimum wage NOW! Today!! Why delay justice??! $15 is borderline “living wage.” Who do these socialists on city council think they are, denying workers their fair share right now!!

    If you’re going to have to live with government like this, you might as well out-absurd it. Could be fun, and would definitely show people the consequences of central planning up-close, personal and immediately.

    Is $20/ hour really a living wage in a big city like Seattle?  I bid $30!

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  10. Steve in Richmond Member
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    Since the price of a Latte at the flagship Starbucks in Seattle will be going up, will this impact pricing for Ricochet?

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  11. Susan in Seattle Member
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    rico:

    Susan in Seattle:

    I came across this today, thanks to Mr. Hemingway.

    Thanks for posting the brief interview of a prominent restauranteur who outlines foreseeable unintended consequences from a first-person perspective.

    The website also has a link to first-person accounts of employees working under Sea-Tac’s $15/hr minimum wage ordinance (which has already gone into effect).

     Here’s a link to a letter Tom Douglas wrote in April which goes into greater detail (and in which he states his beliefs about McDonald’s and Wal Mart).  Over all, Douglas is greatly respected in the community and nearly revered by the culinary world.

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  12. rico Inactive
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    Steve in Richmond:

    Since the price of a Latte at the flagship Starbucks in Seattle will be going up, will this impact pricing for Ricochet?

     Wait! Wut? My latte’s gonna’ cost more?!

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  13. Boomerang Inactive
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    Arahant:

    Western Chauvinist:

    I think Rico residents of Seattle have a civic duty to protest in favor of a $20 minimum wage NOW! Today!! Why delay justice??! $15 is borderline “living wage.” Who do these socialists on city council think they are, denying workers their fair share right now!!

    If you’re going to have to live with government like this, you might as well out-absurd it. Could be fun, and would definitely show people the consequences of central planning up-close, personal and immediately.

    Is $20/ hour really a living wage in a big city like Seattle? I bid $30!

     No, $20 an hour is not enough for rent, food, health insurance and vehicle expense!  I propose we commission a study to determine the living wage in Seattle and then adjust minimum wage accordingly!  It’s only fair!

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  14. Ross C Inactive
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    Let the 1,ooo bad democratic/socialist ideas bloom (not where I live of course).  Unfortunately the blue parts of the country are going to have to ruin themselves to understand why conservatives were right about the free market.

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  15. Arahant Member
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    Ross C: Unfortunately the blue parts of the country are going to have to ruin themselves to understand why conservatives were right about the free market.

    And even then they won’t.  Intellectual arrogance precludes actually learning new lessons.

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  16. rico Inactive
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    Ross C:

    Let the 1,ooo bad democratic/socialist ideas bloom (not where I live of course). Unfortunately the blue parts of the country are going to have to ruin themselves to understand why conservatives were right about the free market.

    Probably not in Seattle though—not as long as consumers all over the world keep feeding the beast by using computer software, flying in big airplanes, and buying stuff from Amazon. Oh, and that coffee company…

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  17. No Caesar Thatcher
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    Paul Dougherty:

    No Caesar:

    As one who is a business-starter and builder (aka entrepreneur), if Clark, Sawant, Murray, Talton etc. all think starting and running a business is so easy, and that owners are over-compensated immoral anti-social creatures, they should try doing it themselves.

    In a twisted way, this ordinance is a form of these leaders’ start-up business. Now the real fun/work starts when they fleece all the various “special cases” that come groveling for an exemption. These exemptions will no doubt be granted for a not-so-modest campaign consideration.

     good point.

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