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The reasons Hardwick’s Hardware (a Seattle institution of 88 years) is leaving Seattle for northern Idaho? Crime, and taxes.

The owner detailed the break-ins, and endless tax forms. Washington’s Business and Occupation tax is a gross-receipts tax, not dependent upon whether a business makes a profit or not. It is very easy for politicians to punish an entire industry by increasing the B & O tax rate or the opposite for a favored industry.

Thanks to Woke Destroyers, another business leaves Seattle for more-welcoming territory.

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  1. kedavis Member

    How about moving to Idaho so you can continue to support them?

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    • September 19, 2020, at 2:08 PM PDT
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  2. Henry Castaigne Member

    I am against blue refugees getting to vote right away.

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    • September 20, 2020, at 12:10 AM PDT
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  3. Stad Thatcher

    Tsk tsk tsk . . . it’s a crying shame. The exodus continues . . .

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    • September 20, 2020, at 7:08 AM PDT
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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RushBabe49: The reasons Hardwick’s Hardware (a Seattle institution of 88 years) is leaving Seattle for northern Idaho? Crime, and taxes.

    Rush,

    Exactly. Anybody who gets their insurance check and reopens in the same spot is a fool. Not only will the taxes and crime be up but their new insurance rates will be way beyond anything they can afford. The most natural move is to hang onto their check and get as far away from the woke mob as they can. Idaho, Texas, Florida, anyplace that hasn’t invited the woke loonies to destroy everything.

    Black communities won’t recover for a couple of decades if at all. Black lives get scr#wed.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • September 22, 2020, at 9:51 AM PDT
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  5. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thanks for the link to the interview. Dean Hardwick sounds like a great, regular, American business owner. All the best to him in Idaho. I was just listening to the First Things interview of Michael Anton and he talks about the middle class being squeezed out in California which applies to Oregon, Washington, and blue cities.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 10:11 AM PDT
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  6. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Thanks for the link to the interview. Dean Hardwick sounds like a great, regular, American business owner. All the best to him in Idaho. I was just listening to the First Things interview of Michael Anton and he talks about the middle class being squeezed out in California which applies to Oregon, Washington, and blue cities.

    Wherever socialism prevails, the middle class gets wrecked.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 1:29 PM PDT
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  7. kedavis Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Thanks for the link to the interview. Dean Hardwick sounds like a great, regular, American business owner. All the best to him in Idaho. I was just listening to the First Things interview of Michael Anton and he talks about the middle class being squeezed out in California which applies to Oregon, Washington, and blue cities.

    Wherever socialism prevails, the middle class gets wrecked.

    And then they go somewhere else, and vote for socialism again…

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    • September 22, 2020, at 1:33 PM PDT
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