Progressive genius! Seattle to raise business taxes to fight homelessness

The answer to homelessness? FEWER JOBS!

This just in from the “what could possibly go wrong” department:

Imagine living in a liberal bubble so thick you believe businesses not paying high enough taxes is what contributes to making homelessness worse. Unreal:

The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker a year. It’s lower than the $500-per-worker tax initially proposed. The tax would begin in 2019 and raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services.

The debate over who should pay to solve a housing crisis exacerbated by Seattle’s rapid economic growth comes amid skyrocketing rents and rising homelessness. The Seattle region had the third-highest number of homeless people in the U.S. and saw 169 homeless deaths in 2017.

What genius: “Hey, you know what might help lower the level of homelessness here? Fewer jobs!

WHAT national debt? Spending bill weighs in at 2,232 pages to the tune of $1.3 trillion

Apparently the national debt isn’t a major concern anymore:

And this is just for funding through September 30th of this year.

President Trump said “Dem giveaways” are part of that in order to get them to agree to other budget items:

You know, voters need to give Republicans control of Congress so this kind of reckless spending and “Dem giveaways” can be tapered way back! Oh, wait…

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Who wouldn’t have time to read all this?

Bowie State students complain after cheap campus health plan dropped due to Obamacare regs

Many of the people interviewed here say they voted for Obama, so it’s hard to feel sorry for them, but at the same time it’s amazing to watch expectations in 2008 vs. realities in 2013:

Students at Bowie State University assailed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday after administrators cancelled a low cost school-wide health care plan due to new regulations in the law.

Many students told Campus Reform that the now cancelled plans, which provided coverage for just $50 per semester, were the only insurance they could afford.

Unfortunately, we’re all getting what only the ones who voted for Obama (and Pelosi, and Reid, etc) deserved.

Even though they’re complaining about this, the next politician who comes along and promises to make their health care cheaper and make jobs more plentiful and higher paying will without a doubt earn their enthusiastic support. Some never seem to learn, which is part of the reason the country has such massive problems.

Barbara Boxer: Let’s Crush Even More Entry Level Jobs

Full time hiring is dying thanks to Obamacare and other factors, and the jobs “created” the administration keeps touting are mostly part-time jobs that people have two and three of each these days because of the economy. And now Barbara Boxer wants to kill those jobs off:

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Monday night she wants the minimum wage increased to $10, a nearly $3 boost from its current level of $7.25.

“I think about $10. I think that would be right,” Boxer said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show.”

Boxer said that a boost to the minimum wage would “make a huge difference.”

“People are struggling,” she said. “The difference between the very wealthy and the working poor has grown.”

Why not just make the minimum wage $100 an hour and really close the gap between rich and poor?

What an idiot.

Robert Reich tries his hand at comedy again: ‘Where has our national government gone?’

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Last night I ran across this recent tweet by Robert Reich (arrowed above next to President Obama), the diminutive former labor secretary under Bill Clinton literally and current wacky liberal economist. It sums up the left’s view of government while serving as the definition of delusional:

Because you can’t hear “Obama administration” without thinking “returning control to the states.”

These are the people who have managed to pass themselves off as “intelligent” in some circles (and by “some circles” I mean roundtable discussions at Columbia University and/or Chris Matthews’ cocktail parties).

Where has the Federal government gone? Nowhere:

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If only more power had been returned to the states. That how it’s supposed to be:

The Tenth Amendment states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people.

Reich is one seriously funny guy. I don’t think he’s quite as funny as Krugman but he’s getting there.

Obama’s Budget… Economics 666

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Hey, better late than never. Remember when Obama said he would never touch the middle-class? And then one day you opened your middle-class paycheck and Obama did take your money?

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Well, look out: He’s saying it again. After a budget in both house were already in the bag, Obama decided to dictate what he wanted to do..uh…yeah, take more of your money. But trust him, he would never hurt the middle-class. The “middle’ class, if you haven’t figured it out yet, are all those people who are collecting government paychecks. Once again, it’s all in what you think the word “is” means.

Here’s some stuff from an excellent summary from Federal Eye at the Washington Post …the opinions in the parentheses are mine, and that’s all they are: smart-aleck opinions. Please…feel free to add your own.

Agriculture: Obama wants to eliminate direct payments to farmers, which accounted for about 44 percent of farm aid in fiscal 2011. (More small farmers will be decimated.)

Commerce Department: The president is seeking a 5 percent increase to the Commerce budget, to $8 billion. (It’s where Presidents help out the big CEO boys and go around Congress.)

Defense Department: Commissions to take on the controversial tasks of reducing or closing military bases and updating military retirement programs. (Reduce the military, of course.)

Education Department: For education, President Obama hopes to increase spending to $69.8 billion in 2013, which is 2.5 percent more than the current budget of $68.1 billion. (More college students, means more liberal brainwashing.)

Energy Department: The new budget proposal would raise funding for the Energy Department by 3.2 percent to $27.2 billion, boosting money for clean energy, research and development, and advanced manufacturing. (Here we go again, algae anyone?)

Health and Human Services: This includes assisting states with developing the complex technical infrastructure needed to set up the law’s “exchanges” — or state-based marketplaces through which individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase private health insurance with federal subsidies beginning in 2014. (Big Brother databases cost lots of money)

Intelligence: President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget contains $52.6 billion to fund the National Intelligence Agency. (Drones?)

Interior: The proposed White House budget would slash $200 million from a Department of the Interior program that helps six states with offshore oil and gas development — Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Alaska and Alabama. (We will NOT be energy depended)

Justice Department: President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposes $36.5 billion in spending for the Justice Department, an increase of $1.9 billion from the previous year. (This needs no comment…they don’t prosecute criminals, just the little guy with guns.)

State Department: The State Department would receive a modest boost in revenue, in part to offset costs for increased responsibilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.(We are paying them to train future terrorists, that’s important.)

Transportation: Mandatory and discretionary federal transportation funding would climb about 2 percent, or by $1.4 billion from the previous year, with major investments in highways and public transportation (You people HAVE to get out of those gas guzzlers.)

Treasury Department: The Obama administration proposed Monday increasing the Treasury Department’s budget to $14 billion, an increase of nearly 7 percent over its 2012 budget, with new funding directed toward enforcing the nation’s tax laws. (The IRS now has to collect Obamacare.)

Social Security: Wait… Federal Eye does not go into Social Security, (It’s the Washington Post, what do you expect?) but guess what, middle-class loonies? Obama is going to cut your SS check.

Was Paul Ryan right all you liberal duckcakes? Could it be that it’s actually Obama pushing granny off the cliff?

It will be interesting to see… what gets past.

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California:The Big Dying Canary in the Coal Mine of Government Pensions

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Back when I was young, and I thought of visiting California, I dreamed of walking around Hollywood, kicking sand up on the beach, dancing to happy Beach Boy songs, watching young men ogle young girls in bikini’s and soft summer nights driving around in my rented convertible looking for a great place to hang out. I haven’t been to California in years, but I have a feeling I wouldn’t recognize it. In the last decade or so, California has become the big fat canary that is dying with a loud screeching annoying squawk in the deep government pension mines of America. I no longer want to go there.

This video explains what I mean…it’s not only the Hollywood stars that are getting rich:

Now when I think of California, I think of Nancy Pelosi, Los Angeles as a place where no one speaks English, drag races, a well guarded Beverly Hills, liberal Hollywood idiots, and bankruptcy. Yesterday, yet another city, Stockton California, claimed bankruptcy.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Stockton slashed its police and fire departments, halted bond payments, cut employee benefits and adopted an emergency spending plan that cut many city services. But the city continues to pay into the state pension. At issue will be whether U.S. bankruptcy law trumps California law, which says the pension plan must be funded.

The $900 million Stockton owes to the California Public Employees Retirement System to cover pensions is its biggest debt -– as is the case with many cities in California.

So…while Obama declared this month to be “National Financial Capability Month” in which he wants to teach young people “How to budget responsibly,” maybe he should start with the adults that run all the democratic cities and states, and explain the fact to them, that a country that keeps paying great big pensions from a dying public sector, will soon kill the host.

Obviously, as we all know, that fact hasn’t dawned on Obama yet.

“My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions in the marketplace,” Obama said.

Sounds very noble, but unfortunately, his administration has no clue where the marketplace is. But one place it won’t be…is in California. The Canary has left the building.

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Michigan Governor Declares Petri Dish of Liberal/Leftist Policies a Financial Disaster Area

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If we want to know what will happen to an area governed completely by the same lib/left policies that Obama and too many others would love to roll out nationally, all we have to do is look at Detroit. Governor Snyder has now declared the city a financial disaster area, but it’s also a disaster in other areas: Educationally; socially; economically; legally; the Lions.

Next stop, bankruptcy:

Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency financial manager to fix Detroit’s escalating fiscal crisis kicks off a chain of events — a potential challenge from the city’s elected leaders, more vocal opposition from infuriated community groups and unavoidable battles ahead over the decisions the new boss will make.

But Snyder said Friday after his announcement, broadcast on TV and online, that while he recognized the gravity of Detroit’s troubles, quick, early successes in fixing broken streetlights and improving the city’s police service will help build confidence among residents that a state takeover will mark a painful but beneficial turning point for the Motor City.

“I look at today as a sad day, a day I wish had never happened in the history of Detroit, but also a day of optimism and promise,” Snyder told a select audience gathered at a Midtown TV studio.

Citing runaway deficits and staggering long-term debts Detroit could never repay on its own, Snyder declared the city to be in a financial emergency, paving the way for the appointment of an emergency manager later this month.

As with most liberal grand plans, somebody else gets stuck paying for their failed schemes. But, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, at some point there will be a rude awakening, because eventually they’ll run out of other people’s money.

The number of people who have fled the city really struck me late last summer. We went to a Tigers game, and some surrounding areas where previously you might have been afraid to make a wrong turn and get lost were nearly completely abandoned — neighborhoods turned crack dens turned ghost towns. Detroit is like “The Day After” except instead of a nuke the weapon is progressive politics run amok.