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July 6, 2014 - 7:07 am
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A group of Seattle area businesses have gathered 20,000 signatures to place a charter amendment on the November ballot that would repeal the $15 an hour minimum wage bill recently passed by the city council.

Instead, the amendment proposes that the minimum wage eventually be raised to $12.50 by 2020, with an increase to $10.10 an hour in January 2015.

Forward Seattle, which represents restaurants, retailers and other businesses, launched the petition drive in order to save Seattle jobs and businesses from moving out of the city. But there have been complaints from activists that the paid signature gatherers misrepresented what the petition was about. They allege that petition signers were told that the referendum would be on approving a $15 minimum wage, not opposing it.

The signature-gathering effort has been clouded by allegations that paid signature gatherers have misrepresented what the referendum would do, telling some prospective signers that it would raise the minimum wage or that the city ordinance adopting the $15 minimum isn’t official yet.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg today forwarded complaints of fraudulent claims by Forward Seattle signature gatherers to the Seattle City Attorney’s office and the Seattle police for investigation. Satterberg said that the allegations constitute potential gross misdemeanors and so fall under the city’s jurisdiction, not the county’s.

Such is the gamble in using low-paid signature gatherers. Sometimes, they are paid by the signature; in other cases, by the hour. The workers are only as honest as the companies that employ them. We’ll have to see how this works out.

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Importing many thousands (even millions?) more unskilled workers just at the time unskilled jobs are going away? Great for the sex and drug trades and nobody else.

You really CANNOT make this stuff up. If you tried packaging a few weeks of current news as fiction you'd never get a publisher: "Too much suspension of disbelief."

What we're doing is the social equivalent of sticking your finger in an electric pencil sharpener to see if its fun.
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Give the Leftists what they want, good and hard. Repeatedly. We need a Detroit on the West Coast to balance things out. And if I could give you +1000 for the idea of sending the latest wave of Mexican and Central American invaders of our country [that is what they are, hostile foreigners violating our sovereignty] to Seattle [and other Leftist cesspools] I would.

Subutai Bahadur
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I wouldn't say that the absurdity of $15.00/hr minimum wage is necessarily going to make burgers more expensive. To be sure, if every burger flipper a fast food joint hires has to be paid $15.00 an hour, he'll have to be one of the most prodigious and talented burger flippers in the world to justify his hiring. I don't think there are very many burger flippers in all the world worth that much, so you won't be seeing many jobs for burger flippers in Seattle from now on.

That's not to say the price of a burger is going to go up, however. Assuming the fast food joints remain open in Seattle at all (a huge assumption, I know), there's a far more cost-effective solution that doesn't involve having to look for phenomenally talented burger flippers clueless enough to want to live in a socialist cesspit like Seattle (a very limited labor pool indeed). Ladies and gentlemen, behold the robot that makes 360 gourmet-quality burgers an hour:

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/meet-the-robot-that-makes-360-gourmet-burgers-per-hour

These machines aren't paid wages, don't spit in the customers' food, and aren't lazy Commie parasites convinced the economy owes them a huge paycheck just for showing up. In short, they make superior burgers at far less long-term cost to the fast food franchise than it costs to hire any of Seattle's stupid socialist brats. If McDonalds, Burger King, In & Out, and whoever else sells burgers decides to hang around in Seattle, therefore, you can expect to see burgers selling at the same price as before, or maybe even less; you can also expect to see a lot fewer employees at these places from now on, however; maybe just one on-call technician to repair and maintain the machines, since he'll be able to service several locations and be worth far more than $15.00 an hour.

The machines themselves have a start-up cost of something like $90,000 to build and install them; as long as each of them can do the work any three or more overpaid minimum-wage "workers" (entitled socialist slackers) are supposed to be doing (but aren't), they'll pay for themselves in less than a year.

As for the rest of those fools expecting a pay raise when this minimum wage nonsense kicks in? (The law actually involves a gradual phase-in of these wage raises over several years, betraying how harmful even the socialists know it to be for business.) Forget it: they're about to be downsized. Seattle and all the fools living there deserve every bad thing that's about to happen to them. Burgers will still cost the same, though most of the people buying them will be using EBTs since unemployment will skyrocket.

While those idiots who voted for this "living wage" crap are busy making their city into the next Detroit, I suggest we dump all those illegal immigrants currently invading our nation in Seattle as well; there's no punishment for stupidity so effective as giving the stupid people exactly what they've been asking to get, good and hard.
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It is a pretty sad statement if they could not find 20,000 people in Seattle that actually believed that the increase in minimum wage to $15.00 is a terrible idea. Isn't there anybody in America that knows elementary Economics?
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9 dollar whoppers and 5 dollar tacos maybe that would put a dent in the diabetes epidemic .,,lol
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wow imagine trying to get an initiative on the ballot with distortions, would that be like Obamacare, sold on lies, passed with bribes and unilaterally changed to protect political cronies from the harm of the bill.\\

must have learned this from pelosi and others. you know the pass it to find out what is in it person
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McDonald's was reported to have bought more than 7000 automated cashiers to work in their stores.

Each automated cashier can replace three people and their shifts as they work 24/7 with no need for breaks.

so one person may get a small raise, but 3 people can lose jobs.
16 weeks ago
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Pump all these new arrival illegals to Seattle Problem solved!
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Minimum wage workers can't afford to send money south AND pay union dues so the unions have ordered their politicians to raise minimum wages to cover dues. Then, of course, the unions will turn over much of this new cash to these very same politicians.
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Bout time these Leftwingers put their actions where their mouths are. Let them destroy themselves on the State and Local level and leave Others to their own business.
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This is absolutely a mistake, though it's understandable that business owners livelihoods are threatened if they refuse to pay the $15 wage. To capitulate however (and an 'amendment' to $12.50 an hour is capitulation to coercion) is to allow the socialist/Marxists to escape the consequences of their folly and for the consumer to remain in darkness. Seattle's leftists are acting as blackmailers with the business owner the victim. Paying blackmail guarantees a lifelong relationship between the blackmailer and the victim. Seattle business owners need to close down their businesses en mass and sue the ringleaders of this criminal enterprise.
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Seattle wants to do what San Francisco did: to clear out the undesirables to create a gated community for the rich. When the small businesses and those who toil for a living moved out, the only ones left would be the rich who could afford the high cost of living, the higher the cost, the better to differentiate them from the masses.
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The best way I've found to explain this is to say "Well, why don't we just raise the minimum wage to $100/hr? That way everyone would be making $200k/year and we'd have REAL prosperity."

Most people DO get that that wouldn't work but only a few of them can do the heavy lifting involved in actually believing that some labor is worth more than other labor and the best way to figure that out is the free market.

You hardly ever can convince someone in one of these discussions. Sometimes, perhaps, you can plant an idea that -- when REALITY later rears her head -- will allow the individual to understand her message.
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