To laugh at Seattle's left-wing intellectuals, is terribly, terribly, terribly irresistible. Please, Kshama, be reasonable;
Lately, if you are a politician or “media type,” eating out at your favorite neighborhood bistro means getting a lesson on the business. What this scribe is hearing is that wages with benefits often total more than $15 an hour and that owners figure profit margins in the 3-5 percent range. They’re not happy at being lumped together with big chains largely absent from the Emerald City.
“The challenge is: There’s very little time. Everyone’s panicked,” Linda di Lello Morton, co-founder of Terra Plata and the Elliott Bay Cafe, said Thursday.Sounds like Linda got through to Mr. Connelly--as reliably leftish as they come, in Seattle. As did some not in the restaurant business;
The worries are legitimate, extending to non-profits dependent on increasingly sparse government funding. “Eighty-five percent of my costs are staff wages. I cannot afford a 62 percent increase,” said Sylvia Fuerstenberg, executive director of The Arc, which works for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.But, the problems of a few little people wouldn't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, if it wasn't for the danger to the self-esteem of Joel Connelly (and his wife, who sits alongside Kshama Sawant on the Seattle City Council). If Kshama would only be more moderately socialist:
Think, for a moment, of what would be gained.
The Emerald City stands to be a national pacesetter. “Seattle enacts nation’s highest minimum wage: Business, labor come together on wage proposal,” would be the headline. The big deal won’t be tips, but that the “Seattle Process” has worked — for everybody.'Everybody' who counts to leftists that is.
[Mayor] Ed Murray stands to become a national progressive champion, the guy who gets things done, while New York Mayor Bill De Blasio founders in feuds with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Above all, Seattle will remain attractive to entrepreneurs who generate those small business jobs, to businesses that provide imaginative benefits (e.g. Dick’s Drive-Ins underwriting employees’ college tuition), and hold onto and promote their employees.
....The tradeoff is a chance to do something in a way that is collaborative and collegial, as well as being progressive and historic.The moral high ground shaking a little underfoot, Joel?