Mar 22 drshort commented on FBI: Trump "Associates" Communicated With Russian Operatives.
@5. Good chance Pence would need to resign as well. President Ryan.
Mar 14 drshort commented on A New Bill From Washington State Lawmakers Would Force Heroin and Opioid Users Into Treatment.
The article obviously makes a big point that forced treatment usually doesn't work. But neither does voluntary treatment. Both have dismal success rates.
Mar 7 drshort commented on The Poor In Seattle Are Taxed Like Hell.
@9 Rent is high because lots of people with high paying jobs are moving here. Property taxes are a minor contributor. Perhaps the tax increases give the landlord a nice excuse when your rent is raised, but they're raising rent because someone will pay it.
Mar 7 drshort commented on The Poor In Seattle Are Taxed Like Hell.
I'm always dubious of these studies. WA doesn't tax rent, food, prescriptions, childcare. Yet the study in the article claims a family making $25k would incur over $1k a year in sales tax. Very doubtful.

And then these studies always claim the renter pays the property tax. No. Supply/demand sets rental rates. Plenty of landlords lose money each month. Eliminating property taxes would do little to rents.
Feb 21 drshort commented on UPDATED: In State of the City Address, Mayor Promises New Tax for Homelessness, Threatens to Sue Trump.
@19. Homeless don't flock to Bellevue or Kirkland which are about the same size as Olympia, Salem, or Eugene. Why not?
Feb 21 drshort commented on UPDATED: In State of the City Address, Mayor Promises New Tax for Homelessness, Threatens to Sue Trump.
Seattle has 1/3 of King County's population, but 2/3 of King County's homeless live in Seattle. We shouldn't so quickly dismiss the idea that homeless migrate to Seattle. No real study has been conducted here (I suspect the city doesn't want to know the answer), but in Vancouver BC more than half of its homeless are from outside the area.

It's very possible to spend an additional $55m a year (on top of the $50m we already spend) and have just as many living on our streets.
Feb 21 drshort commented on UPDATED: In State of the City Address, Mayor Promises New Tax for Homelessness, Threatens to Sue Trump.
@13. Seattle has 13x the number of homeless than the entire Eastside. Why?
Feb 21 drshort commented on UPDATED: In State of the City Address, Mayor Promises New Tax for Homelessness, Threatens to Sue Trump.
The completely unanswered question is will high spending on homeless simply attract more (from rest of Western WA and beyond) than we successfully house?
Feb 20 drshort commented on Milo Yiannopoulos Gets Dropped from CPAC.
@13. Obama won two elections pretty handily. It's more complicated than that. The left has a major PR problem with the rest of the electorate. Just dismissing them as racists (yes, some are) means we'll never figure out how to speak to them more effectively.
Feb 20 drshort commented on Milo Yiannopoulos Gets Dropped from CPAC.
Milo has some valid points about how overly PC the left become, but it's completely over shadowed by his other rediculous statements such as these on young boys.

Listening to him gave me more insight to why Republicans keep winning despite greater support for Democrat policies. A large group of the electorate is repulsed by the ultra PC, "accept my point of view or you're racist" type behavior they see on the left. They're voting based on cultural issues, not policy.