May 21, 2014
commented on UW Resolution to Encourage Israel Divestment Fails
The thing that drives me nuts about the Divestment from Israel movement is that there is so much Americentrism to all the arguments.
What do you think the American response would be to be to daily rocket attacks on our cities? Judging by our response to a single attack on 9/11 I would venture to guess that it would be pretty goddamn severe. Equal to or much greater than the military actions of Israel.
So if that's true the only way to still be in favor of BDS is if you 1) Don't think those rocket attacks actually occurred, 2) Think those rocket attacks are justified because Israel does not have a right to its own country or, 3) Would equally push to divest in any government that defended their people from attack in a vigorous manner as Israel does.
I would say the main reason why, to me, the actions of BDS feels steeped in antisemitism is that both notion 1) and 2) above are trains of thought that are historically deeply rooted in antisemitism.
While option 3) is simply implausible on its face. How many UW students who pushed for the resolution did so while wearing GAP t-shirts made by Bangladeshi workers in collapsing factories? So, focusing on Israel while giving a free pass to a large number of pretty shady world governments (including our own at times) feels a little targeted. And what makes Israel unique, right that Jewish thing. So that's why it feels a little antisemitic.
May 1, 2014
commented on Murray Announces Minimum Wage Plan So Complicated Reporters Can't Understand It
Let's all take a deep breath here:
1) Seattle will have the highest minimum wage of any city in the country. By a good margin.
2) Everyone gets to 15 and it is thereafter adjusted for inflation.
3) Big Business (the bulk of low wage workers) get there in 3-4 years. In the meantime workers get raises of $1- $1.50 per year, nothing to sneeze at.
4) Tip Credit and Health Care Credit, which the business community wanted bad, only amounts to slightly delayed phase-in, so is not a permanent fix.
Is this the plan I would have written if I were King of Seattle? of course not, but actually getting something that is pretty darn good passed is a lot better for workers.
Apr 9, 2014
commented on Leaked E-Mail Shows Big Business Trying to Use Small Businesses to Weaken $15 Minimum Wage
@33 Not one past, current, or future $15 policy proposal contains any language that would outlaw, discourage or otherwise inhibit tipping. Any suggestion that it would is pure fear mongering.
In fact, we already don't have tip credit in WA, and tipping still occurs. So why should it be any different under a $15 min wage?
No one in the pro $15 camp is trying to change how people get paid, we just want the base to be higher. Yet people in the anti-minimum wage camp would like to change the basic definition of what minimum wage means in this state.