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Apr 30 Baconcat commented on The Type of Police Reform I Want to See.
My witheringly low opinion of you sinks lower each day.

Word to the wise, Ed: you're already screwing up more than Schell at this point and without a fraction of his achievements.
Apr 19 Baconcat commented on Governor Inslee Is Weighing The Acceptable Cancer Rate Against Business Concerns.
That 70 year exposure rate, when combined with extremely conservative fish consumption rates, sounds like local natives were not considered very well in this whole thing. Even a slight increase in allowable carcinogens would have a huge impact on local tribes when you consider fish consumption rates in their communities. If this is an acceptable or negligible risk to any policy then that policy is thoroughly racist.
Apr 18 Baconcat commented on Business-Backed Group Claims Support for a Minimum Wage Hike Is Dropping.
Maybe a good percentage the people polled are opposed to the phase-in? Or maybe there's more to this push poll?

Slimy pro-poverty Koch tactics seem to be par for course for these folks, though, so who knows.
Apr 14 Baconcat commented on $15 Minimum Wage Movement Files Its Ballot Measure.
@5: Houston pols strongly back a $15/hr wage and Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Al Green both came out in support of this wage AND the fast food protests. Their mayor (a lesbian) is closely aligned with social democrats (ie soft Marxists) and were it not for state law (which is not pragmatically pro-biz, but harshly conservative and also bans gay marriage, favors creation "science" in school and starves poor districts) the city would have implemented a higher wage years ago. You will also find similar lefty leanings in cities to the west and southwest like San Antonio, whose mayor is the son of a radical leftist Chicana activist.

You probably shouldn't move to Texas. They don't like know-nothing wannabes that can't even do research. Your smug and pouty flounce would entertain at the bars but you'll probably make a lot of enemies out of real Texas-born Texans, which Houston is full of.

Trust a Texan on this one.
Apr 11 Baconcat commented on Broadway and U-District Banks Robbed, Suspect Arrested.
Well then.

Sounds like the new mayor's plans to do somethin' about crime trends are working.
Apr 10 Baconcat commented on I'm in Favor of a Tip Credit.
Employer discovers one cool trick to subsidize labor costs click here
Apr 9 Baconcat commented on Restaurant Guy David Meinert Urges Staff to Lobby for Tip Deduction from $15 Wage or "Tips Will Probably Go Away" and Overall Wages Will Drop.
This is getting ridiculous. Threatening employees with retaliation in the form of restricting tips (given voluntarily by customers) and reduced wages unless they join in the fight against their own fundamental needs is petty and the lowest form of anti-worker activism. Even worse is the use of Target/Walmart style direct lobbying of workers to make them question their own demands while implying their jobs and livelihoods are imperiled.
Apr 3 Baconcat commented on Interview with a Small-Business Owner Making Less Than Minimum Wage at His Small Business.
"See! This will kill jobs! How can you read this and support a job-killing minimum wage increase?"

"A low wage is better than no wage!"

Recentering the whole debate around business and casting the poor and struggling back into the shadows is shameful, but this is how these things play out. Business will calmly make their case to the media -- the working poor don't have time -- and in turn papers and blogs will churn out stories about how job-killing regulation is harming real down home folks out there. You'll get profiles of business owners that take up pages, but stories about the real working poor, the ones that say they need this wage increase? Those are nowhere to be found.

It's interesting that progressives, liberals and moderate democrats will heap scorn on republicans, but when it comes to it many will jump when told to jump by people whose bottom line is at risk. They'll be coached into the kind of narrative methods work best, what type of business story works best (unique, quirky shop? Gold! Struggling owner? Gold!), and how best to counteract any implication that the system is rotten inside and out by saying that the current system is better than any theoretical system in the near future ("you don't want box stores, do you?").

Thing is, though, there is increasingly no honest debate going on. Folks ask: why are proponents of $15NOW so loud? Because of stuff like this. It's the shameless promotion of pro-business/free market narratives that drown out the voices of every day people. It's broad brush suggestions that maybe people make enough already, maybe they should move out of Seattle, maybe they aren't good with money or maybe the problem just isn't so bad right now. These sorts of suggestions show up more than the real stories of the working poor. And that's a shame. That's why $15NOW is getting loud, there are real stories purposely being drowned out.

Sure, it's sad that a business closed, but businesses close every day. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, outside of the firewall being built by those sympathetic to efforts to undermine the push to a $15/hr wage, there are people living and dying in this system. 40%+ of people of color, 70% of native americans railroaded into low wage jobs, 2/3rds of tipped jobs being worked by women who have to navigate a sexist abusive system that dehumanizes them. And nobody is telling their story.

Mar 26 Baconcat commented on How a $15 Minimum Wage Would Make Everyone Richer.
@61: Ah, but small businesses still profit from this situation. To say low wage workers must choose between small businesses and low wages or box stores and higher wages is a ridiculous proposition. It essentially says that low wage workers actually owe businesses of a certain size something out of this whole arrangement and that the real enemy is not the inequality but an oh-so-scary box store that might show up. It pretends that the burden of inequality must be shouldered for as long as possible until small businesses can be propped up high enough and then we can work on fixing the problem.

You should review that wage increases have never once caught up to early- and mid-century inflation thanks to being stalled, watered down, carved out and made weak in the face of demands business made in various points from the wartime accord era. Hell, part of the impetus that urged Nixon to sign his minimum wage increase was anxiety over the war compounded by broad wage inequality. It really will take double-digit increases to catch up. That's raw economic fact.

Next up, what in the world is this:

First, you get people fed and healthy, then help them with the roof over their head, then educate or train them in a skill...then put them to work. The idea is that they feel better about themselves and might even have a chance at happiness. Leaving out these steps, will only produce more of the same and that's just One problem with this 15 NOW. But we all know that's a daunting task and someone will have to grow some fairly big cojones to tackle all that AND tell corporations to go take a hike right our of our city

I can't think of any rational activist who thinks we can leave social welfare behind in this whole thing. Addressing income inequality is a part -- a middling sized part -- of a broader initiative. And on top of that it's terribly condescending to say "well, take care of their needs and they'll feel better about themselves and it'll all work out". I've seen people in my tribe and other tribes, immigrants and people of color struggle through school with some help only to land on their faces when they're done because, even when they get help, there's always unseen things that obstruct and offend every effort certain people make to better themselves. So activists, the ones doing the work, aren't committing themselves to the limited cause of preventing harm to small businesses by hiding behind the genuinely oppressed. They're doing EVERYTHING THEY CAN to solve real problems.

Finally, importantly: don't go waving your finger at activists by saying poor and underserved groups need to be made to feel happy first. I'm hella happy right now. I can look at statistics that say only 3/10 people of Native American/Alaska Native descent that can even manage to be hired amid awkwardly high unemployment will even get a decent wage (I got my diploma, call me somebody!) and yet I still call my grandma, who was called "injun" and other even worse pejoratives to her face when she was out in the workforce, and we'll still laugh and have a good conversation because, hell, we're happy. So don't worry about that.
Mar 26 Baconcat commented on How a $15 Minimum Wage Would Make Everyone Richer.
@52: Your dire predictions of runaway inflation and net job losses is actually poorly sourced speculation oriented toward a singular outcome that sustains wages as they are.

But I'll indulge you: what should we do instead? The system is clearly not working for large portions of some populations. As an opponent of a $15/hr wage, what do you think should be done? Now, keep in mind that many proponents are already working in various places on social justice initiatives beyond fair wages, so don't go crib off what they'd say.

Tell me. In your own words. What would you do to mitigate the impact of a demonstrably harmful system that leaves thousands of people impoverished due to their ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation? And if it helps you come to an answer, tell me if you think it's fair that a good portion of these populations should earn considerably less than $15/hr?

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