Jul 3, 2015
commented on The Morning News: Picketing Swedish, Worrying About Heat, and Taking Responsibility for a Falling Drone
What could be duller than studying the state budget? But that fucker is PACKED with total disaster. Ignore the fact that the K-12 appropriation is half what the state supreme court said was needed to get out of contempt. The Land Commissioner had asked for a bare-bones $4 million to fight wildfires; he got $1 million. where did it go? For a tax break for extra big yachts, over 78 feet. I shit you not; thank Senator Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) for that gem, and she's bragging about it. Remember, three years ago Margaret Haugen (D-Oak Harbor) was the critical vote for marriage equality. Well, Bailey beat her over the head with that vote until she beat Haugen by 2% of the vote. Your yacht under 78 feet? Fuck you; only the Big Rich get in tax free.
Jun 17, 2015
commented on Did Developers Shoot Down Discussion of Rent Control on the Mayor's Housing Affordability Committee?
There are at least a thousand different programs that are called "rent control". The fact that the HALA had a "conversation" tells me that they never seriously discussed it. Let me give you an example: Idiots like #10 above always tell us that landlords pay property taxes and include that in the rent they charge. That is true. It is also true that certain people are permitted reductions in real estate taxes in Washington State law. So if those people own a house, they get the reduction, but if they rent, they don't. Requiring landlords to give a proportionate rent reduction is a form of "rent control" which Ed and his minions refuse to consider. There are 999 more.
Apr 26, 2015
commented on I, Anonymous
Note to headline writer: Despite what the nuns told you in parochial school, "vomitorium" is Latin for "Exit".