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Caught Red Handed
Seattle's Reds Have Minimum Wage Blues

Seattle’s Freedom Socialist Party, which describes itself as “a revolutionary, socialist feminist organization, dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule by a genuine workers’ democracy” posted a want ad yesterday for a new employee at $13 per hour. The problem? They’ve recently supported $15 minimum wage efforts in Seattle and elsewhere, and their 2012 political platform called for a $20 per hour minimum wage. As the Washington Free Beacon reports:

The advertised job’s description says that the wage is negotiable depending on experience, but the group has said that living wage must start at at least $15–not $13 or $14 an hour.

“Seattle livable? Not hardly! The Seattle fight has moved from the streets to City Hall. In May, new Mayor Ed Murray, Democrat, announced his proposal for $15/hour — for some workers, after several years. Healthcare, tips, and other ‘compensation’ would be calculated into their ‘income.’ In short, Mayor Murray’s plan caters to big business,” the group wrote in June.

We’re sympathetic to any organization seeking to maximize employee value and minimize costs. And besides, the group makes it clear that it’s only after the revolution that the riches will start to flow: “All we need is one good socialist revolution in this country to turn this all around and put power in the hands of those who create wealth—working class folk like YOU.”

Nonetheless, when you’re trying to foment said peoples’ revolution, paying your workers the same depressed wage as the capitalist oppressors doesn’t exactly create a good optic.

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  • Bob

    It figures, doesn’t it? Isn’t socialism almost always about other people’s money?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    How can these delusional people still think Communism, or Socialism can ever deliver the Utopia’s they imagine? No where has Communism or Socialism ever worked, and some very serious people like Stalin and Mao have killed 150 million of their own people trying to make it work. Just look at Venezuela, they have huge reserves of oil that should be able to fund a Big Government Monopoly, but Venezuelans don’t even have access to basic commodities like Toilet Paper. This never happened before Hugo Chavez tried to get rid of capitalism.

    Wages and the labor market work best when left free of Big Government Monopoly interference, both businesses and workers would be much better off without the burden of Big Government.

    • FriendlyGoat

      Yep, FICA, FEMA, FDIC, FDA, FAA, FBI, FLSA, —–why, they’re just a bunch of danged f-words that no working individuals ever needed.

      • seattleoutcast

        Yep, you’re absolutely right. Let’s start with FICA. At age 49, I will not get the money I put into it because government corruption has stolen my money and given it to the older generations. It is much worse for the millennials. You probably don’t realize that because you’re getting the goods (far more than you put in.)

        Shall I continue?

        • FriendlyGoat

          If you elect Democrats, you’ll get every cent ever promised. If you elect Republicans who think you must cut benefits NOW to fix the 2033 problem, sure enough, the Trust Fund of three trillion or so will NEVER be used for the purpose intended. We will have a Trust Fund on paper which NEVER is actually produced in cash.

          • seattleoutcast

            Way to evade my point.

            Sure, YOU will get every cent ever promised. But your grandchildren will not. That is, unless you want to keep inflating the currency to keep our debt low. But that will result in overall inflation. Gee, is that what we are experiencing now, because you democrats foisted a ponzi scheme on us back in the 60s?

          • FriendlyGoat

            What do you suppose would happen to the Trust Fund and the program if Republicans were successful in enacting their dream, “The Fair Tax” (national sales tax), to replace the dedicated revenue from payroll taxes and convert Social Security to “discretionary spending”? You think those guys would give you your Trust Fund back?
            Nope, you would just have the “comfort” of knowing the deficit was reduced in “theory”.

            Sorry, but I’ve lived a long time and I’ve seen a lot of conservatives. The more of them you elect, the more individuals will be hosed. That’s just the “fact of business” as they say.

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