If you’ve ever wondered how the United States got in to its current mess of a stagnant economy and out-of-control government, I have a suggestion. Take a good look at what a handful of voters in one of America’s finer suburbs did to themselves and the rest of their community, and realize that it is a microcosm for what’s happening all across the country.
The city in question is Seatac, a small suburb in the state of Washington (it’s name is derived from the larger neighboring cities of Seattle and Tacoma). Last year a group of activists there were frustrated with the preponderance of low paying entry-level service industry jobs, so they did what seemed only logical: they collected enough signatures on petitions to launch a ballot initiative that, if passed, would require a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour.
Read on for an account of a progtard wasteland in a format you probably didn’t expect. The clincher: Seatac has 77 people to thank for it.