Seattle Activists Try to Reverse a Huge Job-Killing Minimum-Wage Hike


For National Review OnlineCelina Durgin writes: Seattle’s plan to dramatically increase the minimum wage is going to be unsustainable in the long term and is already costing jobs and raising prices, business owners say.

“I am concerned about my business and others in the community, but it isn’t just about any one business. It’s about how the entire economic community will be affected.”

Seattle businessmen lead by Forward Seattle, a non-partisan organization representing independent businesses, collected about 19,500 signatures to put a referendum on the city’s minimum wage ordinance on this November’s ballot. Several of the petitioners have said their businesses cannot withstand the ordinance’s schedule for increasing the minimum hourly wage, which will boost it from $9.25 to $15 in as few as three years for the largest employers.


Forward Seattle’s petition for a referendum

Some petitioners had tried unsuccessfully to oppose the ordinance when it was passed June 3. They attended meetings, lobbied, and tried to file an amendment to the city’s charter, which they discovered wasn’t possible this year. “We hit a brick wall every single time,” Kathrina Tugadi, co-chair of Forward Seattle and owner of El Norte Lounge, told National Review Online.

“We thought it was interesting that everyone wanted to push this through so quickly.”

As a final recourse, Forward Seattle organized the petition to gather signatures for a referendum, giving voters the opportunity to repeal the ordinance in November.  Read the rest of this entry »

Addict Alert: ‘Breaking Bad’ Final Episodes Hit Netflix on Feb. 24


Todd Spangler  reports:  Netflix subscribers in the U.S. will get access to the last eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” on Feb. 24, the company said.

The last half of season 5 of the Emmy-winning drama finished its run last fall on AMC. Series, which stars Bryan Cranston as a New Mexico teacher turned crystal-meth overlord, is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

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10,982,920: More Americans on Disability than the Total Population of Greece

No job? No worries. I'm on disability. Woohoo!

No job? No worries. What’s my disability? I don’t remember. What was the question again? (Shutterstock)

Entitlement Nation: How We Lost the Cold War (and Marxism Won)

( – Terence P. Jeffrey reports:  The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,982,920 in November, up from the previous record of 10,978,040 set in May, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

Child holding Greek Flag (photo AP)

Greece: Child holding Greek Flag (photo AP)

The 10,982,920 Americans taking disability benefits in November outnumbered the total population of Greece, which is 10,772,967, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.

The record 10,982,920 total disability beneficiaries in November, included a record 8,941,660 disabled workers (up from 8,936,932 in October), 1,883,594 children of disabled workers, and 157,666 spouses of disabled workers. Read the rest of this entry »

From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘Nobody’s Perfect’

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who once upon a time used his comedy perch to protect President Barack Obama, now has little choice but to mock him. Mercilessly.

Stewart wouldn’t like it if we took his jokes seriously, but he still skewered the president’s abysmal press conference Thursday in ways that left the leader’s image in tatters.

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