Progressives are absolutely destroying the Pacific Northwest, birthplace (within a couple of miles) of the one and only Glenn Beck. The city now has a $15 minimum wage - but everyone who thought that sounded so great is now learning a hard lesson about economics. Stores are cutting back on employee hours, restaurants are closing early, and some businesses are just shutting down.
"With the labor pressures that are coming from this $15 eventual minimum-wage increase, we are juggling with razor-sharp daggers," restauranteur Jeremy Hardy told NPR. "And if you don't get it right, it's really going to hurt."
"Hardy says he is making adjustments: trimming staff hours, opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier. He's also considering whether to close some hours during the day," reported NPR.
The problems facing businesses in Seattle show what happens when government overrules the free market. Businesses having to cut back on employee hours or store hours do nothing to help the employees or the consumers.
"That does no good for the employees," Stu said. "Opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier."
"A livable wage is really such an insane point because people don't have any wage when you have to fire them because you're closing your freaking restaurants. It makes no sense at all," Stu added.
"And who has destroyed it? Not the free market. The government," Glenn said. "Government comes in and it's just like Seattle. It's just like Seattle. I grew up in Seattle. My grandparents were right. All the freaks that are too good for California are moving up here and they'll wreck this state. And they did. They wrecked it. They wrecked it. They're communists...These communist hippies are coming around and they're trying to preach $15 an hour. They're destroying people's lives."