Danny Westneat made a grave error in his column on the $15 minimum-wage campaign [“Minimum-wage proposal a $15 paradox for the poor,” Local News, Feb. 25]. He implied that so far no one has mentioned taxes in this debate. Surely he must know that Kshama Sawant’s campaign for City Council had a two-pronged platform:…More
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She won’t know the consequences until she owns a business herself
If Councilmember elect Kshama Sawant wants to have any credibility in her argument for a $15 minimum wage I think there is one thing she needs to do first [“$15 wage efforts gaining steam in Seattle,” page one, Dec. 18]. She needs to buy a fast food franchise and run it herself.
She would of course pay her employees a minimum wage of $15 with health benefits and sick leave. Also, she would find out that she has to be competitive in her pricing of her product. You can’t just raise your prices higher than your competition and hope customers would still walk through your door.
Sawant looks to redistribute wealth
Looking at India shouldn’t just make us grateful for our current system, it should also be a warning of where our system could be headed should certain trends continue [“Kshama Sawant will have trouble changing ingrained inequities,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 20].
India is a prime example of what happens when corporations have all the power and workers have none. Safety regulations are inadequate, minimum wage is equivalent to 28 cents per hour and the poverty rate is twice as high as in the U.S.
Here, workers have lost a lot of power due to anti-union laws while corporations and the rich have benefited from deregulation and favorable government policies. The result? Many non-unionized workers still face criminally poor conditions. Adjusting for inflation, minimum wage is lower now than when first established in 1938. Income inequality is at record levels. And these trends are only getting worse.
Socialism is not the answer
The Times’ feature on India mentioned that beautiful country’s dichotomies, including grinding poverty, absence of electricity or running water and the lowly status of women [“India, one day at a time,” News Oct. 27]. Memorably, the paper’s two female reporters had to be extricated from a mob of “hundreds” of men.
Yet socialist City Council member-elect Kshama Sawant arrived in the United States, a free and successful country with a high standard of living, and rails against the economic system that made it that way. She is aggrieved ["Conlin concedes; Sawant to join council," page one, Nov. 16].
Stands against the corporatization of Seattle
Editor, The Times:
The media is missing a major reason why Kshama Sawant defeated Councilmember Richard Conlin [“Conlin concedes; Sawant to join council,” page one, Nov. 16].
As the powerful head of City Council’s land-use committee, Conlin held an emphatically pro-developer stance that created enormous antipathy toward him throughout the city.
Kshama Sawant represents Seattle’s progressive values Kshama Sawant moved to the U.S. from India for a high-paying career in computer science. She was surprised that so many citizens of such a wealthy country suffered in poverty (1 in 5 U.S. children), so she earned a Ph.D. in economics to help repair this persistent systemic inadequacy [“Funny…More