I’m not a Republican; I’m well aware that we live in a deep-blue city, and I’m not trying to change that. I only ask, for the sake of fairness, that you extend our desire for diversity into the marketplace of ideas. Please allow me to discuss some other “progressive” cities, specifically New York, D.C., and San Francisco. We keep following in their footsteps, despite their harmful effects. Compared to Seattle, they have greater rates of homelessness, higher costs of living, and more traffic congestion. I think you’ll agree that none of us want more of those things, but that’s where we’re heading. Why do you think Californians are fleeing their hometowns for Seattle? Hint: it’s not our weather. Seattle is a unique city, so let’s prove it by changing course to our own uniquely hospitable destination.
I have nothing personal against Mayor Murray. He seems like a nice guy; however, in my opinion, good intentions are no excuse for negative outcomes. Murray will have had four years to make Seattle more inhabitable, but during that time, he has insisted on methods that have already been proven unsuccessful in other “progressive” cities around the world. Sure, I have ideas, but I readily admit that I don’t have all the answers. I look forward to tackling our problems by surrounding myself with Seattleites who have unorthodox ideas. Like Murray, City* employees have the best intentions, but do we really need one City employee for every 62 residents? Most would call that coddling. Do some City employees really need to be paid a salary that is twice the median income? Most would call that theft.
This fiscal irresponsibility isn’t sustainable, and the people who will end up suffering the most are the very same economically vulnerable people we’re trying to care for. People might argue that Murray’s ideas help the poor, but tell me how a 10.1% sales tax helps the poor. Who knows how to spend your money effectively, the government or you? I want you to be as progressive, liberal, or whatever as you want to be, but currently, the City forces us to care for its charitable endeavors instead of ours. If we have lower taxes – meaning more money in our pockets – not only will those at the bottom have a better shake, but we’ll be better able to care for whatever cause we wish, in our own unique way, without forcing anyone to do so.
The Republican and Democratic parties are both, as Bernie Sanders said, “intellectually and morally bankrupt,” so why vote for their candidates? Please consider giving someone else a chance for the next four years. Let’s celebrate and voluntarily share our successes, instead of vilifying them and forcing people to “donate” to the government’s philanthropic but ineffective methods. I’d be honored if the way you choose to reduce homelessness, congestion, and the cost of living is by investing in me. Thank you for your open mind and for your consideration. -Casey
*City: government of Seattle
Not only does libertarianism have nothing to do with conservatism, it isn’t even on the “spectrum.”
For the sake of productive and constructive arguments, we must not view political ideologies in one dimension (above). Assuming it’s equilateral, where in the triangle do you reside?
Like the Left, the Right is less concerned with the problem of how the powers of government should be limited than with that of who wields them, and, like the Left, the Right regards itself as entitled to force the values it holds on other people. To libertarians, neither moral nor religious ideals are proper objects of coercion, while both the Left and Right recognize no such limits. That is why we must recognize the above, two-dimensional, political landscape. Where in the triangle do you reside?