Seattle Wage Hike Forces Pizza Shop to Close

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Seattle was one of several cities last November to vote for a dramatic increase in the minimum wage. Spurred on by activist group 15 Now Seattle, voters opted for a $15 an hour minimum, to be phased in gradually over the next several years. The first hike went into effect in April, moving the minimum wage up to $11 an hour. But even this hike was enough to convince Z Pizza owner Ritu Shah Burnham that there was no way to keep her doors open.

Small businesses of the type Burnham owns supposedly have seven years to raise their rates to the new standards. But because her franchise is part of the larger Z Pizza chain, she is encumbered by the rules for large businesses. That means she must raise rates within the next two years, leading to a financial reality that will put her and her 12 employees out of a job.

“I’ve let one person go since April 1,” she told a local news station. “I’ve cut hours since April 1, I’ve taken them myself because I don’t pay myself. I’ve also raised my prices a little bit, there’s no other way to do it.”

Even with those concessions, however, Burnham is faced with no other option but to shut down in August. “The discrimination I’m feeling right now against my small business makes me not want to stay and do anything in Seattle.”

Burnham is the first to send up the white flag of surrender, but she most likely won’t be the last. The fate that has befallen Z Pizza is the result of government meddling in private industry and a campaign for higher wages that ignores economic realities. It’s easy to go into a voting booth and pull the lever for low-wage workers. It’s a lot harder to run a business when the government is telling you that you have to pay your employees more money than they’re worth.

Because that’s what it comes down to when you cut away the propaganda and the emotion. We have this disconnect in our society where we look at highly-paid CEOs and athletes and Wall Street stockbrokers as though they’re getting one over on the American people. They aren’t. There are crooks and schemers, just like there are in any other facet of life, but for the most part people wind up being paid what they are worth. That’s the beauty of the capitalist system, and it is ruined whenever government determines that it knows better than the market.

This isn’t a matter of opinion, as liberals would like to imagine. It’s a matter of fact, and it’s high time that we started getting serious about the damage government interference is doing to our country’s economic underpinnings. It’s about freedom, it’s about individualism, it’s about patriotism, but mostly it’s about cold, hard reality. And far too often we abandon reality in politics because it’s easier to pretend that we’re being held down by an oppressive system than it is to recognize that we can rise up by increasing our worth.

196 Comments
  1. Betty Hall says

    let’s face it!everything the gov.touches turns to shit!

    1. Robert E Bezanson says

      I agree just look at SS which was fine for a few years then Congress started robbing it’s fund so that now SS is considered an Entitlement…

      1. labrat says

        But Robert…….S/S is an entitlment! I worked my whole damn life paying into S/S so I am entitled to it. But I agree, if Congress had kept their fingers out of the pie!!

        1. Robert E Bezanson says

          YES WE DID!!! If we had put that same money into a Mutual Fund we’d be receiving more NOW!!!

          1. labrat says

            I wholeheartedly agree with that accessment Robert. (The S/S division could have been handle in a much better way. But the government idiots in charge know so much more than me so who am I to complain? (Sarcasm)*)

          2. Mike Gunter says

            Johnson, a DUMOCRAT is responsible for changing the law that the government could use OUR money. The Dumocrats are responsible for all the give away plans all the way back to Roosevelt.

          3. labrat says

            Yes he did Mike, but on a side note, it just amazes me that the people we the people vote in charge not only get rich while in office and manage to some how keep their riches but can not keep the governmental checkbook balanced! Why is that? Oh yeah, probably because it’s not theirs and so much more fun to play with someone elses money, especially when there are no consenquences.

          4. 1American1st says

            We’d be worth millions!

          5. Turn9 says

            once again, Americans lack of Economics knowledge make it easy for the Socialist to tell the population our citizens cannot be trusted to direct their own retirement savings. Even if it is limited to 2% or 3% (which is silly) they tell people they’ll be broke because Wall Street sometimes goes down – even tho on average, for 80 years it has increased between 10% & 20% per year and if you want your money during one of the down turns there are ways around losing money. The truth is, the poiticians want to use the money themselves! They want to glorify their own image with OUR money! But the uneducated keep voting for socialist, Communists, and worst – and most are open about their anti-American views! People, … we GOTTA stop electing people who hate America! Even if they are Santa, we have to stop taking our neighbors money and rely on our own resources! Sheesh….

          6. pineapple says

            “we GOTTA stop electing people who hate America! Even if they are Santa, we have to stop”

            This includes Obamaroid and his minions of communists!

          7. pmbalele says

            Z Pizza owner Ritu Shah Burnham shut his business because of competition in the city. You got a lousy products you will go under. So the Z Pizza is lying the closing of his business was not result of raising minimum wage.

          8. mtj3134 says

            Not to say that you are dumb, or lack comprehension skills But, he is a she
            LOL
            If you pay so little attention to the story, then how relevant ( dumb ) can your comment be?
            SMH

          9. omegaman says

            And how would you know that, pm? I think you’re making it up.

          10. pmbalele says

            You remember what Papa Jones said last year-he would shut down 100 establishments because of Obamacare. But when took Obamacare he saved almost 50% on insurance; and he jacked up employee pay to $11.00, his business increased by 25% instead of going down. He delivered better Pizza than before. So this moron should not lie.

          11. 1American1st says

            You are full of it, troll. Prove it!

          12. OSAMA OBAMA says

            I dones did ass member dat one shit assed white folk did had ..F.O. pmass

          13. Joshua Robertson says

            Dude I work for Papa
            John’s we get paid at most a eigth as an in store and drivers make 4.25 and one dollar per delivery so your full of it and assistant managers are salaried like managers and the assistants make 10-15 percent of what the store makes and managers make 15-20 percent of what the store makes and he did actually have to close a hundred of them because those specific sites couldn’t afford the insurance provided by the OBAMACARE policy

          14. pmbalele says

            Did you hear this today? Trump is GOP nominee whether you like it or not. Repubs and TPs are trapped, they cannot get rid of Trump while knowing he will lose the elections. Actually Trump luster is now gone. He took advantage of gullible GOPers by telling them he would build the tallest wall at Mexican border with his own money; now he is saying – that was just a gimmick. You remember he promised you to get rid of all illegals in this country. But, now he says he will wait until his 2nd term to do so. In fact, Trump is now encouraging CEOs to hire illegals at lower pay than the locals. Now he is budding with rich Arabs. Of course he is building a Trump tower in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Japan and Malaysia. He is no longer talking about China, Russia etc.; and countries taking jobs from Americans. You TPs and Repubs are now screwed. The guy has gotten away with murder. He took advantage of you TPs and Repubs. Forget about Benghazi and e-mails. Those so scandals are done. FBI have labeled them as office violation with no security impact. To save you from heart attacks, please start taking your Aspirin today and prepare for Hillary as our next President.

          15. 1American1st says

            pmbalele = TROLL ALERT

          16. RMCSRET says

            pmbalele in making this statement can you provide us with what her customer
            base was before the hike in wages and what it is now after the hike? I doubt you
            know what you are saying. The folks who do know what it is all about are the
            TWELVE folks who are now going to be walking the UNEMPLOYMENT LINE.

          17. Peatro Giorgio says

            Horse shit, several others are on the very verge of shutting down. Seattle a city controlled by progressive dead from the neck up types. Watch as several other shops and small business owner. Shut down and move out to surounding towns out side of progressive moronsville. Just like New Jersey New York Vermont, California, Detroit. Chicago. Where ever progressives are in charges the smart or rather the enlightened conservative s leave. With their money and their jobs. So Seattle shall very soon seen empty store fronts and extremely higher unemployment levels. Much higher welfare cost much higher medicaid cost, much higher food stamps participation. Much lower taxes revenues. Then comes bad roads bad bridges longer waiting lines in the hospital s reduced fire fighting capacity, reduce police presents higher murder rates higher robber rates higher drug use higher crime at all levels. Yea Dam right Liberals and progressives are cave dwelling morons. Good for you Seattle.

          18. pmbalele says

            Did you say several other shops will shut down? You must be a communist
            or socialist. Capitalism weeds incompetence. Those who do not deliver go under.
            You must be also a TP or Repub who wants us Blacks back to the 50s and 60s when we were your slaves. Not anymore. You’re late. So all we want is to be treated like regular human beings or regular Americans. We do not need your affirmative
            action programs any more. We are just as smart as you TPs and Repubs. We
            want equal employment opportunities and freedom from being profiled. Please
            read what I found out about the state government of Wisconsin and tell me how
            hypocrites Repubs are.

          19. Peatro Giorgio says

            Ah so the racist comes out of the closet : Funny it wasn’t anyone else here who brought racism into this debate. So now that we all know; just who and what it is we are dealing with.! You’ve managed to make the debate easier for me. True Capitalism does weed out incompetence. But capitalism, only works so well when people are payed the value of what they are worth! Pizza shops, McDonalds, Wendys, Burger king, jobs, White Castle, Chuck E cheese , or frankly any and most union jobs over pay over promise on pension perks and benefits, As withy the hotel and restaurant businesses so many more are merely beginners jobs; part time jobs mostly for those who are entering the job market they are not nor were they ever designed as life’s career jobs. They are in fact marjinal -low skilled jobs with very low value. Now I understand you might very well be intellectually incapable to comprehend the meaning of low marginally-low skilled. Hence your original premise that it is race related. That just proves your mothers point you should have stayed in school jack ass. Have you take a few minutes to read the entire list post by the Government as to exactly how many chain stores ,franchised stores businesses, big box stores shall be laying off and closing down shop between now and 2017. No I hadn’t thought so, seems you utilizes progressive moronic talking points. You’re just the type Mitt Romney was talking about and others who say low educated voters. Now the Chamber of commerce has received just such notice and has posted those listings. Seattle is going to get the smashing you progressive turds just deserve. Frankly it shall occur nationally, but mostly in troll la la land of the single dimensional thinking progressive rats. O and by the way How stupid is it to burn the business down which have provided jobs opportunity and a tax base for public education and a means to provide the essentials of life. How smart is that.It isn’t whitey doing it. Hey its coming to a your town near you very soon may it be in seattle when there are no more jobs no more stores no more nothing.

          20. DOUGLAS GILLARD says

            You are dumber than a bag of hammers.

          21. Roger_T73 says

            Especially him!!!

          22. Roger_T73 says

            The liber-TARDs will soon run out of other people’s money to give to the Low Information Voters, and there will be nation wide rioting and looting of anyone who was foolish enough to work and save.
            Invest a portion of your savings in precious metals:
            BRASS and LEAD!!!

          23. cvxxx says

            Not necessarily. Remember it would not be guaranteed.

          24. Roger_T73 says

            Decades ago, Galveston, Texas withdrew from the SS system. Their average retirement was over 10K per month, not 2,351 a month like SS.

          25. OldHighlandGuyOne says

            I was forced, starting in 1957, to pay into Social Security and was therefore unable to afford the extra payment into mutual funds or any thing else. In 1957, making 90 cents/hour, I was hard pressed to pay into anything, but forced into SS. As labrat said, I am now entitled to my portion of SS, that which I was forced to pay into.

          26. jim says

            Back in 1957, Social Security for the employee was maybe 4% of your pay (.90 X 40 hrs = $36,00) ($36 * .04 = $1.04) The company you worked for was also paying toward your Social Security with their 4% contribution. You really are a very stupid person. You still had $34.96 left to live on. You still could have saved money for your future. You really are full of IT.
            41,04

        2. OSAMA OBAMA says

          Yup! If only the scumbags in D.C. had to rely on S.S! “Instead, the current salary (2015) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.
          A
          member of Congress retiring with five years’ service under CSRS and 25
          years under FERS at the same salary level would get an initial annual
          pension of $89,610.
          Members of Congress participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits
          Program along with about 8 million federal workers, retirees and their
          dependents. They are subject to the same rules and receive the same
          coverage. Compared with health plans offered by private employers, the
          FEHBP offers more choices — in fact, “the widest selection of health
          plans in the country,” according to the Office of Personnel Management.”-AARP……AArp didn’t give dollar amounts to the Heath benefit.

        3. DP says

          IF THEY WOULD HAVE LEFT IT TO U TO KEEP THAT MONEY…BUT LETS NOT GO THERE…

      2. 1American1st says

        But Obama & his administration seem to have plenty for Illegal Aliens. You wouldn’t want elderly American seniors & Vets to take funding away from tens of millions of Illegal Invaders now would you? (sarcasm)

        1. OSAMA OBAMA says

          Yup, ammo up legal, working religious America!

          1. omegaman says

            HUH?????????????

          2. OSAMA OBAMA says

            Buy ammo all of you legal, working, religious Americans.

        2. AirFrank says

          Tell this POS to come to Texas and try this. He won’t like the outcome.

        3. Mike Gunter says

          This is the scum coming too America. Why do we owe them anything? Go home and fix your own country!

      3. GrumpyOleMan says

        Just say “Thank you OBozo, Clown in Charge.

      4. Sgt. York says

        As long as we are putting our bucks into SS just the stupid added gov is calling it entitlement but by damn its our money and we want it each month. Ovomit is a damn liberal commie thief and thug in chief.

        1. cvxxx says

          Worse Seniors put in more valuable bucks. A 1968 dollar had greater buying power.

          SS is the guaranteed retirement fund. All the others can go belly up and the investor loses everything. Retirement is too important to gamble with.

          1. Combatvet52 says

            Our glorious leaders don’t think so they use it like a slot machine, easy come easy go because they the parasites are destroying us.

          2. cvxxx says

            Congress is in the hands of corporations and a very few very wealthy persons who can fund the campaigns. The first thing is for the voters to control the campaign financing. That way the campaign funding come from the citizenry in the form of a state wide budget. Candidates would be on a level playing field.

          3. Combatvet52 says

            Sounds real good when does the take over begin with the campaign financing.

          4. lynnea marks says

            There shouldn’t have to be a campaign fund. I think all prime time news outlets should have to have 2 debates for each one running that is a set question list with no moderator to try to endorse a candidate. That would give the candidates 8 debates. There should not be ads for candidates either (they r filled with lies). Of course that’s my dream. That way it’s not just rich getting into office

          5. Native Texan says

            cvxxx, if we had that happening, the liberals would make sure that only candidates getting funding would parrot the liberal philosophy. There is no way to manage it fairly. The only reasonable way to fund campaigns is by voluntary contributions.

          6. cvxxx says

            That would keep the current corruption in place. The parties are under the thumb of who funds them not the citizens.

          7. 1American1st says

            Democrats would find some way to cheat, voting machines come to mind.

          8. pineapple says

            .Not to mention illegals voting (Democrat). Also, the dead seem to prefer Democrats when they vote.

          9. cvxxx says

            I trust neither party. They all speak with forked tongue. Until the corrupt campaign financing laws are changed we ordinary voters are at a disadvantage.

          10. pineapple says

            History
            Lesson on Your Social Security Card

            Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t

            know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show

            it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s

            what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are

            Facts.

            Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and

            card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone

            in the United States
            now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway

            and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

            An old Social Security card with the “NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION”message.

            Our Social Security

            Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social

            Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

            1.) That participation in the Program would be

            Completely voluntary, No longer Voluntary

            2.) That the participants would only have to pay

            1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program, Now 7.65%

            on the first $90,000

            3.) That the money the participants elected to put

            into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each

            year, No longer tax deductible

            4.) That the money the participants put into the

            independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the

            general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social

            Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and, Under

            Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent

            5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

            Under Clinton & Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

            Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are

            now receiving a Social Security check every month —

            and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of

            the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put

            away’ — you may be interested in the following:

            Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the

            independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the

            general fund so that Congress could spend it?

            A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically

            controlled House and Senate.

            Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax

            deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

            A: The Democratic Party.

            Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social

            Security annuities? A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the

            ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as resident of the Senate, while he was Vice

            President of the US

            Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to

            immigrants?

            AND MY FAVORITE:

            A: That’s right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.

            Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,

            began to receive Social Security payments! The

            Democratic Party gave these payments to them,

            even though they never paid a dime into it!

            Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),

            the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take

            your Social Security away!

            And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!

            If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of

            awareness will be planted and maybe changes will

            evolve. But it’s worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?

            Actions speak louder than bumper stickers

            PLEASE DO KEEP THIS ONE ROLLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HOPEFULLY IT WILL OPEN A

            FEW EYES!

          11. Turn9 says

            Bravo Pineapple! That’s a great explanation of our screwed up SS system! And you can make similar statements about our income tax system. In 1912 when it was being pushed through, the population was told only the top 1% of the income earners would be taxed. Typical political BS. – just like the old joke about how to tell when a politician is lying? his lips are moving. Nothing has changed.

          12. pineapple says

            I forgot to mention that illegals nowqualified for social security benefits.

          13. Becky says

            I just Facebooked it. Thanks…

          14. Combatvet52 says

            I know about this…… pineapple……I have sent this out several times to all 300 contacts.

          15. mensamom says

            Great job pineapple! If you go back further into politics it has always been the Dumbocrats that have kept the blacks “in their place” as they put it – not my words. And still, the majority vote democrat to this day. I find it ironic that the persecuted ones are so loyal to their persecutors. Romney was right…..again.

          16. Native Texan says

            cvxxx, if each had an individual account, it could be put into investments that guarantee the principle that would also have a lower income. Even with that, each one of us would receive far more than ss will give us after investing for around 40 years. For those with a little more tolerance for risk, we could be getting 10-15times what ss pays. Unfortunately, fdr did not set up the right kind of retirement program. When conservatives try to transition to a better one, liberals cry wolf because they wouldn’t be able to use my money and your money. Thus, we will continue to suffer through the mess we have now.

          17. cvxxx says

            Unless it is guaranteed it is gambling. It is most important to have it guaranteed. SS can easily be advanced to allow greater input if congress can keep it’s hand off and everybody has their own account.(no piggybacking allowed). Conservatives are not conservative. The big problem is breaking up the too big and have too much influence over the economic conditions.
            The real problems have not yet been felt. The coming AI revolution and robotics will wipe out many heretofore secure upper middle class occupations. And end many lower income lower status one. What that means is unskilled workers will be unemployed as will many others.
            The 19th century economic systems will need to be adapted or discarded for more appropriate ones. The retirement systems too will need adjustment an there in lies many philosophical.economic,social,and monetary adaptations.
            All parties (political) struggle with what was in earlier times the “supposed to be’s” (cultural norms). Most of the norms will in time need to be replaced with new one as the old is dysfunctional. The new technologies will throw the old traditions one their useless heads.

          18. OSAMA OBAMA says

            EXCELLENT POINT!!!

      5. glenn398 says

        Robert Actually Johnson was the one who robbed it to pay for the Viet Nam war and the war on poverty.

        1. Robert E Bezanson says

          Yes, that was the beginning, but they’ve been robbing it ever since…

          1. glenn398 says

            Once it was put into the general fund that is where it stayed.

      6. Ellen says

        If there is even a slight smell of money, politician’s fingers will be in it. And you know for sure, it will be squandered or abused, to serve their own purpose. And first and foremost is VOTES. They will give our hard earned money or even our country, to anyone, if they think it will bring them votes.

      7. John Wilch (TSgt, USAF Ret.) says

        Robert, the Socialist (Oops, Democrats) transferred it to the General fund so that they could pay for LBJ’s war: Vietnam and then when their Masters told them to they cut and ran with there tails between their legs just as they are doing now.

    2. labrat says

      Damn Betty, you are so right about that and to change it around is going to be an uphill battle of immense proportions! I could go on but don’t have the time to write a book, lol. People need to do their research and get out and vote, vote, vote and I mean vote wisely and not just vote by the party line. If we can get people into government that give a shit maybe, just maybe we can start to turn this mess around.

      May God once again look down on this once great country with favor.

      1. lynnea marks says

        I pray GOD does look down with favor but with the country focusing on same sex marriages and all the legal murder of babies I would not be shocked that he has stopped the blessings of this country

        1. labrat says

          I think that as a people and nation that if we straighten out the crap at the top, meaning from the WH on down and show the Almighty we are heading in the right direction we have a chance. I was in a coma for two weeks and I talked with my guardian angels, and trust me it took some talking, to not make that my time. But when I awoke I was at peace with myself and the Lord. So to meet my maker is fine with me……he has plans for all of us Lynnea.

          1. Amerikztan says

            Stay on your knees; God needs to hear from each one of us.

      2. hora says

        No worry, be will, Dems not get a worse yet. Don’t believe what poll show, all are manipulate by Dems, What a illegal nigger won loss pacience and moral for fight, but he no have friend any where, small support, he don’t know what surprise awaiting him, enemy are legion of million who won see a head of a nigger and many another communist impale like Count Dracula was doing in a stack. Is not joke, this time be will to dark for all dems, and after much worse.

        1. DP says

          ITS NIGGA…..THAT IS ENDEARING….

      3. Roger_T73 says

        Amerika (oblamo’s country, NOT mine) is at war with God:
        1-Force religious organizations like schools and hospitals to insure for abortions,
        2-force Christian bakers, florists etc. to be involved in gay weddings (sic),
        3-(coming soon) forcing churches to perform gay weddings (sic)!!
        Why would God look down on Amerika with favor?

        1. DP says

          BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MUSLIMS…..AND THE PEOPLE THAT WILL VOTE W/THEIR VAGINAS…(NOT JUST WOMEN)

        2. labrat says

          Roger my good man, that is what faith is all about! We, as a nation, have to somehow return back to our God. We will have to struggle of that I’m sure. But we can do it as God will not allow Satan to have his way forever. We need to educate people to vote and vote for the person, not the party. And people need to do some research on any person they think that they might vote for. When we get good people in the top positions then it will start to change. There may come a time when we have to beat out plows into swords but we do as we must my friend. But as I’ve stated before…..I am at rest with myself and my God. The absolute most that can happen is that your time on this earth is taken from you. I know I will go before God and be judged for my sins but that’s OK because I’ve repented and all is well.

          1. Amerikztan says

            Satan is in charge for a time though. What is promised after nations fall, and lies are called ‘truth’, and the truth ‘lies’ ? Politics and our politicians will not save us,…only One will, and Barack is clearly not the messiah he waited for. All we can do is put it off, but the end is closer than ever. There is always an antichrist waiting in the wings, but good humans have prevailed to defeat them. Not so much anymore….Jesus is the only One.

          2. labrat says

            You are so right…..Jesus is the only one!!

          3. LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead says

            Jesus is the only one. When He Returns He will put an end to this nonsense …

        3. Amerikztan says

          What is he? Christian? Muslim? Well, Barack, is Jeremiah Wright right? Is it “God Bless America…” or did you waste 21 years in his church ?

        4. LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead says

          With a broken heart I agree with what you said.

      4. LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead says

        Amen . But I don’t see that happening.

      5. LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead says

        If we could stop SSM and Abortions. I’m sure He would . But until that day ……………

      6. nevergiveup says

        May 7, National Day of Prayer!

    3. ALBERTJ says

      Amen you are so right

    4. OSAMA OBAMA says

      Wrong! The U.S.P.S. works fine, Amtrak, education, Do Not Call .gov., Dept. of Justice………..

      1. Turn9 says

        I agree the USPS works great – but they lose money every year. The only thing keeping them afloat is all the 3rd class mail (all that junk mail we throw away) they deliver. But it is a big money loser like all the other govt operations. I vote for the military being the only govt “program” that is cost effective.

        1. OSAMA OBAMA says

          Uh!! I was being sarcastic, VERY sarcastic. As the Gubment can’t find it’s own ass with both hands, I can’t wait to see how much fraud, waste and failure will come of the A.C.A.

    5. Lee Poteet says

      The government? No, it is everything that comes from the Democrat Party and those to the left of it that doesn’t have to turn because it IS! This is Fergusson, Baltimore and wherever else those who refuse to believe that economics has rjules that we can not violate without ruin.

    6. Decimated1 says

      They have the SHI’ITE touch

  2. Les Haworth says

    lets face it any time you raise the minum wage every thing else goes up.

    1. GrumpyOleMan says

      Finally someone who understands basic economics!

  3. George Cahonna says

    The Liberals, the Savior’s of the working class = No Jobs, more Free Handouts, more taxes to those left working, & more closed small business’s . Congratulations Libs

    1. cvxxx says

      It’s both parties. Budgets that are not going to meet needs blown up defense spending to please politicians who speak with forked tongue. Trillion dollar unfunded wars. Trade agreement that ship jobs overseas and fire American workers so the company can hire H1B visa applicants cheaper. And on an on………

      1. George Cahonna says

        Your right, Both parties should shoulder the responsibility!! Now the GOP wants illegals to get drivers licenses(Cheap Labor). the DEMS needs voter’s.. Both parties are selling out America.

        1. GrumpyOleMan says

          Agree, but maybe just for a change, the Dummycrats should own up their 90% portion of the blame. Seems like it’s ALWAYS the conservatives that give in, the country keeps going further and further left which means more and more welfare programs! (And free OBozo phones of course)

          1. cvxxx says

            We all are to blame. We voter let the corruption go on like we were sports fans and as long as “our” team scored it did not matter. But it does. Every piece of bad legislation no matte what the title or intent it still is bad legislation with lots of unintended consequences for everyone.

          2. George Cahonna says

            Let’s get rid of both sides.. Start over.. Term limits to start.

          3. Turn9 says

            yes! term limits – and I’d like to get rid of the lawyers making laws! even they say their laws are too complex to understand!

          4. George Cahonna says

            When its too complex to understand its usually designed that way to screw the common man.

          5. Turn9 says

            Right! When the dems talk about “working together” they mean do it their way!

          6. OSAMA OBAMA says

            Seattle just proved that it is never enough. “Burn baby burn!”

      2. 1American1st says

        Why do you keep posting that Liberal lie about “unfunded wars”?

        When you talk about “trade agreements” are you including Obama’s TPP?

        http://www.citizen.org/TPP

        1. cvxxx says

          Because it is true. 2nd Gulf war,Afghanistan were unfunded and cost trillions. Congress is responsible. Congress needs financial reform and transparency to the citizens. It is about doing what is right by the citizens.
          Many citizens are not aware of all the foolishness and pork being sold to them as X,Y,Z. It is time that true accounting is done.

    2. pineapple says

      19 Signs That American Families Are Being
      Economically Destroyed

      Submitted by Tyler Durden
      on 04/09/2015 Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

      The systematic destruction of the American way of life is
      happening all around us, and yet most people have no idea what is happening.
      Once upon a time in America,
      if you were responsible and hardworking you could get a good paying job that
      could support a middle class lifestyle for an entire family even if you only
      had a high school education. Things weren’t perfect, but generally almost
      everyone in the entire country was able to take care of themselves without
      government assistance. We worked hard, we played hard, and our seemingly
      boundless prosperity was the envy of the entire planet. But over the past
      several decades things have completely changed. We consumed far more
      wealth than we produced, we shipped millions of good paying jobs overseas, we
      piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and we kept
      electing politicians that had absolutely no concern for the long-term future of
      this nation whatsoever. So now good jobs are in very short supply, we are
      drowning in an ocean of red ink, the middle class is rapidly shrinking and
      dependence on the government is at an all-time high. Even as we stand at
      the precipice of the next great economic crisis, we continue to make the same
      mistakes. In the end, all of us are going to pay a very great price for
      decades of incredibly foolish decisions. Of course a tremendous amount of
      damage has already been done. The numbers that I am about to share with
      you are staggering. The following are 19 signs that American families are
      being economically destroyed…(Look at #16)

      #1 The poorest 40 percent
      of all Americans now spend more than 50 percent of their incomes just on food and
      housing.

      #2 For those Americans that
      don’t own a home, 50 percent of them spend more than a third of their incomes just on rent.

      #3 The price of school
      lunches has risen to the 3 dollar mark at many public schools across the nation.

      #4 McDonald’s “Dollar Menu
      & More” now includes items that cost as much as 5 dollars.

      #5 The price of ground beef
      has doubled since 2009.

      #6 In 1986, child care
      expenses for families with employed mothers used up 6.3 percent of all income. Today, that figure is up to 7.2 percent.

      #7 Incomes fell for the bottom 80 percent of all income earners in the United States
      during the 12 months leading up to June 2014.

      #8 At this point, more than 50 percent of all American workers bring home less
      than $30,000 a year in wages.

      #9 After adjusting for
      inflation, median household income has fallen by nearly $5,000
      since 2007.

      #10 According to the New
      York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.

      #11 47 percent of all Americans do not put a single penny out of
      their paychecks into savings.

      #12 One survey found that 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to
      paycheck.

      #13 According to the U.S.
      Department of Education, 33 percent of all Americans with student loans are currently
      behind on their student loan debt repayments.

      #14 According to one recent
      report, 43 million Americans currently have unpaid medical debt on
      their credit reports.

      #15 The rate of
      homeownership in the U.S.
      has been declining for seven years in a row, and it is now the lowest that it has
      been in 20 years.

      #16 For
      each of the past six years, more businesses have closed in the
      United States
      than have opened. Prior to 2008, this had
      never happened before in all of U.S.
      history.

      #17 According to the Census
      Bureau, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home
      that receives some form of aid from the federal government.

      #18 If you have no debt at
      all, and you also have 10 dollars in your wallet, that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans.

      #19 On top of everything
      else, the average American must work from January 1st to April 24th just to pay all federal, state
      and local taxes

      1. George Cahonna says

        Pineapple..There is truth to what you pointed out. American families are not only being economically destroyed, but morally. Were being attacked on all fronts, divided by lies, deceit, corruption, & our own arrogance. Problem is, only concerned Patriots knows what’s happening, another handful is to busy keeping they’re heads above water, & last group are presently to comfortable to be concerned.

      2. Turn9 says

        The way it used to be? all you said is true – don’t forget that the “Good Life” was most often done with the income from just one parent while the other stayed home to care for the kids and the home! now everyone is working more and making less.

  4. A natural born American says

    Must be a reason wiser people say “Be careful of what you wish for; you just might get it.”

  5. billyjshafer says

    What good is a minimum increase. When you don’t have a job.

    1. Rattlerjake says

      This business owner is the smart one because she quit now, at least she might be able to sell her home and move to a conservative state before going bankrupt. The rest of the businesses that try to hold on will lose everything. The whole state will eventually pick up the tab for all of the unemployed, then the US tax payers will be hit with the bill. What’s even more laughable is that these demoturds think that these businesses will just hire illegals for cheaper labor, but they will still be required to pay the higher minimum wage.

      1. pineapple says

        It has reached the point where the minimum wage is less than they can draw from all the welfare, food stamp, CHIP, and other programs. So why should they work?

        They are being paid not to work by those who work. This destroys the incentive of those who don’t work to work and also destroys the incentive of those who work to work.

        The inevitable result is economic collapse, which is what Obama and his minions have planned all along. Thank you George Soros!

      2. Turn9 says

        I think we will see more computerized order takers – who don’t rrquire min wage, and with enough effort they’ll find a way to make the food using more robots. those buying fast food may be the winners – with faster service and more consistent products. but all those in the entry level jobs (90% are uneducated, single people not raising a family) trying to learn “how to work” and not make a living will find themselves out of work. And yes, they’ll be on Unemployment for as long as it lasts or until they find another job.

  6. eastedie33510 says

    Just another way Obama destroys the middle class. Cloward-Piven strategy is working well for him.

  7. jim scofield says

    I think the best explanation of what is going on
    can be found in a song by Joe Walsh “The Band
    Played On”. Is the United States the Great Titanic
    and struck the Ice berg 6 years ago.

  8. Lee Berry says

    Some have taken the time to list out the comparison of the massive increases in wages. In the way it is headed, the recipients of higher wages will earn more that some jobs that require a college degree. Why an unskilled person would deserve $15 per hour is beyond comprehension.
    For example, a doctor is in college for X-amount of years – training and honing their medical expertise to treat patients. In comparison, a professional athlete does not have a particular degree and is not avowed to use his/her skills other than to “play” for a high dollar contract for x-amount of time. (Afterwards, retiring in luxury following their favorite game of choice – one of which has done nothing productive).
    Many professionals pay – when broken down into “hourly” comparison would fall beneath the $15 an hour. Many of these same professionals began working at or below minimum wage. Please explain the need to pay a pizza preparer or hamburger flipper or landscaper more than a college-graduate with a specific degree. Even in comparison, someone that worked their way up through the work-force over 10 to 15 years (beginning at minimum wage) – to awarding a non-professional – perhaps a 16 year old – the higher wages.
    Finally, when a company is forced to pay these higher wages – John and Jane Q. Public do not even consider the costs of the company, its suppliers, warehouse costs and insurance to keep the company in compliance with the ever-intrusive gov. Raising to the higher forced wages will affect how the company survives. The cost of food, paper, insurance, building upkeep, fuel, school and electric – also rises nation-wide. As in the above story, the pizza company will not survive the over-head costs stemming from the forced wage increases.

  9. warnerathey says

    If someone is unemployed and can’t find a job paying him $7.10 per hour I don’t know why they would think there would be a lot of businesses standing in line waiting to pay him $15 per hour. It just doesn’t make sense. A $15 minimum wage would cause a lot lay offs. A $15 minimum wage would cause a lot of people to move out of the area which would create a business downturn. It could end up looking like Detroit.

    1. cvxxx says

      Actually robots can to the job. But a lot of the population has economic siege mentality. They will need to see the light first. Many activist groups are also responsible with new/old ideas to create instant slums with out thinking of the total “big” picture. The failure to integrate all the aspects keeps some people poor and isolated.

  10. rog363 says

    Lets face facts people, these minimum wage jobs were basically created for 1. Collage students who are working these jobs because they are still in school 2. Many seniors that are working these jobs so as to have something to do 3. High School kids working at a part time job to get themselves some spending money or trying to earn enough for a car. These jobs have largely been taken over by those with a limited education, which of coarse limits the field in which they can apply for decent jobs. These jobs are not there for career minded people but as a stepping stone toward a better job, it is not or never was meant to be a career job for anyone. So increasing the minimum wage tells everyone that, HEY, I can quit school and still have a job and make enough to live on. This, to me, is just one more thing the government is doing that does nothing for the people but shows me that everything the government touches, eventually turns to S**T.
    Instead of increasing minimum wage, which was at a decent rate for young people and part timers, government should make those with no education get one, not give them an incentive to quit school because they can get a job and exist. I also believe that if you quit school for no good reason, and decide to apply for Welfare, because you can’t make it out there, I say you shouldn’t be allowed Welfare because it was your choice, so why should the rest of us, who have an education and worked our whole life to get where we now are, pay for your STUPIDITY? The same goes for those that have children out of wedlock, one child fine, you made a mistake and had a child and can get Welfare to aid in rearing that child you start having more and more children by different men, that tells me you haven’t learned a thing except the more children you’ve got the more money you can get from the government. I don’t know about the rest of you out there but I am sick of watching America becoming a Welfare country.
    I could go on and on but I think I have given those out there that really care something to think about.

    1. GrumpyOleMan says

      It isn’t “becoming” a welfare country. It has already become a welfare country and you can thank all the unlearned (but educated) Democrats for that!

      1. rog363 says

        I have to agree to disagree with your statement saying it has already become a Welfare country. This idiotic regime is trying they’re damnedest to get everyone on Welfare so as to make them more dependent on government but I and many others are not dependent on government for our every want and need. I was brought up to fend for myself and to aid those that needed help but over the years I have watched as government has allowed many good programs that were put in place to aid those that needed it to become abused by far to many that have seen these programs as a way to collect while not contributing.
        I have, over the coarse of many years, come to view most Democrats as Socialists who believe in a big government, a big government that will take care of them. This country was developed to give people the chance to become productive not become dependent on government but on themselves. Someone once said to me, “If you feel that way why don’t you give up your Social Security monthly check”? I responded back with “I will, as soon as the government gives me the $850,000 I feel I would have made if allowed to invest MY money the way I wanted, not be forced to give it to the government to waste on far to many that don’t deserve it.”

        1. Jeanna Green says

          Love your post. Agree 100% with everything you said. But what that guy asked you about giving up your SS, you should have said most have already done that because the Government has mishandled that program to the point that we are already being told that your SS wont be there when you retire. I just wonder why we allow them to keep taking out of something they admit we won’t get back. Is that not the biggest Ponzi scheme out there and its ok when the Government does it but anyone else would go to jail for theft.

          1. omegaman says

            jeanna — Just who are you talking to, dufus?

        2. pineapple says

          Dam right!!!

    2. Jeanna Green says

      well put and I know what you mean when you say you can go on and on. This President and his Administration and like minded Liberal Democrats make it to easy not to have enough crap to go on and on about. LOL

  11. 1American1st says

    This is what happens when people vote Democrat.

  12. jak says

    This is what happens when the Federal Government dictates. The Federal Government has no right to force small business to follow like sheep because of a Socialistic Ideology. Thanks Obama.

  13. junkmailbin says

    the intended consequences to is put more people on the government titt

  14. Blastoff says

    Raising the wage of any one results in that individual paying more income tax. It also results in a higher cost for goods and services, resulting in every consumer paying more in sales taxes. So then everyone needs a raise to off set the lost income going into the tax coffers. This, naturally, results in all costs going up, resulting in more people paying more taxes. The folks who support this government scheme to increase tax revenue are from two distinct groups; those on the government dole who pay little or no income tax and get most of their needs provided by the government, or those in government who do not suffer along with the tax payers as they are able to give themselves whatever pay or benefit raise necessary to avoid the pain of their asinine policies.

    1. GrumpyOleMan says

      Explain the part about increased sales taxes to the idiots that want the “Fair Tax” will you?

    2. SNuss says

      How much more income tax do you pay, when that wage increase costs you your job?

  15. mac12sam12 says

    The minimum wage issue is a distraction from this administrations failure at providing good paying full time jobs.

  16. GrumpyOleMan says

    This is great! When the politicians have to begin making their own pizza, maybe the alarm clock in their sleeping brains will go off and they’ll wake up! Nah, their Dummycrats. It won’t change.

  17. bobangelo says

    This article is right on the “money”. Read the end again – “for the most part people wind up being paid what they are worth”. This sums it all up. But these LIBTARDS think that the rioters in Baltimore should be paid what a corporate CEO should be paid. After all, it is their right and we should all hold hands and sign Kum-by – ya around the campfire. Unfortunately the takers out number the givers which is the way Oashole planned it and these 2 brain cell morons can’t see 2 inches in front of there faces to realize what is happening to our country. These morons not only drink the kool-aid, they bath in it. Unless some miracle happens or Ronald Regan comes back to life, we are done as what this country used to be. God help us and keep your powder dry.

  18. Jo Ann Cooper says

    Min. wage can be raised but the amount of available jobs diminish. Then what? Put all the people who would have worked for min wage & put them on welfare, food stamps & state aided health care? Is there NO forethought put into these moronic policies at al?

    1. cvxxx says

      Most people do not have the economic education to comprehend the depth and breath of the problem.

      1. Roy Bryant says

        Which means our schools are failing us. And don’t even begin to think there is an “unintended consequence” here.

        1. cvxxx says

          Yes, they are. Unfortunitly school administrators are too busy with dress codes,and protecting their own interest and the sate is too busy to fund what needs to be done: a longer school year. moving to the Singapore system might be a improvement and school uniforms to end the dress code mess.

          1. Roy Bryant says

            No! A shorter school year is needed. When students spend 8 months in the public schools and 4 months with parents, then parents will have some chance of countering the destructive influence the kids are under in the public schools for 8 months. Better yet: Get our children out of the government schools! Very many of us are not capable of properly home-schooling our children. But help and materials are everywhere. It has never been easier to home-school our children. Look up the home-schooling organizations that will help you find the help you need. It has never been more necessary to home-school, and it has never been easier, and there has never been a time when there was more help available foe home-schoolers.

          2. cvxxx says

            That makes no sense. The amount of knowledge now needed is far greater than in the past. Most parents are not equipped to do that. The real problem is that the return of boarding schools is not on the table. While there is no perfect solution the current one has out lived it’s usefulness.

          3. SNuss says

            But, who will teach the grade school students about trans-genders, cross-dressers and homosexuals?

          4. cvxxx says

            Sex ed classes like civilized countries have.

    2. The Blue Collar Man says

      Jo Ann. Part of the demonRat creed is, celebrate only the glorious moment of the wonderful changes made, and ignore the potential disastrous results of those wonderful changes made, which always show up down the road.

    3. NorCal Mike says

      No, they don’t. That is how we got Obama Care. Pelosi said “We must pass it to know what is in it” and now we are suffering under it.

  19. markypolo says

    REALITY sucks! That is why we have DRUGS. Drugs make us feel sooooo much better. Democrats should at least dispense FREE hemorrhoid cream with their policies in order to make the screwing much easier.

  20. Combatvet52 says

    Just think no tax money from this Pizza Place anymore, who else will get the shaft.

  21. VanceJ says

    A lot more to come.

  22. Pentax Princess says

    It is happening in Oakland, ca also with the minimum wage rise to $12.25 an hour. Servers at restaurants quit when their tips were capped, restaurants and low-wage sewing shops in Chinatown closed up putting people out of work . Long-time child-care businesses are on the verge of closing or having to let employees go or raise rates dramatically.

    1. Roy Bryant says

      Don’t even begin to think that these are “unintended consequences”. When child-care businesses fail, government will have an excuse to expand even more their asinine and destructive intrusion into raising our children. The more there is a shortage of any kind of services, government will “not let that crisis go to waste” and quickly fill that void with more exorbitant taxation and bigger wasteful bureacracies to throw even more of the fruit of our productivity down various rat holes.

  23. Michael Dennewitz says

    You can bet your sweet ass the politicians are all living high off the hog, so to speak! The sooner an expert sniper takes out the AIC, the better off we’ll be. And I respect people’s opinions on “voting,” but if everything is rigged, what the hell good does voting do? Hell, last election, dead people voted.. And congress is wandering around comparing bank statements. We voted them in, they shoved it up our asses.
    Where are all the snipers when you really need one??

  24. Roy Bryant says

    It will get worse unless we find a way to make common sense break free from the shackles placed on it by our handlers in government and the ivory towers of not only schools of B & PA–Business and Public Administration–but throughout the “hallowed Halls” where “historians” and other professors routinely lie to our children about the facts of history and the lessons of history and what those facts and lessons should mean to us today.

  25. jsccats says

    Minimum wage via a vote is stupid. A Federal minimum wage is also stupid as is tying it to an infation index or other equally questionable indices.

  26. d66cmorris says

    Surprise, Surprise. I wonder how many other people will lose their jobs because of this government stupidity.

  27. glenn398 says

    Gosh I wonder how did we ever survive before there was such a thing as minimum wages. I grew up in the 40s and things worked well then but that was before Johnson’s great society that raised taxes so high finally the wife had to go to work just to survive.

  28. fred says

    my suggestion would be to send those workers to China or Mexico where all of our jobs are now going anyway thanks to an illegal potus who only wants the US to be a third world country just like his Communist allies have ordered him to destroy us incrementally like the cowards all Socialist/Communist always are! They are all deceivers/liars/thieves just like the criminal who stole our WH!

  29. Jim says

    When minimum wages go up, everyone must make more money to buy the products so as a result the wages of everyone must go up. So as a result, no one is better off.

  30. John Q. Public says

    She is a pi_ _ poor business person !!! Swing that all of her competition is in the same boat she can raise her prices to what they have to be to make up for the raise in wages. This is the same old BS that gets rolled out when. Raising wages comes up.
    How will business survive when we go to work again and they have to pay the 10% war tax ??? GW and congress put the last two wars on the nation’s credit card but as we all saw in 2009 the bills came due , yes my party blamed the Obama administration but that did not work the paper trail was still there to show it was GW and the right wing that chalked up these bills so the business community could get a free ride on the taxes they had a dutiy to pay . Now we sit with a 4 trillion dollar debt that the corporations need to pay for , but once again the right-wing would rather see America crumble then to tell their big campaign donors to pay what they owe. Is it that they think that American business are so poorly managed that they can’t handle their obligations or is it they know American business are managed by morons who can’t find there b_tts with both hands and a map. I know better American business can and has done this from before the beginning of our nation. Grab a pair right-wing !!!!

    1. Jeanna Green says

      Than tell me how and why Obama has created more dept than all the Presidents together. That is also a proven fact. All the feel good programs have failed most States and caused big deficits because of it. They rather fund those programs instead of putting the money where it belongs, which is our schools. Washington has already gotten in trouble for not doing right by the schools. ruled on by a judge and found guilty of not supply the schools with funding that they are responsible for. Even though they were told that had to change, they are still having a problem with funding enough. But Washington is also one of those States that has the feel good program of harboring Illegal immigrants who come into this state and take jobs away from our younger generation. And if you notice, it was the Larger Cities (Seattle in this State) that went along with all the rioting that has been going on. Those Big Cities are usually run by Liberal or Democratic politicians that has run those States into big deficits and taught the young people it was ok to destroy other people stuff and business. Not realizing that in the long run they are only destroying their own Cities. No, I like it out here in the mountains where people use their common sense. Just wish the rest of this beautiful State would use their own common sense.

    2. mtj3134 says

      Do tell us, what kind of business your run and/or that you are self employed ?
      How many employees do you have ?
      Waiting for your reply.

    3. Jon Mac says

      Your user name is exactly the same as what the IRS operators used, to sign tax demand letters, before they were banned from doing it. You are a socialist bully boy coward.

  31. daveveselenak says

    Bravo chirp the communists, another successful capitalistic business endeavor taken down – NEXT? REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION!

  32. Jon's On says

    How stupid are the people I Seattle. The small business owners should raise their prices a lot to force the idiots to pay for the dumb law.

    1. Jeanna Green says

      not all of Washington State feels the way the Socialist run King County which includes Seattle. They tell us our votes dont count because we are out numbered. They say King county has more people than all the rest of Washington put together. So what are we to do when our state gets taken over by Socialist Agenda and Liberal Democratic views. Heck we had a woman run on being a Socialist and she won. A lot want Washington to use common sense but we don’t matter.

      1. Jon's On says

        We have the same problem in Commiefornia. SF and LA are full of idiots. It makes this state hell for the rest of us. Most people I know here in CA do have common sense but I don’t live in LA or SF. I have met people from SF and they are dyed in the wool communist.

      2. Jim Miller says

        Unfortunately, here in WA. State are too many too many people imposing the NY & Cal. ways of life and rich people like Bloomberg, Gates, Allen, to name a few won’t hesitate with their BILLIONS to sell out the State and oppress by buying VOTES and in a way we are subdued by the carelessness and Apathy of many voters and that is self-defeating even before we start; THE AMERICAN MINUTEMEN WON THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR BECAUSE THEY WERE BRAVE AND NOT LAZY AND THEY DID NOT HESITATE TO SHOOT, NOW WE MUST MAKE SURE EVERY OF OUR VOTES COUNT

  33. Turn9 says

    If more people were educated in the way Economics actually work, there would be no question (yes, I know it’s boring, but being bored is better than being out of work!!), It’s another area where education fails our kids while teaching them useless “feel-good” New Age subjects that do nothing to make them employable but everything to make them easy to persuade to anti-capilatistic views. Capitalism is the ONLY way to make a Republic last and remain just.

  34. USCBIKER says

    I wanna see the video where a liberal in line for their food says, “I want you to charge me 50% more so you can raise wages for your employees”. Never gonna happen, LMAO.

  35. James in Texas says

    The Liberal garbage-bag known as California has already destroyed the entire West Coast. Washington and Oregon have become “home-central” for all thing Socialist, Period. But, just remember their colleges and universities will be turning out thousands of folks every year who “Don’t need No stinking Jobs, We just want $20.00 hourly for being young”!

    1. Jeanna Green says

      Agree but sad here in Washington State. Not all of us here have lost our minds and do use our common sense. Its just hard because we are so called outnumber here because they tell us that king county (Includes Seattle) has more people than the rest of Washington all together. East Washington is more Conservative the the west but the West always wins on every vote. Even had a woman run on being a Socialist and won. Wish the Coastal States were not all run by Liberals, Democrats or RINOS.

      I hate the thought of moving out of the beautiful State. We have it all, Coast, Desert, Forest, volcano and mountains. But for all that, we pay some of the highest taxes right up there with NY and CA. And we are even one of those states that do everything to harbor illegal immigrants which takes jobs from Americans here in Washington St.
      So yes, what you said is very true but very sad.

      1. James in Texas says

        Jeanna, my Heart hurts for you and the many “good folks” in WA and OR. As a child (11) I lived at Sand Point Naval Air Station and I loved that place so much that when the Navy moved my Father, again, I ran away from home because I loved living there so much! That was 1953-54, and this is now. I actually grew-up in CA, back when it was still a real place and not yet La-La Land. Being a Teen in the 50’s, in Orange County, at the beach was so good that I still believe that it should have been “against some kind of laws”! Folks that believe the things they are being told by this current Federal government are simply lying to themselves, and unlike what they believe, that all of this is just hurting Conservatives, Republicans and “Anyone” who doesn’t agree with them, will some day awake to see the full impact of the loss of liberties of all. A right denied to one is denied to all, Period!

        1. Jeanna Green says

          I thank you for your words. I grew up in the 60 and 70’s and it was still a great time to grow up. Heck I remember I had to get up a 4 am to catch a bus to go pick Strawberry, that is if I wanted any new school clothes of new shoes, Now a days the Government will prosecute you if you let your kids go to the park down the street. I think it was better back then because we were taught morals and values. We were taught that if you want something bad enough you go out and work to get it. I stated field work every summer from the age 9 until I was 12 with no parents around. Much rather rely on myself because than I have no body else to blame but myself if I don’t succeed.

  36. Tracy Jones says

    GOVERNMENT MEDDLING IS RUINING ALL BUSINESSES.THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN
    A BUSINESS.THEY STAY COUPED UP IN THEIR LITTLE WORLD NOT KNOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Jeanna Green says

    What a great read. Thank you. Just wish the American people would realize how much this President, His Administration, Hillary and Bill, and all the other American Hating race baiters are out to destroy everything that is good about the USA.
    Sorry to say, I think it is to late to turn the damage around. The Left has so many people under their vote because of nothing more than how much FREE stuff off the backs of Real Tax payers, they can scam.
    Been teaching our children the victim card and unfair share crap in schools for years. We are headed for really hard times when these millenniums generation grow older and take up their miss guided intentions and teaching into our Politics. These children are learning everything bad from the left.
    1. Lie to your Parents is ok if your school wants it.
    2. You are the entitlement generation to thinks you only wish you could have what others have and not what you work for.
    3. Your parents don’t know what is good for themselves or for you.
    4. its not good to do the best you can at anything because others that loose to you might get their feelings hurt.
    5. Welfare and EBT cards are great and everyone should be getting help from the Government. Even though, if everyone was on assistance, who would keep paying for these feel good programs.
    6. Teaching our children that the means justifies the End which includes lying to get what you want.
    7. They don’t feel they need to teach the children anything about American History that is not changed to fit their agenda. That way they don’t have to teach the children their Constitutional Rights. That way if they don’t know their rights, its easy to take those rights away.
    8. Teaching that laws don’t have to be followed if you don’t like them, but only if your lucky enough to
    work for the Government.

    I could go on and on about what these Left leaning Loonies are doing to our children and to this great Country. Not to mention all the Dept that ALL the Politicians feel is ok to dump on those very children they are teaching to only be takers and not doers. How are they going to know how to pay down the dept if they don’t know how to take care of themselves? Just Asking because none of the Presidents Administration, Obama himself, His wife, Anyone is Congress, are asking the real hard questions. Just kicking the can down the road for others to fix. Whats so wrong with that is that they don’t want to do their jobs by doing that can kicking, but they want us to keep electing them back into office. With that logic, we will never fix anything but the can sure can be kicked far.
    Boy is this Country in deep trouble and we the people allowed these radicals to take over. I am just as guilty, but I am sad to think I waited to long to do anything about it now, because our Politicians do not go with what the people want. All they care about is our Tax paying pockets. I don’t think the American People really have anyone fighting for their rights any more.
    Time for Term Limits and a bill that says Congress, and All Political figures have to abide the very laws they put on our backs. Also take away their right to give themselves raises. But most of all a Bill that says if any of them are found guilty of anything from lying to criminal charges, they loose their jobs and they do NOT get their over the top retirement packages.

    1. Jon Mac says

      I totally agree with you on term limits for Congress persons (5 x 2 year terms max.) and the Senators.(2 x 6 year terms max.). And all of the rest in that paragraph. Wow if that could happen.

  38. Jim Miller says

    According to Libs & illegal aliens it is the RESPONSIBILITY of their employer to pay higher wages due to their lack of skills or education, having kids they can not afford, buying drugs, having a fiesta every weekend and keep sending more tax free money to Mexico, those maggots deserve to be marched back to Mexico, we are laughing stock of the world a n*gger that can not even protect his own border, that faggot is a joke; we need a President like Putin and our border will be respected & protected, in Russia if you cross the border their AK-47 do the talking, problem solved and we can do the same.

  39. DFH says

    how much will A big mack cost if you have to pay a woker $11.00-15.00 hr or milk,bread,any food. The same people that make more money will have to pay more taxes also.Good for the gov but not for the people.LESS GOV more money in your pocket.

  40. Bob Wexler says

    The point of the article was the new forced minimum wage. When I was 17 I spent a few months working for minimum wage before I got a raise, but I also received tips which were usually more than the wage. Around the holidays the tips might be multiples of the wage.
    The Z Pizza lady might find a good contingency lawyer, maybe even Gloria Allred to sue the city for a taking of her property. She might acquire a nice retirement fund and convince the city of Seattle to rethink there position on running other peoples businesses.

    1. OSAMA OBAMA says

      “forced minimum wage”, forced Social Security, forced vaccinations. Which freedoms will they take next?

      1. Jeanna Green says

        forced water restrictions, forced Taxes on air for companies. ETC…

        1. OSAMA OBAMA says

          TAX, TAX, TAX, YAHOO!!!!!

  41. OSAMA OBAMA says

    Seattle, that bastion of libTURDism!…(Reuters) – Seattle residents who throw too many pizza crusts, coffee grounds and uneaten leftovers in their regular garbage will now face a fine, in one of the
    toughest mandatory composting efforts in the country, officials said on Tuesday.

    Seattle Public Schools believes that all students, staff, and families deserve safe and supportive learning environments regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    SEATTLE – Seattle voters shocked the political establishment here, Nov. 5, when they elected an avowed socialist, Kshama Sawant, to the nine-member Seattle City Council.

    “A riot broke out on the streets of Seattle on Friday night as anti-capitalist protesters smashed windows, lit
    fires and attacked police officers.”

    Enjoy Seattle, you reap what you sow!! LMAO!!!!

  42. Robbert Hoekstra Azusa says

    Blessed is the nation whose
    GOD is the LORD and GOD helps those who help themselves. Damned is the nation
    whose younger generation worships a black messiah and depends on government
    handouts. As freeloaders they will lose their dignity and self respect, and
    become slaves of the slave master. America became a prosperous and strong nation
    when she had pride, self respect and dignity, and the whole world benefitted
    from it. When she elected a Muslim “christian” as her president she
    gave the devil a home in the White house.

  43. bumpkin says

    EXACTLY! And EXACTLY to Betty Hall below. EXACTLY!

  44. Jon Mac says

    Face it, Seattle has always been a union town. Boeing and tourism is about what they have got. Being situated in the upper ‘left’ hand corner of the country doesn’t help, as it can get lonely and a little clannish.

  45. IMSweetOlBob says

    I’ve been told that Washington State is like two different universes. Almost 100 % weeping liberal on the West side of the mountains and populated with normal people East of the mountains. It looks like the liberals who want to pay burger flippers 15 bucks an hour had better get used to eating out of cans at home, or else find a way to give themselves a raise to keep their own salaries proportionately higher. When this happens, the 15 buck an hour folks will still be on the low end of everything and then the liberals can mandate an increase of the minimum wage to $25.00 an hour.
    Makes really good sense, eh ?

  46. Jim says

    This Is Why I Have Partnered With A Friend. And We Have Bought Land. We Are Setting It Up. And After What Myself And My Family Went Through With Our So Called Upstanding Justice System. We Will Not Interact With Anyone Unless It’s Us Handing Money For Goods. Or Trading. Outside Of That We Are Staying To Ourselves. This Country Is In Deep Crap. God Bless You All.

  47. Alleged Comment says

    Is there anywhere in the Constitution that says government determine wages? IF not then you do not have to acknowledge it and you can pay whatever the market will accept. You should find workers and a nice compromise.

    Do not commit treason and follow the traitors of your State. FOLLOW the Constitution, it’s YOUR RIGHT!

  48. Marilyn Stern says

    A higher wage allows employers to hire “better qualified” thus “less” people. Many can kiss their jobs goodbye.

  49. Ellen says

    Bernie Sanders, a presidential candidate running against Hillary Clinton, just said on TV that the minimum wage is not a living wage. Well, that is why it is called a minimum wage, a starting wage. Those that want to earn more should either go to school or train for a vocation for a better paying job. You cannot pay a guy flipping a burger $20 an hour or if he has a family doing the same job, $30 an hour, which may still not be a living wage. Minimum wage, or any wage for that matter, is not based on need but on the job being done. I hope even with the way things are going there may not be more situations like Ms Burnham of ZPizza.

    1. Becky says

      Ahhh but to the Commies everything should have a “Living Wage”. It’s one of the components to Communism. You know, guaranteed roof over your head, food in your mouth, etc etc etc….

  50. MrsTJNic@aol.com says

    Betty U R so right. Even Mustang Ranch was taken over by the Gov’t for tax evasion, where prostitution is legal in Nevada. They went bankrupt. If Gov’t can’t even run a Ho house, they got no business running the country’s economy! BTW Leviticus 26 has an arm long LIST of things God is going to allow to happen to this country, if people don’t straighten up, & most of it’s already happening, including drought!

  51. Mike Gunter says

    Unless we elect TEA PARTY members, who are trying to live by the constitution America is doomed. The Dumocrats and the Repubs believe it is the have and have nots. They don’t care about the people. They are rich and want to stay that way. Pelosi probably can’t even tie her own shoes or cook a meal. She has to have someone do it for her. VOTE TEA PARTY could it really be any worse?

  52. 32eagle says

    Disgusting is what this is -pure and simple-this innocent woman got railroaded by bigshot blowhards

  53. DP says

    if u want 15.00hr…move to the dakotas….

  54. Phoebe Isley says

    That hike in minimum wage was plain and simple voters feeling entitlement. Whatever happened to working hard for what you want…being paid what you are worth…education being worth something…being an AMERICAN. I could go on and on and I am so sorry for this Pizza company having to close their doors. What a major mistake it was for this state to vote such nonsense in. These people have lost the chance of the American Dream from a bunch of losers who just want a hand out. Sorry to be so blunt but that is truly how I feel.

  55. Debra Johnson says

    This is what happens when the unions get involved. It won’t do much good to get $15 dollars an hour if you destroy jobs. Its not about a living wage increase its just about the unions and their need for more money to further their liberal agenda.

  56. Amerikztan says

    Remember all those lunatic liberals cheering for their cash4clunkers, until the next tax year that took 50% back? remember their excitement that they would get free healthcare, and then realized their premiums doubled to cover the unemployed, and then lost their jobs to a recent illegal South American ‘refugee’
    border crosser? Yeah, it’s like that. Welcome to reality. Vote for Hillary or Jeb Bush if ya need more convincing.

  57. LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead says

    Maybe God is letting America have what we as a Nation deserves . Rejecting God,taking Prayer out of School,Removing God out of Public Places, teaching Evolution as truth, Abortion on demand,making SSM legal in America the list goes on.

  58. nevergiveup says

    Maybe we better focus on getting to work on rising above all this. We need stop Obama, AND before elections. Got to take the PEN and the PHONE away from him. Those are his weapons against this country.

  59. RayfromNY says

    In 1997 the SS system that was based on our flawed system was changed over in Canada to a private sytem. The government removed iyself. Since that time, the new SS system, in the hands of several private investment firms, has done so much better than our dead and dying SS system.

    The same is and was true when General Pinochet took over in Chile. Chile’s SS system also became personal and run privately outside of government control but not oversight. Workers are required to put 10% into their OWN retirement fund.

    When they retire it is THEIR money.

    Here is the entire picture of their system from our own broken SS administration:

    http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v68n2/v68n2p69.html

    Salvador Allende, if he remained in office and power, would have left Chile in ruins and just another failed socialist state, much the same way obama is going to leave the US.

    I have been to Chile. I was impressed.

    From the US SS web page: ” In 1981, Chile introduced a new system of privately managed individual accounts, also called capitalization, replacing its public pay-as-you-go pension system (PAYG). Since 1990, 10 other countries in the region have adopted some form of what has become known as the “Chilean model”: Argentina (1994), Bolivia (1997),Colombia (1993), Costa Rica (1995), Dominican Republic (2003), El Salvador (1998), Mexico (1997), Panama (2008), Peru (1993), and Uruguay (1996).

    These countries will prosper as the US SSS dies.

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