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Comment Re:Don't worry, rasing the minimum wage will kill (Score 1) 241

What policy did you have, and what did you move to? I don't believe your claim at all... I went from a $110/month catastrophic plan (pre-Obamacare) to $450 "bronze" plan (post-Obamacare) and my out-of-pocket maximums are actually higher. Four times the cost, and less coverage - hurray! Oh, and that was with Lifewise of Washington.

Comment Re:Don't worry, rasing the minimum wage will kill (Score 1) 241

It was kind of weird - I mean, Dick's was ALWAYS advertising for jobs at $12/hour, medical/dental paid, paid vacations, even money towards schooling and charity work. But they couldn't find workers. I wonder what a $15/hour minimum wage will do... I suspect there will still be minimum wage jobs (or over) crying out for people - but you'll still have openings because someone in Government/media will always claim "it's not enough"...

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 3, Interesting) 241

Putting "light rail" at-grade wasn't a very smart move. Neither is using rail in a city with grades that cannot be climbed by rail. Bus Rapid Transit with dedicated lanes would have been the smart move: lower cost, faster to roll out, and when the next big one hits (and it will) you can route buses around damaged lines - not so easy to do with tunnels hundreds of feet underground. But Seattle wanted to be a "world class city" and were blinded by rail (to the tune of nearly $200,000,000 per mile).

Comment Re:History says otherwise (Score 1) 398

Wow. The Big Lie, big time. The explanation for those "massive fields of dead turbines" is that they do not exist, and everything you posted above is a work of fiction.

I guess the Kamaoa Wind Farm still runs? It's not been torn down as all the turbines fell into a state of disrepair. Salt laden air is amazingly corrosive...

Comment Re:Government monopolies are not fair competition (Score 1) 239

Fact is two people should be able to enter into their own contract without a jealous third party getting shitty that the buyer isn't forced to buy from their shitty overpriced monopoly. You want to go classic taxi? You are free to do so. The rest of us should be able to do as we wish.

Uber rides are NOT two people entering their own contract. Uber contracts with drivers. You contract with Uber. Uber pairs a rider and driver. The rider pays Uber. Uber pays the driver. It's as much a "two person contract" as when I buy milk at the grocery store and the checkout lady rings up the price.

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond