Isn't It Weird That...
Some weird things we noticed about the waterfront plan, the Democrats' rhetoric, and air quotes.
1. Isn't it weird that ... the promotional materials for the big waterfront park redesign include $55 million to $65 million from a voter-approved levy and $15 to $85 million from the city's general fund?
That works out to as much as $150 million from the public. Had you heard about that?
You'll also notice $200 to $300 million from a "Local Improvement District"—extra property taxes from waterfront area property owners skimmed off the increased assessment of their property thanks to the frou-frou upgrade. That, of course, is an acknowledgement that the project benefits downtown developers—not a good thing when you're trying to pass a popular levy. (That's going to be a classy food fight.)
And this comes on the heels of the city forking over $200 million to private hedge fund manager Chris Hansen to bring the Sonics back.
We all dig the idea of a rejuvenated, colorful waterfront (and an NBA team), but when it's contingent on enriching One Percenters with contributions from the 99 percent, especially when there are so many other needs, like transit, the bargain gets complicated.
2. Isn't it weird that ... the Democrats are all cynical and sarcastic and air quotes about the "bipartisan" "Majority" "Coalition" "Caucus" for its narrow 23 Republicans plus two Democrats lineup when the supposedly bipartisan Reproductive Parity Act only has 24 Democrats plus one Republican on board?
The Democrats have used the MCC's refusal to vote on the RPA as proof that the MCC isn't really bipartisan.
Meanwhile, the RPA passed the Democratically-controlled house 53-43 along straight party lines with just one Republican on board.
3. Isn't it weird that ... Senate majority leader Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina) is catching hell for not bringing the RPA and the DREAM Act to the floor even though there's reportedly bipartisan support for both, but his counterpart, house speaker Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford) isn't getting trashed for totally ignoring a Republican priority—Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry's workers' compensation legislation—that passed the senate 30-19 with five Democrats on board, including three real ones?
Sen. Holmiquist Newbry's workers' comp bill is still sitting in the house labor committee, where it never even got a hearing.
4. Isn't it weird that ... "Pro-free-market" neighborhood activists suddenly love government regulation when it would restrict the free market from meeting market demand and building aPodments next door?