If jobs are the oxygen that fuels a nation’s economy, then politicians with their heavy-handed regulations, unions and high taxes, are the serial killers that strangle the creators of those jobs.
Right now, America is at a pitchfork moment. With millions unemployed and the numbers getting worse, not better, political leaders are beginning to smell the acrid odor and see the glow of the torches. With the November 2nd mid-term elections looming, the steady steps of a torch and pitchfork-wielding populace get louder and louder as unions try to rally their members to prevent a complete meltdown at the polls.
On November 2nd, voters in the state of Washington have the chance to handcuff some of the serial job-killers that are strangling job creation in that state. Here’s how they can do it [repeat here: Yes, We Can!]:
Defeat the SEIU Tax on Income initiative, I-1098. Last week, the Purple People Beaters’ union, the SEIU, funneled another $500,000 from its DC HQ to push its job-killing income tax measure in Washington. [Higher taxes = More state workers = More SEIU dues = Vicious circle.] While the SEIU has Bill Gates’ dad endorsing it (who doesn’t need his son’s money that much longer anyway), the former governor of Washington, Dan Evans, is strongly against the SEIU tax.
End the union-supported, state-run monopoly on workers’ compensation by voting for I-1082. The state of Washington is one of four states in the nation that has its workers’ compensation system run by a government monopoly (called the Dept. of Labor & Industry). According to the Seattle Times:
INITIATIVE 1082, which would open up workers’ compensation insurance to private competition, is heartily endorsed. This business-backed initiative would modernize workers’ comp, making Washington more attractive for expanding a business and creating jobs.
Employers will still be required to cover workers. I-1082 changes where they can buy coverage.
Now, large employers can self-insure, and most do. Smaller employers, singly or in groups, are required to buy coverage from the Department of Labor and Industries. L&I is a state monopoly — and is subject to long-standing complaints that it charges too much and its service is bad.
The most telling complaint is that the state does too little to get injured workers back on the job, and allows too many to give up and take lifetime pensions for total disability.
This video, put together by the SaveOurJobsWA folks, seems to sum up the entire problem with the L&I monopoly.
You don’t have to be a small business owner (or an investor) to know that, when you strangle the job creators with excessive taxes, union-imposed regulations and state-run monopolies, there will be a correspondingly high amount of unemployment.
On November 2nd, Washington voters have a chance to put the serial job-killers away. All they need to do is Get Out the Vote.
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