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Gay Men in Washington: Underpaid and Overworked, Hunty!

Matthew Caruchet | June 15, 2018

The Economic Opportunity Institute just released a new report on the gay wage gap in Washington State. Read it here. The Census Bureau doesn’t try to collect data on LGBT people. No administration has made that a priority. But with some charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, we can learn still about queer in

If You’re LGBT, the U.S. Government Doesn’t Care about You. It Doesn’t Even See You.

Matthew Caruchet | June 13, 2018

The Economic Opportunity Institute just released a new report on the gay wage gap in Washington State. Read it here. After same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2015, many Americans came to the well-meaning but misguided conclusion that LGBT people were finally in the eyes of the government. But the A

Socialist Linchpin Moody’s Investors Service Blasts Amazon’s Influence on Seattle

Matthew Caruchet | May 31, 2018

Karl Marx-inspired credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service issued a report this month saying that Amazon’s bullying tactics over Seattle’s newly-passed employee hours tax show it has too much influence over our city. The tax would require businesses with more than $20 million in annual revenue to pay

Amazon Stopped Construction Because It’d Pay 0.26% of Its Profits in Taxes

Matthew Caruchet | May 4, 2018

Earlier this year, Amazon was secretly lobbying to stop equal pay for women, even though other tech companies like Microsoft supported it. But now Amazon is openly bullying the city, halting construction on buildings because the behemoth would have to pay 0.26 percent of its profits in local taxes to help sol

Your Property Tax Hikes Are Charity for an Important Protected Minority – The Very Wealthy

Matthew Caruchet | April 5, 2018

This week, the Seattle Times published an article detailing the travails of people who are leaving the region after the recent property tax increase because taxes have become too high. King County is seeing a nearly 17 percent property-tax increase on average, with Snohomish County seeing 16 percent, Kitsap C

I’ve Been Paid 25 Percent More Because I’m a Man

Matthew Caruchet | February 12, 2018

Washington State made wage discrimination based on gender illegal in 1943. But that law has never been amended, and isn’t really enforced, so women in Washington still make 76.5 percent of men’s earnings. On January 17, a bipartisan supermajority in the Washington House of Representatives passed the Equal Pay

Nipples – The New Side of Jeff Bezos?

Matthew Caruchet | January 17, 2018

On Friday, the New York Times printed an article on Jeff Bezos’ recent attempts to create a personal brand. The article came on the heels of his and his wife’s $33 million donation to a nonprofit that provides college scholarships to Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as childre

‘A Christmas Carol’: Sending the Poor to Prison

Matthew Caruchet | December 22, 2017

When he was 12 years old in 1824, Charles Dickens worked 10-hour days in a rat-infested shoe-polish factory for six shillings a week. That’s the equivalent of £30.68 or $41.06 in 2017 currency. It was all the money he had to get by. His father, mother, and five siblings aged 2-11 were in prison because the fa

Winter Has Come to Seattle, But We Can Fight It

Matthew Caruchet | November 10, 2017

In old mythology, during the reign of Zeus and Hera, there lived a large tribe of tiny people called the Pygmies. Only two and a half feet tall, they were industrious craftspeople, creating the finest silver, cotton and silk wares in the ancient world. But every winter, flocks of cranes would darken the sky.

Dear Seattle: Having a Rich Neighbor Won’t Make You Rich

Matthew Caruchet | September 29, 2017

Cheerleaders of “prosperity” have treated the economic boom in Seattle like sports fans. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014, crowds filled the streets chanting, “We did it!” While the people in the street didn’t literally touch the ball or score a touchdown, they felt like they had accomplished some

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