WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 — Washington is a disaster.
Why? The politicians.
Yes, the politicians of the Obama Administration are bad enough, but the local politicians are even worse. The Council of the District of Columbia seems to have a member indicted at all times on a rotating basis.
Now the council has done something stupid even by their standards.
Much of the District of Columbia is poverty stricken. There is one thing that the residents of the district need and that is jobs. So when a major employer comes to town, what do you think the council would do?
Wal-Mart decided to open stores in three of the poorest areas of the district. This would be good for district residents on two fronts. First it would provide new shopping venues with inexpensive goods the residents need. But more importantly, it would provide about eighteen hundred jobs.
When an employer comes to town and offers to bring a couple of thousand jobs with it, most cities leaders are happy; in fact, they’re often ecstatic.
Not the Council of the District of Columbia.
They instead crafted a law that would require Wal-Mart type megastores to pay a “living wage.” The minimum wage is $8.50 an hour. The council required Wal-Mart to pay $12.50 an hour as the “living wage.” The council also wrote in exceptions and exemptions into the law so that Wal-Mart would be the only employer who would have to pay the living wage.
As anyone not on the council would figure out, this would not go over well with Wal-Mart. The members of the district council did not figure that out. Wal-Mart made it very simple for them: If the council passed this idiotic law, they would not complete the three stores they were building in the district.
The council passed the law and Wal-Mart has announced it will not open the three stores.
The district council is controlled by Democrats. The unemployment rate in the District of Columbia is 8.5 percent. It is only 5.2 percent in neighboring Virginia.
Most cities with an 8.5 percent unemploymet rate would be delighted to welcome large employers, but when Democrats are in charge and the employer is Wal-Mart, the rules don’t apply. The left has long hated Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is an American success story, and that is why the left hates them so much.
Washington is a classic example of what happens when you have Democrats in control: You end up with jobs on the endangered species list. District voters should turn out the fools who comprise the district council. If they don’t, and if history is any guide, most of them will eventually be indicted anyway.
Fortunately for the district council, stupidity is not an indictable offense.
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