BigGovernment– Low wage workers in Seattle who spent months agitating for a city-wide $15-per-hour minimum wage were quite successful in their quest. But many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences.


Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent.

Of course, one of the things that supporters of the higher wage said was that they wanted to help lift min. wage workers out of poverty and welfare.




  1. I wonder if $15 an hour is the wage at which one no longer qualifies for healthcare subsidies. It would explain a lot…

  2. Lol! You could grind their nose down to a stub and they still wouldn’t be able to see past the end of it.

    “Gee, wonda what caused that problem? The idea was perfect.”

    * time for my nap. Goodnight. for a little bit. 8>]

  3. I hope these bosses tell their employees, “You work the hours you were hired to work. If not, you might as well quit. I can hire better workers than you who will appreciate what they get.”

  4. hilarious.

    So they left the zone where they can work and still get public assistance, and entered the zone where they a) have higher taxes, b) get less benefits

    so, their $15 per hour pay ACTUALLY COST THEM MONEY?

    LOL. Welcome to the real world, suckers!

    Liberalism, the most effective way to screw up the world.

  5. Next time I go to a restaurant in Seattle, I will be sure to NOT tip the waitress (especially so if the restaurant imposes a surcharge) because I know that she is now being paid a living wage and doesn’t need my tip.

  6. The unintended consequences of libtardism. And not one of these LoFo’s will grasp the fact that it was the socialist democrats that gave them exactly what they demanded and it screwed them. They will all vote for Hillary because she will promise them $20 per hour saying the workers need 20 because 15 took away their welfare entitlements. From each according to their worth to each according to their need. Hillary won’t say it but she’ll mean it.

    And just wait. The socialist moron on the Seattle city council will say all of the bad things are the result of conservatives not agreeing to more leftism and more socialism.

  7. The government setting private sector wages is really cutting edge social programming. I wonder why no ever thought of doing that before? Grab a number from a hat, implement it and sit back and wait for the unicorn farts that are sure to come. Maybe next the government can tell us where to work, live, go to school (what to study), worship (what, when and why) when to eat, sleep, what to say, procreate or not (and will pay for it) how much to save, spend (on what), vote (for who) and to mandate health care and plans! Naaaa none of that will ever happen no matter how exciting and liberating it would be!

  8. This is no joke, I’ve had employees turn down raises and “increased responsibility” because they wouldn’t qualify for their current “benefits”; it absolutely floored me. The system has been completely co-opted by the “welfare class” & those whom they vote for. There would be violence in the street if these “benefits” were to reduce; how does a Nation succeed when having children out of wedlock at 18 or younger is rewarded? These “leaches” know the system far better than we (“the Producers”) do, I see examples every day. If we don’t fight this madness, we’re FU@%ED as a Country.

  9. There are four things the leftists are missing(besides their brains).
    1. An understanding of the constitution.
    2. The law of economics
    3. A willingness to look at history..
    4. An understanding of immutable human nature.
    These fucking idiots think that OUR money is THEIR money. Fucking morons They don’t realize that taking other people’s money sucks out their souls.
    And the biggest joke is that Jug bEars has no soul It has been eaten by his ego.

  10. I have 64 employees and need gross sales of $85,000+ per week just to meet payroll & obligations (“Break Even”) and L.A. is planning on raising the “minimum wage” to $15.00 per hour in the next few years; hell, my utility bill is $24,000 a month. I take pride in recognizing and rewarding talent, but some individuals just don’t add “$15 per hour value” to our bottom line. We will be forced out of business if we cannot pass these increased costs onto our Customers. It’s extremely hard to remain “profitable” as a Manufacturing business in America today (especially Kalifornia).

  11. Well, the reality is, with the mentality out there as it is, $15.00 per hour doesn’t really cut it. Where is my company car and 401K?

  12. When I worked construction back in 71 and 72, the “Hard Rock from Washington” (Mr. Stone) one of the laborers I worked with, turned down a raise to $3.00 / hr. because he’d lose his apartment.

    This is nothing new.

    The Republic’s been dying for a while.

  13. ‘Unexpected, unforeseen’? Omly y Grade A idiots.

    ‘ Some restaurants are tacking on a 15 percent surcharge onto customer’s bills in order to avoid firing workers.’

    A surcharge for absolutely nothing? No goods or services just because? Doesn’t sound legal to me, however, I would hope the free market would take care of piss poor business practices like this.

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