It appears that the completely tone-deaf, criminal coddling Democrat State Senator Patty Kuderer, who likes to let felons out of jail early so they can vote, is now trying to apply her misplaced far-Left priorities to the housing market.
Sen. Kuderer, who has never been a property developer in her life, has had an epiphany that housing is too expensive in her suburban district (including Microsoft’s Redmond home) and supports the creation of a new bloated government bureaucracy housing agency, along with all the trappings that big government would create.
Sen. Kuderer, in a tweet on March 28, promoted the idea that since building affordable housing isn’t actually affordable (apparently for neither the builder nor the owner), government should instead take over. Showing her complete disconnect from where the government gets its dollars (from you taxpayers), Sen. Kuderer now wants you to pay for someone else’s house.
Let’s summarize the concept so that even Sen. Kuderer can understand. Say you’re struggling to make your mortgage payment after two years of Jay Inslee’s “emergency” show of closing businesses and making random decisions to help his campaign contributors. And now Sen. Kuderer wants to raise your taxes to pay for someone else’s mortgage. Seems fair, right?
Let’s break down what affordable housing really means to the Democrats.
What would a developer do to make a house cheaper to build, to meet that holy grail of affordability? Skip on a few floor trusses, forget to put in some roof joists to save a little cash, or maybe make indoor plumbing an add-on extra? And there lies the problem. No respectable builder is going to cut corners, and run the risk of getting sued, just to make something slightly more affordable – especially when government goes out if its way adding layers of regulations and fees that only serve to drive up the cost of all housing options.
The new affordable housing initiative, funded by the usual loony leftists in Seattle, would create yet another unaccountable public agency (think Sound Transit and $1000 car tabs) to build houses under the control of pretty much anyone the Democrats want to appoint to its unelected board. The sponsors of the initiative proudly claim that the agency would “operate outside of government” and would build homes for people making up to $120,000 a year.
Not only would the agency have pretty much unlimited funding potential, it would essentially be answering to nobody. Of course, be on the lookout for Democrat County Executive Dow Constantine to try and grab a piece of the action. He’s always sticking his nose in if there is someone else’s money available to spend.
Of course, the logical next leftward step will be, once the City of Seattle has built all this housing on the taxpayers’ dime, that the liberal Democrat activists will demand that the homeless are given free housing, all in the name of equity. The Democrats will claim that those nasty rich people who work to pay their own bills are making too much money and need to pay for the homeless who doesn’t want to get a job. Or as the Democrats would say, “transitioning the individual who is experiencing being unsheltered into affordable housing”.
If you read to the end of the Seattle Times article that featured Sen. Kuderer’s revelation, you’ll notice the comments are closed on the article because apparently homelessness is a sensitive topic. Could it be that the Times doesn’t want Seattle residents expressing their complete disgust at the idea that they should be paying for someone else’s living arrangements?
Perhaps Senator Kuderer, who according to her financial disclosures makes over $200,000 a year and obviously doesn’t need a helping hand to pay her mortgage, should offer to directly contribute to someone else’s mortgage rather than asking other Washingtonians to support her hair-brained wealth redistribution schemes. That would be a much fairer way for her to pay for affordable housing.
Now that’s a wealth redistribution plan Shift could get behind.