Seattle’s socialist city councilmember Kshama Sawant failed to win the support of the King County Labor Council (KCLC) for her employee head and parking tax proposal. Sawant—along with colleague Nick Licata—sought to implement an employee head tax of up to $18 per year and increase the existing 12.5 percent parking tax rise to 17.5 percent in replacement of a sales tax hike provision in Mayor Ed Murray’s latest funding package for Metro service in Seattle.
It appears that Sawant, while seeking the KCLC’s approval at a meeting on Wednesday, passed out taboo fliers which were quickly confiscated by labor leaders. What was so terrible about Sawant’s fliers? She failed to have her fliers made by a union printer, a strict requirement of the KCLC.
We can only assume that Sawant’s lapse in socialist judgment occurred in a moment of consumer-choice weakness, i.e. she went with the most cost-effective option.
Sawant’s embarrassing blunder was enhanced by the fact that the KCLC board did not even consider her proposal due to a missed deadline for submission.