I've written about the legal issues I face, and a comment to the deposition of paul anderson entry got me thinking.
Seattle, and by extension, western washington, is an odd place to live. On the one hand it's famous for its liberal views, for its "green at any cost" and for its gold-plated civic projects. Don't forget that Seattle is where you have to build sports stadiums for hundreds of millions of dollars because its "an emergency"
"...According to him the bill contains an "emergency clause" which makes it effective immediately upon the Governor's signature, and denies the public the right to submit it to a referendum. An emergency clause makes building a new Seahawks stadium a necessity for the "immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety." This was the same clause that was attached to the Mariner's Stadium Act. The Washington Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 decision, said that the state legislature could essentially call what ever they wanted "an emergency" and there by deny a public vote on the legislation. "
We don't even get to vote on our stadiums for the most part. We voted down the mariners stadium twice, only to have the legislature declare a "baseball emergency" and build it anyway. Quote from here.
But that's not the only thing that strikes me about Western Washington. People here really want to get into your life. No matter how small your personal quirk is, there's someone who wants to make a law or regulation that prevents you from doing it. Lets take the most recent example, yesterday:
Board proposes ban on spitting in public parks Now mind you I'm not a big fan of spitting, I figure it's a little gross, but if I were to trot out a list of stuff that I don't like and propose laws, well, where would it end?
That's what bothers me. The pervasive notion that the only way people can live together is by having a body of laws that tells you were your dog can crap, and how often, what you can put into your trash can, and how much, and so on.
The zoning laws and regulations are just one aspect of a law-crazy environment where the "liberal" majority seems intent on erasing any vestige of freedom.
Weren't liberals supposed to be those folks who were more...liberal? Tolerant? Perhaps a bit permissive?
The nanny state. We will craft laws that will protect you and make your life better no matter what. We know what's better for you -- and we'll tell you what that is.
21 hours ago