News The Problems of Vagueness
posted by May 23 at 10:35 AMon
The Seattle Times has got a feel-good editorial this morning about the humming employment rate in the region.
It’s a stilted piece that cheer leads tax breaks for Boeing and the construction boom without documenting the Tale-of-Two-Cities-side of the boom—which includes, for starters, the loss of affordable housing. Seattle had 2,352 condo conversions last year—a 450 percent increase since 2004. Those numbers are particularly alarming, given that 3,900 lower-priced rentals have been either converted to condos or filed for conversion in the last two years. Indeed, the average price of new condos is $250,000.
There’s also a long term cost to corporate tax breaks as budget expenditures. Indeed, the article acknowledges that such booms will fade, which (unwittingly on their part) shows that corporate tax breaks are short term fixes that, I’d argue, continue to leave people without things like reliable health care and fully funded education.
The other thing the editorial got me thinking about was how desperate we are for mass transit. Sigh.
Anyway, I’ll spare you my quaint Marxist critique (or as my colleague C. Mudede says— Maker’s Marxist critique). But there is one randomly weird thing about the editorial: The last line.
They write: “Business buzzes on. As always there are problems, which at the moment tend to be the problems of fullness.”
“The problems of fullness.” ???? What in the world are the problems of fullness? Is this a gastrointestinal metaphor? Do we have gas? Is this a body weight metaphor? Are we having trouble moving nimbly?
Tomorrow, the Seattle Times needs to do a follow-up editorial and document the problems of fullness. Pretty please.