Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, May 18, 2006

1 + 1 = 3

Take this KLEW TV interview:
[Moscow Mayor] Chaney said her city is grappling with growing pains, both commercially and in residential areas.

"I do have some concerns about our growth, sort of up the rolling hills of the Palouse. We are needing to look at some hillside construction issues and the sediment and erosion control concerns. So I see these sloughing slopes where we've built residential units up on top of the cut and fill of the Palouse, and it is not pleasing to my eye."
Add this from a Wednesday Lewiston Tribune story:
But county residents like Mark Solomon, who lives on the summit of Moscow Mountain, said the commissioners were on the right track and he supported the [Latah County] outdoor lighting provision. "There is an effect on the night sky," Solomon said of what he called doubling of the number of rural lights in the county.
And what do you get? A story like this in today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:

Cassidy Robbins had trouble finding an affordable place to rent when she first moved to Moscow.

The cost of housing was higher than it had been in Pocatello, Idaho, where she went to college. But she was able to find a tiny subsidized apartment with her husband and two children.


The need for affordable housing will be explored at the Affordable Housing Forum and Resource Fair Saturday in Moscow. The forum is a joint effort between the Moscow Fair and Affordable Housing Commission and the Moscow Human Rights Commission.


(Capitalist Answer:) Johnson, a property manager at Palouse Properties, said he gets comments from people frustrated that they can’t find an affordable house that they like.

“It’s a result of low interest rates and an increase in competition for available housing,” he said. “Demand goes up faster than supply.”

(Socialist Answer:) [AmericanWest Bank and retracted petition signer BJ] Swanson said most jobs in the community don’t provide a living wage.

“There is a great disparity in salaries,” she said.

When the average salary is $26,000 a year and the average home price is $204,000, most people can’t afford to buy their own homes, she said.
Elitist aesthetics that make development difficult and expensive or the fact that the average salary is $26,000 in a town where half of the population is college students? You tell me why homes in Moscow and Latah County are unaffordable.

UPDATE: A quick Google of "great disparity in salaries" found a match in a paper called "THE WORKING CLASS IN REVISIONIST COUNTRIES MUST TAKE THE FIELD AND RE-ESTABLISH THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT" published in 1972 by the The Party of Labor of Albania in Battle with Modern Revisionism. Workers and oppressed bank vice-presidents of the world unite!!!


April E. Coggins said...

As a practicing capitalist, I found a problem with the logic of this quote: "When the average salary is $26,000 a year and the average home price is $204,000, most people can’t afford to buy their own homes, she said."

Apparently, there are enough people making enough money to buy all of the available houses. The problem and shortage of affordable houses is that there are not enough homes available. And most people buying houses on the Palouse are earning much more than $26,000 a year. I will grant you that the AVERAGE income on the Palouse is $26,000. That number includes college students, who have almost no income and have no intention of buying a house. Many are already living in government subsized housing, dorms and student housing.
This is another socialist agenda to make some people feel good and help others to be powerful.

April E. Coggins said...

I'd be curious to know how BJ's income compares with the average income of her checking account customer. I also wonder what she considers to be "affordable housing" for herself vs. her borrowers.