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Tag: Costco

Oct.
31st

I-1183: Privatization = piratization

Anyone who thinks corporate interests aren’t about money and not making something cheaper for the consumer doesn’t get it.

Costco looks like another example of piratization by spending $22 million on this election. Consumers will pay these costs and more in lost jobs.

Of higher concern is accessibility, theft by minors and adult ease of getting more liquor when they shouldn’t. That ease – causing one life being lost or one person maimed – is why I’m voting no on Initiative 1183.

More than 50 years ago when I was a minor, I got hard liquor any time I wanted

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Oct.
31st

VOTES: Drop the rhetoric over Costco buying election

All this rubbish about the buying of elections that seems to swirl around some initiatives relies on one bad assumption: that the electorate can be “bought.” That we lack the integrity to resist. Besides, nobody has offered me a dime.

While this assumption decries huge donations to initiative campaign war chests, it ignores the fact that those same interests fund every elected officials campaign (except maybe Jesse Ventura’s), and stalk the halls of governing bodies everywhere. So let’s not get into a twist over the liquor initiative that is nothing more than business as usual.

Let’s just stop this votes-for-purchase

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: The Costco way to democracy

With so much conflicting information about the I-1183 liquor initiative, I thought it might help voters understand what’s really at stake by providing a math story problem:

Hoping to bring an end to booze tyranny, Costco contributes $22.7 million to promote I-1183. (By comparison, the second-highest corporate contributor to the campaign is Safeway, which chips in a paltry $50,000.) Not only is Costco almost single-handedly fighting this battle in the name of alcohol democracy, the company’s net income in the fourth quarter this year was only $478 million, an increase of less than11 percent, thus necessitating that Costco increase membership

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Oct.
28th

I-1183: Costco is not the problem

The “No on Initiative 1183″ campaign is vilifying Costco as the evil corporation that just wants to increase profits and is buying the Washington initiative process.

Is Costco really the problem?

For the record, the only association I personally have with Costco is that I am a member. But I hope I-1183 passes by a large margin and that because of it Costco increases its profits a thousand fold.

I hope Costco makes so much money that they are able to open even more, bigger and better stores, and provide even more products at a better value. And, as result,

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Oct.
28th

COSTCO: Maybe we should occupy Costco

Costco doesn’t get it. After spending $22 million to buy a liquor initiative in the state of Washington, it raises the membership fee by $5 per year to get the money back. Shouldn’t this more properly be charged to shareholders rather than members?

This is the kind of corporate action that is the target of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Maybe we should occupy Costco.

Oct.
28th

COSTCO: Politics or practical

Costco is accused of trying to buy democracy. Costco is a business. The purpose of a business is to make money. Costco makes money by selling things to me for less, saving me money and making my life a little easier.

When has the government done that for me lately?

Don’t confuse the issues. Costco clearly knows what it’s business is. Does the government?

Oct.
27th

I-1183: Costco trying to deregulate liquor industry

After the defeat of Costco’s I-1100, Senate Bill 5942 privatizing the state liquor business was signed into law by our Governor in June. SB5942 estimates revenues of $300 million next year in fees paid by private parties for the 20-year lease of distribution rights along with 15 percent of liquor sales revenues annually.

Why did Costco create I-1183 to repeal SB5942, and then spend $22 million pushing I-1183?

Hidden in I-1183 are “central warehousing,” “uniform pricing” and “volume discounts.” These terms seem innocent, perhaps meaningless, to the general public. Don’t be fooled! These are critical components of the federal regulatory

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Oct.
19th

I-1183: Should Costco run state liquor business?

The voters of this state have made it clear we want the state out of the liquor business, but my understanding was that private business people would work with the state to take over the existing stores.

We do not want increased access, and we do not want to dismantle the distribution system that allows stable costs. We also don’t want to put more than 1,000 people out of work.

Just because other states do it differently, doesn’t mean this system does not work in Washington state. Costco and others have no business telling us how to provide alcohol, be

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