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Amazon Workers on Food Stamps as Jeff Bezos Rakes in $275 Million a Day, Sanders Says, 'Is What Rigged Economy Is All About'


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Amazon Workers on Food Stamps as Jeff Bezos Rakes in $275 Million a Day, Sanders Says, 'Is What Rigged Economy Is All About'

Common Dreams staff

Calling out the Grand Canyon-sized chasm between the wealth of average Amazon employees and that of Jeff Bezos, the company's founder and currently the single richest person on Earth, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday released a short video from his digital team which characterized this kind of vast inequality as epitomizing what the senator has long called the "rigged economy."


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Absolute madness. The greed is absolutely insatiable. All we have to say is no…no the ships and trucks won’t deliver, the consumers won’t buy, the workers walk off, the doctors and nurses stop nursing, the teachers stop teaching…and the world, and their wealth come to a skreeching halt.

But instead we choose slavery. Go figure…


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It’s the same for big supermarkets here in Europe. They make billions every year but won’t pay the minimum paltry wage to ensure the check-outs are sufficiently covered. People are crying out for work but these greedy fuckers make us wait in queues for inordinate lengths of time whilst most of the check-outs are closed. AND some do not even pay local taxes as they are registered in obscure countries.


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Interesting. Here in the US we have “self check-out” stations now. They are a pain in the ass, don’t work worth a damn, but if we want to check out in any reasonable time we are expected to use them. I refuse and wait till a person checks me out even if it is an inconvenience. But then again that is just me:)


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Vulture predatory capitalism in (one of) its most hideous aspects - billions for the bosses and “investors”, and politicians that profit from the ststus quo, and not even a living wage for those shackled to jobs just to survive - the wage, rent, home taxation, and debt/interest slaves that are today’s serfs while the richest enjoy lives of opulence and opportunity, the “little”.people, guy gal and families, struggle just to survive…an obscenity by any standard…except for the rulers and politicians who are not in the “little” category those that make the rules that serve today’s greedy.

There will likely always be “rich” and “poor”, but the differences should not be anywhere near as extreme as today’s reality. The joke is that when the 99% have more money to spend and some leisure to enjoy the fruits of life on earth, all people benefit.

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But this is not what the “rigged” (capitalist) imperial economy is all about? Not when it means “jobs for Vermont,” eh Bern.

The overall program is projected to cost about $1.5 trillion USD and each plane starts at about $100 million with parts, etc. It is far-and-away the most expensive military program in U.S. history. In global history. And of course the U.S. gives Israel enough money to buy them and “test” them in “combat” (slaughter).

The fact is that unless the U.S. reigns in its military and rolls back its empire, nearly all U.S. workers will suffer, whether its in the Bezos Autonomous Empire or any other U.S.-based corporate monster.


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Yes well we have those too, the self check-outs. But they have to be attended as the majority don’t know how to use them!!! But there are only 2/4 depending on the size of the supermarket.


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Bezos recently paused construction of the new Amazon office tower in Seattle as a threat to the city of Seattle to not dare consider passing a law to address the homeless situation by taxing the top corporations in Seattle to fund it. It did pass, but only after cutting the proposed tax by 50%. In the first 4 months of 2018 Bezos’s wealth rose by 33 billion. In an hour on average during that period he made 11.5 million.

Something tells me this jerk could afford a whopping $10 million annually in Seattle taxes on his clucking empire.

It would be like one of the “little people” tossing a penny at the homeless situation in that city.

He’s a sociopath as are most billionaires.


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The US flag visible in the cockpit for this photograph was such a nice touch! How special.

It probably cost the taxpayer $10,000 on the Pentagon’s black market, but I’m being redundant.


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And European countries that have healthcare systems accessible to all will be attacked by so-called Austerity so such public assets are privatized and healthcare will then be rationed by ability to pay these fucking corporations.

Corporate governance exported by the good ole USA coming to a country near you!


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Seeing the unprecedented return on investment (ROI) that owning the US Congress has provided for them, in addition to stock buybacks and bigger dividends, the 1% and their corporations are indeed using some of their corporate welfare from December’s inequality exacerbation act (disguised as “tax reform”) to buy politicians in Europe and beyond so they can squeeze workers and citizens in those nations the way they continue to squeeze Murkins.


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So how does one who is already completely desperate to stay off the streets of the US just up and decide to end up there searching for food in garbage cans and ultimately being arrested for being too poor for any freedom?

And if you have a family, how do you look at your kids and say. “Daddy is going on a general strike so within a month or two we will be eating out of garbage cans”.

You act like this is a choice you are ready to make for yourself. Go for it.


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And it’s highly likely that it was made in a non-U.S. sweatshop because they pay even less than U.S. sweatshops due to “free” trade, etc. But hey, they’re “stealing” U.S. jobs so we can contract the Israelis to put a Hellfire missile up their butts (after they deliver the flags of course). Where is Joseph Heller now that we need him. You truly can’t make this shit up.


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Exactly. Some Pentagon bean counter made certain that outsourcing increased the profit margin of their take on the invoice by say 6 or 7 bucks. “Hell, no one ever notices what we bill the government”.


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I hope it won’t come to that.
Right now I have a European health card which entitles me to coverage in any E.U. country. Reciprocal agreements exist between E.U. countries for European citizens. Some countries even have entitlements for people without these criteria based on humanitarian needs.


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I can only dream of such human dignity afforded to me. The ability to get the healthcare I need. I’m in a fucking so-called “red state” that didn’t accept expanded Medicaid coverage from the so-called Affordable Care Act that would have still left millions with no access even if every state would have taken part.

US citizens that do have private insurance often don’t actually benefit from it because of the high deductibles they have to pay out of pocket before any marginal cost is covered on any given procedure. So many with so-called “access to healthcare” simply maintain a monthly premium to keep from losing everything if they end up in a car accident, or have a sudden life threatening emergency that lands them in the hospital.

But hey, we’re number one some say. Mostly idiots say that. And some are actually in the very worst predicaments and they still say it. They wouldn’t want none of that socialism and stuff they say.

Go figure.


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Shop local and independent…not Amazon, Walmart, and other megacorps. Keep the money in circulation in the community and out of the hands of greedy Bezos.


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Git’em, Bernie! Git’em!


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Walmart has those self checkout lanes. You can bet the camera on the ceiling is watching you so you don’t slip any unscanned items into the bag.
Reminds me of the driver who was arrested for flipping off the camera at a roadway intersection.


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I’ll second that. I became a member of our local food co-op two years ago. For every $1000 a shopper spends at their co-op, $1,604 is generated in the local economy. I’m able to support the young people who have made the commitment to grow organic and some are now hydroponic and producing throughout the winter. It is amazing to me.

I made the decision to do away with new purchases and shop at second hand shops that benefit local services. I do occasionally get something from ebay or amazon. I’ve learned that if I keep my eyes open and am patient, amazing quality eventually turns up. Most of my meagre household is of quality components that can and will be likewise recycled if and when they are no longer needed.