Overcoming weeks of extortionist threats and other forms of "corporate bullying" from the world's largest retailer, Seattle's City Council on Monday unanimously approved a new tax on Amazon—which paid nothing in federal income taxes last year—and other major companies in an effort to provide essential services for the homeless and combat the local housing crisis.
That a huge establishment like Amazon is “howling in protest” because of the necessity for it to pay its rightful share of taxes demonstrates once more the infinite greed and eagerness to succeed for itself and race the rest of society to the bottom. Kshama Sawant is an amazing leader! Her vision to make this movement “everywhere” on the planet is perfect. Huge and powerful establishments like Amazon having
no place else to go as in “where will the company move to?” forces them to do the right thing and contribute their fair share of good to society.
I was pretty disappointed to see the Iron Worker Union leaders using the Iron workers to protest the bill, That Union should be ashamed, I guess Iron workers never go homeless.
It was convenient for them to protest since they were down the block working on a Amazon project. " Hey guys take a long lunch on Bezo’s sandwiches and beer at city hall on Bezos.
They are typically described as a “conservative” union. Really, they have no class solidarity. They are anti-union union. That however, is the norm these days of reaction.
Yeah, most construction-trade unions are pretty right wing. The carpenters are the most notorious that way.
Everyone in my city are hoping Amazon goes somewhere else for their “second headquarters”. Mayor Peduto can shove his “secret deal” with them up his ass. The influx of young wealthy tech-yuppie class that we have already seen has driven the cost of rents and housing and everything else (dining out is now only affordable for the rich) through the roof. Meanwhile, the poverty in the outlying peripheral old mill towns up and down the rivers are worse than ever as the poor are driven out there in search of affordable rents. And maybe worse of all, they are destroying our multi-ethnic middle European and Slavic working class culture. Most of these rich-techies don’t even know what a pirohi is and traditional polka is going extinct.
What Amazon was taxed was less then one tenth the amount of their tax refund last year. They not only didn’t have pay taxes…they got a refund. Fuck Amazon.
Yeah right. PEANUTS.
Amazon may employ a lot of people. But it does not seem to be good for society or even good for those who work there.
People should rethink their participation in companies like Amazon, Uber, Facebook beyond attaining their own personal wants and convenience.
I absolutely refuse to buy anything from Amazon.
The issue here of course is Amazon will have Cities a plenty lining up promising even more INCENTIVES in the way of Tax breaks and subsidies for them to relocate from Seattle.
The Country to Country “race to the bottom” that all of those free trade dals are all about are also “races to the Bottom” between Cities and States within a Country. The System ensures the Capitalists always win.
Translation: Not anti-business; anti-greed!
I suppose that comes from working for a living.
Well, technically they got a refund because they loaned the government money interest free just like you do if you get a refund at the end of the year.
This isn’t to be construed as supporting a prick like Bezos, just making a technical point.
Now that was Nice and To the Point
“would pay 26 cents per hour worked for each employee” <–Do we know what impact this will have on future wages/employment decisions?
Corporate Bullying? LOL! “We’re going to tax you because we are incompetent and can’t efficiently run our city…oh, you don’t like that or think it’s fair? ok…we’ll still tax you…just less. See! Compromise! Done!”
Who’s bullying who?
No, the reason for the high rent costs is because of too much regulation making it impossibly difficult for developers to build new housing buildings. Zoning laws prevent higher rising apartments and ridiculous red tape add additional costs to comply. The result is a shortage of housing and artificially high prices. It’s the same phenomenon in the other major cities with stupidly high housing prices: San Francisco and NYC.
It’s just textbook economics 101.
Deamonizing the companies that choose to employ people is counterproductive and economically illiterate.