Amazon is a far left anti trump company that promoted and backed the very people about to tax them. Now they want to cry?? Hypocrites. Pay that tax and like it Amazon. If u want to back libtards and then they tax you pay it and stop your crying. Karma is a butch.
This tax doesn't fix the homeless problem, it only enables it. Well said "Seattle is taking other's peoples money " because homeless doesn't want to work and get themselves out of homelessness, they just want free stuff
All governments are socialists now. Some are just more socialist than others. Extreme socialism will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs (employers) because they think the goose should lay more golden eggs. Now voters are so used to getting taken care of from the cradle to the grave that no politician can expect to win an election if he campaigns on a platform of letting people do more for themselves, which is what made America great in the first place. It may not feel like it to some, but we are spoiled.
f wealth craters leave , some else will take their place. Although, it is hard to compete against Goldman - sacs when working class tax payers and mom and pop businesses bailed them out with their tax money because the government put a gun to their head and took it. Stop giving tax breaks to corporations . Amazon gets discounted prices from the US post office, and that is a tax my friend. A tax on the poor. In addition, lets take a look at the Federal governments "secret budget" and see how much funding Amazon gets in the name of " national security".
The Federal government is running an extortion racket. STOP SUPPORTING FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES WITH TAX PAYERS DOLLARS.
There would not be homelessness if people were required to support big business with a portion of their income. Your paying to have a job.
Amazon is a pox on Seattle. Let them all move away as far as I'm concerned. We were doing just fine before they took the entire city over. All the cheap-ass high rise apartments they put in to house these boring tech drones will end up as affordable housing someday.
The Left always holds up vulnerable groups to push their socialist agenda. Go to Dem controlled cities, you see homelessness, needles & feces lying on the sidewalk. These are the same places with the highest cost of living in the country.
But Jeff Beezus is a liberal how dare you far leftist make other far leftist pay for your illegal immigrants. Liberalism is a demented disease that affects and eats the part of the brain that distributes common sense
You Trumptards scream "Trump was elected and he is doing what he promised!". The Seattle city council was elected and they are doing what they promised. How does this elude you people? Are you so stupid that you fail to recognize Democracy when you disagree with the policies? Is this the same mental condition as your "Fake News" cries when you don't like the news? SEEK HELP, Seriously.
I think this is ridiculous 90% of the people that you give money to go and buy drugs with it stop supporting their drug habits people I never give homeless people money I'll give them food but never money
Sid Waterhouse I don't agree with City Council on this matter, but appropriations aren't going directly to the homeless, that hardly is ever the case...
The funds will just go into the general fund and go towards everything but homelessness.
The Seattle homeless problem is due to the restrictions on housing make houses too expensive for most people. If the city council didn't restrict the housing people would have houses, if they didn't give so many freebies to people who don't work the people would move away looking for work.
More homeless people will move to Seattle for the " free services " and free housing. And the city cannot force homeless people to move into shelters anyway! Its a no brainer that businesses will NOT move to Seattle or expand. No doubt many more homeless people will move to Seattle and then taxes will increase to help the increase.
Difficult to feel sorry for a business that is cruel to its employees and makes so much money it wouldn't even notice the tax. That said, I find government taxing the crap out of everything simple theft, and find them both in contempt, void of common sense, and dumber than a bucket of rocks.
Joey Sabin I understand where you're coming from but that's not the point. Seattle will not stop with just Amazon and Starbucks. In a year to the go after the small businesses the mom and pops. and the fact that big businesses like Starbucks and Amazon they'll pack up and move no close down locations and they'll take him to a different state and they'll get better deal and they'll make even more money and those people and Seattle will lose thousands of jobs.
Amazon deserves what it is getting now, they decided to continue building the HQ over there even though they imposed the tax on them. If they really disliked the tax, they would have canceled construction and moved to a different state.
Amazon should take that out of the paychecks of their workers. Put that shit under homeless tax. The employees let this happen, now they will feel it. It's like those kids in Florida want to take away gun rights get a clear backpack!
Randy Doak here in PA 8 years ago, we had a massive housing shortage because of the Marcellus Shale natural gas activity...1000s of workers came into my small city of Williamsport, PA (where the Little League World Serise is played every year)...what happened here was codes redrew some zones and city council adjusted things to let builders and new investors more easily come in and build new apartment buildings and houses...the result was rent prices stabilized and have even fallen since the drilling activity has become less and less...is it a perfect solution?...no, but it's better than doubling down on more government.
I would take the growth, no doubt...how this city council handles it though can be left on the west coast.
There are times when regulations make sense and there are times when you need to let the market handle it...Seattle has prospered in spite of government, not because of it...soon though, companies might decide to leave.
Trickling of technology? Well that's new... anyway, I'm a believer in capitalism and I don't think capitalism is so fragile that a modest tax increase is going to harm an economy. Besides Washington is among the highest growing economies in the union. It's going to be fine.
What you just described is trickle down economics which has been a huge failure. The money doesn't eventually go to workers. Wages have been stagnant since the late 70s while productivity grew. So your ideals have been debunked. Rising wages happen when people can bargain for higher wages or the government increases wages. Amazon is going nowhere and if they go its definitely not moving to a red state. Amazon needs Seattle not the other way around. And nobody is trying to tax businesses and an absurdly high rate just a modest increase to meet the demands of a growing city.
Scoundrel 91 I agree that taxes will eventually need to be raised as we find more things to spend it on (universal health care, nuclear fusion energy, etc etc technological advances good for mankind), however the real issue is that if taxes are rising too fast. It's like the frog in the boiling water, if you throw it in it'll hop out, if you set it in and slowly raise the temp, it'll stay in. Bezos is the frog we want to stay in the pot as long as possible, and we don't want him to think it's too hot and he jumps out, taking his money with him. There are also benefits of letting the rich get rich, and that is that they eventually have to spend their money. A place like Costco is a excellent business with it's 2% profit margins and happy employees (and owners), however Costco isn't funding a space program like Bezos is. The ultra rich want technological improvements to make their lives easier, and they spend the money to get it. Once they get it, after a period of time, the rest of us will. Like with computers back in the old days only the rich could afford them, but now we all have computers in our pockets more powerful than what sent men to the moon with.
Then what stopping new house to be built since it is so profitable.
Fact The Libtard city council is the one that cause the homeless problem with their 7000 pages building regulation.
You basically need ton of money to build a house and these money got to come from somewhere. Either that or don't build anything.
no, its all part of the plan. it's called communism made to look like people are fighting for their rights. That's why this foreign female is leading the show. She is from the same country as Nikki Haley. Their not one of us.
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