Seattle, a city so blue it's nearly black, just passed a "head tax" which would slap a tax on every employee working in Seattle. The tax is intended to -- wink, wink -- "help" the homeless, but would spike the overall tax burden placed on the plethora of businesses which call Seattle home. Like Amazon and Starbucks. Both of whom are making their displeasure well known.
Starbucks and Amazon are now blasting the decision to slap a new “head tax” on businesses to pay for homeless services and affordable housing -- saying the government's own lack of efficiency is to blame for the city’s woes.
“The city does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending efficiency problem,” Drew Herdener, Amazon vice president, said in a statement. “We are highly uncertain whether the city council’s anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better.”
Remember, Amazon's run by Jeff Bezos, who also owns
The Washington Post
. Which changed its tagline to "Democracy dies in darkness" after Trump bashed Hillary. Amazon's corporate offices likely aren't adorned with portraits of Reagan. Yet slap a silly tax on them for the "good of the homeless" and here comes the hatred of bloated, ineffective government.
"If they cannot provide a warm meal and safe bed to a 5-year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction," Starbucks' John Kelly said in a statement.
are led by card-carrying members of the blue-blooded leftist elite. Executives who would scold you for the crime of using a paper grocery bag instead of the reusable canvas tote made by children in a North Korean sweatshop. Yet when their business is threatened by the same sorts of fiscal shenanigans they vote for, suddenly it's time to swing right.
Seattle's city government can barely operate a toilet much less house the homeless. But that's not the point. The point of the Seattle head tax is to further tap what the Seattle government elves see as a bottomless pit of revenue: big Seattle businesses. Of which there are many.
What these communistic creeps fail to see, fail to understand, or don't care to see or understand, is the direct impact on the economy if Starbucks and Amazon jump ship. If Amazon's accountants run numbers and figure they can save money by moving their business out of the City of Seattle, they likely will. Then not only will the City of Seattle lose the head tax revenue, they'll lose all of the tax revenue from Amazon. Worse, other businesses like Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, and others, may do the same. In which case Seattle can kiss its affluent lifestyle goodbye. Thus negatively impacting not only the city, but every city and area surrounding Seattle which depends on the revenues and incomes made by the very businesses the City of Seattle alienated.