Is the left finally pushing back on the left, or is that just a pipe dream? Becuase one month after the deeply blue, almost black, Seattle City Council passed a head tax on Seattle businesses, they repealed it. For politics, a one month repeal is fast. Almost as fast as an Antifa incel getting dumped. Almost.
The Seattle City Council on Tuesday voted 7-2 to repeal a “head tax” on the city’s largest employers, granting a surprise victory to corporate giants such as Amazon and Starbucks just weeks after the council unanimously approved the measure.
Normally the government wins. Normally the government bullies businesses, or private citizens, telling them to sing their sad song. While bending over to take it up the ass. Normally the businesses would’ve sucked it up and dropped trou, or would’ve moved operations out of the city. Not this time. This time these corporations channeled conservatism. This time the businesses told the government to f*ck off. With the support of the people of Seattle.
“Today’s vote by the Seattle City Council to repeal the tax on job creation is the right decision for the region’s economic prosperity,” Amazon vice president and spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement. “We are deeply committed to being part of the solution to end homelessness in Seattle and will continue to invest in local nonprofits like Mary’s Place and FareStart that are making a difference on this important issue.”
Investing in programs which are not government programs. That’s huge. A deeply liberal business would rather give money to private programs instead of an ineffective government. Shorter: Amazon just called Seattle’s government useless at fixing problems.
Let that sink in.
The head tax drew widespread opposition from local business advocates and several major corporations, including Amazon, Seattle’s largest employer. Critics argued the tax would discourage investment in the city and place an undue burden on companies that were already paying a fair share of taxes. The measure’s supporters said large employers should pay the head tax because their presence in the city contributed to the rising cost of living.
Both sides are right on this take. Seattle is booming economically, and real estate prices are skyrocketing, because of Amazon and other big businesses who’ve made the Seattle metro area their main location. So yes, the cost of living is higher. But let’s not pretend the homeless people pitching tents under bridges are a result of Amazon building another campus.
Homelessness is not caused by huge businesses employing tens of thousands of people. So taxing these businesses, creating a larger financial burden on them, is hardly going to lower the cost of living for the city.
If a government wants to lower cost of living, they should start by lowering taxes on all people. Not taxing everyone else more. This isn’t a hard concept. It’s basic, second-grade level math.
It’ll be interesting to see if other blue cities or states push back on their ineffective governments as has happened here. Is it happening in your city or state? Let us know.
Speaking of crazy: