Just when you think it can’t get any weirder, it gets weirder. Welcome to the city that values homeless people who contribute little to society except dirty needles, trash, and feces on the street; more than it values the companies who provide high-wage jobs to thousands of its tax-paying citizens.
The city council passed the “Amazon Tax” (socialist council-person Kshama Sawant’s own words), at a somewhat lower rate than they had been discussing. This tax will affect not only Amazon, but hundreds of other businesses that call Seattle home, like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines, Bartell Drugs, and more. The reaction from those companies has been understandably negative.
I had to drive downtown today to visit family, and the James Street exit from I-5 is a mass of homeless tents and piles of trash. I was appalled! Just today, there is a news story about a homeless man raping a woman in a car dealer’s restroom.
And the city has noted that, even if the tax does bring in some money, those homeless people are NOT required to accept help!! So the city can hire all those expensive social workers, and their salaries will be partly wasted on people who prefer to live on the streets (at YOUR expense). Oh, and those social workers will be drawing nice salaries and pensions, paid for by the long-suffering taxpayers of Seattle.
I try to stay out of Seattle as much as I can, and this is why. The city is getting totally disgusting, punishing the golden-goose companies who make it a place people want to live, and rewarding street bums. The people who run Seattle should be forced to live where they work, and walk down the trash-filled streets every single day, to see the results of their misguided policies. Personally, I hope Amazon picks up and leaves the city-what do you think Seattle will do with empty Amazon Spheres when Amazon is gone? I hope Bartell Drug closes all their Seattle stores, and Russell Investments goes back to Tacoma where the business conditions are friendlier.
Oh, and here’s another choice Seattle story. It seems that the socialists of Seattle vowed to move all their business away from Wells Fargo Bank, due to all the recent bad news there. So they prepared a bid package and sent it out to all the local big banks, asking who wanted to take over Seattle’s banking business. And what do you think they received in return? A big, fat ZERO! It seems that NO big bank wanted to have Seattle’s bank accounts! That just made me laugh out loud! So now, Seattle has to go crawling back to Wells Fargo, saying “Never mind, we’ll stay”! Serves them right. Thanks to ShiftWA for that choice story.