The sad spectacle of cities rubbing Amazon’s rich balls

From CNBC here:

  • Chicago has offered to let Amazon pocket $1.32 billion in income taxes paid by its own workers.
  • Fresno has a novel plan to give Amazon special authority over how the company’s taxes are spent.
  • Boston has offered to set up an “Amazon Task Force” of city employees working on the company’s behalf.
  • Stonecrest, Georgia even offered to cannibalize itself, to give Bezos the chance to become mayor of a 345 acre annex that would be known as “Amazon, Georgia.”

It would be easier and healthier just to break Amazon up or restrict its power in the marketplace.

Boston has basically offered slaves to Amazon.  Are they going to put fresh oil on Jeff Bezos’ bald head each day or does he already have a robot doing that?

 

 

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The Bald Vampire giveth and he taketh away!

From Bloomberg here:

  • Analyst finds basket of goods has risen 1% since September
  • Amazon unveiled much-ballyhooed price cuts after deal closed

That fuck didn’t buy Whole Foods for charity!

Or for consumers!

He bought the shit to make money and if he can make money playing a shell game with prices then that’s what the Bald Vampire is going to do.

He’s going to stay up all night slicing and dicing his prices with his favorite algorithms and then he’s going to count his money.

Aren’t Americans urged-cajoled-pounded by advertising into spending every last penny?

From the Des Moines Register here:

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley said, “as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

As an American you are conditioned everywhere you go to spend on whatever.  You deserve it!  Treat yourself you’re awesome!  Buy, buy, buy.

It would be nice if a politician or CEO would recognize the amount of advertising and conditioning that goes on in our society.

If this asshole wants people to invest more and save their money how about some changes to our fantastically hollow consumerist society??

I’m not holding my breath.

 

 

Following his fantastic work in Iraq….

From the Guardian here:

Tony Blair confirms he is working to reverse Brexit

Former PM argues claims made by leave campaign now clearly untrue and so British voters deserve second referendum

Well if the British public deserves a second vote do the Iraqi people get a second chance at having a country following Blair’s decision to go with Bush and invade Iraq on the weapons of mass destruction lie?

That’s pretty much a no go, I’m guessing.

It’s a wonder these war criminals are allowed to continue on and participate in public life after such shitty judgment.

John McCain shows himself as the complete asshole he really is with tax bill vote

From the New York Times:

Senator John McCain of Arizona says he’ll vote yes on the Senate tax bill, but Senator Susan Collins of Maine says she is still undecided.

The contradiction is great as McCain complained about the Obamacare repeal process saying it was the main driver of his vote against the repeal.

Here we have a tax bill that they’re ramming through even faster with no numbers which does a lot to damage Obamacare and reduce healthcare for Americans.

Another fantastic case of a politician doing something for himself while pretending it’s for others.  If he gave a fuck about the health of Americans he would shit on this tax bill, but he’s going to hold his nose and fuck Americans over.

So fuck you, John McCain, here’s hoping that brain tumor grows!!!!!