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 tax cut is a giant con/stock market circle jerk

From CNBC here:

Indeed, T-Mobile,Home Depot, Bank of America and Mastercard all announced significant repurchase intentions this week. Home Depot led the way with a $15 billion buyback after it raised its long-term sales target.

While the recent spate of buyback announcements is a small sample size, it brings back memories of the last time Congress tried to bring back cash overseas through a tax holiday.

What a bunch of hypocritical, fucking liars.  Nothing about this tax cut is about normal Americans.  They’re going to take that money and buy their own shares back to make themselves rich.

This is just legalized corruption by a bunch of corporate jerkoffs.

 

Roy Moore is a true blue racist, piece of shit rapist fuck

From Salon here:

When Moore was on the campaign trail before the Republican primary, he said that America was at its finest when African-Americans were still kept as slaves.

“I think it was great at the time when families were united,” Moore said. “Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another.

That remark came during an appearance in which he called Native Americans and Asian-Americans “reds and yellows.”

This dude is like an evil cartoon character and I hope he drops dead.

Why were American families more united when slavery was around?  Because they lived in perpetual and justified fear that they were about to be killed like the slaveowners in Haiti?

That’s the only sensible thing I can make of this puke but it’s probably not what he meant.  He’s being ‘nostalgic’.

Sipping mint juleps watching folks out in the fields……

What fueled the initial rise of the Nazis?

From here:

A huge segment of the population of the United States is filled with hatred so intense they actively want a vastly more authoritarian government that will shove that hatred down the throats of the left. They want fascism. They’re hungry for it, whether they call it that or not. In the kind of Orwellian doublespeak this administration has become famous for, they call it “liberty” or “freedom” or “American values”, but they’re talking about hard authoritarianism. They’re talking about fascism.

While there is a large racial component to the Nazi legacy, it is the economic humiliation heaped on Germany after World War I that triggered the initial Nazi rise.

So while I see tons of folks arguing whether Trump’s are acting out of racist motivations it is the economic humiliation created by globalization that sparked Trump’s initial rise.  Make America great again can either be I want my fucking job back or make America white again, but the problem with the latter is America has never been fully white.

If you ask me what is so far up the ass of hardcore Trump supporters it is the economic humiliation they’ve endured.  Trump cashed in on that.  They have foul, foul asshole views on race but if they had good paying union jobs he wouldn’t have risen.

Quote of the day re: Alabammy!

From the Root here:

While the policies of the party may be more progressive and black-friendly, the Democratic leadership is often as prejudiced and shortsighted as its Republican counterparts, and next week’s Senate election is the perfect example.

The Democratic Party is trash. It is the reason Hillary Clinton lost. It is the reason Donald Trump is president. It is the reason I might be represented in the United States Senate by a grown man who probably went to see Twilight in the theaters and stood by the candy counter asking teenage girls if they wanted a Sugar Daddy.

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.