This is rich: Seattle socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant says we need to “fight for our rights”

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And she’s not speaking about the Second Amendment right. She’s speaking about the right to tax big businesses to solve the city’s homelessness crisis…

From The city’s latest attempt at a business head tax will not only solve the homelessness crisis, it will help the affordable housing problem, too, Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant argues.

“This is the most rational solution; for the city to build permanently affordable housing by taxing big business because that is where the money is,” Sawant told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross. “They are making enormous amounts of wealth on the backs of ordinary people, so it is time they pay back a tiny share of their huge profits.”

The city council is crafting legislation for an employee hours tax, or head tax. It comes on the heels of a special task force’s recommendation that the city implements the tax — among others — to raise $150 million annually.

“You can’t go to working people because working people are already overtaxed,” Sawant said. “You can’t go to small businesses because small businesses are already overburdened. Who has the money and who is not paying their fair share? It’s the biggest businesses of all, like Amazon.

“Not your corner coffee shop or corner grocery store,” she said. “And if we tax these biggest businesses to the tune of $150 million per year, we could build up to 750 affordable units every year and create good union jobs in the process. This would make a huge dent in skyrocketing rent and the homelessness crisis.”

City officials, however, are considering placing a tax on all Seattle businesses — including the small ones. The city task force recommends a “skin-in-the-game” tax for all Seattle businesses. Estate taxes, highly-paid CEO taxes, and real estate sale taxes are also among the recommendations.

More than 300 of the city’s small businesses — many of them restaurants — signed a letter urging the council to at least include them in the head tax process. The businesses asked that the city not place yet another tax on them, pointing to the skin-in-the-game proposal.

Will a head tax push out big businesses?

Sawant pushes back against the notion that Seattle’s large companies will simply skip town if they face more taxes. Amazon, for example, has already begun searching for a second headquarters in another city. It will place 50,000 new employees there instead of Seattle.

Local leaders also had a meeting to “hit the refresh button” on city relations with the retail shopping giant.

Sawant says that idea that companies will leave is an empty threat. She points to Boeing, which still moved operations out of state despite getting huge tax breaks from the state Legislature.

“We heard these kinds of threats and blackmail from big business,” Sawant said. “Even when we were fighting for $15 an hour. We have heard this blackmail from corporate landlords every time we’ve succeeded in winning a measure of renters rights.”

“The reality is that the reason Amazon and corporations like them are making profits is not because they are creating jobs,” she said. “It is because, in this system of capitalism, wealth is rewarded with more wealth. At the end of the day, the solution to this problem is to not cower in front of this economic blackmail and fight for our rights.”

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21 responses to “This is rich: Seattle socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant says we need to “fight for our rights”

  1. The City Council should contact Dave Hog & Enema Gonzales, they’ll know what to do.(sarc)

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  2. These pinheads cannot be as clueless as they act. She and her ilk know that they are taxing the working stiff. Estate taxes, real estate sales taxes, a “head” tax and the ever popular (divisive) Let’s overtax the “overpaid” guys!!! Class division has been a serious tool in the quest for Marxism. The sooner the noose is employed, the sooner some semblance of reality returns….

    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

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    • Crackerbaby . . . . Excellent points! Only someone who is regrettably ignorant doesn’t know that when “taxes are placed on business” . . . it gets passed onto the consumers, in the guise of higher prices for goods or services. You know, like the middle class families, the older folks who are on Social Security, where there isn’t always a yearly increase in benefits. I certainly would imagine that this would cause businesses to THINK TWICE BEFORE ADDING EMPLOYEES to their payrolls. One major problem is that these dillweeds who are in government positions, with above average wages, and perks galore . . . they know damn good and well, that they will not suffer from the nonsensical laws they enact. They get up on their soap box, and tell all the indigent, and those who do not wish to work for a living . . . that they will “bring home the bacon for them.”

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  3. Straight out of Cloward-Piven’s Economics 101, not to mention this shady Brahmin’s lining her pockets with that transparent construction union graft.

    Those housing units, at $200,000 each, would also probably hide $100k in payback covering leftist “green” add-ons, ensuring these projects become unlivable, experimental hellholes for evaluating socialist man’s functionality as an economic input after long term impoundment in “brutalist,” bare concrete structures lacking any touch of human scale or need.

    As I think about this, these socialist bureaucrats’ ideas for housing the poor and working classes symbolize the former’s real feelings for the needy, which is as just so much human livestock for achieving political power and tricking a profit off productive enterprise so they can sit around managing other people’s lives in between calls to their therapists.

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    • Dan . . . . Congratulations, your addition to this article is most excellent! I particularly love the last paragraph . . . ” these socialist bureaucrats’ ideas for housing the poor and working classes symbolize the former’s real feelings for the needy, which is as just so much human livestock for achieving political power and tricking a profit off productive enterprise so they can sit around managing other people’s lives . . .” This really speaks to my heart; at least those of us who are opposed to offering assistance to just anybody who shows up, regardless of the fact that they may very well have the physical and mental acuity to work . . . are very upfront in our views. Whereas, these dillweed bureaucrat’s hide their true feelings, all the while touting that they are all about “lifting the burden’s from off the back’s of the poor,” when in reality they view these same people as the scum of the Earth–to be used to as a means of feathering their own nest.

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  4. Wait for Boeing to make a management decision to follow a Henry Ford policy. That would be to adjust wages and product prices so that every employee would be able to purchase 747. (Somebody just told me that idea is ridiculous, so I am going to write “Sarc.”)

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  5. No wonder Amazon is looking for an HQ2 (and it won’t be in a union stronghold)

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    • Disgusted . . . . You are spot on! It makes me wonder if when the HQ2 is up and running … there is always the possibility that they can shut down their original headquarters, and move it elsewhere. Bezos is a person who would try to squeeze blood out of a stone.

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  6. Kevin J Lankford

    That name would tell me all I needed to know.

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  7. She is building a platform for her political future in the DNC as in use me to get the nail in the coffin. Wonder who her backer will be ?☻

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  8. Oh yeah, she’ll fight for her rights to steal your money!

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  9. Yep. Every major city has an idiot sawant!

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  10. Wow. After they chase Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon out of town who will be left to pay for all their idiotic programs?………….Oh!

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  11. The SHEEPLE!

    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

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  12. And the big business will close it’s doors and relocate leaving unemployment and big, empty buildings behind it. The money will be gone and the city assumes the néw role of slumlord. Keep it up. Small towns like Covington, Georgia are growing and becoming wealthier off vendettas like this.

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    • Philip McLaughlin

      Yes Mad Celt the rust belt will move to Seattle and the South will have more yankee refugees. Charlotte, NC is fulll of such migrants so now we no longer have men and womens rooms. Ok we may have gender confusion but NC is still a right to work state. Charlotte is taken over by Dumbocrats but NC is a red state. Charlotte Panthers are “Carolina” Panthers. Oh… that is an extinct species. Who cares they will probably move to Canada anyway. Charlotte Dumbocrat politicians are probably dumb enough to make us pay for a new stadium even when the team is not named for Charlotte then before the new stadium is built the new owner will move the team to Toledo or Toronto. Then we can use the new stadium for Ms. Drag Queen of America Contest unless Seattle gets it. Ms. Sawant may want that for some revenue since she seems to want her other revenue streams to die like the rusty Northern union wound towns. Funny Bill Clinton passed NAFTA to hurt American Union states. Bill Clinton became the best Republican President in years. Then Obama became our best gay Muslim President in American history. All this thanks to Dumbocrats.

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  13. Look to Detroit, Chicago L.A. San Fran, Baltimore. Septic wounds infected with liberal parasites. They’ll destroy themselves and all of the living around them. Democratic rule = social chaos

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  14. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:

    Result of Marxist economics in USSR expressed in Russian saying of the day, “They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.”

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  15. I’m amazed when listening to CSpan’s Washington Journal and folks call in saying they “believe” everyone is entitled to housing, food, a job, and of course, health care. It doesn’t matter what the topic is, and they’ll call in on the Republican line if that’s the only way they can get through… socialists.

    Now, if it meant having Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook’s Billionaire owners pay for it, I say sure… But the problem is, it’s NOT those robber barons who pay, it’s the home owners and working-class folks who end up paying… while struggling to live within our own means.

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