Businesses in Seattle revolt over homeless ‘head tax’


>>Martha: HOMELESSNESS IN SEATTLE IS A BIG PROBLEM, BUT AMAZON CRIED UNCLE WHEN THEY WERE ASKED TO FOOT THE BILL. WEEKS AFTER THE CITY PASSED WHAT IS CALLED A HEAD TAX, THE CITY COUNCIL NOW SAYING NEVER MIND AFTER AMAZON THREATENED TO LEAVE THE CITY. THE BILL WOULD HAVE FORCED BUSINESSES THAT PULL IN OVER $20 MILLION TO PAY $275 PER EMPLOYEE. FOR AMAZON, THE CITY’S LARGEST EMPLOYER, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN $12 MILLION A YEAR, BUT SMALLER BUSINESSES WITH TIGHTER MARGINS WOULD HAVE FELT EVEN MORE. BILL BENNETT THE HOST OF THE BILL BENNETT PODCAST AND A FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND STEVE HILTON, HOST OF THE NEXT REVOLUTION HERE ON FNC. BILL, YOU TAKE THE FIRST CRACK ON THIS, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT?>>THIS IS A KIND OF A LIBERAL SHOCK OF RECOGNITION. AMAZON AND STARBUCKS FIGURED OUT THEIR COMPANIES, THEIR BUSINESSES. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW BAD THINGS MUST BE IF AMAZON AND STARBUCKS ARE THREATENING TO LEAVE SEATTLE? TALK ABOUT A MOTHERSHIP, A LIBERAL COMMUNITY, BUT THERE THEY WERE. THEY FLEXED THEIR BUSINESS MODEL, REMINDED PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE A BUSINESS IN THE CITY COUNCIL TURNED AROUND ON A DIME.>>Martha: IT SO INTERESTING, STEVE. AS BILL HAS JUST POINTED OUT, TO WATCH THIS DYNAMIC AT PLAY, BECAUSE ITS TAXATION, TAXATION, TAXATION AND THEY FINALLY SAID NO. I LOVE THIS QUOTE FROM AMAZON VICE PRESIDENT AND SPOKESMAN DREW HERKIMER WHO SAID THE CITY DOES NOT HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM, IT HAS A SPENDING EFFICIENCY PROBLEM. THAT PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL, DOESN’T IT?>>I THINK THAT’S RIGHT, AND I THINK THAT FRANKLY NOBODY COMES OUT OF THIS WELL. WHAT A RIDICULOUS WAY OF TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS WITH THIS STUPID TAX. THE REASON THAT YOU GOT THIS HOMELESS PROBLEM IS BECAUSE OF THEIR STUPID POLICIES THAT MAKE HOUSING SO EXPENSIVE, THE REGULATIONS THAT MAKE IT SO EXPENSIVE TO BUILD A HOUSE. THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, THE ZONING REGULATIONS, IT’S CONTRIBUTE TO HOMELESSNESS. THE IDEA OF SLAPPING ATTACKS ON AMAZON — BUT FRANKLY DON’T REALLY LIKE THE WAY THEY SAY YOU MAY WANT TO TAX US BUT WE DECIDE WHAT TAXES WE PAY, NOT YOU. I THINK EVERYBODY COMES OUT OF THIS BAD.>>Martha: CHOOSE A DIFFERENT STATE IF THEY THINK THAT STATE IS GOING TO BE BETTER FOR THEM. I DO WANT TO SQUEEZE IN THIS STORY ABOUT CHICKEN SHAMING. WE HEARD ABOUT FAT SHAMING. POOR JACK DORSEY, THE TWITTER AND SQUARE CEO TOOK A PICTURE OF THIS CASHBACK PROGRAM HE GOT AT CHICK-FIL-A AND BOY DID HE GET POUNCED ON BECAUSE THE CEO OF CHICK-FIL-A IN THE PAST HAS SAID THAT HE IS NOT IN FAVOR OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, SO THEN SOLEDAD O’BRIEN JUMPED IN AND SAID THIS IS AN INTERESTING COMPANY TO BOOST DURING PRIDE MONTH. JACK QUICKLY CAME BACK AND SAID OF HIS TWEET, I’M SO SORRY, YOU ARE RIGHT. I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUND. PHIL.>>THE PRESIDENT OF TWITTER INADVERTENTLY CAME ON THE TRUTH, WHICH IS THAT CHICK-FIL-A IS A GREAT THING. IT’S A GREAT MEAL. THE ONLY TIME YOU APOLOGIZE OR SAY YOU’RE SORRY FOR HAVING CHICK-FIL-A IS IF YOU FIND A BONE IN IT, WHICH HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY.>>Martha: ITS BONELESS.>>GO TO ATLANTA AIRPORT. GO TO SHOPPING CENTERS, WE GO UP AND DOWN INTERSTATE 95. WHERE IS THE LONGEST LINE? CHICK-FIL-A. I DON’T MUCH APPROVE OF AMAZON’S POLITICS EITHER. LIKE STEVE WAS SAYING. BUT I SURE USE THEM. THIS IS JUST CRAZY. IT TELLS YOU ABOUT THE SAME TIME THE BULLYING ASPECT THAT STEVE REFERRED TO, BUT ALSO HOW THEY CAN BE INTIMIDATED BY FORCES OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. THIS CRAVEN BEHAVIOR IS REALLY SHAMEFUL.>>Martha: YOU CAN SEND A TWEET AND THE FORCES JUST COME IN AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU WERE SPINNING YOUR WAY OUT OF IT. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE.>>I FOUND OUT SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING THE DAY BEFORE THIS TWEET BY JACK DORSEY THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE WRATH OF THE HEAT PUMP, HE ALSO SENT OUT ANOTHER TWEET. NOT THAT LONG AGO THE DALAI LAMA SAID THIS ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE, WHICH IS THE REASON FOR CHICK-FIL-A. THEY WANT ME TO CONDONE HOMOSEXUALITY. I AM A BUDDHIST. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO MEN IS WRONG. MORE RECENTLY HE SAID PEOPLE WHO HAVE BELIEF OR HAVE SPECIAL TRADITIONS AND YOU SHALL FOLLOW ACCORDING TO YOUR TRADITION. I DIDN’T NOTICE THE TWITTER HATE MOB FROM THE LOONY LEFT TO SEND ON JACK DORSEY FOR RE-TWEETING THE DALAI LAMA DESPITE HIS VIEWS ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND IT MUST MAKE YOU THINK THIS IS NOT REALLY ABOUT DEFENDING TRADITIONAL VIEWS OF MARRIAGE, IT’S REALLY ABOUT BEING ANTI-CHRISTIAN. THAT’S WHAT WE USED TO CALL BIGOTRY.>>Martha: QUICK THOUGHT, BILL.>>JACK DORSEY MAY NEXT NEED TO BE CAREFUL. HE MAY ORDER A CAKE FROM THE

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