Seattle's head tax is crumbling before it even started

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Barely one month after Seattle's genius decision to tax its best business assets, city leaders are ready to pull the plug.

Remember this story from just four weeks ago? Seattle unanimously approved a so-called "head tax" on big companies like Amazon and Starbucks supposedly to pay to solve the city's homeless crisis. Seattle has the third highest homeless rate in the nation.

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The "head tax" was set to begin next January and would collect from businesses that gross at least $20 million annually. At first, the city proposed a $500 tax per full-time employee at those companies, but they walked that back to $275. The city estimated this would raise them a cool $48 million to put toward homeless services. Seattle will spend $78 million on homelessness this year alone.

Media reports are pinning the city's change of heart on Amazon's strong-armed resistance to the tax. But multiple businesses, including Amazon and Starbucks, have sponsored a campaign called "No Tax On Jobs," to get a referendum on the ballot this November that would get rid of the tax. Now it looks like a referendum won't be necessary.

Seattle's Democratic mayor said the city council heard the protests from companies and don't want to engage in "a prolonged, expensive political fight over the next five months that will do nothing to tackle our urgent housing and homelessness crisis." So, the City Council voted yesterday to repeal the tax.

One socialist city council member called the repeal of this tax, "a capitulation to bullying by Amazon and other big business." She called it a "complete betrayal of working people."

Also, if you're spending $78 million on homelessness this year, it may be time to reassess your spending habits.

Actually, wasn't this tax plan more of a betrayal of working people?

The showdown in Seattle is a classic case of progressive big government trying to throw money at a problem like homelessness with a strategy that would hurt a company's ability to hire (or worse, cause layoffs).

Also, if you're spending $78 million on homelessness this year, it may be time to reassess your spending habits. The top three U.S. cities with the largest homeless populations are New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. When will voters in those cities realize there just might be a slight correlation between progressive governments and their homeless problem?

There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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