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?

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The far left is tearing apart the social fabric of our country in the name of "progress." From its emphasis on government dependency, to the $15 minimum wage, to the embrace of Marxist Critical Race Theory in our schools, the Left is destroying our culture and way of life.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck spoke with Christopher Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty, about the latest insane example of the Marxist lies destroying the minds of our kids: A New York school sent parents a "white identities" chart advocating for "white traitors" and "white abolitionists."

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There is an all-out assault on the social fabric of our country. The kids are NOT all right. In the name of "progress," we're destroying their minds with Marxist lies. In the name of "safety," we're destroying their souls by keeping them locked down.

On his Glenn TV special this week, Glenn Beck takes on the national suicide that the Left is committing by destroying our culture and way of life and how it's also leading to actual suicide of our kids. Experts on the front lines expose how the lies of critical race theory are crippling our children's future and provide tools for parents to fight back.

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