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Seen on a wall in Seattle, a couple of blocks from Amazon.com's headquarters:

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Indeed, as the richest man in the world -- and as CEO of a company that paid 0 in federal taxes for two years in a row, despite earning billions in profit -- Jeff Bezos has a particular obligation to pay back to society. Unfortunately, he is libertarian. In 2010 he gave $100,000 to groups working to defeat Washington State's measure to enact a state income tax.

Likewise, "Amazon worked diligently to crush last year's head tax on Seattle's largest corporations, which would have raised about $47 million a year for the city to pay for affordable housing and homelessness services, of which Amazon would pay $20 million. Amazon bullied the city, halting construction on buildings." (source)

Beezos and Gates both live near Bellevue, WA. Hence this idea:

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Or we can ask them to save democracy and the world.

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Problem is, Bezos has a conflict of interest-- Blue Horizon-- his spaceport and rocket program-- which I believe he envisions as the escape route for humans, as the earth becomes more and more uninhabitable.

But the idea is amazing and he could probably do it, especially if a few other billionaires chipped in.

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I interpret that to mean an escape route from humans, and a more uninhabitable earth.


I don't think any of the deplorable (99%) would be welcomed in a gated community anywhere on Earth, Moon or Mars from such suggested sic saviors.......

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The foolish people in this country, who give Bezos more money and more power every time they use Amazon in America's race for the bottom, are funding Bezo's space dreams. More money comes in as this phony libertarian buys, using trifling political bribes, endless government largess to help with his space dreams. If I could be assured that Bezos and Gates and Musk would be rocketed to Mars, I would chip in too.

But as an engineer, I don't see that happening. In the mean time, I do not use Amazon. I think everyone else already gives him enough money. I cannot change politics, but when my choice is to use Amazon or do without, I find I do not need whatever it is that demands a tribute to that oligarch.

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"If I could be assured that Bezos and Gates and Musk would be rocketed to Mars..."

Can we throw Branson in there, too?

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