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Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Amazon leaving Seattle

Bloomberg reported, "Amazon CEO, citing ‘rougher’ patch with Seattle, looks to ’burbs."

This is not white flight. Seattle has become coyote ugly crazy and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy wants to leave before he has to gnaw off his leg to get out of the trap.

Shades of Boeing and the Seattle Supersonics.

Bloomberg's story said, "The world’s largest online retailer is by far the biggest private employer in Seattle with more than 50,000 workers. That distinction has proved a headache in recent years, with some residents and government officials blaming the company for exacerbating homelessness and traffic."

Seattle has turned Amazon into its whipping boy, blaming the company for problems the city creates. 

Jassy spoke at an event hosted by technology news site GeekWire.

He said, "I’d say the last five years, the city council has become less enamored with business or with Amazon. It’s just been rougher."

The city wanted to burden Amazon heavily with taxes. The company and others fought back. Then the company backed a slate of city council candidates who lost.

It is time to vamoose.

The story said, "The company, which is wrapping up construction of an expanded Seattle headquarters campus, has since shifted its expansion planning toward neighboring cities like Bellevue and Redmond. Bellevue, just east of Seattle, 'is where most of our growth will end up being,' Jassy said. He added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon opened other offices in additional cities in the region."

Jeff Bezos, who no longer runs the business, started Amazon in his garage in Bellevue in 1994, across the lake from Seattle. A return to its roots may be in good order.

Seattle's hostility to business led to Boeing's departure for Chicago in 2001. The company was founded in Seattle in 1916. It decided last year to shutter its last factory in Seattle.

50 years ago, real-estate agents Bob McDonald and Jim Youngren put the words, "Will the last person leaving SEATTLE -- Turn out the lights" on a billboard at S 167th Street and Pacific Highway S near Sea-Tac International Airport.

At the time, Boeing was going through a rough patch as it cut employment from 100,800 employees in 1967 to a low of 38,690 in April 1971, when the sign went up. The purpose of the sign was to inject a little humor and therefore hope in a bleak situation. Within 6 months, Boeing had recalled 15,000 laid off workers.

But that was how business cycles work. The goose that lays the golden eggs occasionally takes a few months off.

No, to really kill business, you need a government that is hostile and frankly jealous of success. In 22 short years, the garage business became the top retailer in the country. Seattle is doing everything it can to force Amazon out.

The CEO finally got the hint because when it comes to Democrat policy, there is no such thing as unintended consequences. Seattle wants Amazon out. So be it.

52 comments:

  1. And therefore keep voting Democrat.🙄

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    1. Lets publish the NAMES of these Council members & officials who are intent on taxing businesses to the point they move lock stock out.
      These TAX, TAX "people", whether elected or appointed, need to be publicly exposed &
      dismissed from their jobs.

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    2. Poetic justice for the antifa-blm terrorists

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    3. You can publish the names, Mike, like Kshama Savant's name, who is absolutely notorious. But her district keeps voting her back in again and again. The government Seattle gets is apparently the government they want.

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    4. article from July 2020 about the jump start tax says "Mosqueda was joined by council members M. Lorena González, Lisa Herbold, Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, Dan Strauss and Andrew Lewis in voting for the tax." https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-city-council-passes-new-jumpstart-tax-on-high-salaries-paid-by-big-businesses/ All Seattle City Council members can be viewed at https://www.seattle.gov/council/

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    5. The first to leave are the conservatives, leaving the local electorate more and more left. At this point all the races are going to actual literal communists.

      They have already legalized crime statutorily in Seattle for members of favored races and social classes and the STATE just criminalized policing.

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  2. This is why Red China and illegals are attractive to business. Unions and their phony strikes, greedy city officials make moving way too easy.

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  3. And FWIW, the Chicago Bears have given up on the city and are going to be building their new stadium in the suburbs.

    Notice a trend here?

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    1. Don't bring those dirty liberals to Charleston, SC.

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  4. "The world’s largest online retailer is by far the biggest private" indirect employer of 100,000,000-PLUS FAKE CONSUMER REVIEWS, most of which originate from COMMUNIST CHINA.

    As if we're supposed to mourn the fate of a corporation that makes Bill Clinton look, in comparison, honest?!

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  5. Yet they will remain in Washington?

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    1. There are still pockets, like Seattle's Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland), that are still business-friendly and relatively conservative. Washington also has no income tax, so the workers definitely appreciate that.

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  6. Gooder and harder. Good grief, who elects these people. I guess that is why they are going to get it gooder and harder.

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  7. Couldn't happen to nicer guys, but then, "nicer", they ain't. I am soooo not bummed for Seattle.

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  8. Amazon, the Chicago Bears, and any other major corporate entity would be wise to leave their entire state and move to a free (non-commie) state. The trouble will only follow them in short order.

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  10. The 50k employees will either stay in Seattle and continue to vote the way they've been voting or they'll move to the suburb where Amazon is locating and ruin that city by continuing to vote the same.

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  11. I’m a cop in Texas. Several years ago, I stopped a USPS truck on a Sunday thinking it was stolen. Nope, they were delivering for Amazon.

    I say, bring the jobs here, but leave your lefty politics there.

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    1. A year or two ago, I noticed a USPS truck on my very shady true-American street and was puzzled. Then, I saw the news that Amazon had sub-contracted them. If it keeps the USPS alive and defers the inevitable rate hikes ... it's a good thing.

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  12. Makes one wonder about Boeing - leaving Seattle and ending up in Chicago. Maybe their next move will be to New York City.

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  16. All about money...everything is.

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    1. That's right. And, businesses are not charities.

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  17. Seattle is not alone Chicago and New York City do the same thing..

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  18. Upstate NY, one of the key components to NYCity's rise, success and wealth and the key to that wealth and explosive growth WAS the Erie Canal bringing-in goods from the midWest and the Great Lakes. Buffalo had the first water-powered electric generating station - designed by Nicola Tesla - utilizing the Niagra Falls. Cheap electric power grew cities like Buffalo (now a wreck), Rochester, Syracuse and ultimately Albany (not far behind).

    But, that was then; NYC became the tail that wagged the dog, and Albany the choker. Upstate has rotted-out along with Albany, whose primary product is corrupt politicians, and NYC not far behind. Politics rules and ruins everything in NY.

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    1. The cities in upstate mirror NYC in their destructive lefty politics.
      Syracuse, Rochester, Albany plus NYC and Westchester constitute a majority in the legislature and voila....the corrupt dysfunctional mess that is NY state.

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    2. Altho I left upstate NY many years ago I find it hysterical that so many in the NY media are surprised to find that a Buffalo democrat is a raging lefty.

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  20. Bellevue and Redmond aren't far enough. Those cities will turn on Amazon quickly. They need to leave the state.

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  21. Boeing didn't move ops to Chicago, just upper management bean counters who hated Seattle. All the engineering and production stayed. It was a start of a two decade decline in engineering practices with the expected result.

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  22. For a good story of what happened at Boeing.

    https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/the-coming-boeing-bailout

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  24. And yet Amazon top leadership (and probably minions all the way down) will continue to vote for politicians who embrace the policies that are driving them out. Go figure.

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  25. A simple name change, such as : The People's Revolutionary Vanguard Army of Amazon, should soothe those angry commies in the People's Republic of Seattle.

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  26. Amazon is building a huge distribution warehouse in Fargo ND. The kobs go to the hardest workers.

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  27. I always wondered how much graft was involved to get Boeing to move to Chicago and not Dallas which was the other posibility.

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  28. I don't think Boeing ever had any actual manufacturing inside the city of Seattle. AFAIK they were entirely in Everett and Renton. They were a homegrown Washington State operation and they knew to avoid Seattle, which has been crazy for a long time.

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  36. Well not quite. The then head of Boeing did not like Seattle as it wasn't classy enough for him. And the weather. This was pre Microsoft, Amazon, etc. He wanted to hang around with the right people and not those hicks from WA. The excuse was that UA was headquartered in Chicago so he wanted to move there to be closer to his customers and most of the m were on the East Coast. NYC probably would have been a move too far. Corporate ego played a role.

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