Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Soon after Amazon (AMZN) chairman and founder Jeff Bezos returned to Earth from space on Tuesday, the billionaire received sharp criticism from progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) contrasting the low tax bills paid by him and Amazon with those borne by everyday Americans who "keep this country running." The criticism came in response to remarks made by Bezos thanking Amazon customers and employees whose purchases and work "paid for" the space expedition, which was carried out by another Bezos-backed venture, Blue Origin. In a tweet responding to the remarks, Warren said Bezos, "Forgot to thank all the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country running while he and Amazon paid nothing." U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also responded sharply to Bezos on Twitter.
Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this - with lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic.
And Amazon customers are paying for it with Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business.
Many of the nation's wealthiest executives, including Bezos, use legal tax-avoidance methods that allow them to pay low or no income taxes in some years, according to an investigation released by ProPublica last month.
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