Amazon CEO and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos has invoked wrath for seemingly an all-around commendable cause &ndash Twitter; establishing a charity fund to fight homelessness and develop a preschool network for the underprivileged.
The so-called;s most crucial foray into philanthropy up to now. The 2$ billion pledged by Bezos will be used to finance two separate funds to be created. The initial one, “Day 1 Families Fund&rdquo the; provides grants to organizations and groups that help accommodate homeless families, while “Day 1 Academies Fund&rdquo the; will run a network of Montessori-based nurseries in impoverished communities. Bezos was criticized for giving relatively little to charity previously.
Many on Twitter, however, did not hurry to heap praise on Bezos’ new endeavor, pointing out Amazon’s practices of underpaying its workers and forcing employees to work in stuffy warehouses without air conditioning.
It’d be way better if he’d invest in paying taxes to begin with. Or invest in providing a good work place. Or invest in not creating a business design that priced out and destroyed mom and pop bookstores merely to gather data.
Dude sucks therefore does his “commitment.”
— Night Musk (@BathroomCologne) September 13, 2018
Some resorted to exactly the same argument as US President Donald Trump, who has attacked Amazon for not paying enough taxes and using US postal office as its “delivery boy.”
I am right about Amazon costing america POSTOFFICE massive levels of money to be their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) rather than keep these things bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many vast amounts of dollars. P.O. leaders don’t have a clue (or do they?)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been among Amazon’s most vocal critics, week introduced the Stop BEZOS Act last, targeted at placing a tax on big companies like Amazon and Walmart so that they compensate the federal government for the huge benefits it must pay their low-income employees.
“That’s just what a rigged economy is approximately,” Sanders said, because the bill was introduced by him.
Many Twitter users agreed with that reasoning. “If billionaires like Bezos were properly taxed then we wouldn’t need billionaires like Bezos to sweep in and ‘rescue’ people failed by our underfunded systems,” one wrote.
If billionaires like Bezos were properly taxed then we wouldn’t need billionaires like Bezos to sweep in and “rescue” people failed by our underfunded systems.
— Rebecca ”Abolish ICE” Cohen (@GynoStar) September 13, 2018
Jeff Bezos pledged $2 billion to a fresh “philanthropic fund.”
Amazon owes that and much more in taxes they avoided! 😡
💰 Amazon holds BILLIONS in untaxed subsidiaries overseas.
💰 Amazon spent millions lobbying for tax reform.
💰 Amazon has received $1 BILLION in local tax breaks. pic.twitter.com/IpiW6oRi3X
— Bonnie Castillo (@NNUBonnie) September 13, 2018
Another raised the point that Amazon strong-armed the Seattle city council to abandon the program to tax the business so as to raise funds for tackling the mounting homelessness crisis.
Bezos (worth $160+b) will fund homeless charity with donations he is able to deduct from his taxes after forcing Seattle to repeal a tax on his company that could have funded help for homeless. Seattle, meet your feudal lord. https://t.co/RiZnC7yWxn
— Paul Blumenthal d/b/a James McMorgans LLC (@PaulBlu) September 13, 2018
Seattle, where Amazon has its headquarters, has been suffering from the rising amount of homeless residents for days gone by many years. Currently over fifty percent of the homeless population in the King County are sleeping rough on the streets, as a result of insufficient shelters.
The Seattle City Council backed the proposed business tax unanimously, dubbed ‘Amazon Tax’, in-may, only to back off per month later after Amazon halted the construction arranging a new high-rise in the town. The project cancellation may have robbed the town of 7 potentially,000 new jobs.
While the web retail giant’s presence made Seattle the fastest-growing big city in america, it has had a toll on its residents also, driving up rent prices, clogging traffic and overwhelming public transportation.
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