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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Agree: Amazon Is Bad

Amazon pushes back after Sen. Bernie Sanders accuses them of not paying fair wages.

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Amazon is refuting allegations from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) about the treatment of their employees.

Sanders has taken to his Facebook page to criticize the company's wages as they supposedly contribute to the "gap between the very rich and everyone else." Sanders criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for being worth $155 billion while a number of Amazon employees live on taxpayer-funded welfare programs. Sanders and other critics have accused Bezos himself of being subsidized by taxpayers. Since that time, Sanders has become the face of a petition demanding that Bezos "pay [his] workers a living wage and improve working conditions at Amazon warehouses all across the country." The petition goes on to say, "It is beyond absurd that you would make more money in ten seconds than the median employee of Amazon makes in an entire year."

Amazon has since responded to Sanders' claims, calling them "misleading and inaccurate." Amazon alleged in a statement that it had previously reached out to Sanders numerous times to invited him to tour one of their fulfillment centers. (The company later tweeted that Sanders finally accepted their offer.) Additionally, the company said that the average hourly wage for a full-time fulfillment center associate was over $15 an hour, not including overtime. The company also rebuked Sanders' welfare claim, saying that the company offers "highly competitive wages and a climate controlled," up to 20 weeks paid leave and other flexible leave options for new parents, and "a comprehensive benefit package including health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans, and company stock." The company noted that the figures also included those who worked for Amazon for a short time and made the decision to take on part-time positions.

Sanders is not the only politician who has placed Amazon in his sights this year. Earlier in the year, President Donald Trump publicly accused Amazon of harming American businesses and the postal service with the reception of a subsidy. Reason's Peter Suderman shared that the supposed subsidy was anything but. Several of his criticisms possibly stemmed from frustration with unflattering coverage published by The Washington Post, which is also owned by Bezos.

Amazon has also clashed with the Seattle city government over a job tax that sought to take 26 cents for every hour worked by a company that grossed more than $20 million. The city council believed the revenue from the tax would help address the city's homelessness problem. The tax caused Amazon to halt construction on a new office, which impacted the jobs of many construction workers. Businesses, construction unions, and many citizens opposed the tax, which was quickly repealed.

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  1. Regarding the USPS and the use of its services by Amazon, one can observe some high grade retard in the convergence of thought shared by the Bernies and the Orange kool-aiders and various elements of the dissident right.

  2. I would have voted for Bernie if he had won the Democratic nomination, but I’m not so obsessed with him that I’m unable to see when he gets things wrong.

    Sanders criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for being worth $155 billion while a number of Amazon employees live on taxpayer-funded welfare programs.

    Even if every word of that sentence is true, so what? It’s not Bezos’ fault. At best you could cite this as a reason for increasing welfare benefits, so that “living on welfare” is not equivalent to “barely scraping by.” But individual net worths in the hundreds of billions or more pose no problem for left-libertarianism.

    1. Wow, nicely done. You sad something that most everyone here is going to be forced to agree with. šŸ˜€

  3. Fuck Amazon. They lost me when they began lobbying to force their competition to collect sales tax. Haven’t bought a thing from them since.

  4. The company also rebuked Sanders’ welfare claim, saying that the company offers “highly competitive wages and a climate controlled,” up to 20 weeks paid leave and other flexible leave options for new parents,

    Amazon has also clashed with the Seattle city government over a job tax that sought to take 26 cents for every hour worked by a company that grossed more than $20 million.

    Is English not Zuri Davis’s first language?

    1. Was it her who thought 12 years is “almost 20” too?

      Clown Magazine

  5. Tom Woods had a relevant podcast episode recently.

    Ep. 1205 Hitler Didn’t Like the Free Market

    He quotes Hitler extensively, who sounded then a hell of a lot like Sanders and Trump do now.

    1. I still like Tom Woods, but he’s been awfully salty lately. It’s not a good look.

      1. His saltiness is one of his greatest features. I laugh when his voice gets all squeaky when he gets mad.

  6. “Earlier in the year, President Donald Trump publicly accused Amazon of harming American businesses and the postal service with the reception of a subsidy. Reason’s Peter Suderman shared that the supposed subsidy was anything but.”

    Amazon gets charged cheaper prices than you or I. Call it what you like.

    Trump stands against corporate welfare. Reason stands for it.

    Reason: Free Minds and Corporate Profits Uber Alles

    1. Can I call it a volume discount negotiated between the two organizations?

      1. Call it Crony Capitalism

    2. It always makes me puzzled when people get mad at the consumer of the subsidy and not also the provider of the subsidy.

      1. How was I to know that TV was hot when I bought it off the back of a truck?

      2. This. And buybuy is retarded.

    3. You know what’s even funnier? When the Chinese government is the one offering the subsidies the President is still the authoritarian asshole. Every major US corporation could be devoting a majority share of it’s resources and profits to producing for the Chinese government, a no-shit communist dictatorship, would directly and/or indirectly control the majority share of the world’s 2 largest economies and Reason would shrug and say “It’s libertarianism and Trump’s an asshole, whaddya gonna do?”.

  7. Pretty arrogant coming from a guy who earned over $1 million in 2016 (the last year that I could find data for). How many of Sanders’ constituents live that well?

    1. He just hasn’t gotten around to proposing a $500/hour minimum wage yet.

  8. Maybe Bernie should start a company and pay his workers a living wage

  9. What the fuck is wrong with politicians?
    Amazon is an example of what you want in an economy.
    Parasitic ticks sitting under a dome is an example of what we don’t need.

  10. I buy so much stuff at Amazon that I couldn’t afford otherwise or even locate and purchase as readily.

    That said, I hate the millennial politics of Bezos–class limousine liberals who will happily destroy capitalism now that they have theirs. They have climbed the ladder, why not push it over?

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