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It’s Seattle’s Government, Not Amazon, Causing a Housing Crisis: New at Reason

Web giant considers an Ayn Randian strike in response to City Council tax extortion.

Amazon GoAlex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/NewscomWe're not yet halfway through 2018, but this year's winner of the Chutzpah Award should probably go to Kshama Sawant, a member of the Seattle City Council. On Monday the city slapped large companies with a new employee head tax to address the city's homelessness problem. Amazon employs more than 45,000 residents and will have to cough up millions for the privilege of doing so. It recently suspended construction on a new downtown office tower while the council deliberated.

Sawant called this "extortion." This is a little bit like the guy who kills his parents and then pleads for mercy because he's an orphan—only worse. It's more like the guy who kills his parents and then accuses them of murdering him. A. Barton Hinkle explains more.

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