One of my pet peeves these days is the income disparity in this country … in the words of Percy Bysshe Shelley, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Of late, I have been having an ongoing battle with my conscience regarding my relationship with Amazon. I have been a member of Amazon Prime for a number of years now. I buy most all of our household products such as toilet paper, Tide pods, dish detergent, etc., from Amazon’s “Subscribe & Save” program. I own a Kindle and purchase a book or two most weeks. Amazon has become my ‘go-to’ place for most of our non-food needs, for it is convenient — delivery to my doorstep, most often the next day — and I save money. But of late, I feel guilty every time I hit the button to give more money to Mr. Jeff Bezos.
A letter I received this morning from Senator Bernie Sanders added fuel to the fire burning in my guilty conscience. An excerpt from that letter …
Yet in the midst of all of the crises we currently face, Congress will likely be voting next week on a bill that provides tens of billions in corporate welfare to some of the most profitable corporations and wealthiest people on the planet. This bill provides $53 billion to the profitable microchip industry with no taxpayer protections and, if you can believe it, another $10 billion to Blue Origin, a space company owned by Jeff Bezos.
Amazon, which is owned by Bezos, is a company which, in a given year, pays nothing in federal income taxes after making billions in profits. And, by the way, in a given year Bezos has himself paid nothing in federal income taxes despite being worth nearly $200 billion.
Jeff Bezos has enough money to buy a $500 million yacht.
Jeff Bezos has enough money to buy a $23 million mansion with 25 bathrooms in Washington, D.C.
No. I do not think that the taxpayers of this country need to be providing a $10 billion bailout to Jeff Bezos to fuel his space hobby.
25 bathrooms??? Seriously??? Who in hell needs 25 bathrooms??? We have a 1,190 square foot townhouse that we pay $1,281 in rent for every month, with 2.5 bathrooms and we feel that is a luxury! My daughter works 60+ hours a week as a nursing manager to pay the rent and recently received a promotion – with additional responsibilities, but no increase in pay! And we’re helping support a man who has 25 bathrooms in one house, a half-billion-dollar yacht, and pays NO taxes? It’s high time for Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas to pay Mr. Bezos a visit and see if he can be changed as Mr. Scrooge was!
In all good conscience, I do not think I can continue feeding the dragon. Granted, the amount of money I spend on Amazon in a year is but a drop in the bucket for Mr. Bezos, but … a lot of drops are what fills the bucket, and Mr. Bezos’ bucket runneth over already.
And just for a bit of humour …