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Sep. 8, 2017 Amazon New HQ

CNN reported that Amazon was looking for a second headquarters. Nobody can afford to live in Seattle anymore so they need to look someplace else in North America. Amazon wants to hire 50,000 workers and pay them over $100,000 a year. NPR reported that the cities had to have at least a million people like Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, D.C. I am not sure this is going to work. A few years ago Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. It did not seem to a help people in either place. Employees kept flying back and forth in Boeing planes. Maybe Amazon employees will be carried back and forth by those little drones. IBM use to buy employee’s housing when they relocated. It worked well.

The solution might be to create more affordable housing in Seattle. It might be cheaper than moving. Wherever they move it will create the same kind of destructive real estate speculation that happened in Seattle.

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Aug. 12, 2013 The New Yorker

On Aug. 12, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “The Pay Is Too Damn Low” about raising the minimum wage to lift workers out of poverty. Possible solutions include expanding government  programs for earned income tax credits, access to child care and health care. The real solution is the creation of middle class jobs like improving infrastructure.

Sarah Stillman wrote “Taken” about the police and governments seizing what little property the innocent poor still own by calling it asset forfeiture. It is based on the  eighteenth century Royal British idea called “writs of assistance” but was one the reasons for the American Revolution. The founding fathers saw it as unreasonable search and seizure, but it was revived during the Reagan Administration. The reduction in taxes forced police to raise money through seizures. It could happen anywhere but there are places to avoid. Avoid Tehana, Texas. Avoid Tulsa Oklahoma. Avoid the District of Columbia. Avoid Monroe, North Carolina. Avoid Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Avoid Emporia, Virginia. Avoid Phoenix, Arizona. Bal Harbor, Florida. Avoid Detroit, Michigan.

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