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Title: Trump Threatens to Tax the Internet Because He’s Mad at Jeff Bezos
Source: Vanity Fair
URL Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017 ... -because-hes-mad-at-jeff-bezos
Published: Jun 28, 2017
Author: Maya Kosoff
Post Date: 2017-06-28 10:50:29 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 900
Comments: 5

There is no such thing as “Internet taxes.”

Hours after The Washington Post published a story revealing that a Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump, which hangs in several of his golf clubs, is actually fake, the president lashed out at the Post and its owner, Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos, in a bizarre, borderline incoherent tweet. “The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!” Trump wrote.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon
not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!
8:06 AM - 28 Jun 2017

It’s hard to say which is the most puzzling aspect of the president’s sudden exclamation. For one, Bezos visited the White House just last week to talk to Trump about, among other things, giving tech companies big tax breaks. Now, because Trump appears to be mad at The Washington Post—whether because of the Time story or some other article—he is threatening to impose or enforce some kind of major new tax on Amazon, which has little relationship with the Post beyond their shared connection with Bezos. While it is hard to decipher, it would seem that Trump could be endorsing a bill to let states levy additional taxes on sales on e-commerce. He may be unaware that Amazon customers currently pay sales taxes in all applicable U.S. states, though there is no federal “Internet tax.”

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that the president of the United States is openly calling for the owner of a news organization that is critical of his administration to be punished, via government policy, apparently for publishing stories that he dislikes. And while Trump may very well be a paper tiger, it is not necessarily an idle threat. The Trump administration will have the opportunity to derail Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods, which could be challenged by the Justice Department, although such a move seems unlikely. Trump’s nominee for assistant attorney general for antitrust, Makan Delrahim, has indicated in the past that he would not move to block similar corporate mergers.

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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

"Captain, captain" the first mate hollered through gale winds driving waves crashing over the deck. "How are we ever going to get to the other side of this teapot?!"

Anthem  posted on  2017-06-28   11:00:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that the president of the United States is openly calling for the owner of a news organization that is critical of his administration to be punished, via government policy, apparently for publishing stories that he dislikes.

All Presidents do it. And corporate America had best keep that in mind before they go joining the howling mob in taunting Trump. He can hurt them. He will. And he should.

Nobody gets a "free punch". You punch Trump with what power you have, and he will punch you back with the power HE has, and his is greater than yours.

Bezos went and told the President he wants lower taxes on his company. Then his company goes and ridicules Trump. Therefore, Trump does not press for lowering the taxes, but raising them - because that hits the guy who just hit him right back in the way that Trump knows will hurt the most.

Good.

If you don't want to fight, then don't pick a fight. If you pick a fight, expect to get the shit beaten out of you. It's real simple and real sane.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-06-28   11:03:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Willie Green (#0)

The Washington Post published a story revealing that a Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump, which hangs in several of his golf clubs, is actually fake, the president lashed out at the Post and its owner, Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos, in a bizarre, borderline incoherent tweet.

Trump's insanity is becoming more and more evident.

Trump gets busted for a fake TIME cover, then whines about being called out on it.

He's a man-child.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2017-06-28   11:14:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Vicomte13 (#2)

You punch Trump with what power you have, and he will punch you back with the power HE has, and his is greater than yours.

Compared to Bezos, Trump is a penny-ante bum...

Willie Green  posted on  2017-06-28   11:16:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Willie Green (#4)

Compared to Bezos, Trump is a penny-ante bum...

Trump is the Commander-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer of the United States of America. Bezos runs a company.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-06-28   14:10:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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