World goes mad over ‘socialist’ Seattle income tax

No shortage of people took to social media to condemn Seattle and its so-called “socialist” plans.


Updated 6:18 pm, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Seattle’s City Council reaffirmed its liberal stance Monday when it voted — unanimously — to approve a plan to impose an income tax on the city’s richest residents.

And in so doing, awakened no shortage of angry backlash from those who found such a tax distasteful.

The tax would (and I say “would” because it’s far from in effect) hit only those who earned above $250,000 a year (and $500,000 for joint filers) and would claim a 2.25 percent tax on income over those amounts.


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To a certain extent, it’s something of a Robin Hood scenario: Tax the rich to feed the poor. Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant (the same Sawant who fervently backed a $15 minimum wage) rolled out a proposal based very closely on one proposed by the Transit Riders Union-backed Trump-Proof Seattle coalition.

As happy as supporters might be for its passage, the Freedom Foundation has already promised to sue over the measure. Of course, that was an expectation from its inception, with the hopes of supporters that the state Supreme Court will reverse its 1930s position that income taxes violate the state’s constitution, thus clearing the path for a statewide income tax.

Some people want no part of an income tax — something a lot of opponents called socialism — and they wrote, blogged and tweeted about it before the ink was dry on the council measure.

Click through the gallery above to see a sampling of tweets about the income tax

“That’s right. Seattle’s City Council is moving toward implementing a new tax that only strikes the rich,” wrote Cheryl K. Chumley in the Washington Times. “And right again. That is indeed called socialism. Hear that? It’s the boot of big government marching through the Seattle streets.”

Writing on Allen B. West, Steve Parker called it a “nose dive deep into socialism,” and offered up some thoughts on economics and taxation, as well as morality.

“Nothing quite like punishing success, right?” Parker wrote. “Anyone who volunteers to be taxed, with a smile on their face, clearly doesn’t understand the immorality that lies at the base of wealth redistribution.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, things went a bit more low-brow.

“Libertards always have excuses why they ruin things,” wrote @lanruss98.

@PNWJae reminded their followers why they don’t live in Seattle: “what do the people of Seattle expect when they vote in Communist/Socialist, I refused to go into the city for anything..(sic)”

Over on reddit’s r/Seattle page, a post about the tax had garnered 426 comments and 445 points (92 percent of them upvotes), but people were hashing out the details of what the tax might look like and how people would enforce it.

JasonMckennan5425234 explained that he’s a tax auditor, so he figured everyone would just find ways to get out of paying the tax.

“All those rich people who live in the downtown will try to say that they dont live in seattle. They will say that their home is actually a vacation or investment property. Some will restructure their real estate into businesses or similar. They will hire lawyers to fight the assessments. The list goes on and on (sic),” he wrote. 

Certainly, the internet was full of people praising the move as well. We’ll save that for another day.

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