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‘You guys paid for all this’: Seattle politics enter a new frontier this week

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, Seattle: A couple of billionaires launch themselves into suborbital space.

Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson soared to the edge of space this week thanks to their respective aerospace companies, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.

The ramifications and the politics were felt down on earth, especially here in Seattle – home of the Bezos online retail mothership, Amazon.

Amazon customers got a shout-out amid the excitement, though it was not welcome by all: “I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this.”

You can probably guess how critics felt about that, says Joni Balter, political analyst and contributing columnist.

Less-than-enthused observers suggested the money used to build the rockets could have been used instead to combat the ongoing climate crisis or any number of other problems facing humanity – like making life easier for Amazon warehouse employees,…

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