Bezos bashes Biden, Musk signals Twitter deal in trouble

아니, 아니 일론 머스크.

이것의 제프 베조스 who is sniping at Biden over inflation and corporate taxes and accusing the White House ofmisdirection.

There’s a backstory here. 대통령, who wants to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy–a proposal that is going nowhere–has often whacked Amazon like a pinata.

And maybe Bezos, whose tweets tend to be rather earnest, is a teensy bit envious of all the media attention Musk is getting for his pursuit of Twitter.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. (AP Images)

After Biden tweeted (without mentioning Amazon) that it would tame inflation tomake sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share,” Bezos bit back:

The newly created Disinformation Board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new Non Sequitur Board instead.

White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates 응답 with a sharp statement:

It doesn’t require a huge leap to figure out why one of the wealthiest individuals on Earth opposes an economic agenda for the middle class that cuts some of the biggest costs families face, fights inflation for the long haul, and adds to the historic deficit reduction the president is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share.

And–bingo–Bates added: “It’s also unsurprising that this tweet comes after the President met with labor organizers, including Amazon employees.

조 바이든 대통령.

조 바이든 대통령. (AP 사진 / Andrew Harnik)

That sent Bezos back to his Twitter:

“보기, 다람쥐! 이것은 나의 최근 트윗에 대한 백악관의 성명입니다.. 그들은 당연히 주제를 모호하게 만들고 싶어합니다.. 그들은 인플레이션이 가장 가난한 사람들에게 가장 큰 피해를 준다는 것을 알고 있습니다.. But unions aren’t causing inflation and neither are wealthy people.

Remember the administration tried their best to add 다른 $ 3.5 TRILLION to federal spending. They failed, but if they had succeeded, inflation would be even higher than it is today, and inflation today is at a 40-year-high.

As The Hill put 그것, “While tackling inflation has vexed the White House, a public spat with Amazon is one the administration would seem to welcome.

Biden’s targeting of Amazon is no accident. One report says the e-commerce giant has paid a federal tax rate in the last four years of 5.1 percent on $ 78 billion in income in the U.S. Who wouldn’t like that rate?

파일- Amazon logo.

파일- Amazon logo. (게티 이미지)

And Pro Publica has reported that Bezos personally paid no income tax in 2007 과 2011.

그 동안에, the owner of another space exploration company is raising new questions about whether he’ll back out of his $ 44-billion deal to buy Twitter.

I had leaned toward the view that Musk is just 견딜 수 없는 to negotiate the price down. 아무튼, he offered $ 54 a share, and the stock price has now sunk to $ 37, wiping out the earlier gains and meaning he would pay a much higher premium. So Musk seized on a challenge to Twitter’s claim that fewer than 5 percent of its accounts are spam or fake.

But now Musk has tweeted thatthis deal cannot move forwardwithout more information on the bots. He said the spam accounts could be as much as 20 퍼센트, and when one user suggested more than half the accounts were fake, Musk retweeted it: “Exactly.

또 뭔데, at a tech conference, the multi-billionaire said: “The more questions I ask, the more my concerns grow. So you know, at the end of the day, acquiring it has to be fixable with a reasonable time frame and without revenues collapsing along the way.

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Twitter insists its figures are accurate. CEO Parag Agrawal put up a detailed explanation of its calculations and said the firm had shared anoverview of the estimation process with Elon a week ago.

Musk’s response? A poop emoji.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk smiles at a press conference following the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk smiles at a press conference following the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File/REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

Juvenile? 예. Who over the age of 12 does that? 그건 equivalent of a middle finger. But the grossness was also funny. And it helps explain why Musk has 90 million Twitter followers and Bezos has 4.3 백만.

But breaking up is hard to do. Musk is legally required to pay a billion-dollar breakup fee if he backs out, although that, like anything else, could be litigated. And where would it leave Twitter’s bosses with their company devalued and no other suitors in sight?

As part of his free speech crusade, Musk has lately taken shots at Donald Trump (he doesn’t favor the former president in 2024) and Biden (elected not to transform the country but because people wantedless drama”).

With Elon Musk, there’s always more drama. That’s his default setting.

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