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We must look a little deeper into all of this talk and fuss about Howard Schultz. He wants to run for president. He believes he has the right skill set to place the US back on the right course. He is the story of the moment. It is highly probable that you might be missing something important if you felt Shultz's media blitz wasn't telling us something new about our city. But exactly what? I think it is this: The lives and ideas of our city's billionaires have become not only the life and ideas of the city, but also what represents our city to the rest of the US and the world. Recall that not too long ago, radical socialists like Kshama Sawant (the darling of the left until the presidential election of 2016—she supported Jill Stein) or progressive rappers like Macklemore or woke pro-athletes like Michael Bennett represented the cultural currency or tone of the city. Indeed, the former Seahawk defensive lineman even wrote a book for the socialist Haymarket Press, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.

But around the time the head tax collapsed (the spring of 2017), Seattle witnessed a shift in the city's national image and tone. It's no longer the "socialist hellhole," as one Fox News commentator put it. The radical left has been eclipsed by the ideas and stories of the city's "enlightened" billionaires. They are all over the news. They now sing our city's song.


Before Shultz, there was this, according to the National Enquirer:

The scorned wife of two-timing billionaire Jeff Bezos has maintained a wall of silence during the very public and humiliating cheating scandal exposed by The National ENQUIRER — but behind the scenes, she may be plotting to hit the cad with both barrels!

MacKenzie Bezos, 48, is described as a brainy Princeton University graduate who’s in full control of her sleazy husband’s future and $144 billion fortune — because the two have no prenup!

“She’ll be the richest woman on the planet!” a source said, referring to her estimated $72 billion divorce payoff.

Before Bezos, there was the death of Paul Allen, which TMZ got its gossipy hands onto:

Paul Allen's cause of death was the septic shock brought on by his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma ... TMZ has learned.

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We obtained Allen's death certificate, and it lists septic shock and immunosuppression as causes of death ... but both were clearly the result of his cancer. According to the document ... Allen died Monday at 12:35 PM at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

And when Seattle billionaires are not scandalizing, or running for president, or dying, they are buying burgers and chips at Dick's.


They are now the citizens of this city.