In normal times, I would be laughing my head off to read of the total frustration experienced by New York’s Mayor De Blasio, along with his cohort-in-crime Governor Cuomo, when they heard of the demolition of their Amazon’s new office paradise dream; planned to be built in Long Island City, Queens; in New York City. After a year’s long negotiation, and a Amazon-type search for the best location for their office complex (the best including how much of a tax-break the City or State was willing to concede or forego in order to get the online shipping-shopping giant to locate to their specific vicinity), it was announced that New York City had triumphed, and 25,000 jobs would be heading towards that Queens suburb. Although some of the celebratory speeches were given through thinned lips, Amazon being one of the Left’s favourite targets (Amazon long being accused of near-sweated labour regimes in its warehouses, minimum wage structures, etc.): all in, it was felt, by De Blasio and Cuomo, that it was a good deal for all, with a massive new tax contributor to both City and State, along with lots of jobs.
They celebrated too soon, as the American Mid-Term Elections threw out a couple of Left-wing outriders, both of whom came equipped with very Left-wing views, and the mouthiest of these was a young activist named Alexandria Occasio-Cortez (AOC). She had come out of nowhere, barnstorming the Federal elections, whipping up left-wing sentiments and ideals, and making the usual hard-left promises which sound absolutely marvellous to the unsophisticated young voters, but which prove to be totally ruinous in real life. The news about Amazon spurred this young Congresswoman to initiate a programme of persuading local political entities to fast track opposition to the Amazon deal. She pushed ex-Mayor Bloomberg to state his opposition to the deal, and got a hardline Democrat, Michael Gianaris, who is on the Public Authorities Control Board which approves such tax arrangements and spending, to drop the hammer on Amazon.
Ocasio-Cortez hailed the Washington Post report on Friday as a victory of the citizen over the corporation, when she tweeted a link to the Post article and added:
“Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations? Yes, they can.”,
Ocasio-Cortez also cheered the news that Amazon pulled out of a deal that promised 25,000 high-paying jobs for her constituents and at least $25 billion in additional tax revenue over ten years.
“Anything is possible,” she tweeted.“Today was a day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
She stated:- So I firmly believe that if we want to take that $3 billion dollars that we were willing to give to Amazon and invest it in our local community, we can do that. We can make those jobs. We can make 25,000 jobs. But we don’t have to give away and allow our subway system to crumble so that Amazon essentially owns a part of New York City. We can create 25,000 jobs with Mom-and-Pops; we can create 25,000 jobs with companies that are willing to come to the table, but we should not be giving away our infrastructure, our subway system, our schools, our teachers’ salaries, our firefighters’ budgets, to a company that has not shown good faith to New Yorkers.
Except that is not at all how the deal was structured. There was no giveaway. The $3 billion was a tax cut, was New York allowing Amazon to keep its own money. In other words, if Amazon owed $23 billion in taxes, the company would only pay $20 billion. But maybe AOC didn’t get that, maybe AOC doesn’t understand anything beyond the headlines: maybe AOC is just another Chavez, talking big, and sending his whole country into ruinous 1,000,000 % inflation in his socialistic nightmares!
Amazon meanwhile took the hint, cancelled their 25,000 jobs idea in New York, and went instead to Northern Virginia.