As a New York state resident, I don’t often utter the words “I agree with Governor Cuomo.” But I do this weekend.
Cuomo blasted New York city politicians, including the socialist troubadour and media-darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (I still believe THIS should be real) for causing Amazon to pull out of the intended construction of a new Amazon headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Amazon was concerned about having a hostile relationship with local politicians who didn’t want them to come. So Amazon left, before they ever arrived. Who can blame them?
What is so offensive with Amazon which would cause certain politicians to spurn them?
It’s very simple: success. Amazon is an online behemoth, the envy of every of other online retailer. It has made Amazon founder Jeff Bezos the wealthiest man in the world. He’s the symbol of everything wrong about capitalism, according to some politicians. He’s wildly successful and has brought up many people along the way, not to mention giving us the easiest shopping experience in the world. (And this independent author is very thankful for Amazon!)
But no, who would want that in your backyard? And the 25,000 good paying jobs. Why would Queens want that?
Wait, I thought those democratic socialists pound the drum for the workers – $15 wages! -!!!! So when the good jobs come knocking on the door like a massive Christmas gift for thousands of workers, naturally you should kick them aside because … because … it makes no logical sense. That’s why. These politicians see only ideology and don’t really care about what actually helps their constituents.
The politicians were complaining about the 2+ billion tax credits the state was awarding them yet conveniently forgetting about the 25+ billion in tax revenue that Amazon would have created in New York over the next couple of decades.
Beware of short-sighted politicos! Especially short-sighted socialists. The dustbin of history is littered with them.
Please remember this, voters, when you’re looking for a job when AOC is up for election. I hope she too, in two more years, will be looking for a job.
Thank you, Governor, for calling them out.
There are many people in Arlington, Virginia happy today. Good for them. Bad for us.