Steve Balich Editors note:
While every normal smart thinking city is trying to draw Amazon and other business in with the hope of creating more jobs; Socialist really believing in the Religion of Climate Change and endless supply of money from the Government want to stop anything that stands in the way. This includes jobs that not only bring in taxes but also help create new jobs. The person working for Amazon now has more money so more goods and services are bought which brings in more tax dollars and improves the life of most everyone. Remember these people want to eliminate cows because of there impact on the environment. How long has the cow existed on earth? I guess there Religion forgets things that don’t fit their agenda.
“I think it’s incredible. I mean, it shows that everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities and they can have more say in this country than the,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Capitol Hill, referring to Amazon founder and CEO .
The first-term congresswoman, whose district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, was a vocal opponent of the Amazon deal, in which the company promised to create thousands of jobs in exchanges for billions of dollars in tax incentives. Ocasio-Cortez said she thought the cost of the subsidies outweighed the estimated 25,000 jobs Amazon would have created.
“If we were willing to give away away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest $3 billion in our district ourselves if we want to. We could hire more teachers, we can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “There was no guarantee those jobs for the New Yorkers that were here. We were looking at a deal that was not primarily putting the community first.”
In a statement Thursday, Amazon said the plan fell through due to opposition from “a number of state and local politicians [who] have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward.”
The online retail giant announced in November it would build half of its “HQ2” campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, with another location in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. It said Thursday it was planning to move ahead with the Virginia location and would continue expanding existing teams of employees in New York.
Rebecca Kaplan contributed reporting.