A quick refresher on what happened:
On Thursday morning, Amazon.com Inc. decided to do just that, scotching a deal that would have brought 25,000 high-paying jobs over 10 years to New York, in exchange for close to $3 billion in tax breaks and subsidies. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Amazon announced on its corporate blog. “We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion.”
Bezos and colleagues, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the primary backers of the deal, will now have to puzzle over how one of the most prominent development deals in recent history went wrong.
Even still this morning, Ocasio-Cortez is taking victory laps, championing herself as a valiant, selfless defender of the working man:
Come for me all you want, but my job is to make sure that people are protected in society.
Someone’s got to look out for the people our system is leaving behind – esp now, when most of the wealth created is going to fewer people, those left behind are the majority of Americans.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
The Federalist‘s David Harsanyi dropped an inconvenient truth on AOC in a Tweet from yesterday:
Job creation tally:
Bezos: 540,000 jobs
Bezos: Reinvented the way the world buys things.
AOC: Making disastrous ideas from the early 20th century cool again! https://t.co/6p0gatKATN
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) February 14, 2019
He added later:
I don’t particularly care if Amazon does well or not — & one day someone will come around with newer ideas and knock it down, as well. But the notion that a company employing 25 k workers does it for “greed” & “exploitation” is serious freshman socialist gibberish.
Here’s a newsflash for AOC: A majority of New Yorkers wanted the Amazon facility, according to a recent poll:
The majority of all New York voters supported the opening of an Amazon headquarters in Queens but the backing was strongest among blacks and hispanic residents, according to a recent Siena College poll.
The poll, conducted from February 4-7, asked 778 New Yorkers: “Do you approve or disapprove of the recently announced deal between Amazon and New York, which grants up to $3 billion in state and city incentives to Amazon in return for Amazon locating its corporate offices in Queens, where it is projected to generate 25,000 jobs?”
A significant majority (56 percent) of all New Yorkers approved of the plan while 36 percent disapproved. Among New York City residents support was slightly stronger at 58 percent.
Support was most pronounced among minorities: 70 percent of black voters approved while just 25 percent disapproved, and 81 percent of Latinos approved compared to 17 percent who disapproved.
So with this in mind, Ocasio-Cortez is saying she is protecting the people “left behind” by…ensuring that the ones in New York can’t work for Amazon to provide for their families? Weird.
Twitter politico Donny Ferguson weighed in with a devastating reality check for the freshman Congresswoman’s sycophantic defenders:
And just so those “left behind” in Ocasio-Cortez’s (14th) district know, Ms. Altruistic will continue to work hard and tweetstorm on your behalf to stop jobs from coming to New York from the warmth and comfort of her luxury apartment in DC.
For The People™.
—Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–