The Good People of Queens are finding out, pretty quickly, what it’s like to have Alexandria Ocasio Cortez looking out for you as the duly elected Representative for the district – she’s against all those good jobs Amazon is about to bring in. No, really, she thinks that a large company moving a decent portion of its headquarters to her own area is somehow a bad thing. Presumably all those good and well paid jobs just aren’t something that should sully the lives of her constituents:
New York Democratic Congress member-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against Amazon for getting tax breaks and cited community “outrage” as the tech giant plans to build one half of its HQ2 in Long Island City.
She’s a fair point about the tax breaks. The logic being that if you’ve got to offer tax breaks to bring one company to the area then, well, why are you imposing those taxes which keep companies out of your area at all? Why not just kill the taxes and get many more companies? Not that we’d expect such logic to be understood by a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
Although clearly enough Ocasio Cortez isn’t against tax breaks and subsidies:
What does this flowery and high-minded green rhetoric actually mean? It means billions in subsidies and tax credits. It means a repeat of Obama-era waste when the profits were private and the risk was public. It means Solyndra, only on a much more massive scale.
Ocasio-Cortez absolutely deserves points for calling out Amazon and calling out state governments. But her anti-cronyism only goes so far because her beef isn’t the redistribution of taxpayer dollars. Her frustration is that those taxpayer dollars aren’t being funneled to the corporations she prefers.
Worse than that – for that’s just politics right there – is that Ocasio Cortez seems very confused indeed about what Amazon is planning:
Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to take her seat in Congress next year, questioned aspects of Amazon’s planned move, saying that it won’t necessarily benefit the local community.
“Has the company promised to hire in the existing community?” she tweeted. “What’s the quality of jobs…how many are promised?”
“Displacement is not community development,” she wrote. “Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, contended the company should offer “good healthcare, living wages, [and] affordable rent” to members of the community. “Corporations that offer none of those things should be met w/ skepticism.”
They’re not thinking of sticking a call centre there, nor a warehouse or two. This is an HQ centre. You know, lots of lovely highly paid executives who will all now be paying both New York State’s income tax and also New York City’s. As well as, presumably, splashing the bit they get to keep themselves into the local economy. The multiplier effects here are going to be enormous.
But then maybe that’s what the problem is. How can a socialist hold a district if everyone already has a good job with decent benefits?