Empire State of Mine

This is a revealing statement by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex regarding her campaign to prevent Amazon setting up a headquarters in New York:


On this issue AOC sounds like a celebrity reading a list of raffle prizes she’s not seen, and it’s obvious she’s being fed responses to those querying her plans to spend the $3bn Amazon tax break on other stuff (yes, really). But look at that first line again:

There was little in the fuzzy proposal that guaranteed jobs for actual NYers

So who would have got the jobs, then? Out-of-towners? Foreigners? My guess is unions objected to the fact that Amazon’s 25,000 workers would not be unionised (and maybe not even American). Fine, but why is it okay for foreigners to take American jobs but New York jobs must only be for New Yorkers? It’s funny how parochial these open-borders advocates become when it’s their own interests under threat, isn’t it?

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16 thoughts on “Empire State of Mine

  1. Pork-Barrel political concerns and actions are standard for 2 year election cycle congressmen and women, she and other ‘radicals’ will not be immune to that side of the election game.

    However, I do get your point. Hypocrisy abounds on these things.

  2. Anyone, who like AOC, can advocate ‘The Great Leap Greenwards’ with a straight face has clearly left all rationality behind.

    This ‘No jobs for NY, Hoorah!’ is just more of the same.

    They don’t expect anyone to listen to the words, it’s mood music.

  3. The Dems would be wise to arrange an Arkancide for her quick before her stupid gob digs their grave any deeper.

  4. For once Ms Ocasio-Cortez is right. Not necessarily about how else the $3 billion might be spent but about challenging the manner in which Amazon was ‘attracted’ to New York and whether the city actually needs this sort of deal. It was a lousy deal resulting from a desire to win at all costs – thing is that AOC should be directing here ire towards fellow idiot lefties Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo rather than Amazon.

  5. Not necessarily about how else the $3 billion might be spent but about challenging the manner in which Amazon was ‘attracted’ to New York and whether the city actually needs this sort of deal.

    I agree, which is why I didn’t criticise her initially. There is no justification for giving Amazon special treatment as it plays one town off against the other looking for a place to build its new HQ.

  6. “………as it plays one town off against the other looking for a place to build its new HQ.”

    Amazon seems to have thrown away the PR handbook of late. Sure, by forcing a bunch of desperate municipalities to conduct a Dutch Auction for their favours they might gain a billion here or there, but by earning the undying enmity of the losers – and the contempt of the winners – they have set themselves up for an almighty and friendless fall.

  7. In about 1994 Adobe moved from buildings in what is now Google HQ, to downtown San Jose. There were incentives similar to the NYC Amazon proposal. There were protests, including one incident where our temporary SJ office was invaded by SEIU (Service Employees International union) whose main beef seemed to be that Adobe was not planning to hire a lot of manual laborers.
    SJ downtown has grown substantially since, possibly even “flourished”.
    I am now inspired to do some research on that history.

  8. “I agree, which is why I didn’t criticise her initially. There is no justification for giving Amazon special treatment as it plays one town off against the other looking for a place to build its new HQ.”

    Amazon have a business that is not particularly bound to one location. Therefore, it will play off one location for another for the best deal. Do you want Amazon at a discounted tax rate or nothing?

    Or look at it on the flipside, if a business depends on a location, how much is the business adding? How much is it rent-seeking on a location? If you’re selling hot dogs near the Statue of Liberty, most of your business is because of the statue. Therefore, most of your money should go to the state who built it.

    Sweeteners to businesses are really about correcting the flaws of taxing based on income rather than land.

  9. Pork-Barrel political concerns and actions are standard for 2 year election cycle congressmen and women

    Yes, but the beneficiaries of typical pork-barrel projects awarded to, say, New York are understood to be whoever happens to live in New York. From a legal and civil standpoint, those people would be synonymous with “New Yorkers.” But this woman—a legal and civil leader from the state—appears to be proposing a different, more exclusive definition; one totally at odds with comity between states and, as our host notes, with her own professions respecting international migration.

  10. I think quite a few heated calls have gone back and forth between the guilty democrats here as many of their donors had money already invested in the future revenue streams (restaurant, apartments) created by Amazon. Plus the knock on effect on teamsters etc has probably hit home, I do hope she enjoys spending that invisible 3 billion.

  11. The Dems would be wise to arrange an Arkancide for her quick before her stupid gob digs their grave any deeper.

    Can’t happen. Her base is already hostile to the Dems, if the weaponized autism of the /pol crowd turns their way it’ll be impossible to hide.

    What’s necessary isn’t an assassination, but a smear job. She has to be discredited with her own followers. The easiest way to do that is to show her engaging in selling out her ideals for filthy lucre, just like the Dems her base hates. An open mic moment, or a James O’Keefe video.

  12. Can’t happen. Her base is already hostile to the Dems, if the weaponized autism of the /pol crowd turns their way it’ll be impossible to hide.

    The easiest way to do that is to show her engaging in selling out her ideals for filthy lucre, just like the Dems her base hates. An open mic moment, or a James O’Keefe video.

    Or a more professional Jussie Smollett scam. The media is obviously already set up to trumpet that. And no, I don’t think they have yet begun to be cowed by their previous behavior. The CovCath case didn’t hold them back, nor any of the other fake news stories from Kavanaugh on back. The problem with JS was he was simply dumb-azz stupid. Think if someone did proper planning and used a completely unrecognizable attacker, dressed in MAGA or whatever, took her out in front of “cameras” then smuggled out of the country. Yes, it’s wild and yes it’s risky. But so was the Russia-Russia-Russia scam and they’ve damn near pulled that off. If they think their backs are against the wall and they now seem to be fighting a two-front war…yes, it’s far fetched but not that far fetched.

  13. Tim Newman

    “I agree, which is why I didn’t criticise her initially. There is no justification for giving Amazon special treatment as it plays one town off against the other looking for a place to build its new HQ.”

    The movie business operates this way almost exclusively.

  14. Being a bricks & mortar, flagpole firmly planted in the ground type of business, who cannot just pack a valise & decamp to the next municipality, province, state, nation, (sorta feel like Donald Trump) I’ve spent my life seething at being slugged from every direction;
    Payroll tax, fines for “broken down dishwasher”, fire inspections (“your signs are 1.81 metres above the extinguisher, they must be no more than 1.80m, here’s your $1,000 fine”) & so on, the list of ways govt hands are put into my pocket is endless…
    .. . all the while I watch Citibank & the like get Five-year holidays from all charges & fees, if they move to our jurisdiction.
    Then at Four years & 360 days, Citibank move on to the next golden deal, Singapore, Thailand, HK, New Zealand, wherever.

    I’m experiencing just a touch of schadenfreude watching the Amazon sweetener blow up & AOC et al all trying to dodge the splattered manure resulting from it.

    Heh.

  15. ” our temporary SJ office was invaded by SEIU (Service Employees International union) whose main beef seemed to be that Adobe was not planning to hire a lot of manual laborers”

    To be fair, with a firm named Adobe – “a kind of clay used as a building material” – that an easy mistake to make.

    On the other hand, it might explain an awful lot about their software.

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