AOC Celebrates a Potential Withdrawal of Amazon from NYC ― Her District Could Lose out on a Lot of Money

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter to celebrate the news that Amazon may be reconsidering using her district as the home for their new headquarters, but that might not be news worth celebrating if you live in New York City.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is reconsidering their decision to move to New York City because of backlash from politicians like Ocasio-Cortez and State Senator Mike Gianaris (D-N.Y.). With Ocasio-Cortez representing the district on Capitol Hill and Gianaris’ recent placement on a board that will oversee Amazon’s move into the city, the corporate giant is reportedly rethinking their decision.

Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t be more thrilled. As IJR previously reported, the congresswoman was “outraged” when Amazon first made the decision to move into her district. Now, she’s celebrating their hesitation.

Eric Schiffer, a financial and branding expert, as well as the CEO of two companies, Patriarch Organization, and Reputation Management Consultants, said that Ocasio-Cortez’s opposition to Amazon could result in less money coming into her district which, in turn, means fewer tax dollars that could go toward infrastructure or other needs in the district.

“Most politicians can only think through the lens of their two-year reelection and don’t understand the positive implications and tax revenue from a mammoth employer like Amazon,” Schiffer told IJR. “The benefits, medium to long term, are enormous to tax revenue.”

Some New York politicians, like Sen. Gianaris, were not pleased with Amazon’s entry in New York because of the tax packages they were offered by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.). In a petition on his website, Gianaris claimed that the state is giving Amazon “nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and subsidies.” Smaller businesses often don’t see those advantages.

Schiffer, however, argued that the negotiation to bring Amazon into the state could result as a net gain to the entire region, despite the tax breaks.

“Many cities and states have grown their commerce significantly by investing upfront,” said Schiffer, noting that a company the size of Amazon could cause a local economic boom in terms of supporting businesses, such as stores and restaurants for the employees. Of course, sales tax revenue accompanies economic growth.

“You have a competitive environment, which is a part of capitalism, in which many cities are looking for the jobs and investment that Amazon would provide,” said Schiffer. “That’s why you’re seeing Dallas and others that are clamoring, hoping that New York buries themselves alive from their own killing machine of socialism.”

On the note of socialism, Schiffer told IJR that Ocasio-Cortez’s outlook on the economy is a “rat poison” to the capitalist system that rewards competitive advantages.

“I think [Ocasio-Cortez] is a rat poison to the heartbeat of capitalism and for her to be celebrating the lost jobs, thousands of construction and blue collar jobs that come from building [Amazon’s] headquarters, as well as executive jobs and corporate jobs, steps on the throat of what keeps democracy alive — capitalism, not socialism.”

Amazon’s new headquarters promises to bring New York City 25,000 new jobs. As Schiffer mentioned, they also plan to build a campus for their headquarters that is estimated to cost $2.5 billion.

The decision to officially leave New York City hasn’t been confirmed by Amazon. According to the Wall Street Journal, executives are strongly considering delaying the implementation in New York, but have not come to a conclusion on fully pulling out of the city.

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Judith Sinclair
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Put that bitch tied up in the closet!

KhyberRifle
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A pitiful few put her in office, but she’s outgrown her cottage industry Marxism; she’s a globalist for God’s sake! (Oh wait, scientific socialism disavows God, scratch that.) Who cares about her district! Not her; she’s taking her big brass ones to the Carthaginian battleground (epically speaking-good versus evil) against the many headed Kali – who is Trump and Amazon. She’ll receive the Order of Lenin just as Gen. Geo. Patton was the second coming of Hannibal. Don’t believe me? Just ask her.

Rocky Drummond
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I don’t believe you.

Hannibal is one of my heroes. Gen. Patton was no Hannibal.

Hannibal, with only one eye, ran around inside Italy wiping out Legions for around a decade and a half with no reinforcements from his homeland. Hannibal made very good use of the terrain, too, to do that. Patton, the glory-seeker, doesn’t hold a candle to this giant of a soldier.

KhyberRifle
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Well, ok maybe that was a stretch but back to Alexandria, what (greater) glory exactly does the AOC seek? Alexandria is hardly the Pearl of Egypt, or even the Bronx, no Cleopatra she. The kabalarians suggest imaginative, theoretical and inspirational ideas are of little value to an ocasio. (As for Commander Cortez, we know that story – just ask the Aztecs.) She’ll be a one-term flash; her constituency is already confounded that the great coming of Amazon, the 2nd, isn’t coming after all.

Rocky Drummond
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AOC is one of a growing group of politicians who represent only their constituents and not their lobbyist or big money donors, such as Soros or Adelson.

A second round are being scrutinized now, so get used to this welcomed phenomenon.

KhyberRifle
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This group should restrict themselves to local or state offices. It’s a different oath one must take at the Federal level. Many of her constituents, even some of the few who put her in office, were hoping for an Amazon job right in their own backyard. Her constituents’ understanding of her advocacy and loyal representation just devolved. They’re socialists until the subsidies subside.

Rocky Drummond
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Some groups only went after Senate seats because they are small and wanted to focus their engery. I am sure others can focus on local issues. The DSA and Justice Democrats will be bigger, more experienced and, hopefully, more successful in 2020.

banstan
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“AOC is one of a growing group of politicians who represent only their constituents and not their lobbyist or big money donors, such as Soros or Adelson.” Since WHEN is being AGAINST up to 25,000 new jobs representing your constituents? WHEN?? Feeling confused again, rockhead? How about the improvements to the area Amazon was moving into? REJECTING those improvements represent your constituents, HOW?

KhyberRifle
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Though it took a mind warp, I came up with a stab at an answer to your question for Roc: the DIY BHO Alinsky manual prescribes that any boner fide (where ‘faith’ can be substituted for ‘fide’) opposition to capitalism, or Trump who represents corporate prosperity and it’s ideologically impure fruits, jobs, more jobs and the dignity of work, may deploy self-inflicting wounds to advance the Cause; up to twenty five thousand are eligible for financial martyrdom at the sacrificial altar of socialism

banstan
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Niiiiiice

Rocky Drummond
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How many of those ~25,000 jobs with an typical wage of $115K would have gone to local employees? I would suggest maybe a handful. The city was going to subsidize the rest coming to NYC putting massive pressure on that neighborhood and the city overall.

banstan
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25,000 JOBS the city WON’T have.

banstan
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That’s 25,000 taxpayers cuomo and the blaze can’t screw.

banstan
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When the dogs bite the hands that feed them, it show’s you THEIR level of intelligence.

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