Reporter to Ocasio-Cortez As She Celebrates: Um, Wouldn't Amazon Have Created Thousands of Jobs?

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 3:50 PM
Reporter to Ocasio-Cortez As She Celebrates: Um, Wouldn't Amazon Have Created Thousands of Jobs?

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regret Amazon's decision to pull out of its plan to build a new headquarters in Queens, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is ecstatic. Reporters caught her celebrating in the halls of Congress after the company's shock reversal. Last week, she was impressed with how effectively people organized against the "creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations."

But, um, what about those thousands of jobs Amazon HQ2 would have produced?

"The district is now going to lose thousands of jobs that would have come there," a reporter quietly noted in the middle of Ocasio-Cortez's celebratory dance.

"Well one of those things is, A) we were subsidizing those jobs," she said. "The city was paying for those jobs so frankly if we were willing to give Amazon so if we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers, we can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money if we wanted to."

Secondly, the representative explained, there was "no guarantee that those jobs were for the New Yorkers that were here." This deal, she concluded, did not sufficiently "invest" in New Yorkers.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was also pretty gleeful that a major corporation was facing some heat.

But, as noted, these were thousands of tangible jobs. Something that did not escape Gov. Cuomo. Last week he chided some of his fellow New York lawmakers for opposing Amazon HQ2 because, he insisted, they needed the company.