Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) isn’t as vocal as she was earlier this year. The impeachment circus that has engulfed the Hill hasn’t really shined a spotlight on her. I mean she’s not on any of the committee overseeing this North Korean kangaroo court. Yet, she decided to jump back into the spotlight with this nonsensical thread about Amazon. I mean you cannot make this up. She’s doing a victory lap because Amazon decided to open up a smaller field office that will only create a fraction of the jobs initially projected when the e-commerce giant first pitched their plan to set up shop in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez, as you remember, took a victory lap when they pulled out (via WSJ):
While we’re here, let’s clear up some GOP disinfo:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 7, 2019
- “It’s 1500 jobs vs 25,000”: The 25,000 jobs figure was a 10-20 year fantasy # from Amazon, not a promise or agreement. In exchange for that lack of commitment, they wanted billions of public $. Their Y1 jobs projection was 700.
- “It’s in Manhattan, not Queens”: If you live in NYC, you would know people commute to work. Amazon would not have paid taxes for many, many years and not contribute to fixing our crumbling subway system. So lots of added strain, no benefit.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 7, 2019
- Also, and very importantly, these jobs are for FREE. The public was going to pay $3 billion in public subsidies & millions in hard cash building Amazon’s campus for them- NYC residents were subsidizing Amazon tons per job. Now they‘re bringing work without the welfare.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 7, 2019
Amazon. com Inc. and Facebook Inc. are loading up on new office space in New York City, helping fuel an expansion of tech companies that is remaking a swath of Manhattan less than a year after Amazon dropped plans to build its second headquarters in the city.
The giant online retailer said it has signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet on Manhattan’s west side in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, where it will have more than 1,500 employees. The new lease represents Amazon’s largest expansion in New York since the company stunned the city by abandoning plans to locate its second headquarters in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City.
For Amazon, the new lease and accompanying jobs come in a manner that couldn’t be more different from its earlier dealings in New York. Amazon said it is taking the space—in a property being redeveloped at 410 Tenth Avenue—without any special tax credits or other inducements like those it had been offered previously. And this time, the company ran no cross-country tournament, in which some cities felt they were being played against each other in the contest last year for what Amazon termed its “HQ2” site and the jobs it would bring.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both Democrats, had courted Amazon—and the company’s pledge to create 25,000 new jobs—by offering up to $3 billion in financial incentives. Amazon canceled its plans for the project after facing a backlash from some politicians and activists over the package offered to the company.
After the Journal reported on Amazon’s new lease, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), a vocal critic of the HQ2 effort who represents neighborhoods near the proposed site, tweeted, “Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway - *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways.”
Basic math was invented by my political opponents in an effort to discredit me. https://t.co/zEDV6Trcbz— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) December 7, 2019
wtf does Y1 have to do with it?— Tim Pool (@Timcast) December 7, 2019
You cost NYC billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs
So you admit that the projected jobs was cut off and billions of projected revenue is gone?
Stop acting like you helped anything
The Hudson Yard office isn't even the same thing https://t.co/6svfIpH90E
You .... lecturing others about "disinfo" by passing off disinfo. LOLOLOL. https://t.co/dPW7UH0xU2— Sister Delecto Toldjah ?? (@sistertoldjah) December 7, 2019
"Those jobs weren't gonna happen anyway" sure is a rebuttal. https://t.co/XTR6XJBRmn— neontaster (@neontaster) December 7, 2019
“GOP disinfo:” The Democratic Governor of your state said your anti-Amazon agitation cost New York “25,000 to 40,000 good paying jobs” and “nearly $30 billion in new revenue.” https://t.co/rJiyCx8Pd1 https://t.co/PQQMtNB7lR— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) December 7, 2019
It's incredible how dumb your followers are and how they're praising you for this.— Caleb Hull ?????? (@CalebJHull) December 7, 2019
Amazon was initially offering 25,000 jobs in YOUR DISTRICT to now only offering 1,500 jobs OUTSIDE your district.
Meaning you caused 94% job loss in NYC.
You know there’s that saying that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Like any liberal Democrat, AOC tried to pass this off as if she were a job creator, along with some working-class hero defender or something. And if this is a model for Democratic job creation, then please—hide this from the public. Is 1,500 equal to or greater than…25,000? AOC still cost the city jobs. This move by Amazon isn’t even comparable. Oh, and she had a little fact check in her thread, saying that the 25,000-job figure was fantasy or something. Right, that’s the default position for any politician who is called out for peddling total idiocy. AOC once again proves she’s economically illiterate, just like the rest of her squad. Thanks to our friends at Twitchy for finding this gem.
Oh, and Republicans have been having fun at AOC's photo as well.