Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, the scapegoats of the left in New York


The mayor of the city, the Democrat Bill de Blasio, is stepping up initiatives against the giants of tech.

By Arnaud Leparmentier Posted today at 10:44

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In New York, February 21, a sign denouncing the role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, "AOC", in the abandonment of the proposed headquarters of Amazon in Queens.
In New York, February 21, a sign denouncing the role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, "AOC", in the abandonment of the proposed headquarters of Amazon in Queens. BRENDAN MCDERMID / REUTERS

The ad appeared on Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan: "Withdrawal from Amazon: 25,000 jobs lost for New York, $ 4 billion lost wages for New York, $ 12 billion lost economic activity for New York. Thanks anyway AOC. " AOC, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The new Democratic spokeswoman for the House of Representatives, elected in the Bronx and Queens at 29, embodies in the eyes of his opponents the failure of the establishment of Amazon in a working-class area and brownfields in New York.

The woman denounces a campaign orchestrated by the extreme right but boasts of the result obtained. With good arguments – did New York need to give tax credits to the richest company in the world, which will not pay federal tax this year? – and others really deceiving. "We were subsidizing these jobs. If we were willing to spend $ 3 billion [2,6 milliards d’euros] for this agreement, we can invest these 3 billion ourselves in our district, we can hire more teachers, we can repair our subways, we can put a lot of people to work if we want. "

Mme Ocasio-Cortez seems to confuse subsidy and tax credit. There is not a cent of cash made available by the renouncement of Amazon. The district of Queens where Jeff Bezos' company had taken up residence will thus avoid the gentrification, its social housing and its mediocre wages will thus hardly change. Not quickly anyway.

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It does not matter, Mme Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Left won a major victory. They accelerated the rocking of the mayor of the city, the democrat Bill de Blasio. The latter had initially supported the agreement with the company, he then defended the idea that it is a union, a red cloth for Amazon. And since the company of Jeff Bezos "Took back his balloon and left"Mr. de Blasio, 57, turned left all.

This giant re-elected mayor in 2017 and married to an African-American defended his own progressive ideas in 2016 – which is why he was slow to support Hillary Clinton. Since then, he has said the greatest good of the independent Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, but would especially like to run his own. The mayor of New York does not rule out joining the cohort of Democratic presidential candidates in the 2020 presidential election.


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