Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory against capitalism may be short-lived, at least as far as New York is concerned.
After AOC sent Amazon and their plans for a new headquarters packing, Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached out to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to bring New York back into the conversation.
Losing Democrat Support
One of the first major contributions Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made on behalf of the people of New York was to chase e-commerce giant Amazon out of the state. With the ouster went millions of dollars in tax revenue as well as thousands of jobs for New Yorkers.
While the freshman congresswoman celebrated, not all Democrats in the state were happy about the outcome.
In particular, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was furious with Ocasio-Cortez over giving Amazon the boot.
He lit her up on Twitter immediately after the decision was made.
Now, he, along with dozens of union representatives and local politicians, are pleading with Amazon to give New York another shot.
The individuals got together to collectively pen an article for The New York Times asking for reconsideration.
What Will Change?
Before Bezos thinks about putting New York back in the conversation, he will likely want assurances that AOC can be reigned in.
Ocasio-Cortez used every outlet at her disposal to criticize the previous deal New York had with Amazon, which is ultimately why Bezos pulled out.
AOC did not like the billion-dollar tax breaks and subsidies that would have been granted to Amazon.
Clearly, AOC has never been involved in running a business, because this is extremely common when a new business is getting up and running. Even local businesses will often work out deals with landlords to get a break in the early stages.
Surely, an investment the likes of what Amazon would be putting forth warrants a few tax breaks to get up and running in a venture that would pay significant dividends to the state for decades to come.
If Bezos holds firm on his decision, she will have cost the state 25,000 jobs and Long Island City about $150,000 a year in revenue.
It is also of importance to note that 57 percent of the voters supported the deal, with only 26 percent being opposed. Point being, Ocasio-Cortez’s job was clearly to help woo Amazon, not send them packing.
Once again, she has made it quite clear it is her agenda that will be pushed while in office, not that of the people she is supposed to represent.