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The Amazon HQ2 debacle

Does New York City need another 25,000 jobs?

I can say with certainty that New York City needs them less than most other cities. And from the perspective of the nation as a whole, the nation doesn’t benefit from even more jobs going to New York City.

Bezos could have chosen to move HQ2 to so many cities in Republican states where the citizens would have gladly bowed down and prayed to his steroid-infused body in order to get 25,000 jobs. But that was never the plan. The “search” for HQ2 was a scam from the beginning. Bezos always wanted to move to the liberal SWPL power centers of DC-NoVa and New York City.

But Bezos is a huge hypocrite. Despite hating Trump, he gladly takes Trump’s tax cuts, and then runs this scam “search” so he can squeeze even more state and local tax cuts out of New York City and New York State where he always intended to move to in the first place.

Notice that there’s no backup plan announced. Bezos isn’t going to abandon New York City for Las Vegas or Omaha. Nope, it appears that he’s just going to move into New York City anyway, but quietly, without the tax breaks, and without the big splashy showmanship of building a huge Amazon campus in Long Island City. So the liberal protesters were right, De Blasio and Cuomo didn’t actually need to suck Bezos’ **** in order to lure him here.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2019 at 9:37 AM

Posted in Business

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  1. I think Austin and Nashville make sense. Both have decent tech talent or the ability to draw in talent.
    NYC is too crowded but it was still a good deal for NYC.

    The problem is the people complaining couldn’t get jobs in Amazon so they’re not benefiting. The business owners, the people who own the cafes and real estate aren’t great in numbers to make a claim and are drowned out

    But yeah all amazon had to do was not take $3bn in subsidy. Cosmetically they couldn’t win this argument.

    uman

    February 15, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    • It’s about status for Bezos to install his Amazon HQ2 in a global metropolis like NYC.

      Seattle was all about poaching Mr. Gates’ employees to build his empire and now he’s moving on to further his agenda.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      February 15, 2019 at 11:18 AM

      • Amazon was in Seattle because Washington State worked well to avoid paying state sales taxes. That’s the only reason. It was entirely about arranging facilities and operations so that there’d be no sales taxes collected in major markets.

        bobbybobbob

        February 15, 2019 at 2:16 PM

  2. The “Justice Democrats,” should be supported to the extent any American possibly can. They are the Achilles Heel of Woke Capital. More so than ever, now that Trump has decided to support se facto open borders.

    Issac

    February 15, 2019 at 10:16 AM

  3. He’s still putting it on the New York side? I would have thought New Jersey made more geographic sense.

    MoreSigmasThan

    February 15, 2019 at 10:21 AM

  4. He’s still going to NY? News to me.

    Brendan

    February 15, 2019 at 10:35 AM

  5. I understand he wanted a city where lots of tech workers lived.

    Still, I don’t think there’s such a shortage that the workers wouldn’t move to a different city.

    Plus, what’s the current status with those special visas, HB2 or some name like that (remember I’m not an American).

    I keep reading in the comments of WSJ articles on the topic how it’s just a scam to lower wages. WSJ is all in favour of such visas of course.

    I wonder if James Damore had trouble finding another job. Those Google programmers do a lot of difficult things (like translating languages. Not as well as a human but still good. I use their translator all the time. That would definitely require a high IQ).

    Frau Katze

    February 15, 2019 at 10:54 AM

  6. Announcing the Virginia HQ2 makes a lot of sense as they’re competing for the $10 billion JEDI contract, along with already having a lot of government business. Not sure the benefits of New York.

    Alex

    February 15, 2019 at 11:15 AM

  7. There is a near consensus among people who are experts in these things is that local governments paying large businesses to relocate to their city is always a terrible idea (and yes, this includes professional sports teams).

    Ed

    February 15, 2019 at 11:16 AM

  8. It wasn’t about jobs, but the affordable housing crisis with NAMs.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    February 15, 2019 at 11:21 AM

  9. I’m sorry but I’m as lost as others are about the still staying in NYC part. Where’d you get that from?

    And I wouldn’t be so quick to jump on the AO Cortez bandwagon. Bezos is a prick but 25K jobs aren’t anything to laugh at. She’s running a victory lap now. What about that is so great?

    gothamette

    February 15, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    • 25K jobs clocked @ $150K a piece isn’t really going to NAMs, but SWPLs and the Asiatic techie.

      AOC was sort of making the case that Amazon’s presence doesn’t help the nearby NYCHA residents, if I’m not mistaken!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      February 15, 2019 at 12:58 PM


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