As Amazon drops New York City project, progressives claim a major coup

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CCN reported earlier today that Amazon had scrapped the spacious campus it had planned to build in Long Island City, Queens, which would have created roughly 25,000 well-paying jobs.

I'm itching to use this to dunk on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow travelers for leading the charge against a major economic opportunity for their hometown, but the hard fact is that she and they were right to object to all of the pot sweeteners Amazon got from local government.

"They have shown sufficient power to back off the largest corporation in the world", Douglas Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College in NY and an expert on city politics and public opinion. Among city residents polled by the upstate college, 58% support the project and 35% are opposed when told of both the promised jobs and incentives.

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Ocasio-Cortez has trashed the Amazon expansion and encouraged opposition against it, writing, "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?"

Ocasio-Cortez was one of the leaders of the fight against the proposed deal, largely over the $3 billion in tax breaks the city and state promised the company. When a country that values the freedom of speech as much as the USA begins to equate the use of funds with that fundamental right, well, that's how we end up in our current cesspit.

He met Chinese scientists who are developing new drugs to tackle infectious diseases like tuberculosis that affect the poor, and talked with Chinese partners who are sharing lessons from China's own development, so that African countries can make progress on vital priorities such as strengthening health systems and controlling deadly diseases like malaria, and also improving agricultural transformation. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity". "We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone". In New York, Democrats took control of the state Senate from Republicans for the first time in a decade.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents New York's 12th District, where the Amazon headquarters was slated for construction, expressed her disappointment.

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