The 1% ruling elite control more wealth than far more than half of Americans and they are simply not contributing back to society. Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, is the world’s richest person and has accumulated a fortune of over $100 billion. It’s very difficult to understand how much money that is, but this might help; Bezos earns about $2,500 per second and about $9 million per hour.
Even more annoying is that Bezos has refused to make any significant donations from his fortune. He has only committed to donating about 1% of his wealth. If you or your household made $97,300 in a year and donated $1000 to charity, you would be donating just as much as Bezos. Most Americans give away far more than $1000 to their church, charity, or just by giving back to their loved ones by doing nice things for them.
How did Bezos amass his fortune? One major part is obvious, he didn’t pay any tax. And that’s exactly what Amazon was doing when it announced that it was searching for a new place to put its headquarters. New York and New York City tried to entice Amazon by offering billions in tax relief. Ridiculous. But that’s where Ocasio-Cortez came in.
Today Amazon announced that it is canceling its plans to build a new headquarters in New York City and specifically cited “local politicians” as the main reason it is abandoning its plans. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Jodi Seth, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in a statement, “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us.”
Cortez cheered the cancellation this afternoon, “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
To be clear, Amazon is scum for doing this. There is absolutely nothing stopping them from building their headquarters in New York City, just like countless other corporations have done for hundreds of years. They’re pulling out because they are upset Ocasio-Cortez made a reasonable argument against the billions in subsidies they wanted. That’s all this is.
Amazon was also only going to create 25,000 new jobs with an average salary of $150,000. Last I checked $150,000 is a massive salary compared to average American’s. It’s not like Amazon was going to be coming in and providing good jobs for the average New Yorker. This is a victory for the common people and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez truly deserves all the credit because she led the charge and was first to sound the alarm.