New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Amazon should adapt to NYC's progressive culture in bringing a corporate headquarters to the city, and vowed to "hold their feet to the fire" to reap community benefits out of the online giant.
The Amazon announcement late last year promised to bring 25,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000 a year, situating the hub in Queens. Yet the backroom negotiations and $3 billion in city and state tax subsidies have prompted progressive protests and discontent among local residents.
This morning on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, de Blasio said he's not worried that Amazon will decide to cancel the move.
"We went through a long negotiation to ensure that New York City would gain 25,000 jobs minimum, could go as high as 40,000. These are good-paying jobs in the technology community, the kinds of jobs that we want for our public school students, our CUNY students starting out their life, and for public housing residents," de Blasio said. "Remember, one of the biggest public housing residences, in fact the biggest public housing development in America is a walking distance from the Amazon headquarters site. And there is going to be an intensive effort to make jobs available for folks in public housing. This is exactly the kind of thing that we need for the future of this city."
Even counting “white” students, 80% of the graduates (and ignore the drop-outs) spewed from NYC’s high schools can’t read, write or add. There will certainly be union warehouse jobs awaiting them as De Blasio also promises, but six-figure incomes? Only when Maduro inflation hits.
De Blasio, like his predecessors, sees education as a political base for teacher unions, not a source of advancement for children. He’s a charter school foe, supports violence in classrooms — no discipline for bad actors because that “targets” black malefactors — and has condemned yet another generation of kids to poverty and reliance on state welfare. All is going exactly as planned.
But he did receive generous campaign funding from Amazon.
UPDATE: It occurs to me that Howard Schultz, of Starbuck’s fame, is a product of public housing. He came out of that environment, grew a single coffee house into a multi-billion-dollar fortune and is now being savagely attacked by Democrats for daring to suggest that he might have something to offer to the national dialogue. The Democrat’s current darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, says America shouldn’t have an economic system that “allows” such a thing to happen, and according to polls I read, 70% of her generation agrees with her. In fact, the term “America is the land of opportunity” is now considered a “micro-aggression” on college campuses, and anyone expressing that thought subject to discipline. I assume that the correct thought is that “opportunity” is something offered by the state, rather than self-discipline, determination and intelligence.
I’m glad that I’ll be shuffling off this mortal coil sooner, rather than later, but I do despair for my girls.