Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now going on the defensive after catching all of the much deserved blame for causing Amazon’s New York exit, as she’s facing criticism from folks on both sides of the aisle.
In other words, she screwed up royally, and now she’s trying to make excuses to avoid getting lectured to by mom and dad.
“Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I ‘don’t understand’ how tax giveaways to corps work is disappointing,” she tweeted. “No, it’s not possible that I could come to a different conclusion. The debate *must* be over my intelligence & understanding, instead of the merits of the deal.”
Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I “don’t understand” how tax giveaways to corps work is disappointing.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 19, 2019
The freshman Democratic New York congresswoman has faced days of criticism from normally friendly media voices and fellow Democrats over her role in Amazon’s decision to pull back from building a $2.5 billion campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.
Amazon had cited the opposition of “a number of state and local politicians” in its decision to abandon the plans. Ocasio-Cortez and others at the local level had pointed to incentives such as a $2.5 billion in tax breaks as a reason for their opposition.
“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez said last week.
Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed back on that claim on Sunday. Even as he slammed Amazon for its decision, the mayor said critics wrongly suggested that tax breaks represented money that could be spent on other things. He said it wasn’t “money you had over here. And it was going over there.”
The Democratic mayor said: “That $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”
Another Democrat, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, accused folks in Congress who are against the deal of being anti-job.
“It used to be that we would protest wars. Now we are protesting jobs?” she said on CNN Friday, before criticizing the economic arguments of those opposed to the Amazon move.
“I’m a progressive too, but I’m pragmatic,” she said. “We are $4 billion less than we usually get and yet we are kicking out a company that would have been projected [to pay] over 10 years roughly $27 billion in taxes.”
Folks handling the failed deal treated community w/condescension+disdain for their legitimate concerns.
I warned early to any & all that surging NYC costs+failing subways are creating major political forces to be reckoned with.
But I don’t know what I’m talking about, right?????????♀️
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 20, 2019
This young lady graduated from a top rated college having studied economics, yet she clearly doesn’t understand how the economy actually works in real life.
She must’ve spent all of her time studying theories rather than reality. It’s truly mind-blowing someone with so much “education” can be so clueless about things directly related to her job.
The real question is, how in the world did she get elected to begin with? Was she just really good at hiding her ignorance or did the people in her district not give a crap that she was this wacky?
Lots to ponder.
Source: Fox News