Bill de Blasio became the New York City Mayor in 2014 with a boldly populist message of reconciliation for all New Yorkers. But when it comes to the most controversial debate on wealth in the city's recent history, the announcement of the Amazon, and then the reversal of the question of opening a highly subsidized headquarters in Queens, de Blazzus does something strange, claiming that private interests must be stronger in order to withstand public control.
"At the moment they were criticized, they departed," de Blazzus said on Sunday . "Amazon just picked up the ball and went home." Bill De Blasio joins #mtp to discuss Amazon's decision to give up his plans in Long Island City
de Blasio: This is an example of abuse of corporate power … Amazon simply took the ball and went home. " pic.twitter.com/QVh8g75VWc
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Amazon's decision to withdraw from the construction of a campus in Queens is has become a litmus test of progressive idealism. Representative Alexandria Occasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), whose area includes the proposed site, noted the company's reversal. "I think it's amazing," said Occasio-Cortez. "This shows that Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities."
Amazon withdrew from the deal after facing a serious reaction of millions of dollars in tax incentives that politicians have mediated with the company. Opponents also worry that the project will deepen inequality in New York, as major technology companies are blamed for this in places like San Francisco and Seattle.
De Blazio had supported the deal from the very beginning and now claims that the Amazon Decision is "a misuse of corporate authority." De Blazio released on Saturday that the deal provides a solid foundation for up to 25,000 jobs and that the company must have managed to resist a little public criticism of income inequality. "The lesson here is that corporations can no longer ignore the growing anger over economic inequality," de Blascio says. "We see the Silicon Valley's rage in the rocks thrown into buses carrying technical workers from San Francisco and Oakland to office parks in the suburbs. T
Perhaps the true lesson is that de Blascio's message has not changed. Instead, ordinary residents of New York are far less inclined to reject inequality. They want to take it on the head.