In case you missed it, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — aka AOC — picked quite a fight last week.
On ABC News’ “This Week” last Sunday, she attacked Amazon for paying entry-level, order-fulfillment center workers a starting wage of $15 per hour, which happens to be twice the federally mandated minimum wage.
She then went into one of her rants about billionaires being created by an “immoral” economy, and went on to charge that Amazon underpays “every single person.”
As Amazon responded that her allegations were “absurd,” she doubled down on her incorrect facts and continued her narcissistic social media attack with great vitriol, and an even greater lack of economic knowledge.
Amazon, one of the world’s largest companies, was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 to sell books online. Today, it sells pretty much everything, and even delivers it to your doorstep — all for a very good price.
It also produces Oscar-quality streaming movies and has a streaming music platform, as well as one of the world’s largest cloud-computing platforms.
The company employs approximately 647,000 workers, the vast majority of them full-time, here in the US. It offers health-care coverage and college benefits for all full-time employees — and some part-timers, too.
I get that AOC wants everybody to make more money — who doesn’t?
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The disconcerting thing is the amount of job destruction she brings about, as well as the airtime she gets. She helped kill 25,000 high-paying jobs in the city, which needs them, and yet some people treat her like she walks on water.
It’s a shame, because 77 percent of New Yorkers wanted the Amazon jobs and $150,000 average pay packages, and the governor made a good deal that would have netted NY and NYC $25 billion in tax revenue over 10 years, despite a modest credit in the beginning.
We all await your first bill as an entry-level congresswoman, AOC. I wonder if it will enjoy anywhere near 77 percent approval.