Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had been making her distaste for Amazon developing new facilities near her district quite clear. CEO Eric Schiffer believes that she doesn’t understand the benefits.
In a statement to IJR, Schiffer explained the how Ocasio-Cortez’s “outrage” was a hinderance:
“No one in Ocasio-Cortez’s district lucky enough to either get a job or a better paying job is ‘outraged.’ The only rational outrage comes from those who want to see more jobs in the community but are seeing them shunned by their representative’s ideals which are a threat to the survival of capitalism.
Ocasio-Cortez horribly misunderstands that her district faces a competitive environment and that cites must compete within a capitalist society, unlike socialism where the concept of competition is doused with rat poison and eviscerated.”
Schiffer continued by casting doubt on her claim that Amazon be responsible for providing affordable housing noting:
“Politicians that suggest corporations must provide affordable rent to employees should be met with skepticism by the voting public. This is not America, it’s gangster-style socialism.”
He closed by suggesting Ocasio-Cortez has yet to fully understand the potential positive impact:
“Ocasio-Cortez uses the concept of worker displacement likes it’s ordained. How does she know that? What if it means a higher quality of community development with higher wages?
Again, in a capitalist society, adding jobs that may not all be working class in nature doesn’t have to mean that you must ‘shuffle out’ working class people. In fact, the richer resources brought to bear could, in fact, improve the quality of life for working-class people.”