Republican Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Sunday the billionaire status of Amazon's president, Jeff Bezos, claiming that the way the businessman could have achieved his human status on The richer part of the world could result in part from the payment of "famine wages" and limiting their ability to access health care benefits.
"When you have a very large workforce and pay less than every person, and then you're also involved in taking billions of dollars in government grants, that could be part of it," Ocasio said. Cortez, DN.Y., to ABC "Sunday, about how she thinks Bezos has achieved her wealth.
Ocasio-Cortez has already criticized the wealth status of the highest income of the United States. In January, he recognized that a system allowing billionaires was immoral.
"Whether or not Jeff Bezos is a billionaire is my concern only if your average Amazonian worker is getting a living wage, he's guaranteed health care and he can send his kids at university without tuition, "she said Sunday. "And if that's the case and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, it's one thing."
This is not the first time that the new congressman criticized Bezos or Amazon, the online business giant he founded in 1994. Perhaps the most notable incident was the most significant incident. Ocasio-Cortez's disapproval that Amazon would build a second headquarters in New York. The company, which was planning to build its "QG2" in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, canceled plans after facing stiff opposition from residents and lawmakers, including Ocasio-Cortez.
"When you try to extract the details of this agreement, the calculations became quite blurry and it seemed to the community that the details were falling apart," Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News in February. .
Concerns have also been raised about tax breaks and subsidies. Amazon – one of the most profitable companies in the world in terms of market capitalization – would be given for the construction of its second headquarters in New York. Last year, Amazon had not paid a single dollar of federal income tax, while its profit had almost doubled from 2017 (between $ 5.6 and $ 11.2 billion), according to a report Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
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"If he is willing to give up all the subsidies of his government, if we are willing to charge fair taxes, if we are willing to pay a living wage, send people to the university at no cost. Tuition, guarantee everyone health care and a billionaire, so it's a fight we can have another day, "said Ocasio-Cortez.