Tucker: NYC-Amazon Deal Shows Democrats Are Now the Party of 'Merciless Corporate Power'
'Great deal' for Jeff Bezos, but not taxpayers, Tucker says.
Tucker Carlson invited a tech entrepreneur on his program Thursday night to discuss Amazon getting large tax breaks after the company announced it would build half of its HQ2 site in the New York City borough of Queens.
New York’s top politicians, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, have faced a backlash after it was revealed that the tech giant is set to get a package of more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives, which include such freebies as a helipad on or near the development sites.
Tucker noted that the locations of Amazon's next headquarters -- New York City and Northern Virginia -- are "two of the bluest" areas in the United States.
"For about a hundred years, the Democratic Party was the party of America's working class. Not anymore," Carlson said. "Now the Democratic Party is the party of merciless corporate power, of Google, Facebook and the rest, and they'll punish you if you get in their way."
He said this is a "great deal" for Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos -- the richest man in the world -- but it's not for taxpayers.
He said New York City's infrastructure is "crumbling" and those tax dollars could be spent on important projects like fixing the subway system.
Eric Schiffer, CEO of Patriarch Equity, noted that there was a competitive bidding process for Amazon's new headquarters, with many states hoping to lure the tech giant.
FoxBusiness.com reported that Amazon plans to make a $2.5 billion investment in real estate and local infrastructure in both Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia, along with hiring 25,000 new employees in each location with an estimated average salary of $150,000.
"People still want jobs across the country, they still want good-paying jobs," Schiffer said. "People in the Bronx and Queens, they haven't had investment and jobs in about 100 years." The New York City complex will be in Long Island City, Queens.
Carlson acknowledged that the Amazon headquarters could bring economic opportunity and investment, but he questioned if that would actually benefit taxpayers.
"Why would the Democratic Party hand the richest man in the world three billion dollars a year to move to New York without asking what the taxpayers think, in a city that's literally falling apart?"
Watch the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" debate above.