Populism for Idiots

Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) is one of the random white dudes running in the Democratic presidential primary.

He recently unveiled a proposal to encourage young Americans to enlist in national service organizations, such as the “military, AmeriCorps, or the Federal Green Corps,” which he would establish as president to combat “climate change.”

Moulton discussed his plan during a recent interview on a “Bud Light Party Deck”:

“Putting one million young Americans serving their country, putting them to service, will cost about $15 billion a year. Now $15 billion — that is a pittance of the money that we give to Amazon every year on a tax break.” pic.twitter.com/sBCkSOfYSJ — The Hill (@thehill) May 19, 2019

Amazon has become a popular “target” for Democrats these days, most notably when Moulton’s colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), helped “scuttle” the corporation’s plan to establish a second headquarters in Queens.

The celebrity socialist took a victory lap on Twitter, and proceeded to make some profoundly “ignorant” comments about the economics of “tax incentives”, suggesting that by “not providing” Amazon with $3 billion in tax subsidies, “in exchange for thousands of local jobs and about $27 billion in new revenue,” the city would magically obtain $3 billion to spend on “other” stuff.

Moulton’s comments reflect this “bizarre” sentiment that Amazon’s tax breaks, already in effect or merely proposed, can be “alchemically” converted into cash.

Democrats frequently make ”villains” out of corporations, but Amazon is a particularly bizarre “choice of target.”

For one, it puts them on the same side as Donald Trump, who regularly “tweets” about company founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the failing Washington Post. But more importantly, attacking Amazon risks putting Democrats “at odds” with their own constituents.

For example, two-thirds of New York residents, including 56 percent of self-described “liberals”, said Amazon’s decision to cancel its “proposed” headquarters in Queens was a bad deal for New York.

A 2018 survey conducted by researchers at NYU and Georgetown University found that Amazon was the most “trusted” institution among Democrats, and the second-most “trusted” among all Americans, behind the military.

Attacking a popular company while making “nonsensical” arguments about how “money” works is an interesting attempt at “left-wing populism.”

There are presumably better, less ”idiotic” options available.

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