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The Chase for Amazon

The rendering of the Amazon building in the Denny Regrade neighborhood of Seattle is fro NBBJ.comIt has been hard to ignore the buzz created by the chase for Amazon’s second headquarters. Five billion dollars in construction costs and 50,000 “high-paying” jobs. 238 proposals have been submitted to Amazon from all across North America. Of course there were.

While all the proposals were made in secret, it is safe to assume that no incentive was left out. For instance, New Jersey announced it offered $7 billion in tax breaks to get Amazon to chose Newark. Details of Atlanta’s bid weren’t released, but it is also safe to assume that Nathan Deal opened Georgia’s checkbook offering billions of tax incentives. It is exciting to imagine the impact of winning.

Did you know there is another offer out there that would bring more than ten times the Amazon investment to Georgia? That right, this one offers almost $60 billion in direct investment over ten years and increasing each year after that. Were Georgia to win this deal, it is estimated that more than 35,000 new “high-paying” jobs would be created in the first year and increasing after that. Unlike the Amazon deal for Atlanta, this one includes all of Georgia.

Then there are all to little things that would come along with it that are unimaginable for a typical industrial development development:

  • hundreds of thousands of Georgia residents would be lifted out of poverty;
  • cost of living for all Georgians would be reduced;
  • life expectancy would be increase;
  • even the number of Georgians in mental health facilities would be reduced.

What does it cost to win this? Georgia would have to offer an incentive of $254 million a year. That’s a lot, but 18% of what a typical Georgia industrial development tax incentive is – chump-change compared to cost of getting Amazon. When you consider the amount of state taxes collected on the new jobs and that state spending would actually be reduced, the net spending by the state is way less than zero. Consider that for a moment. All these new jobs and great benefits with none of the downsides, such as lost tax revenues starving our schools.

Sounds so good, you’d think we would be all over it. Nope. Georgia said no. The only states in the South that went after the deal were Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, West Virginia and Maryland.

Seems idiotic, doesn’t it. Seems our elected leaders would be thrown out of office for ignoring the offer and lying about it to us. You’d think our business community would be going nuts for it. Nope. Not going to happen. Forget about it.

There is good news, though: one Irish bookie has Atlanta an early 2-1 favorite to win Amazon. I wish them luck. We need it.

Oh, the deal? Surely you have guessed by now. Expanding Medicaid.

Sources (it isn’t fake news, it isn’t even news):


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feed screen shotRecently we have added an exclusive new feature on the LikeTheDew.com site that you may not have noticed – News & Opinion Feeds. One page where you can view headlines and excerpts of almost 2,000 (and growing) of the most popular places on the internet – updated every few minutes with the latest posts. You get to it by clicking the “News & Opinion Feeds” link at the top of any page.

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Warning: Don’t Read This Blog

 Following in the footsteps of Greeley, Kent and Lane

There’s little risk here. Of the 200 million or so bloggers, there are only about 50 million blog readers (it is interesting, at least to me, that 62% of internet users report they don’t know what a blog is). It is so easy to write and cite to prove a point of view (especially if you unabashedly willing to use worldwide figures and compare to US figures or don’t mind that each citation has conflicting data, knowing that most people won’t bother to follow the links or the link’s links or read either.

Using a more appropriately “balanced” approach, so often found in “journalism,” would force me to present data that might confusingly conflict with my particular bias de jour (as well as type a lot more words, actually do research, read what I cite, and offer links to websites that, yikes, might disagree with me). For instance, the Wall Street Journal’s (not always a bastion of “balance”) point seems (“seems” is one of the clues that something might be a conclusion of the author while not necessarily something all people might find to be factual and probably isn’t) to be that no one knows what a blog is, who is a blogger, how many blog there are, how often they are published, how often they are visited by real people (could it be that the search engine robots are real people, too?) and if anyone actually reads anything before clicking to their next conclusion (SIC: snooze).

In spite of now clearly demonstrating (as opposed to proving) that no one will actually read this (one possible exception: bloggers who are reading blogs about blogging), it is incumbent upon me to acknowledge the skill and devotion to balanced reporting and grammar (at least, the New York Times Stylebook version) of journalists and newspaper professionals everywhere (except, and in particular, Fox News). Following in the footsteps of Greeley, Kent and Lane, these diligent, hardworking men and women of the Fourth Estate have given up so much (waistlines and potentially more lucrative careers, mostly) so we can be better informed and more effective citizens (and consumers). Thank you (and you know who you are) for so courageously laying the foundation of truth for which we bloggers everywhere now steal the bricks.