Amazon Headquarters Search is not all about Money

The allure of Amazon and its second headquarters coming to your town with 50,000 jobs can be exciting and overwhelming. The first cut has been made from 238 applicants down to 20. Amazon really should have come up with a mini-series, or promotion like the NFL draft, to popularize their move exponentially. As with sports, getting cut hurts, and you try to sit back and re-evaluate yourself to see what you can do better. This is what many of the cities eschewed by Amazon are doing. Regarding the 50,000 “high paying” jobs Amazon boasts of bringing, one wonders how many of these are the same $12 an hour jobs we have heard of recently. If so, cities are putting in a lot of effort to bring low wage jobs to town.

From Sacramento to Orlando, cities are taking their postmortem phone calls from Amazon as a starting point to change. Infrastructure and tech talent appear to be the main attractants needed by these cities. Are cities like these changing just to please Amazon, or are they seeing a bigger picture of future business growth? Richard Florida, a professor at the University of Toronto and critic of the Amazon HQ2 process, says it is misguided for cities to focus on Amazon’s criticisms. “I don’t think communities should be rushing to please Amazon,” he said. “They should be looking to build their own regional economies and not trying to let any large company tell them what to do.” Spoken like a true academic.

In all likelihood, the recipient community should make out well. With Amazon’s selected city there will be money made financing a new $5 billion corporate campus, home purchases for the upper echelon employees, not to mention the financing of countless businesses that will cluster around Amazon’s HQ2.

Let’s put the financial gains aside for a moment. There is a more sinister social side to Amazon in its request for proposals.  In a little-noted codicil of this request, Amazon mentions the question of “compatible cultural and community environment.” This is liberal speak for how politically correct is your city. Did you think that a guy from Seattle who owns the Washington Post would relocate to a red state or city? Amazon has quietly made rights for and acceptance of gay and transgender people part of its criteria in choosing a second headquarters, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk freely. Of course it has, because this is the very key to the success of a business-not!

Once again, I have to site the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire when discussing Amazon here. Along with economic collapse and the arrival of the barbarian hordes, a decline in civic virtue had a lot more to do with the end of Roman rule. If our sexually obsessed society isn’t Romanesque yet, it is very close. One wonders if Henry Ford considered the culture of Dearborn when building manufacturing facilities. Well, that was a different era. Really?

About John Thomas

John Patrick Thomas is a four-time cancer survivor who lives with his family in South Florida. John attended Gettysburg College and The American University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career on Wall Street. He turned to the teaching profession after his life-threatening bout with bone cancer. John has recently written a #1 Amazon Cancer Bestselling book entitled, “A Call to Faith, the Journey of a Cancer Survivor.” He has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Washington Post, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center publications, and was featured in new DayStar network series, “Impact with Pastor Dave.” He has traveled as a missionary and may be one of the few people that tell you cancer was the best thing to ever happen to him. You’ll have to ask him why.

3 comments

  1. “Rights FOR”….you make it sound like this is something special that others DONT get. What Amazon likes is EQUALITY for everyone and evidently you have a problem with that. If your God created gay and trans people, who are you to cast stones? Im sure there is more to choosing than just this. but it seems that your just fixated on this one part alone.

    Amazon is on the right track for the future. You might as well pray to him to put your soul at ease.

  2. @Michael W – you miss the point. It’s not about rights for the gay community; Political Correctness has turned a very sour corner where rights for one group excludes rights for the 90% rest of the population. If the Left would stop demonizing straight white men, Christians, Conservatives, people who dare ask questions, people who have a different world view, and all the rest of us, perhaps we would actually SEE equality. We are not casting stones, we are dodging them….daily, 24/7, nonstop. If you are praying to Jeff Bezos, then may God watch over you. I guarantee Bezos won’t.

    Equal RIGHTS is not about equal Horizons or equal outcomes. People have the right to make choices. The choices they make determine the outcomes. You cannot legislate that. Your group is Pro-Choice only when it comes to murdering the unborn. But anti-choice when it comes to being a Christian, a Conservative, a Hetero, a gun owner, a believer in the Constitution, and a believer in Liberty. All the above are anathema to the Left and if you don’t understand that you are merely a Useful Idiot to them, then you have not read your history.

  3. For most of us, acceptance of people who claim they are gay is not a problem. The problem is that many of those who claim to be gay demand that not only are they accepted as persons, but that we have to endorse and condone their behavior. And accept them teaching our children that such behavior is not only normal, which it isn’t, but moral, which it isn’t.

    I accept and love my kids even when they behave badly, but I don’t accept and condone their bad behavior. As a parent, I try to correct my children’s bad behavior, but only because I am their parent and have a responsibility to raise them to be productive citizens who can cooperate with other people when they become adults.

    I don’t have a responsibility or any desire to correct the behavior of adults who claim that they are gay. As long as they don’t get in my face about the issue, I have no problem treating them like anybody else.

    But I don’t have any legal or moral obligation to ENDORSE their behavior any more than they have to ENDORSE my behavior, which they generally don’t.

    So, NO, it’s not about accepting people. It’s about insisting that we condone their behavior and their attempts to spread it.

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