Like medieval princes seeking to marry the wealthy king's daughter, cities large and small have submitted their pitches to make Jeff Bezos even richer.
From Newark to LaGrange, Ga., the towns touted their benefits to land the second headquarters for Bezos' retail juggernaut Amazon. The company claims that the new headquarters will bring the lucky city 50,000 new jobs. Economists say that such high-tech endeavors as the Amazon effort generate even more startups.
Atlanta, which made a glitzy video in cooperation with state economic touters, is favored to at least make the finals, according to the AJC. Unable to find money to expand Medicaid or give teachers good raises, Georgia said it would offer the billionaire Bezos billions in tax breaks.
Georgia and Atlanta's bid presumably didn't mention that the Cobb County sheriff can dictate academic policy to Kennesaw State, a state-funded university. The state's Board of Regents is investigating new Kennesaw President Sam Olens' apparent capitulation to the fine sheriff in not letting protesting cheerleaders come out for the National Anthem at KSU football games. Hope the sheriff doesn't get mad about a literature course.
Olens, who as Georgia's unaccomplished attorney general participated in a couple of nuisance suits against the Obama administration, took over as KSU's president without any apparent claims to academic distinction.
Outgoing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, whose main news lately came from meddling in the race to replace him, touted Atlanta's bid to Amazon.Hope it goes better than Reed's negotiations with the Braves. We also suppose Atlanta's bid to Amazon didn't mention the scandal involving kickbacks from contractors to city officials.
The hoopla over the Amazon headquarters received no attention from the Trump administration, which seeks to boost the coal industry rather than new economy companies like Amazon. Trump placed Bezos on his ever growing enemies list because Bezos' Washington Post keeps uncovering Trump Administration outrages.
The Amazon bid did bring glimpses of that increasingly rare thing "bipartisanship." In New Jersey, liberal Sen. Cory Booker and former Trump patsy Chris Christie joined in Newark's bid. Tony Soprano would be glowing.
When will King Jeff issue his finals list? Will a small city Cinderella get the glass slipper, or will a showy dame like New York or Boston get the prize? As Trump and the GOP Congress wrecks the American economy, will it really matter?