Thereâ€™s rising worry that corporations are taking over America. But after reviewing a slew of the bids by cities and states wooing Amazonâ€™s massive second headquarters, I donâ€™t think â€śtakeoverâ€ť quite captures whatâ€™s going on.
More like â€śsurrender.â€ť
Last month Amazon announced it got 238 offers for its new, proposed 50,000-employee HQ2. I set out to see whatâ€™s in them, but only about 30 have been released so far under public-record acts.
Those 30, though, amply demonstrate our capitulation to corporate influence in politics. Thereâ€™s a new wave, in which some City Halls seem willing to go beyond just throwing money at Amazon. Theyâ€™re turning over the keys to the democracy....
Our ancestors asked for public roads and sidewalks and they got them. They asked for city funded parks and got them too. Then they (and some of us too) asked for public education and they got it. Then we requested a thousand bureaucracies to babysit the producers of our food, water, and stuff. By the time we demanded public health care, Uncle Sam was willing to comply with just about anything we wanted. Can we really complain when our corrupted city governments cut slick deals with big business? After all, they have to fund all our demands somehow.