John Oliver Blames Economic Development Zones for the Entourage Movie

From TIME - November 5, 2017

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver wanted to talk about jobs, a.k.a., literally the only reason before anyone gets up before 11 a.m.

Oliver noted that when it comes to job, jobs, jobs, people seem to think it requires repeating the word three times Beetlejuice-style to summon them. Failing that, most states have set up economic development zones to woo job creators, by offering huge tax breaks to companies of all sizes. (By the way, Oliver is clever enough to know that no one really wants to watch a show on economic development, so he had a clip of the Entourage movie at the ready. All of a sudden, a show about economic development doesnt seem like the worst thing you could be watching, does it? he asked.)

Economic development zones have been in the news lately, thanks to Amazons hunt for a home for its new headquarters. Cities and states have been making direct appeals to the company via pitches and a surprising number of ad campaigns asking Alexa where the headquarters should go (ads that Oliver dubbed, almost too hilarious). In addition to witty ads, New Jersey offered Amazon $7 billion in tax breaks, money that could go to schools, hospitals, etc. all to woo a company that per Oliver has more money than they know what to do with. How else could you explain the existence of Goliath? Oliver demands to know, considering it is a show that literally no one has ever watched.


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