New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the flight into space of the founder of Amazon and the space company Blue Origin, the richest man on the planet, Jeff Bezos, writing on Twitter that “real astronauts pay taxes.”
The New Shepard suborbital spacecraft carried out the first manned flight with four crew members on Tuesday. Bezos, his younger brother Mark, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk and 18-year-old Dutch citizen Oliver Daemen visited space. Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, admitted that he would like to repeat the flight. He confirmed that by the end of the year, the company will make two more manned flights of the New Shepard spacecraft. The businessman thanked every employee and every customer of Amazon, “because they paid for all this.”
“Real astronauts pay taxes,” de Blasio wrote over a video showing Bezos in a cowboy hat leaving a capsule that landed in the desert.
Some Twitter users criticized the mayor himself, leaving a number of comments in the spirit of “real mayors are worried about what is happening in their own city.”
In June, an article by the independent investigative journalism organization ProPublica, citing data from the US tax Service IRS, reported that American billionaires, including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett, practically did not pay taxes, despite the growth of their fortune.