Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has quickly become a darling of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
Ocasio-Cortez defeated a member of the Democratic Congressional leadership in last year’s primary and went on to win her heavily Democratic district in the general election. Young and unabashedly leftist, the self-described socialist has been making an impression with her uncompromising advocacy of socialistic and far left proposals. But you have to give it to her-she has the integrity of her beliefs. She is pushing proposals that are in line with the socialist ideals that she says she believes.
Unlike people like Bernie Sanders, who ran for President in 2016 as a socialist but then when the election was over bought his third house, an expensive vacation getaway on Lake Champlain, Ocasio-Cortez comes from a humble background and is pushing an agenda heavy on government planning, intervention and control of the economy and every aspect of society.
This week, she pushed her plan for a “Green New Deal”. The plan calls for elimination of all nonrenewable energy within ten years, an “upgrade or replace every single building in the US for state- of-the-art energy”, a guaranteed income for everyone including those who were unwilling to work, “charging stations everywhere” and more.
Just imagine, everyone in the country gets a new house, new office building or plant to work in, free healthcare, a guaranteed income whether you work or not and a new electric powered car. Who can’t like that, right?
Ocasio-Cortez had plenty of people jumping on the bandwagon with ‘Green New Deal’. Seven declared or likely Democratic Presidential candidates announced their support. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gildibrand-all Senators who are running for President have declared their support, as has Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Presidential field is decidedly far left.
But as can be imagined, there is another opinion on the radical agenda. Wall Street Journal reporter Kimberley Strassel, writing an opinion piece on the Green New Deal, offered that she felt that the proposal was so radical that it seemed like it was a parody that Republicans would write about the Democratic Party to make fun of it, instead of a serious policy proposal. And the Republican Party was quick to jump on it, trying to immediately tie Democratic candidates to the idea, believing that the idea is so out of touch that it could give them a winning political agenda.
And that’s even before you get to the obvious question of how all this public control and ‘free stuff’ will be paid for and financed. Fortunately, Ocasio-Cortez has an answer for that. She says that the Federal Reserve will just ‘extend credit’ and ‘new public banks can be created to extend credit’, too. So if the Federal Reserve isn’t enough, the government will just open a bank or two and start lending money from….well, from you, the taxpayer.
But don’t worry, it’s all ‘free’.