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Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Republicans Secret Weapon For 2020

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Having been mocked by her own leadership (and much of social media) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) – the little socialist that could – faces the final condemnation tonight as The Wall Street Journal surveyed the Bronx Congresswoman’s “Green New Deal” resolution… and was left in hysterics, with Kimberley Strassel tweeting:

“By the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and accompanying fact sheet) I was laughing so hard I nearly cried. If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful. ”

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Leaving the outspoken reporter with only one conclusion:

The Republican Party has a secret weapon for 2020. It’s especially effective because it’s stealthy: The Democrats seem oblivious to its power. And the GOP needn’t lift a finger for it to work.

All Republicans have to do is sit back and watch 29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . . . exist.

And while we already highlighted the most shocking proposals from the “Green New Deal,” we leave it to Strassel to destroy it line by line…

AOC, as she’s better known, today exists largely in front of the cameras. In a few months she’s gone from an unknown New York bartender to the democratic socialist darling of the left and its media hordes. Her megaphone is so loud that she rivals Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the face of the Democratic Party. Republicans don’t know whether to applaud or laugh. Most do both.

For them, what’s not to love? She’s set off a fratricidal war on the left, with her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, this week slamming the “radical conservatives” among the Democrats holding the party “hostage.” She’s made friends with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, who has been accused of anti-Semitism. She’s called the American system of wealth creation “immoral” and believes government has a duty to provide “economic security” to people who are “unwilling to work.” As a representative of New York, she’s making California look sensible.

On Thursday Ms. Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her vaunted Green New Deal, complete with the details of how Democrats plan to reach climate nirvana in a mere 10 years. It came in the form of a resolution, sponsored in the Senate by Massachusetts’ Edward Markey, on which AOC is determined to force a full House vote. That means every Democrat in Washington will get to go on the record in favor of abolishing air travel, outlawing steaks, forcing all American homeowners to retrofit their houses, putting every miner, oil rigger, livestock rancher and gas-station attendant out of a job, and spending trillions and trillions more tax money. Oh, also for government-run health care, which is somehow a prerequisite for a clean economy.

It’s a GOP dream, especially because the media presented her plan with a straight face – as a legitimate proposal from a legitimate leader in the Democratic Party. Republicans are thrilled to treat it that way in the march to 2020, as their set-piece example of what Democrats would do to the economy and average Americans if given control. The Green New Deal encapsulates everything Americans fear from government, all in one bonkers resolution.

It is for starters, a massive plan for the government to take over and micromanage much the economy. Take the central plank, its diktat of producing 100% of U.S. electricity “through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by 2030. As Ron Bailey at Reason has noted, a 2015 plan from Stanford envisioning the goal called for the installation of 154,000 offshore wind turbines, 335,000 onshore wind turbines, 75 million residential photovoltaic (solar) systems, 2.75 million commercial solar systems, and 46,000 utility-scale solar facilities. AOC has been clear it will be government building all this, not the private sector.

And that might be the easy part. According to an accompanying fact sheet, the Green New Deal would also get rid of combustion engines, “build charging stations everywhere,” “upgrade or replace every building in U.S.,” do the same with all “infrastructure,” and crisscross the nation with “high-speed rail.”

Buried in the details, the Green New Deal also promises government control of the most fundamental aspects of private life. The fact sheet explains why the resolution doesn’t call for “banning fossil fuels” or for “zero” emissions across the entire economy—at least at first. It’s because “we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast” (emphasis mine).

This is an acknowledgment that planes don’t run on anything but fossil fuel. No jet fuel, no trips to see granny. It’s also an acknowledgment that livestock produce methane, which has led climate alarmists to engage in “meatless Mondays.” AOC may not prove able to eradicate “fully” every family Christmas or strip of bacon in a decade, but that’s the goal.

Finally, there is the one little problem of how to pay for all this ‘free shit’ – never you mind says AOC, that’s what taxes-on-the-rich and a printing press are for…

…the resolution is Democratic math at its best. It leaves out a price tag, and is equally vague on what kind of taxes would be needed to cover the cost. But it would run to tens of trillions of dollars. The fact sheet asserts the cost shouldn’t worry anyone, since the Federal Reserve can just “extend credit” to these projects! And “new public banks can be created to extend credit,” too! And Americans will get lots of “shared prosperity” from their “investments.” À la Solyndra.

At least some Democrats seem to be aware of what a danger this is, which is why Ms. Pelosi threw some cold water on the Green New Deal this week. They should be scared. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a freight train gaining speed by the day—and helping Republicans with every passing minute.

Finally, it is worth noting that, on the day AOC unveiled her socialist utopian dream for Amerika – and the way she hopes to pay for it – the sovereign risk of the United States of America surged

via zerohedge

18 COMMENTS

  1. Wait until she and her corhorts in Congress begin their college tours to preach this crap. Speaking to the immature unknowledgeable young, who will be convinced she is right, will only make her plans seem plausible and these people will be voting in the next few years. AND she will be supported by the Socialists and RINOs in State and Federal legislatures across our country. Oh, and while the planes(the ones still flying) are utilizing solar power, what are the engines doing without oil? I don’t know about you but this scares the SHIT out of me!

    • You do realize that her BA is in International Relations and Economic from Boston College? So she is the results of a premier college education. I am stunned, shocked, and saddened that someone with those credentials could espouse such gibberish with a straight face. I mean I have a similar educational background. Not as prestigious as going to Boston College but I have a BA in Business with a minor in Econ, a MBA and a PhD with emphasis on international finance. So to hear her say such nonsense makes me wonder just what are they teaching and what data is being used to support an education that can come to these conclusions.
      In 1990 didn’t we see the results of a 70 yr economic experiment called the Soviet Union? Aren’t we seeing the same policies being worked out in Venezuela? So she must have her head stuck up well ok in the sand. More importantly all those college kids are being taught to buy off on this crap before she and her cohorts show up.

      • She sat next to Bernie in the very back of the lecture hall. They both are either lying through their teeth or are living proof that if you attend long enough you too can graduate and yet know nothing.

  2. She is dressed in white; it almost looks like a straight jacket. I’m sure that will be part of her attire in the future, a straight jacket while living in a mental hospital.

  3. What AOC is preaching here is, in my opinion, living your life as described in a book titled: “Agenda 21,” a ficticious novel by Glenn Beck, with Harriet Parks. Literally, we would all be living our lives in a form of various “concentration camp-like” communities. We all show so much concern for protecting our environment by doing all we can to consume none.
    I do recommend reading this book. I liked it.

  4. Me too. To think there are so many out there who are taken in by such nonsense. Including adults in their 30s and 40s and even 50s. Well guess what: The seeds of socialism were planted in these middle-agers minds when they were school kids! It gets even better now that public “dumb-down” education has fine-tuned their mind-controlled techniques so that their victims become socialists before they even hit 12th grade! Chew on that for a while!

  5. Her reality today.
    How does she get between NYC and DC?
    Now that she can afford an apartment in each city, where do her utilities come from?
    Do her clothes look and smell bad like her?
    What does she do when an outfit is a month old?
    Her idea of a new green deal will only allow for looms and treadle sewing.

  6. Mueller needs to be investigating that moron to see who is pulling her strings, instead of harassing the Presidents friends. Then deport her, as she has no place in a free country.

  7. WOW!!! INSANITY HAS GRABBED A FOOTHOLD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE FACT THAT THIS DUNCE COULD ACTUALLY BE ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF EVERYONE!

  8. I agree with all of you however you missed the fact that the people that elected have to believe as she does and that would be a very large group of people.In my mind I am more worried about that very large group of people than I am of AOC she just represents their wishes and thoughts..That is very scary to me ,just how many of them are already among as now? Look to your left then to your right and really begin to wonder if you are sorrounded by them

    • Actually she only had 14,000 votes, the guy who held the office before her held it for years and didnt go door to door or campaign much. I guess he figured no one would vote for this idiot and POW more did than he thought. The good news is there are over 150,000people in her district maybe they will see the light and get off their butts and vote her out next election.

  9. While I think she (Cortez) is living in a different world, I do think she bring up good points. We do need to work on upgrading our transit system to faster trains and expanding electric car production. I probably wouldn’t fly if trains were faster, like in Japan and China, and had more destinations. I voted for Trump because I didn’t have a better choice. I would still vote for him unless we can get someone better who is not part of the Washington politics setting. People in Washington do not care for the working class. WE NEED TERM LIMITS. We do need better affordable health care. Health care needs to includes dental. Have you been to a dentist lately.

  10. WORDS ARE INSUFFICIENT AND LACKING TO DESCRIBE AND PLACE THIS EVIL NON PRODUCT . LIBERAL ,RADICAL . SHE HAS NEVER DONE AND OR EARNED ANY SOURCES OF HER POWER BY DOING SOME THING OF SIGNIFICANT .RATHER SHE GOT HER WAY TO POWER WITH THE AID ,SUPPORT .COMFORT , AND OTHERS MAINLY BY THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA OF THE FOURTH ESTATE . AND THE TWO .CRIMINALS OR LAW BREAKERS .WITH BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF BLOOD MONEY DOLLARS .MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AND THE DEVIL GEORGE SOROS .CONVICTED FOR INSIDER TRADING IN THE NATION OF FRANCE . THESE TWO [2] ALONG SPENT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED FORTY MILLION DOLLARS IN THE MOST RECENT .MID TERM ELECTION WITH THE BUYING OF VOTERS .MORE TO COME FRIDAY . FEBRUARY , 08, 2019

  11. She was elected in a poor part of New York city. All they want is anything free.They should have a sign that said be all you can be join the Democrats. I really have trouble think there are so many stupid people out there that believe her. They need to go to Venezuela and spend a month and see how they like it.

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