I want to take her seriously because she is a Congresswoman
after all. And I know that what she may
lack in gravitas or actual legislative accomplishment, she makes up for as a
very influential voice shaping public opinion on social media. But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) continues
to befuddle me with some stunning displays of naiveté.
The most recent example has to be this Twitter gem that left
most thinking people scratching their heads:
She pinned this tweet.
Meaning, she not only thought highly of it, she actually believed it
made her look wise and discerning. But
what in the world? Yes, Ms. Cortez,
other than the meaningless demagoguery regarding immigrants, all the rest of
that – when understood – is what people see as a radical, extreme left
agenda. Largely because it is a radical,
extreme left agenda.
“Medicare for All” would be a massive government takeover of
1/6th of the American economy.
It would be the government putting private insurance companies out of
business costing thousands of jobs, stripping health insurance coverage from
every American who has it, and turning the healthcare of citizens over to
government bureaucrats. Not saying that
bureaucrats are heartless people. They
are disconnected people. All the problems with the healthcare industry
in America stem from people interjecting themselves between a doctor and
his/her patients. This would be
exacerbating that. Many hospitals today
refuse Medicare patients because the government does not fully reimburse the
costs associated with the care provided.
Extrapolating that outward to every American visiting a doctor’s office
would be catastrophic to the health care industry in America.
A “Living Wage” is wisdom only on disconnected college
campuses where people can live in and amongst theories rather than
reality. Minimum wage has proven to be
one of the biggest detriments to the growth and success of small business ever
conceived. When it is hiked, businesses
don’t hire new workers, don’t take risks, don’t expand. And those that try are hamstrung by financial
obligations that stunt the company’s growth and prosperity. When it collapses, jobs are lost – that
doesn’t improve anyone’s financial health.
Note that socialist Bernie Sanders is refusing to pay his campaign
workers a $15 minimum wage they are demanding because it would be financially
catastrophic to the operation.
Bingo. A “living wage” would
require the impossible from small business and would end in total disaster.
K-16 Public Schooling/ “Public Colleges” is brilliant only
to those that think the K-12 model of compulsory education is working
well. This is a widely held truism: when
something is paid for by someone else, the beneficiary often times fails to see
the value in it because it costs them nothing.
I’m a public high school teacher.
Some students don’t care and try to sleep through class. If they were paying for it, not only would
they demand I do a good job, they would take ownership for the effort they were
making as well. Turning a college degree
into a second high school diploma only ensures the perpetuation of liberal
indoctrination camps – it does not ensure a more educated populace.
100% Renewable Energy is currently a pipe dream. There’s no way, barring the expansion of
nuclear power which the left vehemently opposes, that renewable sources could
power even a fraction of the American economy.
Energy expansion, innovation, and creativity are all noble goals. Ramrodding renewables will require massive
government subsidies (read “tax increases”) that will make a Medicare for All
spending extravaganza look tiny by comparison.
And then it just gets silly.
Fixing the Pipes in Flint – I don’t know of anyone, left or right, that doesn’t want the pipes fixed in Flint. Is there anyone saying that “fixing the pipes in Flint is a terrible idea”? Some are certainly saying that the state should do it as opposed to the federal government. But fixing water pipes is not an issue that divides the nation as far as I am aware.
Not Hurting Immigrants – what does this even mean? No one wants to hurt immigrants. Saying that people who believe in a secure
border, who want to protect the economic fortunes of inner city, black youth by
guarding against an influx of illegal labor, who don’t think it is fair for
legal immigrants to be held to standards others aren’t held to, is not “hurting
immigrants.” To suggest that it is,
well, that’s pretty radical.
Finally, holding Wall Street accountable is a catch phrase
that doesn’t ever seem to come with any specifics. What are we holding them accountable
for? Crimes? Sure, who opposes that? Does it mean increasing government control of
the markets, or allowing government to pick winners and losers of said
market? It’s impossible to address this
without knowing what it means.
But that seems to reveal again that AOC isn’t overly
interested in being a leader. She’s
interested in being a provocateur. That
may earn retweets, popularity, and money, but let’s not pretend it should earn
respect or esteem.