Conflict, as between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic leadership, makes for theater that attracts readers and ad revenue. Clothing, as that of Melania and Alexandria, attracts readers. Personality and attention-grabbing symbolic acts, like sitting in Pelosi’s hallway, sell.
Platforms are dull, and don’t we know already that Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist? But what if tons of Americans don’t know what socialism is or means? What if they like what Ocasio-Cortez stands for? What if they like socialism’s promises and don’t realize what its realities are?
The platform of Ocasio-Cortez is spelled out here in very simple terms. She wants “MEDICARE FOR ALL”. That means much BIGGER GOVERNMENT. That’s anti-free market and anti-individual freedom.
She wants “HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT.” In other words, BIGGER GOVERNMENT, anti-free market. and anti-individual freedom.
She wants “A FEDERAL JOBS GUARANTEE”. Again, BIGGER GOVERNMENT and anti-free market.
She wants “HIGHER EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOL FOR ALL”. This too means BIGGER GOVERNMENT. This and her other policy desires mean resources put to use COLLECTIVELY, by decisions out of the hands of individuals. They mean HIGH TAXES and spending controlled by bodies other than individuals.
Ocasio-Cortez wants “MOBILIZING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE”. She wants a war against climate change. This means CENTRALIZED REGIMENTATION and rules that vastly reduce economic freedom.
She wants to “SUPPORT SENIORS”. This part of her program calls for expanding SOCIAL SECURITY and raising its taxes. She wants to expand the WELFARE STATE.
She wants a full array of “WOMEN”S RIGHTS”: “Alexandria believes that Women’s Rights are Human Rights, and that all women deserve equal access to workplace safety, equal pay, paid parental leave, full access to healthcare, and more.” Alexandria wants to legislate the price of labor and the conditions of employment. She wants to EXPAND GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF LABOR MARKETS.
Alexandria is against the War on Terror. She wants “A PEACE ECONOMY”. That sounds nice, but it’s not at all nice if the federal government substitutes meddling in foreign countries with meddling in this country. And that is exactly what Alexandria proposes.
Other of her proposals we can skip because the above ones paint an accurate picture of Ocasio-Cortez’s desires for government and us. She’s pushing for bigger government and less individual freedom. She wants greater government control over you and me, over our income and over our decisions. She wants collective decisions to be the rule and for them to be what rules us in huge segments of the economy. These decisions would be made by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her confederates if they were elected. This is the same basic procedure we now have, but she’d expand it greatly.
The poisons we ingest due to big government cannot possibly be remedied by getting the country to ingest even more of them, but that’s what Alexandria is pushing enthusiastically. A government with the powers it has today already places freedom at extreme risk. What Ocasio-Cortez proposes, which is well on the way to total government control, can all be voted in and all be found constitutional! Isn’t that possibility itself proof that the country has swallowed a poisonous substance disguised as a harmless drink? Do we now want to ingest the whole bottle of poison or shouldn’t we de-tox?
7:35 pm on November 16, 2018
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