When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week, Liberty Nation uncovers the blunders that keep us wondering: How did she ever get elected?
This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spent much of her airtime defending her socialist ideas against sensible people raising sensible objections to her outlandish proposals. But she still managed to make time for yet another potshot at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for carrying out another effort to catch illegal aliens.
No More “Free Stuff”
One of the common criticisms that individuals make about the radical policies that the left proposes is that these programs simply amount to offering free stuff in exchange for votes. They argue that the Democratic Party essentially uses legislative bribery to persuade Americans to support them.
During a recent Green New Deal town hall in her district, Ocasio-Cortez defended her vow to increase federal funding for social programs. “I don’t want to hear the term ‘free stuff’ ever again. I am already hearing from some of these neoliberal folks who are trying to flip the script on us.”
The representative also tweeted: “Public education, libraries, & infrastructure policies (which we’ve had before in America and elsewhere in the world!) are not ‘free stuff.’ They are PUBLIC GOODS. And they are worth investing in, protecting, & advancing for all society and future generations.”
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that public schools and libraries aren’t exactly the programs which critics point to as examples of the “free stuff” being offered by progressives. It is the promise of free college, free health care, and free everything else that opponents of the Green New Deal cite as their examples of “free stuff.”
AOC Slams Buttigieg
In her ongoing crusade to push America further towards socialism, AOC took aim at Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, who has recently experienced an increase in popularity. The South Bend mayor recently questioned the feasibility of implementing free education in a campaign video.
“There are some voices saying, ‘well that doesn’t count unless you go even further, unless it’s free even for the kids of millionaires,’ but I only want to make promises that we can keep,” he stated. “We can gather the majority to drive those big ideas through without turning off half the country before we even get into office.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president, responded in a tweet claiming that Buttigieg was using a “GOP talking point” and that all children – including those born to millionaire parents – should be allowed to attend college for free. “This is a GOP talking point used to dismantle public system, & it’s sad to see a Dem candidate adopt it,” she tweeted.
She continued, arguing that “universal public systems are designed to benefit EVERYBODY!” She also pointed out that “we don’t ban the rich from public schools, firefighters, or libraries bc they are public goods.”
Buttigieg is one of the contenders who could be seen as more moderate than the radicals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sanders. Judging from AOC’s response, the battle between the moderate and socialist factions within the Democratic Party is still in full swing.
An outpouring of outrage came from the progressive left when the news broke about an ICE operation that resulted in the arrest of hundreds of illegal aliens living in the country with expired student visas. The agency created a fake university sting campaign to attract individuals attempting to use the visa program to stay in the U.S.
According to ICE, the operation involved created an institution that the illegals knew to be fake so that they could maintain their legal student visa status. About 250 individuals were detained upon using the false service. AOC, along with her compatriots on the progressive left, immediately renewed calls to abolish ICE:
“Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP.
I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it.
Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students.
Yet we were called radical for opposing it.”
Ocasio-Cortez, as well as many other prominent leftists, slammed the Trump administration for using this policy. But as usual, there was a problem with their faux outrage: The program began under the Obama administration. ICE started using a fake university in 2013 to capture illegal immigrants in New Jersey.
But these details won’t stop the progressive outrage machine. In fact, the far left has recently been at odds with former President Obama, so even if this reality is exposed, they will only use it to attack him.
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