When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Every week, the young Democratic superstar blesses the American public with displays of such astounding ignorance that people who are not on the left can’t help but marvel at how this woman was ever elected to higher office.
This week was no different. The fresh new face of the left accused President Ronald Reagan of fomenting racial tensions, inadvertently pointed out a flaw in affirmative action programs, and had her economic proposals roundly rejected by economists.
AOC Slams Reagan
During an interview at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, AOC decided to engage in a little bit of race-baiting. In this instance, she decided to go after former President Ronald Reagan:
“One perfect example – a perfect example – of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working Americans in order to just screw over all working-class Americans is Reaganism in the ’80s.”
You read that right. AOC actually accused Reagan of being the one who caused racial tension between whites and minorities. While those on the far-left might be impressed that Ocasio-Cortez even knew who Ronald Reagan is, others might have raised an eyebrow in response to a well-known race baiter calling out a former president for causing racial division.
Economists Take Issue with AOC’s Policies
The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business recently conducted a survey of 42 economists to get their opinions on an economic policy that Ocasio-Cortez has championed. The policy, known as modern monetary theory (MMT) is being touted as a way to fund the ridiculously far-left proposals outlined in the Green New Deal.
The poll revealed that none of the economists supported any part of the policy Ocasio-Cortez has promoted. Two Green New Deal policies stood out in particular: Countries that borrow in their own currency should not worry about government deficits because they can always create money to finance their debt. Countries that borrow in their own currency can finance as much real government spending as they want by creating money.
None of the individuals surveyed agreed with either of these statements. Oh well. AOC still has her Twitter followers!
AOC Accidentally Opposes Affirmative Action?
Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez chimed in on the university bribery scandal, in which wealthy parents bribed college administration officials to make sure their children were accepted into their preferred institutions. Federal authorities arrested dozens of women who were involved in the scam, and it is expected that they will face harsh penalties.
On Twitter, AOC gave her opinion:
“I guess college admissions isn’t that different from elections, where lots of money can buy your spot too.
Also an enviro where those who make it despite the odds are suspected to not have ‘earned’ it, not truly belong, or assumed to not be able to perform at the same level.”
This just might be one of the most insightful statements the representative has made. Ever.
But isn’t this similar to the arguments that conservatives make about affirmative action programs? Doesn’t this same principle apply to minorities who benefit from these initiatives? The stigma that can be attached to minorities who are hired by a company can be quite demeaning, especially if they truly were hired because of their competence.
So far, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has provided the world with enough material to fill a novel. But Liberty Nation will be sure to package each silly statement and asinine argument given by the left’s new heroine into one article each week. Don’t miss the next installment of If I Only Had a Brain.