Despite overwhelming evidence from recent scientific polling that it’s a losing strategy for Democrats, the “party of the people” is moving forward with “promises of free everything” – a socialist utopia, in essence – as its core platform going into the 2018 midterm elections.
Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York politician, is promising free college education, dream jobs, and student debt cancellation for everyone – and possibly even world peace – in the hopes that voters will choose leftist candidates this fall as opposed to those more aligned with the Trump agenda. But according to pollster Ken O’Brien, this is a huge mistake.
“I disagree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on many points, and also on a condition of four percent unemployment or so, we don’t need to be guaranteeing jobs,” says O’Brien. “There’s still a lot of economic opportunities out there, and I think that’s where the Democratic Party needs to focus, rather than promises of free everything.”
Ocasio-Cortez is also advocating for the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), another leftist position that’s unlikely to resonate with educated Americans on both sides of the aisle who understand that unrestricted illegal immigration spells an eventual death sentence for a nation.
Abolishing “profit,” prisons, cash bail, and borders are among Ocasio-Cortez’s extreme leftist positions, which Democratic National Committee (DNC) head Tom Perez recently stated during an interview with left-wing radio host Bill Press represent “the future of our party.”
Ocasio-Cortez lies about unemployment numbers to push her socialist idealism
Much of what Ocasio-Cortez is saying while on her nationwide tour for the Democrats sounds nice in theory, especially to young folks who are jobless or otherwise economically disenfranchised. After all, who wouldn’t want free education, free housing, and everything else – except individual liberty, of course – handed to them on a silver platter?
Almost none of it is realistic in practical terms, though. Nothing comes for free in life, and somebody has to work and produce in order for anyone to enjoy anything. The lofty promises coming from socialists like Ocasio-Cortez require that the fruits of other people’s labor be redistributed to people who produce little or nothing.
Speaking of jobs, Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t even seem to understand the current job market. During a recent interview with PBS, Ocasio-Cortez tried to argue that the latest unemployment numbers are deceptive because “everyone has two jobs” – which is certifiably false.
The latest figures show that only 4.8 percent of employed Americans hold multiple jobs – meaning the record-low unemployment numbers under President Trump are as real and tangible as he’s been claiming they are.
Ocasio-Cortez also ignorantly blasted capitalism during this interview, claiming that it “has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” Recognizing that capitalism is a dirty word to liberals like herself, Ocasio-Cortez’s opinion on the matter makes sense coming from the Left – even though it’s patently false.
“Actually, capitalism has pretty much always existed,” writes James Pethokoukis for AEI.org. “People have been trading since there was something to trade.”
As for what Ocasio-Cortez hopes to see replace capitalism, well, anyone at all versed in history knows that it has never ended well. Tens of millions of people have been murdered as a result of societal shifts from free markets into socialism and communism. Human rights were eliminated; prosperity disappeared; misery quickly ensued.
“Is this one of that ‘ post-capitalism,’ ‘artificial intelligence will replace markets’ kind of hot-take things?,” asks Pethokoukis. “Since innovation-driven capitalism has created an abundance beyond the imaginings of Marx, perhaps we shouldn’t be so eager to replace it with something or other.”
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