Socialist hero Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) isn’t running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
But some of her ideas are.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is running, has endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s new “Just Society” plan, calling it “just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we’ll need” to make “big, structural change.”
It's going to take big, structural change to tackle poverty and inequality in the U.S., and @AOC's "A Just Society" is just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we'll need to get it done. https://t.co/ESOELg2OKq
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 30, 2019
Sounds a bit like “fundamental transformation,” doesn’t it? “Big, structural change” seems to be Warren’s tag line. She says it about everything, while behind the scenes reportedly getting the aid of failed candidate, Hillary Clinton, the establishment candidate of 2016, perhaps the furthest thing from ‘big structural change” that one might find.
But let’s check out this plan that Warren is embracing. Because yes, it would be “big, structural change.”
Just not the kind Americans would want.
What are they calling for in this “Just Society” plan? A festival of socialism.
Here’s AOC introducing the plan, in her best imitation of FDR’s “Fireside Chat” pose to appear presidential, even with an old-fashioned mic.
We’re rolling out our next major project: A Just Society.
It’s a 6-piece suite:
1. Recognizing Poverty Act
2. Place to Prosper Act
3. Mercy in Re-Entry Act
4. Embrace Act
5. Uplift Our Workers Act
6. Ratify the UN Covenant on Economic, Social, & Cultural Rights
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 25, 2019
The idea behind the bills is that they’re supposed to “eradicate poverty.” But have you ever noticed that, historically, the Democrats’ ideas for eradicating poverty tend to put as many people as possible on the government dole?
Plus, poverty is at historic lows, including in New York City, where Ocasio-Cortez’s home district is. In fact, poverty is so low under President Donald Trump, AOC has to actually jack the numbers by changing the poverty line, making the poverty line $38,000/year without even considering benefits. That’s the benefit of Trump’s supercharging the economy and letting capitalism operate more.
Among other things, the “Just Society” plan calls for nationwide rent control as well as making sure welfare is available for illegal aliens and ex-convicts.
As Brad Polumbo at the Washington Examiner explains:
Price controls just restrict the supply of housing, because they discourage developers from building more housing by lowering potential profits. This, in the long-run, will send rents soaring in non-rent-controlled areas. Meanwhile, property owners who do face rent restrictions may convert their apartments to condos or otherwise stop renting them, rather than rent out their property at artificially low prices.
And what does number six mean?
In classic Green New Deal style, though, the most radical part of the Just Society package is the resolution it includes. Ocasio-Cortez’s plan would have the United States sign on to an international accord that states all people “have the right to work, fair and just conditions of work, social security, an adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing, housing, and healthcare.”
While that might sound nice in the abstract, it’s a vision of positive rights — the right to something rather than freedom from — that inevitably involves massive amounts of socialism.
How are we going to pay for the festival of socialism? They don’t say. How are you doing to deal with the unintended consequences of this, such as the greater housing shortage that this would cause and the greater number of illegal aliens coming in to get welfare that you’re guaranteeing them? They don’t say but you know it means you’ll be paying for it.
It’s a recipe for government takeover, killing the economy and making more Americans poor and dependent.
Joe Biden has been suffering a lot of hits in media and justifiably so. But his difficulty has allowed Warren to slowly creep up in the polls.
Embracing this crazy idea may make Warren more palatable to the far left.
But it’s a killer come the general election, if she was to get the nomination.
Republicans need to keep talking and revealing how radical and destructive to Americans this and Warren are.