It would appear that with less than a few months in office, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has taken over the long-established crown held by 78-year old Nancy Pelosi as the most gaffe-prone Democrat in Washington.
The outspoken self-identified socialist has just given perhaps the earliest 2020 presidential gift on record (towards the reelection of President Trump) — her radical “Green New Deal” pipe-dream unveiled last week.
The outlandish almost childlike proposal by the young socialist sounds more like a Jules Verne’s sci-fi novel complete with giant windmills, magical trains and hot air balloons that hopscotch across the sea.
Moreover to achieve AOC’s “Green New Deal” airplane travel and flatulent cows would be eliminated.
Oh and don’t forget the part about individuals who decided not to work, being supported by the government.
No sooner did AOC introduce her stunning proposal on Thursday did top Democrats for 2020 start endorsing the pie-in-the-sky radical agenda, without even bothering to glance over the details.
For the record, the presidential hopefuls thus far who endorsed AOC ’s proposal are Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris.
However within less than 12-hours after announcing her zany scheme, AOC was finally asked a few substantive questions by the media. NPR host Steve Inskeep asked the former bartender if she understood that her proposal involves unconstitutional government overreach, as well as the unsustainable elimination of the American economy, as we know it.
Inskeep asked, “One reason that people who are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don’t like.”
Adding, “Are you prepared to put on that table that, ‘Yes actually they’re right, what this requires is massive government intervention?'”
“It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that. Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years. For 40 years we have tried to let the private sector take care of this. They said, ‘We got this, we can do this, the forces of the market are going to force us to innovate.’ Except for the fact that there’s a little thing in economics called externalities. And what that means is that a corporation can dump pollution in the river and they don’t have to pay, but taxpayers have to pay.”
However, things got a lot more interesting when a top advisor, who apparently was part of the team responsible for putting this scheme or perhaps the more appropriate definition, might be a scam, together appeared on Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” show.
Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett, reminded many viewers tuning in, of the fabled “mad-hatter” attempting to answer questions by Carlson, who was quoting from the official “Green New Deal” website posted by AOC containing an economic guarantee within the manifesto that even individuals “UNWILLING TO WORK” would be compensated by the government.
The disheveled almost incoherent professor began rapidly equivocating, suggesting that what appeared in print on the progressive website, was in fact, not true.
An incredulous Carlson emphasized that the website stated that the Green New Deal would provide “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
Hockett doubled down that AOC’s official FAQ did not include a reference to a guarantee of universal economic stability even for those “unwilling” to work: “Definitely not. That’s erroneous. It’s the wrong document. That’s not us,” exclaimed the professor.
However, a closer look over the weekend by the Carson team, in fact, confirms that an earlier version of the document does indeed reference and then highlights the “unwilling to work” clause within the original document authored by Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s chief of staff.
“An early draft of an FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND [Green New Deal] resolution got published to the website by mistake,” Chakrabarti tweeted. “But what’s in the resolution is the GND.”
It would appear that being misquoted, and making a false statement, only to have them retracted has become a part of AOC’s long term strategy of purposeful confusion.