(TheConservativeNews.org) – Since her initial election to the House of Representatives in 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has made it her business to be as radical as possible in many respects. The most famous example of this, of course, is her Green New Deal, a plan for environmental reform so economically tone-deaf that even Democrats are distancing themselves from it.
However, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Along with the other members of “The Squad,” Ocasio-Cortez espouses unfailingly progressive positions on just about everything. On Wednesday, January 6, she took to Twitter to discuss her objectives for the upcoming Congressional term.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s focus on the key issues.
There are several different proposals about how to address the student debt crisis; it’s not clear exactly what position Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is adopting here. However, the underlying idea that the taxpayer should write off hundreds of billions of dollars in borrowed money is, quite simply, lunacy.
Students borrow money to attend school in the same way homeowners borrow money to buy property. Why should they enjoy special treatment? It’s not fair on taxpayers, and it’s certainly not fair on the millions of Americans who have worked hard to clear their student loans themselves.
Next, voting rights. It’s even less clear what she means by this, as the overwhelming majority of American citizens are able to vote if they so desire. Does she want to extend that right to illegal immigrants?
She has previously spoken about allowing incarcerated people to vote, piggybacking on a Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speech in which he said he would even allow the Boston Marathon bomber to vote. The fact this is a key policy objective for her at a time when America faces so many substantial challenges speaks volumes.
The Death Penalty
Also, while we’re on the subject of incarcerated people, let’s talk about her desire to discontinue the death penalty. This is a sentence reserved for the very worst offenders in our society; only those entirely devoid of a moral compass face execution. Why does AOC want to focus her efforts on these people rather than ordinary, hard-working Americans?
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is, understandably, the poster-child of the radical left. While her ideas are still too much for most Democrats, they’re becoming more and more mainstream with each passing day. We need to keep a close eye on this kind of populism and oppose it at the ballot box whenever we can.
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