U.S. Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who was tending bar a year ago, fancies herself an expert on the census. That and railing at Democrat-run hearings.
The democratic socialist was perturbed that the Trump administration managed to shave two years off a government decision-making process that Ocasio-Cortez said usually takes five years.
Hows that for trumpeting the benefits of socialism?
The issue at hand was the administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and the Bronx Bolshevik is concerned that the inquiry hasn’t been properly vetted — tough question that it is.
Speaking Wednesday at the House Oversight Committee that was to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, along with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — a vote that was postponed until the afternoon — Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on the issue after Trump asserted executive privilege over documents related to the the decision to add the citizenship question.
“Any change to the census, any addition of a question, usually takes five years of a process to make sure it has been vetted, that every word has been tested, to make sure that it is effective, because it is one of the most important things we do,” Ocasio-Cortez said, holding up five fingers to help her fellow Democrats grasp her point.
“What I want to know is why, after, why this question was added, why two years have been shaved off that five year process,” she added.
Democrats are concerned that by not counting non-citizens — see illegal immigrants — the census results may negatively impact the number of congressional seats some states get and the amount of federal funding, as well as the number of Electoral College votes a state receives.
Ocasio-Cortez goes on to rail against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who she had accused of lying to the committee in a hearing back in March.
She continued that theme as she complained about “stonewalling” and not getting answers.
“We’re getting obstruction, we’re getting a lack of answers!” she bellowed, adding that she does not want to have to issue a subpoena.
Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chair of the Oversight Committee, was hanging on Ocasio-Cortez’s every word, responding at the conclusion of her partisan rant as if she was a resident expert on the matter.
And to think that the American public doesn’t have to buy tickets for this political theater.
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