Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has urged cynical voters to “suspend disbelief” come election day and come out and vote, regardless of their doubts.
“I understand the cynicism of not voting 10,000 percent, because how many politicians have come through and promised things and then just ended up being major disappointments,” she said during an appearance Tuesday morning on the hip hop-themed radio show known as “The Breakfast Club”
“Ultimately, at least, if we’re not suspending our disbelief for one day, or two days, on Election Day, you know — we can go back to the cynicism [afterward], we’re just asking for two days out of the year to just cast a vote because the system that we have now is with the electorate that we have now.”
AOC admits in order to vote for the Democrats’ socialism you have to engage in “suspension of disbelief”pic.twitter.com/4BkTA1CHgG
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) February 25, 2020
GOP national spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington interpreted AOC’s remark as meaning that voters should “suspend disbelief” specifically regarding the socialism that she and her up-ballot peers, including front-runner presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, support.
One would indeed have to “suspend disbelief” to vote for a radically far-left platform that some have alleged would “ruin” America’s economy.
If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he’ll ruin our economy and doesn’t care about our military. If I’m Russian, I go with Sanders this time around.
— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) February 12, 2020
It doesn’t help that neither AOC nor Sanders have explained how exactly they intend to pay for their schemes, particularly Medicare-for-All.
When called out during the tenth Democrat presidential primary debate later Tuesday evening about his inability to explain how his plans would be funded, Sanders again doubled down on ignorance, acting as if the numbers don’t matter.
“Yesterday, you released information about how you will pay for your major proposals, but not all of your details are clear,” debate moderator Norah O’Donnell tried pointing out.
“You’ve proposed more than $50 trillion in new spending. You’ve said Medicare for all will cost $30 trillion. But you can only explain how you’ll pay for just about half of that. Can you do the math for the rest of us?”
Sanders dismissively replied, “How many hours do you have?”
MODERATOR: Can you do the #M4A math for the rest of us?
BERNIE: “How many hours do you have?”
[Offscreen]: “Two.” pic.twitter.com/WZGvQgPhBs
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) February 26, 2020
The evidence suggests that Sanders has been so secretive about his plans because he knows full well that his plans would require that taxes be skyrocketed — not just simply raised — on all Americans, including those in the working class.
Even the far-left blog Vox has admitted, “We can’t fund the progressive agenda by taxing the 1% alone.”
Everybody would have to be taxed. Likewise, everybody would suffer from the especially draconian taxes that would be imposed on wealthy job creators.
“[T]he effects of a wealth tax would extend throughout the economy, reducing the supply of capital and decreasing investment, which would negatively impact worker pay,” Reason magazine reported last month, citing a study from the conservative American Action Forum.
These are the proven effects of socialism, yet for one to vote for Sanders, one must “suspend disbelief” and trust in his and his surrogates’ claims that their brand of socialism won’t trigger the exact same effects every other form of socialism has always caused.
Dovetailing back to AOC’s appearance on “The Breakfast Club,” she tried to deflect from the facts by drawing a false equivalency between certain public programs that are operational in other, smaller countries and the socialist vision she and Sanders have for America.
Watch her full appearance on the show below:
“Since the time I was 18 years old, Republicans and, you know, people at large have called health care ‘socialist,’ public education ‘socialist,'” she said.
“They’ve called systems that rest of the modern, developed world has — like universal health care, paid family leave, tuition-free public colleges and universities, all of those things are called socialist, or democratic socialism.”
She neglected to mention the catches. Many of the nations that boast certain public programs like free tuition also boast many free-market policies as well — the exact sorts of policies that AOC and Sanders would like to eliminate entirely.
“[T]here is the fact that none of these countries have minimum wage laws,” University of George economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman notes in a piece for Forbes.
“Unions are reasonably powerful in many industries and negotiate contracts, but the government does nothing to ensure any particular outcome from those negotiations. Workers are paid what they are worth, not based on government’s perception of what is fair.”
A lot of these countries also offer school choice and, more importantly, permit “businesses to be productive” enough to generate booming-high incomes.
As of 2019, there were at least ten billionaires in Denmark, one of the countries that AOC is particularly fond of citing. Except that in her utopian vision of the world, billionaires shouldn’t exist. Nor should the oil industry:
Denmark has the same number of billionaires per capita as the US does. It also exports oil and uses the money to pay for social programs.
— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) February 20, 2020
With these facts in mind, it seems one would indeed have to “suspend disbelief” to vote for AOC, Sanders and other radically far-left politicians whose utopian visions bode badly for America, its citizens, and its future.
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