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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the Republican Party’s opposition to President Joe Biden’s widely panned, exorbitant spending plans is rooted in frustration over “a changing country.”
She made the dubious claim during a virtual “What’s in the Damn Bill” panel hosted by Senate Budget Committee chair Bernie Sanders after being asked by a viewer why Republicans are “so upset” about Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.
Instead of pointing to any of the numerous concerns that have been highlighted by Republicans, Libertarians, and even some of her fellow Democrats, the young congresswoman weaved a narrative about “a changing country.”
Listen from the 1:01:26 mark below:
“I think they are upset about a changing country. I think they are upset about the fact that they cannot really have majority, you know, they cannot be elected with a majority with just a very narrow, homogeneous, classist base,” she began.
Classist is defined as “prejudice against or in favor of people belonging to a particular social class.” That she would accuse Republicans of being “classist” in a day and age when Democrats take joy in mocking poor whites suggests she doesn’t know its definition.
“What’s also important is that I think they’re upset about the fact that a lot of our developments recently — whether it’s the re-emergence I think of grassroots movements in the last four to five years in a way that we haven’t seen in a very long time, and the challenge of corporate power in the United States, and an increased class consciousness and racial consciousness in this country — is seriously disrupting the status quo of American politics,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
The Tea Party was a grassroots movement that was widely active as recently as 2014.
Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood – Heath Hansenhttp://herit.ag/1APdaAk pic.twitter.com/1lStM2W9th
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) December 19, 2014
The vast majority of “corporate power” aligns with the Democrat Party.
This is interesting. The top 100 employers with the most employees who donated to a candidate in the US election.
Biden/Harris – Facebook, Google, Harvard, UC, etc
— Joseph M. Humire (@jmhumire) November 9, 2020
Data shows that the Democrat Party, not the Republican Party, is the modern party of the wealthy:
IRS data shows Dems are now ‘party of the rich’ as GOP aims to woo working-class voters in wake of Trump https://t.co/cOjmYx0BAG
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 27, 2021
And Democrats’ brand of so-called “class consciousness and racial consciousness” has been repeatedly exposed as nothing but contemporary racial essentialism.
‘I won’t be pathologized for being White’: Man resigns, shreds school district over ‘white privilege’ training https://t.co/vNDBo2AnSz
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 1, 2021
Continuing her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of trying to “disenfranchise” the people who’re trying to “change” the country.
“They are scared, and they are angry, and they are doing absolutely everything possible to ensure that we disenfranchise the very people and communities that have the power of changing this country for the better. And that’s why they are not even considering voting for this,” she said.
Yet a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday found that “62% of American voters say the administration’s policies are either somewhat or very responsible for increasing inflation, including 41% of Democrats, 61% of independent voters and 85% of Republicans.”
More notably, the poll found that only “38% of voters — and seven of 10 Democrats — said the country is heading in the right direction.”
Another poll, this one published by Gallup last week, found that 52 percent of Americans “say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses,” while only 43 percent “want the government to do more to solve the country’s problems.”
It would appear that only a minority of the population is comfortable with the so-called “change” being sought by the president and his allies.
Well, this is heartening. A new Gallup poll finds that Americans are reverting back to the belief that “the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses.” About 52% of the public now agrees, compared to just 41% last year. pic.twitter.com/qdrND5CAvR
— Brad Polumbo 🇺🇸⚽️ 🏳️🌈 (@brad_polumbo) October 15, 2021
Dovetailing back to the “Build Back Better” plan, it contains an abundance of new rules that critics have warned would devastate the economy in the long run by dampening economic growth, lowering wages, reducing wealth, and breeding dependency.
Critics like University of Chicago economics professor Casey B. Mulligan and Texas Public Policy Foundation chief economist Vance Ginn, who published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this Monday warning of the negative ramifications if the bill makes it into law.
“The president’s plan would be the largest tax-and-spend increase—and disincentive to work—since the introduction of the income tax. It would tax those who produce and subsidize those who don’t. It would encourage dependency on government and punish self-sufficiency. Wealth taxes could exceed 70%, and marriage penalties on small-business owners could exceed $130,000,” they wrote.
“Families could be hard-pressed to keep farms and businesses after the original owner dies. And the real median household income would fall by $12,000. Meanwhile, lower-income households would see their generous government assistance decline rapidly in the event of even a modest increase in earned income,” they added.
Yet to the likes of Ocasio-Cortez, such criticisms don’t appear to matter. Nor does she seem remotely concerned about growing outrage over the bill allowing the IRS to snoop on the American people’s bank accounts.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 15, 2021
It seems that in her utopian world, the bill is perfect, and so is the Democrat Party. Sadly for her, the polls say otherwise.
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