Radical democrat newcomer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already raised plenty of hackles in the first weeks of her congressional career – her hard-left ideology has alarmed and annoyed Republicans, and stirred up activists on both sides. Now, after a controversial interview last weekend, she seems to be worrying her own party as well.
Following Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about taxation in a CBS interview, and a heated debate with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), former Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, has stepped in to warn her that the American people aren’t ready for her ideas.
- In the interview, which went out Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez called for extremely high tax rates on high earners, throwing out numbers as high as 70%. She wants to use this money to pay for a so-called “Green New Deal” – a program of economic and energy reform that would transform America into the sort of planned economy socialists believe in.
- Ocasio-Cortez’s plans include reducing carbon emissions to zero and moving to 100% renewable energy – both within twelve years. European countries with much less ambitious goals have already spent billions of dollars, made energy far more expensive for ordinary people, and are still nowhere near achieving their targets.
- Now Ocasio-Cortez wants to drag America down the same road, and punitive tax rates are how she plans to pay for it all.
- Harry Reid, a veteran Democrat who represented Nevada in the Senate for 30 years and served as Senate majority leader from 2005 to 2012, was alarmed enough at Ocasio-Cortez’s announcement that he’s stepped in to publicly warn her against going any further down this road.
- Reid, who’s on the liberal wing of the Democratic Party himself, thinks the idea is just too radical. “A person could say we need to raise taxes a little bit,” he said, before continuing, “ Again, when you talk about 70 percent and all that, we have to be careful because the American people are very conservative in the sense of not wanting radical change quickly. It just doesn’t work.”
- In what may have been another hint to Ocasio-Cortez, Reid acknowledged that while he’s no fan of our president, Trump’s supporters can point to a healthy economy as a reason for backing him. The message is that the Democrats aren’t going to win by threatening to upend all the progress that’s been made in the last two years with radical socialist policies. Luckily for the GOP, it’s unlikely people like Ocasio-Cortez will listen.