She’s a biggie, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is, because this 28-year-old politician declared herself a socialist, beat a powerful New York City Democrat in a primary, is sure to go to Congress after the November election and is the future. I am talking about the socialist future, the future that could very well ruin America.
Ocasio-Cortez is just one of a number of Democrats sufficiently confused and ambitious to be turning to a system that stuffs liberty in a bag while it locks the door on economic growth. This arises out of old instincts, but also because of the party’s current, ineffectual muddle of what do we want and when do we want it. And don’t forget that there is also political opportunity: Although they may not quite understand socialism, 50 percent of millennials are for it.
The millennial vote will at one point be the biggest vote in America and it’s already powerful enough to have given oomph to the 2016 presidential campaign of one of America’s oldest hippies, the socialist senator named Bernie Sanders. He wants to make colleges free for all, although, sadly, they won’t be free for taxpayers and the spending won’t be kind to national debt. Here is something to keep in mind. Tuition is mainly as high as it is right now because of liberal enthusiasm for this loan idea enabling colleges and universities to get away with asking for however much money they wanted.
Good intentions mixed with scrambled thought inevitably pave the road to penury, misery and worse, as in 100 million people being killed by in the 20th century by such socialist regimes as the Soviet Union, China and North Korea.
Capitalism is spreading worldwide, lifting hundreds of millions out of destitution, and President Donald Trump’s tax reform and regulatory reductions have given a mighty push to economic progress. Blacks, for instance, have the lowest unemployment rate in history. Ocasio-Cortez responds that “unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.” What? Sorry, but that’s what you get from socialists. Watch out.
Jay Ambrose, former editor of the Rocky Mountain News and the El Paso-Herald Post, is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service.