“Is Democratic Socialism American Suicide?”
A nascent extreme left “Democratic Socialist” movement is cutting through Democratic politics like a razor-sharp machete. It is led by “AOC,” the twenty-nine year-old Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
On the right-side, there is the Trump “populist” uprising by non-college educated White American men and some women who revolted against the system in 2016.
Worse, in a resurrection of post-Civil War white robes and hoods and Know-Nothing hate, they wallowed in fears of people that don’t look like them and deep-seated inherent bigotry, that of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) that has run the U.S. of A. since its birth.
The origins of that Trump-led revolt simultaneously surfaced in the Bernie Sanders/Hillary Clinton rigged race for the Democratic Presidential nomination of 2016. Rigged, that is, by “super-delegates” chosen for their establishment ties and loyalty.
29-year-old Alexandra Ocasio-Cortes worked in the up-start Sanders’ Presidential campaign. No one ever heard of her, however, until she defeated decades-long Democrat Congressional leader Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional district. When she won the November election, she became the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress in the hundred-year history of women being elected to Congress. She also is the first to respond to the label “Democratic Socialist.”
Many Americans consider Ocasio-Cortez to be “ditsy” albeit physically attractive. Most have never been exposed to a Puerto Rican woman, especially a college-educated Puerto Rican woman in politics.
Aside: despite Rush Limbaugh pathetic attempts to make fun of her name, the double family names that dominate families with Spanish (Hispanic) roots is standard for the 500-million plus people with Spanish heritage.
For those that are confused by the double family names, the first is of the father’s family name and the second is of the mother’s family name. For example, Lowery is my step-father’s name and Contreras is my mother’s maiden name. Simple.
Ocasio is her father’s name and Cortez is her mother’s family name. She, like me and millions of other Hispanics honor both father and mother. Mothers are, without doubt, more honored by Hispanics of the Roman Catholic faith than mothers are in the WASP or Muslim cultures.
Limbaugh and his followers seem particularly disturbed by this young lady and her cultural connections to America’s fastest growing ethnic group. She and her causes perplex them despite every suggestion she makes is rooted in traditional White-created “socialism.”
Applying an income tax surcharge of a 70 percent marginal rate on people who earn $10 million-a-year is her best known suggestion and despite estimates that such a rate would bring in billions of new revenue, the suggestion is slapped down by the Limbaugh-led critics. Personally, I would draw the line at $5 million-a-year income. We need the money.
If Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower tolerated a World War II-era 91-percent marginal tax rate, we can live with 70 percent.
Interestingly, Representative Ocasio-Cortez described her 70 percent marginal tax rate accurately and that showed her understanding of the U.S. tax system that is far better than that of many of her critics.
Pay attention, Rush Limbaugh: The proposed 70 percent marginal rate means every dime over $10 million would be taxed at 70 percent. Not defined is what rate income under $10 million would be taxed at; today’s maximum rate is 39% plus. Would income under $10 million continue to be taxes at 39% or would there be additional steps up to $10 million? Ms. Ocasio-Cortez should enlighten us on what rates would apply under $10 million in income.
That understanding does make one wonder why she is so inaccurate in many of her other positions? Fact checking her is a 24/7 endeavor that equals fact-checking President Trump.
Minimum wage, for example, to her means a $15 –an-hour “living wage.” But her one-size- fits-all makes no sense when $15-an-hour is a fortune in Alabama and the lower Rio Grande Valley while it hardly buys four loaves of bread in Southern California.
This issue dramatizes why Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez faces a mountain range of obstacles in trying to change America into a Democratic Socialist state.
No matter how bright red her lipstick is, putting that lipstick on “Democratic Socialism” in our basically free enterprise U.S.A. is putting lipstick on a pig; it is still a pig albeit with pretty red lips. Ditto: “Medicare-for-all,” or a “beautiful concrete wall” on the border with Meheeco.
If she needs more proof, she should look at Venezuela with its world-class petroleum reserves that formerly led Latin America with a thriving middle-class. Now it leads the world in inflation measured daily by millions, lack of food, jobs, and any economic or political freedom. Its mass poverty matches that of Africa’s Zimbabwe or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Democratic Socialism” is the path followed by Venezuela, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
“Hija,” (culturally speaking — daughter) there is a better way. Actually, there are many better ways…most are based on freedom of one kind or another – speech, religion, free and private enterprise. Ask Venezuelans.