The Left’s darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is supposed to be ready to redesign the world with her Green New Deal, can’t stop putting her foot in her mouth and betraying her own ignorance. The latest own-goals from the New York Democrat and proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America are even worse than you’d expect.
Ocasio-Cortez’s latest economic blunder really embarrassed Boston University, the school where she apparently received a bachelor’s degree in economics. You certainly wouldn’t know it from her total lack of understanding ofglobal poverty, economic development, trade, or her inability to do basic math when it comes to her socialist proposals. But if there was any doubt that Ocasio-Cortez deserves a refund from BU, it’s now been removed by her hilarious, yet sad, misstep this weekend, wherein shecitedthe “famed economist Milton Keynes.”
Milton Keynes is the name of a British town north of London. Not an economist. Ocasio-Cortez clearly mixed up “John Maynard Keynes” and “Milton Friedman” — quite ideologically and economically distinct scholars.
Of course, it’s perhaps not shocking to see these kinds of mistakes from the same congresswoman whose initialGreen New Deal draftpromised to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work” and to eliminate “cow farts.” But it’s the frequency of the congresswoman’s errors that is truly striking.
Her latest mistake comes after just on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez put on her global analyst hat anddeclared that“decolonization,” “indigenous rights,” and “climate action” should form the basis of our foreign policy. We’re told the congresswoman is a serious person we’re supposed to take seriously, but she seems determined to put the lie to that with every ridiculous tweet or fact-free, woke Instagram Live rant-session she goes on.
Her career is really becoming a comedy of errors at this point. These two hilarious missteps come in the same week Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender now serving in Congress, (which is quite a feat)declared, “It is a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces. It’s physically impossible. The whole thing is a joke!”
Not only did shemistakenly labelthe idiom a metaphor and oddly hone in on the literalness of this remark, but she also totally missed the irony of her being the messenger for such a statement. And her position that people can’t lift themselves up in American life is one that’sat odds with economic reality, anyhow.
The oddest part of Ocasio-Cortez’s bumbling career is that she’s seen as an emerging star among the Democratic Party and one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders most powerful 2020 campaign surrogates. It says quite a bit about the merits of this socialist uprising that they cannot find a more coherent, serious, and articulate person to be the star of their movement.