Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already made her feelings known about the economy and society as a whole. If you left it up to her, she would bulldoze everything we hold dear and try to create a socialist utopia. Monsters like her would knock down every skyscraper and crush every car if they thought that it would help them get their way.
What she does not realize is that these actions have consequences. Instead of sharing in the worries of the working class that she pretends to care about, she fantasizes about what it would be like if they all lost their jobs. AOC already exposed her tragic mindset during these tragic times with a very ill-advised tweet.
“You absolutely love to see it” was her knee jerk reaction to the oil market crash. She may have deleted this terrible tweet but the Internet does not forget. Ocasio-Cortez sits in her ivory tower and issues these statements without a hint of regard for how they are going to affect other people.
She’s reveling in the collapse of the oil market, failing to realize that thousands of decent, hard-working Americans are now going to be out of a job. As if this tweet were not bad enough, excerpts from a recent interview that she did with VICE are making the rounds. The suggestion that she offers in this interview is truly appalling.
In her mind, people can just decide not to go back to work once this crisis has ended. She does not think that anyone should be working a 70 hour week just to make ends meet. Like so many other, AOC is viewing this tragic event as a chance to engage in a full-scale cultural reset. Her heart might be in the right place but the sentiment is dead wrong.
Sure, no one likes to work. That’s beyond obvious to anyone who has thought about this for more than 5 minutes. AOC also loves to peddle the false idea that the whole nation is working 70 hours per week. This claim has already been debunked several times over but it has not stopped her from continuing to make it.
Ocasio-Cortez used to claim that unemployment was low because the entire nation was working two different jobs but she has since backed down from this idea. If you take the time to watch the VICE interview in its entirety when it comes out, you’ll see that she is not making this claim anymore. The “70 hour work weeks for all” claim is still being made, though.
Politifact has analyzed her claims in the past and their findings are interesting. For starters, they do not believe that people are working any more now than they did in the past. Work weeks have not increased in the slightest. The private sector’s average work week has remained at the 34.5 mark for years now.
…the people who might be working 70 or 80 hours a week amount to a tiny percentage of a tiny percentage — 310,000 people at most in a pool of employed Americans totaling more than 150 million.
It’s also worth noting that on average, Americans aren’t working more today than they have been in the recent past. The average number of hours worked in the private sector has hugged tightly to about 34.5 hours a week since 2006, except for a dip during the Great Recession.
As someone who is pulling down $174,000 a year, it is pretty irresponsible for her to suggest that everyone else should go on strike. Is she going to be putting up the cash and paying for everyone’s rent and groceries? We highly doubt it. She might view herself as a woman of the people but we are not about to fall into the trap she is trying to set.
The left already views her as a patron saint when nothing could be further from the actual truth. AOC is tone deaf, talking out of her backside and completely disconnected from the actual issues that the rest of the population is facing. People who have already lost their jobs do not want to hear this type of rhetoric right now. They are scared to death and searching for answers.
Unfortunately, they are not going to find any solace in what Ocasio-Cortez has to say. Once the unemployment inevitably rises over the 25 percent mark, people are going to be taking any job that they can get. No one is going to be turning up their noses at any form of legitimate employment. The idea that everyone will revolt because AOC says so is ridiculous at best and actively harmful at worst.
The whole interview is supposed to be released soon and we want to know more about the other options that she is proposing. How are people supposed to survive if they are not willing to go to work? Universal basic income is not going to fall out of the sky for the rest of their lives. People can’t afford to sit home while they are fighting for a minimum wage hike.
Business owners also have to be considered here. How would any of these people survive under AOC’s new world order? The government would be forced to bail them out but they would not have access to taxpayer funding. The ripple effects of these decision would be felt for decades. Sadly, the answer to these questions is more obvious than most on the left realize: AOC does not know what she is talking about.