(UnitedVoice.com) – Nobody wants to call a prominent politician a shameless opportunist, but it’s hard to know what else to call Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — especially in polite company. President Trump and his administration are doing all they can to preserve lives and protect the economy. This is a time for bipartisan unity in the national interest, but you’d never know it with AOC. Instead, she’s using it as an opportunity to push radical left-wing policies.
Starting last Wednesday, AOC began tweeting her 6.5 million followers with a string of demands for expensive social programs. The two big things she’s pushing for include “Medicare-for-All” and a so-called “universal basic income” – everyone getting a monthly payment, probably equivalent to a minimum wage job, whether they need it or not.
The need for social distancing from restaurants only underscores the need for relief for tipped workers, freelancers, shift workers, etc.
Tax credits & unemployment insurance does not help many of these workers – that’s a huge segment of our economy.
We need emergency UBI, now.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 14, 2020
The epidemic is already putting pressure on our economy and everyone else’s. People are going out less and spending less money. Businesses are struggling as staff members get sick or self-isolate. The last thing we need is to cripple the nation with two programs that will cost a staggering amount of money, especially when one of them gives people less motivation to work.
AOC is playing dangerous political games when what we need is real action that’ll make a difference right now. In other words, exactly what President Trump is doing.
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