I have two saying I often use to express my wonderment at some people. I say either, “They’re as dumb as a box of rocks” or I say, “They don’t have the brains God gave a stick.” I have a feeling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falls into one of those two camps.
It has often been said that socialists lack a basic understanding of economics. This is no less true of newly primaried socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has made headlines as the new face of the Democrat party. She was asked in an interview if she thought capitalism had failed to deliver to working class America and if so, how in light of low unemployment. In case you haven’t heard we have statistical full employment in the US right now to the point where businesses are having a hard time finding people to fill the open positions. Everyone has a job who wants one basically.
Her answer, to me, was priceless. It demonstrates that lack of understanding I mentioned above but also, and I don’t say this to be mean or as an ad hominem attack, I really mean it, I think she’s just dumb. This is the first time either. When asked about Israel she said she was against it. When pressed as to why she could not come up with an answer. The real answer of course, to why she was against Israel, is that it’s popular among leftists to be. She admitted to the interviewer that she didn’t know.
So, to the above question about the unemployment rate and how she squares that with her idea of capitalism failing the working man she says, “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.” She really said that. That was really her answer. I don’t know if she actually thinks that, if she just didn’t think it through, or if she’s just that dumb. But the fact is, if we have low unemployment it’s not because everyone has two jobs. If everyone has two jobs that would mean there is not only a job for everyone but TWO jobs for everyone. So many jobs that everyone can be employed not once but TWICE! Her answer is the opposite of what she seems to think it means when taken in light of the current employment situation in the US.
She goes on to tell the interviewer, “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” While I can’t fully argue that she’s wrong I will say that one must go back to a time when humans weren’t considered humans for it to be true. Capitalism is nothing more than the voluntary trading of goods and services. That has always existed and always will. It’s not going to go away because it is a natural human trait. I want what you have you want what I have we trade – boom – capitalism. As if that will go away! Every child who trades a peach for an apple in the lunch room or every sister who trades doing dishes for a month in exchange for her little brother not telling her parents she sneaked out is doing capitalism. As if that will ever not be the case.
Longtime Democrat Joe Lieberman said, “Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America, whose platform, like hers, is more Socialist than Democratic. Her dreams of new federal spending would bankrupt the country or require very large tax increases, including on the working class.”
Hopefully other Democrats will shy away from the kissing cousins of socialism and stupidity in the days to come.
“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs…”