Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) just won her first award while in office, but she probably won’t be publically celebrating this one.
Government watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has charged Ocasio-Cortez with earning the undesirable title of “Porker of the Year” because of her wasteful “Green New Deal” proposal, The Washington Times reports.
Almost immediately after winning her congressional seat, Ocasio-Cortez announced her “Green New Deal.” When the proposal was first made public, it was met with ridicule from both sides of the aisle.
The proposal calls for $93 trillion in spending to achieve the New York congresswoman’s climate and social goals without a way to finance it that wouldn’t tax Americans into bankruptcy.
“The results are not surprising, as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s $93 trillion proposal exemplifies the Congress’s failure to protect the taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” Tom Schatz, the president of CAGW, stated.
He went on: “For pushing a radical plan that would destroy the American economy, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez deserves the distinction of 2019 Porker of the Year.”
Give it all away
The problem with Ocasio-Cortez and most progressive Democrats these days is they want to increase government handouts but have no real plan to pay for any of these measures.
The Washington Times pointed out that “the Green New Deal is a liberal blueprint for everything including cutting carbon emissions and guaranteeing every American a job. A left-leaning think tank estimated in 2018 that the jobs guarantee portion of the plan alone would cost the government about $543 billion per year,” the outlet added.
According to The Competitive Enterprise Institute in July 2019, the Green New Deal would cost households across America between $70,000 and $100,000 in the first year of implementation.
Ocasio-Cortez told NPR last year that Americans shouldn’t worry about who will foot the bill for the program. “I think the first thing that we need to do is kind of break the mistaken idea that taxes pay for 100% of government expenditure. It’s just not how government expenditure works,” the freshman Democrat explained.
Despite her flippant dismissal of cost concerns, Ocasio-Cortez’s plan was so roundly rejected, even she has distanced herself from some of the claims made in the original proposal.
It was nothing more than fantasy to appeal to a very specific demographic and, as this award proves, it was and is a complete disaster.