AOC Goes Off After Major Paper Calls Her Out, Ends Up Proving Their Point
I guess WSJ Editorial Page takes pride in their ignorance of our nation’s history of slavery, Jim Crow, & mass incarceration; willful doubt on the decades of science on climate change; targeting of indigenous peoples, and the classist, punitive agenda targeting working families. https://t.co/pT4hLhSZiX— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 28, 2019
The author of the op-ed, Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, has credentials that eclipse anything Ocasio-Cortez has yet achieved; she has spoken at Harvard University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican, as well as served on the National Advisory Board for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and as a member of the Medicaid Commission.
Turner wrote that Ocasio-Cortez “is ignorant of the ways of government. She thought she would be headed to Washington in January to get ‘inaugurated’ and that she’d ‘start signing’ bills immediately, in a Congress with three chambers.” She continued:
The tragedy is that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has little regard for the system that made it possible for her to be elected to Congress, gain extraordinary influence, have access to millions of dollars to pay staff (at a “living wage” of at least $52,000 a year, so generous is she with taxpayer money), and now with a standard of living far above what her old job could have provided. She leads a generation of young people to take pride in their ignorance—of the laws of nature, of history, of the Constitution, of the eternal battle for freedom—and still succeed.
Turner noted the possibility that Ocasio-Cortez’s own actions might awaken people to her misguided actions: “Perhaps her role in killing 25,000 Amazon jobs in New York will wake people up, or maybe it’ll be the hubris of her recent tweet: ‘If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis. Until then, we’re in charge—and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.’”