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WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ SERIOUSLY

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 25, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– “The Chosen One.”

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Since she began running for Congress, most Republicans have considered Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as nothing more than a joke. Her gaffs when talking to the press have become legendary (see “Youth Will Have It’s…Oops!”). The fact she was elected and installed as the youngest member of the House of Representatives as a “Democrat-Socialist” should be noted. She may seem to be naive, but she is being warmly received by liberals as the savior of her party.

Her latest gaffs have gone viral, particularly her assertion the world is coming to an end in twelve years if we do not address climate change, as well as her proposal to tax people up to 70% for earnings above $10 million, representing a bold redistribution of the wealth which would likely upset the economy. Whereas the Right giggles at her statements, the Left takes her rather seriously, and this is what should concern Republicans. A new poll produced by Axios/SurveyMonkey contends 74% of Democrats would consider voting for Miss Ocasio-Cortez for president if she was eligible (you have to be at least 35 years old to run for president, she is only 29). The poll also claims she is more popular than Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and almost as popular as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Axis was just founded in 2016 by former employees of Politico, which has shown sympathies to the Left for quite some time, so it is difficult to assess the accuracy of this poll.

Her meteoric rise in popularity is remarkable when you consider she hasn’t produced anything of substance other than serving on the 2016 presidential campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders. The freshman representative possesses no prior experience in government and has not passed any legislation. The Left is quick to point out President Trump also had no political experience prior to his election, which is true, but as a businessman he was able to build a substantial empire involving real estate holdings and entertainment, and in the process put thousands of people to work.

In contrast, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has only delivered speeches and attended rallies preaching the Socialist gospel and has been active on social media. What she lacks in experience and know-how, she makes up for by youth and her communication skills which somehow appeals to naive millennials. All of this has made her a darling of the main stream media, who is grooming her for the future of the Democrats.

Even if Rep. Ocasio-Cortez fails to pass a single bit of legislation, the news media will broadcast her voice, provide coaching, cover-up her faux pas, and keep her relevant until she is of age to run in six more years. In other words, the news media has made her “The Chosen One,” as they have finally found a candidate they can easily program to suit their agenda, and this explains why we should all take her very seriously.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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YOUTH WILL HAVE IT’S…OOPS!

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 26, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez smart enough to serve in the Congress?

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new darling of the Democrats, having defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York’s 14th congressional district. As a 28 year old unknown, she came out of nowhere and ran an effective grassroots campaign which shocked the party by taking out the heir apparent to Rep. Nancy Pelosi. She did so with a commanding lead, 57.48% – 42.52%. Her main political experience was as a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016 and, as such, identifies herself as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, the far left wing of the party. With her victory, the main stream media immediately fell in love with her, causing the New York Times to dub her, “A 28-Year-Old Democratic Giant Slayer.”

Naturally, after her sudden rise in celebrity, numerous news outlets requested interviews, which she welcomed for the publicity. However, the more questions asked of her by the press, the more her inexperience and political naivete became apparent, causing some mind-numbing gaffs which even left Democrats shaking their heads.

For example, on PBS’ “Firing Line” with Margaret Hoover, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was asked about her opinion on the relations between Israel and the Palestinians. When she mentioned Israel was occupying Palestine, the interviewer asked her to clarify her statement; to which she said:

“I think what I meant is like the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas in places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes.”

When pressed to further expand on her comments, she backed off claiming, “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue,” and “I just look at things through a human rights lens and I may not use the right words…Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night.”

Such an explanation made her sound more like a school girl, certainly not a polished candidate running for the United States Congress.

It gets better though.

In another interview, she contended, “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs,” which took many people aback, particularly since the latest employment figures in June revealed only 4.8% of employed Americans hold multiple jobs, a figure that has been declining for years. This leads us to believe she is not only naive about such numbers, but doesn’t have a sense of how the economy works.

My personal favorite though is her comments regarding capitalism:

“Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” I don’t know quite how to put this Alexandria, but as long as people have engaged in trading products and services, Yes, capitalism has always been there. As to its demise, I do not know what she proposes to replace it with, perhaps a revocation of the concept of “ownership.”

Again, her comments reflect her lack of knowledge and experience in the area of finance and economics 101.

Such slip-ups are reminiscent of those regularly delivered by Uncle Joe Biden when he was Vice President, except his was a little more bawdy. The big difference between the two is experience; whereas Ocasio-Cortez simply doesn’t know better, Uncle Joe should have.

Frankly, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a person with good intentions but is grossly unqualified to serve in Congress. Don’t we have enough problems already without compounding it further by naivete? Perhaps her energy would be more useful at the local level where she might gain some experience.

Not surprising, Rep. Crowley, who she defeated in the primary for Democrats, will still be listed on the ballot in November, not as a Democrat, but under a lesser known party. Despite her objections, Rep. Crowley refuses to be removed from the ballot and remains a legitimate threat to her election.

This division by the Democrats may open the door to Republican Anthony Pappas, a college professor with impressive credentials in economics, business and math.

Such is the price for political celebrity.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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