AOC Proving Her Green New Deal Is Horrible [OPINION]
Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a showing the world with her own behavior why her plan to save the world will be a failure, or worse.
The newly-elected Democrat Representative's hometown newspaper, the New York Post, has just taken her to task for that amount of fossil fuel she chooses to use. The paper labels her a hypocrite for her behavior.
I'm not shocked by her behavior; in fact, I applaud it. I want people to have a choice in their transportation selection and I want people to live their lives the way they see fit. I want people to use fossil fuels because they make everybody's life better.
According to the Post:
"Since declaring her candidacy in May 2017, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign heavily relied on those combustible-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst campaign office.
She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone.
In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train."
She is proving a point with her own use of fossil fuels. The point is that nobody is going to volunteer to quit using gas and oil, and that is where the dangerous power of government enters the picture.
AOC and her campaign team believe the world will end in 12 years if we don't stop the use of gas and oil, yet they can't walk 138 feet to take a train? She and her supporters claim this is their generation's World War II, but they can't muster the courage to make a modest sacrifice.
When the true believers won't live the right way, the force of government has to be marshaled to coerce people into doing the right thing.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.