Amid continued backlash over her description of Israel as an occupier of Palestinian land, another comment from Democratic “rising star” and self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from her much-maligned PBS interview is causing a stir online.
In an attempt to explain why unemployment levels have dropped to lows of 4% and below under the Trump administration, the Democratic congressional candidate, an economics and international relations major, explained, “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.”
Citing unemployment hitting 3.9%, “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover asked Ocasio-Cortez if she still thinks that capitalism is not the best system for promoting the middle class.
“I think the [unemployment] numbers that you just talked about is part of the problem,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “Because we look at these figures and we say that unemployment is low and everything is fine, right? Well, unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their kids.”
She then unloaded on America’s “hyper-capitalism,” stating, “So I do think right now we have this no holds barred, wild west hyper-capitalism. What that means is profit at any cost. Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world,” she said.
Socialist Ocasio-Cortez confronted with booming economy & low unemployment numbers.
She says "Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs” and "Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” pic.twitter.com/dxIqwqZn89
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 16, 2018
Has a degree in economics, doesn’t know how unemployment is calculated. Wowzers.
— Jacob Belt (@Jbelt22) July 16, 2018
One person with two jobs does not lower unemployment rate, Jesus.
— Jacob Belt (@Jbelt22) July 16, 2018
Unemployment doesn't care about number of jobs available…. it only cares about people able to work that are not working…
— David Q (@ViralCancer) July 16, 2018
Sadly she is She graduated fourth in her class from Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in economics and international relations https://t.co/fatD3FMf1X
— B McCoy (@bs_mccoy) July 17, 2018
Others responded to her critique of capitalism:
Socialism has also not always existed, nor will it always exist. Twinkies did not always exist, nor will they always exist. Mayonnaise did not always exist nor will it always exist
This has been a fun exercise in naming things that have not always existed. How many can you name?
— David Dumas (@ThisDaveHere) July 17, 2018
Inequality has always existed in the world, and will always exist. Even under socialist regimes. We played this game in the Soviet Union and millions died. Individual differences matter.
— Random Seeds of Wisdom (@CEPolevault) July 16, 2018
There is no perfect system because men aren't perfect, nevertheless capitalism is the best system world has ever known. https://t.co/TJ5g9zRaQD
— Mauro (@Maur0068) July 17, 2018
But, surprisingly, ever since Capitalism has existed in the world, quality of life indexes have only increased in general. We live in best time to be alive ever in the History of Mankind because of capitalism.
— Sasha Torma (@sashatorma11) July 16, 2018
While others celebrated her victory in the primary against Nancy Pelosi’s expected “successor” as a victory for Republicans:
One of the best GOP ads I've seen in years!
— WeirdRalph (@weirdralph) July 16, 2018
Keep letting her talk !!!!
— David Ciszek (@dciszek19) July 16, 2018
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