Ever since freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) won her primary in June of last year, Democrats haven’t quite known how to deal with her.
Her gaffes and picking fights have become a common feature of her Twitter account.
The Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez referred to her as “the future of our party” in July.
But that didn’t make former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman that happy. Lieberman also served as a Connecticut senator from 1989 to 2013 as a Democrat and an Independent.
From Daily Wire:
“With all respect, I certainly hope she’s not the future, and I don’t believe she is,” Lieberman said of Ocasio-Cortez, who has come in aggressively pushing a far-left agenda, including her “Green New Deal,” which seeks to mandate the complete transition to renewable energy within 12 years, among other radical demands.
Among the agenda items the freshman representative is floating is a dramatically increased progressive income tax that would almost double the top tax rate to 70%, an idea Lieberman — a long-time Democrat who switched to Independent later in his political career — specifically addressed in the interview with Fox’s Neil Cavuto.
The problem with that idea, Lieberman explained, is that it always ends up disproportionately hitting the middle class.That kind of dramatic top-end tax rate, he said, “is really done for political reasons.”
Ocasio-Cortez dismissed Lieberman out-of-hand with an insulting tweet.
“New Party, who dis?” she tweeted, said the person who’s been in Congress fifteen seconds about a former vice presidential candidate who served in the Senate for 24 years.
But now Lieberman has responded back. And in fact, rather than the future, he’s calling her the past.
On Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Lieberman said, “She just takes us back to the big-spending, big-taxing Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party is not going to succeed that way.”
Lieberman called her reaction “kind of silly” and he made the point that most of the New Democrats who won had to track to the center to get elected.
“We only have two major political parties in America,” Lieberman said. “They have to be big tents if they’re going to succeed. So, OK, she got elected to Congress. She’s inside the tent now. But I just disagree.” In polite politician speak that means she’s brand new and doesn’t realize Americans don’t want extremes.
Ocasio-Cortez has proposed marginal tax rates to 70%.
She’s pushed the Green New Deal which is another massive government grab meant to eliminate all use of fossil fuels within 12 years but includes much more than just environmental things.
The deal includes a jobs-guarantee program that would supposedly provide a living wage to anyone seeking a job. It also proposes basic income programs and universal healthcare. The deal promises to “virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.”
Of course, it would lead to the exact opposite.