AOC – the mastermind behind the costly, ridiculous Green New Deal – seems to be trying to outdo herself with her newest proposed “suite of legislation” dubbed “The Just Society.”
The “Just Society” proposals include bills that would grant welfare to illegal immigrants, along with imposing federal government mandated national rent control (sounds a lot like socialism to me!)
Here’s Ms. Ocasio-Cortez explaining her bills aimed at a so-called “Just Society” in a video for you to watch:
Other poster children of the far-left like Elizabeth Warren have embraced AOC's latest attempt at lawmaking:
Other Americans with common sense and an idea for the implications of AOC's "ambition" aren't on board, though!
Fox News has more on AOC's latest suite of "progressive" bills:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is promoting a new package of left-wing economic policies, including national rent control and expanding welfare to illegal immigrants across the country, as part of a massive new proposal aiming to achieve a “just society.”
The freshman lawmaker, who champions the multi-trillion-dollar Green New Deal proposal to combat economic inequality and climate change, has now proposed a package of bills aimed at solving perceived economic injustice.
“A just society provides a living wage, safe working conditions, and healthcare. A just society acknowledges the value of immigrants to our communities. A just society guarantees safe, comfortable, and affordable housing,” the website for the package says. “By strengthening our social and economic foundations, we are preparing ourselves to embark on the journey to save our planet by rebuilding our economy and cultivate a just society.”
That “Just Society” proposals are made up of six different pieces of legislation that deal with issues including housing, welfare, poverty and human rights.
“The Place to Prosper Act” would prevent year-over-year rent increases of more than three percent. Meanwhile, “The Embrace Act” would allow illegal immigrants to claim the same welfare benefits as U.S. citizens and those immigrants here legally,
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law ... an individual who is an alien (without regard to the immigration status of that alien) may not be denied any Federal public benefit solely on the basis of the individual’s immigration status,” the bill reads.
A federal public benefit is defined as: “any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States; and...any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States.”
The Washington Examiner also commented on the obvious problems in AOC's "Just Society":
Remember the Green New Deal? Well, as it turns out, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was just getting started.
The New York Democrat recently released a new platform, the Just Society legislative package. The proposal includes five bills and one resolution. Its goal is to “build a just society to protect our communities and uplift our neighbors” and do so by “combat[ing] the greatest threats to our country, our democracy, and our planet: economic inequality and climate change.”
Taken in its entirety, Ocasio-Cortez’s Just Society platform is a mix of pie-in-the-sky, utopian rhetoric and bad socialist policy. Policymakers should reject such an idealistic and collectivist approach to governance out of hand.
The very basis of her anti-poverty plan is absurd. The first bill in Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, the Recognizing Real Poverty Act, would instruct the federal government to reevaluate the official poverty line to include geographical variations and “needs," such as internet access. The socialist congresswoman has said she thinks the poverty line should be as high as $38,000 in annual salary. This would triple poverty overnight, classifying many working-class, self-sufficient Americans as if they were in dire need of government intervention.
Besides, the poverty line doesn’t even indicate whether or not someone is actually living in poverty because it doesn’t count government benefits. So Ocasio-Cortez is saying that someone earning nearly $40,000 before any government benefits should be classified as “poor,” and, likely in her mind, thus entitled to even more handouts.
Ocasio-Cortez’s second bill is where the actual socialist policy comes in. It would enact a national rent control program, a federal mandate binding landlords throughout the country to a limit of 3% annual rent increases.
This isn’t just a massive government overreach: It’s economic illiteracy, too.