Once again, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shows us that, even in a party filled with kookery, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and un-American ideology, she stands (nearly) alone in her radical leftism. On Thursday, AOC carved out for herself a special little box of shame, standing solo as the only Democrat in the House of Representatives to vote against another round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program.
The new bill, which will inject the PPP with another $310 billion in funding (desperately needed after the original money ran out in only two weeks), is aimed at giving small businesses access to loans that can help them stay afloat during this time of unprecedented economic strife. Thanks to the bill’s provisions, the PPP will literally help preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs across the United States and, hopefully, make sure there IS an economy to go back to when this crisis passes.
But Ocasio-Cortez was more concerned with scoring political points than serving the country.
“It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill,” Ocasio-Cortez muttered. “The only folks that they have urgency around are folks like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Shake Shack. Those are the people getting assistance in this bill. You are not trying to fix this bill for mom and pops.”
Of course, based on an interview she gave to Vice earlier this week, it is clear that AOC doesn’t actually want people to go back to work.
“When we talk about this idea of ‘reopening society’ you know, only in America, does the President, when the President tweets about liberation, does he mean go back to work,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no,’ we’re not going back to that. We’re not going back to working 70 hour weeks just so that we can put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”
Ocasio-Cortez insisted that she wasn’t opposed to adding new funds to the PPP, but she wouldn’t vote for it unless she knows that another full stimulus bill is coming down the pike.
“My vote will be different today if we were planning on voting on CARES, tomorrow, or the week after that, in the next two weeks,” she said. “But the problem is that this is not an interim bill. This is the only bill we are voting on for the entire month of April. This is the April coronavirus response, it is not an interim bill. It’s not interim for people whose rent was due in April, it’s not interim for the people whose rent is due next week.”
Well, that’s the thing, Alex. This is the only bill on offer. By voting against it, you aren’t speeding another stimulus bill to the floor of the House…you’re just voting against this one. You’re cutting off your nose (or, more accurately, the noses of your constituents) to spite your face. You’re pandering to your socialist followers on Twitter while real people are suffering.
People of the Bronx: Please have the sense to get rid of this fool.