by Sheri Urban
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) channeled her inner Danielle Bregoli on Friday — the “cash me outside” girl from Dr. Phil — during a talk at a “Girls Who Code” event in New York City.
During the talk, the 29-year-old politician slammed critics who raise serious concerns about her “Green New Deal,” saying that people are just being critical over “little minute thing[s].”
“Like I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago, and it’s creating all of this conversation. Why?” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Because no one else has even tried. Because no one else has even tried.”
“So people are like, ‘Oh it’s unrealistic. Oh it’s vague. Oh it doesn’t address this little minute thing,'” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “And I’m like, ‘You try. You do it. Cuz you’re not. Cuz you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss.’ How bout that?“
The clip reminded many of Danielle Bregoli, who several years ago became famous after her “cash me outside” moment on Dr. Phil.
Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal has drawn widespread criticism from across the political spectrum, including Democrats, noting that it’s not realistic by any measure.
The Green New Deal is a dream, it’s not a deal. It’s a dream. And that’s fine. People should have dreams in the perfect world what they’d like to see. I’ve got to work in realities and I’ve got to work in the practical, what I have in front of me. I’ve got to make sure that our country has affordable, dependable, reliable energy 24/7, but you can’t just be a denier and say, ‘Well, I’m not going to use coal. I’m not going to use natural gas. I’m not going to use oil.’
And you have to understand also that climate — we talk about global climate, it’s the globe. It’s not North American climate, it’s not the United States’ climate. It’s the globe. How do we bring on China and India and everybody else who are great users of carbon right now and polluters of carbon to be carbon-free also?
I think they are aspirations. I think we can get close. I don’t think we are going to get rid of entire industries in the US.
This is put out there, as an aspiration, in that it’s something that we need to move toward. Do I think we could cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’ in 10 years? Actually, I think that would be very difficult to do.
When I read the Green New Deal and I try to understand what they’re suggesting, I don’t understand how you’re going to give a job to everybody, how you’re going to give free college to everybody, how you’re going to create clean energy throughout the country in every building of the land, and then tally this thing up with $32 trillion on Medicare for all. That’s about $40 trillion plus, we are sitting … with $22 trillion of debt on the balance sheet of America…
…I think it’s immoral to suggest that we can tally up $20 [trillion], $30, $40, $50 trillion of debt to solve a problem that can be solved in a different way. It’s not that they’re disingenuous, I think they’re well-intentioned. This is not personal, I just don’t agree that this is the right way to approach things.