Anyway, wasn’t Ocasio-Cortez’s tax plan initially proposed as a means of funding her “New Green Deal?” Even if we act as if higher taxes will bring in more revenue, will a couple of trillion dollars over a decade’s time be enough to fund both plans? Can it also fund free college, the elimination of all student debt, Medicare-for-all, and guaranteed housing and jobs? Where will the revenue come from to pay the people who have to offer these goods and services? (I know she was asked this question by Jake Tapper on CNN, but her answer was somewhat ambiguous.)
And if we don’t really have to worry about paying for those massive generational policy initiatives, as Ocasio-Cortez has insinuated a number of times, why raise taxes at all? Let’s just print more money. What’s the difference? That always works.
While we’re on the topic, how is this New Green Deal, a plan that artificially spikes the price of our most affordable and accessible energy sources, going to help those struggling to pay for their food and rent? Maybe we can send them supplementary checks so they can gas up and get to work.