True socialism will not come to America in bits and pieces, as many are predicting. Such predictions make sense because the legislation being pushed by the radical progressive wing of the Democratic Party have been broken up into individual components. They will do this for the Green New Deal. They are doing it with gun control. Their proposals for border security are individual policies that are small in scope but combine to establish de facto open borders. Most seem to believe the plan is to kill the nation’s economy with a thousand paper cuts.
Unfortunately, the economy won’t survive long enough to die that death. Socialism will cascade upon us as a “necessary” action when the bits and pieces they implement start influencing other aspects of society. While conservatives are busy fighting this bill or that new law, we’ll miss the primary trigger point for socialism which will occur with the adoption of Modern Monetary Theory to cover all of the tremendous expenses. Within days of implementation, the dollar will slide. Worldwide panic will force changes within weeks. Oil will no longer be traded in dollars. A new world reserve currency will be sought. Our permanent economic collapse will happen suddenly shortly thereafter.
I apologize for predictions of doom and gloom, but it’s important for every American to have a glimpse of what’s truly at stake with all of these “little” socialistic principles accumulating in Democratic bills. The latest one matches the theme of incremental changes creating catastrophic results. It’s Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s suite of legislation named “A Just Society,” the brainchild of the Justice Democrats who had to insert their signature into the branding.
I’ve read through the six proposed pieces of legislation. A year ago, I would have assumed it was all fiction since it could never be adopted in America. The rise of hyper-leftism in the form of not-so-subtle Marxism and an understanding of the many factors at play with the 2020 election around the corner makes me believe the legislation could become a reality if patriotic Americans don’t do what it takes to stop it at the ballot box. We don’t have to get rid of AOC whose district is so blue, Speaker of the House noted a glass of water would beat any Republican challengers. To keep AOC’s proposal safely tucked away in the never-to-be-passed pile, we need a red wave to sweep the rest of the nation in 2020.
This suite of legislation is an existential threat for the aforementioned reasons. Individually, these bills are damaging. When combined, they are economic annihilation waiting to happen. Here’s a brief breakdown of her six proposals:
The Recognizing Poverty Act
This is the one piece of legislation that actually makes sense by itself. Unfortunately, in conjunction with the rest of the proposals plus others in the works, it’s a catalyst for failure. In essence, this bill would move the “poverty line” up based on modern estimates, adjusted for family size and cost of living. It will be reviewed annually. This all makes perfect sense, and frankly it’s something that needs to be done.
Where it gets dangerous is how it affects the other proposals. It behooves the Congresswoman to establish as many people as possible to qualify for being below the poverty line. Telling someone they’re poor and they are entitled to more help from government is a common Democratic tactic that has been demonstrated to have undesirable effects. We’ve seen this in poor areas in major metros where being poor becomes a permanent situation because dependency on government breeds further dependency. Temporary help becomes indefinite.
This part of AOC’s plan allows bureaucrats to decide who qualifies as being poor enough to need help whether they want (or need) it or not.
Again, by itself this isn’t a terrible bill. But when applied to the others, it establishes the baseline for socialism.
The Place to Prosper Act
Affordable housing is a hot topic as mortgages and rents make it challenging for many people to survive easily without living in terrible neighborhoods. AOC’s proposed solution to the problems is to go to war with the home and apartment rental industry by reducing their profits, forcing strict “protections” for tenants, and throwing a lot of money at people so millions won’t struggle as much to pay rent.
As with all of these proposals, this one sounds good on the surface. But most of the components require best-case scenarios in order to succeed. For example, landlords would only be allowed to raise rent 3% a year following 12-month leases. Some might say this is a good thing, but any “savings” for the people would be wiped away by a pre-legislation rush to raise prices much higher to compensate. If someone is paying $2000 per month today, 3% means a $60 increase. In a perfect scenario, this is reasonable. But things aren’t perfect, especially when taxes increase for these business owners as a result of other legislation. To compensate, many will do a big increase ahead of the legislation to protect their investments from the stagnant revenues in the industry this legislation will produce.
On top of this, the regulations to be included in the bill make it much more challenging and less lucrative to be a rental property owner. Evictions will have harsh criteria and higher standards; one must demonstrate substantial damage to their property or have someone skip rent for two full months before they can begin eviction proceedings.
But the real threat this bill imposes is its changes to Section 8 housing assistance. There will no longer be “Section 8 Accepted” housing. Under this bill, Section 8 must be accepted by all. Some will say this is a good idea until they realize the expanded costs associated. Today, Section 8 is a proper taxpayer expense because low-income housing as the appropriate place for Section 8 acceptance keeps the costs to taxpayers low. By expanding it to everywhere, people using Section 8 will naturally want to move to better areas where their “higher” rent will be paid either way. This will incentivize people who want to leave poor areas to make themselves qualify for Section 8 so they can move.
This is where the standardized poverty line first comes into play.
The legislation does not include estimates for how much of an increase we should expect in Section 8 funding, but it won’t be small. It will increase the number of zeroes at the end of current costs.
The Embrace Act
Now we’re getting into the “very AOC” section of the legislative suite. The Embrace Act essentially eliminates immigration status as it pertains to government assistance of ALL sorts. Illegal aliens will have access to everything American citizens currently have access to such as welfare, education assistance, licensing (yes, including driver’s licenses), Medicare, food stamps, grants, loans, disability… anything and everything.
Anything and everything.
This eliminates the need for a “path to citizenship” because illegal aliens would no longer have a need to become citizens. They’d get all of the benefits of American citizens just by being on American soil at the time.
There’s no need for additional commentary. You get the picture.
The Mercy in Re-Entry Act
This is The Embrace Act, only it applies to convicted felons.
Where this one becomes especially dangerous is how it will eliminate the question of past convictions altogether. It eliminates the ability to even ask someone if they’ve been convicted of a crime before they’re allowed to receive any benefits. Moreover, it means that costly background checks will be the only way to determine if someone is a convicted felon because we will not be allowed to inquire about their past for any reason. Doing so would be considered discrimination. Seriously.
The Uplift Workers Act
This piece of legislation was written for and by labor unions. There’s no other way to establish the precision in which each aspect of employment can be so strictly regulated. It’s everything a labor union boss would bring to the negotiating table, only instead of making tradeoffs, the rules are mandated.
And, of course, it includes a mandatory $15 minimum wage.
What’s interesting is it establishes an “worker-friendly” scoring system that will supersede ALL other considerations for government contracts. Yes, you read that properly. A lower bid by a better company overall must be rejected if another company with a higher “worker-friendly” score submits a bid. And the rules through which high scores are achieved are a labor union boss’s dream scenario.
Not enough work so you have to send someone home… pay them anyway.
Rain cuts the 40-hour work week short… pay them anyway.
Need more people to complete a job… nope, not if you can pay overtime to current employees instead.
Like I said, it’s a labor union boss’s dream. But to sweeten the deal, this bill would make labor unions mandatory for most government contractors.
Some may say, “This won’t affect me because my company doesn’t get government contracts.” The Uplift Workers Act is a precursor to establish a baseline for the eventual roll out of these draconian measures against private companies. It’s a test case, a controlled experiment. What we’re seeing in this bill is what the radical progressives want to see from every employer in the nation once their experience yields the results they desire.
United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The last piece of legislation in the suite calls for the ratification of the United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. There is so much to unpack with this, I’ll save it for an article of its own. Needless to say, this would be AOC’s crowning achievement in propelling the United States towards…
…(get your conspiracy theory hats on)…
..joining the New World Order.
Yes, it’s really that bad, which is why we haven’t ratified it in the 53 years since it was introduced. AOC wants to change that.
Labor unions, illegal aliens, and those who enjoy reliance to the welfare state will all love these proposals. For everyone else, it sends us down a dark path to socialism, Modern Monetary Theory, and the collapse of our nation.
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