Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advisor and Cornell Law School professor Robert Hockett falsely blames “Republicans” for the fact that Ocasio-Cortez’s official Congressional website said that Ocasio-Cortez wanted to get rid of airplanes, stop cows from farting, and give “economic security” to everyone who was “unwilling to work”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently put a document on her official Congressional website which said she wanted to get rid of airplanes, stop cows from farting, and give “economic security” to everyone who was “unwilling to work.”

After a huge number of people criticized her for this, she took the document down.

Fortunately, the internet archive has a copy of that same webpage from Ocasio-Cortez’s official Congressional website at this link: https://web.archive.org/web/20190207191119/https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/media/blog-posts/green-new-deal-faq

The original link (which no longer works) to the page at Ocasio-Cortez’s official Congressional website is https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/media/blog-posts/green-new-deal-faq

In addition, NPR (a highly reliable source, which liberals love) has a copy of the same document at this link: https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5729035-Green-New-Deal-FAQ

And in case NPR ever takes that page down, here is the internet archive of that NPR page: https://web.archive.org/web/20190207164217/https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5729035-Green-New-Deal-FAQ

The document in question says the following:

The Green New Deal sets a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, at the end of this 10-year plan because we aren’t sure that we will be able to fully get rid of, for example, emissions from cows or air travel before then.

The same document also says:

Any large-scale transformation of society can create the risk of some people slipping through the cracks. That’s why the Green New Deal also calls for an upgrade to the basic economic securities enjoyed by all people in the US to ensure everybody benefits from the newly created wealth. It guarantees to everyone:

A job with family-sustaining wages, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security
High-quality education, including higher education and trade schools
High-quality health care
Clean air and water
Healthy food
Safe, affordable, adequate housing
An economic environment free of monopolies
Economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work

That second quote reminds of this cartoon, which is a parody of the nationally syndicated comic strip The Wizard of Id. Like I said, this is a parody of The Wizard of Id. It is not a real Wizard of Id cartoon. Copied form this link, and poster here under fair use:

The cartoon starts out with a political candidate and his assistant talking in private. Here’s the text of their conversation:

Assistant: What are you offering the peasants in your election speech today?

Candidate: Nothing they can afford to refuse.

The rest of the cartoon shows the same candidate giving a speech to a large crowd of people. Here’s the text for that:

Candidate: Elect me, and I promise you free health care!

The crowd cheers.

Candidate: Free housing! Free clothing! Food stamps!

The crowd cheers again.

Candidate: And jobs for everybody!

The crowd cheers again.

Candidate: Any questions? Yes?

Man in the crowd: What do we need jobs for?

Heh heh. That guy in the crowd is a heck of a lot smarter than any liberal politician that I have ever heard of.

Anyway, after a huge number of people criticized Ocasio-Cortez for wanting to get rid of airplanes, stop cows from farting, and give “economic security” to everyone who was “unwilling to work,” Ocasio-Cortez removed the page from her official Congressional website.

What’s even worse is that Ocasio-Cortez advisor and Cornell Law School professor Robert Hockett falsely blamed “Republicans” for the document being on Ocasio-Cortez’s official Congressional website.

Here’s a video of Hockett on Fox news, where he falsely blames “Republicans” for the document that Ocasio-Cortez had put on her official Congressional website. Skip to 1:06

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qyx6eDkrmw

Fortunately, the internet archive and NPR have both saved the document in question.

In addition, the Gateway Pundit has published this article, which says that the document’s metadata proves that the document was created by Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff. The Gateway Pundit article includes this image of the metadata:

Hockett is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. So I’m 100% certain that he is familiar with the laws against defamation. I hope that he will apologize to the “Republicans” that he falsely accused of lying about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s positions on the above issues.

February 10, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Environmentalism.

9 Comments

  1. EDell replied:

    And so what are you complaining about? Her wanting to make America great again, in the way that it should really be made great again? And all you can come up with to invalidate her objectives is a comic strip? Yeah, that’s a real credible attack on your part. The only thing I see wrong with her plan is that it’s perhaps too ambitious a plan to achieve within a decade, considering the Republican dunderheads who’ll keep balking at anything and everything that doesn’t benefit solely themselves. But with a Democratic president in 2021 and a tight-fisted control of Congress by Democrats in the super majority, it’d probably be mostly doable within a two-term presidential time frame. Remember, she’s looking at the future of America through Millennial eyes, who she clearly represents, because they’re the ones who are only now entering the footsteps of inheriting that future, and the present for them that’s being maintained and ruined by the old farts still in D.C., most of whom will be dead in 10 years and won;t be part of that future, is something they clearly see as not working to their and the country’s benefit. They’re out to rule the roost because it’s their turn,the Boomers and Gen X have already had their time with it. And of course, no one can argue with this, at least no one sane:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/lets-just-say-it-the-republicans-are-the-problem/2012/04/27/gIQAxCVUlT_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7117c1a3e4e3

    And that was seven years ago, it’s even worse than that now.

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      I’m not “complaining” about anything. Instead, I think it’s hilarious that her advisor is claiming that she never supported those things, despite the forensic evidence that she used her own official Congressional website to support them.

      No matter how much she and her supporters deny it, it is a proven fact that Ocasio-Cortez supported getting rid of airplanes, stopping cows from farting, and giving “economic security” to people who are “unwilling to work.”

      I am against all three of those proposals.

      If you or anyone else here wants to give your opinion on those three proposals, I’ll be glad to read it.

      • EDell replied:

        So you enjoy breathing in cow farts mixed in with jet fuel emissions? Actually, livestock farming accounts for 18% of environmentally damaging gases

        https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/swiss-firm-claims-new-feed-will-curb-cow-farts-global-n916316

        while jet fuel contributes just 2%, for a combined total of 1/5th of CO2 emissions. Even the IATA recognize the problem with jet fuel emissions and has already been doing something about it.

        https://www.iata.org/pressroom/facts_figures/fact_sheets/Documents/fact-sheet-climate-change.pdf

        And there’s nothing wrong with “economic security” because not only would it reduce crime by those who are economically insecure, but it’ll also end up costing taxpayers less money than dealing with people without economic security and the resources needed for that. As is typical of the right wing, they view things myopically and on face value and never look at the total big picture of things.

      • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

        Please answer these three questions:

        1) How do we stop cows from farting?

        2) How long does it take to go from New York City to London without an airplane?

        3) If the government gives “economic security” to everyone who is “unwilling to work,” then who is going to stock the shelves in supermarkets, clean the toilets in the public schools, maintain the underground sewers, fish for crabs in the Bering Sea, or haul away the trash from people’s homes?

  2. EDell replied:

    You don’t read links that I provide, do you?

    1) How do we stop cows from farting?

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/swiss-firm-claims-new-feed-will-curb-cow-farts-global-n916316

    2) How long does it take to go from New York City to London without an airplane?

    You still don’t read links that I provide, do you?

    https://www.iata.org/pressroom/facts_figures/fact_sheets/Documents/fact-sheet-climate-change.pdf

    3) If the government gives “economic security” to everyone who is “unwilling to work,” then who is going to stock the shelves in supermarkets, clean the toilets in the public schools, maintain the underground sewers, fish for crabs in the Bering Sea, or haul away the trash from people’s homes?

    Illegal and legal immigrants. And why do you think a lot of people would be unwilling to work when right now the country has one of the highest employment levels it has seen? Unwilling to work would likely, and very realistically, apply to people who have physical or mental problems that prevents them from working. And it’s not like they’d be earning millions to not work, either, just a basic income enough to survive on, be treated for their physical and/or mental problems and keep them from robbing banks and/or gunning down people.

    And don’t worry, cows will keep farting and planes will keep flying. That line about not being able to get rid of them all within 10 years clearly reads more like joke line within the context of what was written. The best anyone can do is what the two above links say is being done already. But if you’re really so concerned about stupid things being said by a politician, it astounds me you don’t report daily on what Trump comes up with – he’s got a wealth of material you keep missing out on.

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      1) Reducing the emissions of cows by 10% is not the same thing as getting rid of their emissions entirely.

      2) Reducing the emissions of airplanes is not the same thing as getting rid of airplanes entirely.

      3) Being “unwilling” to work is not the same thing as being “unable” to work. Her text – which I quoted in my post – is “Economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.” So she was talking about both.

      • EDell replied:

        The amazing thing is that you actually took her wanting to end cow farts and jet planes and paying people “unwilling” to work literally and seriously. Only a right winger thinks that way while ignoring every stupid fabrication and lie Trump spews out. You’d be more credible in your attacking Ocasio-Cortez if you did the same thing with Trump, otherwise you’re just your mimicking twisted right wing talking points and disinformation. But that aside, you still haven’t said what really is wrong with her proposals, setting aside obvious exaggerations such as eliminating cow farts and planes that people with half a brain can see as an exaggeration or even a joke.

      • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

        I took her seriously because she put it on her Congressional website, as well as in the document that she gave to NPR. She really does want those things.

  3. AWC replied:

    It’s older than time – everyone wants something for nothing. And older than that, is someone that promises to give it to them.

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