Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes comic-book heroine

Jo Lloyd
February 26, 2019

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) left a few people scratching their heads after she declared herself the "boss" of the Green New Deal, despite criticisms that the deal is unrealistic and extremely expensive. When the girl responds that she is 16, Feinstein says, "Well you didn't vote for me". Dianne Feinstein and a group of visiting children and adolescents expressing their support for the Green New Deal has gone viral. Walking around her kitchen, she explained that "people have been failing at the same thing for 30 or 40 years", and "if you think that a carbon tax alone and no other intervention is going to fix climate change, you're part of the problem". As you read this, young people in Europe and the United States are organizing marches, walk-outs, and sit-ins to protest the way their governments are handling (or ignoring) climate change.

But Ocasio-Cortez, who knows the struggle of juggling multiple gigs all too well, says that it was important to lead by example. "You come in here, and you say, 'It has to be my way or the highway'". She is clearly out of touch with her constituents and I for one will not forget this incident next election!

Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal this month along with Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA. He said he's been surprised to see the amount of emails and online messages he's gotten from Democrats in NY and California who do not agree with the direction of the party. She added, "I've been in the Senate for a quarter of a century, and I know what can pass, and I know what can't pass". But The Post never meant to publicize her specific location, as we'd have told anyone on Team AOC who mentioned security fears.

Sunrise Movement's Bay Area leader Morissa Zuckerman posted the debate on the group's Facebook page.

To give Americans some idea of the "dramatic environmental and economic changes" Democrats contemplate, the "Green New Deal" rollout included a fact sheet produced by Ocasio-Cortez's staff that called for eliminating the need for air travel, retrofitting every house and building to green energy standards, and reforming the nation's agricultural practices to eliminate cows. "I was elected by nearly a million-vote plurality, and I know what I'm doing".

When Feinstein tries to conclude the meeting, a woman says the children "have decades of life that they hope to still have, and your leadership is so beautifully, beautifully possible", the senator replies, "That doesn't work with me, thank you".

How is AOC able to pay her staffers higher salaries than other congressional aides receive?

In a post on her Twitter, Feinstein herself responded to the controversy, saying she wanted the group to know they were "heard loud and clear".

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