Over the past few months, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made headlines for her radical, far-left policies and habitual gaffes when discussing critical political matters. As of late, the newly elected congresswoman is facing backlash for a 70% tax rate which she proposed, specifically for the wealthy Americans in this country.
However, not all of the critics of Ocasio-Cortez’s tax rate are members of the right-wing, as one might think; The Daily Caller News Foundation provides a thorough analysis into criticism which Ocasio-Cortez is facing from members of her own party.
Responses to Ocasio-Cortez’s Tax Plan
During remarks to the press, House Democrat Bill Pascrell referred to a 70% tax on wealthy Americans as “comical.” Pascrell’s specific statements read as follows:
“I thought it was comical. We can have reasonable taxation. And then you can send signals that we’re just going to go after people who have a few dollars. We don’t want to stop people from making money. What we want to do is make sure everybody’s paying their fair share. And I’m not speaking for (Ocasio-Cortez).”
Pascrell may not necessarily want to “go after people who have a few dollars,” but it sure looks like Ocasio-Cortez does.
Debates Over Taxation in America
Similarly to other policies, Republicans and Democrats maintain wholly different outlooks on taxation. Generally, Democrats favor greater amounts of taxes, particularly on higher earners, in order to fund various government programs. Republicans, on the other hand, usually support allowing Americans to keep the money they earned and worked hard for.
Many of Ocasio-Cortez’s policies have been denounced as extreme, especially by Republicans. Democrats with more moderate or centrist leanings are also somewhat less likely to support some of Ocasio-Cortez’s more radical positions.
What do you think about Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% tax plan? Do you view it as “comical?” Let us know in the comments section below!
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