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Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Says Middle Class Doesn’t Exist Anymore, Ben Shapiro Destroys Her Argument

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On Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the left’s newest darling and avowed democratic socialist, made an appearance on Pod Save America where she stated that the upper middle class in this country no longer exists.

As is usually the case with young socialists, Ocasio-Cortez is dead wrong. Ben Shapiro took a few precious minutes out of his day to school the new face of the Democratic Party about the truth: the upper middle class in America is the fastest-growing class and has been for decades.

Take it away, Mr. Shapiro.

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Ocasio-Cortez explained that the Democratic Party had not been investing in its future. “They were campaigning most when we had more of an American middle class,” she explained in fully-confident, yet completely ignorant fashion. “The upper middle class is probably more moderate but that upper middle class does not exist anymore in America.”

She then suggested that income inequality was destroying the upper middle class.

As usual, Ocasio-Cortez’s claim here simply isn’t true. The middle class is indeed shrinking — because virtually everyone in the middle class has joined the upper middle class. Between 1979 and 2014, the upper middle class has increased by 16.4%, as opposed to the poor, who decreased by 4.9%; the upper middle class constituted just over 12% of the population in 1979, but close to 30% as of 2014. As Stephen Rose of the Urban Institute explained:

Any discussion of inequality that is limited to the 1% misses a lot of the picture because it ignores the large inequality between the growing upper middle class and the middle and lower middle classes.

Meanwhile, Sean Reardon of Stanford University and Kendra Bischoff of Cornell found that in 1980, 7% of Americans lived in affluent neighborhoods; by 2012, that number was 16%. And as Josh Zumbrun of The Wall Street Journal writes:

The Pew Research Center last month found that 203 metropolitan areas have seen their middle class shrink, but in 172 of those cities, the shrinkage was in part due to the growth in wealthier families.

It seems the left is so darn desperate to find a message, a cause to get behind — this is the heart and soul of the over emotional millennial generation too — that they will literally let anyone with even a basic, fundamental grasp of Marxist theory to be hailed as the Second Coming.

Ocasio-Cortez is just the latest in a long line of such individuals and the way things are going, she certainly won’t be the last.

It’s unfortunate, but the left doesn’t seem to grasp that socialism has been tried over and over again through out the ages, all with the same result: disaster.

Let’s hope they wake up before they destroy the greatest nation on earth.

Source: Daily Wire

 

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Obama’s Border Patrol Chief Says Trump Isn’t Making Up Border Emergency

The more the Democrats fights securing the border, the larger the price they will pay in 2020.

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[This piece originally appeared at LidBlog.com and has been reprinted with permission from the author.]

Former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan: Democrats’ battle against the border wall is driven by identity politics. President Trump declaration of a national emergency to build a border barrier is necessary according to Obama’s Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan.

The more the Democrats fights securing the border, the larger the price they will pay in 2020.

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Per the Daily Caller:

Former President Barack Obama’s Border Patrol chief blamed the disagreement surrounding the border wall on identity politics, during a Friday night interview with Brian Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Mark Morgan was on Carlson’s show to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a state of emergency in order to reallocate funds toward constructing a wall along the southern border. Trump received $1.375 billion from the bill that he signed, and intends to dedicate an around $6.5 billion more from other agencies.

“Mark Morgan is the former head of the border patrol. And he’s heard the rhetoric, but he knows the reality. Mark, is the president making up an emergency?” Kilmeade asked.

“Absolutely not,” Morgan responded. “Brian, this is part of the frustration for those of us from a law enforcement, border security perspective. How many more statistics do we have to provide? How many more factually based examples do we have to provide? How many more angel families have to stand in front of some of these individuals before they finally say, ‘Yeah, okay, this is real.’ It’s just incredulous.”

In an interview with CNN former border patrol chief Mark Morgan said that President Trump had no choice but to declare a national emergency to get funding for the border wall because “Congress failed.”

The Democrats think they know so much more and are much better informed than those who are actually on the ground every day at the Southern border.

This is not the first time Mark Morgan explained that a border barrier was necessary. In a mid-January interview he stated:

“Before I was the chief of border patrol I was with the FBI,” Morgan explained. “And I actually supervised MS-13 gang force in southern California. We used to catch them on surveillance wires, and they would laugh, MS-13 gang members would laugh [at] how easy it was to go back between Mexico and the U.S. border.”

(…) The other day when they had the national press conference, and they [border patrol agents] got up, and they said the wall works, they’re right,” said Morgan. “And it’s not based on a personal political ideology. That’s based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”

This isn’t only about identity politics. It’s also about stupid, stubborn, defiant Democrats who have chosen to disregard their duty to represent the people in favor of petty party politics

 

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MAGA MADNESS: Loony Lib Pulls Gun on Trump Fan Over Hat

I must remind you once again that we are all Americans, regardless of our political affiliation.  It’s time to start acting like it.

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What started out as a social media joke about the lunacy of the liberal left has now turned into a bonafide phenomenon called Trump Derangement Syndrome, for which we are too intrinsically intwined to have any true perspective as if yet.

Try to remember the shock and horror that you felt when you first saw the bloody, decapitated head of the President at the end of Kathy Griffin’s outstretched arm.  The steely, cold stare that she gave the camera was purely chilling.  Her eyes belied no emotion at the heinous and callous effigy in her hands, that she herself chose to create.  She had the uncaring and unflinching look of a cold-blooded predator.

It was unnerving to witness.  The photo-realistic, bloody head was enough to form a brick somewhere deep in my guts, but seeing Kathy Griffin’s absolute void of emotion struck me in ways that no political imagery had before.

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Now, remember that this was all nearly two years ago now.  Today, in 2019, were we to see something like this, it wouldn’t have nearly the effect.  We’d scoff, and scold, but in the end we would chalk it up to “liberals being liberals”.

It is this passage of time, and the erosion of dignity within the democratic party, that has led to madness such as this:

Police in Bowling Green, Kentucky, say James Phillips was arrested after witnesses said he pulled a gun inside a Sam’s Club outlet because the victim was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.

A police report notes that the suspect admitted to getting upset over the headwear and that he “flipped off” the MAGA hat wearer, according to WBKO-TV 13.

The victim, Terry Pierce, told police he had a right to wear the hat. “I have as much right to wear that hat and support my country and my president as he has not to,” the Sam’s Club customer said.

Pierce added that Phillips, “Pulled a .40 caliber out and stuck it in my face, backed up and said, ‘It’s a good day for you to die.’”

Phillips claimed that he told Pierce to put the gun down so they could settle the argument like men, but Pierce ran out of the store, instead.

I must remind you once again that we are all Americans, regardless of our political affiliation.  It’s time to start acting like it.

Sensibility is the only cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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