AOC on 60 Minutes. Call me a Radical.

January 7, 2019

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14 Responses to “AOC on 60 Minutes. Call me a Radical.”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    In its totality, that was a great interview—-IMO, Cooper showed a little bit of hostility, but AOC handled it well. It’s a shame she’s too young to remember what the highest tax rates were way back and got her numbers a bit muddled (or was that deliberate?).

    I eagerly await hearing from Jeffy4Z on this thread. AOC should be one of his champions. Although the turd-brains on the right would make her out to be a communist, she appears to me to be a leader in the revolution that Jeffy maunders on about all the time—-the FDR-like New Deal “burn” that Fountain talks about that the Repugnants have been working to dismantle for the last 50 years. Jeffy?

    PS It’s going to be fun watching AOC dismantle the old white men who are attacking her. They tried to get her with the old videos of her dancing in college, and she destroyed them with a video of her dancing outside her office door and telling them to F*** off. OOH-Rah and S/F, AOC!

  2. Frank Price Says:

    The economy can do well with much higher taxes.
    Maximum Married–Joint tax rates:
    1917–1923: 50–77%
    1943–1963: over 90%
    1964–1981: 70–77%
    1982-1986: 50%

  3. Frank Price Says:

    The economy can do well with much higher taxes.
    Maximum Married–Joint tax rates:
    1917–1923: 50–77%
    1943–1963: over 90%
    1964–1981: 70–77%
    1982-1986: 50%
    The maximum tax brackets were $2-4M in today’s $$

    The supply side/trickle–down approach hasn’t worked. Let’s start funding the social safety net, infrastructure & climate change.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Trickle down economics is a pipe dream spun by the rich to help the rich getting richer, has never worked out for society, nowhere.

      Climate action has to become a daily thing. With a positive touch. Make it a positive trend. What do you do to reduce/avoid your carbon footprint? etc. The media should communicate this climate crisis and make it a priority issue. The whole year 2019. At least. Write them mails.

      The Canadian model points into the right direction:
      https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/oct/26/canada-passed-a-carbon-tax-that-will-give-most-canadians-more-money

      Neo-liberal Macron was too arrogant to foresee what it means for people when he first lowers the tax for the rich and lowers workers’ standards, and then before the winter he proclaims to raise the fuel tax.

      The magic word is ring-fencing. Raise carbon tax and give it back to the people by making renewable energy cheaper and better accessible. The polluter has to pay.

  4. al mar Says:

    If AOC is a radical for proposing a 70% marginal tax rate what does that make
    Eisenhower?
    Under Eisenhower, the top earners paid a 91 percent marginal rate, only falling to Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent under Kennedy and Johnson, before falling to 50 percent after Ronald Reagan’s first big tax cut, and then down to 38 percent after the 1986 tax reform.
    This did not hurt America; https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/05/opinion/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-tax-policy-dance.html

  5. ecoquant Says:

    Yeah, I’m all for restoring tax rates to socially responsible high levels, and I don’t care if I need to pay them. That’s what should be.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      FWIW, you can get around the “but they’re job creators!” talking point by giving employers tax deductions based on
      [number of jobs] X [median* wage of jobs]

      ______
      *Using median rather than mean does not reward having lots of low-wage jobs and a few super-high-salary executive jobs.

  6. ecoquant Says:

    To Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s point, consider Professor Emily Shuckburgh:

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Let’s see—-cute and smart AOC is talking about “12 years” from today, the “babe with brains” Dr, Shuckburgh was talking about 2017 when she gave this interview 7 years and one month ago in December 2011, and ugly old James Hansen was talking about it before AOC was even born (!!!).

      Ecoquack misses the point yet again.

  7. rabiddoomsayer Says:

    AOC radical? Not at all, compared to a few generations ago pretty much mainstream. The US has gone so very far to the right that a middle of the roader seems to be a way out leftie.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      AOC radical? Not at all…

      For cryin’ out loud, she’s being interviewed by a famous, well-paid, openly gay journalist. In 1981, the top US income tax rate was cut from 70% to 50%. Five years later, in 1986, SCOTUS upheld the State of Georgia’s criminal sodomy law.

      I don’t like it that the anti-tax movement has succeeded in making even the discussion of a higher tax rate on rich people a radical concept.

  8. Gingerbaker Says:

    “If AOC is a radical for proposing a 70% marginal tax rate what does that make Eisenhower?”

    While it is not truly comparable because of other changes in tax law, I think you have hit the nail on the head.

    I think she should frame this in terms of Eisenhower, as you bring up. She could be saying how we “should go back to the way it was with Eisenhower, but with 23% lower tax rates”.

    Most people have pretty fond memories of Dwight. And the dearest wish of most of the people who watch Fox news to use a time machine to transport them back to the 1950’s.

  9. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I don’t see 0% carbon emissions in the next few decades in the US, but it is possible to power an ICE car (and airplanes and home heating) with biofuel, so people won’t have to immediately replace their old cars with EVs like those of us who are well-off enough to afford a new car.

  10. dumboldguy Says:

    AOC is a national treasure! Wind her up and watch her destroy Trump! I hope Maddow and the others keep giving her air time. Maybe the Repugnants will help her get more by making their stupid attacks on what is obviously a smart and committed AMERICAN. Dance on, AOC!


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