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How radical is it to give Americans what they want?
Date: 2018-Jul-26           Author: Rob Dennis
So I have a question: What makes a politician radical or extremist? Can you call them that if their policies actually are supported by a majority of Americans?
Case in point - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District. Media from all sides of the political spectrum labeled her radical, extremist, and far-left.
It's an indication of how public policy debate is framed in America. Ideas that would benefit the vast majority of us are deemed "too radical" or "too costly" even for discussion, let alone congressional hearings. Ocasio-Cortez's actual proposals, therefore, are discarded in favor of breathless political horse-race analysis.
That's a real shame, because her platform consists nearly entirely of policies that have widespread and sometimes overwhelming support among ordinary Americans. Here are those policies, taken from her campaign flier:
This platform isn't radical. It's mainstream. And it's worthy of detailed analysis and policy debates by our elected representatives - because it's what the majority of Americans want. Not Democrats. Not Socialists. All Americans.