There is a saying that has been attributed to John Wayne. I have no idea if Wayne actually said it, but the sentiment is true. It says, “Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.”
The logic is sound, and, if you understand how the world works, then you understand that people who aren’t rich who support socialism make their lives harder (the rich folks supporting socialism won’t suffer under that regime because they plan on being the folks controlling the system).
How will it be harder for them? One way is that they’ll spend ridiculous amounts of money on stuff to virtue signal to other people how “progressive” they are, while capitalists masquerading as socialists will make a killing from the foolish ones buying the merchandise.
A perfect example of this comes from New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself. She understands how foolish socialists are, so she recently invested in her merchandise line to bring in some more money for herself (hat tip to here for the lead). How much money did she invest? Oh, just twenty times what the average American worker makes in a year. Jason Lange writes,
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became one of America’s most prominent progressive Democrats with her calls to tax the wealthy and spend heavily to fight climate change.
Now she is investing heavily in her online store, selling T-shirts, sweatshirts and other merchandise with her name, “AOC” initials or slogans including “Tax the Rich” and “Fight for our Future,” efforts aimed at both fundraising and building the second-term lawmaker’s profile nationally.
Her campaign paid political merchandise firm Financial Innovations, which operates her online store and supplies merchandise, more than $1.4 million in the first six months of 2021, according to campaign disclosures to the Federal Election Commission late last week.
That is more than many lawmakers spent on their entire re-election efforts during the period, and nearly double her payments made over the prior two years to Financial Innovations, a Cranston, Rhode Island firm that specializes in political merchandise for Democrats.
Now, let me be clear: I don’t have any problem with a business person investing into their business in order to make their business more profitable.
My issue with AOC is that her business is based completely on hypocrisy, and Americans are the suckers that she is taking for a ride.