WHOA! AOC Finds Pelosi’s New Tactics “Too Dark To Stomach”

There seems to be some trouble brewing in the Democratic party as far left Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is upset about Pelosi’s stance on the new rules package put forth.

New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and California Rep. Ro Khanna said Wednesday they will vote against any guidelines that include a provision known as “PAYGO,” or “pay as you go,” which requires that new spending be offset by matching cuts or increases in revenue.”

“I do not understand why the Democrats don’t have the courage of our convictions and make the case that our policies will lead to growth,” Khanna said, arguing that the rule was ultimately a self-defeating political calculation:

“PAYGO is to protect members in vulnerable districts who can say that Democrats are for fiscal responsibility. I’m all for raising taxes on the 1% and multinational corporations and stopping our excessive spending on the bad wars. But we should make an economic growth argument in swing districts instead of thinking the ’90s playbook of fiscal responsibility will work.”

Ocasio-Cortez also weighed in on Twitter: “Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in .

PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg.

We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start.”

The Progressive Dems are upset. They feel the Paygo method will cut into their plans for universal healthcare, which would come at the hefty cost of 32 Trillion over ten years. Paygo would mean increasing taxes or creating revenue as you go to pay for programs. The Dems currently have some expensive projects that they want to put forth and likely know that they will have trouble generating that much revenue.

Drew Hammill, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, pushed back against Khanna’s argument in a tweet of his own.

“We must replace CUTGO to allow Democrats to designate appropriate offsets (including revenue increases),” Hammill said.

“CUTGO,” a rule put in place by the outgoing Republican House majority, requires new spending be paid for with cuts to spending. Unlike “PAYGO,” it does not make allowances for revenue increases, which typically come in the form of tax hikes.”

Ocasio-Cortez just doesn’t understand how to be fiscally responsible.

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