AOC withholding her party dues has Democrats PO’d, but isn’t this REALLY an argument against Big Union?
Unions have played a role in worker history, helping to champion some of the rights of the employee that might otherwise have taken much longer to secure… especially as they relate to such things as safety and working conditions.
But somewhere along the lines, unions have gone beyond simply fighting for better working conditions, to being activists for aggressive political ideologies. They also use compulsory union dues to achieve their activist goals — whether or not union members actually share those values.
As a pushback, a ‘right to work’ movement has arisen allowing employees in some states a right to ‘opt out’. In other words, allowing citizens of conscience to NOT bankroll an entity whose objectives they do not believe in.
Democrats have long opposed such ‘right to work’ legislation because it threatens a reliable income stream to their party objectives.
AOC never got that memo. Either that or she too (pigheaded? stupid?) to realize that her own refusal to pay PARTY dues can be used as a powerful argument to make the case that union workers should be at LEAST as free to exercise THIER conscience as the latest Democrat darling.
That’s right. Dear Occasional-Cortex has been stiffing the party of their membership dues.
And her ‘why’ is key.
“For me personally, I’m not paying D-trip dues,” Ocasio-Cortez told Fox, using slang for the DCCC and citing a “myriad of reasons.”
“One, I don’t agree with the policy around blacklisting groups that help progressive candidates,” she said, referring to a DCCC effort to sideline vendors who assist challengers to members of Congress.
“I think we need to evolve as a party and make room for that.”
Instead, Ocasio-Cortez has goosed her donor base with the help of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom she endorsed for president in October, to funnel money directly to progressive candidates.
She has called on voters to give directly to candidates, and NOT to the party itself.
Why? Because SHE will be working to primary any of her own party members who don’t swing far enough to the left.
Remember, this is the same chick who made headlines by throwing wrenches at her own party… again.
Asked for a profile by New York Magazine about what role she might play as a member of Congress should Biden capture the White House, the freshman House Democrat from New York responded with a groan.
“Oh God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.” — Politico
We even get to know WHY she is withholding that money.
“Deadbeat Cortez should pay her bills,” groused a House Democratic aide to the network. “She’s always whining about people paying their fair share and here she is leaving her friends with the bill.”
Meanwhile, she’s using the campaign cash to bankroll primary challengers in a bid to oust more moderate House members. Ocasio-Cortez raised $316,000 in 2019 alone through online fundraising for candidates she supports.
The 30-year-old has been at odds with the DCCC since it threatened to blackball any campaign strategists or pollsters who worked for Democratic primary challengers against House incumbents.
Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 shocked the political world by toppling one of the top-ranking House Democrats, ex-Rep. Joe Crowley, in a Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District.
This should come as a surprise to precisely nobody who has been paying attention.
In her first months in Congress, AOC was ALREADY threatening to ‘make a list’ of people who did not vote lockstep with her. A list of people she was planning to primary.