So earlier this week a friend shared a Just Society video was shared with me that I found very interesting. With everything that was going on with the Ukraine call, I felt this would be better to hold and write about later. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a video talking about her Just Society Plan.
In the plan, AOC outlines 5 new bills and a resolution that she says will lead America to having a just society. The video, which is about 6 minutes long is below if you care to spend 6 minutes watching.
If you aren’t familiar with the Just Society push, it’s a socialist initiative to push towards equality for everyone. In a just society, it says that no one should be allowed to have luxury items until everyone in that society has the essentials of life. Now, please do not misunderstand. I am all for helping those less fortunate and caring for the poor. As a Christian, I believe this is a fundamental part of my faith.
While I believe in helping the poor, I do not believe in socialism or communism as a means to address it. There’s several issues with the proposals by AOC to review. There is a lot of misinformation regarding what is a right and what is a want in our society. Our constitution outlines several rights that we are given, such as freedom of religion, press, speech, to keep and bear arms and a fair trial.
The issue that I find in the new “rights” that Democrats will argue for, are the fact that those are not rights that our founding fathers would have seen as human rights that needed to be guaranteed by a Federal government. The founding fathers seen a free market and people as able to solve these issues without the need for government involvement.
For example, In AOC’s video, she argues that there should be a limit on the amount of rent that a landlord should charge to a renter and a limit on the amount it could increase. While I do not advocate for a ridiculously high rent to oppress people, those people have the freedom to move into a different place to live. She also advocates for the inability for someone to set restrictions on their property that they rent. So you could potentially be forced to rent your property to someone at a set amount that the government gives you no option out.
AOC advocates in her proposals for a fund to help people who are facing eviction. This also makes me question the proposal because there is most likely a reason the person is facing eviction. Maybe they have not paid their rent in months. Or, maybe they violated terms of the lease, such as bringing a pet into the residence in which one was not allowed. Would the federal government force you to keep that tenant?
Another proposal is the Embrace Act. In this act, AOC argues that there should be no discrimination in federal benefits for someone that is an illegal immigrant. So in essence, whether you are in the United States legally or illegally, you are entitled to federal benefits. I have no problem with the inclusion of an immigrant into federal benefits if they are going to become a citizen and join our society, but the extension of these benefits to those who are simply here to use the benefits is ridiculous.
In the last proposal outlined, AOC has a video of a woman who says that a just society includes safe, healthy affordable housing, food for everyone, money to take care of families and good education for children. Again, I have no problem helping those in need with affordable housing, food assistance or even assistance in caring for families. These individuals must not take advantage of these programs and must show that they are attempting to improve their standings to where they do not rely on the government programs.
The big problem that I have, I do not think that the federal government is the area that these programs should reside. We have a lot of social programs that are ran by religious and non-profit groups across the country. These groups are in the local community and are much better suited to help these people than a large federal program that will waste countless dollars. If AOC really wants to make a difference, maybe she should consider making it easy for these programs to receive federal funds. Or help promote donations to charity organizations, without attempting to tax the wealthy into dependence as well.
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