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HORIST: Ocasio-Cortez needs a time out

HORIST: Ocasio-Cortez needs a time out

Now let’s give Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a break.   I am a believer that the United States House of Representatives is a place in which people of all backgrounds and experiences should serve – even those who are a bit behind on the learning curve.  It is obvious that she won an office in which she is ill-prepared to serve.  The only question is whether she is educable.  And so far, she had not been showing any hint of that.

We have often elected people with shockingly limited knowledge.  One only needs to recall the congressman who expressed his concern during congressional testimony that the island of Guam may tip over if we put too many heavy military assets there.  That is not an article in the humor publication, The Onion.  It really happened.  Then there was the guy who said we should stay on Daylight Savings Time all year to give the crops more sunlight.  With a little research, one could probably do a book on all the stupid things said by our legislators.  The difference between them and Ocasio-Cortez is that she demonstrates ignorance virtually every time she opens her mouth.

What makes Ocasio-Cortez different is rather than take her seat in the back row and use her time to bone up on the issues, the procedures and just how America really works, she is on a national ignorance tour.  That is largely due to the fact that the radical Democrats and the left-wing media have provided her with seemingly unlimited exposure on the national stage.  She has become the Paris Hilton of politics.

Despite what she might think, they are not doing her a favor.  While her daffy ideas and thoughts generally evaporate in the public conscious faster than a drizzle on a hot summer day, her intellectual gaffes light up social media.  They are becoming her public persona.  She has created an entirely new shock level for shocking ignorance.  It is a bit like the watching the whiskey jug player on the old Gong Show – but there is no gong.

On one occasion, she revealed that she was not aware of the three branches of government and how they operate.  That is eighth grade civics – although if she attended public schools in New York City, there may be a reason she was not aware.

Most egregiously, Ocasio-Cortez is now one of the nation’s most prominent advocates of left-wing economic socialism – and she is totally clueless of any economic principles.  Her plan to fund Medicare-for-all was taken from an article she read – correction, misread – in The Nation.   She thought she could skim $21 trillion dollars off the Defense Department budget to pay for two-thirds of her impossible-to-pay-for proposal.  She was so wrong that the Washington Post – a usually friendly field for the far left — had to call her out on it .

For the record, the ENTIRE discretionary portion of the federal budget is just over $1 trillion.  That means Ocasio-Cortez would pay for her Medicare fantasy by using up the entire federal budget for the next 21 years.  No defense, no food stamps, no infrastructure, no free education. No Congress for her to serve in.

Ocasio-Cortez is an unfortunate combination of ignorance and arrogance.  She appears on television more as a congressional leader than a freshman legislator.  She has promised that as soon as she is inaugurated, she will start signing bills.  Of course, legislators do not get inaugurated – they get sworn-in – and they do not sign bills.  The President does that.

She is organizing a “green caucus” within Congress.  Standing alongside here for the announcement was Senator Bernie Sanders – which means it is possible that the entire caucus was present for the announcement.  Under her plan, she said America would be off all fossil fuel in 10 years.  If any reader can let me know where I can place a few side bets against that happening, let me know.

And even if there was an attempt to do so, the disruption in the economy in such a short timeframe would create a depression-like crash.  We’re supposed to put millions of workers out of their jobs and shut down our powerful energy industry?  Of course, Ocasio-Cortez claims her government-subsidized green energy industry would create more than enough new jobs.  Not in those numbers and not fast enough.

Rest assured that renewable green energy will eventually take over, but it will be by gradual transition and the result of the private competitive market – just as all of our most successful market evolutions have happened.

While radical Democrats like National Chairman Tom Perez and Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders call Ocasio-Cortez the new face of the Party, a LOT of other Democrats are not so sure.  There is a less radical faction within the Democratic Party that is worried that Ocasio-Cortez will drag the Democrats too far to the left – too far past the comfort zone of the majority of Americans.

Ocasio-Cortez’ repeated IQ lapses have spawned an entire culture of “Is so dumb that …” jokes – like she is so dumb that it takes her two hours to watch “60 Minutes.”  Or comments like, “Does reading her tweets lower one’s IQ?”  Yes, such jokes are insulting and tasteless, but she would not be the brunt of them if she would learn to keep her ill-informed mouth on pause.

Her only possible benefit to the Democratic Party is to make soon-to-be-speaker Nancy Pelosi less of a political pariah and Congresswoman Maxine Waters appear to be more rational.  For the sake of the Democratic Party, and herself, Ocasio-Cortez should withdraw from her ego satisfying public schedule and start learning about the job she is about to undertake.  On the other hand, as a conservative Republican, my advice to Ocasio-Cortez get out there and talk, talk, talk.  You CAN be the face of the Democratic Party – just not its brains.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Robert Thomas

    WOW…Talking About Clueless…She Is The True Definition Of… She’s So Dumb That Duh..LOL!!!

    • Jason D Ouellette

      That’s your brilliant comeback? You sound more dumb then her. I hate you rebuplican money hoarding bastards. Why don’t you do the world a better place and give some of your money to someone else that needs it. I can’t understand you greedy pubs.

      • Joe Gilbertson

        But how do you REALY feel?

      • Richard Cunningham

        That stupid Communist bitch, Cortez, couldn’t find her ass with both hands. She also has a habit of running her mouth when she knows absolutely nothing about what she’s saying. So typical of our brainwashed, indoctrinated know nothing younger generations.

      • Russ Nelson

        Jealous Much? Get a clue Get a life Get a job it works wonders for those inferior feelings of insecurity

      • Paul

        This lost Bimbo (AOC) should be checked to see if she has anything between her ears! I’ll bet she has a hard time getting dressed in the morning because she probably doesn’t know what her clothes are for, and the toilet probably drives her nuts because she doesn’t know what it’s for either! A one way trip to Mars for her would be a good idea! the

    • Jim

      The way that she used her vocabulary during her campaign and the fact that she got the most votes for her particular office, makes me wonder less about her, and more about those that voted for her! She is ignorant in many things, but she did NOTHING to cover up her stupidity and rational, and that makes me wonder all the more just what the people that voted her into the office that she so blissfully sought and won. Her floundering around when she rants and raves, along with flaying of her arms to emphasize her blurted comment!

      • Mr. Douglas Nash

        Jim….have said it many years now…WE are breeding a society of IDIOTS, and this one is 101% proof of it. Total CLUELESS JACK ASS………….oh yeah, and she’s a MINORITY, which says it all for her not paying attention in life or school.

      • Prof. Zukerman


    • Paul T.

      She is so ignorant and stupid that she probably doesn’t even know how to find the bathroom in the morning and when she finally does find it she doesn’t what it’s for and what to do with it or in it! She is a real bona fide NUT!

      • Jason D Ouellette

        No one should be polluting the planet taking craps on the toilet anyway, so I would be glad to hear she doesn’t know how to use a bathroom. No joke. Save the planet now!!!

    • Franco

      TAKE OCASIO-Cortez to the closest Italian Butcher shop
      and buy her a pound of brains!!!

      GREAT REP., DEMIs!

    • Smk

      So true I can’t believe someone can be so dumb about how our government runs and runs her mouth about things that she definitely does not know a damn thing about….

    • George T.

      I’ll bet she doesn’t even know how to have sex!

    • George W.

      You begin to wonder what is between this BIMBO’s 2 ears!? Apparently very little!

  2. Doug

    This is the face of the Democratic Party, shallow, ignorant and egotistical. “Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!” The photo used for this article is to funny!

    • DAV

      Don’t you like her Salvador Dali eyes ?

  3. Steven J

    If she is really that ignorant of reality, we should put a little spotlight on the failed policies of the NY city educational system creating victims of useless common core education or we will all be speaking Mandarin soon.

  4. John Newman

    Ocasio-Cortez is a typical Democrat, She has her mouth open and her hand out.Please, go back to school, probably a the highschool level.

  5. Jason D Ouellette

    Your liberal bashing is most ignorant to me. I love her ideas and can’t wait to see more people like her become congressman and senators. Get those rich entitled ones out. Bring in the green party now. The world can’t wait for us to be wrong any longer.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      I’m trying to figure out if you are kidding…

      • Jason D Ouellette

        Not kidding at all. The changes she proposes would be a step in the right direction. Away from greed.

        • Joe Gilbertson


          • Jason D Ouellette

            Wanting to save our earth is unbelievable to you? How shallow are you pubs? You all just can’t see past the nose on your faces. Get a clue. Climate change is going to be our demise if we do not combat it now.

          • Joe Gilbertson

            It’s unbelievable that you could listen to the stupid things she says and then say “Yes, she can be my leader.” She is an empty vessel who has been filled with platitudes, memes and slogans who doesn’t understand the concepts she is spouting nor the world around her. What does that say about you, if you are willing to accept her as a serious proponent of ideas?

            And I bet I’ve been to more climate change conferences than you have.

    • Russ Nelson

      You are apparently just as bright as her. A slice short of a loaf…Firing on only 3 cylinders…Passing out brains she thought they said rains and she said oh no…Not playing with a full deck…

    • Joe Dumarzekin

      I want to fondle her heavy saggy breasts.

  6. IMR

    What is this world coming to with air heads like Ocasio-Cortez? There must be quite a few that she was voted in. Can’t wait to see where all this will end up! I’m afraid nothing much to look forward too except to no good.

  7. Jason D Ouellette

    Good keep going to those climate change conferences. Maybe eventually you might learn something. Contrary to Republican thinking climate change was not created by the Chinese like you all like to think.

  8. John Bush

    As an aside to all this, I always find it amusing and contradictory to hear liberals talk about rich republicans.
    Have you not heard anout how the Clintons and the Obamas got so rich. Think about WhitewTer in Arkansas, also the money they took in for an island’s storm damage several years ago; and actually gave less than 10% to its relief. Likewise, why was the Clinton “Foundation” soliciting money from foreign governments before her “guaranteed “ presidential win. Is she now in hock to the money lenders or what?


    You must understand what is going on in D.C. The media is championing the LIBERALS to gain full control of our country. The media truly knows that this CORTEZ KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT POLITICS, since she won a congressional seat, she is being used, her mouth his going 24/7, you know this, BUT, while she continues with the diarrhea mouth, it is giving more time to SCHUMER and Pelosi to round up the troops to go once again to defame our president. Once the congress starts next month, you won’t be hearing about CORTEZ again, SCHUMER WILL QUIET HER DOWN AND SHE WILL DISAPPEAR FROM THE MEDIA. In other words the DEMS are using her to keep the heat off themselves. SCHUMER is not stupid, I guarantee that SCHUMER WILL SHUT HER DOWN. Just beware of the opening bell to the new congress, you will see the continued hate spread the DEMS will be doing and MS. CORTEZ will be retired to her boiler room office and not heard from. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND POLITICS AND THE DEMOC-RATS, THEY ARE FAMOUS FOR USING PEOPLE and then forgetting about the person they used! THE DEMOC-RATS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR EATING THEIR OWN!

  10. Bon

    Occasional-Cortex…She’s the BEST advertisement that Republicans could possible ask for! Hope she keeps on yakking. Every time she opens her pie hole, she contributes more fodder to laugh at…can’t help it! Propose 2 tests before anyone is permitted to run for political office, particularly congress; IQ test and Civics test. Minimum score of 85% (or higher) required to qualify to run for office.

    • Leo


  11. James P Hutchins

    This Nazi is to stupid to be in office she is a perfect example of the ignorant fools comming out our schools of higher education she will not be elected again. Her stupidity will be her down fall.

  12. Ray

    Money grubbing Repubs, hmm!!! Let me see, some of the richest thieves in the world Bill Gates, Idiot from Facebook Zuckerberg, CEO from Apple, Obama’s, Clinton’s, Bloomberg, Ford’s (Ford Auto), Oprah, your pick of idiots in Hollywood and the music industry, oh let’s not forget the sports complex, Nike or any of those “socially conscious” companies that exploit women and children around the world by not paying a fair price for their work and charging premium prices for their crap. Could go on, but you get the point, deflection is a powerful tool to get the spotlight off of your crimes, accuse the opposition of what you are doing, but scream louder then they do, all the while taking advantage of all the loopholes in our tax system and laws to rip off and lie to the public. Too busy with their noses stuck in their phones to notice what is being done to them. If all those retards believed in what they espouse they would give back the money they still from us every day, yet no guilt and I see none of it being redistributed to anyone but themselves. None more blind then those that refuse to see!

    • Ray

      Meant to say “money they steal from us” but didn’t proof read, mea culpa! You can also add that socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried. Cuba (communism) and Venezuela (socialism/communist light) come to mind, how did Castro die a billionaire if all are equal under that form of government, hmm!!, Can’t buy a cup of coffee (.76 cents American) with a truck load of Venezuelan currency, can’t wait to see how poor we make the USA and how quickly we can destroy our already unstable economy.

  13. bbot

    Can’t help but raise one eyebrow and twist your head sideways when confirmation comes that Jason believes he is level minded!

  14. Observant_One

    This woman is a nut case, I hope she never gets elected to anything where she can screw things up.

  15. Leo

    Well said Mr. Larry Horist. You have brought out her true colors “low IQ and ignorance stupidity”.

  16. Ingrid Noe

    This is an abomination to have this imbecile Ocasio-Cortez represent the American people. This is a reflection of our educational system, but the individual has also the responsibility to keep on learning & educate yourself.
    Socialism does not work. It has failed in many countries.
    Ask yourself too has anyone left the White House poor? Most of the politicians have enriched themselves.
    We need to focus on reforming what these elected officials get away with.
    This Ocasio-Cortez is an embarrassment. She joins more idiots in the Democratic party. Listen carefully what comes out of their mouths.

  17. DTrueView

    Notice how AOC’s eyes are often bulging like in this photo? That is a subconscious reaction known as Sanpaku eyes; meaning three whites. This means the eyes display white on three sides. Investigator and interrogators look for this response to determine if person is either lying or making a less than truthful statement. This could include a statement they know to be fabricated or highly embellished; because they know nothing about the topic. It is often stress induced. When two sides and the bottom white in the eyes show, this indicates a physical condition. When the two sides and the top white of the eyes show; as with AOC, this indicates a mental imbalance. This imbalance is most frequently found in psychotics, murderers, rageful, fatigued or stressed out people. AOC is in good company with the likes of Charles Manson. This Japanese term is believed to be an indicator of a total life imbalance. In AOC’s; type of sanpaku eyes, it is believed to be a prediction of a short or tragic end.

    • Peter SCHILL

      We can hope, can’t we. The shorter the better

  18. Bryce Thompson

    stop all foreign hand outs and keep all our money here,

    Have Mexico build a wall on there southern border, and stop them there, and give them no help crossing Mexico If coming to US
    What did Hillary have to hide, she didn’t do anything wrong, did she??? why didn’t she give all her emails??? shes is an alcoholic, drug addict, a liar, murderer of Seth Rich, and Vince Foster who turned her emails to Wikileaks, she can’t walk, can’t talk, was coughing, and pedophile billy boy had to talk for her, you wanted them to be president, are you a retard stupid liberal demon-rat, we the people voted for a non politician that is not stealing us blind, and you want more theft of our money, and destruction of our economy, you have shit for brains
    look at the high waste, and pollution our cars are producing, a 200 mpg Porge vapor carburetor sitting in the patient office collecting dust, liquid gas does not burn, Volkswagen has a 264 mpg diesel not coming here, boycott the oil company owned auto company’s, spread the word.
    The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, have this as your debate, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. Do you want your world back? spread the word boycott the auto company’s that are destroying our world. the inventor of the water to hydrogen auto was murdered by our Democrat Government, get
    mad get real mad of the Democrats. Also audit all the Senator’s and representatives, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them. Do these 2 things, and the Demo rats will be finished, don’t do this and the civil war, will escalate, and the economy will collapse, get this out all over the USA. this is the only thing that will bring the economy around.put this out , and spread the word to boycott the auto company’s don’t buy a new car/ or truck. do this Trump, and we will have our dreams back again.

  19. usmc354

    The uneducated and uninformed braindead Leftist/Liberal/Marxist/Leninist/Socialist/Communist of the gimme, gimme Democrat Party are blinded by either stupidity or greed to the degree as to be unable to realize that Arrogance married to Ignorance is a combination and recipe designed and destined for doom and failure. AOC’s ignorance prevented her from presenting a viable plan as to where the funds were to derive from within the existing budget. At the same time, her ego and arrogance prevented her from attempting to find a reasonable and affordable solution. The FACT is, there is no reasonable and affordable solution.

    Everything and anything AOC proposes is based on Socialist and/or Communist ideas, which have NEVER been successful. All one has to do is look at history to recognize that as fact. No Government based upon Socialism and/or Communism has lasted more than 80 years. The prime example that comes to most minds is the USSR which lasted 69 years. The countries of Cuba and NK for decades now have been in shambles and their populations live in poverty and need as well as fear of the Central Governments. And most recently there is the example of Venezuela, a complete and utter failure as a stable nation with a stable economy.

    Capitalism is the closest form of government that is fair to and meets the needs of ALL its people and not just a few. Capitalism allows for the citizenry to have a choice of either succeeding from investing assets in anticipation of a monetary return or working for another for wages. In both instances, the parties involved are taxed accordingly. And most of us are aware from where the funds supporting our government derive.

  20. Rob

    The thought that this utterly stupid woman frightens the Republican Party, is ridiculous, we welcome all the idiots the DNC can produce! This hood rat skank should be pregnant, and cooking tacos!

  21. Rob

    This chick is humiliating the entire DNC, and amusing everyone else! She’s semi-good looking and that sets her apart from every other woman they’ve got! If she is in fact a she?

  22. Rob

    Someone should put her in a rap video going down on snoop dog!

  23. oldtymefixit

    Says in the article that AOC will drag the democrapic party too far left, farther than the public is going to like—(paraphrased). They are ALREADY THERE!!!! Why do you think they lost in 2016. They’ve been too far left for the last 15 years! Look at the b_llsh_t that Obama put us through, in the 8 years he was in office. He did more to divide this country than any of the 10 presidents prior to him taking office. Never understand how he made it to a second term.

  24. John

    You are correct, Obama started and cultivated our current national division and now it’s growing worse with the help of the media. Truly Obama was the the worst and most destructive President in U.S. history.

  25. David Lost

    Right now she is the most dangerous person in the world if she got her way the whole world would suffer not just use

  26. Ray

    Sir I must respectfully disagree with you because when I was a little boy I was listening to the radio with my father and Edward R. Murrow was interviewing Drew Pearson who a newspaper column called “Washington Merry Go Round”. Edward R. Murrow asked Drew Pearson why he named his column “Washington Merry Go Round”. Drew Pearson replied “My father always said that every good circus needed a good merry go round and there is no circus that has more clowns than congress.”

  27. Sergio Olivares

    Ocasio-Oh’ ocatez? If A equals success-then the formula is A=XYZ,X is-work, Y is play Z is keep you mouth shut. and Politics keeps comedians in business. Oh’ ocatez? ha..ha..!

  28. mspidge

    This broad is really out there in La-La land, I read a couple of her so called articles, AND SHE DOES MAKE YOUR EYEBALLS ROLL BACK IN YOUR HEAD, I don’t know who Mr. Horst is, but he got her pegged right down to a nats ass……….how ever she needs more than a time out, she needs to resign, sure hope her district comes up with someone else, hell a first grader would be better.