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HORST: The Stupidities of Ocasio-Cortez

HORST: The Stupidities of Ocasio-Cortez

Most folks with fame develop what might be called personal characteristics.  They may be exaggerated, but they seem to define the person.  These traits are usually grist for the comedic mill.  President Ford was considered to be clumsy – and comedian Chevy Chase became famous for his pratfalls when impersonating the President.  President Trump is pugnacious – and Alec Baldwin revived his career doing the President on Saturday Night Live.

Now cometh Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (I refuse to engage in referring to her with a monogram.)  So, what is her peculiar trait that provides material for mockery? I suggest a lack of knowledge and logic: stupidity.

It is not usually my nature to brand people with pejoratives.  It is one of my criticisms of President Trump.  However, the lack of Ocasio-Cortez’ basic information is astounding.  She is right up there with Congressman Hank Johnson, who feared that Guam might capsize if we put too much military equipment on the island.  You just cannot comprehend that much ignorance in a member of Congress.

Of course, you will not see Johnson or Ocasio-Cortez mocked like all those other targets of the so-called “late night comedians” because they are minorities and members of the radical left – the untouchables in our world of progressive identity politics.

I came to realize that her unfamiliarity with basic knowledge is something more than an occasional slip-of-the-tongue.  She appears to be one of those people who not only does not KNOW a lot, does not even SUSPECT very much.  The fact that she is a graduate in economics from Boston University raises more questions about the curriculum at the school than Ocasio-Cortez’ lack of economic knowledge.

She first stumbled in anticipation of being a New York congresswoman.  She said that she looked forward to “signing” bills after her “inauguration.”  Members of Congress get “sworn-in” but not inaugurated and they never sign bills.  That is the exclusive role of the President.  Now lest you think my pointing out these faux pas is being a bit petty, just hang on.  This is only the beginning of her stroll down ignorance lane.

A discomforting level of cluelessness has been a common thread in many of her statements.  I concluded that it is a bona fide trait with her latest venture into vapid verbiage.  Ocasio-Cortez said that she could see no difference between the Berlin Wall and the wall along America’s southern border – especially the proposed additions to the existing barrier walls. Whaaat?

I am not optimistic that she is educable, but …

Memo to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

The Berlin Wall was constructed by a brutal occupying Russian regime as a means of keeping captured people from leaving the oppression of socialist communism.  The walls that currently exist and are being proposed are for the purpose of regulating the flow of legal immigrants INTO our country so that they can be properly vetted.  The Berlin Wall kept good people in and the southern border barriers are to keep bad people out.  If you tried to breach the Berlin Wall, they gunned you down on the spot.  If you breach the American border, we give you welfare, medical care, an education for your children, a driver’s license and even the right to vote in some elections.  Get it?

One stupid statement is not a character trait, but Ocasio-Cortez seems to offer up serial stupidity.

Her lack of understanding of international affairs and her tendency to overstate the plight of the migrants at our southern border had Ocasio-Cortez sending out this tweet.

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.”

 She also is ignorant of history, failing to know that Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt turned back a shipload of Jews fleeing Hitler.  They were not looking for better pay but escaping deadly oppression on a massive scale.

She fails to appreciate that those from Rwanda, Syria – and others like the Hmong escaping the Laotian killing fields – were people in real danger of death.  Comparing them to the migrants at our southern border – with the possible exception of Venezuelans – creates a false and offensive equity.

You will recall that she proposed paying for all her pie-in-the-sky proposals – which are themselves rather … shall we say … ill-informed – with money from the Defense Department.  There might have been some rationality to the redistribution along philosophic lines, but her proposals cost more than the ENTIRE Defense Department budget.

On another occasion, she offered the funding plan for her socialist agenda.

How in the world can we pay for this? The answer is: in the same ways that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs, the same ways we paid for World War II and many other wars.

Does this economics major realize that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout by putting $18 trillion in debt on to our future generations?   Obama policies piled up more debt than all the presidents since George Washington.

In addressing Medicare specifically, Ocasio-Cortez makes this claim off the top of her head.

“You know in a Koch Brothers-funded study–if any study’s going to try to be a little bit slanted, it would be one funded by the Koch brothers–it shows that Medicare for all is actually much more–is actually much cheaper than the current system that we pay right now.”

The uber liberal Washington Post gave her “three Pinocchios” for this bit of nonsense.  Thinking off the top of her head may not be accessing the best depository of accurate information.

She defended the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with this bit of misinformation.

”And let’s not forget that the reason that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act is because they ruled that each of these monthly payments that everyday Americans make is a tax.”

Wrong!  The Supreme Court ruled that the Penalty was a tax.  The premiums – which soared higher than promised – is just a payment. 

Ocasio-Cortez tried to include the cost of funerals as one of the burdens of private healthcare.  Of course, Obamacare – and no proposal to replace it – covers funerals.  If she wants Uncle Sam to pay for funerals, she failed to account for that in her excessively expensive socialist proposal.

In another statement questioning the value of her economics degree, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that unemployment was down only because people were taking two jobs.  You just cannot make this stuff up.  That one earned her the “pants on fire” award from Politifact.

When CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Ocasio-Cortez about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she had this response.

“She [Pelosi] is, she is the leader of, of– no no, she, I mean, um, um, Speaker, or rather Leader Pelosi, hopefully, um, you know, we’ll see, she’s uh, she’s the current leader of the party and I think the party absolutely does have its leadership in the House, we are leadership in the Senate as well.”

At the time Ocasio-Cortez offered up this concise response, Pelosi was not yet elected Speaker for the incoming Congress and “no” her party was not in “leadership in the Senate as well”

The New York Congresswoman (and ex-bartender) sees no comparison to the socialist disaster in Venezuela under ex-bus driver Maduro and claims her policies would not lead to that – but offers no convincing evidence as to why not.  For this – and her overall socialist policies – Economics Professor Steve Hanke of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore tweeted:

”@Ocasio2018 is left stumbling in her socialist incompetence. When asked how to pay for a left-leaning estimated $40 trillion price tag for her policies, she babbles nonsense. It shows that she has as much real-world knowledge as former bus driver & current Venezuelan Pres Maduro.”


If you want to know how bad Ocasio-Cortez reputation is getting, you have to understand why she is the butt of jokes like this.  Seems she purchased a television with a label that said, “built-in antenna.”  She complained that nothing is built in America anymore and corporate America should stop taking advantage of cheap labor in places like Antenna.  Or … the reasons she wants to abolish ICE is to make the roads safer.  Or … she says we have to support veterans because they take care of our pets.

So, there ‘tis.

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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. M. James

    She is the dumbest broad on the planet total retardation and so are the people of New York that elected her

    • C

      New York also voted for after birth abortion. Stupid is as stupid dose. It is a place where they love murdering babies and brain dead democrats.

      • Dan Danser


    • boone1

      And the people that but this moron in office are none too bright them self’ well as clueless about history.

    • jack stone

      close..But I submit that the “people” who voted for that brain dead moron are actually a LOT dumber than she is !

      • Woody

        Wrong, she is being manipulated by an Indian-Indian shyster for his political (read financial) gain. She was selected by him because she was naïve, malleable, and attractive(?). Look up the history on how she was chosen to run against en entrenched Congressman and who financed it.

  2. Katee

    The people who should read this, don’t read, can’t read or just don’t care. This is sad on so many levels! I can’t believe that she doesn’t see how dumb she actually looks to so many people.

    • Jennifer

      . . . I think of a horse in the headlights. (Not nice, Jennifer.)

  3. TexRancher

    A favorite quote: She knows so much that isn’t so!

  4. Skip

    I do so love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she proves Sam Clemens’ remark “All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity” Besides blondes tell jokes about her.

  5. Michael Thomas

    I am still laughing…. GREAT piece of work…..thank you…you made my day…lmao….

  6. Joe

    She’s almost as bright as Elizabeth Warren.

    • Woody

      Well she is closer to Donald Duck!

  7. Earl McBride

    AOC is the gift that keeps on giving to the Republican Party. The more idiots that follow this pid piper of idiots the better that is for President Trump and the Republicans. Wouldn’t you think some self reflection would lead her to become better informed and educated about issues? She is too stupid to know she is stupid

    • Glenn

      She is the poster child of the new crop of idiot dems. I used to think I knew who was the worst of them ( Pelosi ) boy was I wrong. Cortez, you are the winner hands down on acting like a complete _ _ _ _ _. This is a test


    What can American patriots expect when the City of New York is infested with ignorant free-loaders who will vote for Socialists/Communists? These idiots believe they have the right to dip their hands into the pockets of hard-working Americans that supports their own families and don’t give a hoot if they are dragged down the sewer with them. And then again, look whose running the City of New York and a communist governor who told us hard-working American conservatives to get out of the state!

    And now with the idiot Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez representing the ignorant-parasites in Congress; what do we suppose will happen to the principles of our Founding Fathers when our country is transformed from a Republic to the stage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s wonder of Communism?

    USAF (RET)

    • Woody

      Think about it–the dems now have a bartender running the world!


    Chicken!! Why won’t you print the truth of my comments!?

    USAF (RET)

    • Joe Gilbertson

      Because you are ugly and your mother dresses you funny

  10. Warren A Hall

    Whenever do we get a little respite from the endless onslaught of inanities and stupidities of OAC. She is stupefyingly ignorant, but should not be given the pulpit every time she runs up the aisle. She is ignorant and proud of it. But apparently appeals to her electorate. ‘That is the really terrifying piece of the action; it reminds us of the wisdom of our founding fathers who knew full well that an all-out democracy would spell the end of this great experiment of government.

    With motor-voter registration, ten or more days in which to vote, lowering the voting age, rejecting voter id’s, allowing willy-nilly excuses for absentee ballots, refusing to require that voting registration rolls be cleaned up, rejection of voter competency tests, rejection of poll taxes, taditly allowing college students to vote at their college location and at home, allowing convicted felons to vote, and allowing same-day voting registration have practically disenfranchised you and me in favor of least common denominator participation. Amendments to the Constitution have tremendously eroded the principles of our founding fathers. We are quickly becoming what our founders feared. They even provided that only reputable individuals who were property owners could vote. These failures to safeguard our republic will crush this republic. Only the “gimmies” will prevail, to be governed by those who promise the most, thereby killing this once-great nation.

    • Jennifer O'Gavaghan

      Wonderful comment point for point. Now, how can a few right-minded people slow down and STOP this run-away train over the America we know and love?

  11. Ron Molter

    I have written other posts about AOC. My comments mimic many other people’s responses, so I just say this about this idiot. AOC, we can now use three very descriptive new letters, DAS Translation= “DUMB AS SHIT”. This is all one needs to say about this non-educated, Boston University educated clown. Obviously, when studying at this very excellent school, she must have skipped all the classes or slept through all of them.
    I hope this comment stays on and is not eliminated because it offended DEMS/LIBS.
    My next comment, TO DAMN BAD!!!!!

  12. James Green

    If things aren’t bad enough, just think of where we would if Kerry had occupied the Oval Office in his bid for the Presidency.

  13. Stanley Steamer

    It’s one thing not to know stuff.

    It gets dangerous when one doesn’t know what they don’t know, and if you’re going to go to Congress, you should at least be CURIOUS about what you don’t know.

    She shows no desire to educate herself on any issue, on any level.

  14. Robert

    I loved this piece. I, for the life of me, can not understand how this woman got elected. She did not get stupid after she was elected! How on the planet earth are peopl, even Democrats listening to this woman. I hope every person that reads this and pretty much all of the articles that Mr. Horist writes will spread them to as many people as possible. He has the knowledge and skills to get the conservative message out. President Trump would do well to put him on staff.

    • DAV

      For some reason, many Americans are impressed with somebody with a big mouth. Occasional got out in the streets with a megaphone, just like Obomma, and his grin and his BS impressed alot of people. That’s why con men are so successful in this country.

  15. cpps90

    At least Al Franken kept his mouth shut.

  16. jim

    A degree in economics !! and she emerges as a first class ‘Lazy Underachiever’ who wants to suck off the fruits of the labors of the accomplished. Look out Venezuela here we come

    • woody

      She may have got her degree on her back. It wouldn’t be the first time.

  17. Bill Smit

    Well we have to give her credit – She did get into Congress. Hopefully she can figure it out and be of service to the American People. For the people that voted her in ? I just do not know what to say about them, they truly need some help is understanding how the World Turns.

  18. sylvia


  19. Don S.

    Joe, you are an idiot!

  20. John Mcfarland

    She needs her lights punched out by a conservative woman- only joking

  21. rrm

    i think she is the female version of adoph hitler

  22. Karen

    Well here’s my comment- the ones who “censor” here are obviously POS trolls so I sure won’t waste my MORE IMPORTANT time here- they can stick it you know where and very hard I hope.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      We the POS trolls thank you for wasting your IMPORTANT time here. We are busy extract “it” from our “you know where’s”

  23. Ingemar42

    I believe she modified her name to Ocasio- Cortez from Occasional-Cortex.

  24. Glenn

    I wonder how she gets around ? She could not pass a driving test. The statements she makes me wonder if she knows anything. This shows how much you have to know to be a democrat. Figures

  25. marinermama

    Ex-bartender and thief O’crazio at her best. I sure hope she loses in the next election so we don’t have to listen to this nonsense.