Ocasio-Cortez suggests 70% tax for wealthy to fund climate change plan

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Upsets Rep. Joseph Crowley In NY Primary

The tit-for-tat began Saturday after Scalise, citing Ocasio-Cortez's upcoming "60 Minutes" interview, claimed one distinction between the left and right was the desire to "let Americans keep more of their own hard-earned money" versus the idea of giving away taxpayer incomes "to leftist fantasy programs".

An attempt to discredit new United States congresswoman and leftist poster child Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a video of her dancing as a student backfired spectacularly on Friday, triggering eye rolls and a barrage of whimsical memes.

"The controversy of the moment involves AOC's advocacy of a tax rate of 70-80 percent on very high incomes, which is obviously insane, right?"

She referred to the progressive taxation system that was in place in the 1960s before Ronald Reagan took office as president when the top earners paid 70 per cent in taxes.

"Once you get to the tippie-tops, on your 10 millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60% or 70%". But Ocasio-Cortez is carrying her knack for social media, which includes creatively responding to trolls, to her elected life.

This week, Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in as a representative for NY as part of the House's new Democratic majority.

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Krugman then slammed those partaking in a "constant effort to portray her as flaky and ignorant", contending that "on the tax issue she's just saying what good economists say".

Specifically, the video showed her and some friends from her undergraduate days at Boston University dancing on a rooftop to Phoenix's "Lisztomania", à la this Phoenix/Brat Pack viral mashup video from 2009.

But rather than embarrass Ocasio-Cortez, the release ended up having the opposite of its intended effect.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into Congress on Thursday - but later, the New York Democrat was inducted into an even more exclusive body: the "Breakfast Club".

A video of her dancing outside her new House office became her most-retweeted post - more than 90,000 retweets - in about five hours, according to Twitter.

"But I think it is really part of the larger question about who should run and how we should run and I think it is great", Cortez said. "Wait till they find out Congresswoman dance too!" "Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation".

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