Parker: Capitalism Got AOC Where She Is Today. Why Won’t She Defend It?

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-New York) waves to the crowd as she steps onto the stage at the Women’s Unity Rally organized by Women’s March NYC in Lower Manhattan, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Elaine Parker of Job Creators Network writes in the Orange County Register that  rising political star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could not have come to prominence so quickly if not for the capitalist economic model:

There aren’t many economic systems that allow you to go from bartender to national political figure in just a year. As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is living proof of how well capitalism works for women. So why is she pushing a socialist agenda that would threaten not just her, but the women she claims to support?

From helping women achieve economic independence to spurring innovation that improves the quality of life, capitalism truly has “made women’s emancipation possible.” And now that the formerly limiting social and economic barriers have been lifted, women have more choices than ever before.

As Chelsea Follett of the Cato Institute points out in a recent report, it was the advent of factory work that afforded women a different path. One that was ultimately blind to their gender as well as their economic origin, rewarding them based on job performance.

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