Like most on the political left, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is for the working class and poor and is fighting for those who have had less. But as usual, her actions prove just the opposite.
Case and point comes to us from the Navajo Nation, where the Democratic Party has once again trampled on the rights of Indigenous Americans.
If you haven’t heard, Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently imposed a 20-year ban on all oil, gas, and mineral leasing in part of New Mexico. Known as Public Lands Order 7923, the ban includes a 10-mile buffer around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which is of great significance to the Navajo Nation both historically and because many hold mineral rights in the area.
This means that over the next 20 years, some $200 million in revenue will be lost to Navajo allottees and mineral owners.
Oh, and did I mention that this is also one of the most underdeveloped and poorest regions of the entire United States?
As President of the Navajo Nation, Dr. Buu V. Nygren recently testified to Congress, the median income in the area is less than $27,000 already. And those who hold mineral rights rely on the revenue supplied by such for their existence.
And yet, this is precisely the area that Biden’s administration targets, effectively impoverishing an already struggling people.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, AOC only wants to defend the pro-climate change move.
Of course, she noted that something should be done to help the area, but the ban should remain in place.
“The answer to that, in my view, is not to revert back to oil and gas mining but to invest and reinvest in these communities, particularly where there is harm being done.”
But as Nygren notes, it’s past time to discuss alternatives, as the ban is already in place. Besides, it’s enough for someone like AOC to talk about investing when she’s safely sitting with her government salary in Washington, DC.
Once again, she’s proved she’s nothing but a hypocritical elitist.