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Ocasio-Cortez Invokes Bible To Mock 'Religious Right,' Push Usury Bill

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On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the Bible to mock Christians on Twitter while touting legislation she is pushing with Bernie Sanders.

The New York Democrat is co-sponsoring the Loan Shark Prevention Act that, according to a news release from the Vermont senator’s office, would “combat the predatory lending practices of America’s big banks and protect consumers who are burdened with exorbitant credit-card interest rates.”

Ocasio-Cortez is using the legislation’s introduction to criticize conservatives, targeting Christians in particular after recent pro-life legislation signed into law in Georgia and Alabama.

The two democratic socialist legislators say the bill would cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent and give states authority to set even lower limits.

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“There is no justifiable reason that a person — no matter their background — should be charged an interest rate higher than 15 percent,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the release.

“Rates higher than 15 percent are predatory debt traps, designed to keep working families underwater and allow predatory companies to enrich themselves off the misfortune of others,” she added.

The congresswoman promoted the bill on Twitter, taking a swipe at Christians and other believers at the same time:

However, a report from the New York Federal Reserve cast doubt on the congresswoman’s claim.

“If scrutiny and prosecution limit entry into payday lending, the lack of competition may drive rates higher,” said the 2007 report, entitled “Defining and Detecting Predatory Lending.”

“In the end, the simple fact that payday lenders have triumphed over pawnshops suggests that payday lending raises household welfare by providing a preferable alternative,” it explained.

Further, The Heritage Foundation noted in February that laws and regulations such as this proposal are “at odds with the fundamental principles of a free enterprise system, replacing voluntary exchanges with those that regulators bless as acceptable.

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“It substitutes a few (unelected) individuals’ preferences for everyone else’s preferences.”

Since her election to Congress last year, Ocasio-Cortez has become a champion of the hard-left, progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Over 4 million people follow her on Twitter, and the establishment media gives broad coverage to virtually any issue she wants to promote, such as the Green New Deal.

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As a result, liberal presidential candidates like Sanders can secure free coverage for their campaigns by teaming up with her on legislation such as this, even though it has a slim chance of being passed by the Senate — and an even slimmer chance of being signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Nonetheless, attacks on Christians from Ocasio-Cortez and others will likely continue as the 2020 presidential campaign heats up and Democratic candidates attempt to curry favor with the left wing of their base.

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Martha Schober is a freelance journalist with extensive experience in congressional relations and public affairs. In her home state of Mississippi, she was very involved in politics and ran a statewide campaign before moving to Northern Virginia to work on Capitol Hill for a trade association and later for two federal agencies. Martha is very involved in volunteering at her children's school and her church. Together with her husband and two boys, she loves the beach, hiking and all things sports-related.
Martha Schober is a freelance journalist with extensive experience in congressional relations and public affairs. She began her love of politics in college while pursuing a degree in political science. She worked in the Mississippi governor's office during college and volunteered with her state's Republican Party. After graduating at the top of her class, she pursued a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While there, she continued to volunteer for political campaigns and became more involved and well-versed in national politics. She then returned home to Mississippi for a year and served as the campaign manager for a state-wide race. Following that, she moved to Northern Virginia and worked for a trade association on Capitol Hill. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Martha volunteered for George W. Bush and following his election was hired as an appointee for his administration. She worked in congressional relations for the secretary of agriculture and then moved to the Farm Credit Administration where she headed up the Congressional and Public Affairs office. Martha volunteers extensively at her children's school and at her church. Together with her husband and two boys, she loves the beach, hiking and all things sports-related.
Birthplace
Tupelo, Mississippi
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American
Honors/Awards
Various awards/achievements in undergraduate including Student Government President, Mortar Board, Who's Who in American College Students, Hall of Fame
Education
Mississippi College, B.A. in Political Science, 1996; Regent University, M.A. in Public Policy, 1999
Location
Potomac Falls, Virginia
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
politics, faith, sports, education




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