In a stunning display of economic illiteracy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, declared that she was personally responsible for the rise of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the United States.
In a press conference held outside of a local bodega in her district, AOC declared that her recent decision to switch from eating avocado toast to artisanal cheese had caused a ripple effect throughout the economy, leading to a surge in prices for goods and services across the board.
“I knew that making the switch from avocado toast to artisanal cheese would have an impact on the local economy,” she said. “But I never could have imagined that it would cause such a massive increase in the CPI.”
While economists scoffed at the idea that one person’s dietary choices could have such a significant impact on the economy, AOC doubled down on her claims, arguing that the evidence was right in front of her.
“Just look at Apple’s stock price,” she said. “It’s soaring to record-high levels, thanks in no small part to my decision to support small, local producers of artisanal cheeses.”
Unfortunately for AOC, her comments were quickly picked up by conservative news outlets, who lambasted her for her economic ignorance. Many pundits argued that AOC’s comments were emblematic of a broader trend on the left, where well-intentioned policies were often derided by conservatives as unrealistic and impractical.
Regardless of the political fallout, however, one thing is clear: the CPI continues to rise, and Americans are feeling the pinch. But whether or not AOC is to blame for the surge remains up for debate.
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