Dem ‘Squad’ Congresswoman Seeks $5 Billion to Close the ‘Transit Equity Gap’ – Opinion

The “Squad” consists of Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar. They excel at agitation and not in legislation.

AOC’s best-known attempt at legislation was the Green New Deal. This was notable because it was met with mockery. Among other silly proposals, she wanted to “replace” or upgrade every building in America. I’m guessing she saw the movie “Antman,” and figured, why not shrink and replace? She reminds me of a beauty contestant who answers every question with “world peace.” She insists that everyone wants to “date” her when someone questions her smarts. Alas, she’s the smartest member of the “Squad,” so she gets the most attention. By the way, Pelosi called the Green New Deal the “Green Dream or whatever”. When you’ve lost the Wicked Witch of the West, you have no hope of passing legislation.

The rest of the Squad’s record on sponsoring and passing legislation is about the same. As a group, they make a lot of noise — not a lot of sense.

Ayanna Pressley’s track record of legislative success is pretty bleak. Perhaps it is because she only has time to listen to people who are in her echo chamber. For instance, Ayanna Pressley has made it clear – shut up unless you agree with her. This is what she said:

“If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.”

She’s down with important business in Congress like the CROWN Act. What’s that? It bans “hair discrimination”. This law passed Congress. A federal law now prohibits discrimination in hair.

I didn’t know that was a thing. It is ironic that the two people who push it, Senator Cory Booker and Pressley, both wear Samuel L. Jackson pates. Pressley wears hair wigs. Booker could, but it is only for home.

California was the first state to ban hair discrimination, and of course, Pressley is demanding Massachusetts follow California’s lead.

Pressley now wants five billion dollars (to start) to make public transportation free, but mostly she wants it free for people of “color.” She and her staff wrote a mercifully short bill outlining what she wants. She wants to make public transit a “free ride.” Sounds expensive, but we’re just printing money, so why not print more? The bill can be viewed here.

Her bill proposes to “reduce the need for fare evasion policies” that “criminalize”…“people of color.” It’s in the bill. Apparently, turnstile hopping and not paying to ride a bus or commuter rail is unfair and super-racist because most of the scofflaws are “people of color? I think I’m reading that right, but you can be the judge. Pressley is asking for federal billions in public transit funding because most people who are trying to avoid paying transit fares tend to be people of colour.

The bill seeks to make “progress towards significantly closing transit equity gaps.” It might sound silly, and kinda-sorta neutral, until Pressley said the quiet part out loud:

I’m guessing that by “fear,” she means that if public transit is “free” then criminals hopping turnstiles won’t be criminalized — because it won’t be a crime and thus, criminals won’t suffer fear of being arrested? It’s all a bit confusing, I know.

In California and on federal contracts, however, the hair equity gap is closed. Massachusetts may soon follow suit. Pressley wants you to know she’s closing the “transit equity gap,” and she seeks a measly 5 billion in federal money to do it. The next time someone hops a transit turnstile, hops on a bus without paying, and you lament that it’s a sign of  “transit inequity”, know that Ayanna Pressley, plank member of the squad, is closing the transit equity gap.

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