The latest dust-up between a Trump and the media’s favorite inexhaustible fountain of nonsense, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, involves not the President but his daughter Ivanka and the American work ethic.
In responding to AOC’s “Green New Deal,” with its “what does this have to do with the environment?” provisions for guaranteed government jobs and a free minimum income to those who can’t or aren’t willing to work, Ivanka Trump replied:
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get. So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where’s there’s the potential for upward mobility.”
As a major force behind the Administration’s policies to grow the economy and create jobs, she added, “I’ve spent much of the last two years focused on inclusive economic growth via workforce development and skills training as well as pro-working family policies.”
That’s the type of statement (Americans don’t want a handout, they want opportunities to work hard and succeed) that used to be taken for granted as true. But whether because of the growing radicalism of the left or the undisguised hatred of the Trump family, that statement brought a wave of ridicule and attacks on Ivanka, ranging from AOC to “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, who mocked Ivanka as someone who was handed a job by her daddy (some might call that incredibly sexist and misogynist, while others might suggest that Noah actually inherited a pretty cushy job from Jon Stewart that he hadn’t exactly earned at that point, either.)
Personally, I admire Ivanka a great deal. She could easily have lived the easy life of a pampered princess, but instead, she works very hard, she’s both a terrific mom and a very successful business woman, and is now doing far more to affect real, positive change for women and working Americans than any of the jealous mean girls yapping at her. I don’t hold it against her that she was born into wealth any more than I would use the fact that my family was dirt poor as an excuse to demand a handout. I was the first in my family to graduate high school, let alone college. But growing up poor made me hungry, and drove me to want to work hard and get ahead. I didn’t want a “guaranteed minimum income,” I wanted to find what I was best at and use to earn the maximum that I could make, just like most Americans do.
Ivanka didn’t have to work so hard, but she chose to, not just for herself but for others, and she deserves credit for that. Despite the phony class envy fables told by the left, America doesn’t have a rigid class structure. We have a remarkably dynamic economy, with people moving in and out of various income levels all the time.
Studies have shown that wealth tends to last three generations: the first earns it; the second remembers the hard times and is trained to maintain and expand the family fortune, and the third is brought up rich and spoiled, doesn’t appreciate it and blows it. Ivanka is an admirable exception to that rule. She deserves better than the scorn of envious critics when she speaks up for the dignity of work and the value of the free market, capitalist system, which in recent years has done an amazing job of lifting people out of poverty all around the world – except, of course, in places where people fell for the phony promises of socialists.