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Endorsement: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera for U.S. Congress

We are proud to endorse Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who is running to represent New York's 14th district in the United States House of Representatives. Caruso-Cabrera is challenging incumbent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, for the Democratic Party's nomination. Given the stark contrast between Caruso-Cabrera and the left-wing ideologue she plans to dispatch, there is no candidate more deserving of our first endorsement of the 2020 election season.

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

In considering which candidate to endorse, FDL Review considered our principles (as enumerated by the page of the same name). The essence of our principles is that each and every individual possesses natural rights (life, liberty, and property). Government exists solely to protect those natural rights from threats foreign and domestic.

Caruso-Cabrera is a defender of these values; Ocasio-Cortez is their greatest foe in mainstream American politics.

According to a Business Insider report on Ocasio-Cortez's 2018 platform, she is an exponent of Medicare for All, which would subjugate the United States to the innovation and funding drain that has ransacked even developed countries; an employment guarantee backed by the federal government; and the "Green New Deal," which would mandate the cancellation of fossil-fuel technologies by 2035. Such interventions by Washington, D.C. would be completely contrary to FDL Review's principles and also the U.S. Constitution.

Ocasio-Cortez also has a habit of making statements that demonstrate a disdain for the American system of free enterprise. At a congressional hearing, she said, "I wasn't sent here to safeguard and protect profit. I was sent here to safeguard and protect people." "People" and "profit" are not contradictory terms. The American system allows individuals to make voluntary transactions that serve the interests of both parties and expand the total amount of available wealth. Profit is the lubricant that makes this miracle possible.

Compare Ocasio-Cortez's record with that of Caruso-Cabrera. She "is known to be a skeptic of government and a proponent of free markets," which, in FDL Review's eyes, is the best endorsement a congressional candidate could ever receive. The title of Caruso-Cabrera's book, You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government, also indicates a sharp, pro-free enterprise mindset.

The book's contents are even better. The Intercept reports, "Caruso-Cabrera devotes an entire chapter to the many policy successes of the Reagan administration, and writes that she favors tax cuts and deregulation, including eliminating entire federal agencies such as the Labor Department."

Caruso-Cabrera has also walked the walk. She was a correspondent for financial-news channel CNBC. This provenance is not tantamount to a University of Chicago Ph.D. in economics, but it does show expertise on financial and economic matters. Moreover, Caruso-Cabrera has the private-sector experience that Congress needs so desperately: She currently "serves as a member of the board of directors for financial services firm Beneficient."

Some may ask why FDL Review is not endorsing one of Ocasio-Cortez's eight Republican challengers. We subscribe to William F. Buckley's pronouncement, delivered in 1967: "I'd be for the most right, viable candidate who could win" (emphasis ours). America's cities, especially on the federal level, are one-party states controlled by the Democrats. Absent obscene corruption of the William Jefferson variety, which led to an upset victory by Republican Joseph Cao in New Orleans, the Democratic nominee in New York's 14th will win the general election.

The Washington Examiner made this point, noting the 14th is "a D+29 district, one of the most partisan districts in the state. It's one where no Republican congressional candidate has cracked more than 21.6% of the vote this century and one where Ocasio-Cortez won by nearly 65 percentage points in the 2018 general election."

Even though Caruso-Cabrera has strong limited-government bona fides, she has a legitimate chance of winning the primary election. Her social stances are aligned with the district: "I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-same sex marriage, I'm very pro-immigrant, I am centrist for sure," she declared in a radio interview. And if Ocasio-Cortez wins the same number of votes she did in the 2018 primary (which is possible, given the fact she has launched a succession of ideological crusades at the expense of legitimate congressional representation), Caruso-Cabrera only needs 15,898 votes in a district of over 700,000 people.

Caruso-Cabrera should start by talking to the 25,000 people who do not have jobs because of Ocasio-Cortez's most destructive crusade.

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