from the American Spectator:
Is Ilhan Omar a Communist?
Now there’s a headline to make progressives light their hair on fire. Few things set off liberals quite like anti-communism. Pro-communism doesn’t bother them much, at least not enough to openly complain. But anti-communism? One whiff of it sends them hyperventilating into howls of McCarthyism. The same seems true nowadays for socialism, as evident when Donald Trump devoted a mere line or two to it in his State of the Union. Judging from liberal hysteria, one would think Trump had announced a resurrection of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. What a shameless Red-baiter!
That brings me to Ilhan Omar, stalwart member of the Democratic Socialists of America, which describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States.” Read: “socialist,” even as self-described “democratic socialists” insist that they eschew the label “socialist.”
Speaking of which, what is Ilhan Omar? How far left is she?
The short answer is we genuinely don’t know — yet. The more we learn, however, the more we beg the question. It would be valuable if a liberal reporter, in a friendly interview, sat down for a deep dive into what she believes. My sense over only the last few months is that Ilhan Omar may be the most extreme-left member of Congress, as judging from positions on everything from taxes to Israel, from wealth distribution to Venezuela. She soared further left than anyone on the Democrat radar — blowing by Bernie, AOC, and Elizabeth Warren — by calling for literally a 90% tax rate. That was 20% more than what even Miss Democratic Socialist USA, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, had proposed a week earlier.
“There are a few things that we can do,” Omar said shortly after she was sworn in. “One of them, is that we can increase the taxes that people are paying who are the extremely wealthy in our communities. So, 70 percent, 80 percent, we’ve had it as high as 90 percent. So, that’s a place we can start.”
“A 90% tax rate!” one person emailed me. “Is the woman a bleeping communist?”