Why, oh why, is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., getting so much press attention? Her views are so far out and not thought through. Does she really think that our government can finance free everything for everyone? That is socialism! (Definition: an economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise.)

Look at what is going on in Venezuela and what happened to Argentina, thanks to socialism. And she has taken economics classes? Perhaps a history of Western civilization course would have been a better choice. Even Whoopi Goldberg advised her to sit back, listen and learn. She is young and very naive. But, unfortunately, young people who listen to her are excited. Don’t they realize that her ideas would bankrupt America?

Capitalism works — look at all the established and up-and-coming businesses here in Lancaster County. The government is not subsidizing them. They are put together by hard work, risk-taking and dreams — and, oh yes, by way of a capitalist spirit.

Socialism would economically destroy our country as we know it. I for one am not ready to stand in bread lines!

Toni Saghirian

Penn Township