Anyone who took High School economics remembers the names Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. And anyone who majored in Economics would have had those names seared into their memory as common knowledge, never to be forgotten or confused.
Not econ major Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who cited nonexistent "famed economist Milton Keynes," while attempting to regurgitate a Feb. 3 New Yorker article advocating for shorter work weeks, universal basic income and work-sharing in order to "ameliorate the effects of slower G.D.P. growth."
According to AOC, 'Milton Keynes' "by 2030, GDP and technology would have advanced so much, that it would allow everyday people to work as little as FIFTEEN HOURS a week and provide for their families."
I, too, spend my days reading the works of noted economists like “Milton Keynes” and his good friends, philosophers Milton Berle and Milton Bradley. H/t. @peekaso @jgrantaddison pic.twitter.com/t5sKKuUpOg— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) February 8, 2020
The Democratic Socialist acknowledged her mistake according to The Blaze, writing in a subsequent Instagram post "UGGGH TYPO. It's John Maynard Keynes. Mixed his name with Milton Friedman — a (very) different economist."
This person wants to tell you how an economy should be organized. Can we just stop now, please.— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) February 8, 2020
My favorite philosopher is Playdoh.— WOPR (@W_O_P_R) February 8, 2020
Who’s your favorite rapper? Mine is Tupac Smalls.— jongouty (@jongouty) February 8, 2020
Perhaps she was thinking of the UK town of Milton Keynes, located about 50 miles north-west of London in Buckinghamshire.
Wondering: How many other House Democrats have a degree in Economics like I do?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 3, 2018
Trying to find who out here is going to be in the Gini Coefficient Appreciation Squad.
In case you ever want to borrow it, I’m happy to share! Highly recommend. pic.twitter.com/PrSO7iEZ9s— Catalina Lauf IL-14 Congressional Candidate (@CatalinaLauf) February 9, 2020