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I believe in happy endings. Do you? 

The biggest political story in America today is AOC (Alexandria Ocasio Cortez). And I know how to produce a happy ending- at least for President Trump, the GOP and capitalism. I believe I can end AOC’s political career, as quickly as it began.

For all intents and purposes, AOC is now the face and brand name of socialism. That means if we end AOC, we can end America’s dangerous flirtation with socialism.

Democrats love to ask for the tax returns of high profile Republicans. Think Trump. Democrats demand his tax returns all day long. It’s all they think about.

Think Harry Reid. He singlehandedly destroyed Mitt Romney’s presidential chances by lying about Mitt’s taxes. Harry claimed a close associate of Mitt told him Mitt never paid taxes for a decade. Harry lied. There was no “associate of Mitt.” No matter, Mitt never recovered. Harry bragged about it years later. He was asked did you lie about Mitt’s taxes? Harry replied, “It worked, didn’t it?”

Terrible. But two can play at that game. The difference is I don’t lie, or slander, or commit fraud like Harry. I just have great gut instincts and ask commonsense questions.

So, let’s turn the tables on the Democrats. It’s time to “Harry Reid” AOC.

Socialism is based on taxes- lots of them. AOC’s plans all revolve around loads of new taxes. She loves taxes the way that I love America, apple pie and football. AOC’s life is taxes, taxes and more taxes. At Christmas, she decorates her tree with IRS forms. At night she dreams of fairies, sugar plums and higher taxes. 

But what if the gal whose middle name is taxes, who has built her brand around taxes, didn’t actually pay them herself? What if it became known that she wants 70% tax rates for you and me, but she’s a tax cheat?

Well that would be the end of “Ms. Socialist Taxes.” The political career of AOC would lay in smoldering ruins. She’d soon be back pounding the streets of the Bronx looking for bartending openings. 

Even liberals would run away from her like the plague. Because no one wants the stench of a hypocrite near them. AOC’s tax cheating would destroy the entire argument of the Democrat Party that “the rich don’t pay enough.” They pay plenty compared to a tax cheat hypocrite.

So, let’s take a page from Harry Reid’s playbook and find out. You see I have an educated hunch. AOC was a bartender until recently. She went from bartender to Congresswoman. Bartenders live on tips. They get a small salary- usually minimum wage. And 80% of their wages come from tips. 

Did “Ms. Socialist Taxes” pay taxes on her tips? Did she even bother to report her tips? Inquiring minds want to know. It’s easy enough to find out. It’ll all be in black and white on her tax returns. What years was she a bartender? Are there tips listed on those tax returns?

I’m betting the answer is NO.

We don’t have to go back 30 or 40 years like Democrats want to do with President Trump’s taxes. Or a decade as Harry Reid wanted to do with Mitt Romney’s taxes. AOC was a bartender only a year or two ago. 

So, Here’s “the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tax Challenge.” It’s simple. We demand to see your tax returns. We want to see if you reported your “tips” and if you paid taxes on them. Afterall, you say you want everyone to pay their “fair share.” 

So, did you pay? Or are you a tax cheat? Inquiring minds want to know. 

I’m betting on a happy ending.

Wayne Allyn Root is the host of “The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Newsmax TV, nightly at 8 PM ET, found on DirecTV Ch #349, or Dish TV Ch #216, at He is also a nationally syndicated radio host of “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” found at