At this point, there’s just no excuse for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to sound as ignorant and uninformed as she does every time she appears on television. She’s likely to handily win her race for Congress simply because she lives in a Democrat-dominated district, but the national party should be embarrassed to have her be a prominent, rising star in the ranks. She’s absolutely clueless. We’re not sure there’s really a way to make democratic socialism sound good – at least from everything we’ve heard about it – but damn, there are few worse spokespeople for this ideology than Ocasio-Cortez. Perhaps we should be thankful that this is the kind of idiot they have on TV espousing it; makes it a lot less likely that it’ll start catching on outside the coasts.
Anyway, the socialist girl of the hour was on CNN with Jake Tapper this weekend, and the host could not for the life of him get Ocasio-Cortez to explain how she was planning to fund all of her wild Free Everything ideas.
“According to nonpartisan and left-leaning Tax Policy Center, the overall price tag is more than $40 trillion in the next decade,” Tapper said of her agenda, which includes Medicare For All, free college, and other goodies. “You recently said in an interview increasing taxes on the very wealthy, increased corporate tax rate would make $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Where is the other $38 trillion going to come from?”
Pause the tape.
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been asked this very simple, reasonable question. Even if you could be forgiven for not having all the details right the first time, how is she still out there in public without a ready-to-go answer? Is she lazy? Or is it simply the case that there IS no way to pay for all of these policies without jacking taxes up through the roof on literally everyone in America? Which is, of course, not something you can easily run on.
We’re inclined to think it’s a little of Column A and a little of Column B, but Ocasio-Cortez has determined that her best way forward is to simply deny the truth of the agenda’s expense. She insisted that MFA would save money over the long run and said it was important to make “investments that are better for our future.”
Tapper, to his credit, was undeterred. “Right, I get that,” he said. “But the price tag for everything that you laid out in your campaign is $40 trillion over the next 10 years. I understand that Medicare for all would cost more to some wealthier people and to the government and to taxpayers, while also reducing individual health care expenditures. $40 trillion is quite a bit of money. And the taxes that you talked about raising to pay for this, to pay for your agenda, only count for two.”
She still wouldn’t take the bait, though. She launched into a long-winded reply that talked about people in her family who were suffering under rising health care costs, which is a sweet talking point but really doesn’t have anything to do with the question at hand.
Finally, she said: “We do know and acknowledge that there are political realities. They don’t always happen with the wave of a wand but we can work to make these things happen.”
In other words: Yeah, truth is Jake, we really don’t know what the hell we’re talking about.
Can we not put people like this in charge of our country, please?