Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialist Fantasy Just Got Blown To Smithereens

Representative-elect and Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out by the Washington Post for her assessment of Pentagon spending.

Cortez shared her opinion on Twitter that if the Pentagon could just hand over their unallocated spending, about two-thirds of the Medicare costs could have been paid for.

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“$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums,” she wrote in the tweet that has been retweeted over 25,000 times.

Cortez didn’t give more clarification than that, only following it up with an additional accusation that the “DoD has literally been making up numbers in its reports to Congress— knowing that Congress would rely on those reports when deciding how much to give the following year.”

“*To clarify, this is to say that we only demand fiscal details w/ health+edu, rarely elsewhere,” Cortez said.

However, her assessment was given “Four Pinocchios” by a Washington Post fact checker.

“The $21 trillion is not one big pot of dormant money collecting dust somewhere. It’s the sum of all transactions — both inflows and outflows — for which the Defense Department did not have adequate documentation,” the fact-checker wrote.

The newspaper also pointed out that according to the Congressional Budget Office, total defense spending from 1998 to 2015 was only just shy of $9 trillion.

It also estimates that only about $7 trillion in spending is projected on defense from 2019 to 2028.

“In other words, completely defunding the military for the next decade would yield only one-fifth of $32 trillion,” the newspaper said.

A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez tried to explain in an email to The Washington Post.

“The point, I think, was more about how we care so little about the ‘how do you pay for it’ when we are talking about war and military spending,” her spokesman wrote in an email.

“It’s only when we are talking about investing in the physical and economic well-being of our citizenry that we become concerned with the price tags.”

The newspaper concluded that Cortez’s attempt was a “Swing and a miss.”

“The tweet is still up, probably causing confusion. So we will award Four Pinocchios to Ocasio-Cortez.”