Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was asked a simple question: how was she going to pay for the more than $40 trillion she’s proposed in new government spending?
Ocasio-Cortez was completely unable to respond.
During an interview with the self-declared socialist, Anderson Cooper–himself hardly a tough critic of liberalism–asked Ocasio-Cortez, “How are you going to pay for all of this?”
Ocasio-Cortez immediately got defensive, responding: “No one asks how we’re gonna pay for this Space Force. No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut.”
“We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, health care and education,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “How do we pay for it? With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force. For all of these ambitious policies.”
Considering the multi-billion-dollar cost difference between Trump-era budget items like Space Force and defense spending increase, vs. Ocasio-Cortez’s $32 trillion “Medicare for All” plan, Cooper didn’t let her off the hook.
“There are Democrats, obviously, who are worried about your affect on the party,” Cooper told her. “Democratic Senator Chris Coons said about left-leaning Democrats, ‘If the next two years is just a race to offer increasingly unrealistic proposals, it’ll be difficult for us to make a credible case we should be allowed to govern again.'”
“What makes it unrealistic?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
Replying with the obvious, Cooper told her: “How to pay for it.”
Ocasio-Cortez, however, was still unable to supply an answer to have she’d pay for her lavish government spending, instead deflecting the issue once again.
“We pay more per capita in health care and education for lower outcomes than many other nations,” she said. “And so for me, what’s unrealistic is what we’re living in right now.”