Supporters of Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the 28-year-old who surprisingly won her New York primary in June — love her ideas in theory. But they seem as unable as Ocasio-Cortez is herself to explain how all the equality she promises would be paid for, in the end.
Liberals hail Ocasio-Cortez as a rising political star in the Democrat party. Yet she’s recently been called out for campaign missteps, such as criticizing Israel’s “occupation” of the Palestinian territories, and flubbing a chance to explain how exactly her socialist platform will pay for everything she’s promising.
People on the street in Astoria, Queens — a portion of the 14th congressional district in which Ocaisio-Cortez won her nomination against Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) — were asked by Campus Reform’s media director, Cabot Phillips, if they agreed with her Democratic socialism ideas — and how they would be financed.
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They were flummoxed.
“I don’t know where the money would come from, but they can figure it out,” one respondent said about paying for free health care and education.
“Oh, God — I mean, us, I guess,” one woman said when asked who would pay for goods and services for all. She then turned to her companion for help in answering the question — who also answered hesitantly, “Us.”
One supporter said the American public would be fine with paying higher taxes if they had “a good idea and a good reason to spend their tax money.”
Can’t get more vague or irresponsible than that, frankly, when it comes to hard-earned taxpayer money.