People in New York City and around the U.S. were not expecting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to win her Democrat congressional primary in New York against a rival who was instead expected to prevail. Even Ocasio-Cortez herself seemed to not be expecting her victory. But she managed to accomplish what at first seemed impossible. Now that her campaign is getting even more serious and in the run-up to the election, it’s time to take a closer look at the candidate’s policy ideas.
Recently, her supporters were asked how their candidate would pay for the programs she is saying she will provide if she is elected to Congress. Not surprisingly, those supporters hadn’t a clue. In other words, they had a “free for all” when trying to answer the obvious question:
How in the world does Ocasio-Cortez think she will come up with the funding for the programs?
Ocasio-Cortez is promising the moon, but is she really just offering empty promises? Here are some pieces of information from her website:
Medicare For All
“Improved and Expanded Medicare for All is the ethical, logical, and affordable path to ensuring no person goes without dignified healthcare. Medicare for All will reduce the existing costs of healthcare (and make Medicare cheaper, too!) by allowing all people in the US to buy into a universal healthcare system. What’s even better is that Improved and Expanded Medicare for All includes full vision, dental, and mental healthcare – because we know that true healthcare is about the whole self, not just your yearly physical…”
Higher Education / Trade School For All
“Roughly every 100 years, the United States expands its public education system to match its increasingly advanced economy. It’s now time to expand our national education system to include tuition-free public college and trade school…”
Those are just a couple of examples.
Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters gave some pretty nonsensical answers when asked where the money would come from for such programs.
For example, they seem to think the money comes from the government, and that money comes from taxes, but they don’t seem to understand that the tax money comes from Americans, which includes Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters and their families and friends. Some also think the solution is as simple as taxing some people, that is, people with higher incomes, more. That is much too simplistic of a view.
Her supporters would do well to really sit down and crunch some numbers, and take some time to think through how feasible it is to have all the pie-in-the-sky programs that Ocasio-Cortez is proposing. When it comes down to it, those programs are not very realistic.
Nothing that comes from the government iis ever truly “free.” Health care or education that might seem free is really just paid for with someone’s else’s money.
Clearly, there are problems with the current health care system, cost of health care, cost of education, and overall education system. Those problems are prompting people like Ocasio-Cortez to come up with their proposed “solutions.” But the ways that Ocasio-Cortez is suggesting to solve those problems are just not feasible. Other more sound ideas would provide much better and more financially reasonable solutions.
Some of the answers from supporters were so dense that you truly have to see it to believe it. Check out the video from Campus Reform below.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter