The Democrat Party’s little rising star is back at it again showing her ignorance on national television, this time as a guest of Trevor Noah’s show “Daily Show”. On the show, Noah asked the fair question of how we are going to pay for her agenda, particularly healthcare for all. Ocasio-Cortez then showed her unending ignorance in a few ways: not understanding basic math, not doing basic research and confusing a department’s entire budget with a budget increase.
The conversation focuses on healthcare for all, so we’ll be focusing on that as well. But I would like to point out that that’s the only agenda item we’re talking about here and not the other ones. The reason for me pointing this out will become clear soon enough.
First, Ocasio-Cortez brings up the Obama argument of people “paying their fair share” aka suffocating them with high taxes that will ruin us.
“… one of the things we saw is, if people pay their fair share, if corporations and the ultra wealthy – for example, as Warren Buffett likes to say, if he pays as much as his secretary paid, 15 percent tax rate, if corporations paid – if we reverse the [GOP] tax bill, raised our corporate tax rate to 28 percent… if we do those two things and also close some of those loopholes, that’s $2 trillion right there. That’s 2 trillion dollars in ten years.”
That sounds neat, doesn’t it? Taxing the hell out of those dirty rich people and their corporations, we can get 2 trillion dollars in ten years. Great! Except for the fact that fellow socialist Bernie Sanders estimates it would take $14 trillion over ten years to cover Medicare-for-All, and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates it would take double that of Sanders’ estimates (28 trillion) to cover it. So annihilating the 1% doesn’t even get us 10% of the way to fully affording this agenda item.
And like I said earlier, this is just covering Medicare-for-All. If taxing the rich to the point of bankruptcy can’t get you 10% of the way to paying for Medicare-for-All, then you surely cannot afford any other item in the socialist agenda such as basic guaranteed income, welfare for the poor and illegal immigrants, free higher education and free housing. You’ll run out of money before anyone can be convinced of reelecting you (though with the Russian collusion story, the Left will go further and further towards eliminating elections altogether eventually if given the opportunity).
But Ocasio-Cortez is not done showing her ignorance. She then talks about implementing a new tax: “If we get people to pay their fair share (at this point, it’s not their fair share, it’s highway robbery), that’s $2 trillion in ten years. Now if we implement a carbon tax on top of that, so that we can transition and financially incentivize people away from fossil fuels, if we implement a carbon tax – that’s an additional amount, a large amount of revenue that we can have.”
She shows her ignorance in two different ways here: first, she doesn’t disclose even an estimated amount of extra revenue from the carbon tax. She has no idea how much it would be, but the likelihood is high that it doesn’t get close to the mugging of the rich that would take place with those high taxes. Second, even Ocasio-Cortez earlier estimated that “it’s going to take $3 trillion to $4 trillion to transition us to 100% renewable energy economy.”
So it would take roughly double the amount you would get from essentially mugging the rich to even pay for renewable energy, which we don’t even have the technology to do, let alone the money. So then, you can’t even pay for Medicare-for-All in the least, even with that carbon tax. And this is ignoring the fact that, with a carbon tax, people will move away from fossil-fuels, which might sound nice if you’re a liberal, except for the fact that doing so would mean that you progressively get less and less revenue from the tax. It wouldn’t be a constant if people move away from fossil-fuels, so they can’t even get up to the original numbers of robbing the rich and taxing fossil-fuel usage.
Finally, Ocasio-Cortez shows her ignorance by believing a department’s entire budget was actually a budget increase. “Then the last key, which is extremely important is reprioritization. Just last year we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase, which they didn't even ask for. They’re like ‘we don’t want another fighter jet!’ They’re like ‘don’t give us another nuclear bomb’, you know?”
No, I don’t know. First of all, she clearly has not spent any time with military advisors. Show me someone from the military who does not want another “fighter jet” and I’ll show you a liar. Second of all, we did not give the military a $700 billion budget increase. That number is their entire BUDGET! The Department of Defense requested $639 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 and we gave them roughly $70 billion more than requested, meaning the increase was $70 billion, not 700. So she’s either lying about this or is too ignorant to realize that we can’t possibly afford to give the military that much more money on top of what they already have.
Meaning she either wants to strip all of our defense budget from the military, rendering us a nation without a military, or someone’s gonna have the awkward job of telling her they can’t get nearly that much money pulled from the military.
I’ll say this again, this is only to cover Medicare-for-All. From what we have seen, we can’t even get close to paying for 10% of it by taxing the ultra-wealthy and corporations. Even if you taxed 100% of what corporations made (which, of course, would lead to financial ruin and unemployment of Biblical proportions) you still couldn’t fully afford Medicare-for-All.
Not that any of this matters to the Left. They don’t want to think too much about the details of how exactly they’re going to pay for stuff. They want to run on giving people free stuff! At the end of the day, the objective is not to actually give people free stuff. They don’t care about the people. They only want to get elected and to have control of this country.
Of course, they will try to implement Medicare-for-All and all the other socialist policies, but when they come face to face with the reality that they can’t possibly afford all this stuff, they will blame the opposition (that’s what they were doing with the failure that is Obamacare) and fix nothing, only making things worse for everyone.
This is what we see in Venezuela, North Korea, and other socialist countries. This is what we saw in the Soviet Union. What we will soon see in China and Europe. What we saw in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Socialism, communism, is a pipe-dream for people who don’t understand reality. It costs too much to create, let alone maintain a socialist country. Without free trade and free market systems, wealth is not created.
Establishing full-on communism would lead to a country in ruins, both fiscally and literally. Chaos would run amok. Violence is communism’s main export. It leads to ruin, disrepair and ultimately death. The death of countless people and an entire nation.
The idea that anyone outside the world of politics would support this is ludicrous. I get why the Democrats are embracing this. They think it will lead them to power and perhaps ultimate power. Power similar to Maduro’s power in Venezuela, where he can run elections that there’s no chance he could possibly lose. They seek ultimate power. They seek to have the power of the God they claim not to believe in. But as mere imperfect humans, they cannot have it. That doesn’t mean they won’t try, however. And if they have to destroy the world to even TRY to achieve His power, they’ll do it. Heck, they’re doing it already, aren’t they?
Regardless, this merely goes to show that socialism is mankind’s single worst idea ever.
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