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Socialist Candidate Ocasio-Cortez Struggles to Explain How She’ll Pay for Her Agenda

Socialist Candidate Ocasio-Cortez Struggles to Explain How She’ll Pay for Her Agenda

For better or worse, Democrats own this one.


New York Socialist Congressional Candidate Ocasio-Cortez joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah where she was asked a very straightforward and fair question — how she plans to pay for all the “free” programs she’s suggested.

Ocasio-Cortez hemmed and hawed and US Americans such as-ed her way through two minutes, throwing in phrases like “fair share” and “tax the wealthy”, brought up the thoroughly debunked Warren Buffet’s Secretary schtick, but never got around to answering the question.


Ocasio-Cortez seems to be having a hard time grasping basic economic principles, earning a “Pants on Fire” rating from left-leaning Politifact on her explanation of unemployment numbers.

Earlier this week, CRTV released a satirical interview of Ocasio-Cortez, clearly spliced from another. The interview triggered progressives in the best of ways.

After watching this bit from The Daily Show though, CRTV was more than charitable. At least in their version Ocasio-Cortez actually answered questions instead of saying things like, “just last year, we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase that 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!”

For better or worse, Democrats own this one.


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Wait … What?
What do you mean “pay”?
It’s FREE !!! Free, I tell you.

Famous words by Ocasho Cortez a.k.a. She Guevara

    Mighty_WHrIGHTY in reply to Exiliado. | July 28, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Maybe she will pay for it the same way Trump is paying for his tax cuts. With 1 trillion in additional debt this fiscal year alone.

    Where is the additional revenue the Trump tax cuts were supposed to produce?

    Why not make some attempt at applying the standard you apply to her to the big Grifter?

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Mighty_WHrIGHTY. | July 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Has Rags resurfaced?

      I assume that you are keeping up with current affairs. If so you are assurredly aware that for the last few months, the Federal government has collected RECORD tax revenues. That’s right since the tax CUTS went into effect, tax REVENUES have increased significantly. And, workers have seen more of their wages flowing into their pockets.

      the problem is not cutting taxes, it has always been about cutting spending. That is the purview of the Congress, not the President. And, as usual, Congress not only shows NO interest in eliminating the waste in government and cutting spending. They keep raising the debt ceiling and spending more money. So, no matter how High we raise the tax rates, the Congress Critters will always find a way to spend more than they have coming in.

      Mighty Ingnoramus:

      Do you really expect anyone here to take you seriously? Do you actually think you’ll change anyone’s minds with your baseless statements? (Honest questions.)

      Milhouse in reply to Mighty_WHrIGHTY. | July 29, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Where is the additional revenue the Trump tax cuts were supposed to produce?

      Coming in right along, in even greater numbers than expected. Where did you get the idea they’re not?

broomhandle | July 27, 2018 at 7:39 pm

If she weren’t as cute as a button, where would her political career be?

4th armored div | July 27, 2018 at 7:41 pm

she needs to take notes from bernie ‘free stuff’ Ben& Jerry free ice cream store –

She’s a slightly higher useful idiot sent to dupe lower useful idiots. That’s her role.

I’m a mom. Watching her and thinking, my little girl’s first day at preschool, and oh Lord, she’s pooped her diaper…oh Lord. Ugh, clean up time.

rabid wombat | July 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Other people’s money….

We all know how she’s going to pay for it: with other peoples’ money.

It’s the Socialists’ way. And it always works . . . until they run out of other peoples’ money, which they always do (because the people who work and save get sick of having their money taken from them and given to the people who don’t or won’t). And then, it’s hello Venezuela (or Weimar Republic or any of the other failed Socialist societies).

But it’ll be different this time! She promises!

“Who’s going to PAY for it? Well, mommy and daddy, of course! They pay for EVERYTHING I want!”
It’s not her fault. It’s her parents’ fault. It’s all she’s ever known.

Socialism is a Ponzi scheme

The god fairy pays for everything until other people’s money runs out

Comanche Voter | July 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

She’s cute. You could dance with her. But you’d have to tell her to keep her mouth shut.

So the top 20% of tax payers fork over 90% of taxes. Half of citizens in USA pay no taxes and some get someone else’s money back.

Sure.. tax corporations and watch them flee to sunnier shores.

I can see why they want a global governance…. they can bilk the whole world then … where can you go? Mars? (maybe SpaceX has the right idea)

She is a true representation of the democrats – Ditz spewing meaningless talking points in a knowing tone.

For better or worse, Democrats own this one.

Not after inoculation by that stupid “satirical interview”, they don’t. They’ve been handed a Get Out of Penalty Box Free card, and there’s no way they won’t use it.

It’s not hard to picture every smug, smirking liberal thinking—and sometimes saying—no, Alexandria Occasional-Dumbnuts isn’t a child hoping Santa Claus will supply her every desire … that was that Alt-Right (or White Supremacist, or any other bogeyman who hides under Leftoid beds) thing. You know, make it look she’s saying dumbass shit she didn’t actually say … just like Sarah Palin not saying she could see Russia from her house. Ha ha ha …

Her idiotic statements thus transform from liabilities for Liberals into indictments of Conservatives. Of course, every statement, real or “satirical”, can be checked … but nobody will bother. As always, The Narrative, once established, will be held up by wishful thinking alone.

The U.S. of A. is in the state it is today because Conservative tactics are as short-sighted and self-destructive as Liberal strategies.

A O-C is not experienced or a critical thinker. She is a slogan monkey. This can work fairly well for a dolt, until someone actual asks a substantive question and they are unable to give an accurate, substantive answer. What the libs on Tucker Carlson’s show to see how that works. Unfortunately, A O-C is the norm among politicians, rather than the exception.

A dummy that rivals even obama.

Her role in life was to be a vote in Congress, a vote determined by someone who is not her. But she screwed that up by opening her mouth. Who knows, maybe her sudden shot to stardom was a set-up by the old-school dems who aren’t ready to be put out to pasture. I bet she gets her ass handed to her in Fall as a message to the other socialists who are dreaming bigger than their britches. Alexandria, you are a rising star like Mel Gibson, except your current political role is from Galipoli. Charge!

DouglasJBender | July 28, 2018 at 1:40 am

She is cute. But I’d never go as far as to tell her “Talk Socialist to me.”

DouglasJBender | July 28, 2018 at 1:44 am

I just watched a portion of her interview with Trevor Noah. Owwwwwww, my mind!!

It’s amazing that Trevor Noah asked her a real question.

    MajorWood in reply to Hub. | July 28, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Yeah, the fact that Noah was allowed to ask her a straight question designed to lead to embarrassment tells me that she is just a straw-wench, a token sacrificial lamb, a piece of fodder designed to test the opposition’s defense. The key is to mock her and her type into oblivion w/o giving away an overall strategy. No need to go nucular with a target easily taken out with the proverbial .22 short.

Socialism could work in this country, for a little while anyway, as it works in other countries. The reality of it is the burden of paying for it all means we would have to “progress” through the same way Venezuela did, taking over various businesses, taking over ever more till it is bled dry.

I am not a true believer in Ayn Rand’s full body of work, but her Atlas Shrugged is a blueprint for what the over reach of political factions would have to do to keep the bribes coming.

I saw one of those interviews from her area. The people interviewed were in love with all her positions, sure, who wouldn’t be, free stuff, the bribes of the politicians who want to give everyone no cost college, no cost healthcare, and so on. It sounds good. Yet, when Venezuela is brought up, at least a couple of them paused.

This country needs to be educated to the dangers of what the left is proposing. If these idiots only opened their eyes to what is happening with the economy under Trump compared to the move toward socialism that Obama pushed, they could see the stark reality. It happened under Reagan, and Trump is doing very much as Reagan did. It led to Clinton being able to claim economic success, as Reagan’s work lasted about 20 years. Reagan had the “good times rolling” and people got lazy. Prosperity enabled the left to make claims that it wasn’t Reagan who caused the economy to grow well, so the media and left pushed, it was the left who claimed the economy while they took from it to push the social programs which ultimately killed off the growth. Just like these leftists are trying to do with Trump, claiming it was Obama who left us in such great shape that the economy is rolling now, and Trump’s actions, the tax cuts, the reduction of regulations, all have nothing to do with it.

This little cupcake knows nothing of economy even though she studied it and majored in it in college. Her interviews show she has little intelligence, poor understanding of economics, other than what her socialist/Marxist professors taught. She is a cute face, who promises the lazy that the over priced colleges and universities will be free, ignoring that these institutions have their costs rising far faster than inflation. She is immature, and stupid, but attractive, offering bribes with no way to deliver without bringing down this country, and her ego has become out of control. She is a great example of her party, the child-like belief that progress means ever testing bounds of society’s rule which worked well for centuries, and throwing tantrums when it doesn’t go right.

    elle in reply to oldgoat36. | July 28, 2018 at 10:45 am

    “Yet, when Venezuela is brought up, at least a couple of them paused.”

    If you scratch that surface, you will find that the “blink, blink” you are getting at that point is rarely deep thought, but cluelessness why you are mentioning Venezuela.

She won’t pay, others will. That’s the agenda

Ghost Rider | July 28, 2018 at 8:42 am

“I heard it was you
Talkin’ ’bout a world
Where all is free
It just couldn’t be
And only a fool would say that”

— Steely Dan

harleycowboy | July 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

If Dumb and Dumber had a child……

Boston University Colkege, call your office.

Has anyone gotten her transcripts? I don’t understand how she graduated from college. There is a scandal here:

1) Either she failed all her classes and some VIP granted her a diploma andway, or

2) She slept with most her professors to get passing grades, or

3) She got ripped off. If she is a product of that college, every one of her teachers should be fired.

    rayc in reply to Fen. | July 28, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Worked for Obama

      Mighty_WHrIGHTY in reply to rayc. | July 28, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Worked for Trump, Marsha Blackburn and Louis Gohmert. Cleanup your own ignorance. Then work on the Democrats.

        “”She later earned a degree in economics and international relations from Boston University, during which time she worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, according to her campaign website.””

        Same to you.

        What a dumb statement – even for you.

        Trump’s life accomplishments prior to becoming president:

        Donald Trump had been around his father Fred’s real-estate company, Elizabeth Trump and Son, for most of his life. But when he graduated college in 1968, at 22, he began working there full-time. After a few years working directly with his father, Fred, Donald took control of the company in 1971, renaming it The Trump Organization. His father’s business focused on building and renting mid-market apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, New York; however, when he took over, he set his sights on Manhattan.

        Donald immediately sought out building projects that were larger and carried higher profiles than his father’s outer-borough apartment blocks. Fred was reluctant at first but eventually backed Donald’s projects in the heart of the Big Apple.

        Donald used the tools and tricks that he’d learned at his father’s side, having inherited Fred’s eye for distressed real-estate gems. And with the entirety of New York City sliding toward bankruptcy in the early 70s, there were more than a few such gems for the having.

        Trump’s biggest early deal was rescuing the once-grand Commodore Hotel from bankruptcy and transforming it into the Grand Hyatt. He opened the refurbished hotel in 1980, with the help of a 40-year tax abatement from the City of New York.

        In 1983, Trump put his stamp on the city with his 68-story Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. The mixed-use skyscraper featured the black glass surfaces and brass trimmings that would mark all too many of his later buildings. The building captured the aesthetic of many baby boomers who were coming into money for the first time during the economic boom of the 1980s.

        Around this time, Trump began to use his successes as a developer to dip his toe into politics. He made his first such splash with the renovation of Wollman Rink in Central Park. The fixes had begun in 1980 but were more or less in limbo by 1986. Trump publicly lambasted the inefficiency of the governmental agencies in charge of the renovation, starting a war of words with then-Mayor Ed Koch. As part of the argument, Trump offered to complete the renovation himself, for free. He finished in three months, for well below the city’s budget and to the satisfaction of most, proving his point.

        His building projects and persona placed Trump squarely in the public eye. And in 1987, he capitalized on his newfound fame with a business book entitled “The Art of the Deal,” which spent 52-weeks on bestseller lists.

        Flush with success, Trump moved into the gaming business, buying the Taj Mahal Casino. But the move proved one gamble too many, and by 1989 Trump was in more debt than he could make the payments on. He kept afloat by taking on more loans until 1991. With bankruptcy looming, Trump’s creditors agreed to restructure his debt, taking half-ownership of the casino. The agreement also forced Trump to sell his airline, the Trump Shuttle airline, and his 282-foot Trump Princess yacht. (See also, How Donald Trump Survived Near Bankruptcy.)

        From this nadir, Trump gradually restored The Trump Organization’s finances. One of the deals that helped him do so involved 40 Wall Street, a 70-story tower in downtown Manhattan, originally known as the Bank of Manhattan Trust building. Trump bought the building for between $1 million and $10 million in 1995 and renovated it. He would later take out a $160 million mortgage on the building to finance other investments. By 2006, Forbes put a $260 million price tag on the property.

        In 1999, when patriarch Fred Trump died, he left behind a handsome estate valued at $250-$300 million. However, the exact amount Donald Trump inherited is unknown.

        As the century turned, Donald Trump continued to buy and construct Manhattan real estate. In 2001, he completed the 72-story Trump World Tower, across the avenue from the United Nations building, and began construction on Trump Place, a series of luxury high-rises along the Hudson River.

        Another bold move that paid off was Trump’s $73-million purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times building. In its place, he planned to build the tallest building in the world, Trump International Tower, Chicago. But the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks convinced him to scale back, ultimately building the second-tallest tower in Chicago. Since it opened in 2009, the tower has been a success, especially the hotel at that location, which is regularly ranked as one of the best in the country.

        Trump’s career as a public figure, which had shrunk significantly following his near-bankruptcy in the early 90s was revived after he hosted a reality TV show called “The Apprentice” in 2003. The NBC show, in which contestants vied for a management job in one of Trump’s companies, was a big hit.

        According to some reports, Trump received $3 million per episode of the show. In his July 2015 Federal Election Commission disclosures, Trump stated that NBC had paid him $214 million for hosting and producing the show over the previous 14 seasons.

        His newly refurbished fame was an opportunity for Trump to begin licensing out his name and image. He began selling the Trump name to a number of real-estate developments that he didn’t build himself. According to Forbes, Trump’s real-estate licensing business, with more than 30 licensed properties worldwide, is among his most valuable assets, which it estimates as being worth more than $500 million.

        Trump has also affixed his brand to a wide range of businesses, including the real-estate-related, though ill-timed Trump Mortgage, which closed in 2007. Beyond real estate, he has opened eateries such as Trump Buffet, Trump Catering, Trump Ice Cream Parlor and the Trump Bar. He has also, at one time or another, launched a Trump-branded clothing line, a fragrance, an array of food and beverage products and countless other businesses. (See also, The Companies Donald Trump Owns.)

        Read more: Donald Trump’s Success Story | Investopedia

        Louis Gomet’s life accomplishments prior to elected office:

        Gohmert was born in Pittsburg, Texas, the son of Erma Sue (née Brooks) and Louis Buller Gohmert. He is of German descent on his father’s side.[2][3] Gohmert was raised in Mount Pleasant, Texas, where he graduated from the local high school in 1971.[4] He then enrolled in Texas A&M University, receiving a B.A. in history in 1975.[5] While at Texas A&M, Gohmert was a student leader for the MSC Student Conference on National Affairs alongside future fellow Congressman Chet Edwards, and a member of the Ross Volunteer Company.[6]

        Gohmert spent a summer as an exchange student in Ukraine.[7] He received a U.S. Army scholarship while at Texas A&M, where he was a brigade commander of the Corps of Cadets and class president.[8] He later received a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas in 1977, where he was also class president.[9] Gohmert served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1978-82.[10][11] The majority of his legal service in the U.S. Army was as a defense attorney.

        Marsha Blackburn’s accomplishments prior to elected office:

        Born Marsha Wedgeworth in Laurel, Mississippi, she attended Mississippi State University, earning a B.S. in home economics in 1973.[2][3] In college, she joined Chi Omega[4][5] and worked as a student manager for the Southwestern Company, selling books door-to-door.[2] She is a former beauty-pageant winner.[6]Blackburn’s professional career began in 1973 when she was hired as a sales manager for Times Mirror, Inc. In 1975 she was named Director of Retail Fashion and Special Events of the Castner Knott Division of Mercantile Stores, Inc. She held this position until 1978, when she became the owner of Marketing Strategies, a promotion-event management and image consulting firm. She continues to run this business.[3]

        Blackburn was a founding member of the Williamson County Young Republicans.[5] She became chair of the Williamson County Republican Party in 1989.[5] Blackburn replaced George Miller.[7] She served as Chair until 1991.[8] Al Nations succeeded her.[9] In 1992, she was a candidate for Congress and a delegate to the 1992 Republican National Convention. She lost the congressional race,[5] but remained active in politics.[2]

        In 1995, Blackburn was appointed executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission by Tennessee governor Don Sundquist,[10][5] and held that post through 1997.[11] In 1998, she was elected to the Tennessee Senate, where she served for six years and rose to be minority whip.[2]

        Then, there’s this:

        Alexandria Cortez’s accomplishments prior to becoming a cypher:

        After college… with financial backing from Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, she established a publishing firm, Brook Avenue Press, that specializes in children’s literature portraying the Bronx in a positive light.[24] She worked as lead educational strategist at GAGEis, Inc.[25] Ocasio-Cortez was an educator at the nonprofit National Hispanic Institute.[26] In this role, in 2017, she served as the Educational Director of the 2017 Northeast Collegiate World Series where she participated in a panel on Latino leadership.[16]

        Socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for tax cuts for her business, now wants higher taxes to fund radical agenda:

        Life accomplishments of Beta Barry Obama prior to elected office:
        -community organizer
        -miraculously admitted to Columbia University (nobody there can remember him attending the school)
        -with low grades, miraculously admitted to harvard law school
        -with no grades or writing, miraculously appointed head of the law review:
        And he sucked!
        -miraculously elected to Illinois senate
        -put his name on two books actually written by William Ayers
        -miraculously elected to the US senate – while his handlers violated challengers’ civil rights:
        -miraculously elected president (thank you, George Soros: fool us once,shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us.)

        Then there’s that idiot, hillary klinton:
        -failed the bar exam – in D.C! (the easiest bar exam in the nation)
        -became a lawyer in Arkansas, doing public defense work (she sucked!)
        -she got a job at the Rose Law firm: she sucked! And she stole!
        -as a lawyer, she was fired for “unethical, dishonest” conduct”:


          The DC bar exam is not “the easiest bar exam in the nation”; it’s actually one of the toughest. It’s so tough that most people who want to practice law there don’t attempt it; they pass it in their home state and then waive in.

    Arminius in reply to Fen. | July 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Or we have all been ripped off and Boston University College needs to be shut down as I doubt it would survive without federal grant money.

    txvet2 in reply to Fen. | July 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Not to nitpick, but BU and BC are different schools.

      Fen in reply to txvet2. | July 28, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      BU Boston University
      BUC Boston University College

      And I don’t know how they get away with using “University College”. Seems fraudulent.

        txvet2 in reply to Fen. | July 28, 2018 at 7:10 pm

        Yeah, but I think she went to BU, not BC/BUC. Anyway, I guess they’d have to be able to get away with that, because they’re not just a college anymore and BU was already taken. It’s confusing, but changing their name altogether would negate a long history.

“Socialist Candidate Ocasio-Cortez Struggles to Explain How She’ll Pay for Her Agenda”

She’s a commie. She is pure, unadulterated evil. She can’t say how she’s going to pay for her agenda until after she seizes power. Then she’ll pay for it in the old fashioned way. Seizing wealth at the point of a a gun. Usually a smoking hot gun. Just ask the Kulaks. Oh, wait one, they’re not around.

And if she doesn’t have have the stomach for it she’ll be purged by others with the requisite “steel” (Stalin, in Russian) to “Get ‘er done.” Just ask Trotsky. Oh, wait. He was killed by Lenin (Iron in Russian) and his assassins with an ice pick in Mexico.

You start with the hot chick like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You end up with Lavrentiy Beria.

Actually you don’t even end up with Beria. Beria was executed, like Trotsky, not for his faults. He was a serial rapist. If he saw a pretty girl in Moscow he’d have his men seize her and bring him to him. So he could rape her. And why not? He was a godless communist. He was the head of the NKVD, the predecessor to the KGB. Which of course meant he was a mass murderer.

But you don’t even end up with Beria. Note, Beria was executed in 1953 for “treason.” Really for knowing too much, like J. Edgar Hoover, by his fellow rapists and murderers.

Then you get a letter including an expanded entry for your “New Soviet Encyclopedia” r.e. the Bering Sea so the Politburo can airbrush him out of history.

I’m not making any of this up. I know people who got that letter. We’ll all get the email if this b**ch somehow succeeds. Which I don’t think she will. She, I believe, just represents one of the death throes of godless heathens the Democrats have become.

    Great analogy, re Beria.

    Like Beta Barry and moooochelle obama, she’s used to being given things she doesn’t deserved. (Watch for an upcoming Nobel Prize for nothing.)

    Like hillary klinton, she’s crazy. (We know what’s behind those crazy eyes, don’t we: another maxine waters. Like obama was sharpton without the street talk, cortez is maxine waters without the street talk – or the brains: waters is probably smarter.)

This is the same chick who claimed that “capitalism” hasn’t always existed, and will (if she has her way) soon cease to exist. It’s always fun to watch a leftist try to explain how they’ll finance their dreams by taxing “the rich”, while at the same time explaining how they’re going to destroy capitalism (by taxing it to death, of course). And yet they never seem to anticipate running out of OPM.

The scariest thing about this is that her degree is supposedly in economics and international relations.

She should be answering these questions COLD. She SHOULD be able to LECTURE on the economic theory as to how these programs can be paid for by simple adjustments to the economy which will redirect under-utilized capital to social programs and community enrichment that will advance society and lead to an economic betterment of the whole.

But she can’t do that.

The fact that she CAN’T do that in any sort of a condensed format means that she really has no IDEA what she’s talking about, and BC should REVOKE her grant of a degree.