Despite pushing for a socialist “Medicare for all” plan that countless experts argue would bankrupt the nation, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now all of a sudden concerned about paying for things.
On Thursday, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives approved $5.7 billion in funding for the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
The measure has not yet been voted on in the Senate amid ongoing negotiations, and the partial government shut down on Saturday morning.
But in response to the $5.7 billion for the wall in the House bill, the New York socialist took to Twitter to claim “no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it.”
And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall.
What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay?
Or replacing water pipes?
Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies?
Or green jobs?
But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it. https://t.co/jXdm1w9bpy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 21, 2018
“And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall. $5.7 billion… What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay? Or replacing water pipes? Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies? Or green jobs? But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it,” she wrote.
For starters, “no one” is asking how the GOP is “paying for it” because most people understand basic math and how the federal government works.
The federal government is funded by the taxpayers. When Congress passes a spending bill, it must allocate the necessary funding for the the following fiscal year to ensure all government can fully operate.
They didn’t “discover” the money out of thin air, it has been there the entire time. The issue is that in Congress, a spending bill requires a supermajority, meaning 60 votes in the Senate.
No Democrats are agreeing to vote in favor of the House-passed package, so negotiations are ongoing about how much funding — which the government already has — will be allocated for “border security.”
Aside from Ocasio-Cortez not even having a rudimentary understanding of how government works, which she will be part of in a week, many are wondering why she’s not all of a sudden concerned about spending money.
According to a study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the “Medicare for all” plan that Ocasio-Cortez supports would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years.
For context, that’s about 54 times America’s annual GDP and over eight times the nation’s federal budget.
A second study from Vox.com, a far-left outlet, found that Ocasio-Cortez’s plan would roughly cost the United States a jaw-dropping $218 trillion over the next 30 years.
Even if the federal government substantially raised taxes across the board and slash funding for government agencies, it still wouldn’t be enough to fund the socialist healthcare plan.
Ocasio-Cortez is furious the government “discovered” $5.7 billion, yet she has no issue with spending $218 trillion over the next 30 years — which would be about $7 trillion per year.
This is also the same girl who also recently said “you just pay for it” when asked how to fund her socialist healthcare plan.