Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was again unable to explain how she intends to pay for $40 trillion in far-left big government programs during a Sunday interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” with host Anderson Cooper.
This marks the second time that Ocasio-Cortez was unable to explain how she would pay for the programs that she wants the government to pay for, with the other instance occurring during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“How are you going to pay for all of this?” Cooper asked.
Ocasio-Cortez got defensive, responding: “No one asks how we’re gonna pay for this Space Force. No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut.”
“We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, health care and education,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “How do we pay for it? With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force. For all of these– ambitious policies.”
“There are Democrats, obviously, who are worried about your affect on the party,” Cooper responded. “Democratic Senator Chris Coons said about left-leaning Democrats, “If the next two years is just a race to offer increasingly unrealistic proposals, it’ll be difficult for us to make a credible case we should be allowed to govern again.”
“What makes it unrealistic?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
“How to pay for it,” Cooper responded.
“We pay more per capita in health care and education for lower outcomes than many other nations,” Ocasio-Cortez answered, as she still could not provide an answer about how to pay for her programs. “And so for me, what’s unrealistic is– is what we’re living in right now.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s latest failure in trying to explain how she’ll pay for her programs comes a day after she attacked Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) for, as she claimed, not knowing how marginal tax rates work. In response to her comments toward Scalise, her supporters appeared to advocate for violence against him, which comes after he was nearly murdered by a Democrat terrorist in 2017.
The other instance where Ocasio-Cortez was unable to answer the question of how she’ll pay for her programs happened last year in an interview with Tapper.
“According to nonpartisan and left-leaning studies friendly to your cause, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities or the Tax Policy Center, the overall price tag is more than $40 trillion in the next decade,” Tapper said during the September interview. “You recently said in an interview that increasing taxes on the very wealthy, plus an increased corporate tax rate, would make $2 trillion over the next 10 years.”
“So, where is the other $38 trillion going to come from?” Tapper asked.
Ocasio-Cortez danced around the question for as long as she could before Tapper had to change the subject because it was obvious she couldn’t answer the question.
“So, I’m assuming I’m not going to get an answer for the other $38 trillion,” Tapper said. “But we will have you back, and maybe we can go over that.”