Soon-to-be commie congresswoman Alexandria Obtuse-Cortez suggested that “Medicare for all” costs be covered by money allocated to the Department of Defense. She thinks that the Pentagon loses $21 trillion a year and she will take that from their budget.
She might possibly have a reading comprehension problem and misread an article from The Nation. The hard-left magazine reported, “…a mind-boggling $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained.”
She took that to mean per year.
$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained.”
$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T.
That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.
And that’s before our premiums. https://t.co/soT6GSmDSG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 2, 2018
She might not understand this, but she was ridiculously wrong:
Senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute, Brian Reidl, tweeted: Wow. You claim $21 Trillion in Pentagon Waste? The entire Pentagon budget from 1789-2018 has totaled $18 trillion, Come on, This is embarrassing.
He explained: For those wondering: In the original study, $21 trillion refers to transfers back-and-forth between accounts. So the same $1 can be counted 1000’s of times. It *does not* mean that $21 trillion in total spending was mis-spent. AOC should have realized $21T *spent* is crazy.
AOC’s math must be common core socialist math or maybe she just has no clue.