Self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Congressional candidate who recently defeated a long-time incumbent in the New York primaries, is set to debate her Republican opponent, an economics professor.
Yes, an economics professor.
This will be must-watch TV.
After all, Alexandria has no idea how she’ll pay for trillions in health care plans (see below).
From Daily Wire:
Democratic congressional nominee and self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has agreed to debate her Republican Congressional opponent, Dr. Anthony Pappas.
According to a press release from the Pappas campaign, the debate has been arranged and will be hosted by Queens Latino, a local spanish-speaking newspaper. The debate is tentatively set to occur at a school auditorium.
Pappas, who is an Associate Professor in Economics and Finance at St. John’s University’s Peter J. Robin College of Business, plans to confront Ocasio-Cortez on her endorsement of socialism.
Check out CNN’s Jake Tapper grilling Alexandria on her $40 trillion plan, then watch as she KO’s herself:
From Daily Caller:
Tapper began by laying out the policies — such as Medicare for all, tuition-free public college and the cancellation of student loan debt — and the price tag, saying, “According to nonpartisan and left-leaning Tax Policy Center, the overall price tag is more than $40 trillion in the next decade. You recently said in an interview increasing taxes on the very wealthy, increased corporate tax rate would make $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Where is the other $38 trillion going to come from?”
Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the question, arguing that a Medicare for all policy would ultimately save money over time. She expounded on the virtues on “investments that are better for our future,” citing the U.K., Canada, and France as working examples of the model she preferred.
More from Daily Wire:
TAPPER: “Your platform has called for various new programs including Medicare for all, housing as a federal right, federal jobs guaranteed, tuition free public college, canceling all student loan debt. 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. You recently said in an interview increasing taxes on the very wealthy, plus an increased corporate tax rate would make $2 trillion over the next ten years. Where is the other $38 trillion going to come from?”
OCASIO-CORTEZ: “One of the things we need to realize when we look at something like Medicare for all, Medicare for all would save the American people a very large amount of money. What we see as well is that these systems are not just pie in the sky. Many of them are accomplished by every modern civilized democracy in the western world. The United Kingdom has a form of single payer health care, Canada, France, Germany. We need to realize that these investments are better and they are good for our future. These are generational investments so that they are not short-term Band-Aids but they are really profound decisions about who we want to be as a nation and how we want to act as the wealthiest nation in the history of the world.”
— CNN (@CNN) September 16, 2018
???? What’s so humorous about this…it’s not her ideas, it’s the folks who voted for her and actually believe that money ???? drops from the skies above. I think 10 of her supporters should step forward & let us know how her ideas are going to work?
— fletchmw (@fletchallmc) September 16, 2018
.@jaketapper does a great job pressing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on how she'd pay for her healthcare plan — she says economic activity from millennial who would buy homes if they didn't have student debt — and highlights that she did not actually answer his two attempts to ask.
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) September 16, 2018
Jake Tapper asks Alexandria Ocasio Cortez how she will pay for the $40T price tag on her socialist agenda. She says it will save money. What? #sotu
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) September 16, 2018
Money doesn’t drop from the sky, it’s debt that is represented by additional 1s and 0s in central bank accounts. Some of those units are also represented by paper and metal that the government creates at will.
— foolie (@PapaDocStrunsee) September 16, 2018
Alexandria needs to think this one through.