The youngest congresswoman-elect in the history of the United States made another horribly wrong claim on Twitter on Sunday in an attempt to justify the cost of Medicare for All.
“$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained,’” she said, referencing an article by The Nation shared by far-left MoveOn’s Jordan Uhl.
“$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.”
“In all, at least a mind-boggling $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained, concluded Skidmore,” the article said.
The fact that the Pentagon cannot account for $21 trillion in transactions is not ideal, but Ocasio-Cortez equated the $21 trillion in accounting errors with $21 trillion spent, which is simply untrue.
Brian Reidl, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute explained:
“For those wondering: In the original study, $21 trillion refers to transfers back-and-forth between accounts,” he said. “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.”
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.
— Brian Riedl (@Brian_Riedl) December 3, 2018
But Ocasio-Cortez did not realize that $21 trillion spent is “crazy,” because common sense is not a virtue with which the political left is endowed, and to them, facts do not matter.
So, to be clear: The Pentagon did not spend $21 trillion that cannot be accounted for, and Medicare for All would still bankrupt the nation. Until she decides to put her thinking cap on, Ocasio-Cortez will be a gift to Republicans that keeps on giving.
PATHETIC: National Guard Booted to Parking Lot After Democrat Congressman Complained They Weren’t Wearing Masks
The Democrat complained about masks.
New reports suggest that a detachment of National Guard personnel present in Washington, DC for Inauguration duties were kicked out of their spartan lodging in the Capitol to a parking lot after a Democrat Congressman complained that one of the guardsmen wasn’t wearing a mask at a Dunkin’ Donuts inside the Capitol.
Breitbart News has learned that Massachusetts Democrat Will Keating reported that he encountered a soldier at the Capitol without a mask. When Keating told the guardsman to wear a mask, the service member told Keating, “I appreciate my freedom.”
This event reportedly led to the entire National Guard detachment being kicked out of their lodging inside a Capitol lobby to an outdoor parking lot, where they were exposed to freezing temperatures.
Keating has declined to comment on the exchange, with reports suggesting he reported the incident to Capitol Police. This led to the Guard being booted outside as a punishment.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” one Guard member told Politico about being kicked to the curb.
Establishment Democrats had been eager to use the military service members as political props, even after a fiasco in which they were caught trying to purge conservative-leaning Guard personnel for insufficiently loyalty to the Biden government. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas recalled the detachments of their state National Guards from DC following the second incident of disrespect to the troops, with the former rejecting the idea of FL Guard members being utilized as Nancy Pelosi’s personal servants.
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