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.
Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
She succeeds Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Monday, solidifying a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.
Barrett succeeds progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive who had served on the Supreme Court since 1993.
Watch the Senate confirmation proceedings here.
After a lengthy obstructionist attempt to delay the confirmation, Democrats proved unable to stop a floor vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Monday night. Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted a last minute filibuster in a race against time- claiming the eventual confirmation of Barrett represented “one of the darkest days in the history of the Senate,” but Mitch McConnell ultimately arranged a vote.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 26, 2020
Josh Hawley had earlier hailed the confirmation of a justice with a strong pro-life track record.
Senator @HawleyMO's Speech On The Senate Floor Supporting The Confirmation Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) October 26, 2020
The vote to confirm Barrett as a SCOTUS Justice passed by a count of 52-48, with Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski voting in favor of Barrett’s confirmation. Maine’s Susan Collins was the only Republican senator to vote against Barrett’s confirmation, refusing to budge on her stance that the next President should appoint Ginsburg’s replacement.
Judge Barrett is expected to be sworn in as an Associate Justice by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday night.
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