How Dumb Are Socialists?

Just as dumb as you’ve always believed, apparently. Campus Reform sent an interviewer into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district to ask what they think of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and socialism. They like both. The interviewer then asks how they think the “free stuff” will be paid for:

The funny thing is, the Congressional candidate is no smarter than her soon-to-be constituents. Last night on the Daily Show, Trevor Noah asked Ocasio-Cortez how her socialist programs would be paid for. Watching this airhead throw around references to hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars is frightening:

Megan McArdle comments:

Painful. She tries to pay for an annual budget line-item (converting economy to renewables), with 10-year budget savings from higher taxes on the wealthy, impossible even if she hadn’t wildly understated the cost. Then confuses the military’s total budget with a proposed increase.

More broadly, she has no idea what she is talking about. One of these days, someone is going to ask her what her idea of a “fair share” tax on high income earners is. In the Noah interview, she seems to suggest it could be 15%. Here in Minnesota, the marginal rate is around 50% already.

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