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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez misrepresents study on Pentagon’s accounting

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KENNEDY: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ NOT ONLY MISUNDERSTOOD THAT STUDY AT THE PENTAGON, SHE USED HER FALSE INFO TO TRY AND PUSH THE DISASTROUS BEHEMOTH KNOWN AS MEDICARE FOR ALL. SO SHOULD WE FORGIVE HER FOR YET ANOTHER GAFFE OR BE CONCERNED THAT SHE’S ACTUALLY IN CONGRESS? JOINING ME NOW ON TONIGHT’S PARTY POSSIBLE, KRISTINA PARTSINEVELOS, COMEDIAN AND HEAD WRITER OF THIS VERY FINE SHOW OR AT LEAST THIS VERY SHOW — [LAUGHTER] AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT THE KINGS COLLEGE, BRIAN BRENBERG. LET’S DIVE RIGHT IN. IT’S SAD, BECAUSE THERE’S A REAL ISSUE HERE WITH PENTAGON ACCOUNTING, AND WE SHOULD BE, CERTAINLY, CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. BUT THE FACT THAT SHE THINKS THERE’S $21 TRILLION JUST SITTING AROUND SHOWS HOW SHE HAS SO LITTLE UNDERSTANDING –>>WELL, YEAH. AND, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE’S CALLING THIS A GAFFE. IT’S ONLY A GAFFE WHEN YOU DIDN’T MEAN TO SAY WHAT YOU SAID. SHE MEANT THIS. THIS WENT A GAFFE, THIS WAS HONESTY. THIS IS THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW SHE THINKS WE CAN PAY FOR ALL THESE PROGRAMS. IF YOU LOOK BACK AT ALL OF HER COMMENTS, THERE’S ALWAYS SOME POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW WHETHER IT’S THE RICH, THE PENTAGON, WHOEVER IT IS. WALL STREET’S GOING TO PAY FOR THIS. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS. THIS IS ACTUALLY HER ECONOMIC THEORY. IT’S NOT A MISTAKE. KENNEDY: NO, IT’S NOT A MISTAKE. SHE TRIED TO WALK IT BACK AND SAY, WELL, THERE’S NO OVERSIGHT AT THE PENTAGON, BUT THERE’S SO MUCH OVERSIGHT IN MEDICINE.>>THIS IS THE DANGER OF ELECTING SOMEONE TO CONGRESS WHO RAN FOR CLASS PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW? FREE PIZZA ON FRIDAY. BUT SHE’S NOT DUMB TO ME FOR TWEETING THIS, SHE’S DUMB FOR PUSHING MEDICARE FOR ALL PERIOD. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE V.A. WHO LOOKS AT A SYSTEM WHERE PEOPLE ARE DYING ON LINE TO BE SEEN AND SAY WE SHOULD ADD 300 MILLION MORE PEOPLE TO THIS LINE. KENNEDY: I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP, BECAUSE ONE WITH OF THE GAFFES IN THE PAST, WE’RE NOT EVEN FOLDING IN THE SAVINGS ON FUNERAL COSTS AS THOUGH PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STOP DYING IF WE HAVE –>>NO. WE’RE GOING TO CUT DOWN ON DEATH. KENNEDY: IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK THE SAME HERE AS IT DOES IN SOMEPLACE LIKE DENMARK.>>SMALLER POPULATION. KENNEDY: YEAH.>>STUFF LIKE THAT. HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. BUT LET’S THROW IT TO A CANADIAN, HOLD ON. [LAUGHTER]>>I HAVEN’T EVEN SAID ANYTHING YET, AND I’M JUST GOING TO POINT OUT THE FACTS. SHE JUST USED ONE REPORT, THE NATION, THAT PUT OUT THIS STATEMENT. SHE DIDN’T FACT CHECK IT AT ALL BECAUSE THE PENTAGON’S BUDGET IS AROUND $9.2 TRILLION, AND THAT WAS FROM 1998-2015, SO CLEARLY CANNOT PAY FOR THAT $32 TRILLION THAT YOU MENTIONED. HOWEVER, WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS IS A BIGGER ISSUE, THAT THE PENTAGON MONEY JUST GOES FLYING, NEVER AUDIT IT. KENNEDY: WELL, THAT’S THE THING, SHE STEPPED IN IT, AND NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT SHE CAN’T CARRY ON A CONVERSATION WITH HERSELF.>>HOWEVER, HOW OFTEN HAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MADE INCORRECT NUMBERS IN HIS TWEETS AND INACCURACIES? KENNEDY: IT DOESN’T EXCUSE WHAT HE DID OR WHAT HE SAID.>>WE CAN’T LET THAT PASS AND THEN SAY, OH, SHOULD WE APOLOGIZE OR EXCUSE HER WHEN WE LET IT HAPPEN SO MANY TIMES WITH THE PRESIDENT, UNFORTUNATELY. KENNEDY: OKAY. BUT HERE’S THE PROBLEM, WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT IS A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AND THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION CONCENTRATED WITHIN THE HANDS OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING 100 MILLION PEOPLE. SOCIALISM IS ACTUALLY A VERY DEADLY VENUE. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT’S COARSE, IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS IMPULSIVE. IT IS SOMETHING THAT CULLS PEOPLE. AND — KILLS PEOPLE. AND THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE, OUT END, AND — ULTIMATE END, AND THAT IS WHY THERE ARE A FEW FREEDOM-LOVING VOICES THAT SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS. NOT BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE HER STYLE, BUT BECAUSE WE KNOW THE ULTIMATE CONCLUSION IS SO WRONG, AND THE PREMISES ARE SO FLAWED THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE LIKE HER TO ENGAGE IN THAT SYLLOGISM. JIM? [LAUGHTER]>>I WAS GOING TO SAY ALL OF THAT, SO IT’S KIND OF LIKE WHAT DO I DO NEXT? [LAUGHTER] NO, TO THAT POINT, EXACTLY. IT’S DESTRUCTIVE. AND IT’S PURE EMOTIONALISM.>>THAT’S POLITICS NOW THOUGH.>>BUT IT’S DISGUSTING IN HOW IT’S CORRUPTING HER SIDE BECAUSE THIS GOES BACK TO — SHE DID THE SAME THING WITH UNEMPLOYMENT, YOU KNOW THE PROBLEM, EVERYBODY’S WORKING TWO JOBS. 5 OF THE POPULATION’S WORKING TWO JOBS RIGHT NOW. KENNEDY: ACTUALLY, SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT 6 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE TWO JOBS, 148 MILLION HAVE ONE JOB.>>TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS THE ECONOMICS THAT HAS CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THIS IS NOT THE FRINGE. THE PARTY HAS MOVED IN HER DIRECTION, IN BERNIE SANDERS’ DIRECTION. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IDEAS FROM DEMOCRATS ON THE ECONOMY, IT’S THIS. AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE ONE THING ALL OF THESE THINGS HAVE IN COMMON IS NOBODY KNOWS HOW TO PAY FOR IT EXCEPT IF IT’S SOME IMAGINARY THING LIKE THIS IMAGINARY PENTAGON BUDGET.>>[INAUDIBLE] TAX ON SPECULATION, AND IT’S WALL STREET THAT’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT.>>YOU WONDER WHY PEOPLE ARE SO UPSET ABOUT ARE WE GOING TO GET GROWTH IN 2019. THIS IS THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM IDEOLOGY THAT’S MOVING INTO THE HANDS OF POWER IN WASHINGTON. TELL ME WHERE THE GROWTH’S GOING TO –>>I THINK THE GROWTH THAT WE’RE SEEING FOR 2019 IS NOT BECAUSE OF THIS. WE’RE ALREADY SEEING SIGNS OF SLOWING GROWTH, AND WE CANNOT ATTRIBUTE THAT TO THE DEMOCRATS TAKING OVER THE HOUSE AT ALL.>>I’M NOT SAYING, BUT ASK YOURSELF — [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] KENNEDY: PASSING THAT ON, $779 BILLION, AND PASSING THAT ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.>>RIGHT. KENNEDY: SO THAT’S THE IMMORAL THING. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE –>>I AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT. KENNEDY: — BEING CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS. IT’S THE FACT THAT THIS UNSUSTAINABLE SPENDING AND COMPOUNDING THAT WITH A $3 TRILLION A YEAR MEDICARE FOR ALL PROGRAM –>>RIGHT — YOU’RE FOCUSING ON MEDICARE FOR ALL, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SPENDING THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING JUST OVER THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF. KENNEDY: OKAY. NAME ME ONE PROGRAM THAT COSTS $3 TRILLION A YEAR.>>I DON’T KNOW ANY. I WILL ADMIT — KENNEDY: BRIAN?>>IT’S NOT THAT — LOOK, REPUBLICANS HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FACT THAT WE HAVE DEFICITS, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. ASK YOURSELF, ARE DEMOCRATS IN A POSITION TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT ABOUT IT? THE ANSWER IS, ABSOLUTELY NOT. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT IMAGINARY WAYS TO FUND IMAGINARY PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT WORKABLE. THAT’S A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. DEMOCRATS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE, TO DO SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE. THEY’RE GOING IN EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. KENNEDY: YEAH. STATISM IS, IT’S WRONG. IT’S IMMORAL. AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE? THE BOBS FROM OFFICE SPACE IN THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT THEM IN TO SAY, ALL RIGHT, LET’S RETHINK SOME THINGS. OH, YOU KNOW, MILLENNIALS ARE SO MUCH FUN, AND THEY LIKE FREE STUFF, SO LET’S GIVE THEM FREE STUFF.>>BUT THEY’VE BECOME WHO THEY ARE TRYING TO REPRESENT. LIKE PIE IN THE SKY LIKE MANHATTAN TEENAGERS WHO ARE JUST LIKE, ASK YOUR DAD. [LAUGHTER] THAT’S BECOME THE DEMOCRATIC FINANCIAL — KENNEDY: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ WHEN ASKED HOW SHE WAS GOING TO PAY FOR IT, ONE OF HER ANSWERS WAS JUST PAY FOR IT. THAT’S WHAT YOU DO, JUST PAY FOR IT. DEMOCRATS WERE TRYING TO UNHINGE THEMSELVES FROM HER WAGON.>>THE ELDER STATESMEN IN THE PARTY ARE TRYING TO DRAW SOME SEPARATION BETWEEN WHAT WENT ON. EVEN NANCY PELOSI SPOKE OUT AND SAID –>>SHE IS ON THE FRINGE. I DON’T THINK EVERYBODY, I DON’T

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