‘Very bad math’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blatantly misrepresents Nation article on Pentagon waste

Celebrity Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blatantly misrepresented this Nation article on Pentagon waste in an effort to make her Medicare-for-all affordable seem affordable:

You see, this $21 Trillion figure she’s throwing around is, shall we say, just a tad off:

And the Nation made clear that the figure she’s quoting is not actual Pentagon spending but a number that results from really awful accounting tricks employed by the Pentagon:

From the article:

To be clear, Skidmore, in a report coauthored with Catherine Austin Fitts, a former assistant secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development who complained about similar plugs in HUD financial statements, does not contend that all of this $21 trillion was secret or misused funding. And indeed, the plugs are found on both the positive and the negative sides of the ledger, thus potentially netting each other out. But the Pentagon’s bookkeeping is so obtuse, Skidmore and Fitts added, that it is impossible to trace the actual sources and destinations of the $21 trillion. The disappearance of thousands of records adds further uncertainty. The upshot is that no one can know for sure how much of that $21 trillion was, or was not, being spent legitimately.

“Bad math” is putting it mildly:

We’re just spitballing here, but maybe she doesn’t know what she’s talking about?


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