WashPost: Ocasio-Cortez Claim About Pentagon Wrong

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 5, 2018

The 29-year-old is energizing Democrats with her fierce opposition to Republicans, her stubborn reaction to critics and her accessible, media-savvy outreach. Bernie Sanders proposal for Medicare-for-all, which estimates say would cost $32 trillion over 10 years, claimed in the tweet on Sunday that "Pentagon accounting errors" could help pay for part of the coverage. The representative-elect said this money could have been used to fund two thirds of the $32 trillion cost of Medicare for All-an estimate published by the Urban Institute.

In the posting, Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in June's Democratic primary, referred to a report in the Nation that tracked Pentagon spending from 1998 to 2015 and found $21 trillion in "unsupported budget adjustments".

But her growing rapport with voters and many media outlets has not saved her from a scathing policy evaluation from The Washington Post, which has branded a recent Twitter post about health care funding "badly flawed".

On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman elected to Congress in last month's midterms, tweeted about her experience of meeting service staff in a D.C. restaurant who were simultaneously working in government.

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But this does not mean there is a $21 trillion pot of money that is sat somewhere inside the Pentagon, or that trillions have covertly leaked out of the building for nefarious means. "It's the sum of all transactions - both inflows and outflows - for which the Defense Department did not have adequate documentation", the fact-checker wrote.

"$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions 'could not be traced, documented, or explained.' $21T in Pentagon accounting errors".

A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez tried to explain in an email to the Washington Post. "But it's unconvincing to try to pass this off as a rhetorical point being misread".

"That's a direct comparison". "It's badly flawed. The same article she referenced on Twitter would have set her straight".

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