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WashPost: Ocasio-Cortez Claim About Pentagon Wrong

WashPost: Ocasio-Cortez Claim About Pentagon Wrong

The problem, as numerous critics were quick to point out, is that the supposed accounting fraud at the Pentagon consists of poorly documented internal transfers at the Defense Department and has no clear cost basis, even if true.

It is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has drawn attention to the high cost of living and inequality in the USA capital. That means 66 percent of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.

Late on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez pledged on Twitter that she would be paying her own interns.

But Washington Post fact-checkers pointed out that she misrepresented the data because that $21 trillion in Department of Defense mistakes included both positive and negative errors and occurred over a 17-year period.

When the office of Ocasio-Cortez responded to the Washington Post and called their critique semantic in nature, they rejected the excuse.

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"As ignorant as his father", one person wrote under his post. The Nation article does not allege that $21 trillion has gone missing at the Pentagon, nor does it suggest that a crackdown on alleged fraud would produce trillions of dollars that could be invested in other ways.

"That's a direct comparison", they continued.

"It is incredibly problematic because she doesn't have a working knowledge of basic economics", said Fox News contributor Kennedy.

Later that day she commented on the "rich irony" of lawmakers asking, "How are you going to pay for it?" who then "grow awfully quiet when called out on their expectation that part-time workers magically invent money to work for free".

"She can not do either because she doesn't understand how the world works", she explained, "how people make money, how money is created, and the creation of money is actually a positive sum effort where more people thrive when more people make money!"