Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips recently hit the streets of Astoria, New York — the home turf of 28-year-old Democratic socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — to talk to her supporters.
Ocasio-Cortez — who just received the Democratic nomination in New York’s 14th Congressional District — believes government should completely fund things like housing, college, and health care for everybody. And her fans on the street were down with all of that as well, without any hedging or hesitation.
But when asked who would pay for all that “free” stuff, some weren’t so confident — and others didn’t seem to understand or care about the implications of socialist policies.
‘Some of it should come from taxes, but the government should pay for it’
And a few needed basic economics refreshers.
“Some of it should come from taxes, but the government should pay for it,” one person replied.
“But the government is funded by taxes,” Phillips pointed out.
“Yeah,” she replied.
‘Oooh, I don’t know too much about Venezuela, honey’
One guy seemed unconcerned about how socialism would be funded: “I don’t know where the money would come from, but they can figure it out.”
The same guy said socialist countries are “doing really well.” But when asked if he felt the same way about Venezuela — where citizens are starving amid an economic implosion — he demonstrated how much knowledge he truly possesses on the issue.
“Oooh, I don’t know too much about Venezuela, honey,” he said. “Are they still communist, right now?”
Yet another guy was convinced that “with a good idea and a good reason to spend their tax money, people wouldn’t actually mind paying more taxes.”
‘I know, like, Democratic socialism is better than conservative’
The interviews concluded with this gem.
“I’m liberal,” the interviewee said. “I don’t know exactly, like, where I stand, but I know, like, Democratic socialism is better than conservative … it’s the better option.”
When Phillips asked in what way it’s better, she replied, “Um, when I think of it, I just think of, like, more open-minded people, people that aren’t, like, as economically conserved.” Conserved?
Anyway, here’s the clip: