After her upset victory in the Democratic primary over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been touted as “the future” of the Democratic Party, and her open embrace of Democratic Socialism has been enthusiastically embraced by a growing number of Democrats, particularly young Democrats. But how much do the 28-year-old candidate’s avid supporters truly understand her particular brand of socialism?
Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips took to the streets of New York’s 14th Congressional District to see if the young voters who support her Democratic Socialist vision for America have any ideas about how to actually pay for “all that free stuff” — including “Medicare for all,” guaranteed jobs for every American, “housing as a human right,” and free college and trade school for all.
After getting enthusiastic endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Socialism from all the interviewees, Phillips asked them how they thought America would pay for all of the free stuff she’s promising.
“All of the free things? Well, some of it should come from taxes, but the government should pay for it,” another young lady said. When Phillips noted that “the government is funded by taxes,” she responded, “Yes.”
“I don’t know where the money would come from, but they can figure it out,” said one guy with a laugh. When Phillips suggested “more taxes on the rich people,” the guy replied, “For sure, man. I’m like, they can afford it.” (Read more from “Watch: Ocasio-Cortez Supporters Asked to Explain How We’ll Pay for ‘All That Free Stuff'” HERE)