Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Needs More Money
By Corine Gatti-Santillo, a (TLB) Contributor
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants you and me, the taxpayers, to supply and support her bid for a $4,500 raise. She basically says it’s not much of a raise, however.
So, no biggie. What a laugh. It should go to the people she represents as I am sure most don’t come near her $174,000 salary (she’s at the top 4%, something she loathes of others, right?). The common person in her district makes just over $58,000.
AOC doesn’t want to stop there. She desires all of Congress to feast on an infinite amount of money with raises across the board. Why not? Everyone else enters Congress as the average paid American and leaves a millionaire.
The Atlantic reported that members of “Congress are way wealthier than average Americans. … earning more from outside investments than from the congressional salary.” Members do not need to promulgate the value of their houses and assets.
This is where the hypocrisy comes in again — it’s alright for people in Congress to be capitalists, but the average Joe, shouldn’t support the theory?
AOC responds to the criticism, and like, like, don’t challenge her.
“It may be politically convenient, and it may make you look good in the short term for saying, ‘Oh we’re not voting for pay increases,’ but we should be fighting for pay increases for every American worker. We should be fighting for a $15 minimum wage pegged to inflation so that everybody in the United States with a salary with a wage gets a cost of living increase.”
Someone needs to ask her “You need more than $174,000 to live? How did you survive as a bartender?”
“Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate for the changes in our economy. And then when we don’t do that, it only increases the pressure on members to exploit loopholes like insider-trading loopholes, to make it on the back end.”
It would be delightful to give our self a raise for not even a year of work at the job, let me get my checkbook.
About TLB Contributor Corine Gatti-Santillo. (MOM on THE RIGHT)
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