I’ve always been a history nerd, even as a young boy. So imagine my impressionable eight-year-old mind when I first read that the heroes of proletariats everywhere had their own palatial country estates.
That’s right, from Lenin all the way to Gorbachev, Soviet leaders would rail against the evil bourgeoisie and the utterly contemptable rich capitalists every chance they got.
Never mind that the average citizen of the Soviet Union had to stand in lines for hours on end, in knee-deep snow mind you, for everyday essentials.
You know, small things the average citizen needed to survive life in the self-proclaimed “Worker’s Paradise.” Everyday items such as turnips, toilet paper, and vodka. Lots and lots of vodka.
As the Spanish philosopher Jorge Santayana once famously prophesied, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Now that Democratic Socialist Neiman Marxist politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won her congressional seat, it looks as if she has her own dacha in the gentrified Navy Yard area of Washington, DC.
As reported by Alana Goodman of MSN.com; (Emphasis mine)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently moved into a luxury apartment complex in Washington, D.C. that does not offer the affordable housing units that were a key plank in the New York congresswoman’s campaign platform.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who said in November that she was concerned about being able to afford rent in D.C., now earns a $174,000 annual salary and is living in a newly built high-rise in the city’s Navy Yard area, it was reported last week.
The freshman congresswoman, a self-described socialist, campaigned on a platform to expand affordable housing, and her controversial Green New Deal proposal promises “Safe, affordable, adequate housing” for all.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s new building — built by leading D.C. developer WC Smith — is part of a luxury complex whose owners specifically do not offer affordable units under Washington, D.C.’s Affordable Dwelling Units program. The Washington Examiner is not naming the building or complex.
In 2018, a civil rights attorney sued the Washington, D.C. government for allegedly discriminatory gentrification policies, claiming that development in Navy Yard area and other parts of southeast D.C. encouraged an influx of affluent “millennial creatives” who displaced minority residents.
Ocasio-Cortez, commonly referred to as “AOC,” repeatedly criticized luxury real estate developers during her campaign, claiming that their buildings hiked up rent prices and pushed low-income residents out of their neighborhoods.
“We need to kick luxury real estate lobbyists to the curb and defend working people’s way of life,” Ocasio-Cortez said last March. “Skyrocketing cost of living is a national crisis that CAN be addressed. It’s not just an NYC issue – it’s happening in every US metro area.”
Ocasio-Cortez also promised not to take campaign contributions from luxury developers during her campaign. “It’s time we stand up to the luxury developer lobby,” she said in a speech last April. “Every official is too scared to do it – except me.”
Reporter Goodman also notes that of the “over 100,000 square feet of amenities for its residents.”
Of the high priced life-is-good amenities include;
- Two private massage rooms with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy beds
- Men’s and women’s saunas
- full-scale demonstration kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven
- Twenty five-meter indoor lap pool
- Rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the Capitol
- Peloton cycling studio with over a dozen bikes
- Fireside lounge featuring a Steinway & Sons player piano
But wait, there’s more.
Also included is a PGA-grade golf simulation lounge with a wrap-around screen and viewing bar that allows residents to play virtually at dozens of the world’s most exclusive golf courses with the touch of a button.
But wait, there’s EVEN more;
Last week, Democrats mocked President Trump for installing a new golf simulator at the White House — updating with his own money one originally installed by former President Barack Obama.
I wonder if the average Washingtonian lives in anything close to Comrade Alexandria?
But hey… maybe they should just shut up and keep standing in line.