Hold on… back the truck up… shut the front door… WTF (Why The Face)!? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is at it again.
But first, allow me to note a few thoughts on the representative from the South Bronx and Northern Queens;
- Whatever her paycheck is for being a Congresswoman, good for her.
- Whatever her choice of residence is while serving as a Congresswoman, that’s her business.
With that said, some of her decisions so far in her rather short tenure in the House of Representatives sure do smack of hypocrisy.
From my personal perspective, it sure didn’t take long for her throw off the chains of socialism to fully embrace the joys of capitalism.
However, in spite of news that there’s about to be some serious changes to pay received in AOC-Land, there’s nothing out of AOC’s office of her personally not taking any cuts to her salary ($174,000 per year) for being a Member of Congress.
Case in point, word’s on the street that she’ll slash pay for her top aides in order to ensure pay equity amongst her DC staff.
As reported by Scott Morefield of The Daily Caller;
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely need to cut senior staff salaries in order to afford the “living wage” the freshman congresswoman intends to pay every staff member.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about her staff’s upcoming pay structure on Friday along with a link to a Roll Call story on the topic.
“Leadership starts with our choices,” she wrote. “That’s why I decided that no one on my staff will make less than $52k/year. It’s likely one of the highest entry-level salaries on the Hill. We pinch pennies elsewhere, but it’s worth every dime to pay a living wage.”
Also cited by reporter Morefield;
Ocasio-Cortez communications director Corbin Trent told Roll Call that salaries will top out at $80,000, far less than the median pay of $154,634 a chief of staff would make, and “a fraction of what experienced staffers could make in other jobs in Washington.”
Leadership starts with our choices.
That’s why I decided that no one on my staff will make less than $52k/year.
It’s likely one of the highest entry-level salaries on the Hill. We pinch pennies elsewhere, but it’s worth every dime to pay a living wage.https://t.co/IxfNH4632h
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 23, 2019
Also, as reported just a few short days ago 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, they 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.
Has anyone else caught the very strong stink of hollow statements emanating directly from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez?