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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t officially in office just yet, but that doesn’t mean she’s not already calling on her future colleagues to take action on her initiatives. Her newest agenda item: a “DC living wage” for everybody on Capitol Hill.

In a series of posts Monday, Ocasio-Cortez said that after meeting “several” people employed in Senate and House offices working side jobs in order to make a living, she believes it’s time for Congress to set the example for the nation by providing a “DC living wage” to all people working on Capitol Hill.

“This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food. I chatted up the staff,” she wrote in the first tweet. “SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices.* This is a disgrace. Congress of ALL places should raise MRAs so we can pay staff an actual DC living wage.”

She followed that tweet with another describing her own salary of $174,000 as a “living wage” and calling on Congress to right this injustice, which she suggested was the Republicans’ fault.

“It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff just bc Republicans want to make a statement about ‘fiscal responsibility,'” she wrote. “If that’s the case, they can cut down on staff to pay them well. Or raise the MRA.”

In response to questions about how to pay for her proposed across-the-board living wage, she wrote: “Gotta love the rich irony of Congressmen asking ‘How are you going to pay for it?’ suddenly grow awfully quiet when called out on their expectation that part-time workers magically invent money to work for free.”

Like everything she posts, the democratic socialist’s new demand was instantly met with pushback. Some noted the problem with her description of her $174,000 congressional salary as a “living wage” (h/t Twitchy):

Others suggested she should set the example by spreading the wealth around using her own sizable salary:

Others focused on the problematic idea of paying unpaid interns a living wage, including Town Hall’s Beth Baumann. “My last semester of college, I interned for the American Conservative Union and guess what? I wasn’t paid monetarily,” wrote Baumann. “I was paid with experience. It was a trade off. I was given opportunities that seriously helped my career. Building contacts and relationships with other people was what I was paid with. That also meant that I had to live off of savings and a few hundred dollars that my parents sent me each money. It was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. If nothing else, I learned what it was like to work and live on Capitol Hill.”

Some made the same point a little more bluntly:

As for her suggestion that somehow this was now a Republican issue, some critics noted that Democrats have a worse track record on not paying their staff than the GOP:

All the buzz online over Ocasio-Cortez’s “DC living wage” tweets follows a stir caused by another tweet this week in which she cited a misleading report about the supposed $21 trillion unaccounted for in the Department of Defense’s budget.

“$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained,'” she wrote, quoting from an article by left-wing outlet The Nation. “$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums.”

But, as the Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl pointed out, the representative-elect’s claim has one glaring problem. “In the original study, $21 trillion refers to transfers back-and-forth between accounts,” he tweeted. “So the same $1 can be counted 1000’s of times. It *does not* mean that $21 trillion in total spending was mis-spent. AOC should have realized $21T *spent* is crazy.”

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Randy Sieg

    December 5, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apparently is a clueless liberal clown… she does not know how government works… she wants to abolish the Electoral College, thinks she would be inaugurated when she won and spouts foolishness about health care with no idea on how to pay for it… the women is a looser, she does not even know what the three branches of government are, announcing them as the presidency, the House, and the Senate… this is the level of incompetence that is now accepted in Washington…

    • Sgt. "wildbill" Faulk

      December 6, 2018 at 1:54 am

      Many companies have unpaid internships in their offices. This is a way for recent graduates from college to gain much sought after and needed experience before the company expends funds and resources in their training. If colleges did their jobs correctly and stopped coddling students, they could grow up and by graduation be adults with something to offer the private sector. Truth hurts, but when even the government considers a 26 year old a child and unable to stand on their own, we as a society have a huge problem.

  2. LOve America

    December 5, 2018 at 1:52 am

    We dont want to pay you terrorists to destroy our country. The only good thing about the house idiots are that most of them are so old they will die soon. Yeahhhh

  3. John Bloxson Jr.

    December 5, 2018 at 3:10 am

    This woman does not live in the real world she believe in a myth called Communism, and I for one despise the idiot New Yorkers who voted for this primmadona Oh i can’t find an Apartment I have only $50,000.00 in the bank savings $10,000.00 in my checking account. Listen you hustler millionaire pampered princess Your checking acount $10,000.00 Is more then my entire years Social Security so witch kiss off your Communist Millionaire hinnie. Take and use half kf that Inglated $175,000.00 givd to your overpaid aids you learn to live on a damned budget and syop calling yourself a Socialist because you are a lying witch who has never had to syruggle pay day to pay day you may have fulled those idiots on New York but her honey you are an uverpaid pamperd princess who would be eaten alive living on the real world. You don’t even know the price of a loaf of bread bimbo.

    • FAST EDDIE

      December 6, 2018 at 7:49 am

      John, She is a Socialist and Communism is not a myth. To know your foe, I encourage you to read the Communist Manifesto. It’s a short book and well worth the time spent and the education gained to see where these nut cases are coming from, ideologically. This is the Dem’s playbook.

  4. Donna

    December 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

    The new Democrat mantra must be the living wage “problem”. Kamala Harris is yakking about everyone getting an extra $500 from the government every month. I guess they have that genie with his magic lamp on retainer cause that is the only way they’ll pay for that mess.

  5. Ellen

    December 5, 2018 at 5:55 am

    How about the stupid MUELLER WITCH HUNT INVESTIGATION…. ITS A TOTAL WASYE OF MY TAX; A TOTAL WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY

    AOV,,, YOU GAVE NIT EVEN STARTED YOUR WORK (if ever you’d work instead delegate the job to your interns or sidekicks, yours already damaging higher salary…. SHAME ON YOU BITCH.

  6. Joe

    December 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Serve the people, NOT yourself, bitch. The money you make is too much. Your a socialist, remenber. Just shut your cunt and do your job.

  7. Joe

    December 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Already looking to make yourself rich.shove it up ypu ass bitch

  8. Joe

    December 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Hey ny you proud of her yet

  9. James Kelly

    December 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    What a liberal.

  10. dostaboy

    December 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    This Socialist has a lot to learn in the real world.

  11. abolishliberalism

    December 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    She has the typical socialist attitude… “I make more than enough money for myself but I feel sorry for everyone who doesnt make as much as I do, therefore, I want to tax everyone else with a job, more each week so we can give that money to those who dont make enough to live… but dont think the extra $$$ is coming from MY salary!”

  12. olHip

    December 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Guess what you are an IDIOT. She has no real experience in Government. Besides that how are you going to pay more when you have to print up the money for it. It is time Congress Jr. got paid what they are worth and that would be 20 grand a year to start. After 3 years pay them 30 grand and no benefits. Let them work a real job and downsize the Federal Government to reflect it. We do not need all these handouts and all these damn committees all these damn problems. Go back to what we formed which is a small government that runs the military. We have the Constitution to guide everyone in every state for a guideline for laws. Get rid of the Federal Reserve, the welfare all the freebees that the gov. hands out for nothing. Make everyone that is able work for a living.

  13. Tammy

    December 5, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    It’s unbelievable that she is earning $174,000 a year and she doesn’t have a clue how the government works.

  14. Anthony Taylor

    December 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I read alot of the comments so I won’t add to that. But this I will bring up. Did anyone notice how she complained about not having any money to pay rent in DC and so some rich slop offered her free rent at one of his places but she has enough money to go to a “dive spot” in DC to listen to all her left brain nuts give her more worthless ideas. These “dive spots” are not cheap. The booze is costly and you spend money there you don’t really have, especially in her case, (her words, not mine).

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