Socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an ostensible people’s champ, failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to her campaign workers during the election last year.
“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid,” state Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart said to the New York Daily News.
“This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries,” she added.
Correct. Workers’ compensation coverage is a form of health insurance that specifically covers the health care costs incurred because of on-the-job injuries and illnesses. While not every state mandates employers provide workers’ compensation coverage, New York does.
Granted, that Ocasio-Cortez would fail to provide this to her employees is stunning unto itself, regardless of the legalities. Why? Because it’s a violation of the very principles she purports to uphold. Says who? Says a fellow Democrat who’s reportedly a campaign veteran.
“It’s not a great look. … This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers,” the unnamed Democrat said to the Daily News.
Exactly. The congresswoman is a staunch supporter of socialized-style health care, despite the valid concerns others have raised about such a plan. It would cost trillions of dollars, all of which would need to be raised by spiking taxes. It would also lead to the rationing of health care.
– Medicare for All
– No corporate bidding
– Access to quality education for every American
– Addressing rampant income inequality
What else? ⬇️
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2018
Yet as is often the case with those who tout socialist policy prescriptions — be they about health care or, in the case of former Vice President Al Gore, so-called “climate change” — Ocasio-Cortez does not appear to live by her own ideals, as noted by a bevy of social media users:
First lesson in “democratic socialism”: they never live by the rules they want to impose on you. https://t.co/yTutuF2f9U
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) January 11, 2019
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) January 11, 2019
‘I am fighting for the workers! Wait, what do you mean you have to pay workers?!’
— Jan (@_Jan_P) January 11, 2019
Betcha she did everything she could to avoid paying income taxes, too—while saying that ‘the rich” should pay their fair share. Hey #AOC, what’s YOUR fair share. Let’s see your tax returns!!!
— 1/1024 Dem (@1024Dem) January 11, 2019
Wait, so for all of @AOC‘s wailing about how workers need a living wage a benefits and she’s fined for not carrying worker’s compensation insurance during her campaign?
— The Non-Conformist (@JBurt73) January 11, 2019
Democratic socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been fined by the State of New York for failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance for a month during her congressional campaign last year.
— Jim Shorts (@g8torken) January 11, 2019
It helps, if you are trying to play the “champion of workers”role, to actually remember to pay your workers compensation insurance premiums instead of getting fined for no coverage! Champion of unions?!🤣
— CopperVixen (@Coppervixen) January 11, 2019
“Hypocrisy at its finest,” state GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud said to the Daily News. “The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable.”
This is not the congresswoman’s first foray into hypocrisy. After a government shutdown was triggered last month, she began lecturing her peers in Congress about the need for their salaries to be furloughed. The logic was that lawmakers should bear the burden felt by federal workers.
But whenever anybody in the media has tried to question the New York congresswoman over whether she’s sticking to her word and not accepting her own salary, she’s refused to answer.
— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) January 3, 2019
The same applies to her proposal to impose a 70 percent or higher tax on the American people so that they’re forced to pay “their fair share” in taxes and help fund a so-called “Green New Deal” that would replace America’s energy production with renewables within 10 years.
The congresswoman has showed no signs that she intends to donate any of her own earnings to fund her “deal.” Couple this with her refusal to be forthright about her pay, as well as her failure to provide workers’ comp, and she starts to look hypocritical in the eyes of many.
As well as naive. Very naive.
“Last year, Ocasio-Cortez was also mocked after lamenting the shuttering of a coffee shop in New York, even though it closed its doors thanks to the wage hike in the state — a policy that she supports,” Fox News noted, adding that the congresswoman used to work at the shop.
One of the shop’s co-founders confirmed this.
“The times have changed in our industry. The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees,” he reportedly said at the time.
And yet she tweeted this at the time, as if completely unaware that it was the very policies she supports that robbed the shop of “a better future” for itself:
The restaurant I used to work at is closing its doors.
I swung by today to say hi one last time, and kid around with friends like old times.
I’m a normal, working person who chose to run for office, because I believe we can have a better future.
You can do it too. We all can. pic.twitter.com/WeNsFm4eTt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 20, 2018
Just like with the salary question, Ocasio-Cortez has dodged attempts by reporters to find out why she allowed her campaign employees to work without health care insurance.
She has however made time to dance with notorious race-baiter Al Sharpton:
The video above was posted to Sharpton’s Twitter feed on Thursday.
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