Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has introduced socialism within her own congressional office and like a true despot, the self-described democratic socialist exempts herself from the misery that comes with it.
And “Miss Congresswoman” was called out by the “Fox & Friends” crew on Sunday for her privileged treatment.
Touting her “leadership,” Ocasio-Cortez introduced a policy to pay her staff a “living wage,” saying nobody working for her will make less than $52,000 a year — this being an exorbitant salary for young, inexperienced entry-level staffers.
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
Of course, to come up with the funding, the Democratic lawmaker cut the salaries of top-level staff, capping salaries at $80,000, Roll Call reported. Citing an analysis from Legistorm, the news outlet noted that the median pay for a congressional chief of staff is $154,634.
Meaning there’s a big wealth redistribution scheme going on here… at least, there is for everybody except Ocasio-Cortez, apparently.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Griff Jenkins said that the newly-elected socialist “is going to redistribute the money appropriated to her congressional office to make sure that the entry-level staffers get a fair share of money.”
A decision that co-host Pete Hegseth said is “actually socialism and communism on display.”
The key is finding ideological zealots willing to be underpaid.
People like Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, who has two kids and is being paid $67,000 a year, according to Roll Call.
“Is it easy? No,” he said. “But part of walking the walk is understanding that everyone is going to have a little bit of a struggle. You divide it up. You work together.”
Co-host Katie Pavlich chimed in to say she is “fine with her moving money around in her office,” before pointing out that we are talking about taxpayer dollars.
“Let’s not forget where that comes from,” she said. “They are not making that money in her office. They are not making a business and making a profit. The money comes from taxpayers, and given to her office, and she can move it around.”
That’s a point made by former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino on Twitter, who said that Ocasio-Cortez, who takes full credit for overpaying entry-level workers, is not the one funding these salaries, YOU are.
In effect, the money she is being overly generous with is not HER money.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 23, 2019
Hegseth then made a brilliant observation about the matter.
“She makes $174,000 as a congresswoman,” he said “She should probably redistribute some of that.
“Will you share some of that money, Miss Congresswoman, with the rest of your staff who is not making as much as you?” he asked.
Fair is fair, after all.
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