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Conservative activist Ned Ryun skewered Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for complaining about her piddly $174,000 Congressional salary and took a shot at fellow Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for not authorizing a higher salary for the lawmakers.
“I mean, this sounds like pure hell. I mean, a poor, single woman living on an income that’s three times the average household income, driving a Tesla,” the founder of the nonprofit American Majority said facetiously.
Ryun noted that her call for more money was hypocritical given her socialist political underpinnings.
“Boy, you know, I have to confess, I’m a little shocked,” he continued. “You know, I really thought that Sandy Cortez would actually be loyal to her democratic socialist roots, that she’d be sitting there, especially after having such a hard upbringing in an upper-middle-class family in an affluent county, that she would look around and go, “You know, I need to redistribute my wealth to my fellow working-class members.”
He offered a solution to Ocasio-Cortez’s money woes that would be true to her political values which somehow reconcile her calls for others to pay more taxes while she has been known to avoid hers.
“And so, in fact, actually, I call on AOC tonight to hold true to her socialist values and redistribute 90% of her wealth if she actually believes in her democratic socialist values,” he exhorted the former bartender turned politician.
Nyun was reacting to a tone-deaf post on Instagram by the 32-year-old lawmaker that claimed her $174,000 salary plus benefits and perks wasn’t enough for “working and middle class” members of Congress like herself.
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She started her online rant by noting that “only 10 women in the history of the United States have ever given birth while serving in Congress. 10.”
In her view, “The House remains a very hostile place to have a baby,” and the demanding schedule “pretty much” assumes that the elected officials don’t have a life outside of Capitol Hill.
Worse still, she complained about having to fork money over to do her job for extraordinary items like housing that are “NOT tax reimbursable” or deductible.
“The job requires you to pay $25k+ in out of pocket work expenses that are NOT reimbursable or tax deductible, no housing allowance despite requiring you to pay for/rent 2 homes or else risk losing your job (hence the above huge work expenses), no included dental or vision insurance, no eligibility for PSLF, etc.,” she wrote acknowledging that there’s a multitude of “fake memes about Congress voting to give themselves pay increases.”
“But I assure you this is not true,” she pinky swore to her followers, claiming that if it were true it would “allow more regular people to have and keep this job.”
“The ones who actually rely on salary come from working and middle class backgrounds,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So b) it’s easy for wealthy members to vote AGAINST cost of living adjustments for the working class members to score political points, but then c) many will then engage in stock trading … because they know they’ve created an impossible $ situation and that’s how they work around it.”
“So basically if you’re a normal working person that comes into this job and refuses to do insider trading,” and included herself among this group, “then you are playing an already hard job on extra hard mode both personally and professionally.”
“Just one way this system pushes good people out!” she concluded.
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