Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wants us all to know that she cannot afford to rent an apartment in DC. The problem showing how the system just doesn’t allow the representatives of the working class to take their rightful place among the rulers. Or something. The actual problem being that her Congressional salary doesn’t start until January – on the reasonably logical grounds that her job as a Congresswoman doesn’t start until January, when the new House of Representatives is sworn in. The people who were elected two years ago are that House for the moment still, you know, that lame duck session and all that:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress on Tuesday, said she can’t afford to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C., which she said is proof the electoral system doesn’t accommodate the leadership of working-class people.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was working as a bartender earlier this year, told the New York Times that because her congressional salary doesn’t kick in until January, it’s hard to afford rents in the nation’s expensive capital.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Times. “So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
Well, yes, OK. But then people have been elected to that House since, oooh, the 1790s, and some of them must have been able to manage:
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.
This is one of them (don’t worry btw – we’re working it out!)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 8, 2018
It is, of course it is, invidious of me, a white, older, male, and not even a citizen nor resident of that Great Country, to offer advice here but how about the idea of moving to DC in January when the job starts, as does the salary?