Thanks to rising inflation and skyrocketing gas and oil prices, life has become harder for just about everyone. And for those living in big cities where the cost of living is already high, things are even worse. Even liberal Congress members like New York City’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are apparently struggling.
The only difference, of course, is that she makes more money in a year than most of us see in two or three years combined.
According to a post from her Instagram account, renting a home in both NYC and Washington DC, as is required of her job, is too hard.
“It’s insanely expensive, there is no stipend or per diem for it, and you’re not allowed to write it off even though your job forces you to have it. This creates real class dynamics in the House. Many sleep in their offices, but if you are caught, it could get bad for many reasons.”
She added, “I rent in both cities. It’s so so much. We have to find a new apartment in NYC soon and I’m STRESSED. Rent is wild and the idea of (apartment) searching and moving while legislating and campaigning is yikes.”
Now, to be clear, rent in both DC and New York City is high, as it has been for years. But this is precisely why members of Congress are paid what they are. As the Washington Examiner explains, congressional salaries are created based on the cost of living.
However, it is noted that while the cost of living has gone up considerably as of late, Congress has not agreed upon any salary raises for members since 2010.
Then again, someone who makes $174,000 a year shouldn’t exactly need all that much of a raise, right?
That’s right, if you didn’t catch that, AOC makes well over $150,000 a year, which puts her in the top 20 percent of income makers in the United States. According to Statista, only 18.3 percent of Americans earn more than $150K a year.
So, why can’t she afford an apartment in both NYC and DC?
Well, as more than a few social media users pointed out, it is most likely because she can’t do the math, doesn’t budget well, and apparently spends far too much of her money on frivolous things.
You know, like the fact that she wore a dress that cost $10,000 to an event that cost $30,000 just to attend, according to the Associated Press. Or what about the fact that she pays about $24,000 a month to rent her current apartment in NYC…
And no, that is not the average rental cost in the city. But apparently, she has standards – and super high ones at that.
Naturally, this has created the “perception,” as AOC calls it, that she is out of touch with both her constituents and the rest of America.
As she told the AP, “It’s always been a concern that that’s a perception I’ve never had any control over the fact that that kind of phenomenon started the moment I was elected. If anything, that’s why it’s really important for me to continue to be here in the community.”
But, to be clear, she definitely is out of touch… I mean, how many people do you know that get paid as much as she does a year and yet complains that rent is hard?
Perhaps she should talk to a few of her fellow Bronx residents and learn just how bad things have gotten for the rest of us. For example, getting to and from work in a car is nearly impossible, thanks to gas prices. Or that because of rising inflation, some can barely afford to put food on their tables, let alone worry about dresses for fancy functions.
She’s stressed about having to find a new luxury home amid campaigning, while most of us are worried about how we will get to and from work or how we will cover our kids’ schooling fees in the coming months.
No wonder she was forced to delete that complaining Instagram post…