Ocasio-Cortez To Redistribute Staffers’ Pay So Others Can Make A ‘Living Wage’

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Bernie Sanders isn’t the only Socialist getting caught up in his own rhetoric when it comes to paying his employees: New York Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ plan is to redistribute the salaries of her senior staff in the name of providing a ‘living wage’ to all staff members. How socialist of her. She will cut the pay of those who have earned a higher wage to equally distribute pay to everyone with the goal of no one having to take a second job. In reality, that will make everyone take a second job and it will be a disastrous experiment. Bonus, they will also never earn more than $52,000.

Ocasio-Cortez proudly tweeted her plans for her staff’s upcoming pay structure this week along with a link to a Roll Call story on the topic. The woman is incapable of simple, basic economics and math. Forget supply and demand… she can’t even perceive that someone who earned more money might quit or sabotage her for taking it away from them.

“Leadership starts with our choices,” she wrote. “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.” I don’t hear Ocasio-Cortez offering to cut her own pay here, do you?

Roll Call reported that the $52,000 per year is “an almost unheard of amount for many of the 20-somethings whose long hours make House and Senate offices run.” Rent for an apartment in DC averages “more than $2,000 a month,” which contributes to a cost of living that is “unsustainable,” according to an Ocasio-Cortez staffer the outlet interviewed.

“I needed an office that was going to pay me a fair wage,” said staffer Claudia Pagon Marchena. Define fair. Socialism has taken serious root in our halls of power now and it will not end well.

Ocasio-Cortez defended her move by blaming Republicans and saying they had refused “to increase budgets in years,” meaning she only has a set amount to distribute to her staff. “Low pay a big reason why money in politics is a problem,” she wrote. “[Y]ou can make a lot more money becoming a lobbyist & setting up a relationship w/ one, since the actual job doesn’t pay enough. Domino effect.”

Exactly where Ocasio-Cortez thinks she will get all the necessary funds for what she is planning is anyone’s guess. Roll Call pointed out that’s because senior staffers, presumably doing more important work than lower-level staff, will likely need to take pay cuts in order to afford their boss’ “living wage” for all. Therefore, the quality of work will suffer as it always does under socialism.

Roll Call reported:

“Ocasio-Cortez’s solution requires sacrifices for staffers at the top of the pay scale, potentially opening her to criticism from the right that her office policies, like her political identity as a Democratic Socialist, call for a form of class warfare.

“It could also pose challenges to attracting and retaining older employees who have obligations such as mortgages and child care — which in D.C. can cost $23,000 a year for a single child.”

Ocasio-Cortez Communications Director Corbin Trent told Roll Call that salaries will top out at $80,000, far less than the median pay of $154,634 a chief of staff would make, and “a fraction of what experienced staffers could make in other jobs in Washington.”

Trent, who reportedly is making $67,000 a year and has two children, called the fact that some, including himself, will have to take a pay cut a trade-off of sorts, according to Roll Call. “I don’t think you always put the burden on the bottom,” he told Roll Call. “Is it easy? No, 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.” Wonder what his wife will think of that.

It is the American taxpayer paying the salaries of these staffers, not Ocasio-Cortez. She’s making $174,000 a year by the way. She’s using other people’s money to fund her socialist policies and she’s taking it by force no less. The left and the media are applauding her for the move. Americans should decry it because it is poisonous.

While young interns and aides will applaud this, they should instead be thinking, “Did I actually earn this?” Ocasio-Cortez is implementing Marxism here: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Starting people off with high pay disincentivizes them from striving for better performance and higher wages. Socialism always ends like Venezuela with hunger, want, violence, and death, while a few elitists get fat off the suffering of the masses.

Sources: The Daily Caller, BizPac Review, BoingBoing, Roll Call, The Hill

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