The most followed first-year Democratic MP in the House has seen her life transform over the past year. She went from food and drink to serving more than 690,000 people in New York’s 14th Congressional District. The Saturday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about her financial situation has changed – and what that says about struggling working class Americans. Bad temper, she says, has nothing to do with it.
“It’s a huge myth designed to keep people from empowering themselves, ”Ocasio-Cortez tweeted of the connection some make between poor character and financial struggle.
“When I was a waitress, I used to shake woken up in the middle of sleep worried that I forgot if an invoice was cleared or if I had enough [money] pay a doctor in cash, “Ocasio-Cortez wrote, giving an example and using the money bag emoji.” Was it because I was ‘irresponsible?’ No. It’s because I didn’t get a living wage because the cost of living has skyrocketed. “
Ocasio-Cortez’s examples turned into thread of nine tweets on credit, earnings, GDP, taxation, etc., taking personal life as an example. Over 150,000 people liked the first tweet in the thread on Sunday morning.
“Now I’m going through a huge income transition compared to tips (which differ from paying weekly, very hard), ”Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, adding that she also had“ HEALTH INSURANCE ”and therefore less expenses.
“According to the banks, I would be more ‘responsible’, but my character hasn’t changed. Just my calculations,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The myth that bad credit or troubled bills = irresponsibility is an odious myth. Paying people less than they need to live is what is really irresponsible. GDP + costs are increasing, wages are not. It doesn’t mean that you are bad. It means workers are prepared to fail. “
Ocasio-Cortez continued to criticize Chase’s tweet #MondayMotivation that suggested spending for “any expense beyond mere animal survival” – as AOC puts it – was the reason Americans have low bank balances. Ocasio-Cortez argued that Americans shouldn’t have to choose between spending on things like a cab to get home from work and paying their rent.
“America’s GDP is at an all time high. As a nation, we are more prosperous than we have ever been,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “But that’s just not the lived truth.” Salaries, adjusted for inflation, stayed pretty much the same over the past 40 years, according to the Pew Research Center. The cost of living in 2018, meanwhile, went up faster than the previous 10 years, CBS News reported, which could erode any recent wage growth.
Ocasio-Cortez wrote that her push for new taxes on the rich is not aimed at people like her, who do what a doctor or corporate lawyer does. Rather, she says that it focuses on the level of the rich it “just isn’t good for society.”
She also spoke about what a “moral society, a good nation” should do to establish basic standards of dignity. It talks about public health care, a living wage, public education (including university) and “everyone with power in the economy”.
His last piece of advice to his supporters was to organize their workplaces. “Request a raise“she tweeted.” And don’t stop until you have one. “