The nerve of us selfish Americans expecting members of Congress to make ends meet on $174K a year! We are really awful, awful people! They need a raise! Why won’t we give them a raise?!
It’s just so, like, unfair and you know! I mean, like, the cost of living and stuff!
It’s like totally not fair that, like, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can’t get a raise over her $174K a year because, like, you know, everybody should get a raise. And, like, it’s not a raise anyway! It’s like, you know, a cost of living increase!
And, if, like, she doesn’t get her raise, I mean, cost of living increase, she just might have to, like, you know, exploit legal loopholes to make more money!
So, you taxpayers, stop being all selfish and stuff and fork over more of your hard-earned money so Alex can get her raise, I mean, cost of living increase!
Wages are rising for people who actually, you know, work for a living.
And, really, aside from asking dimwitted questions to smarter witnesses and Instagramming and “slaying” people on Twitter, what exactly does this dummy do for a living?
You don’t just get a raise because you want one. That’s not how it works.
There is absolutely nothing this Congress has done that screams, “Boy! Get those folks a raise!! Look at how productive, focused and serious they are!!”
The government isn’t your employer, Alex. We, the American people are.
And the fact is, you have done not one thing to even earn your $174K salary – let alone a pay increase.
Besides, the people who will be burdened with paying your salary are, by and large, not making $174K a year (plus free healthcare, plus a lifetime pension, plus all the other perks that go with being a member of Congress).
In 2017, the national average wage index was $50,321.89 a year.
Now, I know Alexandria isn’t good with math, but that means she earns more than three times the national average.
(Point of fact, in 2018, I earned 5% of what Alexandria does. So you’ll excuse me if her whining over her measly $174K a year is falling on deaf ears here.)
Nobody put a gun to her head and said, “Quit this bartending job and run for Congress!”
And nobody put a gun to her head after she won and said, “Now that you’re in DC, you must live in a bougie, upscale neighborhood with really expensive rents!!!”
Slay queen from the Bronx tough could live across the Anacostia for $900/month. Assuming congress pays top tax bracket (laughable) it’d be 10% of her salary per month. But across the Anacostia thar be monsters/poors. https://t.co/YJhBIuWR9F— Smittie™ GED (Hons), BS (D-) (@smittie61984) June 11, 2019
It isn’t the taxpayers’ responsibility to pad your paycheck so you can keep buying expensive clothes while living in the pricey Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington.
For Pete’s sake. In 2013 when I lost my job of ten years and started working for myself, the first thing I did was cancel my cable TV. Cable became a luxury I couldn’t afford. I wear my clothes until they wear out, then I go to Walmart and buy a new pair of jeans or a new pair of sneakers or whatever. It’s called “living within your means.” To me, a luxury item is renting a movie from iTunes. And the last time I ate out was in 2012 (the same year I bought my last new iPhone).
It’s bad enough taxpayers have to foot the bill for AOC’s $174K a year for a job she is woefully unqualified for. But must we also be financially burdened with her desire to live an upscale lifestyle?
We’re not your friggin’ ATM, you greedy little socialist!
And the nerve of her demanding we fork over more of our earnings to her to keep her from becoming a corrupt, money-grubbing politician.
Stop treating us like hostages and start living within your means.
We aren’t your collective Sugar Daddy, you ungrateful little goblin.
Personally, I think we should reduce the salaries of those serving in Congress. They’re pretty much part-time employees as it is.
If, by some chance, Congress passes a law that increases our liberty and prosperity, we would agree to a $5,000 bonus for every member who voted for said law. And they have to accept a $5,000 reduction in their pay for every law they vote for that reduces our liberty and prosperity.
They work for us. We’re their employers.
So if any changes to their $174K a year salary are to happen, their employers should make that determination based solely on job performance and accomplishments.
And if AOC doesn’t like that, well, she’s free to resign and go back to bartending for tips.
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