Socialist It-Girl Alexandria Occasionally-Confused revealed that she can’t afford rent in DC. And, horror of horrors, her $175K salary doesn’t kick in until after she is “inaugurated” (her word not mine) in January.
In an interview with her public relations firm (AKA the New York Times), Congresswoman-Elect Occasionally-Confused said:
[The transition will be] “very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
I don’t know, Alexandria, how do you get an apartment?
Has she been living in the Bronx or under a rock?
How do you make it to the ripe age of 28 and not know that when you relocate for a job, you have to find a place to live?
I’m assuming she managed to find an apartment in the Bronx, right?
Or is she living in a hollowed-out tree trunk?
See, this is the problem I have with millennials. And it isn’t their fault. People continue to treat them like children even after they attend and graduate from college. And as a result, they find the day-to-day challenges of adulthood insurmountable.
Now, I get it. Washington DC is as expensive as hell.
Okay, Hell isn’t particularly expensive.
No, come to think of it, Hell is expensive. It costs you your soul. Then again, so does DC.
So I guess saying DC is as expensive as hell is probably a good way to put it.
Any old how. I’m getting off track.
She is right that moving to DC when you won’t get a salary for two months is hard.
But didn’t Ms. Occasionally-Confused take that into account back in February 2017 when she decided to challenge Joe Crowley for his seat?
Did it not occur to her that by running for Congress she would need to relocate to Washington DC and, in turn, find an apartment to rent?
Now, when folks kinda slammed her for her lack of long-term planning, Alexandria started making silly excuses.
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
Our “electoral system” isn’t prepared?
Honey, it sounds like you’re the one who isn’t prepared.
Our “electoral system.” Great Caesar’s ghost.
Frankly, I’m surprised she didn’t blame it on racism.
Or Ben Shapiro.
Look, I get it. Moving, finding a place, adjusting your budget to allow for the delay in your salary kicking in – all these things are a challenge.
But that isn’t anybody’s fault – let alone the fault of our “electoral system.”
It’s what we on Planet Earth call “reality.”
These are the sorts of things all adults (who aren’t trust fund kids) have to contend with.
Welcome to the world of grown-ups, Alexandria!
I remember when I was about twenty-five pawning some of my possessions to afford a move. So what if I had go without a VCR and TV for a few months? I adjusted.
Whining about it is isn’t the smartest thing because you’re not the only person in the country that has to deal with these kinds of adjustments. And it isn’t exclusive to those who get elected to Congress.
All adults take what comes and do what’s needed.
That’s what being an independent adult is all about.
Shouldn’t your constituents expect you to be at the very least an independent adult?
We all have challenges, honey.
You voluntarily took on this challenge. You stepped up.
And now you’re going to complain that our “electoral system” has stacked the deck against you because you have to rent an apartment before your salary kicks in?
Take some responsibility.
As one Twitter user put it:
So now it's unreasonable to expect someone in their late 20's to budget, plan and save for a job relocation?
— Stephanie Lasek (@stephanielasek) November 9, 2018
This has nothing to do with our “electoral system.” It’s just something every adult who relocates for a job has to contend with.
I’m not saying it’s not challenging. And I’m not saying she shouldn’t be frustrated about relocating to a city where the rent is too damn high.
But, honey. You need to develop a filter. Newspaper interviews aren’t therapy sessions. It isn’t necessary to give voice to every single thought that stomps through your head. You need to learn to hold some things back.
You are less than two months away from earning $175K a year plus platinum-level benefits and a lifetime pension.
How many of your constituents can say that?
And frankly? Alexandria shouldn’t be so surprised that those of us who struggle to make ends meet while still being able to have the forethought to budget and plan are rolling our eyes at her self-absorbed, tone-deaf complaints.
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