Despite a poll showing that Democrats’ proposed congressional pay hike has outraged the public , Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks taxpayers ought to be giving her a $4,500 salary hike anyway on her $174,000 annual paycheck … Not just because everyone deserves a raise , but more important , to keep her honest.
It’s not just that she seeks to justify that pay hike for herself by arguing that she actually wants all workers to get a pay hike ( even those ” unwilling to work ” one can logically infer ) and thinks her own hike ought to go through because of that. It’s also that she supports the $15 minimum wage , so that justifies an extra $4,500 in her pay packet on her $178,000 salary , which comes to a lot more than $15 an hour.
All by themselves , those issues are problematic … What kind of raise should workers who’ve been laid off because a $15 minimum wage has been enacted get ? … Exactly how much is a raise x $0 ? … And why should wishing be good enough for workers while Ocasio-Cortez herself is actually getting ? … And what the heck does a measly $15 minimum wage have to do with someone who’s making $174,000 a year , plus perks ? …
Yet Ocasio-Cortez declares the proposed $4,500 pay hike ” not even like a raise ” topping Nancy Pelosi who took heat last year for declaring $1,000 worker bonuses ” crumbs ” ! … She’s starting to sound like Evita.
Actually , Ocasio-Cortez is a good candidate for a pay cut as Issues & Insights editorialist John Merline notes here :
Even without a raise , she’s pulling down three times what the median household makes in her district.
So here’s a modest proposal. Tie AOC’s salary , and everyone else’s in Congress , directly to the incomes of the people they represent.
That would mean , rather than give AOC a rais e, she would make just $58,331. That’s the median household income in her district , according to a cool Census tool called My Congressional District.
At that pay , AOC would truly represent New York’s 14th Congressional District. Exactly half the households would make more than her , and exactly half would make less.
Better still , if she wanted a raise , she’d have to see to it that her local economy is thriving and people in her district are gainfully employed , thereby pushing up the median income.
Maybe someone with a bigger salary can shun sleazy little small-time mordida shakedowns with a bigger salary , but as Joe Biden’s son has demonstrated , working in a bigger league doesn’t stop dishonesty , it just provides bigger opportunities to steal. Ocasio-Cortez must know that as she brays for a bigger piece of the taxpayer pie. What she wants , though , is for all of us deplorables to be content with her call for a $15 minimum wage.