We've long since passed the point where anyone takes anything Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez seriously. Her whiny statements are laughable lies and blatant victim signaling. They're not intended to be taken at face value, but as countless in an endless culture war where she's the victim.
Ever and always.
So it's okay for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to claim that public housing is just like her luxury building.
Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison during a Bronx town hall, saying people have been conditioned to view things that should be available to everyone as "luxury" amenities.
"What we have been taught that [sic] is a luxury should not be a luxury," Ocasio-Cortez said.
"Another world is possible," she said. "We can live in buildings that are not-for-profit, or tenant-owned, there are so many ways we can slice this and we can structure it in a way where all people have the right to a dignified home."
"What we have been taught and what we have been conditioned is that basic rights are a luxury and a privilege when they are not."
Ocasio-Cortez came to this conclusion after touring a new public housing complex for senior citizens, noticing the units in the building "look just like my luxury apartment."
"I move into this building, and it's marketed as a ‘luxury' building in D.C.," she said. "It's an efficient building, it's clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden—y'all watching my Instagram—it has clean air, it has clean water. And I think about this and I'm like, ‘Hm, this is what a luxury building is like.'"
She goes on to say the building is just like the new public housing development she toured
As the Washington Examiner notes, here's some of what Cortez's version of public housing offers.
Her new apartment complex — which boasts on its website that it vows to take "luxury apartment living" to a higher level — offers over 100,000 square feet of amenities for its residents.
These include: two private massage rooms with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy beds; men’s and women’s saunas; a full-scale demonstration kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven; a 25-meter indoor lap pool; a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the Capitol; a Peloton cycling studio with over a dozen bikes; and a fireside lounge featuring a Steinway & Sons player piano.
Also included is a PGA-grade golf simulation lounge with a wrap-around screen and viewing bar that allows residents to play virtually at dozens of the world’s most exclusive golf courses with the touch of a button.
Not all that long ago, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was claiming that she couldn't afford to live in D.C. because she wasn't getting paid enough.
"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," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said to The New York Times this week. "We're kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I've really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January."
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.
It's hard to be a working girl from Westchester and pay for an infinity pool and massage room with only a $174,000 salary.
Time for a raise.
House Democrats are moving forward with a plan to give members of Congress their first pay increase in a decade.
The party has scheduled a vote on a $1 trillion spending package next week that includes the annual bill funding congressional operations. The measure leaves out language in effect since 2010 that would prevent lawmakers from receiving an annual cost-of-living increase to the $174,000 base salary for rank-and-file lawmakers.
Infinity pools and massage rooms for the defenders of the working class don't pay for themselves.