AOC Defends $4,500 Pay Hike For Herself: "It's Not Even Like a Raise"

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AOC discusses the meaning of a raise. Let's tune in.

Please consider this amusing Tweet.

Yes, I understand her point about inflation.

But if we paid AOC what she was worth, she would owe us money.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (29)
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davcud
davcud

Man, if you understood that explanation, (or justification), then you too might be a congressional candidate. Whew!

lol
lol

Politicians turn to lobbying because they're greedy and lack integrity,not because they're broke,they pretend to "write"books,start "charitable foundations", become "members of the board"all is just a way to launder bribes.Truman was the last politicians that left office with some modicum of integrity!

TheLege
TheLege

AOC making the transition from activist to comfortable politician.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

It is difficult to believe she ever won the Intel science fair award.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Btw $4500 is beyond what the average worker is getting. AOC has officially crossed over into being a political elite.

thimk
thimk

@TheLege she will have a great position post congress person on the "View".

Sudo
Sudo

I have always felt that congress critters should get a salary equal to the average pay in the state they "represent". For Florida the closest quick estimate I found was for Orlando at $49, 600 which seems like a lot for a politician.

killben
killben

"But if we paid AOC what she was worth, she would owe us money."

Yes Sir!

Gasmire
Gasmire

I could not bring myself to listen to the whole thing. Aside from her specious reasoning her voice reminds me of the sound of fingernails down a blackboard. Yuk.

Advancingtime
Advancingtime

It is ironic that decades ago America started down a perilous path to build China into a world power as we sought a counterbalance in the region to what we viewed as Russia's growing power. Today our misdirected policies are driving Russia straight into China's open arms.

The clowns directing such things could not have devised a more self-defeating pathway to take us down if they had made it their goal. The article below explores how expanding trade between China and Russia as a result of America's policy is akin to shooting itself in the foot.

Corto
Corto

I'll take the counterpoint. She has a point. If they had a salary that is outrageously good coupled with a contract they need to sign that they absolutely cannot accept any outside money of any kind and upon leaving office cannot work in any fields in which they have made legislation. Something like this might be able to keep them from getting corrupted by special interests and focus on doing what's best for the people and the country.

This also needs to be coupled with a single term limit, of say 5-10 years so they are not bothered by needing to raise campaign money again once in.

Or I am naive and go ahead and flame me!

RonJ
RonJ

AOC is making a false argument. A cost of living increase isn't going to prevent congress people from doing insider trading.

At about $175,000 a year, AOC is making way more than the average American.

Her cost of living raise for all is another one size fits all, which it doesn't. Marginal workers could lose their job, just as with forced increases in the minimum wage.

Hansa
Hansa

She's right, you know. She [or rather, her handlers] adore the FIGHT FOR 15. And since that means more than doubling min wage pay from the current 7 and two bits, then we ALL deserve more than double our current pay, too. Therefore, let's get behind a bill to raise Congressional salaries from 174K to 350K! Yay!

Menaquinone
Menaquinone

President Donald Trump donates his salary to charity.

Greggg
Greggg

4500 dollars worth of duct tape around her mouth sounds better.

Apophis61
Apophis61

Laughing at the complete and utter morons who voted AOC in thinking she was something other than your average greedy, scumbag politician.

Hellion61
Hellion61

How AOC can even put her shoes on in the morning amazes me she is a moron

Harbour
Harbour

As long as AOC keeps up her part of the deal and destroys the Democratic Party, it’s money well spent.