American Plutocracy

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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said the transition period 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.” She said she saved money before leaving her job at the restaurant, and planned accordingly with her partner.

—Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root1

I have heard anecdotes from this century about reps who do struggle to pay for two households, even on $170K/yr, so not every Representative is rich. But the median Representative in 2011 was worth $773,0002 3.

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-Cortez4 5


  1. Crockett Jr., Stephen A. (2018-Nov-09). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May Have Been Elected to Congress But She Still Can’t Afford DC Rent. The Root. Retrieved from https://www.theroot.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-may-have-been-elected-to-congr-1830336390
  2. Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives. Ballotpedia. Retrieved on 2018-Nov-10 from https://ballotpedia.org/Net_worth_of_United_States_Senators_and_Representatives
  3. Caveat: The cited data includes 514 members in the House of Representatives for 2011, as opposed to the 435 members plus 6 non-voting that it’s had since 1911.
  4. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria. (2018-Nov-8). Twitter. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1060588813582585858
  5. Paybarah, Azi. (2018-Nov-10). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Push Washington. Will Washington Push Back? The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/nyregion/ocasio-cortez-congress-washington.html