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AOC Wants You to Pay More

There is no doubt that corrupt money has become an ever-growing problem in politics, especially following the massive donations establishment politicians received from FTX in the 2022 midterm election cycle --- and it seems like every day another scandal pops up. From large donations to PACs from wealthy donors to backroom deals made with private corporations, it's clear that money influences the decisions of our elected representatives.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a symbol for many of the issues with money in politics. Despite her status as a democratic socialist and frequent criticism of capitalism, AOC is reportedly now worth over $1 million. This massive amount of wealth was acquired since she was first elected to Congress in 2018, despite making only $174,000 per year as a Representative. She has also advocated raising congressional salaries, highlighting the disconnect between her political stances and personal wealth.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has been criticized for her apparent hypocrisy when it comes to the issue of wealth inequality. Despite her call to "tax the rich," she recently purchased a Tesla, an expensive luxury vehicle. Furthermore, she also sold sweatshirts with the phrase “Tax the Rich” printed on them for $60, which many thought was not an affordable price point for most of her supporters. This blatant disregard towards the call to action she promotes is a prime example of how out-of-touch politicians can be with the realities of everyday life. It's no wonder why so many people are frustrated with our current political system.


This is indicative of a larger problem within our political system—that money influences decisions for better or worse. Our representatives are meant to represent their constituents in Washington D.C., but when they are receiving large donations from wealthy donors, they are more likely to take those interests into account than the average voter. This can lead to policies that favor the wealthy and powerful, creating a cycle of corruption where money continues to influence politics.

AOC's success in becoming a millionaire while decrying capitalism is an example of how our political system has failed us. It is proof that money can buy influence and success, even if a person claims to stand against it. For those who are affected by this cycle of corruption, the only way to break it is through grassroots organizing, voting for representatives who will fight for their interests instead of their own wealth, and pushing for real change in our political system. Only then will we be able to truly have a government that works for the people.

Instead of using her position of power to help struggling Americans, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has chosen to purchase a luxury car and make videos for her social media platforms highlighting her personal struggles as a wealthy New Yorker. Her voice holds considerable sway in today's political landscape, yet she chooses to use it as a loudspeaker for an agenda she does not personally support.

AOC could be a powerful force for good if she used her platform to address the real issues facing Americans. She could create policies that would give struggling families access to quality healthcare, and provide economic relief in the form of lower taxes and better job opportunities. Instead, she appears content to serve as a spokesperson for a socialist agenda, while those she represents continue to suffer. With the potential to make real change in her hands, it is disappointing that AOC has chosen not to embrace her power and use it to help those who need it most.

It is clear that AOC enjoys taking advantage of our capitalist system and its corrupt money in politics, but hopefully, with enough public outrage and pressure, we can move towards a better future where all voices are heard. It's time for us to ensure our representatives are working for the people, not just their own wallets.


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