AOC Shredded by Media After Calling NYC Unaffordable

By Jerry McConway, updated on November 29, 2023

Rep. Alex Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) may have just put her foot in her mouth.

She recently called New York City unaffordable for "working-class people."

The New York Post actually agreed with her but then pointed the finger directly at her for pushing policies that have created the problem.

Talking Points...

  • AOC comments
  • New York Post editorial board fires back
  • Analysis

AOC Town Hall

AOC held a town hall meeting this week, commenting that the rich are not struggling, but working-class people are.

It is an ironic argument, considering that Democrats have been in charge of the country for the last three years. Biden continues to brag about Bidenomics and how much it is helping the average American.

This, of course, does not even mention that Democrats have been running New York City for the last decade.

She stated:

"The people who are moving out of the city are not by and large the wealthiest people. They're the working class. They can't afford to live here anymore."

I am not sure that is completely accurate, as we have seen some very wealthy people leave New York for Florida and Texas, among other southern states.

New York has also reported a decline in revenue, which means the people paying the most taxes, either via personal income or business, have left.

New York Post Responds

The Post ripped AOC after her comments, writing:

"For once, AOC is right: 'They can't afford to live here anymore,' she said Monday of working-class Gothamites. The thing is, it's the policies that she and her progressive allies want more of that have made the city so expensive."

Let's also not forget it was AOC that canned an Amazon project in the area, costing her district some great jobs and tax income.

The editorial continued to pound AOC as a "Democratic Socialist," holding her accountable for cuts being made across city agencies due to the massive tab migrants are running up in the city. It then went after the housing issues, stating:

"What about housing? A recent survey shows a third of New Yorkers are paying over half their income for rent. Lefties used that fact to call for even more rent control — which in fact is a huge reason city housing is so limited."

The editorial noted how lawmakers have blocked developer tax breaks, which has resulted in a massive decrease in available units, showing that the city will only have about 11,000 new units in 2023, which is "half the number from 2022."

The editorial board concluded:

"AOC and her fellow leftists simply don't care what their ideas actually mean for the people whose interests they claim to represent. And if progressive ideology continues to rule New York, it'll get even more unaffordable — and the exodus will accelerate."

Analysis

Other than the obvious differences between the GOP and Democrat Party, the one glaring problem is that Democrats never really seem to think things through, and Biden's climate change agenda is proof of that.

Biden went to war with fossil fuel companies while promoting renewable energy, even though he has no real plan in place to recover the energy we are losing from fossil fuel other than to pay other countries for that energy at a much higher cost than it would be if it were domestically produced.

AOC is at the top of that movement, advocating for all these changes immediately without really considering the financial repercussions of her actions.

A lot of people make fun of her for being a bartender before joining Congress, but I have zero problem with that, as I believe local people representing locals is what our Founders had in mind when they wrote our Constitution and founded this country.

My problem with AOC is that she is utterly uneducated on the matters of which she speaks, and that is dangerous with the power she wields.

She sometimes sounds and acts like a petulant child, throwing tantrums and having mental breakdowns on her social media feeds… exactly what does that accomplish?

She is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with our government today in that lawmakers, far too many of them, are more interested in how many followers and shares they can get over learning how to do their job properly and representing their constituents.

I believe that is a word that is actually gone from politics… representation. Every politician out there today, on both sides of the aisle, will tell you they are a leader, and it makes me cringe when they say it, especially our presidential candidates.

A president may make leadership decisions, but ultimately, every elected official is there to represent the will of the people, not their own agenda. They REPRESENT us; they DO NOT LEAD US.

That is a fact of which they all need to be reminded.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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