For Ocasio-Cortez, those issues are a reality. The youngest member of Congress won’t be able to afford rent in Washington D.C. until her salary (US$174,000 a year) kicks in in January.
Ocasio-Cortez’s personal struggle highlights a national crisis of wealth disparity in the United States, especially for millennials, and exposes one way in which the political system favors those with financial means, beyond just campaign financing.
“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she tweeted.
40% of ALL Americans currently struggle to pay for one basic need like food or rent.
As much as @FoxNews likes to mock the working-class, the real scandal is that at the wealthiest point in our history, we are at one of our most unequal.