(TRO FIRE) – According to a new report by Think Progress, the pay for elected officials at the federal, state, and local level is so low in some areas of the country that only the already-wealthy can afford to actually hold these positions. The result is that we have governments at every level that are run by the elite, for the benefit of the elite, and the rest of us are left without proper representation.
Recently, newly elected representative Alexandria, Ocasio-Cortez, made headlines all over conservative media because she didn’t have the money set aside to be able to afford rent in Washington dc because she wasn’t going to get a paycheck till January when she gets sworn in. Now they jumped on this. They mocked her. They laughed at her. Oh, you’re so poor. Ha Ha, ha. Was it? Turns out Ocasio-Cortez’s circumstances are actually not that unique and across the country, according to a new report by ThinkProgress, if you’re not already in the top one percent of income earners in the United States, it is nearly impossible for you to get a living wage by being an elected representative. There are some states out here states who have what’s called part time legislatures, even though they’re not actually part time, that don’t even provide a salary, so if you’re an elected official and one of those states, you still have to have a regular job in order to be able to pay your bills.
Unless of course you’re a millionaire, then you don’t have to worry about anything. You don’t have to go have that second job. You could be a full time legislator and that’s the problem with politics here in the United States today. We are not paying our elected officials enough and that is a statement that honestly I never thought I would have to say, but after reading this report, and honestly I encourage everyone to read it, there is a link to it in the description of this video. It is worth your time because our government right now is not being run by people who understand the struggles of average American citizens. It is being run by millionaires and billionaires or people who are all. Most millionaires and billionaires. This is at the local level. It’s at the state level and as we’ve seen recently, this is at the federal level.