Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) downplayed the amenities available in her expensive Washington, D.C., apartment building last week, saying her unit was comparable to apartments in a new public housing complex in New York City.
Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison during a Bronx town hall, saying people have been conditioned to view things that should be available to everyone as “luxury” amenities.
“What we have been taught that [sic] is a luxury should not be a luxury,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Another world is possible,” she said. “We can live in buildings that are not-for-profit, or tenant-owned, there are so many ways we can slice this and we can structure it in a way where all people have the right to a dignified home.”
“What we have been taught and what we have been conditioned is that basic rights are a luxury and a privilege when they are not.”
Ocasio-Cortez came to this conclusion after touring a new public housing complex for senior citizens, noticing the units in the building “look just like my luxury apartment.”
During an interview on “The View” on Thursday, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren embodied a lefty Santa Claus as she discussed all the “universally free” things her new tax plan supposedly guarantees.
As the audience went wild off-camera, enthused Warren explained that her new plan could make college debt poof away with her proposed wealth tax.
“Two-cent wealth tax on the top one-tenth of 1 percent, your 50-millionth and first dollar, and with that we can cancel student loan debt for about 95 percent of the people who have it,” Warren said. Her fans cheering, Warren added, “Oh, but we can do so much more…”
You can almost see the festive sleigh hovering behind Warren as she rattles off all the goodies her wealth tax can magically provide:
1) Universal tuition-free technical school, two-year college, and four-year college;
2) Taxpayer-sponsored child care for every child aged 0-5;
3) Universal pre-K for every 3- and 4-year-old; and
4) Higher wages for every child care worker and preschool teacher,
All this how? Warren held up two fingers. “Two cents,” she said.