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AOC Slammed: NYC Unaffordable For Working-Class, Policies Blamed

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  • The New York Post editorial board criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for calling New York City unaffordable for working-class people.
  • The board blamed AOC and her progressive allies for pushing policies that have made the city expensive.
  • The editorial cited housing policies, climate change agenda, and criminal justice reforms as contributing factors to the city’s unaffordability.

The New York Post editorial board took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after she complained that New York City was too expensive for “working-class people.” The board agreed with her statement but pointed the blame at AOC for pushing the very policies that have made the city too expensive.

The editorial, published Tuesday, began by stating, “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.”

Ocasio-Cortez made her comments during a town hall meeting this week, arguing that it wasn’t the rich who were feeling the heat of the expense but working-class people. “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,” she said, while making a pitch to tax the city’s rich more.

The editorial ripped AOC’s sympathy for the working class, blaming her and her political allies for pushing policies that have caused the current crisis, like pushing for allowing immigrants into the country that have inundated New York in particular. “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, is, after all, a Democratic Socialist. Look at what occasioned the digital town hall where she spoke: recently announced cuts across city agencies. Why are these needed? To pay for the migrants AOC and her ilk demand we admit in infinite numbers, and house and feed forever at a cost of more than $12 billion through fiscal 2025,” the editorial stated.

It then mentioned progressives’ housing policies: “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 Post also noted how these lawmakers have “done so much to reduce the amount of housing, from blocking renewal of the 421a tax break for developers (responsible for the vast majority of new affordable housing in the past two decades) to 2019’s Tenant Protection Act, which has taken 43,000 units off the market because it doesn’t let landlords cover the costs of bringing old apartments up to code.” As a result, “the city’s on track to see only 11,000 new units built this year, half the number from 2022.”

The board also ripped Ocasio-Cortez’s climate change agenda, claiming that it is “already sending power prices for New Yorkers skyward.” It also skewered progressives’ “criminal justice ‘reforms,’” noting they’ve resulted in “billions of dollars stolen by shoplifting thugs from retailers big and small.”

Criticizing her solution to these issues, the outlet continued, “AOC offered her usual prescription on this issue: Tax the rich! But they’re fleeing the state and city in droves, also thanks to our progressive overlords.”

“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 ever more unaffordable — and the exodus will accelerate,” the editorial concluded.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Clear Thoughts

AOC’s hypocrisy is on full display as she laments NYC’s unaffordability for working-class citizens while pushing policies that exacerbate the issue. The New York Post editorial board rightly calls her out for being part of the problem, citing housing policies, climate change agenda, and criminal justice reforms as contributors to the city’s high cost of living. AOC’s solution? Tax the rich, even though they’re already fleeing the city. This progressive tunnel vision spells disaster for New York, making it increasingly unaffordable and accelerating the exodus of those who can no longer bear the burden.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Beverly Soltwedel

    December 2, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    AOC is a high paid nit wit

  2. Tim Kuehl

    December 2, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    And don’t ever forget she got her economics degree at Boston University graduating magna cum laude. Employers need to remember that if they ever consider hiring a Boston U graduate because they’re likely to be just as stupid, woke and/or indoctrinated.

  3. JUSTICE AMERICA

    December 2, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE OF QUEENS, THAT VOTED FOR THE BAR MAID, UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DO NOT VOTE ON LOOKS OR CUTENESS OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL ATTRUBUTE OF A PERSON WHO IS RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, AS THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING AND BEING “CUITSEE”,(WOMEN),TO MAKE YOU FEEL THAT THEY REALLY WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA. THEN, WHEN THEY ARE ELECTED THEY TURN OUT TO BE A JEKKLE AND HYDE PERSON AND ARE IN THE GAME FOR THEMSELVES AND NOT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR THEM. DOES THIS START TO SOUND LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN QUEENS? WELL IT DID,AND NOW Y’ALL ARE SUFFERING,MOSTLY THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. PRICES OF FOOD ,GAS, UTILITIES, AND EVERYDAY ITEMS NEEDED OR USED. NOW IS THE TIME TO REBELL AND GET THESE SHARKS OUT OF OFFICE AT EVERY UP COMING ELECTION,TO SHOW THEM HOW DISSAPOINTED Y’ALL ARE ABOUT THE WAY THEY TREAT YOU,AND DON’T ACCEPT ANY EXCUSE OR APOLOGY FOR WHAT WENT WRONG WHILE THEY WERE IN OFFICE,AS ALL POLITICIANS OF THE DUMARAT ORG LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING,AND A FEW RINOS INCLUDED IN THAT BUNCH.THINK HARD BEFORE YOU GO TO VOTE NEXT TIME AND TRY TO REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN TRUMP AND HIS CREW WERE IN OFFICE,AND HOW MUCH BETTER YOU WERE ABLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. Y’ALL MAY NOT LIKE TRUMP BUT HE IS NOT YOUR ENEMY AND HE LOVES AMERICA AND WILL DO EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BRING BACK THE AMERICA WE ONCE LOVED, A WORD TO THE WISE IS SUFFICIENT. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL IT’S CITIZENS.

  4. Sunshine Kid

    December 3, 2023 at 2:52 am

    “Tax the rich!” is the very same thing that Robin Hood was doing long before the USA was even a dream. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Historically, it has never worked out for anyone, as the rich can afford protection of armed guards, and are more than willing to use those armed guards to keep the poor in the condition they are in. California tried the tactic, and it is a basket case economically. New York is no different, and just like the USSR, it and the socialist policies they espouse will “help” the poor don’t see the disaster of the train wreck they are producing. No, it will not be just one or two states that feel the collapse; the whole USA is headed for the same breakup as every other socialist/communist country in history: Death by war, deprivation and undermining of the people’s right to defend themselves, their communities, businesses and nation.

  5. mountainman

    December 3, 2023 at 7:31 am

    AOC is supposed to be an economics graduate that doesn’t understand how it works. Tax the only ones who can afford to move (and they are) isn’t the solution. I wonder where she got this degree. She should talk to her constituents and LISTEN to them. Or maybe go back to school and get a real economics degree.

  6. Gerald Scott Ladd

    December 3, 2023 at 9:50 am

    AOC, a drunken bar slut with nothing but bad ideas.

  7. EMMA

    December 3, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    THE SOONER WE REMOVE THESE MORON SQUAD MEMBERS THE BETTER OFF OUR COUNTRY WILL BE.

  8. Go Woke Go Broke AOC

    December 3, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    APC and her ilk don’t care about the working class who are over taxed on everything because of their leftist commie traitor boss joe we see sky high food, gas, utilities and rents going thru the roof but they do nothing major corporations aren’t being over taxed it’s the working class who are footing the bill biden is giving our tax dollars to a country that should have not gone to a senseless war Ukraine has received hundreds of billions and nothing to our southern border crisis that according to harris word salad moron and mayorkas the liar are secure that’s why nearly 8 million illegals with a major number are terrorists here illegally but biden , harris mayorkas, nazi garland all deny deny, deny the liars and hypocrites! So AOC you and your leftist socialist ilk are fking liars and morons! And AOC.fyi us hard working taxpayers ARE NOT Responsible for you not paying off your Student Loans unless a gun was held to your HEAD you weren’t forced to take out these loans bitch you have a job pay it off your self!

  9. Go Woke Go Broke AOC

    December 3, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    AOC the people of New Yuk are leaving in droves because of that hockul bitch and socialist like you your the ones driving people out all you leftist do is take take take your selfish worthless scum! New Yuk, San Franscisco, Chicago & L.A. are now cesspools of crime and destruction they used to be Great Destinations for people from around the world! You caused this every fking one of you demoncraps this is you!

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