Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Challenging The Double Standard That Allows Wealthy Men With No Political Experience To Successfully Run For Office

From the start of and political campaign last season up until now,  Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ability to serve in Washington has constantly been questioned with many of her cohorts and critics questioning her credibility and pointing to her  “inexperience” and previous work as a bartender. This is despite the fact that in the past four years, our country has been led by a man with no political experience at all. Now, in the wake of, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s announcement for a 2020 presidential run, the Puerto Rican politician from New York is calling into question why it is so many of us overlook the experience and competence of those who run for positions in politics because they come from extreme wealth.

In a recent post to her Twitter account, the congresswoman questioned the motives of those who support campaigns of moneyed aspiring politicos who lack experience.

The tweet came in response to a comment on the social platform that questioned why Ocasio-Cortez had not run for a city council instead of for a seat in Congress. “Why didn’t anyone tell this bartneder that maybe she should have started with the city council first” the user asked. Ocasio-Cortez- fired back with a tweet that explained “‘This bartender’ has served in a Senate casework office, organized and educated 1000s of young people, earned relevant degrees w/ honors, worked on field campaigns, and the only reason I wasn’t told to run for city council was because I was consistently told not to run at all.” Soon after she came in with a response to the user saying “And by the way, it’s ‘Congresswoman.'”

Ocasio’s exchange highlights a perplexing double standard and overall issue with our political system, where so many of those with the wherewithal to run do so in an effort to protect their extreme wealth from taxes. In fact, a recent interview featuring Schultz saw the former Starbucks CEO who intends to run on an Independent ticket, that he had “respect” for the Democratic Party but no longer felt “affiliated” with it because he no longer feels that the party’s views “represent the majority of Americans.”

“I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America,” he said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70-percent marginal tax rate on income above $10 million. Just a reminder, in 2016 during the last full year Schultz served as CEO of Starbucks, his total compensation amounted to over $21.8 million.

While Ocasio-Cortez’s lack of political experience has been consistently scrutinized since the early days of staking her claim in the midterm elections, men like Schultz and Donald Trump — both of whom never previously worked as public servants — are rarely if ever questioned on their background and motives.

Schultz said in a televised interview that he has “respect” for the Democratic Party but no longer feels “affiliated” with it because he doesn’t feel that their views “represent the majority of Americans.”

“I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America,” he said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70-percent marginal tax rate on income above $10 million.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who agrees with Ocasio-Cortez that the rich deserve a tax increase, tweeted: “What’s ‘ridiculous’ is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else. The top 0.1%, who’d pay my #UltraMillionaireTax, own about the same wealth as 90% of America. It’s time for a change.”

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t allowing Schultz (or anyone else) to trip her up. She’s already busy working on another proposal along with female Democrats.

The women introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act that for transparency with workers salaries in order to have equal pay for all.

“The Paycheck Fairness Act would help to close these punishing gaps by eliminating loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, helping to break harmful patterns of pay discrimination and strengthening workplace protections for women,” the lawmakers’ purpose. “It is a reasonable and comprehensive bill that would combat the wage discrimination that has plagued the nation for decades.”

READ: In California, Latinas Make Less Than Half Of What White Men Do For The Same Job

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House

Those of you who have been following Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s career closely know that the “Green New Deal” has been a cornerstone of her platform since taking office in January. The “Green New Deal” is, according to the Sierra Club, a piece of legislation that aims to “mobilize vast public resources to help [the US] transition from an economy built on exploitation and fossil fuels to one driven by dignified work and clean energy.” On Tuesday, the Senate voted against passing the legislation by a margin of 0-57–an outcome that was largely expected.

What was unexpected, however, was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction to a fellow House member who dismissed the trailblazing bill as one that would only benefit “rich liberals.”

“If you are a rich liberal from maybe New York or California [the Green New Deal] sounds great,” Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin (R) stated. “Because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has a zero emissions, that is energy efficient, affordable and safe.”

Needless to say, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not view the goal of reducing carbon emissions as a liberal fantasy in the same way Rep. Duffy did.

When it was her turn to speak at the committee hearing, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mince words in her rebuttal.

“When we talk about the concern for the environment as an elitist concern, one year ago I was waitressing in a taco shop in downtown Manhattan,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint…Call them elitist…People are dying!”

After the journalist and liberal media personality Brian Tyler Cohen Tweeted out the video to his 43,000 followers, the video quickly went viral–garnering more than 8 million views and 64,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

Latinas, as usual, took to Twitter to support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

The reaction on Twitter proves that combating climate change is not an issue that only effects elite liberals.

In fact, many Latinas view climate change as one of the most pressing issues in politics today.

@AOC Thank you for being a voice of reason. Your words come from the heart of many Americans who believe in helping our fellow man; who believe that clean water and air for ALL is top of the list of Congressional concerns. We MUST save the planet.— Janet (@SurruscoJanet) March 27, 2019

According to environmental scientists, the clock is ticking when it comes to both reducing and preventing humanity’s negative environmental impact.

Many Latinas experience first hand that negative consequences of the climate change crisis.

We, the people of communities like the Bronx where @AOC represents and the 7th where @AyannaPressley represents and the 5th Suffolk, where I represent are the original EJ warriors. We have been poisoned 4 generations w/ bad air, water & land. It’s not elitist, its righteous.— Rep. Liz Miranda (@lizforma) March 27, 2019

In fact, the affects of climate change disproportionately impact low-income Americans who are often displaced due to the destruction of unusual environmental occurrences.

Of course, there were those Latinas who were just ecstatic that they finally felt truly represented by a Representative.

All. Of. This! #AOC is my voice! @AOC represents my voice and my concerns for this country!!!! https://t.co/Ek8q3O36Q6— Alicia Figliuolo / adotfig on ig (@AliciaFigliuolo) March 27, 2019

It’s not every day that Latinas feel that their voices are being heard by politicians.

Some Twitter users reminded everyone that the devastating effects of climate change should not tainted by partisan politics.

The real question should be how ignorant are those old white men who don’t understand that #climatechange is real and will destroy humanity. #ScienceisReal We know the answer, they are driven by #Greed #GreenNewDeal— Michele Garron (@bassm67) March 27, 2019

Facts should not be made into a Republican vs. Democratic issue. The negative impacts of climate change are widely accepted by the scientific community.

Although the Green New Deal didn’t pass in the Senate, we’re very sure that this isn’t the end of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fight against climate change.

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