What Democratic Socialists Don’t Get

But her own family background is far from “working class,” as she describes it on her campaign page, the Daily Mail reports. Although Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx and lived there until age 5, her father—an architect who ran his own business—moved the family to posh Westchester County, where she attended Yorktown High School. Ocasio-Cortez, who attended Boston University, only moved back to the Bronx after her father died, making money as a waitress and bartender—working class after all.Either way, for Ocasio-Cortez and her family, the days of not being able to afford to live in the Bronx, or anywhere else for that matter, are most likely over. If elected representative, Ocasio-Cortez will enjoy the benefits of “earning” $174,000 base pay for 120 to 150 days of “work,” a budget of $1.2 million for staff and travel expenses, and insider trading privileges.If she is smart, she can use some of that free time to take lessons from Democratic Rep. Judy Chu from California, who built up a net worth of more than $3 million day-trading the S&P 500 with call and put options since her first election in 2009.

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