Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can’t Afford a Washington DC Apartment, Can You?
So, the machine is running again, and it’s going after the poor AGAIN, you know, cause the election is over* (shhhh don’t ask Scott or Kemp about it unless you are ready for some tears)
What fandangled doodiddley fallacy is currently running around your feed this weekend? I’m seeing an awful lot of Democratic Socialist Ad Hominem action from America’s Unofficial State Media Channel, Fox News. All these blond haired, blue eyed folks, are telling me: If you cannot uproot and move your life from a moderate, middle class city to one of the most expensive cities in the country you are obviously terrible with money and should never be in charge of anything. So, as my inner engineer is wont to do, lets see what the numbers say.
Lets just look at averages for DC right now:
Quick questions: If you were told to move to another city and had to put down a full month’s rent as a security deposit and the first month’s actual rent could you? That’s $4,000 buckaroos on average my dear bonzai, and that’s without your 2.7 kids.
Could you come up with that after paying to move everything, and settling up any debts for your old homestead? Are there any early termination fees for your old lease? Do you have a car that needs parking permits, a garage spot? Could you do this and not work a few weeks while you do it? Could you do it two months before your new job starts? Thats 8 weeks not getting a check from when this story broke.
Assuming a national average wage $857 per week average before taxes, so that’s around $668.46 weekly take home according to the new tax brackets since she is not married. If she kept that pay grade and tried to move her rent would be between $1,642-$1,996. Her take home is $2,673 monthly so dividing the difference between her rent and her take home 4 times:
$2,673(Income) – $1,642 or $1,996(Rent) = $677.84 or $1031.84 (Studio vs. One Bedroom)
$677.84 or $1031.84(Money Left Over After Rent) / 4 = $135 or $257
Could you live life on $135-$257 a week?
Lets just look at a few costs and see
Average fuel cost per week: $57.69
Average internet cost per week: $15
Average food cost per week: $115
Average phone plan per week: $15
Conclusion: If you made the average salary in the United States and your Washington DC apartment magically had no utilities or parking or anything, so your only costs were your rent, fuel, internet, phone, and food; if you chose to live in a one bedroom apartment you would short $67.69 a week or $270 a month. If you chose a studio you would have $54.31 a week to spend on luxurious things like heat and electricity and water and healthcare and dental and vision and soap. DC tied with San Francisco for 4th most expensive city in the US and 37th worldwide so maybe we can stop giving the youngest woman ever elected to the senate a tough time on finding an apartment when the majority of people in this country could not do the same damn thing.
Or do you prefer your candidates as big time rollers instead of working class like you?
I thought so.