Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) cited her own $17,000 in student loan balances in a speech arguing in favor of canceling student loan debts.

“I’m 32 years old now,” the congresswoman said. “I have over $17,000 in student loan debt, and I didn’t go to graduate school because I knew that getting another degree would drown me in debt that I would never be able to surpass.”

“This is unacceptable,” she added before declaring, “Come on! … Let’s get real, let’s cancel it.”

It’s unclear based on the speech itself the details of her student loans, but one would have to assume the $17,000 represents a remaining balance considering Boston University, where she earned her degree in economics, is rather pricey.

Brad Polumbo at the Washinton Examiner points out that canceling student loan debt is “a progressive euphemism for having taxpayers pay off approximately $1.6 trillion in student loan debt.”

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AOC and Tlaib – Pay Our Student Loans

As a member of the House, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) currently makes an annual salary of $174,000.

Still, the congresswoman believes taxpayers need to pay her bills.

“We have a moral obligation, an economic obligation, a political obligation to cancel student loan debt,” she demanded.

In the same speech on the floor of the House, AOC’s Squadmate, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also argued in favor of canceling student loan debt.

Her speech drew upon personal experience in arguing to cancel student loans – including her remaining $70,000 in student loan debt.

“I worked full-time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree,” Tlaib said. “And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000. And most of it was interest — most of it was our own government making money and profit off of me.”

As Polumbo reminds, “The loans aren’t ‘canceled’ magically but paid off by taxpayers” because “Congress can’t just make debts go away.”

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AOC Wants Everything To Be Free

In May of 2020, the New York Post reported that AOC owed over $2,000 in unpaid taxes for a business venture that was dissolved by the state in 2016.

Also last year, AOC announced that she was refusing to pay dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

In 2019, she complained about not getting a pay raise and alleged that lawmakers are so strapped for cash they are driven to “turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after” they leave Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez famously entered Congress by whining that she couldn’t afford an apartment in Washington, DC.

“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real,” she complained to the New York Times.

 

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