Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to tax the rich at 70 percent – and herself at zero percent.
Before entering politics she was a bartender, and before that she tried her hand at capitalism will no success. In 2011 she started a publishing company called Brook Avenue Press in the Bronx with a mere $1,000. The publication was profitable in some years (accruing taxes owed in those years), but ultimately folded (presumably losing money in later years).
In a move uncharacteristic for a socialist, she never bothered to pay her taxes in the years her business made money.
According to the New York Post:
Cortez still hasn’t paid a six-year-old tax bill left over from a failed business venture.
Weeks after The Post alerted the freshman Congresswoman’s office to the outstanding tax lien from 2012, she still hasn’t paid it, state records show.
Brook Avenue Press, a company set up in the Bronx to publish books about city children, owes $1,877.56 in unpaid corporate taxes.
The state slapped the company with a warrant on July 6, 2017, two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced her candidacy to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley for the district that encompasses parts of Queens and The Bronx.
Public records show the state dissolved the company in October 2016, which can happen when a business fails to pay corporate taxes or file a return.
It’s been said that if liberals didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any at all, and that’s especially true in the case of Cortez. She’s paraded herself around as an environmentalist warrior while dismissing her own carbon footprint as her simply “living in this [modern] world” (couldn’t a religious leader exposed as a hypocrite make the same excuse?). And on taxes, she supports taxes for thee but not for herself.
Now that she’s earning 178k a year in Washington D.C., she truly has no excuse not to pay those past-due taxes, but I won’t keep my fingers crossed that she will. It will be amusing to see if she becomes the youngest sitting Congresswoman to have a wage garnishment.