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    Amy Laskowski

    Amy Laskowski is a senior writer at Boston University. She is always hunting for interesting, quirky stories around BU and helps manage and edit the work of BU Today’s interns. She did her undergrad at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in journalism at the College of Communication in 2015. Profile

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There are 11 comments on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CAS’11) Named One of Time’s 2019 100 Most Influential People

  1. “She watched as our government bailed out Wall Street while it ignored families like hers,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) writes of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez in Time. And referring to the college debt the freshman congresswoman had accrued: “She learned the hard way that in America today, Washington protects the powerful while leaving hardworking people behind.”

    AOC like all students who choose to attend expensive private schools like BU took on college debt based on their own choices and moreover, they all signed their legally binding student loan documents upon doing so and they all had an exit interview. While it is a shame that AOC lost her dad while in school (I know how it feels because I did too), no one forced her, or me or anyone else to accrue debt by attending BU. Now AOC has the audacity to run around suggesting that tax payers who paid for their own way or that of the their children through four years of college at a less expensive and less prestigious state schools (because that was all they could afford) should help pick up the tab for our decision to attend an expensive private school, as if we had no other options in life! I am sorry, if I offend anyone with this reality check, but I do not view this thought process as being commensurate with true leadership. I watch Dave Ramsey, set budget and eat beans and rice to help me pay off my student loans and I suggest she do the same; it builds character.

    1. Hold on now, you’re making a little too much sense. Why should someone be held accountable for their own choices just because they wanted to go to an overpriced school with tuition that keeps skyrocketing like BU? It’s just easier if we all pay higher taxes so BU can be “free” haha. I’m over $50,000 in student debt because I chose to go to BU. I’m not complaining though, I studied a STEM subject, got a good job, and thankfully make enough that I will be able to pay it off in a few years. I don’t expect anyone to pay for my choices in life. That’s the difference between socialism and understanding how economics actually works and having personal accountability. If you signed the loan documents for $100,000 and studied “underwater basket weaving” for 4 years then couldn’t get a job that pays the $200,000 a year that you envisioned that’s not the tax payers problem. It comes down to a lot of people being financially illiterate and also schools that sell a dream that make you believe studying art history will land a high paying career.

    2. I’m so happy someone else feels this way. I joined the United States Naval Reserve and worked for a Company that provided educational benefits to help me with College expenses. That meant, I was working two jobs and going to night school. Easy, no. Worth it, yes.

      We all are responsible for the choices we make in life, and student debt is one of those choices that comes with contracts signed with the Universities we attend. It’s expensive, and many in this Country need financial management skills. AOC is making a great deal of money now, more than the average household, and still complaining about student debt? Has she not realized, she is where she is today because of the education received.

      Why is it, this generation has no problem buying a BMW or House? Having kids? Going out for drinks and dinner? Wearing designer clothes? Yet – complain about student debt?!?!

      Most of us gave up a lot to attend College, knowing, we were investing in ourselves and our careers. AOC seems to think, we didn’t struggle — hardly — we all did. Many of us did not have rich parents. I went in my late 20’s instead of after High School and I found a way to financially manage, working two jobs, and I was out of debt by age 40.

  2. It was Obama and the Dems that bailed out the automotive industry and wall street back in 2008.
    “She watched as our government bailed out Wall Street while it ignored families like hers,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) writes of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez in Time.

  3. AOC has become a living internet meme … and NOT in a flattering way. Her basic understanding of economics has more than her fellow alums wondering how she actually graduated … that weak baseline knowledge, can’t help her when questions of basic government arise (there aren’t ‘three chambers’ – that was embarrassing) … I said, when she was first elected, that she should go slow, learn the ins/outs of DC, walk a little before trying to run, but nope – she was on every late night program, doing her goofy little video things, and standing in behind the other two radical freshmen – and she’s made a fool of herself … and her Amazon HQ display was absolutely inexcusable!

    She’s already spawned a challenger in that district .. perhaps even two or three .. and I highly doubt that she’ll be in Congress after 2020.

    1. And AOC also thinks, since the Federal Government found money for the CARES act, much more is available. Does she not realize, this debt will be on the books for many years with future generations paying it off?

  4. It’s pretty sad that BU keeps pointing to AOC as one of their great high achieving alumni. She has a degree in economics but is a socialist, obviously nothing was learned at BU in those economics courses. It’s like majoring in computer science and being against any form of technology. AOC put her BU econ degree to use as a bartender for years then won in a district where voter turnout was only 11%. The media fell in love with her because she fits their agenda. But next election cycle their will be so much money thrown behind an opposing candidate in that district that it won’t even be funny. Even Nancy Polosi has openly laughed at her ideas. AOC is what is wrong with Congress, as soon as she got in their she refused to reach across the isle and work with anyone that didn’t share her socialist views. AOC should be a case study on why voter turnout matters and what can happen when people don’t vote. After causing NYC to lose 25000 high paying tech jobs because she didn’t understand the economics behind the deal I doubt she’ll be reelected. BU should be distancing themselves from AOC she is a complete embarrassment to the school.

  5. Socialism is the answer to the question “how do I pay the $100,000 student loan I took out to attend BU” oh have someone else pay for it obviously. This is funny “One thing seems certain: the Democrats will need her as they head into the 2020 election.” She has been the biggest gift the republicans have ever seen and will definitely help them in 2020.

  6. I’m a BU grad student, and I think the president had a legitimate response to her culture clasting when he stated during the SOTU:

    “We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

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