Ocasio and Tlaib just called out ex-Goldman CEO after he said they’re “in over their heads”

The new Democratic house hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already its members are raising a stir on Capitol Hill. Young, progressive representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are pulling back the curtain on what goes behind the scenes in the House of Representatives, and they have some very disturbing information to report.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter today to tell the nation that the incoming freshmen representatives are treated to an “orientation briefing” hosted by… corporate lobbyists.

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One of the most prominent speakers turned out to be Gary Cohn, the former CEO of finance behemoth Goldman Sachs and former Trump economic advisor, who condescended to the new leaders and told them that they were in “way over their heads” and “didn’t know how the game was played.”

The game, of course, is the “game” in which our elected officials are bought or cajoled into serving the interests of the monied elites and being rewarded with campaign donations without displeasing their constituents enough to lose re-election.

But freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib made it clear that this year, things were going to be different. The first Palestinian-American Congresswoman took to Twitter and let the world know that this Congress isn’t going to be bought by the wealthy so easily.

It goes without saying that having jackal lobbyists for multinational finance corporations coaching our elected representatives during their Congressional orientations is deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable.

But even this tiny glimpse behind the curtain goes a long way towards explaining why Congress has, for decades, consistently put the needs of the oligarch class over the needs of their constituents; how deeply corruption is rooted in American politics and how, up until now, how eager our “leaders” were to be players in their unholy game.

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Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.


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