Politics aside, I usually find Oscasio-Cortez to be as dumb as a box of hammers. She's the opposite of a "wonk"; she's a populist who promises things that in no way can ever be delivered (draw your own parallels here).
But, she tweeted this:
Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.
Itís completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision.
Have some integrity.
That sounds like common sense to me. Of course, it wouldn't hurt most members of Congress, because let's be honest: most of them are quite wealthy, with plenty of savings to make it a month or two with no salary.
So, I'd go a step farther than AOC. During a government shutdown, members of Congress and their staffs can't engage in re-election or fundraising campaigns.
With the current shutdown, there have been two years to actually work together and reach a compromise. However, there's no incentive for either side to really move off their talking points. Maybe shutting down their gravy train would make all sides more willing to come to the table.