Minimum Wage-Pushing Democrats Don’t Pay Congressional Interns

Hypocrisy, they name is Democrat. Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy has laid bare another example of the hypocrisy of Congressional Democrats. In this case while those representatives that are all hot and bothered to push an ever rising minimum wage law are making noise about how inequities exist in the workplace, these same congressmen are sponsoring unpaid internships in their own offices.

How can one be all for the control of wages from Washington D.C. and feel that business should not be allowed to set its own pay rates, yet at the same time offer only unpaid internships in your own offices> It is a hypocrisy that is at once galling and awe inspiring for its brazenness. Yet this is where our out-of-touch, arrogant Congress has come to.

There is nothing wrong with an unpaid or a low paid internship, to be sure. Back in 1981 I served as a $50 a week intern at Chicago Magazine as a way to get some experience in the publishing industry. The money was sort of pointless, really. It wasn’t even enough to buy lunch for the week! But it made sense to me to do this and it makes sense for those with political leanings to get their young feet wet in a congressman’s office to see how it all works and to make contacts for the future.

The hypocrisy isn’t that these congressmen are having unpaid internships, though. The hypocrisy is in their arrogant assumption that they know better than business what a job is worth. Their hypocrisy is in the fact that they want to force businesses to pay more every year to a low skilled labor force all the while they themselves are paying their own unskilled labor force absolutely nothing at all!

Now that is some chutzpah!

Mackinac finds that a bevy of Michigan’s federal representatives are paying nothing to interns.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act was enacted in 2007, passing overwhelmingly. The law raised the minimum wage gradually from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour. Both Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow voted for the bill. In the House, Reps. Dale Kildee (D-5), Fred Upton (R-6), Candice Miller (R-10), Thaddeus McCotter (R-11), Sandy Levin (D-12), John Conyers (D-14) and John Dingell (D-15) all voted for the higher wage.

The same is true of the rest of Congress, too. It isn’t just Michigan.

Mackinac quotes Donald Boudreaux, a professor of economics at George Mason University who finds the whole minimum wage law absurd.

“Are young men and women who choose to build their resume by working free of charge for [Levin] more intelligent and far-sighted than are young men and women who would choose to build their resumes by working in the private sector at wages below the legislated minimum?”

Indeed, let the market decide.

Congress has no business whatsoever telling private companies what they must pay employees.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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