Hypocrites: Democrats Demanding ‘Livable Wages’ Pay Their Interns Nothing
Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers is the cause du jour among liberals, so naturally, Democrats have to jump on board and pretend to care about someone else’s paycheck other than their own. They’re just hoping and praying that none of us will look too closely at them, because if we do, we’ll see that they are all flaming hypocrites who advocate for a “living wage” while employing unpaid interns who work a full time schedule.
Democrats like to pretend that raising the minimum wage will produce prosperity. In fact, several Democrats have taken to raising awareness of this issue by engaging in a campaign called “Live the Wage.”
In this ridiculous campaign, Congressional Democrats Tim Ryan and Jan Schakowsky have pledged to live off of $77 as a stunt to try and raise awareness.
The campaign is sponsored by more than 60 liberal interest groups including labor unions and Organizing for Action.
… Okay- but if Reps. Schakowsky and Ryan really wanted to walk the walk, they would live off the wage their interns are paid: $0
Yes- that’s right. According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Capitol Hill interns, including those working for proponents of a wage hike, are paid nowhere near the living wage. A 2013 EPI study found that 97 percent of Democrats who back the $10.10 minimum wage employ unpaid workers.
Congressman Ryan is not shy about the hard-driving work environment for his unpaid workers. Rather than offering the $7.25 federal minimum wage for these workers, he offers “unique opportunities for you to gain an insider’s view of the legislative process.” They are expected to put in 25 to 40 hours per week, leaving little room for the free labor to seek a paid second job.
It’s sort of like how Obama bleats constantly about the mythical gender wage gap and how awful it is, and yet such a gap exists in his very own administration. The wonders of liberal hypocrisy never cease!