Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern "Living Wage" (Math & Economics Disagree)

Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern

The top image of the dual-paneled meme features Ocasio-Cortez with the caption: "Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?"

"Time to walk the walk", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

"She can not do either because she doesn't understand how the world works", she explained, "how people make money, how money is created, and the creation of money is actually a positive sum effort where more people thrive when more people make money!"

Ocasio-Cortez, who in November became the youngest woman elected to Congress, linked to a Washington Post piece about the Instagram post and responded on Twitter. "Have fun!" she continued.

Essentially she says, it only allows those that are rich enough, to come work for free as an intern on Capitol Hill. Those figures dropped dramatically in the House, where only 8 percent of Republicans and 3.6 percent of Democrats compensated their interns.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected US House representative, called out her future colleagues in Congress for paying their low-level staffers salaries below the "living wage" and for employing unpaid interns.

The study found that 51 percent of Senate Republicans offer paid internships compared with 31 percent of Democrats.

On Monday, Pay Our Interns tweeted a screenshot of an ad for an unpaid press intern to work for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Congress has taken steps to address the problem. "SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices, *" she wrote. It's been a recent tag line of conservatives, who seemed spooked by the success of democratic socialist candidates like Ocasio-Cortez.

In a fiery series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez shamed lawmakers for not doing enough to ensure interns are paid a workable wage across the board.

They noted that the $21 trillion of Pentagon accounting errors were over 17 years, while her estimate of spending for the healthcare program was over 10 years - a mistake of simple math.

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