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Hill Minimum Wage Supporters Don’t Pay Interns

From the Daily Caller:

Report: minimum wage hike backers rarely pay interns

Breanna Deutsch | 01/26/2014

Just because lawmakers want businesses to pay more for entry-level workers, doesn’t mean they are willing to do so themselves. According to a new study by the Employment Policies Insitute (EPI), only four percent of the 210 lawmakers who pledged their allegiance to a bill raising the minimum wage pay their interns.

(The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) is a fiscally conservative non-profit American think tank established in 1991. It conducts research on employment issues such as minimum wage and health care. Still, it should be easy enough to refute their findings if they are mistaken.)

The Fair Minimum Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. EPI found that 96 percent of its House and Senate supporters give their interns a minimum wage of zero.

This includes the authors of the bill, Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin and California Democratic Rep. George Miller. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is another strong supporter of the legislation who doesn’t pay her interns.

These legislators did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment…

If it weren’t for their blatant hypocrisy, Democrats would have no principles at all.

A minimum wage increase has been on the table since President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address, in which he told Americans, “Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.”

And more recently, Obama highlighted the issue in a lengthy New Yorker profile, informing the reporter that he would judge his time in office by his ability to fight income inequality…

And never mind that the White House doesn’t pay its interns, either.

In fact, as CNN reported back in August, a groups of former White House interns has formed a grassroots lobby, ‘The Fair Pay Campaign,’ which is demanding that "President Obama start to pay White House interns in order to set an example for other government agencies and private employers."

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Hill Minimum Wage Supporters Don’t Pay Interns”

  1. Astravogel

    Of course, raising the Minimum Wage will, according to Thomas Sowell’s research,
    (of course, he’s a “TOM” acting White!) cause even more unemployment to those
    at the lower end of the economic spectrum (the “POOR”) and set them up to get
    their income from the Liberal Plantations (coined, I think, by Rush Limbaugh “A
    RACIST!) and vote you know how, or loose their free stuff (paid for by you and I).
    This will doom them to INCOME INEQUALITY for the rest of their miserable lives.

  2. Laws are for Untermensch

  3. canary

    The White House sure didn’t pay those elementary age children for their hard labor farming and growing hops for the White House plantation and beer brewery.


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