Off the top of my head I can’t think of any issue where the Democrats aren’t complete hypocrites. Climate change? They jet off to lands far and wide to spread their message. National debt? There’s no wasteful spending anywhere they refuse to cut. And so it goes with the minimum wage and internships. The best advice with this band of charlatans is to watch what they do, not what they say.
Consider Barbara Boxer, the Democratic senator from California, who urged the country to “heed the president’s call” to raise the minimum wage. Throughout the year, Ms. Boxer offers internships that provide “a valuable opportunity to see how a Senate office functions,” according to her website. Interns are advised that they “should dress in a professional manner befitting the representative of a U.S. Senator at all times.” Her interns may dress in a professional manner, but they are unpaid.
Another advocate of a higher wage floor is Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.)—except in his congressional office. The Democrat promises that “interns will receive unique career development opportunities.” But that first rung on the ladder comes with this caveat: “All internships are unpaid.”
Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Charles Rangel are both Democrats from New York, and they share the same policy: “Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience.”
Then there is Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio). “Interns in my Washington, D.C. office work on a wide range of projects,” prospective applicants are told. But the young folks are on their own when it comes to expenses: “internships in my Ohio and Washington, D.C. offices are unpaid. In addition, we are unable to reimburse you for parking and mileage.”
The White House also offers an internship that “is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.” The pay for these promising positions is zero. (Read More)
Oh well, I guess the children of the well-connected don’t need a minimum wage, or any wage for that matter. But it’s worth noting that these champions of the downtrodden’s goal is to price young workers with no experience out of the labor market while they give their friends’ kids invaluable training. I supposed they just want to keep things in line – the ruling class vs. the rest of us. By the time people wake up to this it will probably be too late.