Sunday, 16 December, 2018

WashPost: Ocasio-Cortez Claim About Pentagon Wrong

Ocasio-Cortez in DC 'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'
Melissa Porter | 07 December, 2018, 22:42

In short, even supposing the numbers involved in Ocasio-Cortez's tweet were accurate - a big if - the two reports are not comparable in any meaningful way.

According to the Washington Post, House members of both parties rarely pay interns. "So, we will award Four Pinocchios to Ocasio-Cortez", they wrote.

On Monday, she said that when she went to a "dive spot in D.C. for some late night food," she talked with the staff.

House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid. I chatted up the staff. She later responded to critics arguing that when businesses do not pay the minimum wage, they "wish that they can pay human labor less than they require to live". "This is a disgrace".

Even though Ocasio-Cortez said she would pay her interns a $15 per hour minimum wage, the majority of her Democrat colleagues who supported a $15 minimum wage did not their interns in 2017.

"I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up", the congresswoman-elect tweeted as she egged Trump Jr. on.

The cause of Venezuela's collapse is more nuanced than just "because socialism", but one key point Junior seems to miss here is what agenda, exactly, Ocasio-Cortez and her peers are backing.

It found that in the Senate, 51% of Republicans and 31% of Democrats pay their interns. Schumer's office told Rolling Stone that the ad "was made in error" and that beginning in January, they will offer "a stipend to eligible interns". The House will be given $8.8 million to distribute across members' offices, and the Senate will be given $5 million.

Cortez critiqued her initial meetings on social media Thursday, writing "Right now Freshman members of Congress are at a "Bipartisan" orientation w/ briefings on issues".