Liberals in Congress pushing $15 min wage have ONE dirty little secret in common…

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As college students enthusiastically apply for internships on Capitol Hill, they’ll be surprised to see how the intern pay is divided among party lines.

There was once a time when Republicans could argue against the minimum wage by stretching its logic to an extreme. “If a raise to $10 an hour is so great,” we could begin to ask, “then why not $20 an hour, or $100 an hour.” Democrats instead appear to have heard that argument and thought to themselves “great idea!”

Bernie Sanders is among the notable people in Congress pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage, and Elizabeth Warren ponders why the minimum wage isn’t $22 an hour today. There’s an attempt to make that policy in the Raise the Wage Act of 2017, which would increase the federal minimum wage by 107 percent, to $15 an hour. Not like it’ll pass, but Democrats will at least be able to score a few political points for themselves in whining about how Republicans “hate the poor” after the bill gets shot down (which is probably the real goal here).

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They certainly aren’t actually all too concerned about what the minimum wage is – or they’d pay their interns more than zero dollars an hour.

As The Hill noted, a new Employment Policies Institute analysis shows that 95 percent of the House and Senate sponsors and co-sponsors hire interns for $0 an hour.

This “do as I say, not as I do” approach to the minimum wage is not new for Democrats in Congress. A previous analysis conducted two years ago by EPI found that 94 percent of the House and Senate co-sponsors of the 2015 bill to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour did not pay their interns. (Ditto for 96 percent of the co-sponsors of the 2013 “Fair Minimum Wage Act.”)

Ten members from both chambers offer some form of a stipend; the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is the only member who pays an hourly wage. However, Sanders’ office pays interns $12 an hour, short of his $15 demand from the private sector. (The full list of cosponsors and the compensation details of their internship programs are available here.

Many senators and representatives who are co-sponsors of the “Raise the Wage Act” note on their websites that participants will benefit in other ways besides a paycheck. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) website states the internship provides, “a unique learning experience” and “an inside look at the political process.” Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) website states the internship will provide, “A unique opportunity to learn about the functions of the U.S. House of Representatives…”

Working with Nancy Pelosi a “unique opportunity?” That’s something you literally couldn’t pay me to do.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]
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