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You may call it hypocrisy, but the Democrats call it an “invaluable experience.”
From The Daily Caller:
As President Obama’s Labor Department considers cracking down on private businesses that reward interns with credit rather than cash, Capitol Hill teems with unpaid interns who keep lawmakers’ offices running.
Interns perform a variety of important office tasks, including answering phones, leading constituent tours, and running errands. Many receive academic credit for their work as a part of their undergraduate or graduate studies, according to staff officials.
The very same Democrats who led the call for a higher minimum-wage are benefitting from unpaid interns, and have no remorse in doing so.
Sen. John Kerry, who supported incrementally raising the minimum wage from $5.15 in 2007 to $7.25 in 2009, benefits directly from labor provided by unpaid interns.
“It’s no secret that good wages result in increased productivity, ultimately improving a firm’s bottom line and economic development in their community,” Kerry said in a 2007 press release. “In fact, the last time Congress raised the minimum wage, our country experienced the strongest economic growth in decades.”
“It is wrong to have millions of Americans working full-time and year-round and still living in poverty,” Pelosi said at the time.
Interns in the press office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi work as many as 32 hours per week, according to Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly.
Dennis Kucinich, who wouldn’t discuss the details of his office’s internships, has this on his website:
“By working in a congressional office, you will be exposed to the inner workings of legislative government and the procedures of a congressional office,” the site reads. “All internships are unpaid.”