Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced mockery after arguing $15/hr minimum wage is a “deep compromise” and arguing that in Denmark McDonald’s workers are paid $22/hr and given 6 weeks of paid leave.
It is utterly embarrassing that “pay people enough to live” is a stance that’s even up for debate.
Override the parliamentarian and raise the wage. McD’s workers in Denmark are paid $22/hr + 6 wks paid vacation. $15/hr is a deep compromise – a big one, considering the phase in.
Here are some of the responses AOC received on twitter.
— Mike Honcho (@BigDaddyDore) March 3, 2021
— Michael Essentially (@Essentialworker) March 3, 2021
The rich don’t eat at McDonalds, it’s the middle class. If McDonalds pays [email protected], who do you think will actually be affected? The people that eat there will be paying higher cost.
— rebecca dobbs (@rebeccadobbs16) March 3, 2021
You can’t even compare the US to Denmark… the tax rate alone puts the hourly rate back to $8/$9 hr
— Tracey Morman (@traceymorman) March 3, 2021
David Harsanyi writes in the National Review “the most obvious problem with Ocasio-Cortez’s contention is that Denmark, like other Scandinavian nations, doesn’t have a statutory minimum wage. Industries and workers engage in sector-by-sector salary negotiations, which might well undermine intra-industry competition, but which is a much better idea than the flat national-wage floor being peddled by Democrats. So, this popular progressive talking point about Denmark’s miracle middle-class fast-food worker doesn’t make much sense to begin with.”