“They’ll be $30.00 a piece if you raise minimum wage to $15 you economic genius.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a proud and open advocate of a $15 minimum wage, compared Monday the price of pastries at New York City’s LaGuardia airport to the hourly pay of human workers.
“Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE,” the New York Democrat tweeted. “Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??”
But look! 12 croissants at WALMART for $3.98! Ain't America grand??? pic.twitter.com/mgHkmBpgxo
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) April 1, 2019
The freshman congresswoman’s comments sparked a flurry of reaction on social media, with many conservatives arguing that raising the minimum wage would also raise the price of Ocasio-Cortez’s croissants.
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The Reagan Battalion Twitter account observed that LaGuardia raised their minimum wage to $19 per hour in 2018. “They’ll be $30.00 a piece if you raise minimum wage to $15 you economic genius,” tweeted conservative commentator Mark Dice. “You don’t understand how markets work, do you?” quipped Fox News columnist Justin T. Haskins. Even Parkland student Kyle Kashuv joined in on the pile-on, insinuating Ocasio-Cortez was a hypocrite for betraying her eco-conscious ideals by flying in a gas-guzzling airplane. “WHY ARE YOU FLYING?? STOP DESTROYING OUR WORLD,” the conservative high-schooler, who was recently accepted at Harvard University, wrote.
LaGuardia increased minimum wage to $19 per hour in 2018, which is exactly why you & millions of other people are paying SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE.
And guess what, soon you will buy that piece from a machine.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) April 1, 2019
In a follow-up tweet Ocasio-Cortez chastised Republicans for “taking every tweet so earnestly” and claimed she was not complaining about the price of the croissants, but rather how societies look at the value of human labor.
“GOP taking every tweet so earnestly, making my point for me,” she said. “It’s not an argument against the price of a croissant – it’s about the value of human worth. But I guess that idea is foreign to them since their policies treat people as disposable anyway.”
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The democratic socialist lawmaker’s stance on economics policies that affect workers is well-known. She’s repeatedly touted the “living wage” her office pays staffers and backs a $15 minimum wage.
I am literally on my hands and knees begging you to read this book pic.twitter.com/TIXj6tcNIk
— Steve (@SteveCampy) April 1, 2019
Last year, the owner of a bar where Ocasio-Cortez used to work cited rising costs in employee pay as the reason his business closed down. “The times have changed in our industry,”Coffee Shop owner Charles Milite told the New York Post in an interview published last July. “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”
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