Because she lives in their heads 24/7 rent free, conservatives have been freaking out all day because Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the high cost of croissants at an airport to point out how ridiculously low the federal minimum wage is.
Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE ?
Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 1, 2019
Now, everybody knows that airports like LaGuardia engage in price gouging because in this hellish timeline you can’t get your own food past security. And everyone complains about it every time they have to fly somewhere. At least Ocasio-Cortez spiced it up a little by making a good point about how people in the U.S. view the value of human labor and time. This tweet should not have created a national incident.
And yet, certain people are so upset about it that LaGuardia was trending on Twitter today. And conservatives, plus the entire New York Post, are absolutely determined to miss the point.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 1, 2019
And then there’s all the world’s amateur economists jumping in to lie about LaGuardia’s minimum wage.
The minimum wage at LaGuardia is $19.00 per hour. Remember the Intro to Microeconomics class you took at BU when you learned that the only way to feasibly have a price floor on the cost of labor ($19/hr minimum wage) is to increase prices of goods sold??? #EconomicReality
— Mike Feller (@MikeFeller1) April 1, 2019
Okay business major, but did you know that the current minimum wage at LaGuardia is actually $13.60, because minimum wage increases are always phased in, and the $19 per hour wage that the airport voluntarily adopted won’t be in place until 2023?
Also, raising the minimum wage does not force businesses to raise prices – that’s their choice. Real economists, and many business owners, know that paying employees better increases morale, leading to better service and more customers. Raising the minimum wage in an entire area has the added benefit of boosting the entire economy as those affected have more money to spend on other businesses. That’s why it’s done in stages.
But why bother with logic when you have an opportunity to attack a threatening woman of color?
Human worth is infinite. So presumably the minimum wage should be infinite. https://t.co/J9RiZRXicU
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 1, 2019
If Ben Shapiro really believed that human worth is infinite, he’d be so close to reaching the point.
Here are some other terrible takes to roll your eyes about:
Maybe the price is $7 because there is $4 in taxes!
— Scotty Berg (@BergScotty) April 1, 2019
That’s where you are so out of touch! Everyone values humanity and wants finer things, but you refuse to acknowledge that you must endeavor to become, and not rely! You enable small minded thinking and choke out the American Dream! Meanwhile back at the farm, you do nothing!
— Roberta Martinez (@c0d78ed5c92f419) April 2, 2019
What farm is she talking about here?
If you are a representation of what intelligence will be like then the world will die much sooner.
— Michael Chrichton (@MChrichton) April 2, 2019
Heh. Forest; trees. Not the sharpest knife in the block, are you Scott?
— Fred's Internet Rating Service (@ItMustBeJim) April 2, 2019
The Walmart croissant costs more than $15/hour. The difference is the federal government subsidizes the Walmart workforce with healthcare and food stamps. The hidden costs of that $3.98 is we subsidize the difference. Corporate welfare at its best.
— Luis (@Hairpie11782) April 1, 2019
Just a guess but I don't think that's why @AOC was at the airport. Do you think she got a ride there to compare prices?
— RedLightRita (@RitaMcRedLight) April 2, 2019
Y'all try too hard to be so obtuse. pic.twitter.com/jUMoEpBUrO
— San FrancisDraco (@digitaldraco) April 1, 2019
Haha you're completely clueless, as a good right-winger often is.
She doesn't care about the croissants, she cares about the people serving the food.
So you should shut it and listen, you might learn something (I doubt it but hey, one can always hope).
— Kamiku (@kamikukamiku) April 2, 2019
Unfortunately many people don't have the option to work for $15/hour.
It seems we agree people should have options
— Dr. Von Awesome (@DocVonAwesome) April 1, 2019
I hope the workers at the next fast food place you go to recognize you, do they can make you "the special", lol.
— David Lee (@tDaveLee) April 2, 2019
And the rest is just Tony Posnanski taking shots at conservative media.
Waiting for @CalebJHull to take a picture of AOC eating a croissant.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 1, 2019
Waiting for @DailyCaller to say AOC defends the French.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 1, 2019
Well done, sir. Now all we can do is sit and wait for croissant-gate to blow over so that conservatives can go back to yelling about how the Green New Deal bans America or whatever they’ll come up with next.