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'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'

In government offices across the nation's capital - not to mention in plenty of private offices across the country - Ocasio-Cortez will be "considered a generous boss", noted Fox Business.

In a 2017 report, Carlos Vera and Daniel Jenab of Pay Our Interns found that only eight percent of Republicans and 3.6 percent of Democratic members of the House offer paid internships (the numbers are higher for the Senate, however: 51 percent of the GOP and 31 percent of the Dems pay their interns). Hours later, Schumer's office announced that the job posting had been made "in error" and said that Schumer's interns will be paid a stipend in the new Congress.

House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid.

The study also concluded that internships in D.C. cost $6,000, on average.

Ocasio-Cortez's tweet on Monday came after a reporter said that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, another New York Democrat, is hiring an unpaid intern. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Ted Cruz now do not offer paid internships at the moment.

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He said: "He saw I had some in my hand and he had a little mischievous nod and wink and looked like he wanted one to throw back at us".

If Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had not attempted to do this relatively complex analysis within the confines of a tweet, she might have better supported her contention that we could finance Medicare for All simply by eliminating the waste embedded in our current healthcare system and in defense spending.

"She can not do either because she doesn't understand how the world works", she explained, "how people make money, how money is created, and the creation of money is actually a positive sum effort where more people thrive when more people make money!"

The fresh-faced lawmaker-elect has filled Twitter and Instagram recently with posts that leave her detractors - and even some of her supporters - shaking their heads in disbelief. Each member of Congress is allowed four interns at a time. The representative-elect said this money could have been used to fund two thirds of the $32 trillion cost of Medicare for All-an estimate published by the Urban Institute.

"That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon", she added. "And that's before our premiums".

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