During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conservative commentator Candace Owens unleashed on Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her recent comments relating to a minimum wage increase.
The comments from Owens came after Ocasio-Cortez called out Denmark’s Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough for stating that a minimum wage should not be added to the COVID-19 relief package.
On Tuesday evening, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “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.”
Check out the tweet below:
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.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 3, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
MacDonough stated on February 25 that inserting the minimum wage requirement did not meet the guidelines for reconciliation, which Democrats are using to pass their relief plan. “The reconciliation process places a number of restrictions on what policy measures can be included in the legislation,” The Wall Street Journal explained. “It also allows Democrats to pass the legislation without GOP support, provided that they lose no votes among their own ranks.”
In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s reference to Denmark, The Daily Mail noted, “Denmark does not have a federally mandated minimum wage. Instead it has a strong trade union presence where individual industries and workers negotiate fair salaries on a sector-by-sector basis.”
Nation Review’s David Harsanyi reported:
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.
Especially when one considers that the per-capita income in the United States is virtually the same as in Denmark — quite a feat given that we’re a pluralistic nation of around 330 million people that naturalizes another 900,000 people every year, many from poor nations, and that Denmark is a homogeneous country of fewer than 6 million citizens that, in recent years, has effectively shut down its borders to poor immigrants.