The youngest women in the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) (D-NY) has come under fire, because she paid her “staffers a living wage.” Fox & Friends’ Pete Hegseth criticized her move as something shocking. Clearly, the Fox co-host knows nothing about economics.
Hegseth called the staffers’ raise “socialism and communism on display…poor Pete:”
‘.@PeteHegseth on @AOC paying her staffers a living wage: “It’s actually socialism and communism on display.”’
‘(Poor Pete clearly has no idea what those terms mean.) ‘
(Poor Pete clearly has no idea what those terms mean.) pic.twitter.com/8s9qd8vJke
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2019
Then, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the “GOP is so disconnected.” She said that when the GOP “screams socialist,” that is their “go-to attack:”
‘The GOP is so disconnected from the basic idea that people should be paid enough to live that Fox actually thinks me paying a living wage in my office is “communism.” So the next time GOP screams “socialist,” know that’s their go-to attack for any common-sense, humane policy.’
Both of the terms “socialist” and “communist” refer to economic and political foundations. They intend to do away with social classes and promote equality, which is obviously different from a living wage. In communism, the working people own everything as they work toward the same goal, according to Investopedia:
‘There are no wealthy or poor people — all are equal, and the community distributes what it produces based only on need. Nothing is obtained by working more than what is required. Communism frequently results in low production, mass poverty and limited advancement. Poverty spread so widely in the Soviet Union in the 1980s that its citizens revolted. Like communism, socialism’s main focus is on equality. But workers earn wages they can spend as they choose, while the government, not citizens, owns and operates the means for production. Workers receive what they need to produce and survive, but there’s no incentive to achieve more, leaving little motivation.’
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