Yesterday Chuck Schumer posted an ad for an UNPAID intern even though he has a $65,000 stipend to pay interns and his first job in Congress in 1969 was as a PAID intern making $1800 a month (in today’s money). This is common in DC. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was just on Twitter the other day talmbout getting dinner and drinks after work/orientation each day and finding so many waiters and bartenders who work on the Hill and have to work a second job to make ends meet. They work for the government of the richest country on the planet and have to wait tables at night because people like Chuck Schumer — who could afford to pay interns OUT OF POCKET mind you, because most of our Congresspeople are filthy rich — take their intern stipends and spend it on god knows what.
Maybe this is their way of making sure government continues to be accessible to the rich. Poor people typically cannot afford to work full time jobs without being paid — those are for people who have family supporting them, and families who can afford to support grown adults have money.
Aside from that though, I’m just so tired of these old people wanting us to scratch, claw, sacrifice, and bleed for things they got handed to them and then have slick comments about “avocado toast.” They could graduate high school, go work in a factory/store/office, and buy a house and two cars while putting aside money for retirement and college tuition for two kids. We’re expected to work FOR FREE after 6, 7, and 8 years of college, but we’re the ones who are spoiled because we want a $4 coffee every once in awhile to forget about the strain of living in country the generation before us ruined with greed.