After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough for her decision that a minimum wage should not be included in the scope of the COVID-19 relief package, she was slammed by various conservatives, including author Candace Owens, with her statement, “We should give her the Nobel prize in economics.”
Late Tuesday, 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.”
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
On February 25th MacDonough stated the act of inserting said minimum wage requirement would not meet the guidelines for reconciliation, which Democrats are using to force 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.”
As a 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.”
Owens, while doing a segment on Fox News’ “Hannity,” stated “I will say this. With AOC you never let facts get in way of a good story. Do you know what I mean? That is her motto. Personally, I think we should give her the Nobel prize in economics. If we’ve got Andrew Cuomo winning an Emmy for his coronavirus briefings, despite the fact that he was allowing people to die, why not award AOC the Nobel prize in economics.”
USA Today has commented that Denmark’s trade unions “work to ensure that workers are paid a reasonable rate and try to keep the average minimum wage at $20 per hour. As of 2020, minimum wages in the country hover around $16.60 per hour, according to Check In Price. Minimum-wage.org, says Denmark’s average minimum wage is $18 per hour and annual minimum wage is $44,252.00.”
USA Today also spotlighted that Denmark “has one of the highest tax rates in the world, with the average Dane paying a total of 45% in income taxes, according to BBC.”