Apparently, bartending in New York’s dive bars qualifies someone to write laws that impact our entire country. That’s the idea Democratic leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently trying to push.
We don’t agree, of course, but the only way to root out insanity is to look it square in the face. So let’s take a look at what she said, shall we?
How did this woman get into Congress?!
- AOC plans to regress into her older, more questionable self by heading to a seedy bar in the Bronx to serve liquor next week. Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is hosting the event in an effort to “raise awareness” for the plight of America’s bartenders by pushing the Raise the Wage Act and the One Fair Wage Act.
- The heavily Left-leaning ROC has been an outspoken supporter of AOC, sharing heavy praise for her efforts. “We’re very grateful for our partnership with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who fully understands the struggles of these workers,” one representative shared. “As a former tipped worker, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez can shed light on the importance of One Fair Wage to lift up these workers and their families.”
- New York is one of the few states that allows restaurants and bars to pay servers a lowered wage, prompting many to call the guideline unfair. But what most people don’t tell you is that good servers and bartenders often make an incredible amount of money on tips – sometimes hundreds per hour.
- Even if servers don’t make enough tips to “cash in,” restaurant owners need to make up the difference to ensure they make minimum wage. The law protects them by guaranteeing they’re paid fairly at all times. Yet AOC would argue that restaurant owners still need to do more despite having some of the highest overhead and greatest competition in the country.
- AOC and the ROC (seeing a pattern here?) instead believe the entire country should implement the One Fair Wage plan. If implemented, it would ensure that servers receive the same minimum wage as anyone else – even if they make hundreds of dollars more in a single night in tips.
- They’re also campaigning to raise the wage, despite recent increases in some of the most highly-paid areas of the country. In New York City, for example, the minimum wage is a whopping $15 an hour. AOC would push this closer to $30 by 2024. That equals out to around $240 for an eight-hour shift – or around $2,400 per paycheck.
We can only hope AOC decides she likes bartending so much, she resigns from Congress to head back into the Bronx. After all, we’re pretty sure her followers had to be drinking when they agreed to support her!