This past Tuesday evening, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found herself on the receiving end of extreme mockery in the wake of her attacks on the Republican Party for voting against increasing the minimum wage, which some in per party also stands against.
The tweet from the congresswoman seemed to be making reference to a series of statistics that highlights that the vast majority of the American public is currently living paycheck-to-paycheck while under Biden’s leadership.
“60% of workers report living paycheck-to-paycheck,” expressed the Republican party via a post.
AOC issued a response by stating, “And yet y’all still voted against raising the minimum wage.”
A speedy fact-check from Twitter’s Community Notes was pinned to the tweet from Ocasio-Cortez that claimed that the national minimum wage has not been altered for well over a decade and that the last time Congress issued a vote about the matter was last year, within a Democrat-controlled Congress, and the vote resulted in a resounding failure.
“The minimum wage has not changed since 2009,” expressed the fact-check, which had been written by the users of Twitter, at the time it was published, referencing the Department of Labor.
“In 2021, Congress voted on a bill to raise the minimum wage,” stated the fact-check.
It also noted that the measure was able to make it through the House on a vote of 231-199, with 192 Republicans standing against and eight Democrats standing against, all standing with a single independent.
The fact-check also highlighted that the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate issued a block against the measure with a vote of 58-42 with a number of Democrats choosing to join Republicans to halt the bill.
And yet y’all still voted against raising the minimum wage https://t.co/tFkTHf2OAO
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 19, 2022
Ellen Carmichael, a well-known PR guru, stated via a social media post, “You’re an economic illiterate.”
“When/where have government price/wage controls ever worked, @AOC ?” expressed actor Adam Baldwin.
“It’s really difficult for me to believe any politician truly believes raising the minimum wage (thus accelerating inflation, raising the barrier to entry & forcing employers out of business) is really helping people,” stated Pardes Seleh, a political commentator. “Therefore I will just assume this is how politicians buy votes!”
A response also came out of the Libertarian Party, “We support a maximum wage of $0 for IRS and Federal Reserve employees. And $8 for you, just so you can pay @elonmusk for your blue checkmark.”
“Raising the minimum wage will cause more inflation,” expressed a finance account. “The only way to get ahead is *creating* more value (Ie. WiFi money and exiting this scam system). When you raise income for the same positions it just raises prices of all basic goods since there was no increase in productivity.”