Liberals Exploit Interns - And Push Them Onto Food Stamps

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There was a great deal of Moonbat ANGST over Wal-Mart employees using food stamps.

Well, now we see can see yet another instance of Leftwing Hypocrisy. OFA, which advocates for the minimum wage, doesn't pay its full time interns anything.

Interns at Mother Jones Magazine are advised by HR on how to apply for Food Stamps.

Hopenchange!


“OFA is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time HQ Interns for the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 HQ Internship Programs in Chicago, IL,” reads the job posting listed at Organizing for Action’s site, BarackObama.com.

“This is a 14-week, unpaid internship program,” continues the listing.

OFA, which describes itself as the nonprofit organization established to advance the national agenda Americans voted for when they re-elected President Obama in 2012, says it seeks candidates “with a strong commitment to changing the world.”

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But these unpaid gigs touted by OFA sit in stark contrast to the organization’s position — also held by President Obama and many Democrats — on the minimum wage. “No one who works full time in America should have to live in poverty,” reads another OFA advertisement which encourages people to “tell Congress to raise the minimum wage.”

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Recently, Vice magazine documented several liberal news publications that rely on unpaid internships, despite editorial positions in favor of a living wage and an increased minimum wage.

According to Vice, one former intern for Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, confessed to having “slept on an air mattress for six months while I worked there because I couldn’t afford a real one.” Another intern told Vice that in their first meeting as a Mother Jones intern they were advised by human resources to sign up for food stamps.

Vice also identified The American Prospect and The New Republic — two left-of-center publications — as outlets providing unpaid internships.


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I liken them to Feudal Lords.

Liberals are pushing us down the Road To Serfdom.
 

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More people havin' to go on food stamp rolls...
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The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans
Jan 26,`14 WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps - a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program - twice what it cost five years ago - may not subside significantly anytime soon. Food stamp participation since 1980 has grown the fastest among workers with some college training, a sign that the safety net has stretched further to cover America's former middle class, according to an analysis of government data for The Associated Press by economists at the University of Kentucky. Formally called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or SNAP, the program now covers 1 in 7 Americans.

The findings coincide with the latest economic data showing workers' wages and salaries growing at the lowest rate relative to corporate profits in U.S. history. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night is expected to focus in part on reducing income inequality, such as by raising the federal minimum wage. Congress, meanwhile, is debating cuts to food stamps, with Republicans including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., wanting a $4 billion-a-year reduction to an anti-poverty program that they say promotes dependency and abuse.

Economists say having a job may no longer be enough for self-sufficiency in today's economy. "A low-wage job supplemented with food stamps is becoming more common for the working poor," said Timothy Smeeding, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in income inequality. "Many of the U.S. jobs now being created are low- or minimum-wage - part-time or in areas such as retail or fast food - which means food stamp use will stay high for some time, even after unemployment improves." The newer food stamp recipients include Maggie Barcellano, 25, of Austin, Texas. A high school graduate, she enrolled in college but didn't complete her nursing degree after she could no longer afford the tuition.

Hoping to boost her credentials, she went through emergency medical technician training with the Army National Guard last year but was unable to find work as a paramedic because of the additional certification and fees required. Barcellano, now the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, finally took a job as a home health aide, working six days a week at $10 an hour. Struggling with the low income, she recently applied for food stamps with the help of the nonprofit Any Baby Can, to help save up for paramedic training. "It's devastating," Barcellano said. "When I left for the Army I was so motivated, thinking I was creating a situation where I could give my daughter what I know she deserves. But when I came back and basically found myself in the same situation, it was like it was all for naught."

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