Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a walk down memory lane the other day when she stopped by her old employer, The Coffee Shop on Union Square.
It was kind of bittersweet; the restaurant is closing after 32 years because the rents in the Union Square neighborhood have skyrocketed, and the $15/hour minimum wage has changed the cost structure from barely scraping by to having to shut the doors.
Ocasio-Cortez went to the Union to show her solidarity with working families, and funny, didn't talk about policies like $15/hr that are actually putting 150 people out of work.
"The restaurant I used to work at is closing its doors. I swung by today to say hi one last time and kid around with friends like old times," she said on Monday. "I'm a normal, working person who chose to run for office, because I believe we can have a better future. You can do it too. We all can."
But hey! She's for the little guy.
When the Coffee Shop announced in July that it was closing it's doors, the owner, Charles Milite told the New York Post that rents and minimum wage hikes just made it impossible to stay in business.
Ocasio-Cortez feels that that if you don't give people a "living wage", then you must hate the little guy.
The Coffee Shop's experience echoes that of other restaurants and small businesses that have shut down across the country after local minimum wage hikes have gone into effect.
Employers in Seattle cut hours, cut staff, closed locations, and reduced operating hours to absorb the costs associated with $15/hr. This has resulted in minimum wage workers losing an average of $125/month. Secondary effects from the policy are things like increased homelessness (people can't afford the rent), and businesses moving out of Seattle, thus reducing the tax base even further.
Same thing in San Diego. Ever since the $15/hr minimum wage hike went into effect at the beginning of 2017, San Diego lost an average of 200 restaurant jobs A WEEK!
Think about it. In the year and a half since San Diego gave into the Social Justice crowd, around 10,000 to 15,000 food industry jobs disappeared.
I can't imagine the cognitive dissonance that Ocasio-Cortez must be living in. On the one hand she beats the drum for a living wage and opportunities for the little guy. On the other, she cannot connect the dots showing a $15/hr minimum wage causing employers to take away those economic opportunities.
It's like she's caught up in her own Wonderland and wants to drag the rest of us down that rabbit hole. Except, we live in the real world where the laws of economics are harsh and immutable.
Minimum wage laws hurt the very people the socialists and social justice warriors claim they want to help. They know this. But in the words of Walter Duranty, the journalist who covered up Stalin's deliberate starvation of Ukrainians in the 30s, "To put it brutally, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs"
There must always be sacrifices to perfect The People.
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: New York U.S. House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez laughs at a progressive fundraiser on August 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The rising political star is on her third trip away from New York in three weeks and is projected to become the youngest woman elected to Congress this November when she will be 29 years old. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)