Mr. President, Refusing to Pay Your Interns Is Elitist
Obama should 'lead by example' here, writes essayist
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2014 11:35 AM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama is raising the minimum wage for many federal employees, but Stephen Lurie wonders in the Washington Post why he continues to keep White House internships unpaid. To those who argue that these young workers get an invaluable experience that goes beyond money, Lurie poses a question: Who can afford to live in DC without a paycheck? Rich people. And thus, kids from well-to-do families are generally the ones who get these internships. Instead of helping out more lower- and middle-class youths, "the president and other employers are handing prestigious internships—often key to future employment—to those already in the lead."

Does the White House refuse to pay its interns out of ignorance or, worse, "economic expedience"? The answer doesn't matter. "There’s no good excuse for the president of the United States to rely on unpaid labor, particularly as the practice consistently violates his stated convictions," writes Lurie, who closes with this: "Mr. President: Unpaid internships contradict your commitments and your economic agenda. Lead by example: It’s time to pay your interns." Click for his full column.

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Jhon_P
Apr 29, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
Mr. President, Refusing to Pay Your Interns Is Elitist" ELITIST? no, when you work people and don't pay them the word for that is "SLAVERY" Some would have you believe this started with Obama and there are some imbeciles that want to believe it did
TheJman
Apr 29, 2014 8:09 AM CDT
Funny that the minimum wage issue wasn't much of an issue until Obama took office...now sudennly people can't afford to live. Perhaps it's because the cost of living under the democrats is rising dramatically! Just more proof of their failed policies!
normal
Apr 28, 2014 7:18 PM CDT
That's because per Kanye West, "President Obama doesn't care about black people"