Proving that one doesn’t have to have much of a grasp on reality to be elected to the US House of Representatives, New York City Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made, yet another, unbelievably moronic comment.
While appearing on the ABC Sunday morning news program The Week, AOC hammered Amazon-founder and reliable donor to everything liberal Jeff Bezos, claiming that the billionaire pays his workers “starvation wages” (Emphasis mine);
Whether Jeff Bezos is a billionaire or not is less of my concern than if your average Amazon worker is making a living wage, if they have guaranteed healthcare, and if they can send their kids to college tuition-free. And if that’s the case and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, that’s one thing, but if him being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access health care, and also if his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers take food stamps, so I’m paying for him to be a billionaire.
Surprising to no one, Ocasio-Cortez is long on accusations, short on facts. In actuality, Bezos pays his workers quite well.
As reported by CNBC, Amazon recently started paying their 250,000 employees (full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary) nearly double the federal minimum wage;
Amazon announced Tuesday it’s raising the minimum wage for all U.S. employees to $15, effective next month.
The new minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees — including part-time and temporary employees — as well as another 100,000 seasonal employees, the company said. Some employees who already make $15 per hour will also see a pay increase.
The same $15-an-hour wage equates to $28,800 per-year for an entry-level full-time new hire, roughly the same pay as a Marine Corps Corporal (E-4) with more than three-years in service.
Not just a respectable starting wage, according to Amazon’s official website, company benefits for full-time employees are also generous;
- Medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage
- 401(k) savings plan
- Paid time-off and Holiday overtime pay
- Resources to help improve your overall well-being
- Discounts on Amazon purchases
- Adoption assistance
- Maternity and parental leave
- College tuition assistance
- Company-paid basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Company-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability.