by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
… you can’t force demand curves to slope upwards, and you can’t be forced to admit it.
Confused “socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House from New York, talked up her working-class bona fides on Twitter. (This is a campaign necessity, given her wealthy Westchester County roots). She wrote:
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. 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.
Pollster Frank Luntz and no doubt several others pointed out in response to her tweet why that restaurant is closing. The New York Post had reported on it, it turns out, because it is a “Big Apple foodie icon,” or it was.
Something happened. Something that ought to grab the attention of someone with Ocasio-Cortez’s politics:
The Coffee Shop in Union Square — a beloved staple made famous for its turns on HBO’s “Sex and the City” — is closing on Oct. 11 after a 28-year run in which its fawning fans included A-listers like Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci.
Co-owner and President Charles Milite is breaking the sad news to the 150 employees of the 29 Union Square West eatery on Thursday.
“The times have changed in our industry,” he told The Post. “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”
So one of her pet policies — a $15/hour minimum wage — disemployed 150 of her friends and she still doesn’t learn the proper lesson from it?
Epilogue: Then again, if this candidate who supposedly believes in an economic system of equal distribution had visited a different place she used to work, she might have encountered the waitress who received this treatment from Ocasio-Cortez:
But one waitress has a bad memory of working with Ocasio-Cortez, 28, as Ocasio-Cortez tended bar during the very busy Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2017.
At the end of the night, when it came time to split the $560 in tips she had gotten at the bar, Ocasio-Cortez gave the waitress only $50. After the waitress complained to her manager, her take was doubled to $100, a source said.
“It says so much about her character,” said my source. “From that point on, I wouldn’t talk to her. I couldn’t look at her.”