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Ben Shapiro is the son of a Hollywood TV executive and a composer who grew up in affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the child of working-class parents who grew up in the Bronx.

Shapiro is a conservative pundit who attended the best schools his parents' money and connections could buy. AOC is a Democratic Socialist who attended the best schools her academic achievements offered her.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as other House Democrats listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held a news conference to introduce the "Paycheck Fairness Act." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Freshman Democratic Congresswoman of New York's 14th District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, often gets flack from her critics for having been a bartender as recently as 2017. It's a label Ocasio-Cortez wears proudly, emphasizing that she is proud to be from a working class background, noting that it informs the way she represents her working class constituents in the Bronx and Queens.

Now, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez will be returning to those roots for a bit next week in support of the federal Raise the Wage Act, as well as calling for the end of below-minimum wage payment of service industry professionals in her district.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (National Archives)

After an attempt at being clever on Twitter, the new hip Republican Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz—complete with beard and cravats—drew mainly mockery. The Senator tried to disparage a tweet about minimum wage.

On Monday, freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted about a living wage for workers. She posted:

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Billionaire heiress Ivanka Trump - someone who has never in her life faced unemployment - thinks Americans don't want to be "given something" like guaranteed jobs.

One of the provisions of the Green New Deal is the guarantee of "a job with a family-sustaining wages." In a segment airing on Fox News, host Steve Hilton asked Trump's thoughts on that.

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It is no secret that income disparity and wage stagnation continue to be huge problems for American citizens. As it currently stands, minimum wage does not cover rent in an overwhelming majority of the states within America.

According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, it is impossible for any individual who works a full-time, minimum wage job to afford a decent two bedroom apartment. This includes states where minimum wage is as high as $15 per hour. However, even the current fight for a $15 minimum wage everywhere would still not cover the cost of rent.

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In the world of online shopping, unhappy customers can freely and anonymously voice their opinions. But the brick and mortar retailer will know little of their experience. It can’t tell if they are happy and spending money, or if they have a problem they will later complain about online. Walmart wants to change that.

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Increasingly, large corporations like Walmart and McDonald’s are buckling under pressure to better support their employees. The long overdue yet somewhat lackluster result: these companies have started to offer their low-wage workers slightly higher wages and a few basic benefits. Walmart, for example, announced in February that it would raise wages for its lowest paid employees to at least $9 an hour, and McDonald’s announced in April that, in addition to increased wages, employees may now accrue up to five days in paid time off per year. These concessions are certainly improvements for low-wage workers, but the recent financial crisis has created somewhat of a “rearview mirror effect.” In other words: Warning— victories may be smaller than they appear.

But as the economy strengthens and employers find themselves in a buyer’s market for low wage jobs, companies like Walmart will need to act more aggressively to keep their employees happy—especially with the increasingly attractive benefits, including tuition reimbursement, offered to employees of Starbucks and Chipotle.

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