My exploited daughter

Kat Fountain (right) with another exploited victim

According to Obama, unpaid interns are an exploited class and he wants to outlaw that opportunity. I appreciate our president’s concern, but I have two recent college graduates to care for and, thank you very much, Mr. Obama, but I’d rather I protect them than you. My Katie, for instance, finishing up her stint in the Amazon, has been invited back for next fall as a full graduate student intern. All expenses paid, but no salary. Her mother and I think that’s a great opportunity and will gladly subsidize the job so that she can build her credentials – under ObamaCare, we won’t be allowed to do so because the Messiah wants to protect her by forbidding it.

I’m sure that’s fine for Obama’s daughters – no one would dare employ them as unpaid interns and they will not have to look for work. But what could possibly be more personal than a family’s decision on a child’s career? For this we need federal oversight? I think not.

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  1. Anonymous

    Do community organizers consider affirmative action to be exploitation?

  2. TraderVic

    Your daughter sounds like a fine young woman; it’s always the utmost compliment to be asked back the next year. It’s extremely clear that Obama is trying to fix something that isn’t broken.

  3. Anonymous

    250 new “investigators” hired by the Dept of Labor to instigate the hiring of interns? The taxpayers have to pay 250 new federal employees with all their generous salaries, health benefits, job security, retirement benefits, etc, etc for this crap?

    I can’t wait for this November and the one two years hence. Throw these bastards out. Every damned one of them.

    Out, out, out I say!

  4. Anonymous

    Chris,
    I have worked at several large corporations and unpaid internships are a problem. They discriminate, for one, against those who NEED to work for money and do not have parents who can subsidize them. As a college student myself, I depended on two jobs over the summer, so that I could pay for my expenses during the school year. I could never have taken an unpaid internship. Secondly, if someone is unpaid at a corporation, they are not covered by the company’s or organization’s insurance plan…..the liability of the company is great. If a company needs to have an extra pair of hands, they should pay for them.

    • I don’t disagree Anon, but sometimes market conditions mean it can’t happen. When my father graduated Columbia with a newly-minted MBA in 1929 he came to Wall Street to look for work just as the crash hit. So he approached a firm, Lee, Higgins & Co.and, this being in the days before the New Deal and minimum wage, offered to work for a month for free whereupon they could choose to hire him or not.
      They took the deal and at the end of the first week paid him, and signed him on. He stayed there until WWII.

      But I agree with you on the unfairness – I too needed to support myself using summer job earnings and couldn’t have afforded to take an un-paid internship. But I moved houses instead, made a lot of money and got fit. The trouble with being “fair” is that the result would be no internships, not paid internships for all. The Russians have a saying, “better I have no cow than my neighbor have two” and I can understand the sentiment, but in this case, I think we should accept the unfairness and proceed.