Presidential Interns

by Don Boudreaux on April 6, 2010

in Frenetic Fiddling

Here’s a letter sent to the Wall Street Journal:

So the Obama administration is rescuing exploited American youth from working as unpaid interns at for-profit companies (“War on Interns,” April 7).

It’s unclear, however, why the same young people whom the President judges to be unfit to choose for themselves whether or not to work as unpaid interns at for-profit firms are fit to choose for themselves whether or not to work as unpaid interns at not-for-profit organizations.  So I urge this administration, which is ever-vigilant at protecting us from our irrational and helpless selves, also to prohibit young people from working as unpaid interns at not-for-profit outfits – such as political campaigns.

Indeed, Mr. Obama should not only apologize to the thousands of young, unpaid volunteers whom he exploited in 2008 for his own profit – namely, to win his election to the highest pulpit in the land – he should also give to each and every one of them back pay (with interest) for their efforts on his behalf.

Our Father-in-Chief surely doesn’t want history to remember him as a cruel exploiter.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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