Recently, at a Democratic rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton made an astonishing statement regarding job creation and raising the federal minimum wage. In defending a raise in the minimum wage, Clinton told her audience “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, they always say that.”
She continued on her rant telling her audience that businesses and corporations are to job creators. “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” said Clinton.
Economists from across the country disagree over the effect of a minimum wage increase in the economy. Earlier this year, over 500 economists, including Nobel laureates, signed a letter urging the White House and Congress to reject a minimum wage increase because it would actually “cost the economy 500,000 jobs by 2016.”
Even though the economic recovery following the financial crisis of 2007 has been slow, the private sector created 213,000 jobs, last month.
However, Clinton does not want anybody telling her audience about these views on the economy. Clinton wants her audience to be convinced that hers is the only opinion on minimum wage increases and job creation that they should care to hear. In addition, with a succinct rebuttal to these cynics, Clinton tells her audience to treat them with a general disregard, because, after all, “they always say that.”
Many people are attacking the erroneous nature of the former Secretary of State’s statements on business, saying her comments are an egregious attack on economic common sense. After a sizable enough backlash, Clinton brushed off the critics, saying she “short-handed” her position on job creation, casually dismissing the whole situation as a gaff.
However, while Clinton’s asinine comments are a serious issue that people should be talking about, the subtle issues that no one is going to talk about, but is equally as egregious, is what she was telling her audience not to do. When Clinton was saying to her audience “don’t let anybody tell you…,” she was actually saying ‘be close minded!’
Passing this incident off as a gaff is, at the very, least disingenuous. Clinton has a team of speechwriters that carefully review all public remarks before she makes them, and Clinton very rarely goes off-the-cuff. This was a calculated move by Clinton shoring up her base.
Clinton was telling her audience to follow her blindly. ‘Do not let anybody tell you I am wrong, regardless of facts that say otherwise.’ It does not matter whether experts refute her claims, do not listen to them.
It would unreasonable to believe that anyone other than the most ardent of Hillary’s supporters would follow her without questioning her statements for accuracy. Republicans see Clinton’s statements, strategically; as an easy target, should she decide to run for office in 2016. Using the same playbook from President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement during the 2012 campaign. However, as far as the majority of American’s are concerned, this is nothing more than a faux-pas statement.
As time passes and Clinton goes on more speaking engagements, it is likely that we will see more of these calls to disregard the naysayers and to trust her unconditionally. It is important that we see through, to the true nature of these statements, which is to shore up a base of unquestioning minions.