Bernie Sanders incessantly whines (lies) on Twitter 24×7 about the travesty visited on America’s minimum wage workers by the evil, wealth-hoarding Republican Party, with the rest of the Democrat Party standing behind him sneering, in unison: “What Bernie said!”
Yup, in the politically predisposed eyes of the left, raising the minimum wage to $15 is the magic elixir for all that ails minimum wage workers. Yeah, no. Not even close.
As I reported earlier today, despite protestations to the contrary from the left, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that doubling the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00 an hour would raise the average income of families below the poverty line by $589 per year — roughly 1% of their total income. Um, Bernie?
Some of the primary reasons why the projected increase is so low are as follows:
The vast bulk of people in poverty work very little or not at all. In 2018, only 27% of adults in poverty were in the labor force for at least half of the year. This includes part-time workers and those who were simply looking for work.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that doubling the minimum wage would destroy about 1.4 million jobs, and many of these would be lost by poor people. This is because “when the cost of employing low-wage workers goes up,” some employers will replace them with machinery, technology, and higher-wage workers.
The total income of households in poverty is several times greater than commonly reported. The poverty/income statistics widely used by governments and media outlets exclude many goods and services that poor people receive from governments and charities, like free health insurance, Food Stamps, housing, utilities, preschool, college, and cell phones.
And, Bernie? Dude has become a caricature of his always-angry self, as he continues to spew the same crap he spewed in his bestseller, which he can thank for at least one of his three homes and however many million dollars of his net worth — given that he’s never worked a real job in his life. Then again, a guy who combs his hair with a balloon?
A $15 minimum wage is supported by:
89% of African Americans
87% of Democrats
76% of Latino Americans
73% of Asian Americans
62% of all Americans
It’s time for Congress to stop listening to greedy CEOs and start listening to workers who are tired of making starvation wages https://t.co/uZ0hPJtndo
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 25, 2021
Yeah, yeah, yeah — it’s “time to stop listening to greedy CEOS and start listening to workers who are tired of making starvation wages.” And, Bern? as Business Insider recently reported, a McDonald’s franchise owner in Florida is paying people $50 — just to show up for a job interview — and guess what? He is still struggling to find applicants.
Maybe these people “making starvation wages” should just get off their asses and write a bestseller or two. Right, Bernie? Please sit down.
— Dan Nunn (@danyay) April 18, 2021
As reported by the Insider:
Blake Casper, the franchisee who owns the restaurant, told Insider that a general manager and supervisor came up with the idea for the interview reward after he told them to “do whatever you need to do” to hire workers.
“At this point, if we can’t keep our drive-thrus moving, then I’ll pay $50 for an interview,” said Casper, who owns 60 McDonald’s restaurants in the Tampa, Florida area.
Now that his business is booming, Casper told the Insider, “It’s a perfect storm right now.”
“You’ve got a lot of people with a lot of money, and they’re out there shopping,” he added. “And then, on the flip side, we’re scrambling for help.”
Casper said that, to his surprise, offering people $50 simply to come in for an interview still has not convinced many people to apply for jobs. He has found more success with referral programs, signing bonuses, and allowing people to apply via text message.
Last week alone, his 60 restaurants hired 115 new workers.
The labor shortage is also forcing Casper and other franchisees to raise wages. He told the Insider he is considering raising starting wages from $12 — $3 above Florida’s minimum wage — to $13, in an effort to attract more employees, although he’s not sure that would get the job done, either.
“The biggest challenge out there is the federal government and the state government are going to continue with this unemployment, because that is truly creating the incentive to not work right now.
“And, how do you blame somebody? You can make more money on unemployment — and so, we’ve got to be at least above that.”
And there it is, gang.
“The federal government and state government(?) are truly creating an incentive to not work right now.” Welcome to Democrat ideology 101, Mr. Casper.
The Democrat Party will never understand minimum wage jobs — no matter their level — how they fit into the lives of most people who have them, as well as the U.S. economy.
Wait— let me fix that.
The Democrat Party understands full-well the intent of minimum wage jobs. Just like it understands the fallacy of “equal pay for equal jobs,” the consequence of a lax immigration policy and unsecured borders, and everything else it incessantly lies about. Lack of understanding is not the Democrats’ problem; lack of honesty and integrity are.
There, that’s better.
Given the above, why would a political party hellbent on forcing as many Americans onto the federal government (taxpayer-funded, of course) dole be interested in “truly creating the incentive” to work? As I wrote yesterday, “Wouldn’t be politically expedient.”