Democratic socialist and candidate for president, Bernie Sanders, claims to want to put American workers first. It seems his only pro-worker platform is forcing the minimum wage to be at $15/hour. But even as he demands that for the laborers of the country, his own staff tell a different story. Turns out, many of them are barely getting by.
Sanders, like many Democrats, is using the $15/hour plan to win over low-skilled workers. It sounds good, right? Get Sanders elected and he’ll force companies to pay their entry-level workers a whopping $15/hour.
And companies can afford that, right? I mean, big businesses are rolling in cash. They can spare a few billion extra dollars for their least skilled and newest employees! Corporations are greedy and corrupt and it takes big government to make sure Americans are being taken care of.
What Sanders does not tell you is, wherever they’ve implemented $15/hour minimum wage, disaster has struck. West Coast cities that force companies to pay that much to their entry level workers usually go out of business. Restaurants and shops can’t afford to pay significantly higher salaries to their workers. They have to raise prices, cut staff and hours, or simply close their doors.
The $15/hour plan leads to fewer jobs and lower salaries for workers, not the other way around.
That tends to happen when the government worms its way into private business.
Do you know who actually understands this pretty well? Bernie Sanders. While he’s going around America, demanding higher wages for entry-level workers, he doesn’t even pay his own staff $15/hour.
In fact, many of them—who are busting their tails for the man—are getting what they call “poverty wages.”
According to a report, members of Sanders’ staff have been using the senator’s own campaign rhetoric against him as they try to wrestle more pay from the self-described democratic socialist.
In a letter to Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the campaign staffers claim they “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages,” the Washington Post reported.
“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour,” the letter continues, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.” [Source: Fox News]
That’s pretty surprising. If $15/hour is such a doable wage—and Sanders wants all American companies paying it—then why can’t he pay it to his staff? These people are going out and trying to win him the presidency. You’d think he would value their hard work and compensate them accordingly.
But Bernie knows that $15/hour is just too high to pay to everyone. While he brings in millions through fundraising, he only has so much to pay out—after all the other expenses connected to running a campaign.
But the hard truth is, many of his staff are “barely managing to survive financially,” according to the report. Wow, that doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that should be happening within a campaign. Especially not a campaign run by a man who claims to put workers first.
The reality is, $15/hour is too high a salary to be giving to all workers. Bernie knows this. But he uses that as a ploy to get people to vote for him. He won’t be around when numerous businesses in your town go under, because they just can’t afford that. And Bernie doesn’t seem to offer any other hope for American workers.
You know what does help American workers? Policies that encourage businesses to invest, expand, and hire more employees. Policies like cutting back regulation, lowering taxes, and scoring better trade deals.
Oh, those are all the things Donald Trump is doing. That must be why our economy is doing so well!
All that Bernie can promise is a higher minimum wage. But, considering he doesn’t even pay his own staff that much, I have serious doubts he’ll ever make that happen nationwide.