Last week, Bernie Sanders was outed for his double standard over the $15/hour debate. While the Democratic socialist wants to force companies to pay this high wage, he wasn’t even paying his own field staff that rate. After the news hit the media, Sanders has decided to stick to $15/hour. But this is how he’s going to do it.
We’ve explored how disastrous it would be for the government to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour. Such a massive hike would be impossible for many companies to afford. Especially small businesses. Major companies already have plans in place to deal with such a plan—and it involves getting rid of human staff altogether.
Yet Democrats like Sanders push this terrible idea, hoping it would get him votes. He wants to use the government to force companies to pay higher wages. Instead of doing the smarter thing: cutting taxes so that companies will have more money to pay their staff.
Sanders was outed last week when his own staff released a letter, claiming many of them were paid less than $15/hour. Some even said they were earning “poverty wages” and couldn’t even make ends meet. That’s pretty bad for a man who claims to care about America’s workers.
But, fear not! Turns out Bernie has a plan to make sure all his hourly workers are getting paid that juicy $15/hour. And that’s by cutting back their hours!
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced this weekend he will cut staffers’ hours so that they can effectively be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage, prompting mockery from critics who say the move is more evidence that Sanders’ plan to raise the national minimum wage is hypocritical and would only lead to less work and more unemployment…
The solution is to “limit the number of hours staffers work to 42 or 43 each week to ensure they’re making the equivalent of $15 an hour,” he told the Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel.
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” Sanders added. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.” [Source: Fox News]
Lol, oh Sanders was upset that his staff exposed him as a hypocrite? God, forbid! But what’s really hilarious is that Sanders is proving—yet again—that the $15/hour wage hike would hurt works, not help them.
Even his campaign has to cut hours in order to pay their entry-level staff such a high salary. That means they will be earning less. Companies are forced to do this wherever the $15/hour hike takes effect. In cities across the West Coast, staff see their hours cut—or they are replaced altogether.
Or do you wonder why McDonald’s suddenly started adding ordering kiosks instead of hiring more workers? Big companies are replacing staffers with automated machines and computers—to avoid paying these high wages.
Smaller companies are forced to raise prices, cut back hours (or just lay people off), or close their doors.
Democrats never talk about that reality when they push $15/hour. I guess they never bothered to think the policy through. Just like every other policy they push.
Republicans weren’t kind to Bernie after he admitted his new plan.
“For the first time in his life, socialist Bernie Sanders practices economics and, buddy, the results are hilarious,” wrote columnist and humorist Stephen Miller. He added: “Why won’t millionaire Bernie Sanders, who owns 3 homes, instead of cutting hours, pay his staff a living wage? People are starving.”
“So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice?” [Rep. Dan] Crenshaw asked. “All three? Can’t make this stuff up.” [Source: Fox News]
The only way to ensure companies pay their staff more is to cut taxes and costly regulation, while encouraging companies to hire American workers. All these things Trump has done—and more—to help our economy. And over the last two-and-a-half years, we’ve seen unemployment drop and salaries raise.
All without pushing a $15/hour minimum wage hike.
Maybe Sanders should take a lesson out of Trump’s book. But I doubt he will.