Bernie's minimum wage dumpster fire

Posted by DC on Tue, 07/30/2019 - 15:57

Bernie Sanders’ campaign workers are hilariously fighting with the campaign over minimum wage, which is as funny as snow dumping on an Al Gore speech on global warming.  Sanders is proving the rule that Marxists never want to be inflicted with their own Marxism.

Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications.

Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the documents reviewed by The Washington Post show.

Sanders has made standing up for workers a central theme of his presidential campaigns — this year marching with McDonald’s employees seeking higher wages, pressing Walmart shareholders to pay workers more and showing solidarity with university personnel on strike. The independent from Vermont has proudly touted his campaign as the first presidential effort to unionize its employees, and his defense of the working class has been a signature element of his brand of democratic socialism and a rallying cry for the populist movement he claims to lead.

Bernie's campaign workers are treating him like those Black Lives Matter protesters treated him when they took away his microphone during a speech in 2016.  I love watching Bernie being forced to abide by the laws of economics to deal with his job-killing policy by cutting hours to hit the $15 per-hour mark:

Bernie Sanders has been mocked online after admitting he plans to cut the hours of campaign staffers who are not getting the $15 minimum wage he campaigns for. 

Field organizers put in 60 hours a week, which makes their pay equivalent to $13 an hour, it was reported Thursday. 

When you’re running for president, and your pet issue blows up in your face, it’s a problem.  Bernie has never had to deal with this issue in his life, albeit this is a campaign funded by donors, and when he loses, he goes back to his cushy senate job and lake houses.  Us small business owners, however, go out of business and have our livelihoods affected.

It’s tough running for office as an open Marxist in a free country.  You have to evade issues like support for murderous felons to vote, Venezuela, Cuba, the old Soviet Union, and when you do interesting things like pay your book publisher $400k from campaign funds, and other shady activity, you’re an open target to your opponents.

Bernie is dragging this issue front-and-center on a national stage, forcing its proponents to deal with the arguments.  They can hide in the coffee shops on college campuses, and safely echo their propaganda within the confines of the classroom, but in the real world they're intellectually unarmed.  To make matters worse for them, the majority of our country are against socialism.

By forcing this issue into the open by way of his own hypocrisy within his own campaign, he's making the case for capitalism and the free market.  When your campaign is centered around an issue you're actively fighting against, you make your position look pretty stupid.  Thanks Bernie! 

The reality is the minimum wage isn’t to help workers; it’s to hurt businesses, which is in the wheelhouse of Bernie’s supporters.  If you ask someone why not raise the wage to $100 per hour, the answer they give you applies to minimum wage at any hourly rate.  Here’s a good animation that illustrates how minimum wage hurts business and workers:



I've seen the destruction of minimum wage on the manufacturing sector first-hand, as I owned a company that staffed and provided productivity analysis for industrial manufacturing companies; I was at ground zero as Bush was leaving and Hussein Obama was incoming.  The competitive advantage we had over our staffing-only national competitors was killed by these hikes.  The big companies can outlast the small outfits, and it was a fight to the death for us.  Minimum wage proponents consider that a good thing.

Minimum wage has a direct correlation to unemployment.  This graph shows the minimum wage and the labor force participation rates.  The 2008 crisis was not because of banking; it was because of minimum wage hikes.  As you can see in the graph, the hikes a decade ago was a kill-shot.

Was Obama responsible for the crash?  No.  It was George Bush and the Democrats.  When the Democrats took back the House in 2006, their first piece of legislation was the "Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007", signed into law by the anti-business George Bush.  I have immense disdain for GW because of what he did to our country (overall).  Obama didn't do anything because he voted for the bill as Senator and supported the outcome, clearing way for his attempt at taking over the health care industry and ramping up EPA legislation.

In the end, Bernie's campaign workers are inadvertently shining light on how destructive minimum wage is.  To Bernie and his campaign workers, thank you!  Your hypocrisy on the national stage is helping wake people up.


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