From Robert Gehl: Hypocrites, all.
Those leftist Democrats who whoop and holler about paying all Americans a (completely unworkable) $15-per-hour minimum wage can’t even manage the dignity to pay their own people that much.
As part of their official “Better Deal” economic platform, Democrats are pushing a nationwide $15 minimum wage. The “deal” – which is supposed to evoke FDR’s “New Deal,” is full of populist platitudes meant to sway working-class Americans to their side.
But interestingly, the party pushing the $15 minimum wage are unwilling to keep up with their own agenda.
In a class-action lawsuit filed by 40 field workers against the Democratic National Committee, they allege they were not fairly compensated for the work they did during the 2016 campaign. They said they were paid $3,000 per month while being forced to work 80 to 90 hours per week (that’s less than $10 per hour). It’s “obscene,” the workers’ attorney Justin Swindler told CBS News.
“These workers were out there in a campaign that was promising $15 an hour minimum wage, and expanding the overtime rights of workers,” Swidler said.
Workers were even more infuriated after the DNC decided to give their executive director a $300,000 bonus after losing the election, while their wages fell far short of the $15 per hour.
Democratic leadership elected to include the federal $15 minimum wage as part of their economic agenda in the face of their own real world experience as employers, as well as overwhelming external evidence indicating that the policy has harmed low wage workers and small businesses in American cities that have tried it.
A Heritage Foundation study found that, if the Democrats take the $15 minimum wage policy nationwide, it would eliminate 7 million jobs.
Ironically, the federal $15 minimum wage would likely most severely harm the very people the Democrats are trying to reach in time for the 2018 midterm elections: blue collar, rural voters.
“Minimum wage increases are anti-stimulus packages for rural, low-wage areas,” Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior attorney Hans Bader told the Daily Caller.
“Why? Because they cost consumers more than they provide in benefits to workers, even when the workers don’t lose their jobs. Consumers pay higher prices due to minimum wage increases. But the gain received by workers is partly offset by the tax code,” Bader said.
H/T: The Daily Caller