Economics honestly is not the socialists’ strong suit. Not even. No way. Uh-uh.
Long-time observers of socialists and socialism in practice know that. Unfortunately, the current crop of socialist Democrats nicknamed “The Squad” don’t realize that a whole lot of the people who could vote them out of office do. One of the group is now calling for a federal minimum wage requirement of $20 an hour.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., called for a federal minimum wage of $20 per hour at an event in Detroit on Sunday night, prompting mockery from conservatives and threatening to force mainline Democrats in the 2020 presidential race to address the issue in upcoming debates.
Many office jobs that require college degrees and high-level skills don’t command $20 an hour let alone hamburger flippers. Seriously. This woman has something burrowing in her brain if this is a real request.
“Think about that for one minute. People cannot live on those kinds of wages, and I can’t allow people to be living off tips, you know, relying on tips for wages. It’s just not enough to support our families. … By the way, when we started it, it should have been $15,” she said at the event, titled “Server for an Hour.”
“Now I think it should be $20 — make sure America Rising hears that” she continued, to applause. “It should be $20 an hour — $18 to $20 an hour at this point. … They say all of this is going to raise the cost, but I can tell you, milk has gone up, eggs have gone up, everything has gone up. The cost of a lot of things that we need has gone up already.”
Minimum wage jobs were never meant to be living-wage jobs. They were and pretty much remain entry-level and make ends meet sorts of positions. It is true people cannot live on the wage itself. But at the same time, many business owners and the people who run non-profits could not stay open if they were forced to pay such a high rate.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would establish the federal minimum wage at $15. Fortunately, such a measure will not pass the Senate in its current form, and there is no way President Trump would sign it.
Unfortunately, that might just be what Tlaib and her fellow horsewomen of the Apocalypse want to happen. They probably think it is a winning talking point for the upcoming election.