Progressives are all in favor of raising the minimum wage. This is in spite of the realities which have been proven time and time again: raising the minimum wage doesn’t work because the free market always adjusts. Prices go up and workers either lose hours or are laid off from their jobs altogether. For some peculiar reason, Democrats continue to ignore the realities surrounding minimum wage increases. For quite some time now, they’ve been talking about increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, but now they’re taking it even further.
House Rep. Rashida Tlaib stated on Sunday that she believes the minimum wage ought to be $20.00 per hour, as documented by Fox News. Tlaib made this admission during a speaking event in Detroit, Michigan and it really is a wonder to behold. Just when you think the left-wing cannot get any more radical or extreme, they jump even further to the left; then, they wonder why people call them socialists and communists. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…
Tlaib on Raising the Minimum Wage
Tlaib’s argument for raising the minimum wage to $20.00 per hour is boringly basic and unoriginal. The congresswomen believes that no Americans should have to live off of tips and that prices have increased too much for a $15.00 per hour minimum wage. While speaking to the audience in Detroit, Tlaib delivered the following statements regarding minimum wage increases:
“Tipped employees make $2.13 per hour, federally. Think about that for one minute. People cannot live on those kind 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.”
She then continued her remarks, diving into the notion of a $20.00 per hour minimum wage:
“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.”
Employment Decisions and Personal Responsibility
The employment which someone chooses to accept is squarely on them. Not all jobs are meant to serve as lifelong careers. Raising the minimum wage is not a solution to low wages; increasing one’s skills and qualifications for higher levels of employment are the proper answers. If Tlaib has concerns about prices going up now, she’s really going to be unhappy if the minimum wage gets to $20 per hour.
However, going by Tlaib’s logic, why stop at $20.00 per hour? Why not $50.00, $100.00 or $500.00? As shocking as it may seem, this is the path which progressives are going down. At some point, the Democrats are going to have to understand that it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure that they make the right job choices.
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