In a stunning display of economic ignorance, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) agreed to raise the minimum wage of his campaign staff to $15 per hour, though to pay for such a dramatic increase, the Democrat presidential candidate had to severely cut back the maximum number of hours his campaign staff is allowed to work, thus proving that minimum wage increases do not work.
For the last weeks, Sanders’s campaign has been rocked with allegations of unfair pay, as the Democrat presidential candidate running on a platform of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour has been paying much of his campaign staff less than the coveted hourly amount.
To accommodate his campaign workers’ request, Sanders relented, and gave them a $15 wage. However, in order to afford such an increase, Sanders had to severely cut back the number of hours each campaign worker is allowed to put into the fledgling presidential campaign.
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.
In response, Sanders told The Des Moines Register he was “very proud” to lead the first major presidential campaign with unionized workers, but also “bothered” that news of the internal strife had spilled into the media.
Sanders, who won the hearts and minds of young people with his high praise of “Democratic socialism” and promises of free stuff in 2016, has been largely unable to recapture the magic for his 2020 presidential run.
In the battleground state of New Hampshire, Sanders is polling in fifth place according to a recent poll.
If you are noticing a pattern, it is that virtually nobody cares for the vast majority of Democrats within the state of New Hampshire.
Only does the sixth place candidate, Andrew Yang, finally break into double digits with 17 poll respondents supporting him. Above him, in fifth place, are Sen. Bernie Sanders, with 35 respondents, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 40.
Biden, Harris, and Warren had 73, 61, and 59 respectively.
It remains to be seen if this type of real life economic lesson will have an impact on Sanders’s campaign or his policies, but Big League Politics is not holding its collective breath.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rebuffed From Democratic Convention, While RINO John Kasich Will Speak
Kasich’s more of a Democrat than AOC.
Reports for plans for the Democratic National Convention indicate that progressive New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will not be giving a speech for the program of events, while former Ohio Governor John Kasich- a nominal Republican- will be speaking in a primetime slot in support of Joe Biden for President.
The prioritization of Kasich over Ocasio-Cortez shows Biden’s interest in appealing to suburban affluent Republican voters, even if it comes at a detriment to turning out the Democratic base of urban millennials. The strategy could backfire significantly, especially if Ocasio-Cortez herself chooses to respond in kind and only provide lukewarm support for Biden.
Initial reports suggested that AOC would be given a primetime speaking role, only for sources close to the Bronx Democrat to correct such an assertion. It appears that AOC will instead speak in a limited capacity, in a function reflecting her role as a leader of Biden’s climate working task force.
Joe Biden may be the only individual to speak personally from the convention hall in which the event is principally located, on account of coronavirus social distancing measures. Biden campaign operatives are reportedly making “ruthless cuts” to accommodate for the digital nature of the event, forcing out many Democrats who would otherwise speak at the convention in person.
Kasich will speak on the same night as Vermont Independent socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, in a gesture that’s intended to highlight the range of Biden’s base of support.
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