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.
The Washington Post first reported last Thursday that Sanders’ field staffers were upset that Sanders championed a $15 minimum wage on the campaign trail, and made headlines for railing against major corporations who pay “starvation wages” — even as his own employees made “poverty wages.”
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.
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