24 Jul 2015

Bernie Sanders: “A job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it,”...“The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised to a living wage.”

Democratic presidential hopeful and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders introduced a bill Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour — the so-called living wage.
“It is a national disgrace that millions of full-time workers are living in poverty and millions more are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their bills,” Sanders said during a rally near the U.S. Capitol.
Sanders was joined by Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, Sheila Jackson-Lee and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“A job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it,” Sanders said. “The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised to a living wage.”
Sanders has made worker issues a primary focus on his campaign. He has even been able to pull significant support from unions who have been hesitant to back the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) argued the wage increase will help many Americans.
“In America today, too many people struggle to make ends meet, even though they work full time,” SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry said in a statement. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 would boost our economy and ensure that no one who works full-time lives in poverty.”
Some experts, however, have warned that raising the minimum wage will cause unintended consequences. Alejandro Chafuen, president of Atlas Network, noted it’s those people the increase is supposed to help that will suffer the most.
“We will see a spike in unemployment,” Chafuen told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The people that this is meant to help will be hurt the most.”
Chafuen argued that the higher cost of labor will make companies far less likely to hire low skilled or entry level workers. Employers will instead hire experienced workers who can produce enough to be worth the higher wages.
“This has happened each time,” Chafuen added. “People will tend to hire the more productive workers.”
Carrie Sheffield, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agreed.
“The fact it’s coming from Bernie Sanders says a lot,” Sheffield told The DCNF. “The thing about the minimum wage is it polls well.”
As well as making employers less likely to hire low skilled workers, Sheffield argued it will make them more likely to seek other alternatives as well.
“It increases the incentives to automate,” Sheffield noted. “It’s one of these laws of unintended consequences.”
So far the $15 minimum wage has only been passed in a few cities. Seattle led the way in 2014 by gradually increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour. The city was followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. These cities, however, have already been seeing some problems. For instance, some businesses have had to close and nonprofits in Los Angeles are reporting problems as well.


  1. bernies full of crap with min wage at 7.25 its attracting nearly 1-1.5 million illegals to america--lowering the minimum wage back to 4 bucks an hr is the thing to do, if americans cant live on 4 bucks an hr and mexicans can then the minimum wage is still too high, lower it further to the point where no illegals want to come here. that is the perfect minimum wage. There is no such promise of a living wage anywherein this world a wage is what the individual will accept not what the employer offers when employers can't gret help they raise the wage again for that labor -thats the minimum wage--true mexicans work more than one job themselves as does their wives and family to make ends meet--look around theres thousands of them paying 1000-2000 dollars a month rent, driving new dodge max's with their mexican townships where they hail from in their back windows-they spend at the malls , amusement centers etc no sir the minumum wage is way too high or white america and black americans are spoiled with minumum wages and welfare parachutes--what they need is more jobs and less in wages and remove the parachutes.

  2. ShotGunRock.Com24 July 2015 at 12:29

    We don' have a public treasury or a system of laws or courts. Our government was abolished in 1949 when the Pentagon pledged itself to permanent military bondage slavery to the British Crown by N.A.T.O. treaty. N.A.T.O. is Treason against the American revolution of 1776. Bernie the career politician wants to help the little guy? Yeah, right. Let us start by declaring independence from the British Crown/N.A.T.O. . Politics is just a distraction from the essential facts of our enslavement.

  3. bankrupted taxpayer24 July 2015 at 14:15

    telestaff racketeering .... g00gle it !

  4. Bernie Sanders is an Israeli shill, 100%, zero doubt. If you can't see that, ...you r blind.

    "The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." Lenin

  5. Jct: Bernie knows what needs to be done to help the poor, what "must be done!" Come back when you found out how to deliver because cheerleading the goal without any plans on getting there is as useless as Obama turned out to be.

  6. And heres a phone and some food and a home and some heath care and a car and and and...just hang these scumbags for treason so we can get on with it..