Minimum wage or maximum stupidity?

July 24th, 2007

Last night’s Democratic debate on CNN featured questions submitted by regular people via youtube. One of the questions (embedded below) was whether the politicians would be willing to work as President for three years at the minimum wage.

To me, cialis sales unhealthy this displays a shocking misunderstanding of economics.

The minimum wage isn’t some sort of punishment. People are paid the minimum wage when they do jobs that almost anybody could do. It does not take a graduate degree to stack boxes or work at a checkout. (Hell, sildenafil stuff you don’t even need to know how to make change anymore. The machine does it for you.) Because nearly anyone can fill a minimum-wage position, the person doing that job has no leverage to ask for more money.

All evidence to the contrary, being President of the United States is not something that anyone who can bag groceries could pull off.

Maybe some people would be happy with a President who was only worth the minimum wage, but personally I don’t want fries with my executive orders.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Billiam  |  July 24th, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Candidates, from either party, are like cheap whores. You pay them, cash or a vote, and they’ll say anything. What’s the old saying, don’t listen to what they say, watch how they vote. Clinton, Obama, Rudy, et al, they all say one thing and do another.

  • 2. John Michlig  |  July 24th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    A pretty dopey question.

    Why not ask: “Would you be willing to do your job wearing a KISS t-shirt?”

    Also, it allows for the rich-guy Steve Jobs answer: “I’ll do my job for $1.”

    These guys all take a cut in pay if elected anyway. Tommy Thompson, apparently, felt as though he was getting minimum wage while governor and is now getting his “payback.” They honestly feel that they are making a great sacrifice in that regard.

    Look how fast and frantically Clinton cashed in!

    Imagine how hard it is for these guys to imagine living check to check when they get paid for sitting on boards that require nothing more than their name on the company annual report in exchange for 65k-or-so.

    To look at it from the other side: Imagine how hard it is for these guys to imagine keeping a SMALL BUSINESS afloat while still paying their employees a living wage.

    Both sides are too far removed from economic reality to deal with the issue, alas.

  • 3. Administrator  |  July 24th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    They are all too far removed from reality. It worries me that only the rich can afford to participate in politics anymore.

  • 4. grumps  |  July 25th, 2007 at 5:53 am

    I’m not that certain that the current resident would be proficient at bagging groceries.

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