But the headline is real. Conservative millionaire Ron Unz, a former Republican California gubernatorial candidate, is actively pushing for the State of California to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour.
And the best part is the reason why: To stop corporate welfare for many large corporations that pay their workers such low wages that many of them are forced to rely on government programs to survive.
This is something that pretty much anyone with any kind of common sense or logic has been saying for years.
While most Republicans adamantly oppose any mention of a raise to our minimum wage (with many actually claiming that the minimum wage kills jobs), Unz displays something that eludes most conservatives — intelligence.
Our welfare programs — the same welfare programs Republicans consistently blame for many of our nation’s problems — are filled with millions of working Americans. Meaning that, even though they have gainful employment, they’re paid such low wages that they’re simply unable to afford to survive without some form of help from the government.
If many of these Americans were actually paid a decent wage, a great deal of them wouldn’t require any kind of government assistance at all. Raising our minimum wage would greatly help this situation.
But of course, like with most things Republicans believe in, their ideologies on these issues are completely contradictory. On one hand they bash welfare programs and the “lazy moochers” who abuse the government — while opposing a hike to our minimum wage that would help millions of Americans get off welfare.
The fact is, if Republicans had their way we wouldn’t even have a minimum wage. See, their “plan” for job creation seems to be cutting the hourly rate of one job into two, which then creates two jobs. Sure, both jobs pay lousy and most people couldn’t survive on something like $4 an hour, but hey — they just doubled jobs numbers!
Much like how Republicans oppose contraceptives and sex education while being against abortion (even though most abortions happen after unplanned pregnancies which often happen due to poor sex education or lack of access to contraceptives), their stances on welfare and our minimum wage are complete contradictions of one another. They are, in fact, exacerbating one issue with another.
Hopefully in the near future, more conservatives like Mr. Unz will come forward and interject a little dose of common sense into a political party that desperately needs it.