Jeb Bush Displays His Stupidity While Discussing Income Inequality and the Minimum Wage (Video)

jeb-bush-7People who oppose the minimum wage are some of the most detestable individuals in this country. When someone tries to tell me that having a minimum wage hurts job creation and worsens income inequality, I instantly feel my blood begin to boil. That argument, in my opinion, is stupidity in its purest form.

And it’s stupidity that Jeb Bush showed off when he put his support behind abolishing the federal minimum wage.

“We need to leave it to the private sector,” Bush said of the minimum wage. “I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn’t be doing this. The federal government doing this will make it harder and harder for the first rung of the ladder to be reached, particularly for young people, particularly for people that have less education.”

“We’re moving to a world that is sticky in the ends, where it’s harder for people in poverty to move up and where the rich are doing really well and the middle is getting squeezed,” he continued. “And any idea that makes, that perpetuates that is one that I would oppose, and I think this minimum wage idea is exactly one of those things.”

So, let me get this straight. The Republican economic theory of trickle-down economics is based upon the principle that the better the rich do, the better it is for the rest of us. Yet, here we have Jeb Bush admitting that the rich are doing great – but everyone else is falling further and further behind, especially the poor.

In other words, he just admitted that trickle-down economics doesn’t work.

Then, if I’m understanding his comments correctly (and I’d like to think that I am), he’s saying that the reason why people are having trouble getting out of poverty is because the minimum wage is too high? How exactly is lowering the minimum wage going to help poor people? By giving them less money so that they qualify for more government benefits?

Chris Rock once said during one of his standup specials – and I’m paraphrasing – that when a business is paying you minimum wage, what they’re saying is that they would love to pay you less, but they’re not legally allowed to.

It is comically absurd for anyone to claim that the poorest amongst us would benefit by eliminating the law that says a business can’t pay them less than a certain wage. Listen, if you run a business, but you can’t afford to pay your employees a living wage, then you shouldn’t operate a business. I’m sorry, but that’s just the truth.

And spare me this “eliminating the minimum wage would create jobs” nonsense. In what realm of reality does anyone think creating more lower paying jobs is a good thing? Sure, businesses could take one $7.25/hour job and cut the hourly wage in half to create two jobs – but what sane person sees that as a viable “job creation plan”?

Yes, by all means, let’s create a few million $3.63/hour part-time jobs, that’ll fix the economy! 

I have absolutely no patience for this level of ignorance. For someone to legitimately try to argue that a way to help improve income inequality is by opening the door for businesses to pay employees less is unconscionable. Unfortunately, there are millions of people who actually believe that sort of nonsense.

Furthermore, Bush’s statement about “letting the states decide” is just more of the same rhetoric Republicans always squawk whenever they’re trying to screw over millions of Americans. Be it slavery, segregation or bans on same-sex marriage, “states’ rights” has almost always been the battle cry of those hanging from the lowest rungs of our society.

Either way, if part of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign is going to be built upon repealing the minimum wage, I’m all for it. All that will do is help ensure that he’ll never be elected president.

Watch his comments below:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • jbwaymire

    If the minimum wage were cut in half it would not create twice as many jobs. If an employer can pay one person to do a job at a lower rate why would they hire more people. More jobs wouldn’t rise up out of no where because lowering pay does not create demand for products or services.

  • strayaway

    “Letting the states decide” : Seattle has a $15/hr minimum wage, Vermont has a $9.60/hr minimum wage, D.C. will have a $10.50/hr. minimum wage later this year, and New York and Minnesota will have a $9/hr. min wage later this year. What’s wrong with that? State raises in the minimum wage are even compatible with the 10th Amendment.

    I’m for such state increases in the minimum wage although students should be allowed a lower rate to make jobs available to them instead of being so dependent on loans.

    Higher minimum wages are good because they discriminate against illegal aliens, favor family owned businesses employing relatives, and, in the long run, encourage new technology to replace labor resulting in higher productivity, reduce welfare roles, and eliminate government social service jobs.

    I am not a Jeb (or Hillary) supporter but on this point, Jeb is right.

    • Daniel Plotkin

      I think you are misunderstanding the argument here. Jeb is arguing to eliminate the federal minimum wage, allowing states like Arkentuckisippi to go as low as they want. Currently the laughable wage of $7.25 is the lowest a state can go, but all states have always been free to go higher. Jeb wants states to have the right to go lower.

      • strayaway

        I agree that Jeb’s wording doesn’t suggest support for any federal minimum wage but neither does the Tenth Amendment. Jeb also supports the Senate passed amnesty bill that, if law, would undercut wage levels for working and middle class Americans. He also supports the TPP. Jeb doesn’t even pretend to support working Americans.

  • BobJThompson

    Ridding the federal minimum wage encourages a race to the bottom for cheap labor between states.

  • Otto Greif

    People who oppose the minimum wage are not detestable, they understand economics.

  • Clockp

    I oppose any minimum wage, and I do not judge myself as detestable. What gives your kangaroo court the moral authority to issue fatwas?

  • Clockp

    BTW what is the “progressive” response to my start-up business, I’ll pay whatever low wage I can, perhaps none right not, in lieu of stock options, we succeed, everybody wins, me more so because the company was MY idea?