Sanders Pushes $15 Minimum Wage, But Pays His Own Campaign Workers Less
Socialism touts being for the working class but only ensures misery for all — except for the uber elites who rule the poor, dog-eating masses from their ivory towers and chariots of gold.
Or, if you’re Bernie Sanders, you rule from one of your three houses and your private seat in first class.
Sanders’ hypocrisy doesn’t end with his multiple homes, bougie travel habits, or even his millions of net worth — which I have no problem with other than Sanders’ own criticism of profits and encouragement of class envy.
In fact, Sanders is so hypocritically arrogant that he is violating his own campaign positions in his handling of his campaign workers.
Although Sanders is campaigning on the platform that the federal minimum wage must be raised to $15 per hour, he is refusing to pay his own campaign workers that same rate.
“Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric,” The Washington Post reported Thursday.
“Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir.”
Looks like a little case of not practicing what you preach, Bernie.
SCOOP: For years, Bernie Sanders has traveled the country advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. His campaign organizers say they aren’t making that much, and they’re using his words to protest for higher wages. Via @WaPoSean https://t.co/ZQgnT7jYrx
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) July 19, 2019
On Sanders’ own web site, he lauds the prudence, nay, the urgent necessity of the $15 per hour living minimum wage.
Although Sanders’ site says a national raise to $15 is necessary to combat poverty, lack of housing and starvation, his campaign has denied repeated requests to pay that exact same wage to its own workers. (In a draft letter to the campaign, according to The Post, the complaining workers argued their pay works out to less than $13 an hour for 60-hour weeks.)
And if Sanders’ arrogant hypocrisy wasn’t already on full display, he posted a tweet the same day as The Washington Post report that discussed his minimum wage position.
“There’s nothing ‘extreme’ about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour,” Sanders tweeted, along with a video of himself. “What’s extreme is paying workers starvation wages while CEO pay and corporate profits skyrocket.”
There’s nothing “extreme” about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
What’s extreme is paying workers starvation wages while CEO pay and corporate profits skyrocket.@senatemajldr stop blocking a raise for millions of Americans! pic.twitter.com/3N9pShcXuf
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 18, 2019
I beg to differ, Bern.
What is “extreme” is the cojones it takes to tweet that garbage while not paying your own workers that rate.
I am not for raising the minimum wage. There are probably campaign workers for Sanders that are not worth 15 cents an hour, much less $15, and should be paid accordingly.
But when Sanders heralds the righteousness of a higher minimum wage and then refuses his own supporters that same promise, it reveals the depth of elitism that only socialism fosters.
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